Posted Aug. 16, 2008 – A new TV network positioning itself to rival BET has already released its lineup of shows. It’s version of 106 & Park, “Sunset and Vine”, will “showcase the top hip-hop and R&B acts as well as play classic videos.”
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Lead by CEO and Chairman Hip Hop entrepreneur P. Miller (formerly Master P), the “family friendly” TV network is also backed by actor Denzel Washington. BBTV advisory board members include Washington; Vault Load Films president Jim Finkl; NAACP executive director Vicangelo Bullock; NBA player Derek Anderson; cable industry veteran Prof. Sal Martino; hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc; entrepreneur Olatokunbo Betiku; and real estate mogul Curtis Oakes, according to a press release from BBTV.
“I believe that there is a market in our community for a new diverse network that provides a new brand of superior programming that caters to all aspects of television, from reality to original programming,” said Miller who says the station has been one of his pipe dreams.
Miller credits BET founder Bob Johnson for setting him on his path into the TV business. “I remember him telling me back in the day that if you wanted to know real estate, you’ve got to hang out with real estate investors. If you wanted to know sports, you’ve got to hang out with athletes. I wanted to know TV, so I hung out with Bob and learned the TV game from one of the best in the business.”
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