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Hudlin Exiting BET

Black Entertainment Television Entertainment President Reggie Hudlin is leaving the company after three years in the position.

In an internal memo to BET employees, network CEO Debra Lee said Hudlin is "returning to his entrepreneurial roots as an independent producer."

Lee told Multichannel News that the executive's departure was a "mutual" decision made between her and Hudlin. She praised Hudlin for his tenure at BET during which he produced 17 of the top 20 highest-rated shows in the network's 28-year history.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.