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.