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Stephen Hill Exits BET as part of Network's Rejuvenation

Stephen Hill Exits BET as part of Network’s Rejuvenation

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Debra Lee stated: "I want to let you know that Stephen Hill, President of Programming for BET Networks has decided to step down from his role. Stephen joined Viacom in 1995, and then BET in 1999, serving as President of Music Programming and Specials before taking on the role as President of Programing. Stephen has earned a reputation as one of the leading creative minds in television and music. His contributions to the team have been invaluable as we worked together to successfully reinvigorate our brand. Who could ever forget THE Prince Tribute, James Brown and Michael Jackson, Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar? This list can go on and on. The incredible "awww yeahhh" moments Stephen has created during his 18 years literally are too many to mention." Hill responded: "This Friday, 6,549 days after I took my first step through the doors of BET, I will walk my last one out. It has been my honor to serve this brand in that span and I am thrilled to have been able to be a member of the teams that ideated and created so many spectacles, moments, memories and miracles. It’s been fulfilling to be part of huge changes that literally shifted culture. As we go forward, I’m excited by all of our immediate and long term upcoming trajectories."

BET NETWORKS CHAIRMAN AND CEO DEBRA L. LEE TO BE HONORED BY CLIVE DAVIS...

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CLIVE DAVIS AND THE RECORDING ACADEMY® TO HONOR BET NETWORKS CHAIRMAN AND CEO DEBRA L. LEE WITH THE GRAMMY SALUTE TO INDUSTRY ICONS® AWARD AT THE 2017 PRE-GRAMMY® GALA

Annual Celebration Will Take Place On Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, At The Beverly Hilton Hotel On The Eve Of The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®

Debra Lee

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2016) — Clive Davis and The Recording Academy® will present the annual Pre-GRAMMY® Gala on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening preceding the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. As part of the celebration, BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee will be recognized as the 2017 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons® honoree for her significant contributions to the music industry. 

Sponsored by Hilton, Mastercard, JBL by HARMAN, and Delta Airlines, the invitation-only Pre-GRAMMY Gala has long been one of the music industry's most prestigious events, having hosted the industry's top leaders and welcomed the world's most talented artists on its stage. For nearly 10 years, the gala has also included a presentation to honor industry luminaries through The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Irving Azoff, Martin Bandier, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin, and Antonio "L.A." Reid. 

"For this year's GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award, The Recording Academy is proud to honor the extraordinary Debra L. Lee, a groundbreaking figure whose innovative vision, commitment to entertainment, and philanthropic work have had a profound impact on the industry as well as our broader culture," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Debra has elevated BET to the remarkable platform it is today, and we look forward to celebrating our first, and definitely not the last, female honoree as our industry continues to recognize the significant contributions of female leaders." 

"I am thrilled that The Recording Academy is presenting BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee with this year's GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award," said Clive Davis, co-host of the Pre-GRAMMY Gala.  "Debra's many years of wonderful work and dedication to the network, as well as raising the profile of businesswomen in the African-American community, has been remarkable and she truly deserves this great honor.

"It is such a tremendous honor to receive this year's GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award. Music is a part of BET's DNA and it's always been my goal to touch people by educating, inspiring, providing opportunity, and affecting real change through the powerful medium of entertainment," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. "I am proud and thrilled to be the first woman to join this dynamic group of industry trailblazers ."

Recently inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, Lee is one of this country's most respected business executives. As Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, the leading media and entertainment company for African-Americans and lovers of black culture, she is one of the highest ranking African-American women in the media industry. A graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Harvard Law School, Lee has led BET's successful reinvigorated brand approach, creating quality programming that respects, reflects and elevates its audience, including hit shows "Being Mary Jane," "Real Husbands Of Hollywood," the biggest celebration of  Black music and achievement, the “BET Awards”  and the upcoming three-night epic miniseries "The New Edition Story" airing in January. Prior to her appointment as CEO in March 1996, Lee served as the network's executive vice president of strategic business development. In 2003 Lee was given the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership from the NCTA — The Internet & Television Association, making her the first African-American female executive to receive the honor. Under her leadership, BET continues to bring quality programming to an audience of over 90 million households domestically and over 38 million homes internationally.

 

Debra Lee Talks the BET Experience with Power 106

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Mara Brock Akil and BET’s “Being Mary Jane” is What TV Needs

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