Debra L. Lee

Title: Chairman and CEO, BET Networks

Years in Cable: 30

Education: JD, Harvard Law School, while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

One Word that Best Describes Me: Happy


Stephen G. Hill

Title: President of Programming, BET Networks

Years in Cable: 21

Education: Brown University

One Word that Best Describes Me: Neotenous


BET’s recent acquisition of the Soul Train brand and library is just one more way Lee’s guiding vision is taking the company in bold new directions. Hill, who now oversees programming for both BET and sister Centric, has been busy expanding scripted shows, including a New Edition biopic, which he produced, and returning “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and “Being Mary Jane.” Lee and Hill also share a knack for creating big event TV, including BET Honors, Black Girls Rock and the BET Awards, which helped propel BET to a top 25 social brand in 2015.


Debra Lee

Last show I watched not on my network(s): “The People vs O.J. Simpson”

Favorite charity event I work with: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

My favorite hashtag is: #proud

New favorite binge: “House of Cards”

I watch the majority of programming on this device: TV

The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is: Twitter

My typical breakfast is: Power bar Chai Latte

My Starbucks order: Chai Latte


Stephen Hill

My dream would be… for an accurate measuring system to be connected to the Internet of Things so it could accurately measure viewership and engagement.

Last show I watched not on my network(s): “People Vs. OJ Simpson”

What was your first job? Flipping Burgers at Roy Rogers in McLean, VA. I still have the shirt.

My favorite hashtag is: #TBT

Best way to spend a Saturday night: Going to see SNL live at 30 Rock

Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Hoverboard. My office is the farthest from the bathroom

My Starbucks order: FrappaChocolatte 

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