May 6, 1990 |
Black Entertainment Television is one of the brightest black media stories since the birth of Motown Records in 1959. The nation's first and only black-oriented television network is the brainchild of Robert L. Johnson, who, against the odds posted by industry analysts, has transformed a minor, late-night, Washington cable service into a $150-million, 24-hour national cable network.
July 14, 2006 |
Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson has formed a film company with Bob and Harvey Weinstein's Weinstein Co. to produce African American family comedies. The joint venture, called Our Stories Films, will be based in Los Angeles and have offices in New York, Weinstein Co. and Johnson's RLJ Cos. said Thursday. JPMorgan Chase & Co. will back the venture with as much as $175 million in financing. Johnson, who also owns a majority stake in the National Basketball Assn.'
September 12, 1997 |
Robert L. Johnson, owner and founder of BET Holdings Inc., and his corporate partners want to take the Washington-based company private, officials said Thursday. Johnson and Liberty Media Corp., a subsidiary of cable giant TCI Inc., are offering to buy the 6 million shares of BET they don't already own for $48 each, a 17% premium over Wednesday's closing price.
March 4, 1999 |
With an eye to taking the nation's only black-owned cable network to a distinctive new level, Black Entertainment Television founder and Chairman Robert L. Johnson recently detailed the network's plans to launch a major original programming initiative. The first phase begins this month with production on 10 original movies marking the introduction of BET's Arabesque movies.
July 11, 1998 |
Robert Johnson, owner and founder of the Black Entertainment Television cable network, said Friday that he expects to launch the nation's first African American-owned movie studio by the end of the year. Johnson, whose BET Holdings is one of the most successful black-owned enterprises in the country, plans to produce black-themed movies for release in theaters as well as made-for-TV films for his cable network.
December 19, 2002 |
Business know-how, a passion for basketball and a commitment to Charlotte. Robert Johnson had exactly what the NBA wanted, and now the billionaire is on his way to becoming the first black majority owner in major pro sports. The league officially announced Wednesday that Johnson was its choice to buy the NBA's newest expansion team, selecting him over a group that included Larry Bird. "You can't be competitive anywhere in this world if you ignore good, quality talent," Johnson said.