Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mysteries & Scandals With Soledad O'Brien

Mysteries & Scandals, hosted and executive produced by Emmy® and Peabody Award winner Soledad O'Brien, will premiere January 5 at 9pm ET/PT. The 13 episode, hour-long series investigates some of the most legendary and intriguing crimes, murders, and scandals that shook the nation and impacted pop culture through vivid first-hand accounts, re-enactments and archival footage.

The series comes from Oxygen Media and Wilshire Studios and will feature notorious true crime stories. O'Brien will give viewers exclusive access to family members, friends, witnesses, detectives and jury members directly impacted and involved in each circumstance.

The series explores celebrity tragedies such as Bobbi Kristina Brown and Whitney Houston's disturbing parallel deaths, the mysterious demise of both Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith and the crimes and punishment of O.J. Simpson. Additionally, Soledad will take a deep dive into the Wonderland Murders, notorious serial killers of the '80s such as Richard Ramirez and Aileen Wuornos, the odd and captivating Slenderman Attacks, and more.

Soledad O'Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist. O'Brien's coverage of race issues won her two Emmy awards and she earned a third for her reporting on the 2012 presidential election. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina for CNN earned her and the network a George Foster Peabody Award. She also won the Peabody for her coverage of the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill, and her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I. DuPont Award.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Who Could Replace Charlie Rose?

Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffrey tweeted that it would be "a great idea to offer the spot to one of the many competent, successful female journalists working today. ELLE suggested 10 Women Who Could Replace Charlie Rose.

One of their nominations is Soledad O’Brien who they describe as "a seasoned anchor and correspondent, having appeared on MSNBC, CNN, HBO, and NBC, as well as her current show, Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien. She also serves as the CEO of Starfish Media Group, a media production and distribution company."

Friday, November 17, 2017

Soledad O'Brien at NATPE

Soledad O’Brien will interview Sony Pictures Entertainment chair and CEO Tony Vinciquerra in a a a keynote conversation on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at NATPE in Miami Beach.

The overall theme of this year’s convention is “A Changing Industry in a Changing World,” and Bommel said streaming, over-the-top and digital will be topics that flow through the entire conference.

Facebook head of global and creative strategy Ricky Van Veen also will participate in the conference’s new Streaming Summit.

NATPE will be held January 16-18, 2018, at the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc Miami Beach Resorts.

The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is a professional association of television and emerging media executives. The organization was established in 1963. It is best known for its annual NATPE Market & Conference, which is the only American programming market serving the worldwide television community.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Soledad O'Brien on Campus at William & Mary

Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien will visit William & Mary this month as the university’s Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American Politics. She will give a public lecture on November 14.

Her campus visit is part of a yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of African-Americans in residence at William & Mary. Her public lecture, titled “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes, and in Our Lives."

O’Brien is currently the anchor for the nationally syndicated show Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien and chair and founder of the PowHERful Foundation (formerly Starfish Media Group).

Soledad is also the host of American Graduate Day, a public media effort to highlight individuals and organizations that are working to improve the high school graduation rate and put the nation's youth on a pathway to career success.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mysteries and Scandals

Since announcing the shift to becoming a crime destination for women, Oxygen has become the fastest growing cable entertainment network in total day (up 48% year over year) among total viewers, according to the network. Amongst their new true crime series is Mysteries and Scandals, hosted by Emmy and Peabody winner Soledad O’Brien and produced by Wilshire Studios with Jason Sklaver and Soledad O’Brien serving as Executive Producer.

“What makes a mystery really work is a good storyteller unwinding a story in a way that an audience finds compelling,” says O'Brien

The new true crime series explores Hollywood’s most infamous criminals, murders and cases of corruption with all the juicy details young viewers have come to expect from the genre.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Soledad O'Brien started her Starfish Media Group as a way to control the kinds of projects she could work on as a journalist.

She was inspired by an Evangelical story:
Countless starfish have washed ashore on a beach and are dying off. A little boy is picking them up and tossing them back into the ocean in the hope they’ll survive. A man walks by and asks him why he’s doing something so futile.
“There are hundreds,” he points out. “What difference will it make?”
The boy picks up another starfish, throws it into the sea and says: “It will make a difference to that one.”
And so she created the Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation with her husband in 2011 in order to provide funds and resources for student scholars with the idea that helping one young woman can cause a ripple effect throughout her family, friends, and community - transform lives, one girl at a time.

Then, her PowHERful Foundation Summit Series began in 2012 in New York City as an annual, free daylong conference for high school- and college-aged young women focusing on educational, professional, and personal development.

In 2017, the Starfish Foundation became the PowHERful Foundation to better reflect the empowerment message they want to provide young women all across the country opportunities.