Blackwell Promoted to CW’s VP of Current Programming

Traci Lynn Blackwell has been promoted to Vice President of Current Programming at The CW network. 


Her appointment comes on the heels of her success overseeing some of The CW’s highest-rated shows, including breakout hit drama 90210, One Tree Hill and






The network recently announced a new slate of shows including the highly-anticipated dramas Vampire Diaries and Life Unexpected, which Blackwell will add to her roster of popular primetime shows.


In her new role, Blackwell continues to act as the network liaison overseeing day-to-day production for scripted programs 90210, One Tree Hill, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries and Life Unexpected, reporting to Executive Vice President Michael Roberts.  She is responsible for identifying writers, directors and significant creative personnel, as well as managing creative on stories, scripts and cuts, among other duties.

Blackwell’s 10-year track record of success at the network also includes shepherding comedies Everybody Hates Chris and The Game; award-winning series Girlfriends, which ended its run after 8 seasons; Eve, starring the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop sensation; and Half and Half,  all of which now appear in syndication.

Previously as an executive at UPN, Blackwell worked on the production of several sitcoms, such as The Parkers and Moesha. She began her career at UPN as assistant to then-President of Entertainment Tom Nunan.

Prior to UPN, Blackwell worked as an assistant to director/producer and former BET President of Programming Reginald Hudlin. She assisted him on projects including “The Great White Hype” and “Cosmic Slop.”

Traci is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.