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