TV One Greenlits Original Film ‘Media’ From Radio One Founder Cathy Hughes

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TV One Greenlits Original Film ‘Media’ From Radio One Founder Cathy Hughes
Posted by Wilson Morales

August 1, 2016

Media -TV One

TV One has announced a new original film from Radio One founder Cathy Hughes and Susan Banks titled Media. The film will revolve around a wealthy and powerful family battling the competitive challenges of keeping their status and position in the communications industry, and is scheduled to premiere in 2017.

“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.” – Cathy Hughes

Media TV One Cast

Directed by Craig Ross, Jr., “Media” is described as a riveting story of a wealthy family battling the competitive challenges of keeping their status and position in the communications industry. Passion, intrigue and murder become a lethal recipe for powerful matriarch Jackie Jones and her children. Portrayed by Penny Johnson Jerald, Jackie is the founder of Jones Universal Media Properties, known as JUMP, the world’s premier urban media conglomerate. A family tragedy forces her son, prominent lead city attorney and prosecutor Michael Jones, played by Brian White, to abandon his political aspirations and take over the company, just as a ruthless rival challenges JUMP’s longtime domination of a lucrative industry. Michael is confronted by sins of the past, and the dangers of the present when Jabbar Randolph (played by Gary Dourdan), CEO of JUMP’s biggest competitor, is released from prison. Grabbing back the reigns from his brother, Will, played by Stephen Bishop, Jabbar embarks on a mission of revenge, betrayal and corporate intrigue.

Media - Chrystee Pharris, Brian White, Penny Johnson Jerald, and Blue Kimble

The Jones family is rounded out by the eldest son, Clay Jones portrayed by Pooch Hall as the mercurial head of the family business; Chrystee Pharris as the only daughter, Crystal Jones, JUMP’s CFO; and hard-partying youngest brother Anthony Jones portrayed by Blue Kimble.

The film’s cast also includes Finesse Mitchell, Denise Boutte, Jimmy Gonzales, Stelio Savante, Jillian Reeves de Ortiz, Jasmine Kaur, and Diane Kirby.

Hughes will serve as executive producer alongside Banks, and Kevin Arkadie (New York Undercover), who also served as writer, Sheila Ducksworth (With This Ring) and was produced for TV One by Ducksworth Productions.

Radio One Founder Cathy Hughes

“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.” – TV One President Brad Siegel

Hughes, founder and chairperson of Radio One, Inc., the largest African-American owned and operated broadcasting company in the nation. She became the first African-American woman to chair a publicly held corporation, and has grown Radio One, Inc. into a multi-media company that is an urban radio market leader with 56 stations comprised of hip hop, R&B, gospel and talk radio formats. Radio One is the first African-American company in radio history to dominate several major markets simultaneously and is the first woman-owned radio station to rank number one in any major market.


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