Henri Giles Media
Henri Giles has worked independently over the years as a writer and producer for broadcast and cable television, corporations, and web-based media; developing documentaries, lifestyle programming, and marketing strategies. She wrote, produced, and directed the Emmy Award-winning documentary Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music. Narrated by acclaimed actor Alfre Woodard, the film underscores the cultural significance of this original American art form and the need to preserve Black sacred music. Giles also co-created and produced the award-winning film Waiting in the Wings: African Americans in Country Music for CMT/MTV Networks. The groundbreaking documentary highlighted the contributions African Americans have made to the genre and showcased young performers attempting to carve out careers in the country music industry.
Some of the television programs and networks Giles has produced projects for include: OWN (Oprah’s Lifeclass and Where Are They Now?), Harpo Productions (The Oprah Winfrey Show), CBS News, CMT/MTV, Food Network, Hallmark Channel and others. She was a freelance field producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show, working on segments covering the Hurricane Katrina aftermath and rebuilding efforts, the Missouri child abductions, Oprah and Gayle’s road trip, holiday specials, and several other features. Giles also collaborated with civil rights icon, the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, on his first book project. Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land, published in 2011, is a collection of his sermons and speeches from some of this country’s most memorable moments.
Giles brings a “what if” philosophy to her work, along with a commitment to increasing the creative and production value of every project. She has produced projects in both the broadcast and corporate arenas which include national news, talk shows and entertainment programming while developing image and marketing projects for companies.
Giles is also a university instructor. She joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Martin and teaches in the Communications Department. Giles is currently pursuing the Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Media Studies at the University of Memphis. Her research focus is African American media representation.