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Television hasn’t always been welcoming for people of color, but with more and more African Americans calling the shots, things may be changing. Some of those associated with the browning of Hollywood are the gatekeepers, leaders, and pioneers that have brought about new programming and new channels to the small screen. Getting into these coveted positions with major networks isn’t easy but doable. For all those looking to jump start a career in this industry, it’s important to note that education,  internships and networking are key to getting your foot in the door.

Here’s a list of 23 execs leading the way, behind the scenes:

Channing Dungey is Senior Vice President of Drama for ABC Entertainment Group. As a corporate VP, she oversees the development and production of all drama pilots and current series for ABC Entertainment. Dungey also teaches a graduate level course on developing dramatic television at her alma mater UCLA.

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