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Mid Year Conference Panelist

S. Reginald Williams, Esq.

Panelist

S. Reginald Williams is the founder and CEO of Ambrosia For Heads (AFH), a Hip-Hop lifestyle digital media company that curates and creates content reaching more than 3 million people per month via its web site and social media platforms. Prior to AFH, Reggie was  SVP of Programming, Music & Specials at BET Networks, where he set the overall programming and business strategy for the department and managed its day-to-day operations. Reggie came to BET at a crucial time when the network was transitioning from music video programming to long form originals and built the development team that created BET’s first original scripted series, The Real Husbands of Hollywood, starring Kevin Hart. Additionally, Reggie re-positioned the channel’s mega award shows to modernize them into multiplatform events that leveraged digital and social media to make the shows real-time, interactive experiences. Reggie also launched and oversaw BET’s Music Matters emerging artist initiative, which propelled the careers of artists like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Miguel and Macklemore. Additionally, Williams created and shepherded the BET Music Collection music licensing library. Prior to BET, Reggie was the Chief Operating Officer of Desi Hits, a global digital media company that bridged the world between Western entertainment and Bollywood. Reggie ran the operations of the company, managed its relations with the board of directors and grew its web site traffic from 300K unique visitors per month to 1 million per month in under a year. Reggie also spent 7 years at MTV Networks in a number of positions that concluded with his role as the SVP of Music Strategy. Reggie came to MTV as it was growing from a linear cable channel into a multiplatform media company, and he architected the company’s global music acquisition strategy. While there, he conceived and fashioned MTV’s first ever music video digital streaming deals, its first ever global blanket music publishing agreements, and its first ever subscription music service. Reggie also produced the 2006 HBO/Cinemax documentary, “Cutting Edge,” which depicted a day in the life of a Harlem barbershop. Prior to MTV, Reggie founded and was the CEO of nuRules.com, an urban lifestyle web site. Reggie began his career as a corporate attorney at Paul Hastings before transitioning into entertainment law. He graduated cum laude from Harvard College and earned his JD at Harvard Law School.

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