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Reports say Sean “Diddy” Combs is expanding his empire with plans to launch a music-themed cable network reminiscent of the old MTV but for an African American audience. So basically a new BET, right?
The channel, called Revolt, is expected to launch 12/12/12 and is being promoted as a music and music news channel with an urban skew, and sources say the venture which former MTV programming chief Andy Schuon is involved with is well funded. Comcast will provide distribution as part of its commitment to the FCC to help launch minority owned networks. The company plans to launch 10 channels over the next eight years, including eight Hispanic or African American owned ones.
A Comcast rep didn’t confirm Diddy’s involvement but he said the company hopes to make an announcement soon. Previously, Comcast did announce plans to launch an African American-owned channel by January of 2013 so Revolt could definitely be it. Time Warner is also expected to get in on the distribution which means Revolt could land in 18 millions homes when it launches.
It will be interesting to see what the Bad Boy can do with TV.
What do you think about Diddy and this new Revolt channel? Could it be good for African American media?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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About This Episode
As the Executive Director and Chief of Staff for Bad Boy Entertainment/Sean Combs Enterprises, Michelle James never has a boring day. From perfume to albums to vodka, Ms. James has a diverse array of products and clients to work with on a daily basis.
As the featured businesswoman on episode two of She’s the Boss, Ms. James offers practical advice about being successful in her industry by showing us a peek into her journey from production assistant on the Tavis Smiley Show straight out of college to her current executive level position working with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.
The Kentucky native has established a scholarship at her alma mater and stresses the importance of being kind no matter what your job title is. With that kind of attitude, it’s no wonder that she’s the boss!
For more information on the scholarship mentioned in this edition of She’s The Boss or to make a donation to the Michelle J. James Scholarship, click here.
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In 1999, when Diddy was still known as “Puff Daddy” and dated J.Lo, Sean Combs was involved in an infamous shooting. At the now defunct Club New York, Diddy, J.Lo and a large entourage had intended to celebrate the signing of the then-aspiring rapper Jamal “Shyne” Barrow. The night transformed from party to nightmare as a fight between this crew and clubgoer Matthew Allen resulted in three people being shot. The civil cases brought by these victims against Combs, Barrow and the former Times Square hot spot have finally come to a close, culminating in large monetary settlements for each victim. The New York Post reports:
The exact terms of the settlements were unknown because of confidentiality agreements between the parties, but former Club New York owner Michael Bergos, who did not sign the confidentiality deal, said the most seriously injured victim, Natania Reuben, was paid $1.8 million.
Reuben, 40, was shot in the nose and suffered seizures because of seven bullet fragments still lodged in her face.
Two other victims were paid $500,000 and $50,000. Bergos said he was unsure who paid what amount in the deal, but Barrow’s and the club’s shares were picked up by insurance companies, while Diddy — who was acquitted in the criminal case related to the brawl — had to pay out of pocket because his insurance company had gone belly up.
A rep for Diddy declined comment.
Reuben stated during the criminal trial that being shot by Shine, “felt like a flaming hot sledgehammer hit me in the face.” Shine has since served nine years for this heinous crime and been deported to his native Belize. Justice in the Club New York shooting incident has been a long time coming, but has finally been served.
(Detroit Free Press) — Keeping up with Sean (Diddy) Combs is nearly impossible. The veteran hip-hop mogul has created a multimedia entertainment empire that includes TV, feature films and, of course, music. His Bad Boy Records roster, built in the early 1990s around the late Notorious B.I.G., today includes artists like Janelle Monáe and Jadakiss’ group the L.O.X. But Combs isn’t stacking up the Benjamins solely through his multiple showbiz projects. He’s also a fashion designer and brand ambassador, and he hopes to open up a business school in New York.
(AllHipHop News) — Hip-Hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs is backing up claims to support young entrepreneurs with a $100,000 donation to help fund startup businesses for urban youth across the country. Diddy was honored on Sunday (February 13th) during the 2011 Annual Bryan-Michael Cox Pre-Grammy Brunch at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The annual event was organized by Cox, SESAC and 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving urban youth and developing future business leaders.
Sean “Diddy” Combs has become quite the businessman. What started out in 1993 as a record company that was home to hip-hop and R&B artists such as The Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans and Craig Mack has grown into a worldwide conglomerate that was recently selected by Crain’s New York Business as the third largest minority-owned business in New York City.
According to Crain’s, for a business to qualify, it must be privately owned and headquartered within the New York area. The New York area includes New York City and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties in New York, as well as Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties in New Jersey. The business must also be at least 51 percent owned by minorities.
Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group is responsible for managing artists, recording music, fragrances, restaurants, apparel, advertising, marketing, TV and film production. Bad Boy rakes in an estimated $300 million annually and has an estimated 600 employees on its payroll.
Bad Boy falls behind Palladium Equity Partners, a private equity company that landed the number two spot and pulled in $1.2 billion in revenue in 2009. Goya Foods Inc., the Hispanic-owned food company, took the number one position and generated $1.5 billion in revenue in 2009.
By Barbara Thau
“From the block to the boardroom.” That’s where Sean John, the sportswear line from Sean “Diddy” Combs, is headed, says the hip-hop-mogul-turned-fashion- designer. And Combs is betting big on Macy’s to take it there. Come spring 2011, Macy’s will be the only U.S. department store to sell the 11-year old sportswear brand, which has morphed from an urban, young men’s line synonymous with sweat suits, into a modern collection that cultivates sophistication.
The exclusive deal marks Sean John’s bid to revive its appeal with shoppers who have evolved, just like Combs himself, Sean John and Macy’s executives said. The partnership is also designed to woo younger consumers to the brand and reignite sales of the line.
In turn, Sean John, which Macy’s has carried since 1999, will be discontinued at department stores such as Dillard’s, Bon-Ton and Belk, as well as specialty stores like Jimmy Jazz. Sean John, the line’s eponymous fashion company Combs founded, is counting on the heft and scale of Macy’s to take the sportswear part of the brand to new heights.
“Macy’s has a huge reach,” said Dawn Robertson, president. “We believe there’s a substantial growth opportunity with Macy’s.” She added: “We would not have given up distribution in department and specialty stores…if we didn’t think we could get a lot of top line growth, because it’s about top-line growth in the end.”
The brand has generated $1 billion in sales at the chain since its 1999 debut, Combs said during a May press event to launch the line at the Standard Hotel in Manhattan’s ultra-hip Meatpacking District neighborhood. Exclusive Sean John woven sport shirts, knits, sweaters, t-shirts, denim, vests, pants, shorts, outerwear, jackets and sport coats will be sold on macys.com and in 400 Macy’s stores next spring, with plans to roll out the line to most of Macy’s 850 doors over time.
“This is one of the biggest business moves of my life,” Combs said. And the Macy’s deal is designed to fortify his fashion-insider status. It’s one facet of Combs’ methodical efforts to burnish an image as a multi-industry renaissance man.
That drive has culminated this year with launch of a new album in June that has him “doing things with my voice that I’ve never done before,” as well as a starring role in the film, “Get Him to the Greek,” said Combs, who apologized for his hoarseness during the press conference.
That’s a far cry image-wise from the “Puff Daddy” of the late 1990s, who was embroiled in a high-profile shooting incident at a New York City club—but was later cleared of all charges. It also brings the 40-year old Combs, who recalled working at Macy’s when he was 16, selling shirts and ties, full circle. “The evolution of the Sean John brand mirrors the evolution of Diddy,” said Kevin Morrissey, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s for Macy’s. “This initially was a line that was targeted at the younger urban customer who has grown with the brand and who now is looking for more modern, professional fashion,” he said.
The line’s appeal spans “all demographic groups,” said Jeff Gennette, Macy’s chief merchandising officer. “Everybody wants to look like Sean.” But in recent years, the Sean John brand had lost some of its luster. After a period of “phenomenal growth,” the collection had hit a wall, and wasn’t growing, Robertson said. The company set out to “reinvent” the brand in 2008, going beyond its urban roots toward a more contemporary collection “that you can wear in most occasions in your life,” she said.
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