Congrats to Studio 20’s Professor Jason Samuels who recently left BET to join CNN as a lead producer for CNN’s award-winning, long-form documentary unit ‘In America” - which strives to present untold stories in underreported communities. Professor Samuels’ first prime time documentary for CNN will air in the fall. Learn more about CNN’s “In America” here.
Studio 20 Professor Jason Samuels has been named the executive producer of the BET news’ live coverage of President Barack Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address. In this role, Professor Samuels will oversee two hours of special live coverage which will air on BET, BET HD, and BET International, including live analysis and an in-depth look back at President Obama’s first year in office through the eyes of black America.
Studio 20 Professor Jason Samuels' latest work for BET premiers at 10pm on Sunday. Samuels is the senior series producer of “Heart of the City”, a documentary show that concentrates on current issues in various African-American communities. Sunday’s episode, “Dying to Eat in Jackson” will take viewers straight to the capital of the most obese state in the country, Jackson, Mississippi to examine why African-Americans are disproportionally more obese than other Americans.
Studio 20 Professor Jason Samuels won a duPont Award for producing an hour-long segment on racial profiling - “A Pattern of Suspicion” - which aired on Dateline NBC in April 2004. Watch this excerpt from the PBS program ‘Without Fear or Favor. The Best in Broadcast Journalism,” to see an interview with Samuels.