Three years into my post-Discovery Channel life, I received a phone call from a former colleague who was looking for a production executive at the network where she now worked: TV One. Interestingly enough, ten years earlier, I hired her as an intern in the Special Programming Unit at Discovery, where I was, then, an associate producer. Now, she was hooking me up with the head of programming at TV One, where (in February 2008) I began working as an executive in charge of production.
Executive producer of two flagship programs as part of the company’s unprecedented coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign: the first ever live, late-night talk show – “TV One Live: The DNC After Party” – broadcast each night of the ground-breaking Democratic National Convention in Denver – and “TV One Live: The Presidential Galas,” with live, evening coverage of Washington area events surrounding the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America. Executive in charge of production for “Roland Martin In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview” (Winner, 2009 NAACP Image Award, Best News/Information Special) – and the documentary “Believe: The Barack Obama Story.” Developed “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” launched the series in September 2009, and executive produced the first dozen episodes. Other Credits: Patti LaBelle and Labelle: Back to Now, Living It Up with Patti LaBelle: Holiday Special.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look back at “TV One Live: The DNC After Party,” from 2008, in Denver, when Barack Obama was officially nominated by the Democratic Party to be its candidate for president of the United States. I was the executive in charge of production for this series of four live shows, which we broadcast each night of the convention. Produced in partnership with Citizen Pictures.