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ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey has been tapped to deliver the commencement address in front of the Class of 2016 at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Dean Teri Schwartz, who made the announcement, will preside over the June 10 event at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
Named president of ABC Entertainment in February, Dungey, who took over from outgoing topper Paul Lee, oversees all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for the ABC Television Network. She is the first African-American to run a broadcast network.
Dungey segued to the role after serving as executive vp drama development, movies and miniseries. She has had her hand in such hits as American Crime, How to Get Away With Murder, Once Upon a Time, Quantico and Scandal. She joined ABC Studios in 2004, and graduated magna cum laude from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
“Channing exemplifies the very best of our UCLA School of Theater Film and Television, as well as the entertainment industry at large,” said Schwartz. “She is a groundbreaking, visionary leader whose life and work are in great harmony with our vision for the power of story to not only entertain, but to enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world.”
Also scheduled to appear at the graduation ceremony are Tony Award-winning screenwriter and dramatist Robert L. Freedman (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), who has been named the Distinguished Alumnus in Theater, along with filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights), who will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award in Film, Television and Digital Media.
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