Jill Holmes to depart VH1

Jill Holmes (pictured), head of West Coast development and production for VH1, is stepping down after 18 years with the U.S. cable net.
June 20, 2016

Jill Holmes, head of West Coast development and production for VH1, is leaving the Viacom-owned network after close to two decades.

A Viacom spokesperson confirmed to realscreen that Holmes will stay on in her role through the summer, before pursuing a first-look deal with VH1. Meanwhile, the West Coast teams will be led by VPs Kristen Kelly and Fernando Mills.

Holmes first joined the U.S. cable net in 1998 as VP of series production, and helped to create such series as Celebrity Rehab, Gotti’s Way, Basketball WivesFlavor of Love, Surreal Life and Behind the Music.

She was upped to senior VP of West Coast production and development in April 2009, and then promoted to her current role in November, following the exit of Susan Levison, VH1′s former executive VP of original programming and production.

The departure saw both Holmes and Nina L. Diaz tapped to head production and development on West and East Coasts, respectively. The pair reports to Chris McCarthy, who was named president of VH1 and Logo TV earlier this month.

McCarthy announced Holmes’ exit internally. A new structure is to be announced in the coming weeks.

The news was first reported by U.S. trade outlet Deadline.


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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.