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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Talent Agent
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Peanut Butter
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maui, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Everything's going to be alright.

Birthplace

Born:
11/30/1952
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Talent Agent
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Peanut Butter
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maui, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Everything's going to be alright.

Birthplace

Born:
11/30/1952
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Television producer and talent agent Hamilton Cloud, II, was born on November 30, 1952, in Los Angeles, California. His father, Hamilton Cloud, Sr. was one of a few African Americans trained at the Northwestern University Dental School at the time of his graduation. Cloud grew up in Los Angeles but pursued his education at Yale University, where he earned his B.A. degree for his studies in “Communications: Mass Media and Black America,” a concentration that he originated.

Working with radio programs in Los Angeles for fifteen years, Cloud established himself within the media industry. His interests then turned to television programming, producing children’s and public affairs programs. In 1978, Cloud joined the network programming department at the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), and he became the vice president of Current Comedy Programs in 1982. In this role, he supervised the weekly production of a number of well-known comedy series, including Cheers and Family Ties. Cloud began his work in producing the NAACP Image Awards in 1987. The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards, when broadcasted on NBC, marked the first time the show was aired on a national television network. Cloud served as the producer of the annual show for fourteen more years.

In 1990, Cloud supervised and developed programming for Playboy Entertainment Group’s cable, home video and television divisions. Within three years, he was chosen serve as the vice president of Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment (QDE), supervising first-run television, special events and interactive programming. After creating Thundercloud Productions in 1995, Cloud became the senior vice-president of Letnom Productions the following year. He continued to produce television shows such as The Montel Williams Show and events like Game of the Century<./i>, a baseball event to recognize the legacy of the Negro Baseball Leagues.

Cloud has served on a number of boards, including the Hall of Fame and the Prime Time Emmy Award Committees of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has also been a member of the WGA and The Caucus of Producers, Writers and Directors.

Cloud is married to Fukue Yamaguchi. The couple has one daughter.

Hamilton Cloud was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 29, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Hamilton Cloud's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his maternal grandmother's Moravian cookies
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his mother's aspirations, and how his parents met and married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Hamilton Cloud describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Hamilton Cloud talks about tracing his paternal ancestry to Nashville, Tennessee, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Hamilton Cloud talks about tracing his paternal ancestry to Nashville, Tennessee, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Hamilton Cloud talks about meeting a relative in Knoxville, Tennessee, and visiting his great-grandparents' graves
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his paternal great-grandfather, Peter Cooper Cloud's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his paternal grandparents, Lillian Strawbridge and Frank Herman Cloud
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his father's service in World War II and the Korean War and his training to become a dentist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud talks about HistoryMaker Leo Branton, who was his father's friend
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his father's and African American service in the Korean War, and his father's anti-war sentiment during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his birthplace home of Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his siblings, and his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his family's interest in music and dance
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his favorite memory of his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his paternal grandfather's photography
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Hamilton Cloud talks about the neighborhood where he grew up in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his home and neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Hamilton Cloud describes his experience in school in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Hamilton Cloud talks about race relations in Los Angeles, California while he was growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Hamilton Cloud talks about the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) reputation in the black community in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his interest in television and radio, and his parents exposing he and his siblings to the arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his parents' involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and playing football near Ray Charles' home in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his mentors in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his favorite movie as a child, 'The Magnificent Seven'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Hamilton Cloud talks about high school and his decision to attend Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his extracurricular activities in high school and graduating in 1970
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Hamilton Cloud describes his experience at Yale University in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Hamilton Cloud talks about prominent African Americans who studied at Yale University while he was there
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud describes his experience working at WYBC radio station at Yale University and the programming that it offered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud talks about Yale University's radio station, WYBC, as a cultural focal point in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Hamilton Cloud talks about how he got his first job at a mainstream radio station in New Haven, and later in television at NBC in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Hamilton Cloud talks about taking a semester off from Yale University, his father's skill and income as a dentist, and paying his way through college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his experience working at radio stations and teaching in Los Angeles, and his move to television at KABC, Channel 7
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his experience at NBC in Los Angeles, California and his involvement with the production of 'Shogun'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Hamilton Cloud talks about the Japanese American community's reception of the television mini-series, 'Shogun'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Hamilton Cloud describes his involvement in the production of the television movie, 'Grambling's White Tiger'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his mentor at NBC, Brandon Tartikoff, and his experience as Vice President of Current Comedy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Hamilton Cloud talks about the popular sitcoms that aired on NBC in the 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud talks about why he left NBC in 1984
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud describes how the NAACP Image Awards began, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Hamilton Cloud describes how the NAACP Image Awards began, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Hamilton Cloud describes his experience producing the NAACP Image Awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Hamilton Cloud talks about the honorees of the NAACP Image Awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Hamilton Cloud talks about planning a tribute to Oprah Winfrey as part of the NAACP Image Awards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Hamilton Cloud talks about introducing 'Name that Tune' at the NAACP Image Awards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud talks about why he left the NAACP Image Awards, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud talks about why he left the NAACP Image Awards, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his responsibilities as the producer of the NAACP Image Awards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Hamilton Cloud discusses some of his proudest moments as the producer of the NAACP Image Awards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Hamilton Cloud talks about the NAACP Image Awards demographics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his production and personal management company, Imaginary Entertainment
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Hamilton Cloud's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud talks co-founding Imaginary Entertainment, and having Miriam Makeba as a client
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his work with Paul Simon's 'Graceland' tour, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his work with Paul Simon's 'Graceland' tour, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Hamilton Cloud talks about Paul Simon's 'Graceland' tour, and the initial reception that it received from anti-Apartheid activists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Hamilton Cloud talks about Paul Simon and other prominent artists giving credit to artists who worked with them, and inspired their work
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Hamilton Cloud talks about Miriam Makeba and Nelson Mandela's birthday concert in London
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Hamilton Cloud talks about Nelson Mandela's release from prison, and working with Stevie Wonder to create the Martin Luther King Day Holiday
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Hamilton Cloud talks about working with Jon Hendricks of the vocalese group, 'Lambert, Hendricks and Ross'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his radio show, 'Innervisions', pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his radio show, 'Innervisions', pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his radio show, 'Black Spectrum'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Hamilton Cloud talks about going to Bob Marley's concerts in California in the 1970s and honoring him posthumously at the NAACP Image Awards
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Hamilton Cloud talks about organizing a gala for President Bill Clinton and the Heads of States of the western hemisphere, with Quincy Jones, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Hamilton Cloud talks about organizing a gala for President Bill Clinton and the Heads of States of the western hemisphere, with Quincy Jones, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his work on the mockumentary, 'The Compleat Al'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his work with Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment (QDE), pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his work with Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment (QDE), pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his decision to work at Playboy Entertainment
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Hamilton Cloud describes his experience working at Playboy Entertainment
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Hamilton Cloud talks about how he met his wife, and their marriage
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Hamilton Cloud talks about working with Montel Williams, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Hamilton Cloud talks about working with Montel Williams, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Hamilton Cloud talks about Montel Williams and Montel's struggle with multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his former assistant, Stacy Milner, her husband Ted Milner, and their business
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his work with 'Game of the Century', a salute to the Negro Baseball Leagues at Dodger Stadium, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his work with 'Game of the Century', a salute to the Negro Baseball Leagues at Dodger Stadium, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud talks about organizing a beauty pageant show for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Hamilton Cloud talks about the success of the beauty pageant show for HBCUs and the step-dance competition, "Stomp"
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Hamilton Cloud talks about producing a tribute to Maynard Jackson at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Hamilton Cloud talks about producing a tribute to African American organizations at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Hamilton Cloud talks his interest in producing a record album with the artist, D Knowledge
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Hamilton Cloud talks about producing a record album with the artist, D Knowledge, and working with him on other projects
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his involvement in the opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud describes his role as the Director of Special Projects for Congresswoman Maxine Waters
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud talks about age discrimination in the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Hamilton Cloud talks about the shortsightedness of attempts to abolish unions, and age discrimination
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Hamilton Cloud talks about Congressman Maxine Waters
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Hamilton Cloud reflects upon his life and career
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Hamilton Cloud reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Hamilton Cloud reflects upon the African Americans community
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud reflects upon African American ownership of their community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud reflects upon African American ownership of their community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Hamilton Cloud reflects upon dwindling African American representation in Hollywood
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Hamilton Cloud talks about not having political ambitions
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his staff's role as Congresswoman Maxine Waters' media representative
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - Hamilton Cloud describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 8 - Hamilton Cloud describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Hamilton Cloud talks about his family
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Hamilton Cloud talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Hamilton Cloud describes his photographs