Robert Johnson

Executive, Public affairs manager, Press secretary
Cable TV executive who in 1980 founded Black Entertainment TV (BET), the only black-owned and oriented national cable channel, with $15,000 of his own money and a $500,000 investment from cable giant Tele-Communications ... Read more »
Born: 04/08/1946 in Freeport, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

Power 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

25 Strong! The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

R.I.C.C.O. 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lying Eyes 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Stardust 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Crash 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Angels 1970 (Movie)

Knifer (Actor)

Hero's Island 1961 (Movie)

Pound (Actor)

The View From Pompey's Head 1955 (Movie)

Bellhop (Actor)

Nantucket: Rock of Changes (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor
Camera, Film, & Tape (3)

The Secret of Moonacre 2008 (Movie)

Underwater Camera Assistant(Underwater Unit) (Camera Assistant)

Eragon 2006 (Movie)

Camera Assistant / Safety (Camera Assistant)

The Young Americans 1993 (Movie)

jobfit camera (Camera)
Producer (2)

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

funding (Producer)

All AX-S 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Engineering, Electrical, & Grips (1)

Dream House 2011 (Movie)

(Key Grip)
Sound (1)

Hammett 1982 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)
Production Management (1)

...And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him 1995 (Movie)

(Los Angeles) (Location Scout)
Writer (1)

Diff'rent Strokes 1978 - 1986 (TV Show)

Writer
Other (8)

Cool Women 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Production Assistant

Bad Behaviour 1993 (Movie)

jobfit trainee (Other)

JFK Conspiracy 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

The Kennedy Assassinations: Coincidence or Conspiracy 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

mechanic (Other)

Homer and Eddie 1989 (Movie)

mechanic (Other)

Diplomatic Siege (TV Show)

Apprentice

Under the Biltmore Clock (TV Show)

Assistant

Biography

Cable TV executive who in 1980 founded Black Entertainment TV (BET), the only black-owned and oriented national cable channel, with $15,000 of his own money and a $500,000 investment from cable giant Tele-Communications Inc. Despite a rocky history, the network, which features many music videos by African-American performers, college sports, movies, news and talk shows, has adopted a 24-hour format and Johnson has gradually seen its modest ratings increase. Unafraid to confront MTV with its domination of airing rights to black music videos, Johnson has also worked to produce original TV dramas and celebrity shows for his network and continues to explore the growing realm of pay-per-view TV.

Relationships

Paige Johnson

Daughter

Sheila Crump

Wife
married on January 19, 1969

EDUCATION

University of Illinois

Urbana , Illinois 1968

Milestones

1991

Partner of actor-producer Tim Reid in United Image Entertainment

1991

Oversaw the broadcast of his first cable pay-per-view effort, a James Brown concert

1980

Founder and president of cable channel Black Entertainment TV (BET)

1980

Founder and president of District Cablevision Inc.

1973

Served as press secretary to the Honorable Walter E. Fauntroy, Congressional delegate from the District of Columbia

1972

Worked in the public affairs office of Princeton University

Employed as vice president, government relations, for the National Cable TV Association

Bonus Trivia

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Johnson is the Director to Cable TV Advertisement Bureau.

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He is the recipient of the President's Award from the National Cable Association (1982)

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He is also a recipient of the Image Award from the NAACP (1982)

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Johnson is a member of the advisory council College Communication

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He was elected director of Liberty Media Corp., a cable company (1991)

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