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Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Shrimp, Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa
Favorite Quote:
Tell Yourself The Truth

Birthplace

Born:
7/2/1948
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Shrimp, Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa
Favorite Quote:
Tell Yourself The Truth

Birthplace

Born:
7/2/1948
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Broadcast executive Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson was born in 1948 in Los Angeles, California. Jackson graduated from George Washington High School in 1966. She went on to receive her B.A. degree in child development from California State University in Los Angeles in 1972.

Upon graduation, Jackson was hired as a secretary in the network research department of NBC-TV. She was promoted to a manager 1976, and soon became a program executive and supervisor for many shows, including The Richard Pryor Show, Chico & the Man, Little House on the Prairie, and ChiPs. In 1982, Jackson was promoted to vice president of children’s and family programs at NBC, becoming the first African American woman to reach the level of vice president in programming. While serving as vice president, she implemented, directed and supervised a number of children’s television programs, including the Smurfs, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Mr. T, Punky Brewster, Jim Henson’s StoryTeller, Big Bird Goes to China, and Saved by the Bell. Jackson was instrumental in making NBC Saturday morning the number-one rated kids network for seven years, and she increased advertising sales from $2 million to $35 million.

In 1991, Jackson joined the World African Network, where she served as executive vice president until 1997. After raising her family in South Africa for thirteen years, Jackson returned to the United States when she was hired as the special projects consultant for the launch of The Hub cable network. Jackson was promoted to network story editor of The Hub in 2012. Then, in that same year, she was hired as the vice president of broadcast standards and practices at Saban Brands, where she became responsible for the review of all Saban Brands programming content for the CW Saturday morning block. Jackson has received many honors and awards, including being named to Dollars and Sense Magazine’s America’s Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women. She was also appointed to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by President Bill Clinton.

Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 17, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the tradition of education in her father's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes her mother's experience growing up on a farm in Neeses, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes her father's experience growing up in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her family's tradition of attending Claflin College in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her parents' move to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes her earliest childhood memory in Lancaster, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the community in south Los Angeles, California where she was raised
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson remembers her first day of fifth grade at 116th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes her experience in school in the 1950s and her children's experience in school in South Africa in the 1990s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the stigma of being a divorcee in 1971
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about attending Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes her family's values as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her experience watching television as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her exposure to African American history as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson explains that she did not know many celebrities growing up in South Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes the social organization she and her friends created at George Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes her social life during her high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her role models and being discouraged from going to college by a high school counselor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the riot in Watts, California in 1965
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson recalls the March on Washington and President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her early experiences with live television
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about attending Los Angeles Harbor Community College in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about being a young single mother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about applying to the police academy in 1969
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the television show 'Julia' starring HistoryMaker Diahann Carroll
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about majoring in child development at California State University, Los Angeles, in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about collecting children's literature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about teaching in a mobile pre-school while in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Phyllis Jackson talks about graduating from California State University, Los Angeles and being hired by NBC as a secretary
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes working at NBC in 1972, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes working at NBC in 1972, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about TV shows that were on NBC when she first started working at the network in 1972
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about being promoted to manager of variety programming at NBC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the live taping of the first episode of 'The Richard Pryor Show'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes the people working on 'The Richard Pryor Show': Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney and Rocco Urbisci
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson explains why 'The Richard Pryor Show' was unsuccessful
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes why she was not interested in producing variety programming
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes her work in child and human development at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes the shows she oversaw as program executive for dramatic programming
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks being promoted to director of children's programming at NBC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the production process for NBC's children's programming
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about developing the 'Smurfs' TV show
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the role of toy manufacturers in the development of children's programming
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about how characters were developed in children's programming
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about supervising the creation of the TV show 'Alvin and the Chipmunks,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about supervising the creation of the TV show 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about 'Saved by the Bell' and working with HistoryMaker Karen Hill-Scott
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about briefly working with Bill Cosby
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the global impact of 'Saved by the Bell'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the African Americans she hired while working at NBC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her attempts in the early 1980s to increase diversity on television
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the television characters she's named after her children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about NBC's declining to invest in the Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the World African Network, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the World African Network, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson leaves NBC to work at NBC Productions, where her programs were described as "too black"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the show 'Miss Collegiate African American Pageant'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes her sister, Dorothy Middleton Taylor, as one of the first African American writers for children's programming
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes the opportunity she and her husband, Eugene Jackson, had to work in South African television programming in 1992
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the popularity of Nigerian soap operas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about moving to South Africa with her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about World African Network Online
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about meeting HistoryMakers Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Ronald T. Gault in South Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about moving from Bryanston, South Africa to a farm outside of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about South African fashion
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about 'Saved by the Bell'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the conference she organized on diversity in television
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson explains how 'Saved by the Bell' set the stage for diverse casting in pre-teen shows
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about positive black characters on TV shows
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about 'The Cosby Show'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about NBC's lack of interest in investing in the Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about Phil Mendez and 'The Black Snowman'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about NBC's Project Peacock
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the TV show the 'Gummi Bears' and blond haired heroines in children's television
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the production schedule in children's programming
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the success of Nickelodeon
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Phyllis Jackson talks about the change in network television since the 1980s and 1990s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the types of programming she liked to air on NBC, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the types of programming she liked to air on NBC, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her decision to leave NBC Productions and work full-time at the World African Network
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Phyllis Jackson describes how historically black colleges and universities in were popularized in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her interest in African media and selling World African Network to cable operators
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about 'Stomp,' a show produced by the World African Network
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson explains why the World African Network never got on the air
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about what she would have done differently with World African Network
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about what convinced she and her husband to move to South Africa
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about having tea with Nelson Mandela, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about having tea with Nelson Mandela, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about having tea with Nelson Mandela, pt. 3
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about other African Americans who were moving to South Africa in the 1990s
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the type of programming she wanted to air on the World African Network, pt.1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the type of programming she wanted to air on the World African Network, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about attending Nelson Mandela's inauguration in 1994
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the culture in South Africa, post-apartheid
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the cell phone business, Afrotel, her husband, Eugene Jackson, started in South Africa
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about sending her children to South African schools
  • Tape: 9 Story: 11 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the cultural differences in South African business
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes the differences in the business environment in South Africa and that in the United States
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes the difficulty she experienced trying to adapt American business models to South Africa
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about subtle cultural distinctions between South Africa and the United States
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the ethnic and racial demographic in South Africa
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the children's television series, 'Scout's Safari'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the first World AIDS Day and starting a production company in South Africa
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes her return to the United States to work for the Hub network and the changes in technology from 1998
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about working on the animated television program, 'Secret Millionaires Club'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the Children's Television Act of 1990 and the new standards for children's programming
  • Tape: 10 Story: 10 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her role as vice president of broadcasting standards and practices at Saban Brands
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes her feelings while working at Saban Brands
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her dream of creating a show that tells children's stories from the African diaspora
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the film industry in African countries, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about the film industry in African countries, pt. 2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes what she would have done differently in her life
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes the challenges of balancing her career with raising children
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson talks about her relationship with her ex-husband Eugene Jackson
  • Tape: 11 Story: 10 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 11 Story: 11 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson narrates her photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 12 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson narrates her photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson narrates her photographs, pt. 4
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson narrates her photographs, pt. 5