Eunetta T. Boone, a veteran TV writer and showrunner on Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home” died Wednesday at the age of 63.
“Eunetta Boone was a wonderful person and a consummate storyteller and teacher, and through her leadership on many productions including ‘Raven’s Home,’ she did so well what she enjoyed most — mentoring creative talent,” the network said in a statement. “Eunetta will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by everyone who knew her. All of us at Disney Channel grieve her passing and send our deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.”
Production on the third season of the “That’s So Raven” spinoff has been shut down for the rest of the week, with the network making grief counselors available to cast and crew.
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Boone joined “Raven’s Home” last November as the new showrunner for the upcoming third season. She had previously served as a consultant, working alongside executive producer and star Raven-Symoné.
“My heart is heavy following the loss of ‘Raven’s Home’ executive producer Eunetta Boone,” Raven-Symoné said in a statement. “Eunetta was a pioneer and an inspiration to everyone she met. She was a masterful storyteller, an empathetic leader and a beacon of light to so many. I’m sending love and my deepest sympathies to Eunetta’s family and friends and all who knew and loved her. She will be missed. Thank you for everything Eunetta.”
Boone served as creator and executive producer of the comedy series “One on One,” starring Kyla Pratt, as well as its spin-off “Cuts,” led by Marques Houston and Shannon Elizabeth. She also served as co-executive producer on “My Wife & Kids” and “The Hughleys.” Her other credits include “Living Single,” “The Parent ‘Hood” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
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She first began her career as a sports reporter for the Baltimore Sun, the first African-American woman to cover sports in the city of Baltimore, and only the third African-American woman in the nation to cover at a major daily. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a journalism degree and received her Master of Science in journalism from Columbia University.
For the past six years, Boone has been a screenwriting instructor with an emphasis in comedy writing for The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.