Fast Chat: Reginald Hudlin

Reginald Hudlin, who's directed "The Bernie Mac Show" and "Everybody Hates Chris," was named president of Viacom's Black Entertainment Television this year. Johnnie L. Roberts quizzed him about his role as a network suit.

I was brought here expressly to create original programming--news, sports, comedy, dramas, reality and animation. I'm building feature-film and home-video divisions--a very ambitious set of plans that will take years to implement.

I really thought it would be about me twisting arms to get people to bring projects to the network. It hasn't been that way at all.

Competition is always good. Competition makes champions. BET is so far and away the dominant player, it's absurd. We have 100 percent awareness of our brand. Our reach is greater. We have so much growth potential.

Warrington has already brought me lots of fresh and strong ideas. I will not hold the fact against him that he's my brother.