TV One To Offer Monthly Original Movies #TCA15

Pasadena -- TV One will offer a package of monthly original films beginning in February, said network officials during TV One's Television Critics Association Winter press tour presentation Friday.

The network’s first film, White Water, debuts Feb. 7 and will explore the experience of a child’s first encounter with racial tension during the civil rights era. On March 14 the network will debut Hear No Evil, which chronicles the experience of a hearing-impaired teenage girl who hears voices beyond most people’s comprehension, according to network officials. 

“Increasing our rollout of original movies to an unprecedented number for the network provides us with the opportunity to offer our audience thoughtful and engaging content while working with talented filmmakers and actors,” said D’Angela Proctor, senior vice president of programming and production. “Our upcoming slate will showcase our talented Hollywood Divas, build upon our signature brand Unsung with biopics and deliver films that will have theatrical releases in the near future.”

The network also announce it will develop a scripted drama series Born Again Virgins.

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.