Keith Brown: from BET to Perez-Brown Media Group Inc
CYRIL JOSH BARKER Amsterdam News Staff | 9/2/2011, 11:03 a.m.
In 1995, the opportunity came for him to go on camera for the first time when he worked as a reporter for WFSB-TV.
"It was my first time doing local news and it was a challenge, but it really gave me incredible experience on really delivering the news," he said.
In 1998, he fulfilled another ambition when he wrote his first book, "Sacred Bond: Black Men and Their Mothers," about the relationships between mothers and their African-American sons. He was awarded a six-figure deal and the book became a bestseller. Brown went on a 12-city book tour and was featured on ABC's "20/20" for the work.
After the success of his book, Brown went back to television, first with NBC News working for "Dateline," then with a correspondent job on the PBS show "NOW with Bill Moyers." In 2003, he was named vice president of news and documentaries for MTV Networks' Spike TV channel.
BET President of Entertainment Reggie Hudlin approached Brown in 2006 to become the network's senior vice president of news and public affairs. During his time at BET, Brown managed all editorial and creative programming content for BET News. Brown worked at the network during several historic moments, including: the election of President Barack Obama, the death of Michael Jackson and the earthquake in Haiti.
While at BET he earned more than 40 awards, including an Emmy, two NAACP Image Awards and awards from the National Association of Black Journalists.
"I was proud of the work I did at BET," Brown said. "It was an amazing time in history to be at a place like BET with the coverage of the first Black president. It was a place where you could unapologetically talk to Black people, and that's something I would not have been able to do anywhere else."
He left BET in March to start his own media consulting firm, Perez-Brown Media Group Inc. and has already worked with companies like Gap Inc., Epix, Shine Global Inc., Lincoln Center and Mamiverse, a website for Latina mothers. The company is currently working on a documentary about mother-to-child transmission of AIDS in Africa.