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The Television Academy Foundation has partnered with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Visual History Program to produce in-depth and insightful interviews with the entertainment industry’s leading icons and visionaries. The Television Academy Foundation will provide public access to these unique conversations on their renowned oral history website The Interviews.

The first interview from the partnership features American film director, producer and screenwriter John Singleton and is available online now. Singleton is best known for directing Boyz n the Hood, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, making him the first African American and the youngest director ever nominated in the category. Singleton is also the first African American director to be nominated for both an Emmy Award and Academy Award.

During his in-depth, three-hour interview, Singleton talks interning for The Arsenio Hall Show, writing and directing Boyz N The Hood, and creating the new FX series, Snowfall and more.

“There’s no historical context for a person like me, coming from where I was, to make films, but I knew that that’s what I wanted to do,” says Singleton during this revealing interview. “When I was going to film school, all of the white kids wanted to be Steven Spielberg… I said, I’m going to be John Singleton.”

Watch the full John Singleton Interview at:

The Interviews, the Television Academy Foundation’s oral history collection, is home to over 850 comprehensive interviews with television legends from all aspects of the industry. Now celebrating its 20thanniversary, The Interviews chronicles television’s earliest days to its current visionaries with interviews conducted in a life history format, unedited and unscripted. The new partnership between the Television Foundation and AMPAS will contribute to the growing collection.


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