Morgan Wandell watches Berlanti TV

Channing Dungey upped to senior vp at ABC Studios

ABC Studios senior vp drama Morgan Wandell has departed his post to run Greg Berlanti's studio-based production company.

Wandell's No. 2, vp Channing Dungey, has been upped to senior vp and will take over the drama department.

Wandell inked a multiyear deal with Berlanti Television to oversee its scripted, reality and Internet programming under the eight-figure new deal Berlanti recently inked with the studio.

Berlanti TV's programming executive Melissa Berman is staying on and continues as co-producer of "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Eli Stone," two of Berlanti TV's three ABC/ABC Studios series on the air, along with "Brothers & Sisters."

Wandell oversaw the development of all three at the studio, working with Berlanti.

"It is going to be a joy to go from building great series to building a great company together," Berlanti said.

Under Wandell, ABC Studios' drama portfolio expanded rapidly to 17 series on six networks and in first-run syndication. After a brief stint at the studio in the late '90s, Wandell returned as head of drama in 2004, following a four-year tenure as resident of programming at teen TV news network Channel One.

A four-year veteran of the ABC Studios drama team, Dungey has supervised such series as "Grey's Anatomy," "Criminal Minds," "Reaper," "Army Wives" and "Private Practice" and has worked closely with such studio-based producers as Mark Gordon, Shonda Rhimes, David Hoberman and Matt Gross.

"Channing understands how to encourage and nurture creative voices and visions," ABC Studios president Mark Pedowitz said.
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