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BET Network Acquires ‘Soul Train’

Deal to Include Over 1,100 Episodes

BET Network has acquired the broadcast rights to iconic musical variety program “Soul Train,” with the deal to include more than 1,100 episodes and 40 episodes. Founded by the late TV host Don Cornelius, “Soul Train” aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006 and primarily focused on performances by R&B, soul and hip hop artists in its 35-year history.

“BET Networks is honored to have acquired a brand with such a rich history and unique content that is forever relevant to all segments of our audience,” commented Richard Gay, exec VP of strategy and operations for BET Networks. “With a Broadway play and a concert tour as examples of opportunities in the works, we look forward to finding engaging and smart ways to grow the brand while preserving its heritage and legacy in music, dance and fashion.”

“Soul Train” had been owned by private equity investors, InterMedia Partners and the Yucaipa Companies. The financial aspects of the deal were not revealed.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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