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Paramount CEO on Rejecting $3B Bid for Showtime: “It Wasn’t That Interesting to Us”

Paramount Global CEO Bob Bakish touted more of Showtime’s Billions drama in the pipeline, but doesn’t seem impressed with a recent $3 billion bid for his Showtime division. “There’s been so much comment about the Showtime thing. Yeah, we got an unsolicited offer for Showtime. We looked at it. And the reality is it wasn’t […]

Tyler Perry, Byron Allen Eye BET Majority Stake as Paramount Explores Sale

Paramount is exploring a potential sale of a majority stake in its BET business, which includes BET, VH1 and the BET+ streaming service, a source familiar with the matter tells The Hollywood Reporter. A second source tells THR that Tyler Perry, a longtime partner of BET, is engaged in conversations to buy the stake. Perry’s […]

Billy Porter Narrates BET’s ‘Black + Iconic: Style Gods’ Documentary

BET’s new four-part documentary series Black + Iconic, which celebrates Black pioneers across fashion, music, film and dance, kicks off Saturday with the first installment, “Style Gods.” Narrated by Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor Billy Porter and executive produced by Emmy Award-winner Stanley Nelson, the two-hour film explores the impact Black creatives have historically […]

Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwyane Wade to Receive President’s Award at NAACP Image Awards (Exclusive)

Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwyane Wade will receive the President’s Award at the 54th NAACP Image Awards, the NAACP and BET announced Thursday. The honor, recognizing notable achievement and valued public service, will be handed out at the ceremony airing live on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on BET. Previous honorees include Muhammad Ali, Colin […]

Former BET Networks CEO Debra Lee to Release Memoir (Exclusive)

Debra Lee, the former CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks, is set to tell her story in a memoir. Lee will release the book, I Am Debra Lee: A Memoir on March 7, 2023. The memoir will be published by Legacy Lit, an imprint dedicated “to giving voice to issues, authors and groups that […]

VH1 Moved to Scott Mills’ BET Media Group in Latest Paramount Shake-Up

BET president and CEO Scott Mills is adding to his portfolio at Paramount Global. In the latest piece of reorganization at the conglomerate, VH1 will move under Mills’ BET Media Group. The cable outlet was previously part of the Chris McCarthy-led Paramount Media Networks, along with Paramount Network, MTV, Comedy Central, CMT and others. Paramount […]