Movies

A whole new world

BY RORY DALEY
Observer writer
daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, March 03, 2019

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With the première of her television series on February 26, It's a Woman's World creator, executive producer and host Stacy-Ann Smith hopes her hour-long programme provide the forum for Jamaican women to give voice to the things affecting their daily lives.

“The journey to this programme began with a vision to create a space where women could celebrate each other, where women could connect and be resources for empowerment, which is the ultimate goal,” Smith told the Jamaica Observer at the show's launch at the Ashley Furniture HomeStore, St Andrew.

It's a Woman's World is slated to run for 13 weeks.

Co-hosts Kerine Muir and Ty Williams joining Smith on It's a Woman's World, creating an all-female talking panel. Adding a male perspective and a bit of his humour is Dr Michael Abrahams.

The première tackled the issue of post-partum depression, and will move on to other discussions like financial management and getting over divorce with both famous and unknown guests. The show will conclude on local screens on the May 23.

“It took a lot of work and a lot of team effort. I have the greatest production team behind this this execution. It was a labour of love. There were a lot of hurdles. You know, local productions, Jamaican productions are not easy as television production in Jamaica is very expensive, but we thought that it was worth the effort. We thought the stories we wanted to tell were stories that needed to be told and so we pulled a team together and the rest is history,” Smith explained.

While Smith is in front of the cameras, backing her up are seasoned television producers, Simone Wolfe and Simone Hylton. All are bullish on the success of the show.

“We did a proof of concept, a pilot, if you will, last year and we sought some feedback. Then we did a post-mortem. We looked at it, made some changes because we wanted to ensure that we were connecting with people in a way that was real and that we could get the kind of engagement that we wanted.”

Smith said that season two was already in the planning stages.

“We are looking at a season two, already beginning to reach out to potential guests, how to build out season two, but to do it in a way that's more engaging and better this time around. Of course we learned some things in season one and we will take those and improve.”


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