Diddy ‘Building a Team’ to Buy Majority Stake in BET

Sean “Diddy” Combs says he’s hatching a plan to buy BET Networks.

Diddy shared the news in response to reports earlier this week saying he was interested in acquiring the properties, after Paramount Global began buying BET Media Group – made up of BET, BET+, BET Her, BET Digital, BET Studios (the production arm of BET), and VH1.

Diddy posted a statement on Instagram on Wednesday saying it was time for Black Entertainment Television to be “black owned” again.

Related story: Paramount Global seeks to sell majority stake in BET

The Bad Boy Records founder included a clip from the “Earn Your Leisure” podcast with hosts Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings. One of the hosts said he reached out to Diddy to find out if there was any validity to the articles saying he wanted to add BET to his portfolio.

Diddy included a caption with the video explaining why he would like to buy BET.

“The media is the most powerful industry in the world, but it is the industry where we have the least ownership, influence and control!” he wrote. “It’s time for @BET to be black owned again so that we have the power to tell our own stories, to control our own narrative! It’s not about me, it’s about US!!!! ”

The music producer and businessman added that he hopes to partner with other black entrepreneurs to own the business.

“I’m building a team of culture leaders to pursue ownership of @BET together!” He continued. “We must combine our power and our resources to create real change! #IT IS NOW.”

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Diddy already owns the music-oriented Revolt TV network, which he founded in 2013.

But he faces serious competition in his pursuit of BET.

Tyler Perry and Byron Allen would also be interested. Perry already owns a minority stake in streaming platform BET+ and has a long relationship with BET. Allen owns The Weather Channel and several local television stations.

BET was founded in 1980 by Bob Johnson and his wife Sheila Johnson. Paramount, then known as Viacom, acquired BET in 2001 for $2.3 billion.

Paramount Global also owns CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, Showtime and Paramount Pictures. The company announced in January that it was combining Showtime and Paramount+, with the properties being rebranded as “Paramount+ With Showtime.”

The sale of part of BET Media Group would provide Paramount Global with cash to invest in programming for its Paramount+ streaming platform and the company’s free Pluto TV streaming service.

According to published reports, Paramount announced that its streaming business lost $575 million last quarter.

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SISTER ACT: Degrassi’s Lea Thompson and Stacey Farber team up for new mystery series

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Lea Thompson and Stacey Farber star in CTV’s The Spencer Sisters. Photo by CTV

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Lea Thompson will be the first to admit that you can’t fake chemistry.

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So it was a coincidence that she and Degrassi: the next generation Stacey Farber was able to bond so quickly before playing mother and daughter on CTVs The Spencer Sistersa Winnipeg-filmed procedural in which Thompson stars as a mysterious writer who teams up with his ex-cop daughter (played by Farber) to solve crimes.

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After last night’s debut, the duo (who everyone thinks are sisters) find themselves trying to solve the death of a CEO’s fiancé in next week’s episode.

“Actors have to establish intimacy very quickly, and sometimes that just doesn’t work,” Thompson says over a video call. “But when I first read with her, I had a feeling it was going to be awesome. It’s just a magical thing that sometimes happens when you adore someone like I adore them.

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Thompson did not retire from Hollywood. But after a career that began in the 80s with a slew of box office hits, including the Back to the future trilogy and continued into the 90s with the television sitcom Carolina in townThe now 61-year-old actress was unhappy with the roles offered.

“Women my age often get really bad roles that aren’t interesting or funny,” Thompson says candidly.

Stacey Farber and Lea Thompson in a scene from The Spencer Sisters. Photo by CTV

That changed when we handed him the script The Spencer Sisters. Victoria’s quick-witted character was the first to be introduced to Thompson in some time, prompting her to take a break from her career behind the camera, where she made a name for herself as a director.

“I got into directing because I couldn’t get good roles like Victoria The Spencer Sisterssaid Thompson with a small laugh. “Now a lot of people are angry that I play.”

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With Farber on a weekday morning, Thompson talked more about the new series, pitching it to Marvel for a howard the duck reboot and what Back to the Future II the prediction surprised her the most.

You are no stranger to television. What was it The Spencer Sisters did that make you say yes?

Thomas: “I was offered the script and it’s wonderful not to have to audition (laughs). But I knew mysteries are very popular with people because I made them Jane Doe Mysteries for Hallmark Channel many years ago. They still play them and people watch them and they love them. So I thought it would be a chance to do a show that could be a hit on TV for a while. This is the dream. Not having to audition and having a safe place where you have family to work with for a minute or two.

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Stacey Farber and Lea Thompson in a scene from The Spencer Sisters. Photo by CTV

color: “I loved that it was a procedure with a new case every week. It’s comedic and light and lighthearted and it’s an exploration between a mother and her daughter working together.

You shot the series in Winnipeg. What was the city’s hidden gem?

Thomas: “Cibo Waterfront Cafe. The restaurant is right by the river and the food is delicious.

color: “Mine would be Lake Winnipeg in Matlock. We drove out and just hung out on the dock.

Lea, your character is a crime novelist. What books are on your bedside table right now?

Thomas: (laughs) “I only read scripts.”

color: “I read a lot. I’ve been in Brooklyn for a few months and joined the library there, and you know how not to shop when you’re hungry? That’s how I feel at the library. I I’ve put out 28 books and it’s so useless. Really, I should stick to one or two at a time.

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Thomas: “In my defence, I have just led two[episodes]of The Goldbergs and I will direct an episode soon Foreign resident.

color: “I’d rather direct TV shows than take 28 books from the library.”

Lea, I loved it howard the duck Movie you made when I was a kid. Did you go to Marvel and set them up for a reboot?

Thomas: “I have! I had a meeting at Marvel. I wanted to do a different kind of directing howard the duck Movie. I directed an episode of (DC’s). star girl, which all had special effects kids — lots of Marvel-esque stuff. I also did an episode of Star Trek: Picard to prove it: “Yes, I can handle a big budget. So I pitched it to Marvel, and the fans want it. But they didn’t call me back. They said, ‘We will remember.’ But they have long plans for things.

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Lea Thompson in a scene from Howard the Duck. Photo by Universal

color: (laughs) “They figured out the next 50 years.”

Stacey, you were there Degrassi As Ellie Nash for eight seasons. Why do you think this show has survived so many iterations?

color: “It wasn’t slick or shiny…And it dealt with the issues in a real way. We’ve heard from so many people over the years, and they’ve really connected with the toughest scenarios we’ve dealt with. But we also didn’t have social media in our generation – as actors or characters. If kids love it now, maybe it has a nostalgic feel to them.

Lea, you’ve probably all been asked that Back to the future question in the book. But look Back to the Future II – which took place in 2015 – which technological prediction surprised you the most when it came true?

Thomas: “I knew flying cars weren’t going to be popular. Nobody wants their car to fly. Everyone is a little afraid to leave the ground. Maybe the (video call) thing was smart enough. A lot of people didn’t think it would happen and that’s how we live now.

The Spencer Sisters airs Fridays on CTV. Past episodes are available to stream on CTV.ca and the CTV app.

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Hockey commentator removed after commentating on Eskasoni’s team, referee

A Nova Scotia hockey team says a commentator was removed from his post after making a discriminatory remark during a recent game suggesting bias against First Nations players.

The incident happened last Sunday during a Junior Hockey League game at Nova Scotia’s Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre.

In an action-packed third period, the Eskasoni Junior Eagles scored twice to tie the game against the Pictou County Scotians.

During the same period, the Scots took seven penalties while Eskasoni only received one.

Listening to a live stream online, fans heard a sports commentator suggest the penalties were unfair by asking ‘I wonder if he has a tie card’ – implying the referee picked the team according to the First Nation treated preferentially.

Eskasoni First Nation Chief Leroy Denny is the owner and president of the local team, which was formed about five years ago and includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous coaches and players.

“I was just shocked by the comment,” Denny said.

Strive to be inclusive

“I’m discouraged and saddened that this happened because there really is no place for this in hockey. As a team, we are always committed to inclusion.

Leroy Denny is chief of the Eskasoni First Nation and owner and president of the community’s junior ice hockey team. (Tom Ayers/CBC)

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the Scotland team acknowledged ‘culturally insensitive’ comments were made to the referee and opposing team during Sunday’s game and an investigation was launched the following day .

The sports commentator was removed from his position and was no longer allowed to participate in any further live broadcasts. Radio-Canada News contacted the Scots for comment, but they did not respond in a timely manner.

Denny, who is an English and Mi’kmaw hockey commentator, says it’s important to have an open mind and use the right language.

He said the decision to remove the commenter was right.

“They did their part and, you know, there are guidelines and I believe that [league] The executive and also the squad, I think they did the right thing to respond to that,” he said.

“We just want to play hockey. That’s our goal, to win, to be competitive, and to make our players and fans feel safe and fun.

Radio-Canada News requested an interview with Hockey Nova Scotia, which is the governing body for all organized hockey in the province.

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Spokesman Garreth MacDonald released a statement saying words and actions matter.

“Whether on or off the ice, there is no place for discriminatory language in ice hockey,” the statement said.

“THE [Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League] dealt with this case quickly and decisively. We support their actions. Ice Hockey Nova Scotia is committed to ensuring that rinks across our province are a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

Denny said his team, which won Sunday’s game in a shootout, will not be deterred by what happened.

“We’re just going to keep going and moving forward and hope that in the future things like this don’t happen again.”

Source: www.cbc.ca

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