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Jill Holmes Departs VH1 as West Coast Development Chief

Jill Holmes is stepping down from her role as senior vice president of West Coast development and production for VH1. She has signed a multi-year first-look production deal with the network. Her departure was announced Monday in a memo to staff from VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy.

Holmes is a 17-year veteran of VH1, having joined the cable channel in 1998 as vice president of series production. Among the series she helped create for VH1 are “Behind the Music,” “T.I. and Tiny,” “Dating Naked,” “Basketball Wives,” “Flavor of Love,” “Rock of Love” and “I Love New York.”

Holmes’ departure comes nearly three weeks after McCarthy was promoted to president of VH1 and Logo.

Read the memo from McCarthy below:

Hi everyone,
I have some news to share about our good friend and one of our senior leaders here at VH1, Jill Holmes. After nearly 20 years as an integral part of the VH1 family, Jill has decided to step away from her role as Head of West Coast Development and Production to start a new journey.

That’s the hard news, the good news is Jill won’t be going fast or far. Jill will be with us till August, and beyond that, we have secured a long term relationship with Jill to remain within the VH1 family as a part of her next chapter.

During Jill’s long and successful tenure, she has been a key leader in transforming the brand into a pop culture powerhouse. Jill and her team have created some of TV’s most iconic franchises and characters, including “Behind the Music,” “T.I. and Tiny”, “Dating Naked”, “Basketball Wives” and of course who could forget the Love – “Flavor of Love”, “Rock of Love”, “I Love New York” and so many others.

She has been a creative force for the brand, a thoughtful leader for the organization and a great partner in crime. On a personal note, I will miss her terrific sense of humor, her warmth and her ski lessons.

Jill leaves us in a fantastic place – we’ve seen four consecutive quarters of ratings’ increases and currently lead the industry in growth up over 30%. Her outstanding team, led by our Vice Presidents Kristen Kelly and Fernando Mills, will of course continue to develop great content for us and lead the West Coast teams. More to come shortly on a new structure, but today we just want to salute Jill.

Please join me in thanking Jill Holmes for her immeasurable contributions to VH1.

-Chris

Deadline first reported Holmes’ exit.

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