Black Entertainment Television

  1. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae To Perform At BET Honors

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are among the artists set to perform at BET Honors 2014. Premiering Feb. 24 in the U.S. and Feb. 28 on BET’s international network, the telecast will also feature Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and W ...

  2. Debra Lee

    November 28, 2012 1:53 PM EST Chairman/CEO, BET Networks Rating Gains Under the leadership of BET Networks chairman/CEO Debra Lee, flagship channel BET continues to post viewership and ratings gains, according to Nielsen, through a diverse slate of original programming, awards ...

  3. Backbeat: BET Host Music Matters Showcase With Leah Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Rob Light, More

    July 05, 2012 12:56 PM EDT (L-R): BET's Kelly Griffin, LaToya Jackson, BET's Stephen Hill, Katherine Jackson and Rebbie Jackson. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images/BET Networks) BET Awards 2012 is now part of television history. However, music still matters at BET as ...

  4. Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill, BET

    June 27, 2012 11:44 AM EDT Dynastic Duo Consistency has become the hallmark of Black Entertainment Television. The cable channel’s leader, Debra Lee, has been with the Viacom-owned company for more than 25 years. Hill has handled music programming and specials for ...

  5. Hip Hop Hall of Fame Finds NYC Home

    May 22, 2012 8:53 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Organizers say the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum has found a home in midtown Manhattan. The Wall Street Journal, says the plans also include a restaurant, arcade, concert lounge, television studios, marquee, community and corporat ...

  6. Foursquare To Introduce Fan Exclusives At SXSW With fun., Counting Crows, Asher Roth

    March 07, 2012 12:05 PM EST Foursquare today announced the creation of "specials" for concerts, a new feature that will allow artists to create promotional pushes, give away prizes, and offer exclusive rewards for fans who check into their concerts using the servic ...

  7. 'Soul Train' Founder Don Cornelius: The Billboard Interviews

    February 01, 2012 1:27 PM EST "Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius, who died early today of an apparent suicide at age 75, spoke with Billboard many times over the last 40 years. Here is a look at some highlights from those interviews. When Cornelius came up with the i ...

  8. Billboard Power 100: Debra Lee

    January 26, 2012 8:20 PM EST No. 94 Debra Lee Chairman/CEO BET Holdings Power, according to Debra Lee, "means being able to set your own destiny. And, in my instance, it means being able to navigate BET, Centric and our other platforms in the direction that's approp ...

  9. Urban Power List: Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill

    January 13, 2012 4:18 PM EST Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill Chairman/CEO, BET Networks President of Music Programming & Specials, BET Networks Website: BET.com Twitter: @StephenGHill Dynastic Duo Consistency has become the hallmark of Black Entertainment Television. The ...

  10. Urban Power List: Magic Johnson

    January 11, 2012 4:48 PM EST Magic Johnson Owner, Magic Johnson Enterprises Website: MagicJohnson.com Twitter: @MagicJohnson Business Baller The Los Angeles Lakers and NBA legend is still playing ball: He's part of the Guggenheim Partners-backed group that purchased the ...

  11. BET Sued Over 'Rogue' Telecast of Essence Music Festival

    November 02, 2011 7:00 AM EDT TV One is accusing BET Network and MTV of hijacking its exclusive rights to the Essence Music Festival, featuring performances by Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige and others. The ambush is alleged to have happened this summer, and now TV ...

  12. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Debra Lee

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 7 Debra Lee Chairman/CEO, BET Networks Website: Bet.com Twitter: @bet Under chairman/CEO Debra Lee, BET Networks continues to make ratings strides, as evidenced by the success of two cornerstone programs: its annual BET Awards and "The Ga ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. TV Broadcast Network Aimed at Black Audience Announced for Fall

    April 07, 2011 7:15 AM EDT The country's first broadcast network aimed at African-American audiences is set to debut this fall with free movies, sports and documentaries. Atlanta-based Bounce TV will be an over-the-air channel supported by sponsors, showing programs fo ...

  15. Viacom to Pay $2.75 Million To Settle BET Music Claims

    January 28, 2011 2:56 PM EST Viacom and Black Entertainment Television ("BET") have agreed to fork over $2.75 million to resolve a pending class action lawsuit from the owners of sound recordings. The class action was led by The Music Force, which commenced action i ...

  16. Vevo, BET Close To Deal: Report

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Vevo has reportedly finalized an agreement to syndicate its catalog of music videos to BET.com . A Bloomberg report cites two anonymous sources saying the deal is done. The interesting element here is that BET parent company Viacom also owns MTV, ...

  17. Fox To Launch American Country Awards

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Just what television needs: another awards show. Fox is set to announce today its intent to launch a country music awards telecast. The two-hour American Country Awards will premiere Dec. 6 live on the East Coast from Las Vegas. With ACAs coming t ...

  18. Chris Brown Makes Surprise Appearance At BET Awards

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys and newcomer Nicki Minaj were the big winners at the 10th annual BET Awards, both taking home two statuettes during the ceremony held last night (June 27) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. However, the evening’s real buzz center ...

  19. Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj Early BET Award Winners

    June 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West got Sunday's BET Awards off to a musical start, opening the show from atop a volcano on stage. In his first TV appearance since dissing Taylor Swift at last year's MTV Video Music Awards, West stood in a beam of light as he pe ...

  20. Jay-Z Leads Nominees At Music-filled BET Awards

    June 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z and Justin Bieber. Kanye West and T.I. John Legend and Prince. Hosted by Queen Latifah, Sunday night's BET Awards promise to be a star-studded affair, and organizers say it will be packed with more performances than in previous years. W ...

  21. BET To Give Prince Lifetime Honor

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This month's BET Awards will be a royal affair: Prince is getting a lifetime achievement honor. The 51-year-old joins the likes of James Brown, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and Al Green in being honored by the BET Awards, which will celebrate ...

  22. Fred Goldring Among Obama Arts Appointments

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST President Obama has named six new members he will nominate for the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, including entertainment lawyer Fred Goldring and BET co-founder Sheila Johnson. Goldring is a partner in Beverly Hills-ba ...

  23. MTV Nabs Rights To Michael Jackson Documentary

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks has acquired the exclusive U.S. television rights to the posthumous documentary "Michael Jackson's This Is It." The concert movie did well at the box office and should prove of high interest to viewers of MTV, whose air ...

  24. Soul Train Awards Return After 2-Year Hiatus

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Soul Train Awards plan to return to the air after a two-year hiatus to recognize those who helped shape R&B music. Record executive Antonio "L.A." Reid, singers Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Chaka Khan and Charlie Wilson wi ...

  25. Live Nation, BET Networks Partner To Produce U.S. Tours

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has partnered with BET Networks to produce a series of U.S. tours that are set to visit Live Nation-owned House of Blues venues and other clubs/theaters across the country. The new partnership will launch this fall with the 106 & P ...

  26. 'Soul Train' Vaults Opened For DVD Deal

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fans of television's long-running "Soul Train" will now have the chance to purchase DVDs of the pioneering dance show. Soul Train Holdings has partnered with Direct Holdings Americas Inc., granting the latter the domestic home video ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Ray Chew Directs Music For 'Neighborhood Inaugural Ball'

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Having served as musical director for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, veteran musician, composer and producer Ray Chew will step it up a notch on Jan. 20 as he handles the same duties for the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball. Newly installed P ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. BET Ramps Up Interactive Services

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BET has teamed up with its mobile commerce partner Single Touch Systems to offer new interactive entertainment services to viewers. The 4U2 Dedicate, lets users select a song to dedicate to a friend from a pre-defined list, and then record a perso ...

  31. Master P Takes On BET With New Cable Network

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop entrepreneur Percy Miller, a.k.a. Master P, is launching a family- friendly cable network, Better Black Television. The network will provide "positive content for a black and brown culture," according to a company statement. BBTV ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. BET To Honor Keys

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys will receive the Entertainment Award at the BET Honors, a gala scheduled for Jan. 12 in Washington D.C. that will air on the cable network on February 22. It's the first time for the awards show, says Debra Lee, chairman and CEO o ...

  34. BET Series 'Hip-Hop Vs. America' Kicks Off

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first part of BET’s three part series "Hip-Hop Vs. America" will kick-off tonight. Among many topics, the show will discuss hip-hop's criminality, law enforcement relationships and African American female images in music. The se ...

  35. 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," " ...

  36. VH1, BET To Share 'Wifey' Series

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST VH1 and BET have found a show they want to split in hopes of a hit. In an unprecedented collaboration between a pair of TV networks, the Viacom-owned duo are jointly developing a scripted-series pilot that, if picked up, would air in the same time ...

  37. MTV Japan's Flux Broadens To Internet

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Viacom International Japan today (Oct. 23) launched a broadband version of its "Flux" mobile entertainment community. Viacom International Japan today (Oct. 23) launched a broadband version of its "Flux" mobile entertainment co ...

  38. Blige, Brown, West, Foxx Lead BET Winners

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Event held last night (June 27). Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and "Gold Digger" duo Kanye West and Jamie Foxx shared double wins at the 2006 BET Awards last night (June 27). Picking up respective statuettes as best female R&B artist an ...

  39. Report: HD Radio Preferred Over iPod

    March 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Study done Jan.-Feb., 1,000 people polled. Mercury Radio Research has released the results of a survey of 1,000 people conducted in Jan.-Feb. about HD Radio and the iPod. Given the choice between the two technologies at the same price, better than ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. VOD Targets Hip Hop

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST The first video-on-demand channel targeting hip-hop fans--the DoD channel--will debut this Friday (Nov. 11) on Comcast Digital Cable. DoD, which is a subsidiary of the Simmons Lathan Media Group, will The first video-on-demand channel targeting hi ...

  42. Wal Mart, BET Team For Kanye West Promo

    August 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Exclusive DVD content packaged with new release. Wal-Mart and BET are kicking off a new marketing alliance by offering an exclusive Kanye West DVD packaged with the artist's new release, "Late Registration." The combo is selling for ...

  43. In The Spirit

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dr. Bobby Jones is celebrating his 25th anniversary on BET as host of the cable network's top-rated gospel show, touring extensively and preparing for an upcoming summit he's organizing. Read Deborah Dr. Bobby Jones is celebrating his 25 ...

  44. BET Taps Hudlin As Entertainment Head

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Film/TV director starts immediately. In keeping with its plan to create a diverse range of original programming, BET has named noted film and television director Reginald Hudlin as its new president of entertainment. As the cable network's ch ...

  45. BET Promotes Lee To CEO

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Debra L. Lee has been named CEO of Black Entertainment Television. She was president/COO. Debra L. Lee has been named CEO of Black Entertainment Television. She was president/COO. CEO Robert L. Johnson is now taking the title of chairman, with pla ...

  46. Debra Lee Takes Reins At BET

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Founder to step down by January 2006. Debra L. Lee has been named BET's CEO, effective immediately, by founder/CEO Robert L. Johnson. Lee is currently president/COO. Johnson takes the title of chairman, with plans to retire from the company h ...

  47. Cable Industry And Senators Offer Kid-Friendly Packages

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Two Senate Commerce Committee lawmakers are praising the cable industry's announcement April 28 to put in place better safeguards for parents who want to protect their children from racy and violent p WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Two Senate Commerce C ...

  48. Will, Jada To Host BET Awards

    April 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Live event will take place June 28. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been chosen to host "BET Awards '05." Gladys Knight will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at this year's ceremony. Other special honorees ...

  49. Rhythm & Blues

    April 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The new BET reality program, "Blowin' Up!: Fatty Koo," is the first original series from the network's program-development division, headed by VP Robyn Lattaker-Johnson. Read Gail Mitchell's column. The new BET reality pro ...

  50. Usher, Beyonc, OutKast Honored At BET Awards

    June 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With two awards apiece, Beyoncé, OutKast and Usher headed the winners' circle during last night's (June 29) BET Awards. The fourth annual ceremony, expanded to three hours this year, was broadcas With two awards apiece, Beyoncé, ...

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