BET has set a new producing team in place for their drama series Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union. Will Packer has come on board as executive producer, while The Good Wife co-executive producer Erica Shelton Kodish has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner for the upcoming fourth season, according to Deadline.
Being Mary Jane debuted January 7, 2014, on BET. The series follows professional and personal life of successful TV news anchor Máry Jane Paul who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. On September 12, 2013, BET renewed Being Mary Jane for a second season, before the first season premiered. The second season premiered on February 3, 2015, and on February 5 the series was renewed for a third season, which premiered October 20, 2015. The second and third seasons received critical acclaim, specifically praising Gabrielle Union’s leading performance, Mara Brock Akil’s writing, and directing work by Regina King. On January 6, 2016, the series was renewed for a fourth season.
Stephen Hill, President of Programming, BET Networks, said of Will Packer,
Being Mary Jane is full of characters and stories about which BET viewers are passionate. We knew it would take special talent to further this very important mission and we’re lucky to have found them in this dynamic duo. Will’s a master producer and storyteller and Erica is a dynamic writer whose experience in developing complex, multi-dimensional women makes her the ideal scribe to continue Mary Jane’s journey.
It’s an amazing time to be involved in producing great television and this is the rare opportunity to work with Gab, who I think is one of the best actresses doing it today, whom I also consider family. BET is a tremendous partner and Erica has the perfect skill set to handle a show of this magnitude.
Packer’s TV credits include, Uncle Buck (2016), Truth Be Told (2015), Roots (2016), Buckhead (2016), etc. He has produced eight No. 1 films – Ride Along 2, No Good Deed, Ride Along, Think Like A Man Too, Think Like A Man, Takers, Obsessed and Stomp The Yard.