Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Put a Ring on It” Returns Friday, June 25th





Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Put a Ring on It” Returns Friday, June 25th
The highly anticipated unscripted relationship series follows three couples as they navigate their way to the altar with the help of master relationship coach Dr. Nicole LaBeach.
[via press release from OWN]
OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK’S “PUT A RING ON IT” RETURNS FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH

The new season of “Put a Ring On it” debuts with 10 episodes Friday, June 25th from 9 pm CST/ 10 pm ET/PT
“Put a Ring On It” (Premieres Friday, June 25th from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT)

Dr. Nicole LaBeach is back with the Will Packer Production, Put a Ring on It. The highly anticipated unscripted relationship series follows three couples as they navigate their way to the altar with the help of master relationship coach Dr. Nicole LaBeach.

The couples will embark on the ultimate relationship test. Each week the couples are pushed, stretched, and tested 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?

Read more: https://www.oprah.com/app/put-a-ring-on-it.html#ixzz6u1R3ybQd
About OWN’s Friday/Saturday Unscripted Programming Slate

OWN is among the top cable networks on Friday and Saturday nights for African American women, with its unscripted hit series focusing on love, relationships and family drama. Saturday’s slate of popular shows includes the long-running “Iyanla: Fix My Life” starring Iyanla Vanzant which after 10 years on the network aired its final season beginning April 10, 2021. Saturdays are also home to the smash hit “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” from Carlos King. Friday nights feature the new series “Belle Collective” also from King along with “Black Love” from filmmakers Tommy and Codie Oliver and “Ready to Love” and “Put a Ring on It” from hitmaking producer Will Packer.



“OWN and Procter & Gamble Present: Widen the Screen – A Fuller View of Black Life”





“OWN and Procter & Gamble Present: Widen the Screen – A Fuller View of Black Life” A Special George Floyd Anniversary Programming Event Featuring Oprah Winfrey
This special presentation is hosted by Oprah Winfrey and features short films and new content by Black creators that celebrate Black stories and the expansiveness of Black life, while honoring the anniversary of the tragic murder of George Floyd.
[via press release from OWN]
“OWN AND PROCTER & GAMBLE PRESENT: WIDEN THE SCREEN – A FULLER VIEW OF BLACK LIFE” A SPECIAL GEORGE FLOYD ANNIVERSARY PROGRAMMING EVENT FEATURING OPRAH WINFREY

Oprah Winfrey Leads Conversations On The Vastness of Black Identity And Experience

Special Features Black Creators Including Queen Collective, SATURDAY MORNING, and the world premiere of These Hands from UNINTERRUPTED

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a special one-hour programming event presented by Procter & Gamble as a part of its ‘Widen the Screen’ initiative, “OWN and P&G Present: Widen The Screen – A Fuller View of Black Life” premiering on Tuesday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. This special presentation is hosted by Oprah Winfrey and features short films and new content by Black creators that celebrate Black stories and the expansiveness of Black life, while honoring the anniversary of the tragic murder of George Floyd.

The program will include a special airing of Tangled Roots, Ballet After Dark, and Gloves Off from the Queen Collective documentary film series, followed by a sneak preview of the four new Queen Collective films that will premiere in June 2021 during the Tribeca Film Festival.

The one-hour special will also include These Hands, a world premiere on OWN from UNINTERRUPTED, the athlete empowerment brand created by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, in collaboration with P&G. These Hands aims to plant new seeds in the minds of Black children and their parents taking us on a journey through a child’s imagination as a game of catch with his father opens his mind to all the possibilities of his future off the field.

And the special will feature the world premiere trailer of 8:46 Films, four powerful stories created by P&G and SATURDAY MORNING, told in the time it took for a man’s life to change the world. These films, which represent the reclamation of time stolen from Black communities to share stories of love and joy to build a legacy of hope, will premiere in their entirety during the Tribeca Film Festival in June 2021.

This special program will be joining the previously announced OWN Spotlight “Black Women OWN The Conversation: Mental Health and Trauma” premiering at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on May 25.

“For too long the narrative of Black life on screen has been one that reinforces limiting stereotypes. When we ‘Widen The Screen’ to include more stories from more Black artists and storytellers, we change the narrative of Black life on screen, and we ‘Widen Our View’,” said Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, Procter & Gamble. “One year after George Floyd’s death, which changed the world, we’ve come together to honor his life and to give voice to Black creators as they build a legacy of hope with their stories that portray a more complete view of Black life – one that is layered, beautiful, vast and dynamic.”

“We are no strangers to the narrative created by our partners Procter & Gamble with the Widen The Screen initiative. OWN is dedicated to ensuring that our audience sees themselves brilliantly and lovingly reflected with both nuance and specificity while we also champion opportunities for underrepresented creators and storytellers,” said Tina Perry, president of OWN. “It is critical that we all find ways to expand the representation of Black people in media both in front of and behind the lens, and what better way to honor George Floyd than to lift up new voices and celebrate the rich tapestry of Black life.”

“When working with partners, it is critical that we authentically align with both their mission and the spirit and letter of their campaigns. Our first priority is to our audience and our integrity and credibility with our community must be maintained,” said Sheereen Russell, group vice president, Ad Sales/Client Partnerships/Inclusion Audiences at OWN. “Procter & Gamble is an outstanding example of a brand using their powerful voice to both uplift Black creators and invite a wider view of Black experience. Their example is a call to action for the industry to truly support the brands and storytellers that represent positive change.”

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About P&G’s Widen The Screen

Launched in March 2021, Widen The Screen is an expansive content creation, talent development, and partnership platform that celebrates creativity and enables Black creators to share the full richness of the Black experience. As part of this commitment to drive accurate portrayal of Black life on screen by building a pipeline of diverse creators behind the screen, P&G is supporting and accelerating new and evolving initiatives and partnerships, including:

· Queen Collective, a partnership between P&G, Queen Latifah, Flavor Unit Entertainment, and Tribeca Studios, which returns in 2021 for a third year with its continued mission to accelerate gender and racial equality behind the camera, by opening doors to the next generation of up-and-coming Black women directors.

· With SATURDAY MORNING, P&G’s partner for “The Look,” and with Tribeca and dozens of black creatives, P&G is creating scripted stories told in 8 minutes and 46 seconds to tell life-affirming stories of joy, love, and resilience to honor the length of time it took for a man’s life to change the world, reclaiming the story to build a legacy of hope.

· These Hands, a collaboration between P&G and UNINTERRUPTED, an athlete empowerment brand within The SpringHill Company built by LeBron James and Maverick Carter with the mission of empowering greatness in every individual. This project takes viewers on a journey of a father and his son using the power of imagination to explore a range of opportunities beyond athletics. The film and associated community programs are intended to show young Black men that they can follow and achieve their dreams outside of sports, which aligns with UNINTERRUPTED’s “More Than An Athlete” mantra.

Widen the Screen is a part of Take on Race, P&G’s signature program to confront and address racial inequity by placing strategic attention on leading corporate accountability for structural and systemic change. For further information visit www.pg.com/WidenTheScreen and www.pg.com/takeonrace.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always(R), Ambi Pur(R), Ariel(R), Bounty(R), Charmin(R), Crest(R), Dawn(R), Downy(R), Fairy(R), Febreze(R), Gain(R), Gillette(R), Head & Shoulders(R), Lenor(R), Olay(R), Oral-B(R), Pampers(R), Pantene(R), SK-II(R), Tide(R), Vicks(R), and Whisper(R). The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit https://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands. For other P&G news, visit us at https://www.pg.com/news.

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.

Follow us on social media at @OWNTV and join the conversation using #WidenTheScreen



OWN Announces Special OWN Spotlight “Black Women OWN The Conversation”





OWN Announces Special OWN Spotlight “Black Women OWN The Conversation” Featuring Oprah Winfrey Premiering May 25
The special episode features an audience of Black women in an in-depth conversation regarding mental health and trauma impacting the Black community led by Oprah Winfrey, Adrienne Bankert, and Jotaka Eaddy.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES SPECIAL OWN SPOTLIGHT “BLACK WOMEN OWN THE CONVERSATION” FEATURING OPRAH WINFREY PREMIERING MAY 25

Oprah Winfrey Leads Conversations On Mental Health and Trauma in the Black Community In All New Episode Airing on the Anniversary of George Floyd

Special Features Emmy Award-winning Host Adrienne Bankert, Leading Social Impact Strategist Jotaka Eaddy, and Special Guests California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Activist, Scholar, and Educator Dr. Dena Simmons

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a new episode of the Emmy award-winning OWN Spotlight series “Black Women OWN The Conversation” premiering on Tuesday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The special episode features an audience of Black women in an in-depth conversation regarding mental health and trauma impacting the Black community led by Oprah Winfrey, Emmy-award winning host and journalist Adrienne Bankert, and leading social impact strategist Jotaka Eaddy featuring special guests California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Activist, Scholar, and Educator Dr. Dena Simmons. Dr. Gail Wyatt, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center also joins. Airing on the anniversary of George Floyd’s tragic death, “Black Women OWN The Conversation: Mental Health and Trauma” offers resources and key takeaways to start healing from trauma, particularly after a difficult year where the Black community has been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the emotional toll of the ongoing fight for racial justice and equality.

In this new one hour episode the guests discuss childhood trauma in the Black community, how it affects mental health, and how it manifests in adulthood. This meaningful conversation will distigmatize mental health issues and offer suggestions of how to do the work to heal both individually and as a community, all through the lens of asking “What happened to you?” The critical question is a shift posed by Oprah’s recent New York Times best-selling book of the same name co-written with trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry. The conversation around mental health and wellness is also the topic of “The Me You Can’t See,” the upcoming documentary series from Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry premiering May 21 on Apple TV+.

Through this conversation Oprah, the panel, and the audience will educate, inspire, and help others feel less alone and hopeful for the future. Expert panelists will suggest resources and key takeaways for those who are looking to start examining and healing from trauma.

This special is a part of OWN’s popular eye-opening, topic-driven series “Black Women OWN the Conversation” which first premiered in 2019, and is the first of several episodes planned for 2021 focused on health in the Black community, in conjunction with OWN’s first-ever health initiative, OWN YOUR HEALTH. The Emmy award-winning series features intimate conversations about important issues with honest opinions and surprising solutions that put Black women first.

“OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN The Conversation: Mental Health and Trauma” is produced by Critical Content for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Jennifer Ryan serves as showrunner and executive producer along with Critical Content executive producers Jenny Daly, Tom Forman, and Jon Beyer. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network executive producers are Tara Montgomery and Brian Piotrowicz.

Follow us on social media at @OWNTV and join the conversation using #BlackWomenOWN

About OWN YOUR HEALTH

View the OWN YOUR HEALTH Launch Spot HERE featuring the song “Stand Up For Something” by Grammy and Academy Award-winner Common and Academy Award-nominee Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) and voice-over by Ms. Day.

OWN YOUR HEALTH aims to bring awareness, education, resources, and a sense of community to address the unique health concerns facing Black women today. This multi-platform campaign is designed to inspire and encourage the OWN audience to put herself and her health and well-being first. OWN YOUR HEALTH expands on the success of OWN’s first ever pro social campaign OWN YOUR VOTE, a bipartisan registration and get-out-the-vote initiative that partnered with national and local grassroots and voting rights organizations during the 2020 elections.

OWN YOUR HEALTH leads with powerful narratives and actions exploring the full range of mental, physical and social/emotional well-being by launching new initiatives quarterly. The goal is to provide messaging and tools that are informed, educational, relevant, and up to date with the latest developments as it relates to health and wellness. The campaign also provides opportunities for OWN brand partners to support with resources and promote healthier lifestyles.

OWN YOUR HEALTH focuses on three key pillars affecting Black women’s health:

· Proactive Prevention – including routine screenings, nutrition, physical activity, health education and accountability.

· The Unspoken – including fertility, motherhood, sexual and relationship health, trauma, financial health, and treatment options.

· Superwoman – source of pressure many Black women regularly experience – the obligation to project an image of strength and to suppress emotions, to resist accepting help or admitting vulnerability and prioritizing caregiving to others and community to the detriment of self.

Link to OWN YOUR HEALTH Website: www.ownyourhealth.tv

Social Media Handles: Facebook Group: http://owntv.com/OWNYourHealth Twitter: www.twitter.com/ownyour // @OWNYour Instagram: www.instagram.com/ownyour // @OWNYour

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 a conversation with acclaimed actress Viola Davis; a conversation with singer/actress Andra Day; a special presentation on Ava DuVernay’s short film “August 28;” an inspirational special celebrating Black Fatherhood and the special bonds they have with their children “They Call Me Dad;” a 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; “(In)Visible Portraits,” which was a powerful celebration of Black women sharing their stories of struggle, resilience and beyond; “Black Women OWN The Conversation – 2020 In Review” featured intimate conversations about important issues with honest opinions and surprising solutions that put people first; 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.



New discovery+ and OWN Spotlight Special Commemorates Pioneers of Black Wall Street





New discovery+ and OWN Spotlight Special Commemorates Pioneers of Black Wall Street at the 100th Anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
“The Legacy of Black Wall Street” tracks the rise of Black Wall Street in Oklahoma’s Greenwood District up until the tragic 1921 Tulsa race massacre that destroyed the 36-block booming business epicenter.
[via press release from OWN]
NEW DISCOVERY+ AND OWN SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL COMMEMORATES PIONEERS OF BLACK WALL STREET AT THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1921 TULSA RACE MASSACRE

“The Legacy of Black Wall Street” to Premiere on OWN and discovery+ As A Two-Part OWN Spotlight Special Event June 1 and June 8
Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a new two-part special OWN Spotlight event, “The Legacy of Black Wall Street” premiering Tuesday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 8 on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service and will then broadcast in primetime the same evening on OWN at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

“The Legacy of Black Wall Street” tracks the rise of Black Wall Street in Oklahoma’s Greenwood District up until the tragic 1921 Tulsa race massacre that destroyed the 36-block booming business epicenter. The commemorative documentary special shifts the narrative from the massacre itself to amplify the voices of those Black pioneers then who went West to build their American dream, weaving their stories with the inspiring modern-day Black pioneers now who continue the path to healing and rebuilding the rise of the Black community who presently occupy Greenwood.

“We’re proud to tell this powerful story and commemorate the triumphant survivors who worked to rebuild and reclaim Black Wall Street,” said Tina Perry, President, OWN. “This is a significant moment in our history that will not be forgotten. We will continue to amplify Black excellence and resilience on OWN as we make strides on the road to healing.”

Ashleigh Di Tonto, Senior Vice President of Development for Trailblazer Studios, and executive producer added: “It is an honor getting to spend time with these truly remarkable pioneers and their direct descendants. Deborah and I wanted to share the intimate and unknown origin stories of those pioneers that can only be told by those closest to them; an oral history that’s passed down generation to generation. Getting to be the stewards of their stories is a privilege that is not lost on us.”

History is told through the lives of five individuals who were there in the early 1900s: Loula Williams, Augusta Stradford, Dr. Andrew C Jackson, Drusilla Dunjee Houston and A.J. Smitherman. Interlocked with the words, stories and images of these early pioneers are the words and stories of the descendants and present-day activists of the Greenwood era: Venita Cooper, Jerica Wortham, Charity Marcus, Dr. Jabraan Pasha, and Raven Majia Williams, who each embody the entrepreneurial spirits of their ancestors.

Throughout the documentary various experts, financial professionals, and iconic historians and professors such as Dr. Angela Davis, Dr. Ellora Derenoncourt as well as Representative Regina Goodwin and J. Kavin Ross, both direct descendants of the Tulsa massacre, bring their stories to life in never-before-seen interviews.

“OWN Spotlight: The Legacy of Black Wall Street” is produced by Trailblazer Studios. Executive producers include Ashleigh Di Tonto and Jeff Lanter. Deborah Riley Draper serves as director and producer.

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 a conversation with singer/actress Andra Day; a special presentation on Ava DuVernay’s short film “August 28;” an inspirational special celebrating Black Fatherhood and the special bonds they have with their children “They Call Me Dad;” a 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 in 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 are formerly known as the Central Park Five; “(In)Visible Portraits,” which was a powerful celebration of Black women sharing their stories of struggle, resilience and beyond; “Black Women OWN The Conversation – 2020 In Review” featured intimate conversations about important issues with honest opinions and surprising solutions that put people first; and the follow-up documentary from D. Channsin Berry “Dark Girls 2” exploring the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world.

About Trailblazer Studios

Trailblazer Studios is an Emmy-winning entertainment, production, post, and sound studio. Based in Raleigh, N.C., Trailblazer’s nearly 20,000 sq. ft. facility boasts a soundstage, production offices, edit suites, picture finishing, sound mixing and other related services. Recently, the company announced a first-of-its-kind television endeavor with Reuters to adapt its highly acclaimed, award-winning investigative series The Body Trade and is currently producing the groundbreaking documentary Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer for NatGeo. Trailblazer, which delivered nearly 100 hours of original programming in 2020, is currently producing blue-chip, natural-history, and premium-documentary series for several networks, including National Geographic, OWN, and discovery+. Over the past 15 years, the company has developed a robust remote post and sound workflow and assists clients with delivering content to HBO, Netflix, PBS, Amazon and numerous film festivals, including Sundance, Full Frame, and Tribeca.

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, and on discovery+ across mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and https://press.discovery.com/us/own/.



OWN to Air First-Ever Father’s Day Special “Honoring Our Kings: OWN Celebrates Black Fatherhood”





OWN to Air First-Ever Father’s Day Special “Honoring Our Kings: OWN Celebrates Black Fatherhood” Hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Sterling K. Brown
The two-hour OWN Spotlight features conversations with everyday dads, special messages from celebrity fathers and musical performances to celebrate Black fathers everywhere.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN TO AIR FIRST-EVER FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL “HONORING OUR KINGS: OWN CELEBRATES BLACK FATHERHOOD” HOSTED BY OPRAH WINFREY AND STERLING K. BROWN

The Two-Hour OWN Spotlight Special Premieres Tuesday, June 15 at 9pm ET/PT

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the network’s first-ever Father’s Day special “Honoring Our Kings: OWN Celebrates Black Fatherhood” hosted by Oprah Winfrey and award-winning actor and producer Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) to premiere on Tuesday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The two-hour OWN Spotlight features conversations with everyday dads, special messages from celebrity fathers and musical performances to celebrate Black fathers everywhere.

“Our intention at OWN – across all of our programming – is to authentically portray the real-life experiences of African Americans,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “We know, and our viewers know, the way Black fathers show up for their families, and we are honored to welcome Sterling K. Brown to co-host this special program to celebrate these Black men.”

“We want to honor the Black Kings who stand firm and proud in their role as a father, and celebrate the love and joy they bring to their families and communities,” said Oprah Winfrey.

“The greatest role of my life happened 10 years ago when I became a father for the first time,” said Sterling K Brown, co-host and Executive Producer. “I am honored to celebrate these exceptional men who are my ‘Brothers in Fatherhood’, and continue to shift the national perception of Black fathers.”

“When I got the call that Oprah wanted to do this special, I was overjoyed,” said Reginald Hudlin, Executive Producer. “Once again, she knows exactly where the culture needs to go. There are so many Black Dads who give their all for their families who are never represented in the media. Sterling and I always compare notes on what’s best for our kids, and it’s wonderful to be able to take that conversation nationwide and replace inaccurate stereotypes with inspirational truths. You don’t have to be Black or a Dad to enjoy the show, but if you are, you’re going to love it. ”

“It is an honor and privilege to be a part of such a worthwhile project,” said Byron Phillips, Executive Producer. “As a Black father, it fills my heart with joy to present Black fathers in their full humility and to show the breadth and depth of Black fathers across this country. This project is a testament to the consciousness, empathy and leadership Oprah Winfrey has shown over the course of her life. And to also have Sterling K. Brown, who is the definition of strength and positivity as a Black man/father, additionally leading the way, makes this truly a dream project. Tina Perry and the OWN team once again demonstrate their commitment to meaningful positive imagery.”

“It’s so great to shine a spotlight on dads – I’m a dad and I love being a dad – especially the fathers who have made such an impact on the lives not only of their own kids, but who offer inspiration and an example to fathers and families everywhere. With Oprah Winfrey and Sterling K. Brown anchoring this event, we know that this first of what we hope will become an annual honor will stand out as a much-needed prime time tribute,” said Phil Gurin, Executive Producer.

The special is produced by Hudlin Entertainment and The Gurin Company. Executive produced by Reginald Hudlin, Byron Phillips, Phil Gurin, Oprah Winfrey, Sterling K. Brown 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 a conversation with award-winning actress Viola Davis; a conversation with singer/actress Andra Day; a special presentation on Ava DuVernay’s short film “August 28;” an inspirational special celebrating Black Fatherhood and the special bonds they have with their children “They Call Me Dad;” a 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 in 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; “(In)Visible Portraits,” which was a powerful celebration of Black women sharing their stories of struggle, resilience and beyond; “Black Women OWN The Conversation – 2020 In Review” featured intimate conversations about important issues with honest opinions and surprising solutions that put people first; 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.



OWN’s Peabody Award-Winning Drama “David Makes Man” Set to Premiere Tuesday, June 22nd





OWN’s Peabody Award-Winning Drama “David Makes Man” Set to Premiere Tuesday, June 22nd at 9p ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Season two finds David in his 30s (played by Kwame Patterson), a rising businessman facing an opportunity that will change him and his community forever.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN’s Peabody Award-Winning Drama “David Makes Man” Set To Premiere Tuesday, June 22nd at 9p ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network!

“David Makes Man Season 2” (Premieres Tuesday, June 22nd from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT)

Season two finds David in his 30s (played by Kwame Patterson, “Snowfall,” “The Wire”), a rising businessman 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 truly live. Production returned to Orlando, Florida and commenced filming in October 2020.

About “David Makes Man”

The Peabody Award-winning series produced by Warner Bros. Television, also received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for “Best Drama,” a prestigious Gotham Award nomination, and has been named to several critics’ 2019 year-end “best of television” lists. “David Makes Man” premiered to overwhelming critical acclaim in August 2019. The New York Times called the show “deeply beautiful and distinctive” while The Washington Post called it “one of the most original and riveting TV shows this year.” During its first season run, the series ranked #2 in its time period across all cable with African-American women and reached over 4.1 million unique viewers on OWN. Season two fast-forwards and finds David in his 30s (played by Kwame Patterson, “Snowfall,” “The Wire”), a rising businessman 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 truly live. The adult versions of David and his brother JG played by Patterson and Arlen Escarpeta join returning series regulars Akili McDowell, Alana Arenas, Travis Coles and Cayden K. Williams for season two. Season 1 is available to stream on HBO Max Here.

David Makes Man

New Recurring Cast Includes:

· Tony Plana (“Ugly Betty,” “The Affair”) plays ‘Joe Padilla,’ billionaire real estate developer who brings David an ambitious opportunity, under the guise of redevelopment.

· Brittany S. Hall (“Ballers”) plays ‘Nicole,’ a sophisticated and honest architect who has been dating David but loves her freedom as well.

· Erica Lutrell (“Westworld,” “Salvation”) plays ‘Adult Marissa,’ a Miami-based marine biologist, activist, and protector of the land and sea. When her former middle school friend-turned-nemesis further threatens the ecological balance of South Florida, Marissa sets out to prove that corporate greed is toxic for everyone.

· Zsane’ Jhe’ (“Good Trouble,” “Black Lightning”) ‘Adult Shella,’ an entrepreneur extraordinaire. She leads the charge for the residents of The Ville in the fight against the real estate redevelopment company trying to gentrify their homes.

· Bobbi Baker (“House of Payne”) plays ‘Robin,’ Gloria’s loyal and level partner. Together they run Robin’s Nest in Little Havana, a foster home for LGBTQ+ youth.

· Patrice Arenas (“Celestial”) plays ‘Denise,’ an office assistant at the Edwards Firm (where David works). She keeps things moving at the office while also learning the moods and tempo of her boss.

· Trinity Cidel plays ‘Trenise,’ the gifted daughter of David’s brother, JG. She is calm, introspective, and more like her uncle David than her own father.

· Brandi Huzzie (“The Demon in the Dark”) is cast as ‘Trisha,’ the long-time girlfriend of JG and mother of his child. Together they raise their daughter Trenise.

· Rodney Gardiner (“The Warriors”) plays ‘Corey Roberts,’ a Miami district commissioner and politician. Corey offers to work with David and Joe to help push their Ville redevelopment project, but they will have to do it his way.

· Janmarco Santiago (“The Fate of the Furious”) plays ‘Elan,’ Joe Padilla’s entitled nephew and David’s unrequested assistant.

The new recurring cast members join the previously announced new series regulars Kwame Patterson (“Snowfall,” “The Wire”) as adult David and Arlen Escarpeta (“The Oath”) as David’s brother, the adult JG, alongside returning series regulars Akili McDowell (young David), Alana Arenas (David’s mom Gloria), Travis Coles (Mx. Elijah) and Cayden K. Williams (young JG) for season two.

Additionally, Kiel Adrian Scott (“David Makes Man,” “The Bobby Brown Story”), returns from the series’ first season to direct five episodes in season two. Erica Watson (“The L Word,” “Claws”) also takes on five episodes in the ten-episode season.



OWN’s Popular Docu-Series “Black Love” Returns for Its Fifth Season on a New Night





OWN’s Popular Docu-Series “Black Love” Returns for Its Fifth Season on a New Night Friday, May 14 at 10PM ET/PT
During its previous run on Fridays, the series which celebrates love stories from the Black community, was ranked #1 in its time slot across all cable with African American W25-54.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN’S POPULAR DOCU-SERIES “BLACK LOVE” RETURNS FOR ITS FIFTH SEASON ON A NEW NIGHT FRIDAY, MAY 14 AT 10PM ET/PT

This Season Celebrates Prominent Couples in the Black Community — Keith David and Wife Dionne, Chance and Tabitha Brown, Jason Bolden and Adair Curtis, Kenny Lattimore and Faith Jenkins, Ledisi and Husband Ron Young, Tank and Zena Foster

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the fifth season of its popular and ground-breaking four-time NAACP nominated docu-series “Black Love” will premiere on Friday, May 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. “Black Love” makes its return to Friday nights where it will join OWN’s dating series “Ready to Love.” During its previous run on Fridays, the series which celebrates love stories from the Black community, was ranked #1 in its time slot across all cable with African American W25-54.

“Black Love,” created by husband-and-wife filmmakers Codie and Tommy Oliver continues to present real, honest, emotional, and transparent love stories from some of the most successful people in business and entertainment as well as everyday couples. The new season will feature Chance and Tabitha Brown, R&B singer Kenny Lattimore and Judge Faith Jenkins, Grammy winner Ledisi and husband Ron Young, Singer/Songwriter Tank and Zena Foster, “Greenleaf” actor Keith David and his wife Dionne, Stylist Jason Bolden and interior designer Adair Curtis, plus others who will discuss topics from early days of marriage to navigating finances, religious differences, parenting, and the unexpected twists that are part of every couples’ journey.

Each episode of “Black Love,” seeks to answer the burning question, “What does it take to make a marriage work?” The Olivers first launched the show as newlyweds and with each new season of “Black Love,” they continue to increase representation and create transparency around marriage in the Black community. The Olivers have now been married for six years and are raising three sons under five years old. As their marriage and family have quickly evolved, the show’s exploration of marital topics and themes have also deepened.

Click here for a sneak peek of “Black Love” Season 5: www.Oprah.com/BlackLoveSeason5Promo

About Confluential Films

Confluential Content is a media company founded by Tommy Oliver. It is the home of Confluential Films and Black Love Productions and is devoted to championing projects that are inclusive and celebrate our shared human experience. Past projects include the HBO documentary 40 Years a Prisoner, Sundance award-winning film Kinyarwanda, Sony thriller The Perfect Guy, acclaimed indie film 1982, and Black Love on OWN. Confluential creates across all mediums, platforms, and formats; TV and Film, fiction and non-fiction, scripted and unscripted and currently, the company has projects set up at Hulu, Peacock, Sony, Netflix, and CBS Studios among others. Confluential is in prep on the Netflix Original movie The Perfect Find starring Gabrielle Union. Founded in 2015, the company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

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 Spotlight: Viola Davis” Premieres Friday, April 16 on OWN





“OWN Spotlight: Viola Davis” Premieres Friday, April 16 on OWN
Continuing conversations surrounding issues impacting Black lives, Oprah talks to Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-Winning actress Viola Davis about her role as fearless blues singer Ma Rainey in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” available on Netflix now.
[via press release from OWN]
“OWN SPOTLIGHT: VIOLA DAVIS” PREMIERES FRIDAY, APRIL 16 ON OWN

Advanced clips of Oprah Winfrey’s conversation with Academy Award-winning Actress Viola Davis on her record-breaking performance in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Los Angeles – OWN announced today “OWN Spotlight: Viola Davis” to air Friday, April 16 at 10 pm ET/PT on OWN. Continuing conversations surrounding issues impacting Black lives, Oprah talks to Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-Winning actress Viola Davis about her role as fearless blues singer Ma Rainey in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” available on Netflix now. In the film, tensions and temperatures rise at a Chicago music studio in 1927 when fiery blues singer Ma Rainey joins her band for a recording session.

Oprah talks to Viola Davis, the most nominated Black actress in Oscar history, about her new film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” In yet another critically acclaimed performance which led to an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, Davis inhabits “the Mother of the Blues” in an adaptation of an August Wilson play. Davis reveals what Ma’s struggle says about today’s America and what it taught her about harnessing her own powers as a Black woman. She also shares her thoughts on working with the late Chadwick Boseman on his final film.

“OWN Spotlight: Viola Davis” will be available on the WatchOWN app, in addition to being available on discovery+ starting Saturday April 17 through the end of the month, as well as on the “Super Soul” podcast line-up starting April 19. “OWN Spotlight: Viola Davis” 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 a conversation with singer/actress Andra Day; a special presentation on Ava DuVernay’s short film “August 28;” an inspirational special celebrating Black Fatherhood and the special bonds they have with their children “They Call Me Dad;” a 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; “(In)Visible Portraits,” which was a powerful celebration of Black women sharing their stories of struggle, resilience and beyond; “Black Women OWN The Conversation – 2020 In Review” featured intimate conversations about important issues with honest opinions and surprising solutions that put people first; and the follow-up documentary from D. Channsin Berry “Dark Girls 2” exploring the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world.



OWN Announces Cast Members for “The Kings of Napa”





OWN Announces Cast Members for “The Kings of Napa,” From Acclaimed Creator/Showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois
The series is focused on a gorgeous and picturesque Napa Valley, California vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status lands them on the pages of design magazines and society pages.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES CAST MEMBERS FOR “THE KINGS OF NAPA,” FROM ACCLAIMED CREATOR/SHOWRUNNER JANINE SHERMAN BARROIS

Ebonee Noel, Rance Nix, Karen LeBlanc, Yaani King Mondschein Set to Star in the New Drama from Warner Bros Television

Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today four cast members set to star in “The Kings of Napa,” the new drama from acclaimed writer/producer Janine Sherman Barrois (“Claws,” “Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker”) and Warner Bros. Television. Sherman Barrois, who created the series, will serve as showrunner and executive produce alongside Michelle Listenbee Brown (“Love Is__,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) and Oprah Winfrey. Academy Award(R) winner Matthew A. Cherry (“Hair Love”) will direct the first two episodes of the series.

“The Kings of Napa” is focused on a gorgeous and picturesque Napa Valley, California vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status lands them on the pages of design magazines and society pages. The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch’s sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reigns to the kingdom – to their own power, wealth, and legacy.

The series regulars include:

· Ebonee Noel (“FBI,” “Wrecked”) plays the role of August King, the middle King sibling and the family’s brilliant marketing whiz. She is passionate about wine and always looking for new ways to expand the business.

· Rance Nix (“Zero Issue,” “Amsterdam Ave.”) plays the role of Dana King, August’s older brother and the savvy CFO of the winery. He and August often butt heads when it comes to the family business.

· Karen LeBlanc (“Ransom,” “Jack Ryan”) plays the role of Vanessa King, the matriarch of the King family. Vanessa is a former news reporter who gave up her career to help run the winery in Napa. She and her husband Reginald seemingly had a picture-perfect marriage – until she discovered things about his past.

· Yaani King Mondschein (“For All Mankind,” “Bad Hair”) plays the role of Bridgette Peele, August’s cousin and right hand who works as the vineyard manager for King Estate Wines. When secrets threaten to change the family forever, her life turns upside down.

Information about the cast:

· Ebonee Noel’s credits include the CBS drama series “FBI” for creator/producer Dick Wolf and ABC’s “Still Star Crossed” produced by Shonda Rhimes. Additional credits include Amazon’s “Harlem,” TBS’s comedy series “Wrecked,” Jason Blum’s “Eye Candy,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and the features “I Love You Daddy” and “Long Nights, Short Mornings.”

· Rance Nix, starred as lead character Nabo Sensugali in “Las Meninas,” a play by noted playwright Lynn Nottage. Most recently, Nix starred in the indie feature film “Trapeze USA” directed by Mark Anthony Green. Nix also cohosted “Love is Quarantine,” a viral Instagram-dating show based on the Netflix hit “Love is Blind.”

· Karen LeBlanc began her career in the lead role in the hit musical “Rent.” Her most recent film and television credits include lead roles on “Ransom,” “Jack Ryan,” “Insomnia,” “Killjoys” as well as “Frontier.” She recently guest starred on “Lovecraft Country,” “Ginny & Georgia” and “Hudson & Rex.” LeBlanc’s current movie credits include “Mobile Homes” and “Astronaut.” She can be seen next in upcoming episodes of “Departure” and “Lost in Space.”

· Yaani King Mondschein joined the cast of “The Alchemist” Off Broadway at the Classic Stage Company. Her television credits include a series regular role on “Saving Grace” with Holly Hunter; recurring roles on “Mad Men,” “The Haves and the Have Nots” and guest starring roles on “Bluff City Law,” “The Magicians,” “Boomerang,” “The Resident” and “Magnum P.I.” among many others. She can also be seen in the film “The Prince & Me,” Sundance-selected film “Bad Hair” and “Sneakerheads.”

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 March 2021, 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 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, and on discovery+ across mobile devices and connected TVs. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and https://press.discovery.com/us/own/.



Ava DuVernay’s Critically Acclaimed Drama Series “Queen Sugar” Announces Start of Season Six Production





Ava DuVernay’s Critically Acclaimed Drama Series “Queen Sugar” Announces Start of Season Six Production with Cast Additions to Include Tammy Townsend, Paula Jai Parker, Marquis Rodriguez and McKinley Freeman
Currently in production in New Orleans, the new season is set to air this fall on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
[via press release from OWN]
AVA DuVERNAY’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DRAMA SERIES “QUEEN SUGAR” ANNOUNCES START OF SEASON SIX PRODUCTION WITH CAST ADDITIONS TO INCLUDE TAMMY TOWNSEND, PAULA JAI PARKER, MARQUIS RODRIGUEZ AND McKINLEY FREEMAN

Series Continues All-Female Directorial Line-Up with Additions of Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, Carmen Marrón, Cierra Glaude, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, Marie Jamora, Stephanie Turner, Shari Carpenter and Shaz Bennett; Upping Lisa France to Producing Director

“Queen Sugar” Continues to Close Inclusion Gap in Hollywood Hiring First-Time Female Television Directors Throughout Six Seasons
LOS ANGELES – Critically acclaimed drama series “Queen Sugar,” from creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay, has announced the addition of several cast members, including Tammy Townsend as series regular, with Paula Jai Parker, Marquis Rodriguez and McKinley Freeman joining as recurring guest stars in season six, currently in production in New Orleans, set to air this fall on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

In continuing the creative vision DuVernay established in season one of hiring an entirely female directorial team, the season six directorial lineup is handpicked by DuVernay and includes four returning directors with five directors making their television debut. The “Queen Sugar” season six directorial line-up includes: Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, Carmen Marrón, Cierra Glaude, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, Marie Jamora, Shari Carpenter, Shaz Bennett and Stephanie Turner, with Lisa France upped to serve as producing director. This marks 42 female filmmakers the series has hired through six seasons, 39 of whom are first-time television directors.

The following are the new casting announcements for season six:

Tammy Townsend (“K.C. Undercover”) portrays Billie, the daughter of beloved Bordelon family friend Prosper Denton (Henry G. Sanders), who returns to St. Josephine for the first time in 20 years to care for her ailing father. Townsend joins the cast as a series regular.

Paula Jai Parker (“The Wayans Bros.”) portrays Celine, a single mother whom Aunt Violet takes under her wing as Celine works to establish a life in St. Josephine with her 10-year-old son, Gabriel. Parker joins as a recurring guest star.

Marquis Rodriguez (“When They See Us”) portrays Isaiah, a college student wise beyond his years who befriends Micah West. Rodriguez joins as a recurring guest star.

McKinley Freeman (“Titans”) portrays Dominic, a cultural anthropologist who captures the attention of Nova Bordelon. Freeman joins as a recurring guest star.

About the directors of “Queen Sugar:”

· Lisa France is upped from directing “Queen Sugar” in season five to serve as producing director for season six. 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. The film was later acquired and distributed by DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing. “Queen Sugar” marked France’s television directorial debut in 2021.

· Bertha Bay-Sa Pan’s feature film debut “Face” premiered at Sundance Film Festival and received the Grand Jury Award for Best Director at the Urbanworld Film Festival, the Audience Award at the GenArt Film Festival, the Critics Award for Best Director at CineVegas, and was nominated for Gotham Award’s Breakthrough Director. “Face” was selected as a New York Times Critic’s Pick during its U.S. theatrical release. Pan’s second feature “Almost Perfect” was selected as the Centerpiece Film at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and won the HBO Emerging Filmmaker Award. “Queen Sugar” marks Pan’s television directorial debut.

· Carmen Marrón is a self-taught writer, director and producer whose debut feature “Go For It!” was bought and distributed by Lionsgate. Her feature film “End Game” was exhibited by AMC and premiered on HBO in 2016, with Indiewire’s LatinoBuzz naming Marrón “one of the five Latina directors at the helm of breaking films.” Marrón is a member of Film Independent and NALIP. “Queen Sugar” marked Marrón’s television directorial debut in 2019.

· 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 Lab Filmmaker Mentorship Program, where she directed a short film titled “Spilt Milk,” featuring Dascha Polanco (“Orange Is the New Black) and 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 in 2021.

· Keisha Rae Witherspoon is a Miami-born documentary and narrative filmmaker named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2020” and is co-founder of Third Horizon Film Festival, an annual celebration of Caribbean cinema which was named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine in 2019. Her most recent short film “T” premiered at BlackStar Film Festival, where it won the audience award for Favorite Narrative Short. It went on to screen at Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale 2020, where it won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film. “Queen Sugar” marks Witherspoon’s television directorial debut.

· Marie Jamora is a writer-director born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Jamora’s first feature “What Isn’t There” premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2013 and in 2017, Jamora won the Grand Jury Award for “Best Short Film” at Urbanworld Film Festival with “Flip The Record.” “Queen Sugar” marks Jamora’s television directorial debut.

· Shari L. Carpenter is an award-winning writer/director whose recent projects include the made- for- TV movie “Three’s Complicated,” starring Shanola Hampton and Tyler Lepley, the #WhyWeCount Census 2020 Campaign and a PSA for Proctor and Gamble’s ‘My Black is Beautiful’ campaign. Carpenter served as script supervisor to Spike Lee prior to writing and directing her award-winning short film “Since Lisa” (winner at the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and Black American Cinema Society Awards). Her feature directorial debut, “Kali’s Vibe,” garnered Jury, Audience and Vision awards at various festivals. “Queen Sugar” marks Carpenter’s television directorial debut.

· Shaz Bennett’s debut feature film “Alaska is a Drag” recently launched on Netflix, released by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing. Bennett made her directorial television debut on “Queen Sugar” in 2018, going on to direct “Billions,” and “Bosch.” Bennett is also an accomplished writer and producer, writing on “Bosch,” “The Glades” and “UnREAL,” producing “The Faith Diaries” and serving as co-executive producer on “Queen Sugar” as both a writer and director for season six.

· Stephanie Turner is an accomplished actress. Her first feature film “Justine,” in which Turner led as well as wrote, produced and directed, premiered on Netflix in 2020. “Queen Sugar” marks Turner’s television directorial debut.

“Queen Sugar” is currently airing every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on OWN and is available on the WatchOWN app. The first four seasons are available to stream exclusively on Hulu.

“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. Gracing the cover of Emmy Magazine’s March 19 issue, 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). “Queen Sugar” currently ranks #1 in its time period across broadcast and cable with African-American W18+, Households and total viewers.

About “Queen Sugar”

From award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the contemporary drama series “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. Currently airing season five, the beloved Bordelon family and their community face multiple upheavals throughout 2020, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protest movement that swept the country. Viewers see the joy around the pain, and humanity’s ability to persevere and find light in the darkest of times.

In season five, Nova (Rutina Wesley) launches her new website to support the community while moving out of the Ninth Ward and settling into her romantic relationship with Calvin (Greg Vaughn) as stay-at-home orders are put in place. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) proposes to Darla (Bianca Lawson) as they work to manage parenthood and virtual learning for son Blue (Ethan Hutchison) despite constant threats to his land and home. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) uses her role as a local Council Member to try and protect the community as the pandemic spreads, while coming to terms with the decisions her son Micah (Nicholas Ashe) makes as he navigates his freshman year at Xavier University and uses his voice to raise awareness for social justice. The expansive cast also includes Tina Lifford as the siblings’ free-spirited Aunt Violet, who manages her pie shop while navigating the closures facing small businesses; 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 as he faces the loss of his mother; 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, and on discovery+ 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 April 2021, 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