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Debra Lee exits as chairman & CEO of BET

BET Network’s chairman and CEO Debra Lee is to exit the network on May 28. BET owner Viacom has laid the groundwork for her departure for some time, making Scott M. Mills BET president in December . He was placed to lead on strategy and day-to-day operations with Lee advising. Lee joined the company as […]

BET names Viacom exec as president in rejig

BET Networks, the US network targeting African Americans, has named Scott M. Mills from parent Viacom as president and will bring the exec in for the post on January 1, as chairman and CEO Debbie Lee steps back. Prior to his work with Viacom, Mills acted as COO for BET Networks, where he led its […]

BET programming chiefs exiting

Stephen Hill and Zola Mashariki are stepping down as programming chiefs at Viacom’s BET Networks. The pair are being replace in the interim by Connie Orlando, who will serve as head of programming until a full-time replacement is found. Hill is leaving his post as president of programming, a post he took up in December […]

Viacom merging US and int’l under Bakish

Viacom’s international and US channel groups are merging into a new unit that Bob Bakish will lead as interim company president and CEO. Viacom International Media Networks and domestic networks arm Viacom Music and Entertainment Group are coming together as Viacom Global Entertainment Group (VGEG). Furthermore, the Viacom Kids and Family Group, which Cyma Zarghami […]

BET creates programming president role for Hill

African-American-skewed cable channel BET has appointed Stephen Hill to a new role as president, programming. Hill is currently the Viacom Media Networks-owned net’s president, music programming and specials, where he has been responsible for shows such as the BET Awards, Black Girls Rock and Celebration of Gospel. He was also part of the team that […]

Scandal goes into syndication with Viacom’s BET

Hit ABC political thriller series Scandal has gone into syndication, with Viacom channel BET launching the first two seasons this summer. BET’s deal gives it access to each episode of the show no earlier than eight days after its original network broadcast. Following the launch of the first pair of seasons, the third will debut […]