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BET Networks appoints The CW’s Traci Lynn Blackwell for scripted

BET Networks has appointed The CW’s SVP of current programming Traci Lynn Blackwell to oversee its drama output. Blackwell takes the newly created role of head of scripted at BET with a remit to oversee all originals for the company’s linear channels and its streaming service BET Plus. She is based in LA and reports […]

Debra Lee exits as chairman & CEO of BET

BET Network’s chairman and CEO Debra Lee is to exit the network on May 28. BET owner Viacom has laid the groundwork for her departure for some time, making Scott M. Mills BET president in December . He was placed to lead on strategy and day-to-day operations with Lee advising. Lee joined the company as […]

BET programming chiefs exiting

Stephen Hill and Zola Mashariki are stepping down as programming chiefs at Viacom’s BET Networks. The pair are being replace in the interim by Connie Orlando, who will serve as head of programming until a full-time replacement is found. Hill is leaving his post as president of programming, a post he took up in December […]

Viacom merging US and int’l under Bakish

Viacom’s international and US channel groups are merging into a new unit that Bob Bakish will lead as interim company president and CEO. Viacom International Media Networks and domestic networks arm Viacom Music and Entertainment Group are coming together as Viacom Global Entertainment Group (VGEG). Furthermore, the Viacom Kids and Family Group, which Cyma Zarghami […]

BET greenlights New Edition biopic mini

Viacom’s US cable channel BET has ordered a miniseries based in the story of 1980s pop group New Edition. Band members members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant have all signed on as coproducers for the show, which will run as a three-night miniseries on BET and debut next year. […]

BET poaches Fox Searchlight’s Mashariki

BET Networks has poached Fox Searchlight programmer Zola Mashariki to work with programming president Stephen Hill. Mashariki will be executive VP and head of original programming at the Viacom cable channel overseeing scripted and unscripted programming and development and casting. She will report to Hill, who was promoted to president of programming last year after […]

BET hires Nick, Facebook execs

Viacom’s African American cable channel BET has hired a former Nickelodeon international programming chief and a Facebook entertainment boss. Pete Danielsen has been named executive VP, programme planning, scheduling and acquisitions, while Kay Madati will be EVP and chief digital officer at BET Digital. Danielsen was previously EVP, worldwide programming for Viacom International Media Networks, […]