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'Being Mary Jane' appoints new EP, showrunner for season 4

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BET has found a new team to lead Being Mary Jane for season 4.

EW can confirm that Will Packer (Ride Along 2, No Good Deed) and Erica Shelton Kodish (The Good Wife) will be running the hit series, replacing creator/showrunner Mara Brock Akil, who left BET for a production deal with Warner Bros. TV earlier this year. Akil’s production company Akil Productions will partner with Will Packer Productions and BET to produce the Gabrielle Union-led drama.

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,” Stephen Hill, President of Programming, BET Networks said in a statement. “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. We look forward to sharing this next chapter of the series with our audience.”

Packer has helmed big screen hits across both comedy and drama, serving as producer on releases including Think Like a Man Too and Obsessed. More recently, Packer was an executive producer on box office breakout Straight Outta Compton. Upcoming projects include History Channel’s Roots remake, and ABC series Uncle Buck.

Shelton Kodish recently wrapped a three-season run on legal drama The Good Wife as co-executive producer and sometime-writer, which ended last month. Her previous producing credits include Covert Affairs, Hawthorne, and police procedural Cold Case.

Production on Being Mary Jane’s fourth season is scheduled to begin in Atlanta sometime later this year.

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