Televisionation: Screen Culture: Carri Twigg on Her Journey from the White House to Culture House
February 9, 2022
Carri Twigg is deeply engaged with content that takes on the urgent cultural questions confronting America and the world. After 10 years in politics, including serving as Special Assistant to President Obama and Director of Public Engagement for then-Vice President Biden, she is focused on challenging status quo media narratives. As a founding partner and the head of development for Culture House Media, a women of color-owned, premium documentary production house, Carri brings untold stories to the foreground. Selected current projects include a nonfiction series about race and gender in America for Netflix, a series about Black beauty and hair for Hulu with Oprah Winfrey and Tracee Ellis Ross, and a show about a progressive adolescence for Disney+ with Brie Larson and Yara Shahidi.
Prior to joining Culture House Media as a Founding Partner, Carri built and consulted on strategic cultural movements, including the California-based Schools Not Prisons Tour and the SuperPAC Save The Day. She worked with VH1 to reprise its iconic “Behind The” franchise, writing and hosting a series looking at issues impacting the 2016 Presidential election titled #BehindTheVote. Her work has been featured on MTV, VH1, AwesomenessTV, Complex News, :ATTN, AwesomenessTV, The Young Turks, and Refinery29.
In this episode of Screen Culture, Carri shares her journey from the White House to Culture House. She explains how her experience working in the Obama administration taught her the importance of using storytelling to enable political and societal change, the “cultural scaffolding” of a progressive future America.
Carri and Lisa also cover:
- How Carri connected with her Culture House partners, Raeshem Nijhon and Nicole Galovski
- Their latest projects, including “Hair Tales” for OWN and Hulu and a documentary based on “A People’s History of Black Twitter” with Wired Studios and Conde Nast
- How she hopes to impact screen—and political—culture in the long term
Follow Carri on Twitter @carritwigg.