BET Networks partners with Tyler Perry Studios to launch BET+, A premier subscription video-on demand service. For $9.99 per month BET + will feature more than 1,000 hours of exclusive new original programing, including fan favorite, movies and specials. Just when you think its time to trim down your monthly subscription spending you have yet another choice to add to the pot. Whether you’re sharing passwords to stream Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime, and many more. The competition is fierce so why should we add BET + to the list?
Honestly, its partnership with Tyler Perry Studios has me swayed as I’ve personally made a conscious decision to support black owned businesses and partnerships. I do look forward to see how the the team will strategize its uniqueness from the rest and I have a feeling that the key will be successful, original programming and exclusivity. From classics like, Martin to originals, First Wives Club and Bigger you can expect black culture content creators, including Tyler Perry, Tracy Oliver, Will Packer to attribute the platform.
Well this is finally a dream come true. I’ve partnered with @BET to launch @BETplus. It’s easy to operate just like Netflix. And we have tons of content. I’m working on new shows and movies for it right now. Get @BETplus. You’re gonna love it!Tyler Perry | BET+
BET+ hosted a red carpet launch party at NeueHouse in Hollywood. Guests were given a sneak peak to a demo of the new platform. One person seemed to be missing from the long list of attendees! Tyler Perry himself. Stay tuned as I press to get some one-on-one time with the creatives behind the launch, until then check out footage from the party.
Attendees included FIRST WIVES CLUB cast members Michelle Buteau, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Mark Tallman, RonReaco Lee and Creator/Executive Producer Tracy Oliver, as well as BIGGER cast members Tanisha Long, Angell Conwell, Rasheda Crocke, Terrence Terrell, Tristen J. Winger, Angela Ko, Warren Burke and Chase Anthony.
Additional attendees included actor Sterling K. Brown, actress Gabrielle Dennis, creator/writer/producer Lena Waithe, BET+ general manager Devin Griffin and BET Network president Scott Mills. Also in attendance were SISTAS cast members KJ Smith and Novi Brown, THE OVAL cast members Lodric Collins, Taja Simpson, Vaughn Hebron, Ciera Payton, Teesha Renee, Matthew Law and Ptosha Storey.
First wives Club and Bigger are a few of the DROPS on BET +
After neglecting their friendship, best friends Ari, Hazel and Bree reunite to help each other through rough patches in their lives. Together, they navigate music superstar Hazel’s tabloid-ridden divorce, campaign manager Ari’s unsatisfying marriage to her political candidate husband, and orthopedic surgeon Bree’s cheating husband. Tired of always being the ones to make sacrifices in their lives, Ari, Hazel and Bree vow to prioritize their friendship and have more fun. Along the way, the women learn that as long as they have each other, there’s nothing they can’t do.
BIGGER is a 30-minute, ten-episode series on BET+ and follows a single-black-woman who is dealing with the threat of marriage to a boring-in-bed boyfriend and the sudden, random death of a college acquaintance. The tragedy drives her ambitious group of friends to take a deeper look at their stagnant lives, asking themselves—is there something bigger and better in life. The first three episodes will drop on the platform on September 19, 2019, and then subsequent episodes will be available one per week.
BIGGER was created by Felisha Marye and executive produced by Will Packer and Devon Shepard who also served as the showrunner. Starring Tanisha Long, Angell Conwell, Rasheda Crockett, Chase Anthony, and Tristen Winger, BIGGER was shot on location in and around Atlanta.
The first three episodes of BIGGER are now available to screen. Subsequent episodes will be available one per week.
Starring Ryan Michelle Bathe as Ari, Jill Scott as Hazel and Michelle Buteau as Bree, FIRST WIVES CLUB was shot on location in and around New York City. Guest stars include Method Man, Giuliana Rancic and Nene Leakes.
Executive producer Tracy Oliver is best known for co-writing the hit film GIRLS TRIP. FIRST WIVES CLUB is predominantly written and directed by female filmmakers including: Jamie Babbit, Anu Valia, Ryan Case, Alison Brown, Leila Cohan-Miccio, Stella Meghie, Rachelle R. Williams, Yvette Foy and Sam Bailey.
FIRST WIVES CLUB runs nine 30-minute episodes, all available now on BET+.