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Own finds new head of programming

4 June 2009 9:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The top executive transformation at Own: The Oprah Winfrey Network continued Thursday when Jamila Hunter was named head of programming.

Effective Wednesday, Hunter will oversee all programming development for the network, reporting to CEO Christina Norman.

Hunter's appointment comes five months after Norman took the reins of Own and a month after Robin Schwartz stepped down as president.

With her all-scripted background and limited cable experience, Schwartz was a surprising first top exec hire at cable upstart Own, whose inaugural slate is built on unscripted series/talk shows, specials and theatricals.

Norman, a 17-year MTV Network veteran who served as president of MTV and VH1, is considered a perfect choice to spearhead the launch of Own. So is Hunter, a veteran unscripted executive with cable experience, to oversee the network's development slate.

Hunter was a key member of the team that rebranded Bravo with the launch of such series »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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