by Black Talent News
Former NBC programming exec Jamila Hunter (pictured left) has joined The Oprah Winfrey Network as head of programming. Hunter, who officially starts June 10, fills the void left by the departure earlier this year of Robin Schwart had been overseeing programming at the channel. A joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications, OWN is set to launch next year in more than 70 million homes on what is currently Discovery Health.
"Jamila shares my passion for programming that breaks new ground and speaks to audiences in new ways," OWN chief executive Christina Norman said in a statement. “She has the perfect blend of experience to lead the development and creation of unique and innovative non-fiction programming worthy of our aspirations.”
Hunter was previously senior vice president of alternative and digital programming at NBC, where she worked on Jerry Seinfeld's upcoming "The Marriage Ref," this summer's "Great American Road Trip" and the adaptation of the BBC's "Have I Got News for You." She also worked on the "Fear Factor" and "The Apprentice" and helped relaunch Bravo after NBC acquired it. Before that, she was VP of comedy development ar 20th Century Fox TV.