TV One has greenlighted Media, an original movie exploring the drama and secrets behind a powerful family dynasty. The project from Radio One founder Cathy Hughes and Susan Banks (Fright Night Files) was announced today during the network’s panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour.
Set to premiere next year, the drama centers on a wealthy family battling the competitive challenges of keeping their status and position in the communications industry. Craig Ross Jr (Rise Again) directs.
Penny Johnson Jerald (Castle, 24) stars as Jackie, the founder of Jones Universal Media Properties, aka JUMP, the world’s premier urban media conglomerate. A family tragedy forces her son, prominent lead city attorney and prosecutor Michael Jones (Brian White, Stomp the Yard), to abandon his political aspirations and take over the company just as a ruthless rival challenges JUMP’s longtime domination of this lucrative industry.
Gary Dourdan (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Stephen Bishop (Being Mary Jane), Chrystee Pharris (Passions, Scrubs) and Blue Kimble (Devious Maids) also star.
“I am honored to portray this character and that Cathy Hughes trusted me to headline a project that she is so passionate about,” said White.”There are few movies that show all shades and sides of the political and economic spectrums, 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.”
Said Hughes: “This storyline has been in the works for over six years, and I am thrilled to finally bring it to our audience. 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.”
Added TV One President Brad Siegel: “Media captures the power struggles, secrets and stakes surrounding a family-owned business. The outstanding cast and production team delivered 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.”
Rounding out the ensemble are Finesse Mitchell (Roadies), Denise Boutte (Meet the Browns), Jimmy Gonzales (Taken 3), Stelio Savante (The Making of the Mob: New York), Jillian Reeves de Ortiz (Let’s Talk) and Diane Kirby (Returned).
Media is executive produced by Hughes, Banks and Kevin Arkadie (New York Undercover) — who also served as writer — and Sheila Ducksworth (With This Ring) and was produced for TV One by Ducksworth Productions.