VP, Current, Scripted & Unscripted, BET Networks
LaTanya N. Newt is the Vice President of Current, Scripted & Unscripted for BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience.
As a Los Angeles based programming executive, Newt oversees all creative aspects of scripted and unscripted series, MOWs, and mini-series from development to premiere, which includes approving story concepts and outlines, reviewing scripts and representing the network in discussions with writers, directors and producers.
In her time with BET Newt has been the creative executive overseeing such successful programs such as, The New Edition Story, The Quad, Death Row Chronicles, Book of Negroes, Inside The Label, F in Fabulous, Zoe Ever After, Second Generation Wayans, Music Moguls, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, Monica: Still Standing, Frankie and Neffe, Tiny and Toya, Toya: A Family Affair, and My Black Is Beautiful. Newt is currently working on The Bobby Brown Story, The Grand Hustle and Finding Justice.
In 2000, Newt came to BET Networks for the first time as an Executive Assistant to the VP of Programming and Entertainment. After a stint away, she returned to work with the Original Programming division in 2005 and has been with the Network since.
Newt began her work in the entertainment industry in 1994 as a Personal Assistant at BrooklynWorks, a small New York based Production Company formed by acclaimed actor Omar Epps. After spending time on the East, she relocated to Los Angeles and held positions with several other media organizations including, Asylum Entertainment, E! Entertainment and FX Networks.
Beyond an exemplary work ethic, Newt also possesses a kind spirit. She’s a firm believer in giving back to her community, a philosophy founded upon authenticity, hard work, and professionalism. Newt makes a practice of mentoring young adults pursuing careers in the entertainment industry and various creative fields through organizations like NAMIC’s L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program and Colour TV.
Newt completed her B.A. in Media Arts at Jersey City State College and an M.A. in Mass Communications at California State University, Northridge. She was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Barnwell, South Carolina.