Exec to head all TV p'gramming, development
WB programming exec Janine Jones has moved to the production side, joining Edmonds Entertainment Group as senior VP of television.
Jones will head all TV programming and development for Edmonds, which is run by Tracey and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. She’ll report to Tracey Edmonds, who serves as the company’s owner/president and CEO.
Jones will have an exec producer or co-exec producer credit on all future Edmonds TV projects; the exec plans to dabble in all areas, including sitcoms, dramas, reality, specials and telepics for broadcast and cable.
“She comes highly recommended,” Tracey Edmonds said. “I’ve never hired someone who had so many people singing her praises. For our company, it’s a perfect marriage.”
Edmonds, which just wrapped the final season of “Soul Food” at Showtime, is producing the reality skein “College Hill” for BET, where it will debut in January. Show takes a “Real World”-style look at black student life at Southern U. in Baton Rouge, La. Tracey and Kenneth Edmonds exec produce the show, which has a 13-episode order.
The shingle also has the scripts “Doug: A Standup Guy,” starring comedian Doug Williams and from scribe B. Mark Seabrooks, in development at HBO Independent Prods.; Seth Rosenfeld’s “Summer of ’77” at UPN; and the Dianne Houston/Kyera Keene dramedy “Autumn Heights” at Showtime (with David Janollari also exec producing). At USA, the company has the project “Seven Deep” in the works, and the female superhero actioner “Suture” at Sci-Fi Channel.
Edmonds has had the telepic “Harriet Tubman,” with Angela Bassett in the title role, in development for some time at CBS.
As for Jones, the exec previously served as VP of current programming at the WB, where she handled production on series such as “Felicity,” “What I Like About You,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “The Steve Harvey Show.”
She hopped to programming from PR, having served as VP of primetime publicity at the WB, helping launch shows such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Dawson’s Creek.” She received a Publicists Guild award while director of primetime publicity at NBC for her role in helping promote the premiere of “Friends.”
Jones began her publicity career at Fox, working on shows such as “In Living Color” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.”