Michelle Rice, TV One & CLEO TV | She’s Running the Show!

About the Episode:

Many women of color struggle to feel empowered, confident, and valuable. They often lack the confidence to speak up without fear of criticism or judgment. This can lead to a downward spiral in which women lose their motivation and stop trying to achieve their goals. However, women of color are finally making their way into the leadership and entrepreneurship circles and proving their worth. Michelle Rice is one of the successful black figures in the media industry. She joins us in this episode to unpack her journey, the lessons, and hurdles she has had to overcome.

Michelle Rice is the President of TV One and its new sister network, CLEO TV. Under her leadership, TV One solidified its first vMVPD distribution deal with Philo TV and has continued to grow its distribution footprint. She continues to play a pivotal role in working with strategic partners to create linear and digital content campaigns in response to a myriad of political and social issues that profoundly impact communities of color.

Learn how Rice has successfully leveraged relationships to expand the distribution of CLEO TV and how she manages all business, operational and creative aspects for both networks. We hope you enjoy HERStory on HotChat Minority Business Connections.

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Here’s What You’ll Get In This Episode

[00:12] Episode intro and a quick bio of today’s guest

[04:35] The hierarchy of TV One and its new sister network, CLEO TV 

[06:18] A bit of Michelle’s background and how she got into the television space

[10:41] You will never understand what it takes to produce content in the media industry

[15:41] How TV One and CLEO TV came into being

[18:31] What the future of CLEO TV looks like

[20:06] How you can take your idea to a television network

[22:53] Michelle’s inspiring advice to the black women who aspire to be bosses

[26:24] When was the idea of being a media production boss hatched?

[27:24] How you can differentiate between TV One and BET

[28:25] Michelle’s perspective on the entertainment industry with the Covid Pandemic

[30:55] Best ways to prepare your children for this industry

[35:39] Necessary skill sets for this industry and her self-care nuggets

[38:21] Content ideas that Michelle is currently buying

[39:33] Ending the show and call to action

Notable Quotes

  • Black women need to be shown in a positive light.
  • Writing your idea down into a piece of content becomes intellectual property.
  • Whatever you want to do, look for an internship first. Internships are invaluable because they not only allow you an opportunity to learn but also reinforce you.
  • Being fearless does not mean you move forward without fear. It means you move forward anyway.
  • Don’t be afraid of starting and failing. The highly successful people have failed several times before getting traction.

Connect with Michelle Rice



LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-rice-08b942a/

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