"THE BET HONORS" STORMS BACK WITH A FLURRY OF BLACK EXCELLENCE

02/09/16

TAPES MARCH 5 AT THE WARNER THEATRE, PREMIERES MARCH 14 AT 8PM*

LEE DANIELS, MELLODY HOBSON, ERIC HOLDER, PATTI LABELLE AND L.A. REID ANNOUNCED AS "THE BET HONORS" 2016 EXTRAORDINARY HONOREES

HOSTED BY COMEDIAN AND ACTOR ARSENIO HALL


"THE BET HONORS" STORMS BACK WITH A FLURRY OF BLACK EXCELLENCE
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TAPES MARCH 5 AT THE WARNER THEATRE, PREMIERES MARCH 14 AT 8PM*
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LEE DANIELS, MELLODY HOBSON, ERIC HOLDER, PATTI LABELLE AND L.A. REID ANNOUNCED AS "THE BET HONORS"  2016 EXTRAORDINARY HONOREES
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HOSTED BY COMEDIAN AND ACTOR ARSENIO HALL
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#BETHONORS

NEW YORK, NY – February 8, 2016 - BET Networks announced today "THE BET HONORS"  will tape on March 5, 2016 at the historic Warner Theatre after being sidelined by winter storm Jonas. Hosted by comedian and actor Arsenio Hall, the star-studded evening celebrating black excellence will honor five distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels in the areas of art, music, theater, technology and business.  "THE BET HONORS"  will premiere on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm*.


This year’s honorees are Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), Academy Award nominated filmmaker and creator of the hit television show “Empire;” Mellody Hobson (Corporate Citizen Award), President of Ariel Investments, one of the largest African American owned money management and mutual fund companies in the U.S. and current Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dreamworks Animation; Eric H. Holder, Jr. (Public Service Award), the first African American United States Attorney General and partner at Covington & Burling, LLP in Washington D.C.; Patti Labelle (Musical Arts Awards), the iconic Grammy Award winning singer whose powerhouse voice has sold over 50 million records worldwide and L.A. Reid (The Business of Entertainment Award), Chairman & CEO of Epic Records, a three-time Grammy Award winner and prolific music mogul who helped launch some of the biggest music careers and superstars of today.

As part of BET’s commitment to the community, the Network has made a limited number of tickets to "THE BET HONORS" available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting My Brother's Keeper Alliance. Launched in 2015, My Brother's Keeper Alliance was created to help eliminate gaps in opportunity and achievement for boys and young men of color.

Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Stephen Hill, Connie Orlando and Lynne Harris Taylor from BET; and Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment.
For more information on "THE BET HONORS" visit http://www.bet.com/bethonors. Join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.


*All times EST


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 reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.



About Jesse Collins Entertainment:

Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service film and television production company founded by entertainment industry veteran and Image® Award winner Jesse Collins.  For over a decade, Collins has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment.  Prior to launching his own company in 2012, Collins was executive producer and executive vice president of Cossette Productions and produced ground-breaking, award winning television programming including the BET Awards, the GRAMMY Awards, BET Honors, UNCF’s Evening of Stars and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Collins is also an executive producer of BET’s hit series, The Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart.  Collins has also worked with a myriad of icons including Will Smith, Chris Rock, Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Mariah Carey and Prince.


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