RLJ Entertainment Builds Up Executive Team

BET founder Robert L. Johnson's company promoted Mark Ward and hired Angela Northington.

RLJ Entertainment, BET founder Robert L. Johnson's company, has bolstered its executive team by promoting Mark Ward to chief acquisitions officer of feature films and hiring Angela Northington as its new senior vp content acquisitions for Urban Movie Channel. Both will work out of RLJE’s West Coast office in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Ward most recently served as the lead acquisition executive for all of RJE’s feature films. His achievements include acquiring well-known films like The Rewrite, starring Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons, as well as The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens and Steve Buscemi. Ward also worked for RLJ Entertainment’s Image Entertainment brand and, before Image, was vp acquisitions for Anchor Bay Entertainment.

With 15 years of experience in the urban entertainment space, Northington has previously worked for Revolt TV, Sean "Diddy" Combs’ new cable network; CodeBlack Entertainment and Simmons Lathan Media Group, the company founded by Russell Simmons and TV producer Stan Lathan.  

Miguel Penella, CEO of RLJ Entertainment, said in a statement: “Mark has been instrumental in growing RLJ Entertainment’s feature film business, so we are delighted to promote him to our chief acquisitions officer. With the recent launch of the UMC digital channel, our chairman, Robert L. Johnson, and I were looking for the right person to grow the UMC brand and our urban library. With 15 years of experience in the urban market and her close relationships with established and emerging content producers, Angela is an ideal addition to the RLJE team.”