OWN Announces Two New Fall Series





OWN Announces Two New Fall Series, Expands Popular Unscripted Programming Roster to Two Nights Beginning in October
Newcomers “Put a Ring on It” and “Behind Every Man” will be joined by new seasons of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” and “Ready to Love.”
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES TWO NEW FALL SERIES, EXPANDS POPULAR UNSCRIPTED PROGRAMMING ROSTER TO TWO NIGHTS BEGINNING IN OCTOBER

Friday and Saturday Nights Will Be Home to New Unscripted Series “Put a Ring on It” and “Behind Every Man” Joining New Seasons of Established Hits “Iyanla: Fix My Life” and “Ready to Love”
LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that beginning in October the network will expand its successful unscripted programming block to two nights, on Fridays and Saturdays, and will debut two new series along with new seasons of its popular hits.

Friday nights will begin October 23 with two series from record-breaking filmmaker Will Packer and Lighthearted Entertainment. An all-new season of the popular dating show “Ready to Love” hosted by Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles kicks off at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following sexy, grown singles looking for lasting love while quarantined together at a secluded mountain resort. Immediately following at 10 p.m. ET/PT is the new series premiere of “Put a Ring on It” where long time couples embark on the ultimate social experiment to discover if they’re truly meant to be… by dating other people.

Saturday nights will kick off on October 31 with the seventh season premiere of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” featuring award-winning spiritual life coach, six-time New York Times best-selling author and executive producer, Iyanla Vanzant, in a special two-hour episode from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT. The following week on Saturday, November 7, the new series “Behind Every Man” from prolific executive producer Carlos King premieres at 10 p.m. ET/PT, shining the spotlight on the women behind famous men we look up to and admire, focusing on the passions, struggles and sacrifices they have made to support the men they love.

“Expanding to two nights with our unscripted shows gives our loyal viewers even more of the programming they’re super passionate about,” said Tina Perry, president OWN. “Over the years, OWN has established Saturday nights as the leading destination for Black women focusing on unscripted programs in the love and relationship space and we look forward to continuing that momentum on Friday nights this fall.”

OWN Fall Unscripted Programming Premiere Lineup:

Friday, October 23

9 p.m. ET/PT “Ready to Love”

10 p.m. ET/PT “Put A Ring on It”

Saturday, October 31

9-11 p.m. ET/PT “Iyanla: Fix My Life”

*special two-hour premiere

Saturday, November 7

10-11 p.m. ET/PT “Behind Every Man” (follows “Iyanla: Fix My Life” in its regular 9-10 p.m. time slot)

About the Shows:

“Ready to Love” (season two)

Record-breaking Hollywood producer Will Packer’s popular dating series hosted by Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles returns with an all-new cast from Houston, Texas to explore the real-life dating interactions of sexy, successful and grown Black men and women who are each looking for lasting love and an authentic relationship. But this season, there’s a twist. The “Ready to Love” hopefuls have been Covid-19 tested and cleared to quarantine together at a luxury mountain resort where opportunities for both the men and women to decide who stays and who goes abound as the tables turn weekly in the search for true love. The series is produced by Will Packer Media and Lighthearted Entertainment.

“Put a Ring on It” (new series)

Will Packer’s newest unscripted relationship series “Put A Ring on It” follows three longtime couples, with help from master relationship coach Dr. Nicole LaBeach, who embark on the ultimate relationship test. From week to week the couples are pushed outside their comfort zones to confront the question they’ve been too afraid to ask: is this their happily ever after? The couples will finally find out if they are truly meant to be together by dating other people, and in so doing they’ll discover if there’s a love connection they’ve been missing all along. Will they decide it’s time to go their separate ways, or is it finally time to put a ring on it? “Put A Ring on It” is produced by Will Packer Media and Lighthearted Entertainment.

“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (season 7)

The long running, award-winning hit series stars spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant helping those who are struggling, guiding them toward a new way of living and encouraging them to do the work necessary for real change. Through emotional heart-to-heart conversations and often a dose of tough-love, Iyanla helps individuals confront unresolved issues that are causing turmoil. She coaches guests and gives them the tools to fix their own lives, seeking to break the negative patterns that are preventing true happiness. “Iyanla: Fix My Life” is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions.

“Behind Every Man” (new series)

From producer Carlos King and Kingdom Reign Entertainment and hosted by “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” star Melody Holt, “Behind Every Man” celebrates the women behind famous men we look up to and admire, focusing on the passions, struggles and sacrifices they have made to support the men they love, whose lives are lived in the spotlight. Featured couples include Tammy and Kirk Franklin; singer-songwriter Ne-Yo and his wife Crystal Smith; Big Sean and his mother Myra Anderson, plus Lamar Odom and his fiancé Sabrina Parr, Usher and his mother Jonnetta Patton and many more. “Behind Every Man” is produced by Kingdom Reign Entertainment and LostNThought Productions.

About OWN’s Unscripted Programming

OWN is the #1 cable network on Saturday nights for African American women with its hit unscripted shows focusing on love and relationships. Popular series include “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “Black Love,” “Ready to Love,” “Love & Marriage: Huntsville,” “Family or Fiancé,” “Girlfriends Check In,” “Love Goals,” “OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN the Conversation,” and the upcoming “Put a Ring on It” and “Behind Every Man.” The network is expanding its roster to include all-new programming Friday and Saturday nights this fall.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.



OWN Licenses Daytime Talk Show “Tamron Hall”





OWN Licenses Daytime Talk Show “Tamron Hall”
OWN will air new episodes of the show two days after airing in first-run syndication.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN LICENSES DAYTIME TALK SHOW “TAMRON HALL”

Second Run of Popular Syndicated Program Hosted by Emmy(R) Award-Winning Talk Show Host Tamron Hall to Air Monday-Friday on OWN in Multiple Time Periods Beginning September 14

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it has licensed the award-winning talk show “Tamron Hall” from Disney Media Networks. OWN will premiere the second run of “Tamron Hall” weekdays in multiple time periods beginning Monday, September 14, the same day that season two of the show premieres nationally in first-run syndication. OWN will air new episodes of the show two days after airing in first-run syndication.

“Tamron is a dynamic host and an incomparable journalist. She delves into important conversations that matter to OWN viewers and we are so excited to have her as a part our daytime lineup,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “Tamron joined Oprah on her recent ‘2020 Vision’ tour, and we saw firsthand how engaging she is with audiences. Her show is a breakout daytime hit, and we welcome her to OWN with open arms.”

“Having Oprah’s engaged and passionate OWN viewers join us at our table is both meaningful and a privilege, especially during this moment in history where conversations matter more than ever before,” said Hall. “I can’t imagine a more perfect second home for my show and I am thrilled to join Oprah and the OWN family.”

New episodes of “Tamron Hall” will air on OWN Monday-Friday at 8am and 1pm ET/PT; Season One episodes of “Tamron Hall” will air on OWN Monday-Friday at 9am and 2pm ET/PT.

About “Tamron Hall”

Tamron Hall brings a refreshing, relatable, and unstoppable voice to the daytime community – talking to the people you are talking about. From the deeply personal to the purely fun, “Tamron Hall” is a daily destination for viewers to connect with the people shaping our lives through meaningful, engaging, and entertaining conversations. So, let’s talk about it.

Tamron Hall is an accomplished and award-winning journalist and in July won the Daytime Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host for her inaugural season. This marks the first time since the award’s inception in 2015 that a freshman host was the recipient of that honor. Also in season one, the show won a prestigious Gracie Award for best talk show. “Tamron Hall” is produced by Walt Disney Television and is distributed in national syndication by Disney Media Networks. The show is executive produced by Hall and Candi Carter and Carter serves as showrunner. The show broadcasts from New York City and features a dynamic mix of live and taped shows.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.



OWN Announces Straight-to-Series Order for New Original Drama “Delilah”





OWN Announces Straight-to-Series Order for New Original Drama “Delilah” from Acclaimed “Greenleaf” Creator Craig Wright
Maahra Hill stars as Delilah Connolly, a headstrong, highly principled lawyer living in Charlotte, North Carolina.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES STRAIGHT-TO-SERIES ORDER FOR NEW ORIGINAL DRAMA “DELILAH” FROM ACCLAIMED “GREENLEAF” CREATOR CRAIG WRIGHT

Series Stars Maahra Hill as “Delilah,” An Ambitious Attorney and Single Mom

Jill Marie Jones, Susan Heyward and Ozioma Akagha also Join the Cast

Executive Producer Charles Randolph-Wright and Cheryl Dunye Set to Direct Series Produced by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films
Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a straight-to-series order for the new original drama series “Delilah,” from acclaimed “Greenleaf” creator Craig Wright, who will serve as executive producer along with Charles Randolph-Wright and Oprah Winfrey.

Maahra Hill (“Black-ish,” “How to Get Away With Murder”) stars as Delilah Connolly, a headstrong, highly principled lawyer living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Delilah’s doing her best to raise two kids alone and keep her ties to family, friends and faith strong, all the while ceaselessly seeking justice for those who need it most, in a time when the rich and powerful of Charlotte and beyond will do anything to stop her. Also joining the cast are Jill Marie Jones (“Girlfriends”) as Tamara Grayson, Delilah’s confidante and best friend; Susan Heyward (“Orange is the New Black”), who portrays Demetria Barnes, Delilah’s newly hired, fearless, and ambitious associate; and Ozioma Akagha (Marvel’s “Runaways”), who plays Delilah’s unfailingly sunny secretary, Harper Conant.

Award-winning directors Charles Randolph-Wright (“Greenleaf”) and Cheryl Dunye (“Queen Sugar,” “David Makes Man”) are set to direct the series, with additional directors to be announced. Dunye will direct the pilot episode.

The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films, and will air on OWN in 2021.

“On the heels of the incredible success story of ‘Greenleaf,’ we are thrilled to continue our partnership with Craig on this compelling new drama,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “Our viewers are going to deeply relate to this story that focuses on a powerful woman committed to her family and her community.”

“It’s an honor to work for Ms. Winfrey and OWN and to serve the network’s devoted fans. ‘Delilah’ continues the work we started on ‘Greenleaf,’ namely, bringing untold stories and fresh perspectives to our audience,” said Craig Wright, creator/executive producer.

Delilah left a demanding white-shoe law firm a decade ago and hung up her own shingle so she could make raising her kids her #1 priority. Now she takes on cases the big firms ignore and finds herself, more often than not, going head-to-head with the powerful and privileged as she fights for the disenfranchised. In addition to raising her two kids, Maia and Marcus, Delilah also cares for her young nephew Dion; manages her relationship with her frustrating ex; and to top it all off, she’s about to go up against her best friend Tamara in court for the first time. Delilah has always represented the underdogs. Tamara has always represented the wealthy and powerful. But this case is different: This time, Delilah’s most cherished friendship is on the line. Nevertheless, there are lives at stake. So, Delilah does what she always does – she seeks justice for those who need it most.

Maahra Hill (Delilah Connolly) has been recently featured in guest roles on some of television’s most popular series, including opposite Laurence Fishburne in “Black-ish,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The L Word: Generation Q,” “Pearson,” “Life in Pieces,” “Speechless,” “Chance,” “Jane the Virgin,” and “Melissa & Joey.” Jill Marie Jones (Tamara Grayson) is well known to audiences from her role as Toni Marie Childress Garrett on the long-running hit series “Girlfriends,” as well as series regular roles in “Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy,” “Ash vs Evil Dead,” “Sleepy Hollow” and guest roles in “Black-ish,” “Meet the Browns,” and “American Horror Story.” Susan Heyward (Demetria Barnes) is well known to audiences for her roles as Tamika Ward in the final two seasons of “Orange is the New Black,” as Cece in the Mick Jagger-produced series “Vinyl,” and as Deena Pilgrim in “Powers.” She was featured in the 2015 feature film “Poltergeist,” starring Sam Rockwell, and has guest-starred in episodes of the series “Tommy” and “Conviction.” Ozioma Akagha (Harper Conant) has recently had recurring roles in Marvel’s “Runaways” and “Superior Donuts,” voiced the role of Bumblebee in “Teen Titans Go!,” and guest starred on “2 Broke Girls,” “Nashville,” and “Men at Work.”

“Delilah” will join OWN’s slate of popular dramas that includes four of the top 15 original scripted cable series for African American women, “Queen Sugar,” “Cherish the Day,” “David Makes Man,” and “The Haves and the Have Nots.” Wright’s acclaimed drama “Greenleaf” ended its five-season run on Tuesday, August 11 on OWN ranking as the #1 most watched show on television for African American viewers.

In addition to creating and executive producing OWN’s hit drama series “Greenleaf,” Craig Wright is currently developing a spinoff of “Greenleaf” for OWN. Wright served as writer and producer on “Lost” and “Six Feet Under,” and was supervising producer on the long-running series “Brothers and Sisters.” He was Emmy-nominated for his writing on “Six Feet Under,” and received three WGA Award nominations, winning the Dramatic Series award in 2004 for “Lost.” In addition, Wright was executive producer and writer for “Tyrant” and “Rush” and was consulting producer on “United States of Tara.”

“Delilah” executive producer and director Charles Randolph-Wright’s television credits include “Greenleaf,” “Katy Keene,” “Step Up: Highwater,” “Lincoln Heights,” “South of Nowhere,” and “Live at Lincoln Center.” Film credits include directing the ABFF winner “Preaching to the Choir,” and he recently executive produced the DOC NYC Grand Jury Prize Winner “Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back.” In theatre, he directed the Tony-nominated Broadway and West End smash hit “Motown: The Musical.” Randolph-Wright also is an inaugural resident playwright at Arena Stage in D.C. His play “Blue” (starring Leslie Uggams and Lynn Whitfield) will be directed by Phylicia Rashad in a revival at the Apollo Theatre. His upcoming theatre directing projects include “Trouble In Mind” by Alice Childress at the Roundabout on Broadway, the world premieres “American Prophet: Frederick Douglass In His Own Words” (which he co-wrote with Grammy winner Marcus Hummon) at Arena Stage, and “Orfeus: A House Music Opera” at the Young Vic in London.

Sought-after director Cheryl Dunye recently served as producing director on season four of OWN’s hit drama “Queen Sugar,” from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and she directed multiple episodes of the Peabody Award-winning “David Makes Man.” She is considered the most influential African American filmmaker to emerge from New Queer Cinema movement of the mid-1990s. Her groundbreaking first film, “The Watermelon Woman,” won the Teddy Award for Best Feature at Berlinale in 1996. Her 2002 follow-up, “Stranger Inside,” was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Director. Since 2017, she has directed episodes of “All Rise,” “Claws,” “Love Is___,” and “Lovecraft Country” (all from Warner Bros. Television Group), as well as “The Chi,” “Dear White People,” “Star,” and “The Fosters.”

“Delilah” is produced for OWN by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films. The executive producers are Craig Wright, Charles Randolph-Wright, and Oprah Winfrey.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and https://press.discovery.com/us/own/.

About Warner Bros. Television

One of the entertainment industry’s most-respected providers of original primetime programming since its founding in 1955, Warner Bros. Television produces original scripted drama and comedy series for multiple platforms. As of August 2020, Warner Bros. Television is producing more than 70 scripted series for on-demand/streaming services, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the five broadcast networks.



OWN Announces Black Fatherhood Special “OWN Spotlight: They Call Me Dad”





OWN Announces Black Fatherhood Special “OWN Spotlight: They Call Me Dad” Set to Premiere on Tuesday, September 15
Bishop T.D. Jakes, Anthony Hamilton, D-Nice, Malcolm Jenkins and Kirk Franklin are among those featured.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES BLACK FATHERHOOD SPECIAL “OWN SPOTLIGHT: THEY CALL ME DAD” SET TO PREMIERE ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

The Special Features Celebrity Dads Bishop T.D. Jakes, Anthony Hamilton, D-Nice, Malcolm Jenkins and Kirk Franklin

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today “OWN Spotlight: They Call Me Dad,” a one-hour special that celebrates Black fatherhood, is set to premiere on Tuesday, September 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (immediately after OWN’s hit drama series “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots”).

“OWN Spotlight: They Call Me Dad” is an inspirational one-hour special that celebrates Black Fatherhood and the special bond dads have with their children, giving viewers exclusive access to a group of famous black fathers away from the spotlight and doing the most admirable thing imaginable – being a loving dad. Through a series of deeply personal profiles, the special follows five celebrity Black fathers from diverse backgrounds, in their homes and unguarded, as they showcase the joys, fears, and fulfillment that being a dad brings while also shifting the narratives for a more accurate representation of Black fatherhood. From braiding hair to coaching sports teams to difficult conversations about how to deal with law enforcement, viewers will get to see parenthood from a father’s perspective. The special will feature the renowned spiritual leader and author Bishop T.D. Jakes; two-time Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins, DJ and social media phenom, D-Nice, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Anthony Hamilton and Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin, as they each showcase their unique parenting styles and explore the different roles that a father plays in his childrens’ lives as they grow up from hero and mentor to provider and protector. Additional guests include Meagan Good, Laila Ali and Sarah Jakes Roberts.

The special is executive produced by Oji Singletary and Critical Content.

About OWN Spotlight

“OWN Spotlight” presentations tackle issues and concerns facing Black lives. The programs feature candid and in-depth conversations that create real dialogue to inspire systematic change. Previous programs include the two-night special “Where Do We Go From Here?” that simulcast across the Discovery family of networks featuring Oprah and Black thought leaders discussing the current state of racism America; “Oprah and 100 Black Fathers” sharing the urgency of having “the talk” with their children and the dreams they have for the future of their families; “COVID-19: The Deadly Impact on Black America” that investigated the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Black communities; “Oprah At Home with Lupita Nyong’o and Cynthia Erivo,” which examined colorism in Hollywood; “Oprah and Alicia Keys – The Interview” discussing Alicia Keys’ new memoir “More Myself;” “When They See Us Now” featuring Oprah in conversation with award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the cast from the acclaimed series “When They See Us” along with real men formerly known as the Central Park Five; and the follow-up documentary from D. Channsin Berry “Dark Girls 2” exploring the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world.

About Critical Content

Critical Content is a leading global independent content studio. Launched in October of 2015, the company focuses on unscripted and scripted programming for broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Critical Content currently has more than 50 projects in production for more than 30 different networks. Recent series include “Catfish” (MTV), “Very Cavallari” (E!), “StayHere” (Netflix), “Get a Room with Carson & Thom” and “Backyard Envy” (Bravo), “Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour” (A&E), “Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?” (FOX), “Fight Like A Girl” (Quibi), “Caribbean Pirate Treasure” (Travel Channel), “The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey” (CBS, Netflix), “The Great Food Truck Race” (Food Network), “Disney’s Fairytale Weddings” (Freeform), “Racing Wives” (CMT), HOME FREE (FOX), “American Spring Live” (PBS), “Portals To Hell” (Travel), “Hanging With The Hendersons” (Animal Plant), “StartUp” (Crackle, Amazon), and “Limitless” (CBS). For more information, visit www.criticalcontent.com.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.



Oprah Winfrey Hosts “OWN Spotlight: Culture Connection”





Oprah Winfrey Hosts “OWN Spotlight: Culture Connection & August 28th with Ava DuVernay & Rev. Al Sharpton”
“This year, we have experienced the profound importance of learning and understanding the history of our country as it pertains to social justice,” said Oprah Winfrey.
[via press release from OWN]
OPRAH WINFREY HOSTS “OWN SPOTLIGHT: CULTURE CONNECTION & AUGUST 28TH WITH AVA DuVERNAY & REV. AL SHARPTON” FEATURING DISCUSSIONS AROUND THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY & THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING TO AIR THROUGHOUT FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 ON OWN

DuVernay’s Star-Studded Short-Form Film “August 28: A Day in the Life of a People” Featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Regina King, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Andre Holland, Michael Ealy and Glynn Turman

LOS ANGELES – Continuing conversations surrounding issues impacting Black lives, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today “OWN Spotlight: Culture Connection & August 28th, Ava DuVernay & Rev. Sharpton” to air Friday, August 28 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET/PT on OWN and streaming for free on the Watch OWN app and the OWN Facebook and Youtube pages beginning at 2 p.m. ET. The special features Oprah Winfrey as she speaks separately with both acclaimed director Ava DuVernay and Rev. Al Sharpton regarding the historical context of August 28th and the significance of the upcoming election, along with a special presentation of DuVernay’s short film “August 28: A Day in the Life of a People.”

“This year, we have experienced the profound importance of learning and understanding the history of our country as it pertains to social justice,” said Oprah Winfrey, CEO of OWN. “Both Ava and Rev. Sharpton have been doing the work in their own ways to raise awareness for these issues, and I look forward to bringing my conversations with these leaders to our passionate OWN audience ahead of the upcoming election.”

During the special, Winfrey speaks with DuVernay about the work she is doing in support of social justice, how she uses history to inform her activism, and how imperative it is for everyone to vote in the upcoming election. Winfrey later discusses with Rev. Al Sharpton the connection of the upcoming ‘Get Off Our Necks’ Commitment March taking place on the same day as the historic March on Washington 57 years ago. Rev. Sharpton shares ways that everyone can show their support in this moment, reiterating his intention for the march is not about numbers but long-term impact.

The interviews bookend DuVernay’s scripted short-film entitled “August 28: A Day in the Life of a People,” starring Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Regina King, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, André Holland, Michael Ealy and Glynn Turman. DuVernay uses a robust combination of both documentary and narrative techniques to transport viewers through six stunning historical moments that all actually occurred on the same day – August 28th – in various years. Written, produced and directed by DuVernay, “August 28” traverses a century of black progress, protest, passion and perseverance of African American people. The project gives historical perspective within the creative framework of one date that has had a profound effect on America including: the passing of The Slavery Abolition Act on August 28, 1833, the lynching of Emmett Till on August 28, 1955, the first radio airplay from Motown Records on August 28, 1961 with The Marvelettes “Please Mr Postman,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech during the massive March on Washington on August 28, 1963, Hurricane Katrina making its tragic landfall on August 28, 2005 and then-Senator Barack Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination for the presidency on August 28, 2008. The film was lensed by cinematographer Malik Sayeed and edited by Oscar nominee Spencer Averick. Ten-time Grammy nominee Meshell Ndegeocello composed the score. Paul Garnes produced, with co-producers Tilane Jones and Tammy Garnes.

This special is part of OWN’s overall OWN YOUR VOTE initiative, a bipartisan registration and get-out-the-vote campaign partnering with national and local grassroots and voting rights organizations to provide tools and resources that will empower Black women to vote this November. Black women powerfully influence election outcomes, and OWN YOUR VOTE supports this group of voters to show up to the polls and help friends, family, and their community to do the same. Winfrey recently shared that OWN will grant November 3rd as a company holiday to ensure all employees have the time to vote and volunteer. “I challenge other companies to do the same because this might be the most important election of our lives,” Winfrey said in her social post.

“OWN Spotlight: Culture Connection & August 28th, Ava DuVernay & Rev. Sharpton” is produced by OWN. The executive producers are Oprah Winfrey and Tara Montgomery.

About OWN Spotlight

“OWN Spotlight” presentations tackle issues and concerns facing Black lives. The programs feature candid and in-depth conversations that create real dialogue to inspire systematic change. Previous programs include the two-night special “Where Do We Go From Here?” that simulcast across the Discovery family of networks featuring Oprah and Black thought leaders discussing the current state of racism America; “Oprah and 100 Black Fathers” sharing the urgency of having “the talk” with their children and the dreams they have for the future of their families; “COVID-19: The Deadly Impact on Black America” that investigated the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Black communities; “Oprah At Home with Lupita Nyong’o and Cynthia Erivo,” which examined colorism in Hollywood; “Oprah and Alicia Keys – The Interview” discussing Alicia Keys’ new memoir “More Myself;” “When They See Us Now” featuring Oprah in conversation with award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the cast from the acclaimed series “When They See Us” along with real men formerly known as the Central Park Five; and the follow-up documentary from D. Channsin Berry “Dark Girls 2” exploring the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

About ARRAY

ARRAY is a multi-platform media company and arts collective based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2012 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the company currently operates a trio of branded entertainment entities: ARRAY Releasing, ARRAY Filmworks and ARRAY Creative Campus in partnership with the non-profit cinema and social justice organization ARRAY Alliance. www.arraynow.com.



OWN’s Popular Docu-Series “Black Love” Returns for Its Fourth Season





OWN’s Popular Docu-Series “Black Love” Returns for Its Fourth Season on Saturday, September 5 with Back-to-Back Episodes
The new season will feature Bill & Kristen Bellamy, Jemele Hill and Ian Wallace, Deborah Joy Winans and Terrence Williams and Dulé and Jazmyn Hill.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN’S POPULAR DOCU-SERIES “BLACK LOVE” RETURNS FOR ITS FOURTH SEASON ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 WITH BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES

This Season Shines Light on High Profile Couples in the Black Community which include Bill & Kristen Bellamy, Jemele Hill and Ian Wallace, Deborah Joy Winans and Terrence Williams and Dulé and Jazmyn Hill

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the fourth season of its popular and ground-breaking two-time NAACP nominated docu-series “Black Love” will premiere back-to-back episodes on Saturday, September 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The series, which celebrates love stories from the Black community, ranked #1 in its Friday night time slot across all cable with African American W25-54.

“Black Love,” created by husband-and-wife filmmakers Codie and Tommy Oliver continue to present real, honest, emotional, and transparent love stories from some of the most successful people in business, entertainment as well as everyday couples. This season, featured couples such as Dulé Hill & Jazmyn Simon, Jemele Hill & Ian Wallace, Bill & Kristen Bellamy, and Deborah Joy Winans & Terrence Williams will discuss topics from the early days of marriage to navigating grief, mental health, and the changes in intimacy over time.

“Black Love,” from filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver (“‪The Perfect Guy”) and Confluential Films, seeks to answer the burning question, “What does it take to make a marriage work?” The Olivers set out to increase representation and create transparency around marriage in the Black community and first launched the show as newlyweds. They’ve now been married over five years and are raising three sons under four years old. As their marriage and family have evolved, the show’s topics have also deepened.

About Confluential Films

Confluential Films is an LA based film and TV production company founded by writer/director/producer, Tommy Oliver, whose past work includes OWN’s hit docu-series, Black Love, Sony Screen Gem’s #1 box-office hit, The Perfect Guy, and the Sundance Winner, Kinyarwanda. Confluential Films is devoted to creating and championing projects that are inclusive and celebrate our shared human experience.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.



OWN Says Farewell to Hit Megachurch Drama “Greenleaf” with Post-Finale Special





OWN Says Farewell to Hit Megachurch Drama “Greenleaf” with Post-Finale Special
The special will feature “Greenleaf” cast including Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker, and Deborah Joy Winans sharing favorite moments from the past five seasons and answering questions from the devoted fans.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN SAYS FAREWELL TO HIT MEGACHURCH DRAMA “GREENLEAF” WITH POST-FINALE SPECIAL

Cast Reunites One Last Time for a Memorable Look Back at the Groundbreaking Drama Series about Faith and Family Tuesday, August 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

“Greenleaf” Is the Most Watched Show by African American Viewers on All of Television

LOS ANGELES – The stars of OWN’s hit megachurch drama “Greenleaf,” the critically-acclaimed series from Lionsgate, award-winning writer/executive producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”), and executive producers Clement Virgo (“Empire”), Kriss Turner Towner (“Black Monday”) and Oprah Winfrey, will take an look back at the beloved show in a one-hour special airing Tuesday, August 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following the series finale. The special will feature “Greenleaf” cast including Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker, and Deborah Joy Winans sharing favorite moments from the past five seasons and answering questions from the devoted fans.

The penultimate (8/4/20) episode of “Greenleaf” garnered a season-high 2,117,000 viewers and continued to be Tuesday night’s #1 cable telecast among Women 25-54 and W18-49. During its current season, “Greenleaf” is the #1 original series across broadcast and cable for African American women, households and total viewers.

Clip from final episode of “Greenleaf” airing Tuesday, August 11 at 9p.m. ET/PT:

About Greenleaf

“Greenleaf” has garnered ten NAACP Image Award nominations, including wins for Outstanding Drama Series in 2020, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019 and 2020 (Lynn Whitfield). The series has also been recognized by the Alliance for Women in Media’s Gracie Allen Awards and by the Black Reel Awards for Television.

Greenleaf stars Merle Dandridge as Grace Greenleaf; Keith David as Bishop James Greenleaf; Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae Greenleaf; Kim Hawthorne as Kerissa Greenleaf; Lamman Rucker as Jacob Greenleaf; and Deborah Joy Winans as Charity Greenleaf-Satterjee.

“Greenleaf” is produced for OWN by Lionsgate in association with Harpo Films and Pine City. Executive producers are Oprah Winfrey, Craig Wright, Kriss Turner Towner, and Clement Virgo.

A “Greenleaf” spinoff, currently in development with Lionsgate, was announced in May 2020.

Viewers can now catch up on the show’s complete four seasons on Netflix.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and https://press.discovery.com/us/own/.



Kwame Patterson and Arlen Escarpeta Join the Cast of OWN’s Peabody Award-Winning Drama “David Makes Man”





Kwame Patterson and Arlen Escarpeta Join the Cast of OWN’s Peabody Award-Winning Drama “David Makes Man,” From Academy Award Winner Tarell Alvin McCraney
Patterson and Escarpeta join returning series regulars Akili McDowell, Alana Arenas, Travis Coles and Cayden K. Williams for season two.
[via press release from OWN]
KWAME PATTERSON AND ARLEN ESCARPETA JOIN THE CAST OF OWN’S PEABODY AWARD-WINNING DRAMA “DAVID MAKES MAN,” FROM ACADEMY AWARD WINNER TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY

New Series Regulars to Play Adult ‘David’ and ‘JG’ in Second Season of Drama from Warner Horizon Scripted Television

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the addition of two new series regulars for the second season of “David Makes Man,” the Peabody Award-winning and critically acclaimed drama from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) and Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Kwame Patterson (“Snowfall,” “The Wire”) and Arlen Escarpeta (“The Oath”) have joined the cast in series regular roles as the adult versions of David and his brother JG. Patterson and Escarpeta join returning series regulars Akili McDowell, Alana Arenas, Travis Coles and Cayden K. Williams for season two.

McCraney executive produces the series alongside Dee Harris-Lawrence (“All Rise,” “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.,”) who serves as showrunner. Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy (“Revenge”), under their Page Fright production banner, Michael B. Jordan (“Just Mercy,” “Creed”) via his Outlier Society Productions, and Oprah Winfrey via Harpo Films are also executive producers.

The first season of “David Makes Man” centered on David Young (Akili McDowell), a 14-year-old prodigy learning to survive the streets that raised him and the higher education that could offer him a way out. Season two finds David in his early 30s (played by Patterson), a rising business man facing an opportunity that will change him and his community forever; the mounting pressure forces David to choose between the instincts that helped him survive or finding a new way to finally, truly live.

Patterson can be seen in a recurring role in the upcoming fourth season of FX’s “Snowfall.” He previously appeared in recurring roles in HBO’s acclaimed drama “The Wire,” Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” Crackle’s “The Oath” and FX’s “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” among others. His film credits include “The Outpost” and the upcoming “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.”

Escarpeta’s television credits include series regular roles in Crackle’s “The Oath” and NBC’s “American Dreams,” and a recurring role in SYFY’s “The Magicians,” among others. He also starred as Bobby Brown in the Lifetime original film “Whitney.” His feature film credits include “Into the Storm,” “Final Destination 5,” “Brotherhood,” “Friday the 13th” (2009), and “We Are Marshall,” among others.

“David Makes Man” is produced by Page Fright, Outlier Society Productions and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

Kwame Patterson is represented by Global Artists Agency and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Arlen Escarpeta is represented by Karen Forman Management and A3 Talent Agency.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

About Warner Horizon Scripted Television

A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Horizon Scripted Television was founded in 2006 and is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of dramatic and comedic programming for the cable and subscription/on-demand streaming marketplace. Series produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television include “Animal Kingdom” and “Claws” for TNT, “Cherish the Day,” “David Makes Man” and “Queen Sugar” for OWN, “The Flight Attendant” for HBO Max, “Fuller House,” “Medical Police,” “Special” and “You” for Netflix, “Pennyworth” for EPIX, and National Geographic’s “The Right Stuff” for Disney+.



OWN and SeeHer Host Groundbreaking Conversation “Reflecting Black Women in 2020 and Beyond”





Video: OWN and SeeHer Host Groundbreaking Conversation “Reflecting Black Women in 2020 and Beyond” August 6
Panelists include Paul Garnes, Dee Harris-Lawrence, Tina Lifford and Kym Whitley.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN AND SEEHER HOST GROUNDBREAKING CONVERSATION “REFLECTING BLACK WOMEN IN 2020 AND BEYOND” AUGUST 6

On the Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, OWN and the Association of National Advertisers’ SeeHer Movement Discuss Ways the Advertising Community Can More Authentically Represent Black Women in Media

Conversation Features Insights From Influential Creatives Including Array Filmworks Head of Physical Production Paul Garnes, Actress Tina Lifford, Showrunner/Executive Producer Dee Harris-Lawrence and Actress/Comedian Kym Whitley; Moderated by SeeHer Executive Advisor, Dr. Knatokie Ford

Los Angeles, CA – OWN, the leading network for Black women, and the Association of National Advertisers’ (ANA) SeeHer initiative, founded to increase authentic portrayals of women and girls in marketing, media, advertising and entertainment, today hosted a virtual conversation “Reflecting Black Women in 2020 and Beyond.”

Aimed to guide the industry with ways to reflect Black women more accurately in media in this critical moment and beyond, the conversation features producers and actors from OWN’s family of programming in dialogue with SeeHer executive advisor Dr. Knatokie Ford. Panelists include Paul Garnes (head of physical production for Array Filmworks and executive producer of “Queen Sugar” and “Cherish the Day”), Dee Harris-Lawrence (showrunner/executive producer of the Peabody-winning “David Makes Man”), Tina Lifford (actress “Queen Sugar”) and Kym Whitley (actress/comedian “Raising Whitley” and “Girlfriends Check In”).

In the spotlight conversation, the panel of creatives provides key insights to help guide leading marketers to ensure accurate reflections of Black women by investing in Black female talent at every level both in front of and behind the camera and by supporting nuanced depictions of Black women in media, eliminating stereotypes.

“The stories we tell matter. Media matters, and it will be a vital component of our collective healing process as we move forward towards a more proactively anti-racist society. We have started creating tools and sharing insight with marketers, but today’s conversation takes us to the next level of activation,” said Nadine Karp McHugh, president, ANA’s SeeHer. “The urgency and imperative of doing more to address the unique challenges that Black women face, which is related to how they are portrayed in advertising and media, has grown exponentially since the partnership was announced last November.”

“Against many odds, Black women have remained powerfully resilient, innovative, excellent, and downright magical,” added Dr. Knatokie Ford. “Every piece of content created is an opportunity to properly honor and serve the needs of Black women by sharing the fullness and the richness of their stories so that the world can truly see her clearly and with 20/20 vision.”

“The present moment has heightened the urgency of doing more to address the unique challenges that Black women face and now more than ever, it is critical for content to authentically reflect the people it serves, especially women and marginalized groups who have been hit hardest by both the COVID-19 crisis and the pervasive racism that is deeply embedded in American culture and institutions,” said Sheereen Russell, group vice president, ad sales/client partnerships/inclusive engagement, OWN. “OWN is committed to working with SeeHer to help the advertising community create the important change we need to see in our industry, and we are grateful to our panelists who provided deep insight on how it can be done.”

‘Reflecting Black Women In 2020 And Beyond’ Clips:

Tina Lifford – Respect the Black Audience | See Her | Oprah Winfrey Network

Kym Whitley – Hire Black Talent In Front of And Behind The Camera | See Her | Oprah Winfrey Network

Dee Harris-Lawrence – Marketers Should Be Specific | See Her | Oprah Winfrey Network


Key SeeHer and OWN executives Jennifer Giddens, head of marketing, OWN; Sheereen Russell, group vice president ad sales/client partnerships/inclusive engagement, OWN; and Nadine Karp McHugh, president, SeeHer share actionable steps for leading marketers to help shape their creative campaigns.

The dialogue will also help inform the SeeHer #WriteHerRight Tip Sheet for storytellers which helps to facilitate conversation about gender equality with showrunners, actors, and network executives by bringing effective, story-building language and tools into the writers’ rooms.

About OWN + SeeHer

In 2019, OWN announced a partnership with SeeHer to encourage brands to apply an intersectional lens in ads, media and entertainment and help more Black women see themselves authentically reflected in content. Among the partnership’s goals are the creation of custom content, collaboration on industry events, and development of tools to drive change. Brands have an urgent social responsibility to see and reflect the experiences of all consumers, and OWN and SeeHer encourage adding a new objective to all campaigns, leveraging brand power to rewrite and reimagine the American story – where Black life is portrayed with deep humanity and care.

About the OWN + SeeHer Virtual Conversation

The OWN + SeeHer Conversation explores how we can create impact in key aspects of the storytelling process by developing authentic Black female characters, empowering talent who bring these characters to life, and listening to the insights of key production experts.

SeeHer & OWN Creators Conversation moderated by Dr. Knatokie Ford, SeeHer executive director, with:

· Paul Garnes, head of physical production – Array Filmworks & executive producer of “Queen Sugar” and “Cherish The Day”

· Dee Harris-Lawrence, showrunner and executive Producer – “David Makes Man”

· Tina Lifford, actress – “Queen Sugar”

· Kym Whitley, actress and Comedian – “Girlfriends Check In”

SeeHer Mission and overview:

· Dr. Knatokie Ford, Nadine Karp McHugh, president, SeeHer | ANA

OWN Marketer Panel moderated by Dr. Knatokie Ford with:

· Jennifer Giddens, head of marketing, OWN

· Sheereen Russell, group vice president ad sales/client partnerships/inclusive engagement, OWN & Oprah.com

· Nadine Karp McHugh, president, SeeHer | ANA

Please go to https://www.seeher.com/ to learn more.

Social Media: SeeHer: @SeeHer2020 (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network: @OWNTV (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. The network’s robust lineup features five of the Top 15 original scripted cable series for African American women including popular dramas “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “David Makes Man” and “Cherish the Day.” OWN is also #1 on Saturday nights for unscripted programming including “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “Ready to Love,” “Love & Marriage: Huntsville,” “Family or Fiancé,” “Black Women OWN the Conversation,” “Girlfriends Check In” and “Black Love.” OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

About SeeHer

Despite strides made in recent years to accurately portray women and girls in media, unconscious bias persists throughout advertising and entertainment. The average age, race, and body type of women depicted in media today still represent only a small fraction of the female population. A division of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the SeeHer movement is a collective of 2000+ brands committed to creating advertising, marketing and supporting content that portrays women and girls as they really are. It launched in June 2016 in partnership with The Female Quotient (The FQ) in Washington, D.C. at the United State of Women. To help marketers benchmark success, the group developed Gender Equality Measure(TM), (GEM(TM)), the first research methodology that quantifies gender bias in ads and programming. GEM shows that content portraying women accurately dramatically increases purchase intent and brand reputation, increasing return on investment by as much as 30%. GEM won the prestigious 2017 ESOMAR Research Effectiveness Award, and the methodology became the industry standard, which led to a global rollout in 2018. Also in 2018 SeeHer launched #WriteHerRight to support storytellers’ efforts to integrate more authentic depictions of women into their work. As part of the outreach, SeeHer produced a tip sheet for storytellers to facilitate conversation about gender equality with showrunners, actors, and network executives by bringing effective, story-building language and tools into the writers’ rooms. In 2019 the movement expanded into new verticals, including sports (#SeeHerInSports) and music (#SeeHerHearHer.) Visit SeeHer.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. @SeeHer2020.

About Association of National Advertisers

The ANA (Association of National Advertisers)’s mission is to drive growth for marketing professionals, for brands and businesses, and for the industry. Growth is foundational for all participants in the ecosystem. The ANA seeks to align those interests by leveraging the 12-point ANA Growth Agenda, which has been endorsed and embraced by the ANA Board of Directors and the Global CMO Growth Council. The ANA’s membership consists of nearly1,600 domestic and international companies, including almost 1,000 client-side marketers and nonprofit fundraisers and 600 marketing solutions providers (data science and technology companies, ad agencies, publishers, media companies, suppliers, and vendors). Collectively, ANA member companies represent 20,000 brands, engage 50,000 industry professionals, and invest more than $400 billion in marketing and advertising annually.



OWN’s Hit Tyler Perry Drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” Returns





OWN’s Hit Tyler Perry Drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” Returns with a Two-Episode Premiere Tuesday, August 25
The popular series roars back to the screen with a vengeance as the Cryer, Harrington and Young families fight for their very existence.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN’S HIT TYLER PERRY DRAMA “THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS” RETURNS WITH A TWO-EPISODE PREMIERE TUESDAY, AUGUST 25

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the mid-season return of its hit Tyler Perry drama “The Haves and the Have Nots,” set to premiere two back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, August 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The popular series roars back to the screen with a vengeance as the Cryer, Harrington and Young families fight for their very existence.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” is the #1 original cable series among African- American Women and total viewers. It is also among the Top 5 original scripted series on ad-supported cable.

The mid-season premiere of “The Haves and the Have Nots” is packed with more of what has made the OWN series a long-running hit – more revenge, deceit, betrayal, decadence and destruction, leaving the lives of every character forever changed. The series stars John Schneider (Jim Cryer), Tika Sumpter (Candace Young), Angela Robinson (Veronica Harrington), Renee Lawless (Katheryn Cryer), Crystal Fox (Hannah Young), Peter Parros (David Harrington), Tyler Lepley (Benny Young), Gavin Houston (Jeffrey Harrington), Aaron O’Connell (Wyatt Cryer), Nicholas J. Muscarella (Officer Justin), Brett Davis (Mitch) and Brock Yurich (Madison).

From Tyler Perry Studios, “The Haves and the Have Nots” is written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry.

About Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry Studios is a state-of-the-art film and television production facility founded in 2006 by actor, producer, filmmaker, playwright and philanthropist Tyler Perry. Located in Atlanta, Georgia on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base, the new 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country. It boasts a variety of shooting locations including 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 12 purpose-built sound stages, 200 acres of green space, and an expansive backlot.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.