Tribeca Tune In: Greenleaf
International Premiere

Tribeca Tune In: Greenleaf

Tribeca TV
| USA | 42 MINUTES | English
Drama, African American Director(s)

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.

Craig Wright is the creator and executive producer of Greenleaf, scheduled to premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in June of 2016. For his work as a writer on Six Feet Under, he received an Emmy nomination, and a Writer’s Guild of America award for his work on Lost. He created Dirty Sexy Money for ABC, Underemployed for MTV, worked with Howard Gordon to develop Tyrant for FX, and also wrote and produced episodes of Brothers and Sisters and United States of Tara. Mr. Wright wrote Mr. Peabody and Sherman for Dreamworks Animation.

Clement Virgo has received wide acclaim for his work in both film and television. His CBC/BET miniseries adaptation of The Book of Negroes debuted to record-breaking numbers in 2015 and was nominated for two U.S. Critics Choice and four NAACP Image Awards including Best Miniseries. His first feature RUDE (1995), premiered at Cannes as an Official Selection in Un Certain Regard. His television directing credits include The Wire (HBO), American Crime (ABC), Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Netflix drama The Get Down, and the OWN network drama series Greenleaf, on which he serves as Executive Producer with Craig Wright and Oprah Winfrey.

Broadway and television star Merle Dandridge plays estranged daughter Grace Greenleaf on OWN's new drama Greenleaf, premiering ‪June 21. She has guest-starred and recurred in numerous popular series, including The Night Shift, Sons of Anarchy, Starcrossed, Criminal Minds, 24, Rosewood, Suits, NCIS LA, and The Newsroom. On Broadway she has starred in “Spamalot,” “Tarzan,” “Aida,” “Rent” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” She is also known for her award winning work in video games including Half Life 2 and The Last of Us.

Lynn Whitfield stars as Lady Mae Greenleaf on OWN’s drama, Greenleaf, premiering June 2016. She has had recurring roles in the hit ABC series How to Get Away With Murder, Mistresses, and on the VH1 Drama Hit The Floor. It was on series like Cagney and Lacey, Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues where TV audiences first saw and fell in love with her. She has starred in numerous TV movies including the HBO hit The Josephine Baker Story. For her performance, playing Baker, she won an Emmy Award, as well as an NAACP Image Award.

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.

Cast & Credits
Clement Virgo
Craig Wright
Gerrit Van Der Meer
Story Editor/ Writer
Erica Anderson
Francis Kenny
Executive Producer
Oprah Winfrey, Craig Wright, Clement Virgo
Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, Deborah Joy Winans, Tye White

Print Source
Domenic Morea
Press Contact
Morgan Di Stefano
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Phone: 323 602 1734
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