New Limited TV Series More Than That with Gia Peppers Invests Directly into Black-Owned Media and Businesses while Raising Awareness of Issues Facing the Black Community
Created by dentsu, in partnership with REVOLT and G|FACTOR FILMS, the series expands upon successful podcast by the same name
NEW YORK, SEPT 19, 2023 – Building on the success of three radio show seasons that resulted in $12M invested into Black-owned media, More Than That with Gia Peppers expands to video with a four-part limited broadcast series on REVOLT, the leading Black-owned multimedia company. The program elevates conversations impacting Black America, exploring a wide range of topics that inspire and engage diverse communities. The episodes are funded and sponsored by dentsu US media clients, and some of today’s top marketers, including Kroger, a founding sponsor that has supported all previous radio seasons of More Than That with Gia Peppers.
Conceived by dentsu and produced by G|FACTOR FILMS—a Black-owned production company—the series airs weekly on Tuesdays at 8pm ET live on REVOLT’S linear channel premiering September 19th. Each episode is hosted by Gia Peppers, a leading journalist and on-air talent, and features guests who connect to the theme of each episode.
On hosting the TV series, Executive Producer Gia Peppers says, “I’m so honored to take a new journey on More Than That with REVOLT. The television version of our beloved show is so impactful because we get to go inside of various communities, to explore how its leaders are identifying and solving problems that other places may also encounter. Our hope is that every viewer is informed, and then inspired to get to work in their community as well.”
The More Than That with Gia Peppers concept was born out of a desire to respond to the inequities seen in the advertising and media supply chain by creating opportunities to increase investment in Black-owned media and diverse content. This evolution from radio to TV continues to raise awareness about the issues that face Black communities to ultimately drive solutions toward the future.
The TV series continues the success of the radio program that reached 1-in-3 Black Americans and delivered 950M impressions. A majority of the creative team for the TV series is made up of BIPOC individuals and 80% of per episode investment goes directly to Black-owned partners. The radio and TV series combined resulted in $14M invested into Black-owned partners. TV series guests include Angel Gregorio, CEO, Owner of BLK + Forth and The Spice Suite; Devi Brown, CEO, Owner of Devi Brown Well-being; Jamila Norman, Owner, Patchwork City Farms; Amaris Jones, Chef + Owner, Chick'N Jones; and more.
The TV series sees Torrance Hampton, founder of G|FACTOR FILMS, joining as Director/Showrunner with Executive Producer Simmy Bhargava from dentsu good helming the team. Dreux Dougall and Jemilla Mills-Smith are returning as series writers, with Tony Sanchez as Supervising Producer and Brian Lyles as Director of Photography.
The original award-winning radio seasons of More Than That with Gia Peppers created a sonic journey across Black America, highlighting discussions with Black leaders, cultural trendsetters, and educators that resonate with the Black community and extend the conversation to a wider audience. The radio program featured Juneteenth with Baratunde Thurston, journalism and sports with Jemele Hill, environment and resilience with Master P, the Black family with Kenya Barris, Afrofuturism with Hannah Beachler and legacy building with DJ Envy.
More Than That with Gia Peppers will premiere on REVOLT’s linear channel on Tuesday, September 19th with weekly episodes airing on Tuesday and on REVOLT’s digital platform on Wednesdays. Watch More Than That with Gia Peppers HERE.
Simmy Bhargava, Executive Producer at dentsu good says, “The evolution from radio to TV increases More Than That’s reach and expands us into visual storytelling. The TV series builds on the topics covered in the radio program, allowing us to make a real impact in local communities, and further deepens our relationships with minority-owned partners. Bringing this show together has impacted so many lives in a positive way, and I am excited to see how we can continue creating solutions for a better future.”
Torrance Hampton, Director, Executive Producer/Showrunner, G|FACTOR FILMS says, “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve as the director and showrunner for More Than That with Gia Peppers. As a Black director I’m always looking to tells stories that amplify and celebrate Black culture, and co-executive producing this program with dentsu and Gia has provided a life changing experience!”
Detavio Samuels, REVOLT CEO adds, "REVOLT remains committed to highlighting influential Black voices through the creation of original programming that impacts our audience. It's important to us that the platform continues to showcase material that addresses a variety of topics, issues, and trends important to the community. We are thrilled that More Than That with Gia Peppers is expanding to television, through the REVOLT network, taking our mission to new heights, creating opportunities for lasting change, and uncovering solutions for the future."
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