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  1. Neil Portnow Honored By Clive Davis, Randy Philips, Martin Bandier, Kevin Lyman, Others

    December 10, 2012 9:10 AM EST The following video interview with Neil Portnow, CEO and president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, is from the latest edition of Billboard magazine. In addition to a special feature package on Portnow, who is celebrating ...

  2. Urban Radio Legend Joe 'Butterball' Tamburro Dies

    July 27, 2012 7:15 PM EDT The urban music industry and R&B fans alike are mourning the death of Joe "Butterball" Tamburro. The longtime WDAS Philadelphia radio personality and program director died on July 27 at the age of 70. An Italian-American from South P ...

  3. Urban Power List: Cara Lewis

    January 14, 2012 4:27 PM EST Cara Lewis Agent Creative Artists Agency Website: caa.com Tour Maven Named Billboard's 14th most powerful woman in the music industry in 2011, Cara Lewis made even bigger headlines earlier this year when she jumped ship from William Morris En ...

  4. Backbeat: The Merge Summit 2011

    August 23, 2011 1:00 PM EDT The third annual Merge Summit, focusing on the integration of faith and entertainment, took place over the weekend (Aug. 18-20) in Los Angeles at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Merge founder/chair Holly Carter, who is president/CEO of Relevé Enter ...

  5. Viacom Promotes Robert Bakish to New International CEO Position, Network Focusing On Foreign Markets

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Viacom is looking to deliver on its hopes to further grow its international TV business. The company has promoted Robert Bakish to the newly created position of president and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks. He was previously president ...

  6. R&B Briefs: Stevie Wonder, Akon, LeToya Luckett and More

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Stevie Wonder, Akon, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi and Jesse McCartney are among the artists performing on the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) 31st annual "Evening of Stars" tribute to singer/songwriter Lionel Richie. The two-hour ...

  7. Grey Goose, BET Serve Up Kid Cudi, Keri Hilson, Chrisette Michele

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BET Networks, in conjunction with Grey Goose vodka, will debut a TV and concert series dubbed “Rising Icons” on July 27. Each 30-minute episode will offer a glimpse into the life of an emerging artist by chronicling their journeys at home and on t ...

  8. BET J and VH1 Soul To Join For New Channel

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Viacom's VH1 Soul and BET J Networks are combining channel resources to create a new program outlet called Centric. Set to launch in October, the new network will take aim at Comcast/Radio One-owned TV One in targeting the 25-to 54-year-old A ...

  9. Viacom To Cut 850 Jobs

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The media conglomerate Viacom Inc. said Thursday that it will slash about 850 jobs and freeze some senior-level raises in a move to weather the global economic downturn. The owner of MTV Networks, BET Networks and Paramount Pictures said the job c ...

  10. BET Head Hudlin Exits

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BET entertainment chief Reginald Hudlin, who boosted original programming at the channel known for music videos and reruns, is leaving the company, BET Networks said Thursday. Hudlin is returning to his "entrepreneurial roots" as an inde ...

  11. BET Networks Reveals Upcoming Programming Slate

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BET Networks announced its programming slate for the next year, which includes "Brutha," a documentary series about five brothers in an R&B group under the guidance of producer Jermaine Dupri, and "106 & Gospel," a spin ...

  12. BET Launches Mobile Fan Club

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT BET Networks has introduced a mobile-based fan club for the series 106 & Park. The free service allows fans to receive artist news, ringtones and images of the show from their mobile phones, as well as receive early invites to special events a ...

  13. XL, Beggars Team With Joost

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST London-based independent label XL Recordings and parent The Beggars Banquet Group will launch a new online broadcasting platform on upstart Internet TV service Joost, which is due to launch in the first half of 2007. XL and Beggars will have their ...

  14. Verizon Wireless, BET Team

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Verizon Wireless and BET Networks have teamed up to bring mobile versions of popular BET programs to Verizon subscribers. Video clips form such BET shows as "106 & Park," "American Gangster," "College Hill," " ...

  15. BET Jazz Evolves to BET J

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST DIRECTV to launch revamped channel March 1. BET Networks is rebranding its BET Jazz channel as BET J. Concurrently, DIRECTV will launch the revamped channel on March 1. BET J will be located at Channel 330 on DIRECTV’s Total Choice Plus tier. Acco ...