BET NETWORKS UNVEILS INAUGURAL SOCIAL IMPACT CONFERENCE, META CONVENED BY BET NETWORKS

06/19/19

TODAY’S MOST INFLUENTIAL
STRATEGIC THOUGHT-LEADERS ACROSS MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, AND TECHNOLOGY TO GATHER AND EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES TO POSITIVELY IMPACT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY

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TYLER PERRY, QUEEN LATIFAH, DJ KHALED, LEE DANIELS, CHARLES KING, REV. AL SHARPTON, JEMELE HILL, DONNA BRAZILE, HILL HARPER, CHARLES PHILLIPS, YUSEF SALAAM, AND MORE SCHEDULED TO PARTICIPATE IN
THE TWO-DAY EVENT IN LOS ANGELES

#META4CHANGE



NEW YORK, NY — June 19, 2019 — BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Media Networks (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), announces inaugural social impact conference, META (Media, Entertainment and Technology Alliance) Convened by BET Networks, to explore how the most influential people and platforms across these sectors can work together to positively impact outcomes for the African-American community.   The two-day invitation-only event will take place Thursday, June 20 and Friday June 21 in Los Angeles as the lead up to BET’s annual BET Experience and BET Awards. META Convened by BET Networks will convene some of today’s top leading thought leaders from across sectors to explore opportunities for long-term impact. 

“BET Networks is uniquely positioned to convene thought leaders from across sectors for this timely dialogue about the power of media, entertainment and technology to positively impact the African American community,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. “The BET Awards weekend is the optimal time to bring together the vast array of talent, executives, academics and non-profit leaders that we have assembled for this high-impact convening. We are taking on these issues in a way that no other brand can.”

Renowned creator, producer, entrepreneur Tyler Perry, to kick-off the conferenceas its opening speaker.


Full list of participants include:

  • Al Sharpton, Founder, National Action Network
  • Angela Rye, CEO, Impact Strategies,  Political Analyst, CNN & NPR
  • Barron Witherspoon, Global VP, Industry Affairs & Corporate Race Initiative, Procter & Gamble
  • Beverly  Bond, Founder + CEO, Black Girls Rock!
  • Brittany  Packnett, Activist + Educator + Writer
  • Charles  King, Founder + CEO, MACRO
  • Charles  Phillips, Founder + CEO, Infor
  • Derrick  Johnson, President + CEO, NAACP
  • DJ Khaled, DJ + Producer 
  • Donna Brazile, Political Strategist
  • Esi  Eggleston Bracey, EVP and COO, NA Beauty and Personal Care, Unilever
  • Hill  Harper, Actor + Activist
  • Jemele  Hill, Staff Writer, The Atlantic + Host, “Jemele Hill Is  Unbothered” Podcast
  • Jim  Shelton, Education Expert
  • Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, Advancement Project
  • Khalil  Muhammad, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Lauryn  Ogbechie, Director, Education Partnerships, Facebook
  • Lee  Daniels, Film + Television Writer, Director, Producer 
  • Louis Carr, President of Media Sales, BET Networks
  • Marva Smalls, EVP, Global Head of Inclusion Strategy, Viacom
  • Mary  Schmidt Campbell, President, Spelman College
  • Michael A. Strautmanis, Chief Engagement Officer, The Barack Obama
  • Michael Smith, Executive Director, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance                                                
  • Morgan  DeBaun, Founder + CEO, Blavity Inc.
  • Nischelle  Turner, Correspondent, Entertainment Tonight
  • Queen  Latifah, Actor + Producer
  • Rashad  Robinson, Executive Director, Color of Change
  • Ron Williams, Former Chairman & CEO, AETNA + Author, Learning to Lead
  • Scott  Mills, President, BET Networks
  • Shaun  Harper, Executive Director, USC Race and Equity Center
  • Stefanie  Brown James, Co-Founder + Senior Advisor, The Collective
  • Steve  Pamon, COO, Parkwood Entertainment
  • Tyler  Perry, Actor + Playwright + Filmmaker + Comedian
  • Yusef Salaam, Member of The Exonerated Central Park Five

*All names subject to change.


Procter & Gamble is the presenting sponsor of the META Convened by BET Networks Luncheon.


META Convened by BET Networks is a private event, but portions of the conference will be made available on BET’s social platforms and by using the official hashtag #META4CHANGE.


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 (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.


ABOUT VIACOM

Viacom creates entertainment experiences that drive conversation and culture around the world. Through television, film, digital media, live events, merchandise and solutions, our brands connect with diverse, young and young at heart audiences in more than 180 countries.



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