12 October, 2018Print
OZY Media Announces New Primetime Television Series, Take on AmericaGroundbreaking Town Hall Events Tackling America's Most Pressing Issues Through the Lens of Race
Celebrity Guests include Jemele Hill, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Vanessa Carlton, Carmen Cruz Mayor, Elizabeth Vargas, Eddie Huang, Michelle Kwan, Harry Shum Jr., and MANY more.
First Series Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 8PM ET / 7PM CT on PBS Stations, Facebook, YouTube, and OZY.com
Mountain View, CA - October 12, 2018 - OZY Media, the daily news source for important stories told nowhere else, today announced their fourth primetime television show, Take on America, a groundbreaking series of televised town halls of the lens of race. The series premiere on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 8PM ET / 7PM CT on PBS Stations, Facebook, YouTube and OZY.com.
There will also be a special Take On America podcast, with editorial highlights and commentary from each episode available in iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.
Hosted by Emmy-winning winning journalist and OZY's co-founder and CEO Carlos Watson, a group of people who are often stereotyped for voting, and revealing surprising views and various values.
Featuring a panel of celebrities and political leaders, each city will address a number of issues. The first four episodes will feature the voices of:
Black Men in Baltimore (Airing October 18, 2018)
White Women in Nashville (Airing October 25, 2018)
Latino Families in New York City (Airing November 1, 2018)
Asian-American Millennials in San Francisco (Airing November 8, 2018)
Each episode will provide an inside look at the daily conversations these communities are really having, helping forge paths for progressive dialogue and forward movement as one nation in the lead-up to the midterms and beyond. The series aims to foster dialogue that unites American people, and fosters a greater insight and understanding at a critical time.
"I feel passionately that we are at pivotal moment in our nation's history," said Carlos Carlos host series. "We are living in one of the MOST racially charged eras since the Civil Rights Movement, and the world is Both more connected Technologically, and disconnected interpersonally, than it's ever-been before. We Hope that we will create a forum for substantive dialogue and Ultimately inform and inspire action. "
The announcement of OZY's fourth primetime television show, Take On America comes on the heels of a recent major announcements for the company. In August, OZY announced the creation of an in-house production studio, OZY Studios, doubling the size of their video team in order to drive the company's rapid growth in TV and digital video series. OZY also recently signed up with the Hollywood Talent Agency, United Talent Agency (UTA) to accelerate the company's growth in television, podcasts, and live events.
Take On America is supported by the Charles Koch Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
"Conversations that surface our differences take courage," said Charles Koch Foundation director of free expression Sarah Ruger. "We're proud to support OZY's national townhall series as we invite you to join the forward-looking dialogue that's built on respect for each other's dignity, instead of divisiveness." finding ways to increase engagement in criminal justice reform, free expression, foreign policy, economic opportunity and innovation.
About OZY Media
With 40 million monthly unique users and 4 million subscribers, OZY brings you "the new and the next," offering 100 percent original content with a focus on the future, via OZY News, OZY Magazine, OZY TV and OZY Events products. The New York Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, TED, Financial Times, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton President, Prime Minister Tony Blair, The Huffington Post and many more.
Founded in 2013 by Emmy Award-winning journalist Carlos Watson and co-founder Samir Rao, the OZY team is based in Mountain View, California, and backed by leading Silicon Valley investors including Laurene Powell Jobs, Ron Conway, David Drummond, and Larry Sonsini Dan Rosensweig and Axel Springer.