BET NETWORKS TAPS AWARD-WINNING MEDIA EXECUTIVE, AMY DUBOIS BARNETT TO LEAD BET’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL PLATFORMS AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER
NEW YORK, N.Y.—Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - BET Networks, (a subsidiary of Viacom Inc., NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), the nation's leading provider of quality content for African-American audiences, today announced the appointment of Amy DuBois Barnett as Senior Vice President and General Manager of BET Digital. In her role, Barnett will oversee all aspects of digital content of BET non-linear platforms, BET’s digital and social strategy, content development, social programming, editorial, business development/partnerships, and digital business operations. Barnett will report to Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. She will be based in Los Angeles.
“We are thrilled to welcome Amy to our Senior Leadership team, and look forward to her expertise and strategic leadership in digital engagement and a shared vision of bold culture-driven content,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. “She will be a tremendous asset to our group, as consumers continue to turn to BET for best-in-class content and to discover what’s hot and what’s next on our multiple platforms.”
“I am energized to join the BET family and provide unsurpassed access to quality content for our audience to watch, share, stream and download,” said Amy DuBois Barnett, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BET Digital. “I look forward to redefining the digital, mobile, and social TV experiences of this great global brand and working with internal and external partners to tell entertaining, engaging and empowering stories from Black perspectives in America and beyond.”
Most recently, Barnett was the Chief Content Officer for theGrio and Executive Vice President, Digital for Entertainment Studios, theGrio’s parent company. Prior to Entertainment Studios, Barnett was recruited by ESPN to lead the development and launch of The Undefeated.
Before ESPN, Barnett was the Editor-in-Chief of Ebony. There, Barnett executed the publication’s first top-to-bottom redesign. In addition, she re-conceived and re-launched Ebony.com. During Barnett’s tenure, Ad Age listed Ebony as one of the 25 fastest growing magazines in the country and subsequently featured Ebony as a 2012 Magazine Brand to Watch. minOnline listed Ebony as one of the top five advertising gainers in the industry for the June 2012 issue. Barnett was named the 2012 Media Executive of the Year by Target Market News. In 2013, she was included on the Folio 100, a list that honors the most innovative and influential professionals in the media industry.
Prior to Ebony, Barnett was the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar where she managed both the print and digital editorial teams, and helped re-launch the brand’s digital platform. Barnett was also the Chief Editor of Teen People. With Barnett’s editorial redesign, Teen People grew to lead the teen category in audience, and reader satisfaction scores increased to their highest levels since the publication’s launch. Her groundbreaking redesign of TeenPeople.com made it the first media website to incorporate video into its regular content.
Before Teen People, Barnett served as Editor-in-Chief of Honey magazine where she oversaw a major redesign of the magazine that generated national buzz and more than doubled the circulation. Prior to Honey, Barnett led Essence magazine’s style content and lifestyle departments.
Barnett has appeared weekly as an on-air correspondent for CNN and has been featured on many national television shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, The Early Show, The Katie Show, Nightline, and on various programs on MSNBC, VH1, MTV, and BET.
Barnett has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She is also the author of an NAACP Image Award-nominated advice book for women, Get Yours! How to Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More (Doubleday/Broadway Books).
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, 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 and France. 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, 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.