Former MTV News Talent Executive Joins Sean Combs' New Multi-Platform Television Channel Launching October 21st on Time Warner Cable and Comcast LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Andy Schuon, president and co-founder of REVOLT TV, announced today that Whitney-Gayle Benta has joined the new multi-platform television channel founded by Sean Combs as senior vice president of music and talent. Benta comes to REVOLT from MTV News where she negotiated talent booking across multiple platforms and was responsible for creating some of pop culture's most dynamic moments of the past ten years.
"Talent relations are crucial, especially for a network like REVOLT that offers fans unprecedented access to their favorite artists," said Schuon. "Whitney's combination of music industry know-how, TV production credits and contacts will push REVOLT to become the #1 music destination for millennials."
REVOLT TV, which is set to launch on October 21st, has national carriage deals with both Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) making it one of the largest independent network launches in cable television history. Through curated music videos, performances, interviews, and news, REVOLT will deliver the best of the best in music to the first multi-platform network for artists and fans - all live, on-air, and at the speed of social media.
For more on REVOLT TV, visit http://revolt.tv/.
WHITNEY-GAYLE BENTA Senior Vice President, Music & Talent
Prior to joining REVOLT, Benta was a VP at MTV News, where she negotiated talent booking across a multiple platforms, including television (the Video Music Awards), digital (MTV's "RapFix Live") and mobile; co-conceptualized the award-winning MTV Diary documentary, "Jay-Z: Water For Life"; and managed the series booking for "When I Was 17," This Is How I Made It", MTV's "This is How I Made It" and MTV's "Rapfix Live."
In the past, Benta has also held marketing positions at Island Def Jam Records and Noontime Records. As a member of those teams she worked on album campaigns for superstar artists such as Jay-Z, Ja Rule, DMX, Ashanti, Ludacris, LL Cool J, Musiq Soulchild and Atlanta collective Jim Crow, which included the now noted producer Polow Da Don.
Benta's efforts in music and media have been recognized through a series of awards and nominations, not limited to Billboard magazine's Women in Music 2011, MTV Networks' (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, CMT, Comedy Central) "Share The Vision" Award and the United Nations honoring her work as a part of "Jay-Z: Water For Life."
The Harlem, New York native attended Spelman College and graduated with a B.A. in Entertainment Industries studies, an independent major in which she developed her own curriculum.
REVOLT MEDIA & TV
REVOLT, www.revolt.tv, is the new #1 name in music. Launching in October 2013 in major cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago on Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the multi-genre, multi-platform music network delivers music news in real-time, and the best of the best in music programming. A "social by design" network built to play at the speed of social media, REVOLT is live, direct, and always on - anytime, anywhere, any screen.
Presented by multifaceted, entertainment powerhouse Sean "Diddy" Combs, REVOLT is led by an executive team of award-winning, media veterans that include Keith Clinkscales (ESPN, VIBE Magazine), Andy Schuon (Ticketmaster, Warner Brothers, MTV) as well as Val Boreland (Comedy Central, Lifetime Television). REVOLT is owned by Combs Enterprises.
Connect with REVOLT now through social media: Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Tumblr.
Kai D. Wright VP/Director of Communications kwright@REVOLT.tv (212) 500-2235
Sarah Rothman (42 West) Sarah.Rothman@42West.net (212) 277-7555
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