TV One To Launch Educational Initiative

TV One will offer a educational initiative to engage middle school students in the television production field, said network officials.

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program will provide educational support for sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the four respective subjects through hands-on television production activities beginning in September of this year. The curriculum, which will utilize original network programming, will be available at and at Cable in the Classroom’s website,

The program will feature such lessons as Anatomy of a Television Production, Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production, which will present students with authentic tasks that television industry professionals face, said network officials.  The curriculum will also include instructional and informative interviews with production executives from TV One and those who work on its scripted original comedy series Belle's.

“TV One, since its launch nearly a decade ago, has not only looked to entertain its national viewing audience but to inform and educate the Black community with its programming,” said TV One’s Executive Vice President Affiliate Sales and Marketing Michelle L. Rice in a statement. “The launch of this new STEM initiative allows us to further our mandate by using our knowledge of the TV industry and our programming to creatively engage America’s youth and stimulate their minds regarding the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while giving them a taste of what a career in the business might be like.”

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.