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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Soon come.

Birthplace

Born:
6/23/1936
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Soon come.

Birthplace

Born:
6/23/1936
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Television producer Charles Hobson was born on June 23, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York to Charles Samuel and Cordelia Victoria Hobson. He grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and, in 1960, he graduated from Brooklyn College. From 1962 to 1963, Hobson served in the United States Army as a private first class.

In 1963, Hobson was hired to host a radio show at WBAI, New York’s Pacifica station. He went on to be promoted to production director at WBAI, where he produced a variety of programs until 1967. Hobson was then hired as a producer for ABC-TV, WABC-TV in New York, and WETA-TV in Washington D.C. In 1968, he produced the television programs Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant and Like It Is, which won seven New York-area Emmy Awards. After attending Emory University from 1974 to 1976, Hobson was promoted to senior vice president of WETA and became a consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1980, he produced the PBS series From Jumpstreet: A Story of Black Music, and, in 1986, he was the producer of the nine-part series The Africans. In 1988, Hobson was hired as a consultant for the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation. The following year, in 1989, he was hired as the director of market planning for WNET-TV. Hobson also worked on the six-part series Global Links, and the science series Spaces.

In the 1980s, Hobson launched the production company Vanguard Documentaries, where he served as executive producer and artistic head. Vanguard has produced a number of documentaries and shows since its inception, including Porgy and Bess: An American Voice, Model U.N. For Everyone, Global Classrooms, Negroes with Guns, and Harlem in Montmartre: Paris Jazz. Hobson has also lectured at several schools including Harvard University, Yale University, Vassar College, the State University of New York, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 1996, he became a Fulbright Scholar and taught film in Munich, Germany.

Hobson has received multiple awards for his work in film. He has been awarded an Emmy, the Japan Prize ‘Special Citation,’ and the Golden Eagle Award from the Council on International Nontheatrical Events. Millimeter magazine has ranked Hobson as one of the fifty top producers in the film and television industry, and, in 2010, he was named a Black Media Legend by the McDonald’s Corporation. Hobson has served on the boards of the America the Beautiful Fund, the National Black Programming Consortium, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Charles Hobson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 23, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charles Hobson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles Hobson talks about the origin of his middle name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles Hobson describes his father's family background.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles Hobson describes leaving Brooklyn, New York to attend school in Jamaica when he was eleven years old
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles Hobson describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles Hobson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles Hobson describes his childhood experience in Jamaica and his desire to identify as an American
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charles Hobson describes both his family's view on African Americans from the Unites States and not the Carribean
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Charles Hobson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Charles Hobson talks about his siblings and how he has not seen his sister in thirty years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Charles Hobson describes his childhood experience at Ten Downing Street in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Charles Hobson describes his childhood eating habits and his tendency to identify with immigrants
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Charles Hobson describes his Brooklyn family life and being in the boys' choir at Concord Baptist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles Hobson talks about his attraction to African American family life and his fondness for family gatherings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles Hobson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles Hobson talks about his affinity for the Dodgers and his hero, Jackie Robinson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles Hobson talks about his experience in middle school at PS3
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles Hobson describes his formative encounter with African American literature as a youth.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles Hobson talks about Brooklyn gangs and the cultural diversity on his neighborhood block
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles Hobson talks about his first social encounters with white women as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charles Hobson talks about his athletic ability and being on the Brooklyn College track team
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charles Hobson talks about his childhood friends and his college job at Brooks Brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Charles Hobson describes the diversity of his neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Charles Hobson talks about his social life at Brooklyn College.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Charles Hobson talks about his love of music and jazz culture
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles Hobson talks about his interest in magic
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles Hobson talks about his experience in the National Guard in 1962
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles Hobson talks about his first radio show for WBAI
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles Hobson talks about getting a position as a producer for ABC in 1967
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles Hobson talks about Bill Greaves and his role on the program 'Like It Is'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles Hobson describes his professional relationship with Gil Noble, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles Hobson describes his professional relationship with Gil Noble, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Charles Hobson talks about joining the Writer's Guild and Mal Goode, the first black correspondent on ABC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Charles Hobson talks about becoming a writer for the first African American television program, 'Inside Bed-Stuy'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Charles Hobson discusses meeting Earl Graves and Senator Bobby Kennedy's assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles Hobson talks about his second wife, Cheryl Chisholm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles Hobson talks about his father's stroke and graduate school at Emory University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles Hobson talks about his talent for raising money
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles Hobson talks about his work at WETA TV in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles Hobson talks about producing his first major documentary series, 'Jump Street' for PBS
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles Hobson talks about producing 'The Africans' for PBS
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles Hobson talks about the documentary series 'The Africans'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charles Hobson talks about the production of and fundraising for 'Harlem in Montmartre'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Charles Hobson talks about the nature of fundraising
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Charles Hobson talks about producing the television project, 'Porgy and Bess', and a project on Black Germans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles Hobson talks about his battle with cancer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles Hobson talks about what differentiates him from other producers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles Hobson talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles Hobson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles Hobson describes the essence of the black experience and the election of President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Charles Hobson reflects upon his legacy