SILVER SPRING, MD. – JULY 31, 2016 – TV One officially announces MEDIA, an original movie exploring the drama and secrets behind a powerful family dynasty. The announcement came during its presentation at the Television Critics Association’s Summer Tour. The tour is being held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
The executive producing team of Cathy Hughes and her production partner Susan Banks conceived and produced the project. MEDIA is a riveting story of a wealthy family battling the competitive challenges of keeping their status and position in the communications industry. Furthermore, the drama is the latest addition to the network’s impressive slate of original films and is set to premiere in early 2017.
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Passion, intrigue and murder become a lethal recipe. Powerful matriarch Jackie Jones and her children battle it all in this captivating urban production. Portrayed by Penny Johnson Jerald (Castle, 24), Jackie is the founder of Jones Universal Media Properties. Known as JUMP, Jones Universal Media Properties is the world’s premier urban media conglomerate.
Nevertheless, a family tragedy forces her son, prominent lead city attorney and prosecutor Michael to abandon his political aspirations. Instead Jones decides to take over the family company. This occurs just as a ruthless rival challenges JUMP’s longtime domination in this lucrative industry. Jones is played by Brian White (Stomp the Yard, The Family Stone).
“I am honored to portray this character and that Cathy Hughes trusted me to headline a project that she is so passionate about,” commented White. “There are few movies that show all shades and sides of the political and economic spectrums. Especially, in particular, films featuring persons of color, without catering to one side.
Here we see everyone represented and every character has a purpose in this unique story. This family didn’t come from wealth, they built it.”
The Plot Thickens
When Michael Jones (White) steps up to run the company, he is confronted by the sins of the past. Furthermore, the dangers of the present haunt him when Gary Dourdan (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story) is released from prison. Dourdan plays Jabbar Randolph, CEO of JUMP’s biggest competitor.
Jones grabs back the reigns from his brother, Will, played by Stephen Bishop (Moneyball, Battleship). As a result, he embarks on a mission of revenge, betrayal and corporate intrigue.
The Jones family, rounded out by the eldest son, Clay Jones portrayed by Pooch Hall (The Game, Ray Donovan) is the mercurial head of the family business. Moreover, Chrystee Pharris (Passions, Scrubs) is the fam’s only daughter, Crystal Jones. JUMP’s CFO, and hard-partying youngest brother Anthony Jones is portrayed by Blue Kimble (Devious Maids, Fast Five). Nonetheless, Crystal and Anthony are caught in a deadly game of espionage, deception and survival.
When Michael (White) stands accused of a brutal crime, the family must band together to beat the forces gathering against them. Therefore, MEDIA is an exhilarating peek behind the scenes of a glamorous but fiercely competitive world.
“This storyline has been in the works for over six years and I am thrilled to finally bring it to our audience,” said Hughes. “My entire life has been dedicated to creating media outlets to entertain and inspire our community. We know our audience loves drama and that’s what MEDIA is all about.”
“MEDIA captures the power struggles, secrets and stakes surrounding a family-owned business,” added TV One President Brad Siegel. “The outstanding cast and production team delivers on a truly excellent script. We are ecstatic with how it turned out and confident viewers will be riveted from the first minute of the movie to the end titles.”
The Full Cast
Rounding out the ensemble are Finesse Mitchell (Roadies, SNL, Brothers in Atlanta) as DJ Drive, JUMP’s most valuable asset. Denise Boutte (Meet the Browns, For the Love of Ruth) stars as Danielle Jones, Michael’s elegant, neglected wife. Also, Jimmy Gonzales (Taken 3, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) plays Silvan Testa. Testa is a corrupt TV producer willing to resort to any means necessary to succeed.
Stelio Savante (The Making of the Mob: New York, Ugly Betty) as Harold Boston, an underworld powerbroker sent to prison. Also, Jillian Reeves de Ortiz (Let’s Talk, The 12th Night) as Gisele Marks. Marks is a resourceful and aggressive businesswoman whose personal life is undermining her professional accomplishments.
Jasmine Kaur as Sofia Perez, JUMP’S General Counsel and longtime family friend. Lastly, Diane Kirby (Returned) as Steph, DJ Drive’s quick-witted on-air sidekick.
TV One Media Production
MEDIA is executive produced by Radio One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes. Her production partner Susan Banks (Fright Night Files, Fear Files, Second Sight) also executive produced Media. Kevin Arkadie (New York Undercover, Soul Food, The Shield), produced and also served as writer along with Sheila Ducksworth (With This Ring, Why We Laugh: Funny Women).
Media was produced for TV One by Ducksworth Productions. Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd, CSA, served as casting director. MEDIA is directed by Craig Ross, Jr. (Rise Again, NCIS, Bones, Motives).
For TV One, Lamar Chase is Executive in Charge-of- Production and Director of Original Programming. Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting. Robyn Greene-Arrington is VP of Original Programming and D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming. MEDIA was filmed on location in Atlanta, Georgia.
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