Reginald Hudlin leaves BET after three years

Worked as president of entertainment

BET Networks' president of entertainment Reginald Hudlin has left the company after three years on the job.

Hudlin said he would return to his entrepreneurial roots as an independent producer.

"From the moment he joined the BET family, Reggie infused our program development with incredible creativity, energy and passion," BET chairman/CEO Debra Lee said in announcing Hudlin's departure.

Under Hudlin, BET launched 17 of the top 20 highest-rated shows in the network's 28-year history, including "Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown," "American Gangster," "Baldwin Hills," "Sunday Best," BET's first scripted series "Somebodies" and the network's highest-rated series ever, "Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is."

Additionally, Hudlin ramped up BET's news division, launched a DVD division and helped in getting BET Films off the ground.

The search for Hudlin's successor is under way, with exec vp music programming and talent Stephen Hill serving as the interim head of entertainment.

"Stephen has tremendous experience and a remarkable talent for identifying, producing and presenting quality entertainment, and I'm more than confident in his ability to guide our programming plans in the interim, and that moving forward, we won't miss a beat," Lee said.