OWN Celebrates the Holidays with Three New Original Christmas Movies Premiering in December





OWN Celebrates the Holidays with Three New Original Christmas Movies Premiering in December
Vivica A. Fox, Lamman Rucker, Meagan Holder, Idara Victor and Tonea Stewart are among the featured talent.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH THREE NEW ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS MOVIES PREMIERING IN DECEMBER

“A Christmas For Mary” Stars Vivica A. Fox and Jackée Harry (Dec 8)

“Cooking Up Christmas” Stars Lamman Rucker and Meagan Holder (Dec 15)

“First Christmas” Stars Idara Victor and Tonea Stewart (Dec 22)
Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will continue its holiday tradition this season with three new original Christmas movies coming to the network Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT in December, it was announced today by Tina Perry, president, OWN.

“A Christmas For Mary,” starring Vivica A. Fox and Jackée Harry, will premiere on December 8; “Cooking Up Christmas,” starring “Greenleaf’s” Lamman Rucker and Meagan Holder, will premiere on December 15; and “First Christmas,” starring Idara Victor and Tonea Stewart, will premiere on December 22. The movies join the previously announced “Our OWN Christmas” gospel music special hosted by Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin which kicks off the holiday season programming on Tuesday, December 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

“Following the overwhelming success of our inaugural holiday movie slate last year, we’re excited to announce all-new movies with heartwarming storylines the whole family can enjoy,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “We hope that viewers will continue to make watching our movies together a part of their ongoing holiday traditions.”

About the Holiday Movies:

“A Christmas For Mary” premieres Tuesday, December 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Vivica A. Fox stars with Jackée Harry and Morgan Dixon (“Being Mary Jane”) in a holiday tale of rediscovery and renewal when up-and-coming journalist Lena Jones (Dixon) is tasked with delivering a story by Christmas that will wow her boss, magazine editor Vivian Vaye (Fox), who is dangling a promotion to head writer over Lena’s head. Intrigued by a portrait of a mysterious woman painted by her late grandfather, Lena journeys to the small town of Pineville, where with her mother, Deborah’s (Harry) blessing and support, Lena uncovers a long-ago forgotten tale of young love that not only uncovers cherished memories of the past, but also inspires Lena to follow her heart and find her own true love … and her perfect Christmas story. “A Christmas For Mary” is produced for OWN by Hybrid and executive produced by Vivica A. Fox in association with Harpo Films.

“Cooking Up Christmas” premieres Tuesday, December 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Meagan Holder (“Pitch”) stars in this family-centric holiday story as Chloe, an Atlanta-based chef at a fine dining restaurant who gets fired just weeks before Christmas and reluctantly takes a job with pro baseball player Donovan Jackson (OWN’s “Greenleaf” star Lamman Rucker), who is a single dad of three needing a live-in-chef to get him through the holidays with the kids. Chloe only takes the job in order to save up enough capital to live out her dream of opening her own restaurant, but soon finds herself caught up in the ups and downs of the Jacksons encounter during her residency. Throughout the holiday season in the Jackson household the importance of family and Chloe’s good Southern cooking are two constants that remain. As Christmas comes to an end, Chloe discovers that her lifelong dream might finally come true… and that her heart has a mind of its own. “Cooking Up Christmas” also stars Jen Harper and Laparee Young from OWN’s “Greenleaf” and Lindsey Amani Blackwell from OWN’s “David Makes Man.” “Cooking Up Christmas” is produced for OWN by MarVista in association with Harpo Films. Executive produced by Roger M. Bobb, Lamman Rucker, Megan Ellstrom, Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew.

“First Christmas” premieres Tuesday, December 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Given up for adoption and placed in foster care at a young age, writer Halle Downing (Idara Victor, “Alita: Battle Angel”) receives the blessing of a lifetime when she is invited to spend Christmas in New Orleans with the biological family she never knew she had – The Moores. Halle’s grandmother “Memaw” (Tonea Stewart, “A Time to Kill”) welcomes the young woman with open arms, completely overwhelming Halle with emotion at the significance of finally finding her family. Extremely excited to meet her twin siblings Tiffany (Samantha Smith, “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins”) and Glenn (Mason Beauchamp, “NCIS: New Orleans”) along with younger brother Drew (Peyton Jackson, “Nobody’s Fool”) for the first time, Halle soon faces the hard reality that finding her place in this close-knit family is going to take longer than she thought, something that becomes particularly evident when she witnesses Tiffany’s apprehension about introducing her new girlfriend Paris (Amanda Tavarez, “Queen Sugar”) to the family for the first time. However, as Christmas approaches, Halle begins to gain perspective on the Moore family dynamic and ultimately comes to embrace and celebrate her first family holiday with a special gift that tells her she is right where she is supposed to be. “First Christmas” is produced for OWN by MarVista in association with Harpo Films. Executive produced by Tia Mowry, Tiegen Kosiak, Todd Y. Murata, Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew.

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. 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/.



OWN Announces Documentary Film Acquisition of “(In)Visible Portraits”





OWN Announces Documentary Film Acquisition of “(In)Visible Portraits” from Thought Leader, Storyteller and Filmmaker Oge Egbuonu as an OWN Spotlight Special Presentation in 2021
As described by Egbuonu as a “love letter to Black women and a reeducation for everyone else,” the documentary shatters the too-often invisible otherizing of Black women in America and reclaims the true narrative as told in their own words.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES DOCUMENTARY FILM ACQUISITION OF “(IN)VISIBLE PORTRAITS” FROM THOUGHT LEADER, STORYTELLER AND FILMMAKER OGE EGBUONU AS AN OWN SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL PRESENTATION IN 2021

Documentary is a Powerful Celebration of Black Women Sharing Their Stories of Struggle and Resilience

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the acquisition of the evocative documentary film “OWN Spotlight: (In)Visible Portraits” from thought leader, storyteller and filmmaker, Oge Egbuonu, as her directorial debut to air in 2021. Nearly three years in the making, (In)Visible Portraits is a powerful celebration of Black women sharing their stories of struggle, resilience and beyond. IndieWire described the film as “simply another facet of a story that demands to be watched” and Variety said “the documentary’s emotional generosity and mindful elegance impress.”

“Oge’s artistry and visionary storytelling in this beautiful film will deeply resonate with our viewers,” said Tina Perry, OWN president. “I am so proud showcase its important message which so perfectly aligns with OWN’s commitment for Black women to see themselves and their lives reflected and celebrated in our programming.”

“Creating this documentary was a personal feat,” says Oge Egbuonu, “as a Black woman, I have been told all my life the things that I cannot do and why it has been impossible for people who look like me to live full, unapologetic and authentic lives. Joining forces with OWN, who is so passionate about amplifying the message of this film, is a deeply gratifying opportunity. This film unapologetically affirms Black women and offers a poetic invitation that says I see you, I hear you and you matter. This documentary speaks to the times and my unshakable belief that healing begins when voices are heard, so I could not be more grateful for the enthusiastic support from OWN and their passion to share this with their audience.”

As described by Egbuonu as a “love letter to Black women and a reeducation for everyone else,” the documentary shatters the too-often invisible otherizing of Black women in America and reclaims the true narrative as told in their own words. The film illuminates the history of how we got here, dismantles the false framework of the present-day reality and celebrates the extraordinary heritage of exceptional Black women whom have come before as well as igniting hope for the next generations.

The special is executive produced by Oge Egbuonu and Michael Meyer.

About Oge Egbuonu

Oge Egbuonu is a thought leader focused on disruptive and inspirational storytelling. Her documentary “(In)Visible Portraits” was digitally released via Vimeo On Demand on Juneteenth (June 19, 2020), the American holiday celebrating June 19, 1865 when the Emancipation Proclamation was finally read to enslaved African-Americans in Texas. Prior to creating “(In)Visible Portraits,” Oge produced films like “Loving” (the critically acclaimed film starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga about Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court case which legalized interracial marriage in the United States) and “Eye in the Sky” at the independent production company Raindog Films alongside co-founders Ged Doherty and Academy Award(R)-winning actor Colin Firth. Oge also previously held a seat on the board of the Diversity Committee for the BRIT Awards, where she collaborated on revamping the voting academy and tackling diversity within the music and film industries.

About OWN Spotlight Programming

“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 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 Announces First-Look Deal with Holly Carter and Releve Entertainment





OWN Announces First-Look Deal with Holly Carter and Releve Entertainment, An All3Media America Company
The first project under the new deal includes an all-star holiday gospel music special, “Our OWN Christmas” set to air on Tuesday, December 1.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES FIRST-LOOK DEAL WITH HOLLY CARTER AND RELEVÉ ENTERTAINMENT, AN ALL3MEDIA AMERICA COMPANY

Network Commissions Two Holiday Gospel Music Specials and Orders Two New Original Unscripted Series to Development

“Our OWN Christmas” Hosted by Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin Premieres December 1

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a first-look deal with multi-faceted producer Holly Carter and Relevé Entertainment, an All3Media America company. The partnership will focus on creating and producing unscripted series and specials for the network’s audience of Black women viewers that explore faith, love, sisterhood, relationships and unity.

Carter is the founder of Relevé Entertainment, which specializes in television/film production, talent partnerships, and brand development. The company consistently delivers high-quality, “break-through” family and faith-based programming that engages national audiences. Most recently, Carter created and executive produced “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel,” the highest-rated original TV movie of 2020.

The first project under the new deal includes an all-star holiday gospel music special, “Our OWN Christmas” set to air on Tuesday, December 1 at 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT hosted by Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin (click here for a teaser trailer). The one-hour special will feature uplifting holiday moments, surprise acts of giving as well as festive performances by iconic Grammy Award-winning gospel singers Kierra Sheard, Erica Campbell, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Le’Andria Johnson, legendary award-winning gospel group The Clark Sisters, and many more. A second holiday gospel music special currently in production will air on OWN Easter 2021.

In addition, the network has ordered two new unscripted series to development, “Back to the Altar” about divorced couples working to mend their broken relationships, and “Love & Faith” following the women behind some of the faith community’s best-known pastors.

“Holly is a force in the industry with a deep connection to our audience,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “We are excited to premiere music specials on OWN for the first time and to create new original unscripted programming that will lift up the spirits of so many viewers through the power of storytelling.”

“OWN’s mission to inspire and entertain, while empowering viewers to live their best lives is one that aligns perfectly with my own,” said Carter. “I’m looking forward to working with the OWN team to create engaging content that’s driven by faith, family, redemption, and the inspiration that compels us to live out our dreams.”

Holly Carter is represented by CAA’s Bobby Kenner and Darrell Miller of Fox Rothschild.

About the Unscripted Series in Development

“Love & Faith” (working title) follows a diverse group of women whose husbands are some of the faith community’s best known and most successful pastors. They are wives, mothers and professionals who, despite their husbands’ larger than life personalities, are determined to live life on their own terms and are stepping into the limelight to pursue their dreams. The faith community is a tight-knit group, and these women are never short on opinions. Whether gathering for a First Ladies tea in Beverly Hills, working together on a ministry conference or embarking on a shopping excursion, these ladies keep it very real with each other, and there is always plenty of advice – and drama – to go around.

“Back to the Altar” (working title), which is being produced in partnership with Kevin Bartel and Best Production Company, an All3Media America company, centers on divorced couples working to repair their broken relationships in order to determine if their love for one another is worth a second chance. It’s a voyage to self for couples to rediscover the love and passion that brought them together in the first place. Each episode will focus on the journey of one divorced couple and concludes with a dramatic decision at the altar – to remarry right now or walk away and call it quits forever.

About Dr. Holly Carter

Dr. Holly Carter is the Founder and CEO of Relevé Entertainment LLC, a multi-platform production and talent partnership boutique that curates content across media and has managed award-winning, multi-platinum artists including Usher, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Kierra Sheard and Michelle Williams. Inspired by a passion for artist development, this twenty-five-year industry veteran began her career in television casting (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Roc, Martin), ultimately expanding into content creation and brand development. Additionally, Carter created the annual empowerment summit ‘The Merge Summit,’ is co-creator of the monthly entertainment industry Bible study the ASCEND Bible Movement, and is the Chair of Freedom Spirit, an outreach ministry dedicated to serving the less fortunate in south Los Angeles. A Los Angeles native, wife and mother of two, Carter is a graduate of the MBA program at the USC Marshall School of Business and holds a Doctorate of Divinity from the Southern California School of Ministry.

About Relevé Entertainment, an All3Media America Company:

Founded by Dr. Holly Carter, Relevé Entertainment is a multi-faceted entertainment company specializing in talent partnerships, brand development and television/film production delivering high-quality, breakthrough family and faith-inspired programming. Consistently engaging national audiences, production credits include: Love & Listings S1 & S2 (VH1), The Next Big Thing (BET), Chad Loves Michelle (OWN), My Father’s Daughter (Lifetime), The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel (Lifetime), Fix My Choir (Oxygen), The Sheards (BET), The Sheffields (FYI) and the groundbreaking, Oxygen franchise Preachers of LA, Detroit and Atlanta. Earlier this year, Carter executive produced the Lifetime original movie, The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel, which garnered the network its highest ratings in more than four years. Relevé’s upcoming projects include Mahalia!, a feature film Carter is producing with Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifah, which stars Jill Scott and is based on gospel legend and activist Mahalia Jackson. Carter also developed the television and theatrical career of multi-platform superstar Usher. Relevé’s client partnership roster includes GRAMMY award-winners Michelle Williams, Kierra Sheard and duo Mary Mary, 15-time GRAMMY winner Kirk Franklin, and celebrity hair stylist Kim Kimble. Relevé’s brand partnerships include AT&T, AHF, Walgreens and Honda. Relevé Entertainment’s core areas of operation include Television & Film, Client Partnerships, and Community Engagement Initiatives, such as The ASCEND Bible Movement, Freedom of Spirit Homeless Outreach and The Merge Summit. Relevé Entertainment is an All3Media America Company.

About All3Media America

All3Media America is the U.S. arm of global independent television, film and digital production group All3Media. With teams in Los Angeles and New York, All3Media America’s portfolio companies are responsible for hits that include the Emmy Award-winning Undercover Boss for CBS, the Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America for CNN, Chrisley Knows Best for USA, Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back for FOX and Uncharted for National Geographic, the Emmy Award-winning Cash Cab for Discovery, Worst Cooks in America for Food Network and Betrayed for Investigation Discovery. All3Media’s unique federal structure, a model followed in both the U.S. and worldwide, encourages the creative and strategic independence of its growing roster of production companies. Today comprised of over 40 global production companies and counting, All3Media is one of the largest production houses in the world. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.

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 Spices Up the Fall with First Ever Food Programming Block Premiering Saturday, November 14





OWN Spices Up the Fall with First Ever Food Programming Block Premiering Saturday, November 14
Said lineup includes “Lovely Bites,” “Tregaye’s Way,” “Food Fantasies” and “Tanya’s Kitchen Table.”
[via press release from OWN]
OWN SPICES UP THE FALL WITH FIRST EVER FOOD PROGRAMMING BLOCK PREMIERING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Four New Original Cooking Shows Featuring Celebrated African American Chefs Join the Network’s Daytime Lineup Including “Lovely Bites,” “Tregaye’s Way,” “Food Fantasies” and “Tanya’s Kitchen Table”


Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today its first ever food programming block with four all-new original cooking shows premiering on Saturday, November 14 featuring celebrated African American chefs. The programming starts at 12:00 p.m. ET/PT with “Lovely Bites” starring Chef Connie “Lovely” Jackson, followed by “Tregaye’s Way” at 12:30 p.m. ET/PT starring Chef Tregaye Fraser, “Food Fantasies” at 1:00 p.m. ET/PT featuring several celebrity chefs each episode, and “Tanya’s Kitchen Table” at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT starring Chef Tanya Holland.

“Our viewers love spending time in the kitchen and cooking for themselves and their families,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “We’re excited to introduce for the first time a programming block of fun-filled cooking shows and look forward to making Saturday afternoons on OWN a new destination for foodies.”

About the series:

“Lovely Bites” airs at 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET/PT

Chef Connie “Lovely” Jackson is a Chicago native who’s known for festive foods that are both tasty and gorgeous, using edible flowers, gold leaf and other touches of elegance on her signature dishes. A fierce fan favorite from “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Food Network Star,” Chef Lovely’s food is approachable, clean and beautiful – and her positive attitude is as inviting as her dishes. Her stand-and-stir show will focus on fun entertaining and celebrating festive occasions. Chef Lovely’s bubbly energy is infectious and delicious food is her way to create long lasting memories. “Lovely Bites” is produced for OWN by FishBowl Worldwide Media.

“Tregaye’s Way” airs at 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET/PT

Chef Tregaye Fraser is a fearless Atlanta chef who’s not afraid to push the boundaries of traditional cuisine, and not afraid to push her kids’ palates. The celebrated winner of “Food Network Star” is well-versed in cuisine from 24 different countries and is known for taking everyday foods from various regions and pairing them in unexpected ways that her family can enjoy. In this stand-and-stir series, her personal motivation is to help people create meals for their families and getting dinner on the table quickly and easily. “Tregaye’s Way” is produced for OWN by FRANK.

“Food Fantasies” airs at 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET/PT

Do you ever wonder what mouth-watering dishes our favorite culinary connoisseurs daydream about daily? “Food Fantasies” shows us exactly what chefs would make when each is presented the same hypothetical culinary fantasy such as: “What’s the one dish you would make if calories didn’t count?” And “what’s the meal you would make for your nine-year-old self?” Join chefs Eddie Jackson, Nyesha Arrington, Jernard Wells, Darnell Ferguson, Danni Rose and more as they create and indulge their fantasy dishes. “Food Fantasies” is produced for OWN by Lando Entertainment (part of Levity Live).

“Tanya’s Kitchen Table” airs at 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET/PT

Oakland-based chef Tanya Holland is a well-known restaurateur, cookbook author and soul food innovator. In this new stand-and-stir series, Chef Holland will showcase the beauty of “cooking local while thinking global” when audiences are invited to experience a one-of-a-kind course in cooking and some professional tips and tricks along the way. “Tanya’s Kitchen Table” is produced for OWN by Triage Entertainment (part of Levity Live).

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. 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 andhttps://press.discovery.com/us/own/.



OWN Announces Second Season Renewal of Anthology Drama “Cherish the Day”





OWN Announces Second Season Renewal of Anthology Drama “Cherish the Day,” from Award-Winning Creator Ava DuVernay
Season one co-executive producers Raynelle Swilling and Teri Schaffer have been named executive producers and co-showrunners for season two.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES SECOND SEASON RENEWAL OF ANTHOLOGY DRAMA “CHERISH THE DAY,” FROM AWARD-WINNING CREATOR AVA DuVERNAY

Raynelle Swilling and Teri Schaffer Named Executive Producers and Co-Showrunners of the Series from Warner Bros. Television

Los Angeles, CA – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the season two renewal of its popular anthology drama “Cherish the Day,” from Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay, ARRAY Filmworks and Warner Bros. Television. The announcement marks DuVernay’s second series renewed at OWN after the acclaimed filmmaker’s long-running hit drama “Queen Sugar” was previously picked up for a fifth season and is currently in production.

“Cherish the Day” chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. Season two will feature a brand-new couple’s love story, with an all-new cast. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. Season one co-executive producers Raynelle Swilling and Teri Schaffer have been named executive producers and co-showrunners for season two. Production will take place in 2021.

“Ava and her immensely talented team of creators are telling dynamic and moving love stories depicting the many facets of marriage and relationships that resonate deeply with our audience,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “We are so excited for season two and a new beautiful Black love story.”

“Our ‘Cherish the Day’ audience embraced and applauded the evolution of a Black couple building a life together in our first season, and we can’t wait to bring another story of love and connection to the small screen,” shared DuVernay. “Everyone here at ARRAY Filmworks is so pleased to continue our exploration of romance day by day alongside our partners at Warner Bros. and OWN.”

The first season of “Cherish the Day,” which starred Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller and legendary actress Cicely Tyson, debuted in February 2020 and on average during its seven-week first season ranked #1 in its time period across all of cable with African American women, households and total viewers.

The DuVernay-led series achieved full gender parity with a production crew of more than 50% women, including 18 female department heads, an initiative DuVernay will continue on in season two.

“Cherish the Day” is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Raynelle Swilling, Teri Schaffer and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers.

About Raynelle Swilling and Teri Schaffer

Raynelle Swilling and Teri Schaffer have been a sought-after writing/producing duo working on such hits as “Marlon,” starring Marlon Wayans; “The Soul Man,” starring Cedric the Entertainer; “K.C. Undercover,” starring Zendaya; “I Feel Bad,” from Amy Poehler; “In the House,” where they first met; and the animated comedy “The Cleveland Show,” when they became writing partners.

Prior to partnering with Schaffer, Swilling began her career creating and selling a television pilot to Quincy Jones’s QDE. From there, she went on to join the writing staff of hit shows including “In the House,” with LL Cool J, and “Moesha,” starring Brandy. Swilling has also been a writer for several award shows, including the VH1 Honors, MTV Awards and Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

Schaffer began her career in marketing and advertising, working on print ad campaigns for shows such as “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!,” before enrolling in the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop. She went on to write for series such as “Thea,” “Martin” and “In the House,” among many others, before teaming up with Swilling. Schaffer received acclaim for her work on “The Bernie Mac Show,” where she was honored with a Peabody, Humanitas and NAACP Image Award.

Most recently, Swilling and Schaffer joined Ava DuVernay, Michael Starrbury and Colin Kaepernick on the upcoming limited series “Colin in Black & White.”

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’s original scripted series include popular dramas “Queen Sugar,” “Cherish the Day,” “The Haves and the Have Nots,” “David Makes Man” and the upcoming “Delilah.” OWN’s Saturday night unscripted programming lineup includes “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” “Ready to Love,” “Put a Ring on It,” “Love & Marriage: Huntsville,” “Behind Every Man,” “Family or Fiancé,” “Black Women OWN the Conversation” 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 the Watch OWN App or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

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 October 2020, Warner Bros. Television is producing nearly 70 scripted series for on-demand/streaming services, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the five broadcast networks.

About ARRAY

Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-driven entities: the film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, the content company ARRAY Filmworks, the programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus and the non-profit group ARRAY Alliance. www.arraynow.com



Video: OWN Reveals First Look at “Behind Every Man”





Video: OWN Reveals First Look at “Behind Every Man” Featuring Powerful Women Behind the Famous Men in Their Lives Premiering Saturday, November 7
Each episode of the new series will shine a spotlight on the strong Black women behind famous men we look up to and admire, focusing on the passions, struggles and sacrifices the women have made to support the men they love.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN REVEALS FIRST LOOK AT “BEHIND EVERY MAN” FEATURING POWERFUL WOMEN BEHIND THE FAMOUS MEN IN THEIR LIVES PREMIERING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

New Series Features Usher and His Mother Jonnetta Patton, Ne-Yo and His Wife Crystal Smith, Kirk and Tammy Franklin, Wyclef and Claudinette Jean and DJ Envy and Gia Casey

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network revealed today a first look of its upcoming new series “Behind Every Man” from prolific executive producer Carlos King (OWN’s “Love & Marriage: Huntsville”) premiering Saturday, November 7 at 10 p.m. ET / PT. Joining the network’s lineup of Saturday night unscripted hits, each episode of the new series will shine a spotlight on the strong Black women behind famous men we look up to and admire, focusing on the passions, struggles and sacrifices the women have made to support the men they love.

Hosted by Melody Holt (“Love & Marriage: Huntsville”), the series’ star-studded lineup includes multi-platinum R&B artist Usher and his mother Jonnetta Patton, gospel music legend Kirk Franklin and his wife Tammy Franklin, multi-Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo and his wife Crystal Smith, artist multi-platinum selling artist Wyclef Jean and his wife Claudinette Jean and DJ and radio host DJ Envy and his wife Gia Casey.

Saturday, November 7 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT): Jonnetta Patton

Usher Raymond is a multi-platinum R&B artist who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. The manager who helped him rise to the top was his mother, Jonnetta Patton. From childhood to where her entrepreneurial spirit has taken her today, this is her story.

Saturday, November 14 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT): Tammy Franklin

Kirk Franklin is one of the most successful gospel artists in history, but many don’t know the incredible life-story of his wife, Tammy Franklin, whose faith gave her the strength to support her husband in his anointed journey to stardom.

Saturday, November 21 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT): Crystal Smith

Grammy Award winning artist Ne-Yo is one of the most successful R&B artists of his generation. Raised by a tireless mother who overcame her own set of challenges, Ne-Yo was destined to find the love with someone equally as strong, his wife Crystal.

Saturday, November 28 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT): Claudinette Jean

Wyclef Jean is music’s most successful Haitian American and an international household name. But many don’t know that his success stems from the woman by his side, Claudinette Jean, who remained his biggest support while striving for her own dreams.

Saturday, December 5 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT): Gia Casey

Raashaun Casey, aka DJ Envy, is a world-class radio host, DJ, and producer who’s syndicated in over 100 markets. This is the story of his other half, Gia Casey, who has persevered through incredible adversities during their nearly 20 years together.

“Behind Every Man” is executive produced by Carlos King, Jonathan Fountain and Courtney S. Parker and co-executive produced by Angela Dugan in partnership with OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

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.

About Kingdom Reign Entertainment

Kingdom Reign Entertainment, LLC is recognized as one of the leading entertainment companies in reality television. Founded by television trailblazer Carlos King, the company’s content focuses on uniquely engaging personalities and relationships, formatted in both nonscripted and scripted programming. Kingdom Reign hit shows include Styling Hollywood (Netflix), Love and Marriage: Huntsville (OWN), Gucci Mane & Keyshia Ka’Oir: The Mane Event (BET), Hollywood Divas (TV One), My Super Sweet 16 featuring Reginae & Lil Wayne (MTV), Selling it in the ATL (WeTV), The Next 15 (TV One) and many others. Kingdom Reign is headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA.

About LostNThought

LostNThought Productions is a boutique Entertainment Company specializing in authentic storytelling and cross-platform development. Founded by Courtney S. Parker-the ultimate storyteller, LostNThought was created in order to ensure that unique colorful voices, strong female-driven perspectives and unbiased urban inspired content has a place in our industry of publishing, television and film. LNT believes whether in scripted or non-scripted content, stories about people of color should be as colorful as the characters, cultures, communities and world they are depicting.



Video: OWN Reveals the Sexy Singles Starring in a New Season of “Ready to Love”





Video: OWN Reveals the Sexy Singles Starring in a New Season of “Ready to Love” and a First-Look at the New Series “Put a Ring on It” from Record-Breaking Producer Will Packer
Look for both series back-to-back beginning Friday, October 23.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN REVEALS THE SEXY SINGLES STARRING IN A NEW SEASON OF “READY TO LOVE” AND A FIRST-LOOK AT THE NEW SERIES “PUT A RING ON IT” FROM RECORD-BREAKING PRODUCER WILL PACKER

The New Season “Ready to Love” Features Singles From Houston With A Brand New Twist

New Series “Put A Ring On It” Features Four Couples Trying to Determine if They are Meant to Be Together By Dating Other People

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network unveiled today a first-look at the sexy singles featured in a new season of its popular dating show, “Ready to Love,” from record-breaking producer Will Packer and hosted by Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles, which follows grown and sexy men and women looking for lasting love, but this time they’ll be quarantined together at a secluded mountain resort with no outside distractions. The new season will premiere on Friday, October 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT as a part of the network’s new night of unscripted fall programming.

Click Here For More About The New “Ready to Love” Cast

Filling out OWN’s new Friday night lineup immediately following “Ready to Love” comes the freshman series “Put A Ring On It,” also from the creative mind of Will Packer, which is set to premiere on Friday, October 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, where four long-time couples embark on the ultimate social experiment to discover if they’re truly meant to be together by dating other people. With relationship coach Dr. Nicole LaBeach on hand to help them get to the truth about why they aren’t married, these couples will finally be able to discover if the grass is really greener on the other side. After nine weeks of working on their relationships while dating other people, the couples must decide if it’s time to go their separate ways, or if it’s time to put a ring on it.

Click Here For More On “Put A Ring On It” Cast

“I’m super excited about anchoring OWN’s new night with two captivating shows,” says Will Packer, “this fresh and sexy content is what audiences are looking for.”

“We’re thrilled for the expansion of our unscripted programming to a second night,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “These two shows will fill our audience’s Friday night with fun and OMG moments.”

About “Ready to Love”

Record-breaking Hollywood producer Will Packer’s popular dating series hosted by Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles returns on a new night 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 quarantined together at a luxury mountain resort. The tables continue to turn each week as the men and women trade the power to eliminate those they deem not ready to love. In the end, three couples will remain. The most recent cycle of “Ready to Love” last fall ranked #1 in its time period across broadcast and cable with African-American viewers. The series is produced by Will Packer Media and Lighthearted Entertainment. Will Packer serves as executive producer alongside Will Packer Media’s Kelly Smith and Lighthearted’s Rob LaPlante, Jeff Spangler and Erika Bryant.

About “Put A Ring On It”

Will Packer’s new unscripted relationship series “Put A Ring on It” follows four longtime couples, with help from master relationship coach Dr. Nicole LaBeach, who embark on the ultimate relationship test – by dating other people. 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 in this experiment, 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. “Put A Ring On It” is executive produced by Will Packer alongside Will Packer Media’s Kelly Smith and Lighthearted’s Rob LaPlante, Jeff Spangler and Robyn Schnieders.

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.

About Will Packer Media

Led by Hollywood producer Will Packer, Will Packer Media is a first-of-its-kind production and branded content company focused on the New American Mainstream audience, with an urban millennial core. In partnership with Discovery, Inc. and Universal Pictures, the company produces episodic scripted and unscripted series across television and digital platforms, compelling content for brand clients and short-form digital content for millennial audiences. Will Packer’s films have earned more than $1 billion, with ten opening at number one at the box office.

About Lighthearted Entertainment

For nearly 30 years Lighthearted Entertainment has consistently brought groundbreaking programing to the world and that has recently been highlighted by MTV’s GLADD Award winner, Are You The One?, and OWN’s hit dating show, Ready To Love. Since LaPlante and Spangler took over in 2015, Lighthearted Entertainment has tripled in size, but with a robust development slate and multiple soon to be announced series, further growth is on the horizon.



OWN’s “Queen Sugar” Resumes Season Five Production in New Orleans





OWN’s “Queen Sugar” Resumes Season Five Production in New Orleans; Series to Return to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in 2021
Creator Ava DuVernay decided to completely revamp the season to address the very real issues our country is facing through the lens of the beloved Bordelon family and the fictional community of St. Josephine.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN’S “QUEEN SUGAR” RESUMES SEASON FIVE PRODUCTION IN NEW ORLEANS; SERIES TO RETURN TO OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK IN 2021

Season Five Will Tackle 2020 and the Impact of COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and Elections on the Bordelon Family and Community

“Queen Sugar” Continues to Close Inclusion Gap in Hollywood, Hiring First-Time Female Television Directors
Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that production will resume in New Orleans for the fifth season of the critically acclaimed series “Queen Sugar” from creator Ava DuVernay. Produced by Warner Bros. Television and ARRAY Filmworks, “Queen Sugar” previously began filming in March 2020 before shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lauded series, executive produced by DuVernay and Paul Garnes, has resumed production on the remainder of the 10-episode season, with the series slated to return to air on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in 2021.

As filming halted and the world faced multiple upheavals throughout 2020, DuVernay decided to completely revamp the season to address the very real issues our country is facing through the lens of the beloved Bordelon family and the fictional community of St. Josephine. DuVernay reconceived the character arcs and storylines, writing alongside returning showrunner Anthony Sparks and co-executive producer Norman Vance to tackle head-on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protest movement that swept the country, and the lead-up to elections to showcase the specific impact and ramifications these issues have on communities and people of color. Through it all, viewers will see the joy around the pain, and humanity’s ability to persevere and find light in the darkest of times.

The fifth season’s directorial lineup includes previous “Queen Sugar” episodic director Lauren Wolkstein, who has been promoted to producing director, alongside helmers Lisa France and Cierra Glaude. This season continues DuVernay’s initiative since the series’ inception to hire an all-female directing team, 32 of whom made their television directorial debut on the series. The inclusive hiring extends in front of and behind the camera, with female department heads from casting to post-production and music supervision.

“Queen Sugar” was recently recognized by the Television Academy Honors for its powerful portrayal of an African-American family in the Deep South that sheds light on complex issues and challenges facing our society. Led by the talented cast of Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe, “Queen Sugar’s” storylines have delved into important topics such as police brutality, addiction and recovery, and systemic racism. The series has additionally been awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series, and for three consecutive years was named Best TV Show Drama by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and nominated as Television Show of the Year by the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).

The first four seasons of “Queen Sugar” are available to stream exclusively on Hulu, making it possible for viewers to catch up on all past episodes.

About the directors of “Queen Sugar”

· Lauren Wolkstein directed her first episode of television on “Queen Sugar” Season 3, and has since been upped to producing director, helming five episodes this season. Wolkstein is a NYC-based filmmaker originally from Baltimore, Maryland. In 2017, her debut feature “The Strange Ones” premiered at SXSW to critical acclaim, which she co-directed with Christopher Radcliff based on their Sundance short of the same name. Lauren’s previous shorts, including “Social Butterfly” (Sundance ’13) and “Cigarette Candy” (SXSW ’10 Grand Jury Prize), have played festivals around the world. Following her television directorial debut on “Queen Sugar,” she directed episodes of “Cloak and Dagger” and “Dare Me.” In 2013, Filmmaker Magazine listed her as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Wolkstein is a Women at Sundance Fellow through the Sundance Institute and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. Lauren earned her MFA in film directing from Columbia University and is now an Associate Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University.

· Lisa France directed her first feature film, “Anne B, Real,” in 2003, which won more than 30 film festival awards and nominations, including two Independent Spirit Award nominations (Debut Performance and the John Cassavetes Award). She then filmed “Love and Suicide” in Cuba before its theatrical release through AMC Select, and “The Unseen,” which sold to Netflix, Starz and Encore. Her award-winning short film debut “Love in Tow” starred Zach Braff and Quentin Crisp. Her first documentary, “Roll with Me,” which also garnered numerous awards, debuted at The Woodstock Film Festival and was a 2018 Slamdance Official Selection, later acquired and distributed by ARRAY Releasing. “Queen Sugar” marks France’s television directorial debut.

· Cierra Glaude made her directorial debut in 2017 at UrbanWorld Film Festival with her short “Last Looks,” starring Rutina Wesley (“Queen Sugar”), which was featured on Issa Rae’s YouTube Channel as a part of the #ShortFilmSunday lineup. In 2019, she was selected by Lena Waithe for the AT&T Hello Labs Filmmaker Mentorship Program, where she directed a short film titled “Spilt Milk,” featuring Dasha Polanco (“Orange is the New Black) & Zuri Adele (“Good Trouble”). Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Glaude received her start in the industry with an opportunity to work alongside Ava DuVernay on feature film “Selma” in 2014, making the decision to leave The University of Alabama a year early to pursue her passion in film. She then worked various crew positions on the sets of “Girls Trip,” “Twenties” and “A Wrinkle in Time.” After serving various production roles on DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” over multiple seasons, Glaude was tapped by the show’s creator to direct three episodes of season five, marking her television directorial debut.

About Queen Sugar

From award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (16-time Emmy nominated “When They See Us” and romance anthology series “Cherish the Day” for OWN), the contemporary drama “Queen Sugar” features the Bordelon family who are fighting to save their family farm to preserve their father’s legacy while navigating their own personal journeys. In season five, Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) remains thick in the battle with the Landry family as she uses the system of local government to protect the community and the farmers who own land, while coming to terms with her son Micah (Nicholas Ashe) as he navigates his freshman year at Xavier University, an HBCU. Nova (Rutina Wesley) launches her new website to support the community while moving out of the Ninth Ward and settles into her romantic relationship with Calvin (Greg Vaughn). Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) works to manage fatherhood with son Blue (Ethan Hutchison) and a healthy path forward with girlfriend Darla (Bianca Lawson) despite constant threats to his land and home. The expansive cast also includes Tina Lifford as the siblings’ free-spirited Aunt Violet, who manages her expanding pie shop despite her Lupus diagnosis; Omar J. Dorsey as Violet’s husband Hollywood Desonier, who wants to create a safe space for Black men to come together and talk about their emotional challenges; and Henry G. Sanders as Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of the late Bordelon family patriarch, Ernest. Recurring guest star Timon Kyle Durrett portrays Charley’s estranged husband and pro basketball player Davis West. “Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. The season five executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Garnes and Anthony Sparks. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

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.

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 September 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.

About ARRAY

Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-driven entities: the film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, the content company ARRAY Filmworks, the programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus and the non-profit group ARRAY Alliance. www.arraynow.com



OWN Announces First Ever Digital Animated Election-Themed Comedy Short Series “Sincerely, Camille”





OWN Announces First Ever Digital Animated Election-Themed Comedy Short Series “Sincerely, Camille”
The first two episodes launched today on Twitter and will be available across OWN’s digital platforms and the network’s Watch OWN App on Wednesday, September 30.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER DIGITAL ANIMATED ELECTION-THEMED COMEDY SHORT SERIES “SINCERELY, CAMILLE”

A Part of the Network’s OWN YOUR VOTE Nonpartisan Get-Out-the-Vote Initiative, the Digital Series Offers a Humorous Take on the Current Political Climate and Tackles Key Issues Affecting Black Women This Election Season

Created by Munirah Safiyah Jones (“Junt Land”), Series Launches Today on Twitter and is Rolling Out Across OWN’s Digital Platforms

Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today its first ever digital animated short-form comedy series “Sincerely, Camille” from creator Munirah Safiyah Jones (“Junt Land”). A key component to the network’s OWN YOUR VOTE nonpartisan get-out-the-vote initiative, the six-part original series offers a humorous, irreverent, and informative take on politics and the issues impacting Black women in the lead-up to the 2020 November election.

The first two episodes launched today, Tuesday, September 29, on Twitter (Link to view episodes HERE) and will be available across OWN’s digital platforms and the network’s Watch OWN App on Wednesday, September 30. Subsequent episodes, each approximately five minutes in length, will roll out twice weekly.

To view Episode 101: ‘Non Party Son’ click HERE

To view Episode 102: ‘Late Registration’ click HERE

To view the series teaser click HERE

“Sincerely, Camille” follows a trio of women – Camille, Staci, and Sara – navigating life, work and relationships in the throes of the 2020 presidential election cycle. Three friends, three different viewpoints, three varying approaches to evoking civic participation. The series follows the women’s efforts to get their communities informed, engaged, and inspired to act in one of the most important elections in American history. The satirical series provides powerful insight and edgy social commentary on the current political climate and the choices Black women face this fall.

“We are always looking for unique voices and innovative ways to tell stories that matter to our audience and we’re excited that, for the first time, OWN is creating animated comedy shorts with the talented storyteller, Munirah Safiyah Jones. The series not only entertains and engages, but communicates a critical message about the importance of voting,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “Our viewers will instantly relate to these characters as they deal with the real-world issues and concerns impacting Black women.”

“It’s an honor to work for Ms. Winfrey and OWN and to help serve the Black community as we approach these historic 2020 elections,” said Munirah Safiyah Jones, creator/executive producer. “My hope is that we have created a fresh, engaging way to encourage people to register to vote and cast their ballot this fall.”

Whether it be affordable healthcare or legal reform, “Sincerely, Camille” starts the conversation and encourages the audience to continue it. Animation provides a dynamic way of delivering the sermon – minus the preaching. “Sincerely, Camille” encourages four things: dialogue about the issues, voter registration, volunteering, and informed voting.

“Sincerely, Camille” characters are voiced by creator Munirah Safiyah Jones as ‘Camille, Restaurant Guy, and others’ as well as talent including Kent King (“General Hospital” as ‘Sara’, Kiana Thompson (“Friend Request”) as ‘Staci’, Havon Baraka (“Castles in the Air”) as ‘Melvin’, Jon Bridell (“Sanctuary”) as ‘Drew’, Jay Devon Johnson as ‘Daddy Earl’, Harlen Ernest (“ATL Homicide”) as ‘Walter’, JS Tate as ‘Junior’, Donna Rusch (“Criminal Minds”) as ‘Rose’, Michelle Murphy voicing multiple characters, Ifeoluwa Adenyi as ‘Crystal’, and Thando Dlomo as the ‘Therapist.’

“Sincerely, Camille” is produced for OWN by Executive Producer Munirah Safiyah Jones and Harpo Films.

Munirah Safiyah Jones is represented by Heroes and Villains Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels LLP.

Link to OWN YOUR VOTE Website: OWNYourVote.TV

Social Media Handles: FB: @OWNTV // http://facebook.com/owntv IG: @OWNYourVote // https://www.instagram.com/ownyourvote/ TW: @OWNYourVote // https://twitter.com/OWNYourVote

About Munirah Safiyah Jones

Munirah Safiyah Jones is a writer/filmmaker from Memphis, Tennessee. One of 10 children, Munirah has always had a talent for crafting stories that make folks laugh, while also willing a suspension of disbelief. She began exploring filmmaking as a teen, helming everything from short films to music videos, and went on to work in television news while attending the University of Memphis, where she earned her bachelors in communications with a concentration in Film and Video. She currently works for a billion-dollar financial services company where she creates content for online learning. She developed an online presence with her animated viral video, “Dating in 2018 – How Men Communicate,” which she wrote, animated, and voiced. It was about, you guessed it, dating in 2018. It garnered the attention of Hollywood, landed her in the writers’ room for season 14 of “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N’ Out,” and even garnered a few film festival awards. That animated video soon turned into a web-series, “Junt Land,” which is an eclectic mix of satirical, anecdotal and introspective videos in both live-action and animation. When she’s not being the cool aunt, Munirah is crafting words and visuals that feel both familiar and fresh.

About OWN Your Vote

The OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network OWN YOUR VOTE initiative is 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 will support this group of voters to show up to the polls and help friends, family, and their community to do the same. OWN Your Vote is designed to help Black women make a voting plan for this critical 2020 election cycle, by recognizing obstacles to voting including challenges around COVID-19, mail-in ballots, voter suppression, transportation, and changing protocols and poll locations; connecting the everyday issues critical to Black women to the issues appearing on the ballot; empowering this key voting block to own their voting story, and make a plan to ensure success at the polls; encouraging local community activism and leveraging personal networks; and collaborating with the voting rights partnership community to support mail-in voting, voter registration, volunteerism, transportation, and safety procedures.

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/.



Oprah Winfrey, NAACP and National Voting Rights Leaders Join Together for National Town Hall





Oprah Winfrey, NAACP and National Voting Rights Leaders Join Together for National Town Hall: “OWN Your Vote: Our Lives Depend on It”
Slated to take place on September 24, the hour-long conversation will include remarks from leaders in the fight for voting rights, including Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Stacey Abrams, Minyon Moore, Tiffany Dena Loftin, Judith Browne Dianis, and other key leaders.
[via press release from OWN]
Oprah Winfrey, NAACP and National Voting Rights Leaders Join Together for National Town Hall: “OWN Your Vote: Our Lives Depend on It”

Winfrey To Discuss Her New Initiative “OWN Your Vote” with NAACP President and CEO and Other Key Leaders in the Fight for Voting Rights, Focused Specifically on Mobilizing Black Women to Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 22, 2020) – Oprah Winfrey and OWN have joined together with the NAACP and national voting rights leaders to host “OWN Your Vote: Our Lives Depend On it,” a virtual conversation aimed to inspire and equip thousands of voters and community leaders with specific steps they can take to register to vote, request their absentee ballots, and mobilize voters throughout their community. Slated to take place on September 24, 2020, at 8:00 PM EST, the hour-long conversation will include remarks from leaders in the fight for voting rights, including Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Stacey Abrams (Fair Fight), Minyon Moore (Power Rising), Tiffany Dena Loftin (NAACP Youth and College), Judith Browne Dianis, and other key leaders. Join this conversation by visiting bit.ly/OprahZoom and registering today!

“We are excited to work with OWN, Ms. Winfrey and other key voting rights leaders as we engage our members, activists, and community leaders around the country about the importance of this election and their vote,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP. “Her voice during this critical time when communities not only need reassurance in their ability to affect change but encouragement and enlightenment on how to do so with clear impact cannot be overstated.”

As the nation reels from the effects of COVID-19, racial injustice, and voter suppression, OWN Your Vote seeks to shed light on the solution through a bipartisan registration and a get-out-the-vote campaign aimed at providing OWN’s audience of Black women with tools and resources to overcome voter suppression in the November election. The pro-social campaign connects people to urgent political actions and gives their concerns a powerful microphone by placing a spotlight on crucial community issues.

“OWN is proud to partner with the NAACP and prominent voting rights leaders to hold this important conversation to energize and engage our community to vote this November,” said Tina Perry, president of OWN. “This is a critical time in our history to come together and raise our voices.”

Along with shedding light on why this moment is paramount for Black women to use their voice, Ms. Winfrey will also moderate a panel discussion that will bring attention to barriers to voting, what everyone should know about this election, and how they can overcome voter suppression in their community.

The OWN Your Vote campaign has been informed by a study OWN conducted with over 700 Black women of voting age to identify critical issues affecting them. The political impact tracking study determined that affordable health care and racism/discrimination are the two most relevant issues to Black women this election season.

OWN Your Vote Partner Organizations include:
Advancement Project National Office
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
AME Church Social Action Commission
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
Fair Fight Action
Higher Heights Leadership Fund
Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights
The Kapor Center
The King Center (Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc.)
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Links, Incorporated
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)
National Council of Negro Women
National Urban League
Power Rising
Power to the Polls
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated
Sistahs in Business Expo
Vote Run Lead
Vote.org
VoteAsIf.org
When We All Vote
Woke Vote
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Link to OWN YOUR VOTE Website: OWNYourVote.TV

Social Media Handles: FB: @OWNTV // http:// facebook.com/owntv IG: @OWNYourVote // https://www.instagram.com/ownyourvote/ TW: @OWNYourVote // https://twitter.com/OWNYourVote

About NAACP

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. The NAACP is a c4 organization (contributions are not tax-deductible), and we have a partner c3 organization known as NAACP Empowerment Programs (contributions are fully tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS). NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and shares our commitment to equal rights.

About OWN Your Vote

The OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network OWN YOUR VOTE initiative is 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 will support this group of voters to show up to the polls and help friends, family, and their community to do the same. OWN Your Vote is designed to help Black women make a voting plan for this critical 2020 election cycle, by recognizing obstacles to voting including challenges around COVID-19, mail-in ballots, voter suppression, transportation, and changing protocols and poll locations; connecting the everyday issues critical to Black women to the issues appearing on the ballot; empowering this key voting block to own their voting story, and make a plan to ensure success at the polls; encouraging local community activism and leveraging personal networks; and collaborating with the voting rights partnership community to support mail-in voting, voter registration, volunteerism, transportation, and safety procedures.

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 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.