Shanté Bacon, founder of marketing and communications firm 135th Street Agency, and Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, have been named Ad Age’s 2016 Women to Watch list.
The list recognizes the top women influencers in media and marketing. Dungey and Bacon are the only two African Americans to appear on this year’s list of 23 women.
Bacon’s 135th Street Agency provides public relations services for some of the top studios in Hollywood. Most recently, the company supported the release of Paramount Pictures’ “Daddy’s Home,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and Warner Bros.’ “Keanu” with Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key. “Next up, Ms. Bacon, who served as senior director of marketing at Island Def Jam Music Group prior to creating 135th, said she wants to ‘make more headway into the tech industry.’ Ad Age reports. The 135th Street Agency won Google as a client at the end of March, and one of its first initiatives was to host a roundtable in early May connecting the tech giant with key media influencers and thought leaders.
Dungey became the first African American to lead programming at a major broadcaster in February, when she was named president of ABC Entertainment. Since joining the network in 2009, Dungey has quickly climbed the ranks, most recently overseeing some of the most successful prime time programming on network television. She touts among her successes: “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “American Crime” and “Quantico.”