Soledad O'Brien, CEO
Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. At the forefront of the biggest breaking news stories of the past two decades, O’Brien is one of the most sought-after journalists today. In June 2013, O’Brien launched Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty, and opportunity through personal narratives.
O’Brien was the originator of the highly successful CNN documentary series, “Black in America” and “Latino in America,” which continues to be produced under Starfish Media Group (“SMG”). Through SMG, O’Brien contributes additional programming to CNN and Al Jazeera America in the form of documentaries and feature stories. She also hosts several specials for the National Geographic Channel. In 2013, through SMG, O’Brien entered into a multifaceted partnership with HBO, joining the “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” team, giving her the opportunity to contribute her brand of storytelling through the vast prism of sports.
Earlier in her career, O’Brien co-anchored “Weekend Today” on NBC
and contributed segments to the “Today” show and “NBC Nightly News.” In 2003, O’Brien joined CNN, where she anchored the morning news program. O’Brien’s coverage of race issues has won her two Emmy awards, and she earned a third for her reporting on the 2012 presidential election. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina for CNN earned her and the network a George Foster Peabody Award. She also won the Peabody for her coverage of the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill, and her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami helped CNN win an Alfred I. DuPont Award.
O’Brien was named journalist of the year in 2010 by the National Association of Black Journalists and one of Newsweek magazine’s “10 People who Make America Great” in 2006.
In 2013, Harvard University, her alma mater, named O’Brien a Distinguished Fellow. She was also appointed to the board of directors of the Foundation for the National Archives that same year.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, O’Brien and her husband, Brad, created the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation to help disadvantaged young women get to and through college. This year, they will provide funding to 25 deserving young women.
O’Brien lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children.
Rose Marie Arce, Executive Producer
Rose Arce is Executive Producer of Starfish Media Group. It is her latest endeavor in a long collaboration with Soledad O'Brien, with whom she has written two critically acclaimed books, numerous articles, and produced 10 documentaries. She was previously a Senior Producer at CNN, where she produced breaking news, special events, segments, and documentaries, as well as writing an occasional blog for CNN.com. Her work was recognized with an Emmy for breaking news and a Cine for on-air reporting during September 11 and the war in Afghanistan. She was previously a producer of news and magazine segments for CBS News, and WCBS, where she won two Emmys for investigative and spot news reporting. Arce began her career as a print journalist with the New York Daily News and New York Newsday, where she was a columnist and reporter, sharing a Pulitzer Prize with her colleagues. She is the author of four books and a previous board member of RTNDA, NAHJ, and NLGJA. She lives in Greenwich Village with her daughter.
Jennie Amias, Production Supervisor
Jennie Amias is Production Supervisor at Starfish Media Group, where she oversees budgeting, scheduling, and production of our television and branded content projects.
Amias got her first taste of journalism serving in the Israeli military in the Army Spokesman’s unit in the mid 1980s. She joined CNN’s Israel bureau in 1991, covering the first Gulf War and then made the move to the US. Prior to joining Starfish Media Group, Jennie was an independent producer who lent her talents to numerous high-profile television series and feature documentaries. She co-produced two episodes of the award-winning PBS series American Masters. She was a staff producer on the acclaimed weekly news magazine NOW on PBS. Amias also produced episodes of Bloomberg TV’s Innovators and CNBC’s Meeting of the Minds.
Her feature work includes the the Academy Award-nominated feature documentary No End in Sight directed by Charles Ferguson. In 2013 she co-produced the feature documentary The Armstrong Lie, directed by Alex Gibney, which was shortlisted for the Academy Award in 2014. Her most recent feature documentary is Spring Broke, directed by Alison Ellwood, which is slated for release later this year.
Jennie lives in New Jersey with her husband and 3 teenage children.
Gregg Jablonsky, DIRECTOR of Finance
Gregg Jablonsky is the Director of Finance for Starfish Media Group, overseeing all aspects of the company's production and administrative budgets. He has worked in the entertainment and television industry for three decades with some of the largest and most acclaimed agencies, studios, networks, production companies, and independent producers. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and lives in New York City.