Stephen Hill & Debra Lee: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 84

Stephen Hill & Debra Lee

Hill: 53, President of programming, BET Networks


Lee: 60, Chairman/CEO, BET Networks

Last year's rank:
Hill: --; Lee: 92

Lee and newly promoted colleague Hill steered BET to several triumphs: The BET Awards drew 7.9 million viewers, and its second BET Experience live-music event attracted 112,488 visitors, a 10 percent increase in attendance. While BET cornerstone 106 & Park ended its 14-year TV run, Lee and Hill are looking ahead. Slated for 2015: season two of BET's hit series Being Mary Jane, a miniseries adaptation of The Book of Negroes and the rebranding of sister channel Centric as the first black women's network.

HARDEST BUSINESS LESSON LEARNED: "Pay attention to the research and data, but eventually listen to your gut." -- Lee

HOURS A DAY I LISTEN TO MUSIC: "All of them. If it's not in my ears, it's in my head." -- Hill