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Don Jackson – Chairman & CEO, Central City Productions, Inc. Founder & Chairman, Stellar TV Network

Don Jackson is one of the country's most successful television and media entrepreneurs. His Chicago-based, Central City Productions, has produced, marketed and syndicated television shows for nearly a half-century, with many of the shows becoming bedrock programming for African-American audiences.

Jackson is currently working on the launch of Stellar TV, a 24-hour seven day a week faith-based television entertainment network targeted to African American audiences that will premiere during the 2020 television broadcast season around the country.

He's also developing the $37 million National Museum of Gospel Music honoring and chronicling the history of American gospel music, scheduled to open in September 2020.

Jackson's media career began in 1970 when he founded Central City Productions, Inc. For more than four decades, the company specializes in marketing, promotion, sales, syndication, digital media and the production of television programs for African- Americans.

Today, Central City Productions is a full-service television company that produces, syndicates, and manages advertising sales for all of the company's national television programs. Its mission is to develop television programming designed to communicate positive, uplifting images of Black people all over the world.

Under Jackson's guidance and vision, CCP has launched many new and unique television programs for African-Americans. Some of these programs grew to become must-see shows that are watched daily, weekly or annually by African-Americans across the globe. Many of these programs, like the Stellar Awards, have been broadcast for more than 30 consecutive years. Other shows airing annually include the Black Music Honors, Black College Quiz, Stellar Tribute to the Holidays, and Mentoring Kings, just to name a few

Jackson's latest project is the $37 million National Museum of Gospel Music in his hometown Chicago on the site of the former Pilgrim Baptist Church, known as the birth place of Gospel music and home of Thomas A. Dorsey, the father of Gospel music. This institution will be the first honoring America's gospel music and feature exhibitions, a research library and performing arts center.

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Jennifer Jackson – Executive Vice President & Executive in Charge of Production

If you really want to know what’s going on with a business, you have to look at the numbers. Jennifer Jackson, Executive Vice President of Central City Productions, Inc., ensures that the company’s numerical picture gives sharp focus, so it can continue growing its core business of national television production, sales and syndication

Jennifer Jackson’s primary training is in accounting. She combines her financial and budget management skills with knowledge of production to execute major projects for the Chicago-based company. On a daily basis, she collaborates with the CEO on short and long-term plans, compiles financial projections and analysis and serves as a liaison with legal and banking partners.

Under her guidance, Central City Productions has successfully presented shows including The Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the Trumpet Awards, The Black College Quiz, This Hispanic College Quiz, and the Bud Billiken Back to School Parade.

Ms. Jackson joined Central City Productions in 1992, after working first as an auditor with Hill Taylor and Company Certified Public Accountants. Central City Productions was founded more than 40 years ago by her uncle, Don Jackson, but Ms. Jackson says she never envisioned working for the company.

After more than 24 years on the job, Ms. Jackson says she is driven by her desire to create while also bringing greater efficiency to overall operations. Her training in accounting and finance with exposure to production provides a 360-degree view, and that view helps make strong, television programming, she says.

Ms. Jackson grew up in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. As a child, she remembers having a challenge with numbers in elementary school. After getting help through a special class, it clicked and launched her lifelong love of numbers. That experience still reminds her that everyone is teachable; they just need the right person to show them where it clicks.

A graduate of Kenwood Academy High School, Ms. Jackson went on to study at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Later, she earned a Master of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Ms. Jackson enjoys community service. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Trinity United Church of Christ. She also volunteers in the community by mentoring youths and tutoring in math.