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Whitney-Gayle Benta's Talent Takes REVOLT Higher

June 2016

Whitney-Gayle-BentaWhitney-Gayle Benta, C'2001, is senior vice president of music and talent at REVOLT, the  multi-platform television channel founded by Sean Combs. The Harlem, New York native graduated from Spelman with a bachelor of arts in entertainment industries studies, an independent major where she developed her own curriculum.

At REVOLT, Benta is responsible for managing a team  of east and west coast talent bookers who secure artists, experts, and commentators across all REVOLT programs and events. She works closely with programming and news to strategize about acts and topics of discussion. She then identifies and secures top quality on-air talent to ensure REVOLT remains relevant, credible and ahead of competitors.

In this interview with GRAMMY PRO, Benta discusses the network, how she broke into the music industry, her role at Revolt TV, and the curation model behind the network.

"Talent relations is 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."

Prior to joining REVOLT, Benta was a vice president 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."