10 Facts You Should Know About ABC’s The View First Black Female Executive Producer

Here are some of Candi Carter’s television career highlights

(Showrunner Candi Carter. Image: ABC)
(Showrunner Candi Carter. Image: ABC)

ABC has renewed The View for an epic 20th season. Though the show’s panel — Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Paula Faris, Candace Cameron-Bure, Michelle Collins and Raven-Symone — reportedly remains unchanged,  interim showrunner Candi Carter (The Oprah Winfrey Show) has been named executive producer of the talk show, becoming the first African American female to do so. Carter joins the ranks of top black TV showrunners such as Shonda Rhimes and Lee Daniels.

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“This season The View has once again been at the very heart of the political conversation and cultural conversation in America,” announced James Goldston, president, ABC News. “Candi and the team have worked tirelessly to make The View the place to be heard for an impressive roster of celebrities, politicians and people in the news. Season 20 will begin airing this fall.

Carter has extensive television credits with over two decades of experience. She joined The View last August, serving as the interim showrunner. “It’s an honor to be part of the extraordinary legacy built by Barbara Walters, the exceptional, funny and smart women at the table led by Whoopi Goldberg, and a terrific team behind the scenes,” noted Carter. “Every day is a thrill.”

To highlight Carter’s successful television career, BlackEnterprise.com compiled a few facts about the showrunner.

  1. Under the leadership of Carter, executive consultant Hilary Estey McLoughlin and co-executive producer Brian Teta, The View kicked off 2016 with its highest ratings in almost a year.
  2. She is best known for her work as a senior/supervising producer at The Oprah Winfrey Show for over 15 years.
  3. Carter has overseen a wide-range of programming, from big events and musical performances to fashion and talent shows and surprise reunions.
  4. Carter executive-produced breaking news programs, specials and live town halls, including a Hurricane Katrina anniversary special, for BET.
  5. She started her career at CNN in Atlanta and then produced programming specials for the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee where she won her first Emmy.
  6. Cater is the founder and CEO of New Chapter Entertainment, a production company based in Chicago that has produced unscripted network television shows.
  7. She’s a former board member and advisor to Aspire of Illinois, an organization helping children and adults with disabilities.
  8. Carter is the executive producer of the Ice & Coco talk show for Telepictures, which aired on Fox TV summer 2015.
  9. She executive produced a one-hour documentary special, Aretha Frankly Speaking, for TV One.
  10. She developed a line of children’s videos called, “It’s Hip Hop, Baby!”​ The award-winning video line uses family friendly hip-hop music to teach preschool aged children all the basics, including ABC’s, letters, and numbers.