TV One Taps Pinkney as Programmer


TV One continued the African American-targeted cable networks' raid of the Hollywood production community, naming veteran Rose Catherine Pinkney as its executive vice president of programming and development.

Pinkney, who has developed such shows as Fox's gritty multi-ethnic cop series New York Undercover, will create scripted skeins and movies for the lifestyle-oriented network.

“There's been a void of choice for African-American viewers,” she said. “I'm excited to be invited to be part of the team that's mandated to do quality programming for African-American viewers. It's important that the Hollywood creative community understands that we plan to reach out to them in an effort to create new programming for TV One.”

Pinkney was most recently senior vice president of comedy development at Paramount Network Television, where over most of the last decade she's developed more than 30 series for six networks, including UPN's Girlfriends and CBS's Becker. Prior to her tenure at Paramount, she served as vice president and head of television for Upton Entertainment, where she oversaw the creation of New York Undercover, which now airs on TV One.

Before Upton, Pinkney was director of programming at 20th Century-Fox, where she was instrumental in developing such cutting-edge series as The X Files and supervised In Living Color.

“Rose Catherine's stellar track record in television programming and development and strong relationships with the creative community will prove instrumental as we further define and strengthen TV One's strategy,” said TV One president and CEO Johnathan Rodgers in a statement.

Black Family Channel's Robert Townsend and Reginald Hudlin of Black Entertainment Television are other top Hollywood producers who've made the transition to charting the programming courses for minority-targeted cable networks.