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Oprah Winfrey joins fellow executive producers and cast members for the world premiere of OWN’s new original drama series Greenleaf from Lionsgate TV, debuting this June. Featuring Winfrey’s return to acting on television in a recurring role, the series takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the powerful Greenleaf family and their Memphis megachurch where secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.
After the episode: Conversation with executive producer and actress Oprah Winfrey; executive producers Craig Wright and Clement Virgo and actors Merle Dandridge,Keith David and Lynn Whitfield, and story editor and writer Erica Anderson . Moderated by film critic, lecturer, and radio host Elvis Mitchell.
Oprah Winfrey, a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. Her accomplishments have established her as one of the most respected and admired figures today. As Chairman and CEO, she's guiding her cable network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. She is the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine and oversees Harpo Films. Winfrey was host of the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years, a producer and actress of the Academy Award-winning film Selma and is also an Academy-Award nominated actress for her role in The Color Purple.
Keith David has more than 150 film, television and stage roles to his credit, including two Emmy Awards. David appears in the upcoming feature film Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. Keith’s memorable film roles include Platoon, Crash, and There’s Something About Mary. Equally in-demand as a voice actor, he has lent his voice to the animated films Coraline and Disney’s Princess and The Frog, TV's Gargoyles and hit video games such as Halo, and Saints Row. An accomplished stage actor, Keith has also won acclaim for his many roles on Broadway.
Elvis Mitchell has hosted The Treatment, with its inside look at the creators of popular culture, since KCRW first aired the program in April of 1996. Mitchell served as the film critic at the New York Times from January 2000 until May of 2005. In October 2002, he gave the prestigious Alain Locke lectures on African American culture at Harvard University, and subsequently, has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard in Visual and Environmental Studies, and in African American Studies. The former entertainment critic for NPR’s “Weekend Edition," Mitchell has also been film critic at the Fort Worth Star Telegram, where he received the 1999 AASFE award for criticism, the LA Weekly and the Detroit Free Press. He has been editor-at-large at Spin magazine and is special correspondent for Interview magazine. He also hosts the TCM interview program “Under the Influence.” A WGA Award nominee for his work on “The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: Sidney Poitier,” he produced and co-created the NAACP Image Award winning “The Black List, Volume One” a documentary focusing on achievement in the African American community that HBO acquired and ran after the film’s debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival (where Mitchell has twice served on the Dramatic Competition Jury). “Black List Volume Two” was carried by HBO in February 2009, and the final installment had its premiere February 2010.
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