BET Pix picks ‘Book,’ taps Moore prexy

Exec also named COO; Byrd to helm pic set for fall release

NEW YORK — BET Holdings has named Nina Henderson Moore prexy and chief operating officer of its theatrical division, BET Pictures. News of the appointment came as BET Pictures, which has a two-year distribution agreement with Artisan Entertainment, announced its acquisition of “Book of Love” for theatrical release this fall.

Penned by Eric George and Jeffrey Byrd, pic is directed by Byrd. A vet of 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, he won the short film contest at the 1998 Acapulco Film Festival with “Breakdown,” featuring Vanessa Williams.

“Book of Love” concerns the romantic misadventures of three Los Angeles men. Cast includes Anthony “Treach” Criss, scribe George, Robin Givens and Richard T. Jones. Pic screened at Slamdance and at the 1999 Acapulco Festival.

‘Love’ helps

“With the acquisition of ‘Book of Love,’ BET Pictures begins to position itself as a player in the theatrical film world,” Moore said. “It is our commitment to bring African-American-themed stories and experiences to the screen.”

Moore was previously veep of the all-black movie channel BET/Starz!

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