ViacomCBS-owned BET has commissioned two ground-breaking unscripted series for Black History Month as part of the network’s social impact initiative ‘Content for Change’, which looks to address inequities for Black Americans.
BET and its corporate partners have dedicated US$25 million to the “Content for Change” campaign that is focused on racial justice, economic empowerment, education, health and civic participation.
First up, the American pay-TV channel has partnered with CBS News to launch Boiling Point, which will explore Black America’s long-standing struggle for racial justice and equality.
The six-part series will be supplemented by a treasure trove of archival content courtesy CBS News, original interviews and unseen footage of historical flashpoints, including the LA Riots, Bloody Sunday in Selma, the killing of George Floyd, the Attica Prison Uprising, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Boiling Point is executive produced by Jason Samuels for BET and Mitch Weitzner for CBS News.
Elsewhere, BET has partnered with Emmy Award-winning journalist and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien (pictured) on the investigative docuseries Disrupt & Dismantle.
Through gritty reportage, vérité moments and emotional interviews, the BET original series follows O’Brien as she confronts and addresses the injustices affecting Black communities across America, from police brutality and the prison pipeline, to the infant mortality crisis fueled by systemic racism and everything in between.
Each episode will trace O’Brien as she identifies an issue within a particular community before heading into the field to investigate. The series will additionally feature insights from activists, journalists, politicians and thought leaders.
Disrupt & Dismantle is executive produced by O’Brien and Jo Honig for Soledad O’Brien Productions, alongside Randy Ferrell.
Boiling Point debuts Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed immediately by and Disrupt & Dismantle at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on BET and BET Her.
O’Brien is represented by ICM Partners, manger Eric Ortner of The Ortner Group and attorney, Ethan J. Cohan from the firm of Del Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.