OWN Taps Hunter as Head of Programming

Jun 4, 2009  •  Post A Comment

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has named Jamila Hunter as its head of programming.

Hunter will oversee the network’s programming development beginning June 10.

Hunter has launched several shows for NBC, 20th Century Fox Television and Bravo as a non-fiction development executive. She was most recently NBC Entertainment’s senior VP of alternative & digital programming, responsible for upcoming series “The marriage Ref,” “Have I Got News for You” and “Great American Road Trip. She has also helped shape’s NBC’s alternative strategy with shows like “Fear Factor,” “Last Comic Standing” and “The Apprentice.”

She served as vice president of comedy development at 20th Century Fox Television from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that, Hunter was part of Bravo’s re-brand team, helping to launch “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “Project Runway,” “Celebrity Poker Showdown” and “Blow Out.”

“Jamila shares my passion for programming that breaks new ground and speaks to audiences in new ways,” Christina Norman, CEO of OWN, said. “She has the perfect blend of experience to lead the development and creation of unique and innovative non-fiction programming worthy of our aspirations.”

—Vlada Gelman

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