Raven Symoné captured viewers' hearts in the late 1980s and early 1990s as an adorable child star who appeared in numerous TV shows and moves, most notably as adorable Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show.
As an adult, Symoné has garnered success as a singer/songwriter and actress, and in 2015 was named as a co-host on ABC's popular daytime talk show The View. Currently, she serves as executive producer of Disney Channel's Raven's Home, a spinoff of her hit Disney series That's So Raven.
MCN Original Videos caught up with Symoné for a 2017 video interview in which she talks about the not-so-easy transition from child actor to adult media superstar.
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.
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