BET Networks Reigns as the #1 Cable Network for African American
Viewers 18-49 for 17 Consecutive Years
In Upcoming Fiscal Year (2018-2019) BET Networks Will Feature 21%
More Original Programming Than Previous Year
With over 12 Billion Annual Social Impressions, BET Networks is the
#1 Most Socially Buzzed-About Cable Net of CY2017 Across Facebook &
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
BET Networks announced today its upcoming 2018-2019 fiscal year
programming slate. Now, more than ever, black culture is powering every
area of mainstream from politics and social media to music and fashion.
As the #1 Cable Network for African American viewers 18-49 for 17
consecutive years, BET is omnipresent in its influence of all aspects of
pop culture with new original series and specials, featuring some of
Hollywood's biggest stars and influencers, both in front and behind the
camera. From Dwayne Johnson, T.I., Will Packer, En Vogue, SWV, Salt,
Pepa, Spinderella, Swizz Beatz, Tracey Edmonds and more, BET is
raising the bar on premium programming content and will deliver 21% more
original programming than last year. From engaging new provocative
series, to culture-defining mega-specials, BET continues to entertain,
empower and engage its audiences.
"BET has a special connection with the African American audience," said
Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. "It is this connection that
powers our mission to entertain, engage and empower our audience with
premium original content, strategic partnerships with the biggest
brands, and unparalleled access to the most sought-after talent."
"Creating powerful, engaging and provocative content has been BET
Networks' legacy for decades," said Connie Orlando, Head of Programming,
BET Networks. "And, with the increase in our original programming slate
for 2019, we're committed more than ever to telling the most compelling
and authentic stories about the Black experience."
Since July 2017, BET Networks has posted three consecutive quarters of
linear ratings growth across multiple demos including the key demo
P18-49. From television screens to mobile screens, BET continues to
expand on all platforms. No one tweets, shares, posts or snaps like the
BET audience - the most socially engaged in its competitive set. With 12
billion annual social impressions in 2017, BET has maintained a
strong-hold in the digital space leading all major cable networks,
ranking #2 out of nearly 230 digital entertainment TV properties for
reaching African Americans. Solidifying insights from last year's
comprehensive Black Twitter study and having the ability to amplify a
message out to the broader African American universe, BET continues to
hold a special place of influence with fans.
AMERICAN SOUL - Inspired by the personal trials and
professional successes of a young, ambitious and troubled impresario Don
Cornelius. The drama series is an unflinching look at the entrepreneur,
his Soul Train dancers, crew and musicians in an unforgiving Hollywood
in the 1970's - how they work, play, rise and fall against the backdrop
of Soul Train — "the hippest trip in America" and one of the most
predominant television shows for African-American culture. Produced by
Jesse Collins Entertainment, AMERICAN SOUL is executive produced
by Jesse Collins, Jonathan Prince, Devon Greggory and Tony Cornelius
with Co-Executive Producer Andy Horne. Greggory and Prince, who created
the series will also pen the pilot.
FORMAT: One-hour drama
OF EPISODES: 10
THE ARCHER CONNECTION [WORKING TITLE] - The ten-episode
half-hour series follows the life of tech genius Archer Grant, a young,
black, iconoclastic mastermind who has developed Archer App - a software
that measures the sexual chemistry between its user and anyone in the
room. In launching the app and managing its rapid growth, Archer
clumsily navigates between worlds - hipster Brooklyn, bloodthirsty Wall
Street, underground hip-hop, innovative Silicon Valley - while trying to
avoid the treacherous grip of capitalism and his own precarious sex
addiction. THE ARCHER CONNECTION is co-executive produced and
written by Chad Sanders.
FORMAT: Half-hour dramedy
BOOMERANG - BET and Paramount Television are partnering to reboot
the 1992 American romantic comedy film BOOMERANG, in which a
successful executive finds that his lifestyle choices have turned back
on him when his new boss turns out to be a bigger deviant than he is.
This updated version explores contemporary workplace dynamics, including
the changing role of gender, office politics, relationships, and the
conflicts between Generation X and Millennials.
NUMBER OF EPISODES: 10
GAMES DIVAS PLAY - Based on the popular book by Angela
Burt-Murray, this sultry new thriller takes viewers inside the
high-stakes world of professional sports where everyone plays to win.
With an ensemble cast of dynamic characters including an ambitious
reporter, a millionaire basketball player, a desperate housewife, a
scandalous groupie, and a murderous stalker, the series follows three
women Nia, Vanessa and Laila and the men in their lives. In a ruthless
battle for success, these women's passions and motivations
are seldom altruistic, but their life choices and drive will determine
what it really takes to stay on top. GAMES DIVAS PLAY is
executive produced by Tracey Edmonds of Edmonds Entertainment, Angela
Burt-Murray and Vanessa Middleton, who also serves as showrunner for the
FORMAT: One-hour drama
NUMBER OF EPISODES: 10
PEACHTREE PLACE - Follows five 30-something year olds living in
Atlanta as they try to build professional and personal lives they can be
proud of, but find that being a real adult is easier said than done.
Unresolved feelings from college are uncovered and secrets revealed,
forcing these friends to finally deal with uncomfortable truths about
love, sex and reluctantly, growing up. PEACHTREE PLACE is
executive produced by Will Packer and co-executive produced by Sheila
Duckworth and Felischa Marye, who also serves as a writer on the series.
NUMBER OF EPISODES: 10
FINDING JUSTICE - From executive producers Dwayne Johnson, Dany
Garcia and David Leepson, this compelling docuseries tells the powerful
stories of heroes, leaders, advocates and change agents in African
American communities across America as they uncover injustices and fight
to bring healing and change. With the grit and edge of investigative
journalism and the profound heart of a powerful documentary, each
episode delivers a riveting look at the faces of change in Black
America. FINDING JUSTICE is produced by Seven Bucks Productions
and Leepson Bounds Entertainment.
FORMAT: Crime, Docuseries
OF EPISODES: 6
DREAM TEAM - In the summer of 1992, a basketball team comprised
of 11 future Hall of Famers showed up at the Olympics in Spain and
changed the face of sports and global culture forever. DREAM TEAM
is an intimate journey from the spark of an idea to the podium in
Barcelona, examining an incomparable legacy that still resonates 25
years later. Based on acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum's New
York Times bestselling book that follows the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men's
Basketball team, the five-episode docuseries from BET and Paramount
Television, will explore how a group of extraordinary and complex
individuals became a team and how that team transcended sports. DREAM
TEAM is directed and executive produced by Emmett and Brendan Malloy
of Malloy Brothers Productions. Underground's Trevor Engelson and Five
All in The Fifth's Douglas Banker also executive produce. McCallum will
serve as a consultant for the series. The docuseries is created with the
cooperation and support of USA Basketball and the NBA.
NUMBER OF EPISODES: 5
THE NEXT BIG THING [WORKING TITLE] - This hybrid
docu-music competition series highlights super-producer Swizz Beats,
Tina Davis, music veteran A&R Exec (Def Jam, Empire), former manager
of Chris Brown as we follow a league of powerhouse music icons, put
up-and-coming artists through the ultimate development boot camp. After
being coached and challenged on performance preparation, these artists
must give the best performance of their career to land a deal with one
of six major record labels. Produced by Releve Entertainment, the series
is executive produced by Swizz Beats, Tina Davis and Holly Carter.
NUMBER OF EPISODES: 10
LADIES NIGHT - This new docuseries follows the personal and
professional drama of the iconic 90's girl groups En Vogue,
Salt, Pepa, Spinderella and SWV as they embark on
a national tour. With a run of shows across the US, these iconic artists
must create, choreograph, and execute a night featuring all of their
famous hits. With major money on the line, the OGs will need to put
their pride to the side in order to launch something truly memorable.
Produced by Entertainment One's Tara Long, Mark Herwick, Madison Merritt
serve as executive producers.
THE GRAND HUSTLE - From the streets to the boardroom, T.I. wrote
the book on hustling and now he's looking for the nation's next big
hustler to see who will come out on top. Set in the streets of Atlanta,
these contestants use the city to prove they have what it takes to
out-hustle the rest! In the end, T.I. will choose one person to be named
King or Queen of the Hustle - landing a six-figure job working at one of
T.I.'s companies. Produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, THE GRAND
HUSTLE is executive produced by Christian Sarabia, Clifford "T.I."
Harris, Brian Sher, Vinnie Kaufman and Johnny Petillo. Petillo also
serves as showrunner for the series.
FORMAT: Competition, Docuseries
OF EPISODES: 12
THE HUSTLE: BROOKLYN- This new coming-of-age docuseries set in
Brooklyn, follows a cast of young and sexy millennials with a balance of
economic backgrounds, focusing on transitional moments of their
lives. Produced by Entertainment One & Creature films, Tara Long of eOne
and Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez serve as executive producers.
NUMBER OF EPISODES: 10
MEGA-SPECIALS AND TENTPOLE EVENTS
BET AWARDS - Moving into its nineteenth year, the BET
AWARDS franchise is the #1 program in cable television history among
African American viewers for 16 consecutive years. This magnetic night
of musical collaborations and jaw-dropping moments consistently delivers
high ratings, millions of social media impressions and buzz before,
during and after the star-studded live telecast. The best in music has
graced the stage including Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Chris
Brown, DJ Khaled, Chance the Rapper, Migos and more. In 2017, the BET
AWARDS honored New Edition with the Lifetime Achievement Award and
Chance the Rapper with the Humanitarian Award.
BET EXPERIENCE - Returning for its seventh year, BET Experience
at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® showcases the best in music,
comedy, and entertainment. The immersive experience continues to grow
each year, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the downtown Los
Angeles area. The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola®
includes a series of interactive events such as a free Fan Fest, live
music, Celebrity Basketball Game presented by Sprite, Celebrity
Dodgeball Game and Genius Talks with A-list talent; as well as a
partnership between BET Networks and AEG to bring a star-studded
electrifying concert series to the L.A. Live complex.
BET HIP HOP AWARDS - The BET HIP HOP AWARDS returns
to highlight the best of the year in hip-hop music, with bold
performances and breakthrough freestyle cyphers. This seminal awards
show singularly celebrates hip-hop and sets social media on fire with
the click of a hashtag, placing it among the most social award shows all
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™ - Featuring emerging and legendary talent,
touching tributes to present-day role models and soulful, surprising
musical performances, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™ celebrates the
brilliance and beauty of Black women. This Award-winning special is both
timely and timeless, saluting dynamic leaders in entertainment,
business, philanthropy, and beyond. Past award winners include film
legend Cicely Tyson, music and fashion icon Rihanna, director Ava
DuVernay, educator Nadia Lopez, and veteran actor Taraji P. Henson.
Created by executive producer Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! ™
highlights the wide spectrum of talent and contributions of women of
color who are shaping our world.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS - The iconic brand that defined a generation
returns with an awards show that delivers world class talent and honors
the best in R&B and soul. Recent performers include Jill Scott, Tamar
Braxton, Luke James and more. In 2017, the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS
honored Toni Braxton with the Legend Award and SWV with the Lady of Soul
Award. The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is guaranteed to deliver Love,
Peace, and SOUL!
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA)(NASDAQ:VIA.B), is
the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and
public affairs television programming for the African-American audience.
The primary BET channel is in nearly 85 million households and can be
seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom,
sub-Saharan Africa, France and South Korea. BET is the dominant
African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business
extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black
entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER (formerly CENTRIC), a
24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American woman; BET
Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home
Entertainment; BET Live, BET's growing festival business; BET Mobile,
which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices;
and BET International, which operates BET Networks around the globe.
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