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 New Interview Special Series to Air on TV One August 15 and WHUT in September

Washington, D.C., August 3, 2005 – On Monday, August 15 at 8 p.m. ET, TV One will debut its new interview series “Quiet on the Set at Howard University with a conversation with award winning writer, director and producer John Singleton. “Quiet on the Set at Howard University,” produced by Major Jack Productions is a one-on-one interview program with newsmakers of color, shot in an intimate studio setting before a Howard University student audience.  The special will re-air Tuesday, August 16 at 11 PM, Friday, August 19 at 1 PM and Saturday, August 20 at noon (all times ET).

Singleton discusses his entire body of work, from his Academy Award-nominated first film, Boyz N the Hood, which he wrote and directed in 1991 as a young man just out of USC film school, to his latest sensation, Sundance Festival award-winning Hustle & Flow, a film he produced and self-financed.

“This is one of the only forums where you will see prominent African-American actors such as, Anthony Anderson, Blair Underwood, Regina King, and more, speak about their lives and crafts candidly,” said show Executive Producer, and Host Mary Major.  Ms. Major, CEO and Founder of Major Jack Productions, the company who brought the concept to Howard University and later to TV One, also notes that, “the show will highlight the inspiring journey of the guest, while allowing the students and the television viewing audience an exclusive seat to witness living history in action.” 

There are numerous actors, directors, writers, other artists and newsmakers who have inspiring and uplifting stories to share, but do not have the venue to comfortably discuss their lives, their work and the challenges and opportunities that make them who they are. They range from the established “A” list stars to those who are just beginning to gain recognition. Where else is there a show where an audience can learn, become inspired and be entertained by in-depth discussions chronicling the journey of these history makers and trailblazers?

Howard University students asking guests questions is a unique unscripted feature of the show which allows them to follow their natural curiosity. Further, it provides guest with an opportunity to bring forth a deeper inspiration for tomorrow’s leaders as they embark on their career paths.

Howard University, known for producing outstanding talents and leaders such as Ossie Davis, Roberta Flack, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Toni Morrison, Phylicia Rashad, Vernon Jordan, Jessye Norman, Andrew Young, Lynn Whitfield, and many more including Rhodes, Truman and Fulbright Scholars, is a perfect back drop for “Quiet on the Set.” The show aims to be a source of motivation hence the importance of its interactive nature.

About the Host and Executive Producer:

Mary Major has been a journalist for over 20 year including ten years on the Hollywood beat reporting, hosting, producing and booking for many national shows including “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” with such household names as Halle Berry, Samuel Jackson, Jean Claude Van Damme, Lena Horne, and Michael Jordan. She also captured some of the biggest names in entertainment for BET’s “Screen Scene” and guest hosted the award winning “BET Tonight”. Majors also worked on the national interview show “Ebony Jet Showcase” as a celebrity interviewer, as well as lead interviewer for VH1 “Behind the Music”.  Producing credits include Image Award nominated Turner Broadcasting “Trumpet Awards” and Lifetime Televisions “Intimate Portrait: Vanessa Williams”.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seven Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.  For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s web site at


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