“The Black List,” a series of documentaries which originally aired on HBO, has been acquired by TV One from Freemind Ventures. The three-part series will appear on TV One during Black History Month, February 2012.
In the series a remarkable group of 50 black American notables share candid stories and revealing insights into the struggles, triumphs and joys of the black experience in America. The documentaries are a collaboration between celebrated portrait photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who directs, and award-winning journalist Elvis Mitchell, who interviews the talented and diverse collection of individuals.
“The Black List is an important work that seeks to redefine the terms black and blacklist for the world,” said TV One President and CEO Wonya Lucas. “There is no better home for The Black List than TV One as we seek to share the depth and the breadth of the Black experience with the broadest audience possible.”
The purchase by TV One includes all of the assets and rights relating to The Black List films, including home video distribution, domain names and Internet content, educational materials associated with the project, with the sole exception of The Black List individual portraiture photographs taken by Greenfield-Sanders, although the network is licensed to use the photographs when they are included in the other materials.
The interviews included in the series include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sean Combs, Richard Parsons, Colin Powell, Mahlon Duckett, Lou Gossett, Jr., Bill T. Jones, Vernon Jordan, Marc Morial, Toni Morrison, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Chris Rock, John Legend, Al Sharpton, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice and Faye Wattleton, among many others.
The Black List is produced by Elvis Mitchell, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Michael Slap Sloane, with Christopher McKee, Scott Richman, Payne Brown, Tommy Walker serving as executive producers.