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Huffington Post: "Producer Doreen Spicer on Playground Politix"

If you have a family, most likely you’ve seen some of the programs she’s been involved with. And though she’s been a writer behind-the-scenes for decades, from The Cosbys to The Proud Family to her current hit series, The Wannabes producer, Doreen Spicer
has just made her directorial debut with the short film, Playground Politix.

Her path hasn’t been the easiest one either. As she discusses in her interview with me, Spicer finally reveals how she faced racism, and sexual harassment as well. Not one to let anyone get in her way, she has made it her mission to empower young people, especially girls that they can and will achieve their greatest dreams if they’re willing to roll up their sleeves and earn their success with integrity, humor and the love of family.

 

Variety: "Shows Set Records for Disney"

Disney Channel viewers leapt on “Jump In,” turning the original movie’s Friday night premiere into the cabler’s most-watched telecast ever.

The same night, the kid-centric cabler also posted its best-ever series premiere, as new live-action skein “Cory in the House” crushed all comers.

The one-two punch of “Jump In” and “Cory” helped Disney Channel dominate the basic cable ratings on Friday, ranking a solid No. 1 in total day and primetime auds among total viewers. In prime, Disney bested No. 2 Nick by 138% with viewers (6.2 million vs. 2.6 million). Disney Channel was also tops in its target kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14 demos.

 

Variety: "Jump in Review"

According to the latest Disney Channel original pic, boxing is 20% talent, 80% heart. "Jump In!" is off the charts in both respects. Endearing and entertaining, it's a midseason bright spot.

According to the latest Disney Channel original pic, boxing is 20% talent, 80% heart. “Jump In!” is off the charts in both respects. Endearing and entertaining, it’s a midseason bright spot.

There’s no doubt Disney is cashing in on the overwhelming appeal of its two stars, moppy-haired “High School Musical” alumnus Corbin Bleu and “Akeelah and the Bee’s” Keke Palmer. But that’s just the hook. Director Paul Hoen delivers a taut and immensely entertaining pic from a script by Doreen Spicer, Regina Hicks and Karin Gist.

 

MSN: "The Wannabes Starring Savvy Comes to America"

 

 

Los Angeles Times: "A New Neighborhood for Animated Series"

Behind the glass wall of a tiny sound booth, 14-year-old actress Kyla Pratt reads the lines for her leading role in a new animated series, "The Proud Family."

On the other side of the glass sit series creator and executive producer Bruce W. Smith, co-executive producer and writer Ralph Farquhar, supervising producer Calvin Brown Jr. and story editor/series co-developer Doreen Spicer, among others. All are following along in the scripts, suggesting bits of direction, approving takes and laughing.