Thursday, January 16, 2014

Interview with @MotownMaurice "The Future of Late Night" on #TheSashaMarinaShow

Saying that Motown Maurice "likes" late-night television would be a gross understatement. Motown Maurice is an obsessed late-night enthusiast whose life is inundated with everything late-night-related. His personal library consists of The Late Shift by Bill Carter, The War for Late Night by Bill Carter, Inventing Late Night by Ben Alba, and more. Late-night is more than just a program he watches night after night--it's his religion.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Tampa, Florida, Motown received his degree in broadcast journalism from Florida A&M University (FAMU). Initially, he planned to become a news anchor/reporter. However, after one production assistant internship, at ABC Channel 27 in Tallahassee, he decided to shift gears and start his own video/photography business instead. His entrepreneurial spirit sprung from leadership positions with various student organizations while in college.

Motown Maurice Productions, Inc., was officially established in March of 2004 as a full-purpose production company focusing on preserving "Memories with Excellence" for its clients. As a full- time videographer/photographer, Motown became the official photographer for several community organizations, which later influenced his growing desire to make a difference in his community. 

In order to complete this epic undertaking, Motown Maurice mobilized over 50 volunteers, maxed
out 4 credit cards, recruited 1 sponsor (The Law Offices of Pamela Y. Robinson), and reserved
multiple paid-programming slots on WTTA - My TV Tampa Bay (Sinclair Broadcast Group), on Friday nights at 1 a.m. The coverage area encompassed Tampa and 9 surrounding counties. On January 23,
2010, The Motown Maurice Show premiered in front of a live studio audience in Ybor City, Tampa,

Florida. The immediate success of The Motown Maurice Show earned him a Key to the City from Tampa's Mayor Pam Iorio.

 The 8-episode season ended with much success and disappointment. Soon afterward, Motown
realized that achieving his original vision of making Tampa the next national destination for late-night would be nearly impossible. But giving up on late-night was not an option. So Motown headed west to begin an epic journey that does not consist of a Plan B. 

On September 19, 2010, Motown officially relocated to L.A. and immediately signed with First Class Talent Agency (FCTA) in Sherman Oaks, a SAG-franchised, state-licensed and bonded agency.

Since his arrival, Motown has appeared in a handful of commercials, been featured on MTV's Teen Wolf and CBS's Excused (3 times), and on Baggage (with Jerry Springer). Other memorable appearances have included Let's Make a Deal with Wayne Brady and We the People with Gloria Allred. Also, Motown has appeared in approximately 19 music videos, for such acts as Neon
Trees, Kaskade, Ariana Grande, Avril Lavigne, Chris Brown, Train, De La Soul, and many more. 

While working on his various television and film appearances and numerous other projects, Motown has always maintained his primary focus on eventually succeeding in late-night television. He began with a burning pursuit to become a late-night talk show host, but he has since broadened his objective to attaining a position where he can protect, preserve, and serve that venerable American institution. 

Follow up with "The Future of Late Night!"

Twitter: @MotownMaurice

Catch Motown Maurice's Interview on "The Sasha Marina Show
Wednesday, January 22nd at 2pm EST / 11am PST!