Loretha Jones, President of Original Programming for BET Networks over the past 6 years, and who spearheaded the network’s recent moves into original scripted programming, is stepping down, the network has announced.
Jones will be exiting her post at the company, although she’ll continue to serve as a creative consultant.
Reasons for her departure were not provided.
“Over the course of my career at Viacom, I have had an amazing opportunity to work with some of the finest creative people in the business and oversee a slate of original programming that makes me extremely proud,” Jones said in a statement. “It’s been an incredible journey at BET Networks and I am grateful for the experience.”
As President of Original Programming, Ms. Jones oversaw original programming, news, development, planning and acquisitions for BET including such hits as the upcoming miniseries “Book of Negroes,” the hit hour-long drama “Being Mary Jane,” as well as half-hour comedies “Let’s Stay Together,” “The Game,” and more.
Prior to joining BET Networks in 2008, Ms. Jones had served as Executive Vice President of MTV Films / Paramount Pictures since July 2007. Before that, she was Senior Vice President of MTV Films / MTV Home Entertainment, overseeing development, production, music and marketing for multiple feature film, television and home video projects for the MTV and CMT brands.
Jones has several television and film production credits to her name, including: Director / Executive Producer, multiple seasons of the television series “The Parent ‘Hood;” Executive Producer, “My Super Sweet 16: The Movie;” Executive Producer, “Broken Bridges;” Producer, “The Fighting Temptations;” and Producer, “The Five Heartbeats.”
Before her career as a producer, Ms. Jones was an attorney with the law firm of Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz, representing various clients in film, theater, television and music.
Darrell Walker, BET’s executive vice president and general counsel, will temporarily take over for Jones, until a more permanent replacement is found.
What this means for BET’s recent push into original scripted programming, we’ll have to wait to find out.