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.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Myth of a Work/Life Balance

Pioneers is an original video series from The Huffington Post that goes inside the lives of ten people who have made it their mission to redefine what success means to them. At the top of their respective fields, from business and technology to entertainment and pro sports, they’re leading the way to a less stressful, more fulfilling life — and inviting us to join them.

In the second episode, Soledad O'Brien talks about her work/life philosophy and how she moved from being an award-winning journalist into also starting her own company, and the meaning of quality time and why she doesn't believe in work/life balance.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

'Matter of Fact' is a Busy Second Season

Hearst Television and journalist and producer Soledad O’Brien are in their second season together with their political magazine program, Matter of Fact. The syndicated show is very much a dialogue with decision makers from community leaders to heads of state who are shaping the new American political landscape.

Matter of Fact is connecting with viewers of all generations with its thoughtful, in-depth, probing and conversational discourse of the issues important to a cross-section of Americans,” said Emerson Coleman, vice president, programming, at Hearst Television.  “The show has blazed a trail with a distinctive format offering a successful blend of high-profile political guests and fresh faces from the worlds of academia, community service, journalism, science and other fields.”

“Soledad is one of the most recognizable and accomplished journalists in television today,” said Jordan Wertlieb, Hearst Television’s president.  “Her breadth of experience in global, political and investigative journalism will be invaluable as we expand the program’s reach.”

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@matteroffacttv and #MatterofFactInstagram, and