Veteran Fox Searchlight production executive Zola Mashariki is moving over to BET Networks.
BET Networks will be having Mashariki to be the new EVP and head of original programming. She will be based in Los Angeles and will oversee scripted and unscripted programming and development as well as casting for the cable network.
In addition to hiring Mashariki, BET promoted President of Music Programming & Specials Stephen Hill to President of Programming. He is in charge of overseeing both Original Programming and Music Programming & Specials. New York-based Hill has extensive experience in music shows and specials. Hill had limited interaction with the Hollywood creative community. That is when Mashariki came into play because at Fox Searchlight, she had 15 years under her belt serving as SVP of Production. She worked on movies such as The Last King of Scotland and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Mashariki also created the Black Film Initiative, spearheading the development of a new business plan for the African-American market that resulted in the releases of such films as The Secret Life of Bees and Notorious.
With degrees from reputable schools like Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, she is clearly well capable of what comes her way.