TV One, ABFF, American Black Film Festival

TV One Represents at 20th Annual ABFF

* TV One will Represent the best in Black culture and entertainment at this year’s 20th Annual Black Film Festival ~ ABFF (Miami, June 15-19).

With its second annual TV One Screenplay Competition winner announcement, Celebrity Scene Stealers event, and debut of two original movies – Bad Dad Rehab written by last year’s ABFF TV One Screenplay Competition winner Keronda “Kiki” McKnight and writer/director Russ Parr’s Ringside.

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On Wednesday, June 15, TV One President Brad Siegel will kick-off the network’s participation at the festival with opening remarks at ABFF’s Opening Night Film Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Central Intelligence, an action comedy starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul and TV One’s Born Again Virgin’s leading actress Danielle Nicolet.

“TV One represents the best in Black entertainment and is committed to elevating new voices in the Black creative community,” said Siegel.“

As the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and TV enthusiasts, the American Black Film Festival is the perfect platform to deliver on this brand promise, which includes our annual TV One Screenplay Competition and Celebrity Scene Stealers events, as well as screenings of our original films ‘Bad Dad Rehab,’ ‘Ringside’ and ‘Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story.’ ”

On the second day of the festival (Thursday, June 16 at 12 p.m. ET), Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV One’s News One Now,the only daily news program dedicated to Black viewers, is serving as the moderator of  “A Conversation with Common,” a dynamic discussion with this year’s ABFF Ambassador – Oscar-winning recording artist, multi-Grammy winner and actor Common (Barbershop, Selma).

This year’s previously announced TV One Screenplay Competition finalists – N’Zuri Za Austin (“Tale of a Script”), Cherhonda Gunn & Traci Rooks (“The Fandom”), and Michelle McKissic (“Downsized”) will set up and direct a scene from their script performed by actors Robert Ri’chard, Rob Riley, Wesley Jonathan, Jackie Long, and Raney Branch in front of a live audience during TV One’s “Celebrity Scene Stealers”event (Friday, June 17, 5 p.m. ET). Actor Keith Robinson (Get On Up, This Christmas, Dreamgirls) will serve as host of the event.

Launched last year, the TV One Screenplay Competition was created to encourage and promote the production of creative, contemporary, engaging and relatable screenplays. This year’s winner will be announced at “The Best of ABFF” Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 18. The winner will earn a $5000 cash prize and a chance to have their screenplay produced into an original, made-for-TV movie, which will debut in 2017 on TV One and at the 21st ABFF.

Screenwriter and TV One’s 2015 ABFF Screenplay Competition winner Keronda “Kiki” McKnight will also debut her original film Bad Dad Rehab, directed by Carl Seaton, at this year’s festival with a Spotlight Screening at The Colony Theatre on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. ET and a Community Day Screening on Sunday, June 19 at 11 a.m. ET at the Lyric Theater.

In Bad Dad Rehab, four men in denial of their poor parenting skills, attend a rehab for deadbeat dads that uses unusual methods to help them become true fathers and real men. The film will premiere Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m. ET/PT (encore presentation at 9 p.m. ET) on TV One.

Ringside, a TV One original movie written and directed by nationally syndicated radio host Russ Parr, is also debuting its very own Spotlight Screening at the Regal South Beach on Saturday, June 18 at 5 p.m. ET.

The film stars Tyler Lepley (Have and Have Nots) as Jaxon Holley, a boxer who amidst his family travails and the distractions of the world of gambling and groupies manages to fall in love with a freelance photographer who may not be who she claims to be. TV One will also premiere the redemptive drama in the fall on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. ETand 9 p.m. ET (encore).

Closing out the festival, TV One’s first-ever Unsung-inspired feature film Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story will participate in ABFF’s Community Day Screening at the Lyric Theater on Sunday, June 19 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Starring Teyonah Parris (Chi-Raq, Survivor’s Remorse, Mad Men) in the title role, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story is paved with abuse, betrayal, heartache and a desperate search for love – a search that ultimately ends in a triumphant victory that is both incredible and inspiring.

The film originally premiered on TV One on June 12 to record breaking ratings becoming the network’s #1 original movie ever among key demos and a combined reach of 2 million unique viewers 2+.   Viewers may also tune in to encore presentation on Wednesday, June 15 at 9 p.m. ET, Saturday, June 18 at 10 p.m. ET and Sunday, June 19 at 6 p.m. ET. (Ratings Source: Nielsen TV Toolbox (L+SD). Further qualifications are available upon request.)

ABFF’s Deco and Sobe pass holders are also encouraged to stop by TV One’s Cool Out Lounge (Ritz Carlton, Fl. 3) to enter for a chance to win a TV One Rrpresent swag bag and cool off from the heat with light refreshments. The TV One Cool Out Lounge will be available to Deco and Sobe pass holders on Friday, June 17 (1:30-4:30 p.m. ET) and Saturday, June 18 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET).

TV ONE’S ABFF Schedule

An Overview of TV One’s involvement at this year’s ABFF is outlined below:

Wednesday, June 15

Opening Night Film:            ‘Central Intelligence’

Courtesy of Warner Bros., Presented by MPAA

Time:  8 p.m. ET

Location:  Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33131

TV One Attendees: President Brad Siegel

Description:  TV One will kick-off its ABFF participation with President Brad Siegel’s opening remarks at the Opening Night Film Premiere ofWarner Bros. Pictures’ Central Intelligence, an action comedy starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul and TV One’s Born Again Virgin’s leading actress Danielle Nicolet.

Thursday, June 16

“A Conversation with Common”

Presented by American Airlines

Time:  12 p.m. ET/Noon

Location:  Loews Hotel, Americana 3 & 4, 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

TV One Attendees: Roland S. Martin

Description: Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV One’s News One Now, the only daily news program dedicated to Black viewers, is serving as the moderator of “A Conversation with Common,” a dynamic discussion with this year’s ABFF Ambassador – Oscar-winning recording artist, multi-Grammy winner and actor Common (Barbershop, Selma).

Friday, June  17

TV One’s “Cool Out” Lounge

Time:  1:30-4:30 p.m. ET

Location:  Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Fl. 3), 1 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

TV One Attendees: Various Executives & All ABFF Deco and Sobe Pass Holders

Description: ABFF’s Deco and Sobe pass holders are invited to stop by TV One’s Cool Out Lounge to enter for a chance to win a TV OneREPRESENT swag bag and cool off from the heat with a frozen margarita and light refreshments. Attendees will also enjoy relaxing music, TV One programming and additional information on TV One’s ABFF Celebrity Scene Stealers, and Spotlight and Community Screening events.

TV One Presents “Celebrity Scene Stealers”

Time:  5 p.m. ET

Location:  Ritz Hotel Ballroom, Salons 2 &3, 1 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

TV One Attendees: Keith Robinson, Robert Ri’chard, Rob Riley, Wesley Jonathan, Tyler Lepley, Jackie Long, Sevyn Streeter, Raney Branch

Description: This year’s TV One Screenplay Competition finalists – N’Zuri Za Austin (“Tale of a Script”), Cherhonda Gunn & Traci Rooks (“The Fandom”), and Michelle McKissic (“Downsized”) will set up and direct a scene performed by actors Robert Ri’chard, Rob Riley, Wesley Jonathan, Jackie Long and Raney Branch in front of a live audience during the annual TV One’s “Celebrity Scene Stealers” event. Actor Keith Robinson (Get On Up, This Christmas, Dreamgirls) will serve as host.

Saturday, June 18

TV One’s “Cool Out” Lounge

Time:  10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET

Location:  Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Fl. 3), 1 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

TV One Attendees: Various Executives & All ABFF Deco and Sobe Pass Holders

Description: ABFF’s Deco and Sobe pass holders are invited to stop by TV One’s Cool Out Lounge to enter for a chance to win a TV OneREPRESENT swag bag and cool off from the heat with light refreshments. Attendees will also enjoy relaxing music, TV One programming and additional information on TV One’s ABFF Celebrity Scene Stealers, and Spotlight and Community Screening events.

TV One’s ‘Bad Dad Rehab’ Spotlight Screening

2015 ABFF Screenplay Competition Winner

Time:  2 p.m. ET

Location:  Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

TV One Attendees: Keronda “KiKi” McKnight, Carl Seaton, Malik Yoba, Wesley Jonathan, Robert Riley, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri’chard andKandi Burruss

Description: After turbulence with their respective baby mamas and ex-wives forces them to take definitive action, four men in denial of their poor parenting skills attend a rehab for “deadbeat dads” that employs unusual methods to help them become true fathers.

Through all the hilarity, hijinks, drama and soul-searching, the men of Bad Dad Rehab discover fatherhood is less about making babies, and more about becoming men. The screening is followed by a Q & A with the 2015 TV One Screenplay Competition winner Keronda “KiKi” McKnight, director Carl Seatonand cast members including Malik Yoba, Wesley Jonathan, Robert Riley, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri’chard and Kandi Burruss.

TV One’s ‘Ringside’ Spotlight Screening

Time:  5 p.m. ET

Location:  Regal South Beach, 1120 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139

TV One Attendees: Russ Parr, Tyler Lepley, Sevyn Streeter, Jackie Long

Description: Ringside, a TV One original movie written and directed by nationally syndicated radio host Russ Parr, stars Tyler Lepley (Have and Have Nots) as Jaxon Holley, a boxer who amidst his family travails and the distractions of the world of gambling and groupies manages to fall in love with a freelance photographer who may not be who she claims to be.

In order to win, he must zone out of the chaos and other distractions, including his family and friends.  The screening is followed by Q & A with director and ABFF alum Russ Parr and cast members Tyler Lepley, Sevyn Streeter and Jackie Long.

Best of ABFF Awards Ceremony

Time: 9 p.m. ET

Location:  Loews Hotel, Americana 3 & 4, 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

TV One Attendees: Brad Siegel (President, TV One), D’Angela Proctor (SVP, Original Programming & Production, TV One), and TV One Screenplay Competition Finalists N’Zuri Za Austin (“Tale of a Script”), Cheronda Gunn & Traci Rooks (“The Fandom”), and Michelle McKissic (“Downsized”)

Description: Hosted by Chris Spencer (Born Again Virgin, Real Husbands of Hollywood), the “Best of ABFF Awards Ceremony” is the festival’s star-studded closing night ceremony, announcing the 2016 award-winning films and filmmakers.  At the ceremony, TV One will announce the winner of its second annual screenplay competition.

Sunday, June 19

ABFF Community Day Encore Screenings

TV One’s Bad Dad Rehab & Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story

Presented by the GMCB

Time: 11 a.m. ET (Bad Dad Rehab)

4:30 p.m. ET (Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story)

Location: The Lyric Theater in Historic Overtown, 819 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33136

TV One Attendees: Malik Yoba

Description:  Hosted by Brave Williams, the festival comes to a close in the heart of Miami’s historic Overtown district with encore screenings of TV One’s Bad Dad Rehab, directed by Carl Seaton; Service to Man, directed by ABFF alum Aaron Greer and Seth Panitch; and TV One’s Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, directed by ABFF alum Christine Swanson.

For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv.

TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv)using the hash tags #TVOneAtABFF and catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.

To purchase passes and tickets for events, panels and screenings at the American Black Film Festival, log on to www.ABFF.com.

Social Media

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About  ABFF

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent.

The festival is committed to the belief that Black artists and content creators deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts. ABFF founder Jeff Friday, conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to promote diversity in the motion picture industry, and strengthen the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic collaboration and career development.

Today, the ABFF is recognized as the preeminent pipeline to new Black talent, both in front of and behind the camera, and is regarded as one of the leading film festivals in the world. The ABFF is a property of ABFF Ventures, LLC., which is a partnership between Film Life, Inc., and Black Enterprise.

About TV One

Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers.

The network is the exclusive home of News One Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers.  In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.

 

 

 

 

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