Cast of TV One’s ‘Media’

*Brian White is one the most promising and gifted talents in Hollywood. And now he stars in the TV One original film Media, created and executive produced by broadcast icon Cathy Hughes, founder of Radio One and TV One, and production partner Susan Banks, along with writer Kevin Arkadie (New York Undercover) and producer Sheila Ducksworth of Ducksworth Productions (With This Ring), and directed by Craig Ross Jr.

White plays the role of Michael Jones, son of media mogul Jackie Jones, a character inspired by Hughes and played by Penny Johnson-Jerald. Media also co-stars Gary Dourdan, Stephen Bishop, Pooch Hall, Blue Kimble, Chrystee Pharris, Finesse Mitchell, Denise Boutte, Jimmy Gonzales, Stelio Savante, Jullian Reeves de Ortiz, Jasmine Kaur and Diane Kirby.

Hughes was on the Atlanta film set daily to oversee every aspect of the production, including casting. Hughes handpicked Johnson-Jerald as well as many other roles in the production. White understands and appreciates Hughes’ passion and feels that Media is another groundbreaking project for African Americans in television.

“I’m excited because in my lifetime, I’ve never seen anything like this,” says White. “I cannot think of an example of African American wealth that was created and maintained by a family represented in film or television that did not come from putting points on a scoreboard or holding a microphone other than the Cosby Show. I’ve never seen representation of an entire family reaching billionaire status and maintaining and running a successful organization.

Of course, there were many great and significant achievements made by African Americans across multiple platforms and industries, including politics with President Barack Obama and the First Family in the White House for eight years. We celebrated Oprah Winfrey when she secured her OWN  network, which has garnered awards for its television programming; and we supported Tyler Perry’s number one status in entertainment for more than 20 years. Although there are other successful and critically-acclaimed African American programs on television and in film, none of these stories or characters depict the wealth represented in Media.