BET Original Programming President Exits

Loretha Jones leaves the company after six years

BET Networks' president of original programming Loretha Jones has exited the company, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Jones had been with the network for six years.

With Jones' departure, Darrell Walker, executive vp and general counsel, will take over Jones' responsibilities until her replacement is named. She will remain a consultant.

Stephen Hill, president of music programming and specials, and Pete Danielsen, executive vp program planning, scheduling and acquisitions, will remain in their posts.

"BET Networks thanks Ms. Jones for her many contributions, onscreen and off, and looks forward to a continued creative collaboration," the network said in a statement.

Jones helped spearhead BET's first scripted drama, Gabrielle Union's Being Mary Jane, and scripted comedy The Game. She also helped develop BET's first miniseries, The Book of Negroes. Additionally, Jones helped formalize a deal for sister network Centric's first scripted series, the Queen Latifah-produced Single Ladies.

Before joining BET, Jones was executive vp of MTV Films and Paramount Pictures. Prior to that, she was senior vp of MTV Films and MTV Home Entertainment, overseeing development, production, music and marketing for MTV and CMT.