Reginald Hudlin Leaves Post as President of BET - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Reginald Hudlin Leaves Post as President of BET

Reginald Hudlin, president of entertainment at BET Networks, is stepping down from his position according to an e-mail from chief executive Debra L. Lee to company staff on Thursday. No additional information was given about his departure date.

According to the e-mail, Lee commended Hudlin for producing 17 of the top 20 highest-rated shows in the network’s 28-year history. Hudlin produced Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown and College Hill 3, the two highest-rated series in BET history. When Hudlin was named president at the network in June  2005,he was charged with the responsibility to transform BET, owned by Viacom, from a network that relied on music videos, reruns, and movies to a company that produced original programming.

The announcement of Hudlin’s departure came after the premiere of Somebodies, the first scripted show ever produced exclusively for BET. The show is based on film producer Hadjii’s Sundance Film Festival film of the same name about a group of college friends. It will be one of only three other scripted series on broadcast or cable television featuring a predominantly African American cast, reports Targetmarketnews.com.

“Reggie has played an invaluable role in the ongoing transformation of BET Networks, including the successful launch of our DVD division and laying a solid foundation for BET Films. He has put the network on the path to even more success,” Lee says in the e-mail, which was published at Vibe.com.

Hudlin is also an executive producer of The Boondocks, an animated television series which is highly critical of BET. In February, two episodes of the Boondocks, which were aimed at bashing BET, were banned from airing on another network. Speculators thought Hudlin had a part in the decision to not air the shows.

Stephen Hill, executive vice president of music programming and talent, has been chosen as Hudlin’s successor. Hill is the creator of the BET Awards, 106 & Park, and College Hill. BET’s 0.5 household rating for the second quarter was down 17% from a 0.6 during the same period last year, reports TargetMarketNews.com.

As writer and director of movies House Party and Boomerang, Hudlin is known as one of the pioneers of the modern black film movement of the ’90s. He also won a BET Comedy Award in 2004 and 2005 for his directing and producing work on Fox Network’s The Bernie Mac Show.

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Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.


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