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Stephen Hill on BET Experience Vs. Essence Festival

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The BET Awards are a pretty big deal. Not only is the annual ceremony honoring the best in music, sports and entertainment a ratings juggernaut, but the live broadcast also has a tendency to take over social media on the night it airs. And the network is stepping things up once again for this year’s event, which airs Sunday, June 30 at 8pm ET — the whole thing will be open to the public with special concerts, events and seminars dubbed the BET Experience.

Wait — isn’t that a lot like the Essence Festival?

For its latest So What Do You Do? interview, Mediabistro spoke with Stephen Hill, BET president of of programming and specials about the eerie similarities:

How much did Essence‘s success inspire yours, and are there any concerns that the two events might cannibalize each other?
The BET Experience is really built around the BET Awards, because the BET Awards has been airing on the last week of June for the last 10, 11, 12 years or so. People would come out to L.A. for the BET Awards without a ticket. They just wanted to be around the atmosphere, and it just became a magnet event, just the awards show. So, what we did was organize what was already organic. Take the energy that’s already coming here, add some stuff to it and invite more people and make it the BET Experience. I don’t think we would do this outside of the energy that’s already been generated around the BET Awards.

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Stephen Hill, BET President of Programming and Specials?

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Beyoncé to Headline BET Experience

Fresh off her amazing performance at the Super Bowl, BET announced Monday that Beyoncé would be the headliner for the BET Experience at L.A. Live in June.

Beyonce’s performance is the first stop of the North American leg of the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Comedian Mike Epps, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Miguel, Schoolboy Q, Kirk Franklin, R. Kelly, New Edition and The Jacksons (MJ on hologram?) will also perform between Staples Center and Club Nokia from June 28-30. The weekend concludes with 2013 BET Awards from the Nokia Theatre on June 30.

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BET Experience at L.A. Live Coming in 2013

With the 2012 BET Awards in the books, the cable network has already turned their attention to next year’s show — a three-day celebration at L.A. Live in partnership with AEG.

The BET Experience at L.A. Live will take place June 28-30, 2013. According to the press release, attendees at the BET Experience ”will enjoy great performances, participate in TV show tapings, attend thought provoking seminars, interact with sponsor exhibits and connect with their favorite BET programs.” Staples Center will host three nights of megastar concerts as well.  Read more

America’s Got Talent, The Voice Top Weekly Ratings for WNBC

Three editions of America’s Got Talent took the top slots for the week, according to the Nielsen Company.

The NBC talent competition, hosted by WXRK/NOW FM morning man Nick Cannon, averaged 721,000 and a 3.5 rating.

 WNBC/Channel 4 didn’t stop there–tying at number three with The Voice (680,000/3.4). The Voice result show tied for tenth (528,000/2.6).

The BET Awards pulled in a fifth-place performance (635,000/3.1).

60 Minutes kept its familiar pace for WCBS/Channel 2 with a number six (614,000/3.0).

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Rihanna’s Controversial ‘Man Down’ Video Draws Defenders from the Media

Rihanna‘s been taking plenty of heat for her new music video, in which the singer portrays a rape victim who kills her attacker. Outraged media watchdog groups have gone so far as to demand the video be banned. But media outlets remain largely unmoved by the hysteria.

BET premiered the video last week and has refused to stop airing it. The network issued a statement in response to the controversy:

BET Networks has a comprehensive set of standards and guidelines that are applied to all of our content. The Rihanna “Man Down” video complied with these guidelines and was approved for air.

MTV has not yet aired the video, but noted on the MTV.com blog that their “Facebook poll asking whether the video goes too far had the “no” votes leading the “yes” votes by a margin of three-to-one.”
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Two Indicted in Shooting Death of Former Hot 97 DJ Megatron

A Staten Island grand jury has handed up indictments against to two suspects in the shooting death of the popular DJ Megatron, whose real name was Corey McGriff.

William Williams, 21, and Richard Cromwell, 20, were formally charged Thursday with murder, robbery, and weapon possession.

Prosecutors say Williams fired the shot that killed McGriff, while Cromwell is accused of robbing him.

Both have pleaded not guilty and are being held without bail. They are expected to be arraigned next week.

The 32-year-old DJ Megatron was killed on March 27 in the Clifton section of Staten Island during what prosecutors describe as a botched robbery. He had been a popular personality on Hot 97/WQHT before making a splash on TV with BET’s 106 and Park.

Former BET Employee Suing Network Over Alleged Sexual Harassment

Tameika Dorman, a former BET employee, has filed a lawsuit against the network claiming that she was fired for reporting sexual harassment to her supervisors.

According to AllHipHop.com, Dorman says that in 2009 she was subject to sexual harassment from a male camera operator named Derek Clarke. During an editing session with Clarke, he allegedly repeatedly played a taped segment of Dorman walking up a set of stairs in a skirt. When Dorman asked why Clarke was doing this, the lawsuit claims “Clarke grabbed and repeatedly rubbed his crotch, began to moan and said it was because he loved her butt, that she was sexy, and that she did not know what he was going to do [to] her.”

When Dorman reported the incident to her supervisors, they told her she wouldn’t have to work with Clarke again. However, while working on a segment on rapper Nicki Minaj, Clarke once again was paired with Dorman. She complained to Human Resources, and according to the lawsuit, Dorman was subsequently removed from producing shows and unlawfully fired.

Former Hot 97 DJ Megatron Killed Near Staten Island Home

DJ Megatron, a hip-hop personality on Hot 97/WQHT, before joining BET, was killed early Sunday.

The NYPD says DJ Megatron, whose given name was Corey McGriff, was down the street from his Staten Island home when he was gunned down. Police say DJ Megatron took one shot to the torso around 2 a.m. The 32-year-old DJ died on the street.

WNBC reports DJ Megatron may have been killed in a botched robbery, and no arrests were made.

The Daily News says DJ Megatron had three children; the oldest is 11, the youngest, a son, was born nine months ago.

DJ Megatron was a regular on the BET series 106 and Park.

Newsweek.com Appoints New COO

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Alix Baudin has been named chief operating officer of Newsweek.com, a new position just created by the weekly news magazine.

Baudin joins the site from BET Networks, where he managed business development, the vertical ad network and operations on the network’s digital side. He has also worked as chief operating officer at Carol’s Daughter Holdings and senior director of finance and strategy at Mobile ESPN, ESPN Wireless and Sports Ticker. And Baudin also has previous experience as an investment banker, working at JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs.

Newsweek‘s Web site has gone through a few changes in the past few months, bringing on two new editors and promoting a handful more in August, and introducing a new look back in May.

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Previously: Newsweek.com Brings On Two New Editors, Promotes Five

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LAT In 90 Seconds

34081401-03163543.jpgHot Network Mess: Reporter Greg Braxton describes how far BET has to go to undo its image as a bad-taste maker in the black community.

34080616-03155713.jpgWhat’s It Worth? Columnist Patrick Goldstein has a great piece today about the randomness of the price of anything these days (which you can read, for free, online). Apparently the writers’ strike has Goldstein in an economic existential crisis. It makes for a good read (again, for free).

smoore.jpegDo You Yahoo? The company that isn’t Google is busy plotting for world domination in its Santa Monica office. And Scott Moore, a senior vice president who is now in charge of all Southern California-based projects, is apparently the guy who is going to lead the attack. Except … wasn’t that what Lloyd Braun was supposed to do?