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The next installment of Soledad O’Brien’s Black In America documentary series will debut on CNN on August 30 at 10 pm ET/PT. Titled “Great Expectations,” it will explore education inequality, specifically as it affects African-American boys in a low-income area of Minneapolis. The pros and cons of charter schools will also be explored.
O’Brien has been very involved in education of late. She will be an instructor in the Sundance Channel’s documentary Dream School, which will give 15 troubled students another chance at a high school education. And O’Brien is a fellow at the Harvard School of Education. O’Brien is also a special correspondent to the new Al Jazeera America network and has signed on for HBO’s program Real Sports. The documentary has been produced through O’Brien’s new company Starfish Media Group.
Will you be tuning in?
Soledad O’Brien seems to be relishing her new role as CEO of her own production company, Starfish Media Group. Since leaving CNN, she has made a number of deals through Starfish, including the continuance of the Black In America series for CNN Docs. Her next Black in America special will air later this year and focus on the education of African-American boys. It will most probably touch on the Trayvon Martin case.
“We have to examine what’s going on in American justice,” O’Brien said on The Tom Joyner Morning Show (via Black America Web). “It’s interesting because it was a story we all know, whether it was the Trayvon Martin case or you and I could tick off five other cases in the last five years where it seems that justice is out of reach if you’re African American.”
The Martin case has inspired possibly another project for O’Brien. “I think it would be interesting examining where justice is applied and sometimes where it’s not. Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic has a really interesting piece about [the Trayvon Martin] trial. He sort of kicks off through history these times when justice has been differently applied. I think that would be a fascinating documentary,” said O’Brien. She also has projects with Al Jazeera America, HBO, National Geographic and other channels in the works or already in place.
“I run a production company now and I’m the CEO. I do pieces for HBO and I do pieces for Al Jazeera and work for National Geographic and produce documentaries for CNN and we’re talking to another bunch of partners as well,” O’Brien told the radio show. “So I’m in the producing of the kinds of things that I like business. That’s what I do now.”
O’Brien will join HBO’s Real Sports on July 23.
Every time we turn around, it seems like Soledad O’Brien is announcing yet another new gig! She’s in the running for the hardest working woman in journalism, for sure.
Today we have news that she’ll be a special correspondent for Al Jazeera America, which will be coming to cable boxes near you in just a few months. America Tonight is the network’s flagship program. O’Brien will also be producing hour-long documentaries for the network The program just recently announced another new hire, Kim Bondy, also a CNN veteran.
In the past few months, O’Brien has signed on to Real Sports on HBO, as a Harvard Fellow at the university’s Graduate School of Education, and she launched her own production company, Starfish Media Group, which will continue to produce the Black In America series as well as other programming for a variety of networks.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, O’Brien said, “I am thrilled to be back in business with Kim Bondy, who is a longtime friend and among the finest journalists in the broadcast news business today.”
Since departing from CNN, Soledad O’Brien has been busy and in the spotlight.
In between production deals with her new company Starfish Media Group and serving as a fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, now comes the news that O’Brien will stay in the Turner family by signing on to to HBO‘s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, reports Deadline.com (via EUR). With Real Sports O’Brien will be reunited with a former Today show cohort. Gumbel co-anchored the weekday show while O’Brien co-hosted the weekend edition before bouncing to CNN, where she hosted the morning programs American Morning and Starting Point.
Her deal with HBO is more expansive than just Real Sports. O’Brien and Starfish have also entered a first-look deal with HBO for scripted projects and long-form programming concepts.
At the same time, O’Brien also has a deal to continue to produce documentaries for CNN. This includes two installments of her controversial Black In America series.
Soledad O’Brien will form her own production company, Starfish Media Group, that will produce documentaries for CNN as well as other networks, The New York Times is reporting.
“So she will be a free agent, hosting documentaries for CNN part-time, but able to take hosting and reporting jobs elsewhere at the same time,” the paper says. The article goes on to say that O’Brien could follow in Katie Couric’s footsteps and do a syndicated show, but “at this moment, I really want to work on projects,” she said.
Yesterday the New York Post quoted sources who said that O’Brien’s brand of hard-hitting journalism “doesn’t seem to fit the direction the network is going.” With a deal for a primetime show yet to be determined, their sources said that her departure was imminent.
Today, O’Brien sat down with Wendy Williams today and addressed the story
“As you know, it’s been reported that the morning show is going a different direction, so we’re talking about what ways I can contribute to CNN. Doing stuff like I like to do which is hard-hitting journalism,” she said during the interview. TVNewser references a source who says that O’Brien really wants to stick with CNN, and an evening program “may not be the only option.”
To that end, the resolution reached this afternoon is in between. She’s leaving her permanent anchor position at the network, but she maintains a relationship where she had the freedom to report on the things she wants to cover. The Times says that she’s working on two more installments of the Black in America series. She also has an idea for another series – Poverty in America – that she’ll have the freedom to pitch to other networks if CNN doesn’t bite.
According to the Times, Starting Point had low viewer numbers, reaching only 234,000 viewers on an average morning.