Mekita Faiye is not a stereotypical developer of scripted programming. A Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering with a natural curiosity, she has followed her true passion for creativity while offering a differentiated process-focused, analytical leadership approach. As an executive on the A+E’s Lifetime Original Movies team, she leads the network’s efforts in sourcing engaging dramatic assets for TV movies. Among the highlights of her career is her success in moving projects forward that address timely and relevant issues including the BeMeBeFree “Unpopular Girl” movie initiative—a campaign that increased awareness around anxiety and received a 2019 Cynopsis Social Good Award.
Since joining A+E and Lifetime in 2015, Mekita has been a driving force behind the sourcing and development of a robust slate of movie programming. These have included a five-movie V.C. Andrews series, I Am Somebody’s Child, a three-movie Jane Green series (Tempting Fate, To Have and to Hold, and Family Pictures) and beloved Lifetime Christmas movies among others.
Earlier in her career, Mekita worked at MGM and Josephson Entertainment. After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Mekita produced a number of independent films, including the award-winning movie Speed-Dating (Pan-African Film Festival). She also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. She is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), a CAA Convene Fellow, and a current member of the Hollywood Radio & TV Society (HRTS) Associates Board of Directors.