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Meet The Most Successful Black Executives In Hollywood




It’s not easy making it big anywhere, let alone in Hollywood, the city paved with gold.  However, despite trials and tribulations, these individuals never gave up. This article features 10 hollywood executives and vice-presidents in Hollywood that you should know about.

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The Senior Vice President of Drama for ABC Entertainment Group. In this position she oversees the development and production of all drama pilots, movies & miniseries and the launch of new series for ABC Entertainment. Channing Dungey is a producer and actress, known for Showtime (2002),  Criminal Minds, Queen of the Damned (2002) Lifetime’s highest rated series, “Army Wives.” and The Big Bounce (2004).


 Paula Madison

The Executive Vice President of Diversity for NBC Universal & Company Officer of General Electric.

The long time NBC executive Madison was promoted to president and general manager of KNBC, making her the first African American woman to become a general manager of a top news network. According to sources, In 2007, Madison was appointed executive vice president and chief diversity officer of NBC Universal. The parent company, GE, named her a company officer and vice president. Madison’s family owns Williams Group Holdings LLC, which has significant investments in media (The Africa Channel), a sports franchise (the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks), and various real estate, consumer, financial and trading businesses.


Christina Norman

Turns out Oprah is not the only boss at OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), Norman shares this role with her . As CEO of OWN Network  the veteran television executive manages all business and creative areas of the new cable channel and multi-platform media venture.


Salaam Coleman-SmithSalaam Coleman-Smith

President of Style Network, a growing part of the E! Smith is leading television’s fastest-growing network for women.


Pearlena Igbokwe

Senior Vice President of Original Programming at Showtime Network.  She has been newly named as NBC’s executive vice president for drama television.

Paxton BakerPaxton Baker

Executive Vice President and General Manager for Centric.  He is also the executive VP and GM for BET and MTV and is responsible for targeting African American and multicultural demographics.

Odetta Watkins

She just became the newly crowned Vice President, Current Programming, for Warner Brothers television.   She’s also worked for the shows Eve, The Vampire Diaries, and All Of Us.

Valerie-Watts-MerazValerie Watts Meraz

is the Vice President of Content Acquisitions at Showtime Networks Inc.  She is also known for her works like The Brotherhood (2010) Russell Peters Presents (2011) and Lip Service (2012).

Power-of-10-Richard-Gay-1_4Richard Gay

is Executive Vice President of strategy and operations for MTV and VH1.

Devon FranklinDevon Franklin

The Senior Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures. He is also a motivational speaker and has a new book out called “Produced by Faith” in stores now.

Thank you for your contributions of example!  We wish you nothing but success as you continue to take over Hollywood!


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