Vice President, Original Programming BET Networks
With over fifteen years of professional experience in the entertainment industry, Constance Orlando is one of the most versatile executives in music video, television, and commercial production. Connie’s expertise is in the creation and execution of brilliant visions, and as both a Producer and an Executive, she has been utilized by some of the biggest names in the Entertainment Industry today.
This New York native launched her career in 1995 when she formed her own full service production company, CMO Productions, Inc. (CMO) to specialize in the development and execution of full productions from pre-pro thru post. Innovative and intrepid, CMO is sited as having produced the first of its kind, direct-to-video soundtrack movie with Jay-Z entitled The Streets Is Watching. In addition to producing projects for CMO, Connie began working as the Executive Producer of Big Dog Films, Inc. in 1997, an internationally acclaimed production company, home to the highly acclaimed music video/commercial/film director, Hype Williams. Here Connie was in charge of overseeing all production work, controlling budgets well in excess of $1 million.
In 2007, Connie joined BET Networks full time as the Vice President of Original Programming, spearheading the new initiative to create content for a broader African-American audience. Under her new role as V.P., Connie has produced specials and series such as A Conversation with the Queen: The Queen Latifah Special, Film Meets Fashion, Harlem Heights, Monica: Still Standing, The Mo’Nique Show, Road to Platinum featuring Bow Wow and Omarion, The Steve Harvey Project, and Sunday Best.
In 2010, Connie served as both Executive and Executive Producer on the Black Girls Rock Awards, an unprecedented worldwide broadcast created to celebrate the accomplishments of Black women in television, film, music and business. Connie has also been an integral part of the launch of original scripted programming for the network, working on new scripted series such as The Game and Let’s Stay Together.
In addition to her rampant career, Connie formed a non-profit foundation, ‘just the girls’, in (2006), which will host 4-6 events annually with proceeds going to charitable organizations targeting women in need. In its first year, Connie hopes to raise funds through the foundation to support charitable organizations geared toward providing assistance to women and children. In the future, she hopes to add mentoring programs for today’s youth.
In her spare time, Connie enjoys skiing and traveling, and was recently featured in NAMIC’s “Top 40 Under 40” as one of cable’s top executives.