Duo to head programming for BET

Jones, Hill take top posts at network

BET has filled the void left in its programming department by the resignation of entertainment prexy Reginald Hudlin.

Loretha Jones comes aboard as programming president, presiding over news, development, planning and acquisitions, while BET veteran Stephen Hill has been upped to programming president, overseeing music and specials.

Combined, the pair will perform the duties carried out by Hudlin, the multihyphenate who ankled the Viacom-owned cabler in September after three years in the top programming job (Daily Variety, Sept. 12).

Jones was previously at MTV Films, where she had been senior veep, then exec veepee. She has a range of TV and film producing experience, having served as an exec producer on 1990s WB network laffer “The Parent Hood”; more recent projects include “My Super Sweet 16: The Movie” and the feature “Broken Bridges,” starring Toby Keith.

Hill previously served as exec veep of music programming and talent for BET, where he oversaw production of skeins “106 and Park,” “Rap City,” and “The Deal.” He also exec produced the BET Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Before that, he was director of music programming for MTV.

BET chair-CEO Debra Hill said the appointments of Jones and Hill gives the cabler’s programming department “the right mix of skills, talent relationships, originality and imagination.”

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