BET Networks has officially named Connie Orlando as its executive vice president, head of programming!

Orlando was named interim head of programming after the departure of network programming president Stephen Hill this past March. She will continue to lead the BET News and the original programming, music programming and specials teams responsible for creating, developing, and producing content across the network.

“Having worked with Connie for the past 10 years, I continue to be impressed and inspired by her creativity and passion for the BET Brand,” said Lee in a statement. “During her tenure at BET, Connie has played a critical role in the network’s largest expansion into original programming. She is beyond qualified and ready for this new challenge, and I am thrilled to have her in this role.”

Orlando previously served as senior vice president of specials, music programming and news at the network, and held the role of Vice President of Original Programming prior to that position. She introduced BLACK GIRLS ROCK! to the network and oversaw the critically-acclaimed specials covering social justice issues in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD. She also ushered BET into the documentary space with the BET Truth Series, which produced multiple award-winning projects in its inaugural year: Katrina 10 Years Later, Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ and Stay Woke. In her new role, Orlando and will report directly to Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, and will split her time between Los Angeles and New York.

Congrats to Connie Orlando on this major accomplishment!



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