Offers real-world experience to a select group of students dedicated to careers in TV.
By day, Dungey focuses on creating television shows for ABC Studios, where she works as VP of drama development. But on the side, the accomplished network exec helps shape the next generation of TV showrunners, thanks to a new smallscreen-oriented curriculum at UCLA.
Dungey is one of several industry professionals who lend their expertise to the school’s TV Showrunner Concentration, a program launched in 2006 to prepare students for a life of pitch meetings, pilot seasons and writers’ rooms.
“There was a feeling from some highly placed individuals in the television community that UCLA wasn’t doing enough to encourage its students to pursue a career in television vs. one in film,” explains Dungey, whose course, “Developing the Drama Pilot,” helps answer that challenge. In class, she pairs student producers with student showrunners to tackle challenges studios and networks face on a daily basis.
“My hope is that the students will be that much more prepared when they enter the workforce,” she says.