Luis Defrank is a passionate and strategic communicator who thrives in a creative and learning environment. Luis has risen through the ranks at Viacom from his start as a Talent Relations intern to his current role as Director of Communications at BET Networks. He publicizes BET Networks programming and its digital, on-air and off-air properties by drafting and executing press plans, press releases and programming notes. Some of his daily duties include pitching national publications for stories and coordinating talent and executive interviews. Projects he manages include “The New Edition Story” miniseries, “Being Mary Jane,” “BET News,” “The Book Of Negroes” miniseries, “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement”, “Holler if you hear me: Black and Gay in the Church,” “One Shot,” BET.com and its editorial and web series content, BET Social Media and BET Mobile. During his 13 year tenure at Viacom Luis has also lead publicity efforts for VH1 and Logo channels and their respective programs and specials including “VH1 Hip Hop Honors,” “I Want To Work For Diddy,” “The Agency,” “I Love the” franchise, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Viva Hollywood,” “Greatest Specials,” “The Cho Show” VH1.com, VH1 Mobile and LOGOonline.com. In addition to his day-to day duties he is also a member of the Latino, African American and LGBT employee affinity groups and recipient of the Champion of Diversity Award.
Luis’ career experience also includes being an accepted to the NYC Teaching Fellows program and getting certified as a Special Education Bilingual Teacher in the Bronx, NY. His expertise in education includes differentiated instruction across all subject areas for students with special needs that have an Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.) and/or English Language Learners (E.L.L.) in grades 5-9.
Luis has a Bachelors of Science in Mass Media Communications from New York University and a Masters in Education: Special Education and Bilingual from City College of New York.
Luis currently resides in the Bronx, NY and enjoys drawing, traveling in the Caribbean and all things pop culture