As reported earlier, Braxton will receive the Don Cornelius Legend Award, while female trio Swv will be presented with...
Created and hosted by Don Cornelius, Soul Train began in 1971 as a showcase for soul, R&B, disco, jazz, and gospel music. The series lasted until 2006, broadening its scope to hip hop and other genres in later years.
The deal includes more than 1,000 vintage episodes from the music and dance show that aired from 1971 through 2006. Bet has aired the Soul Train Awards since 2009 and has aired older episodes of the show on Bet and Centric in the past.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “Soul Train” creator and host Don Cornelius was a pioneering African-American media entrepreneur who controlled all aspects of the franchise and was its on-air face until 1993. He sold Don Cornelius Productions in 2008 and died four years later.
“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
TV procedural maven Zuiker, who wrote the two-hour series finale that wrapped up the 15-year run of the original “CSI” on Sunday, may not seem an obvious match for the “Soul Train” property. But Zuiker wears his love for soul music on his sleeve, and earlier this year demonstrated his enthusiasm in a closed industry presentation in New York, where he energetically pitched his take on the musical in a black velour track suit and gold high-tops.
“My parents would play soul music all night long,” Zuiker, who was raised in Las Vegas, said in a recent interview. “In the showroom at the Riviera Hotel where my mother worked, they had Bill Withers, the 5th Dimension. I grew up listening to this music.”
Zuiker was tapped for
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The singer, host of NBC's "America's Got Talent" and husband of Mariah Carey aims to put a reboot of the late Don Cornelius' iconic 1971-2006 music show into production by the end of the year. And Cannon's own entertainment history has given him an appreciation of the program from the inside looking out.
"That's my passion project right now, the thing that I'm the most excited about," he tells Zap2it. "It's been under wraps for the past couple of years -- I don't know how it got out there -- but it's really exciting to be able to be a part of something that's such an amazing legacy for our culture.
"A lot of people don't know it, but at the age of 15, I was a 'Soul Train' dancer. That was the first time I was ever on national television.
Andy Griffith: The actor-producer who put Mayberry on the map forever will be remembered as one of television's most genial personalities, also extending to his run as wily lawyer Matlock.
Dick Clark: The number of music stars who owe at least part of their success to the "American Bandstand" maestro is incalculable. Thanks to him, people also enjoy "New Year's Rockin' Eve," receive American Music Awards and have a greater appreciation of bloopers. Here's a "so long" salute to you, Dick.
Larry Hagman: The truly unfortunate irony of the veteran actor's recent death is that he was just starting his second round of "Dallas" success as master schemer J.R. Ewing. He'll also
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