Cita's World

Cita's World is a video music show that originally aired on Black Entertainment Television (BET) from September 20, 1999 until January 3, 2003.

Cita's World
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Also known asJam Zone (1997–1999)
GenreReality Television
Written byTracye Z. Kinzer
Directed byCorey Turner
StarringCita (hostess)
Voices ofKittie
Theme music composerRandy Parker & Danny Class
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Running time120 mins
Release
Original networkBET
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1999 (1999-09-20) –
January 3, 2003 (2003-01-03)

OverviewEdit

It was the first show to feature a virtual reality Black character as the host named Cita. Cita's World was the brainchild of Curtis A. Gadson, B.E.T. Senior VP of Programming at that time, & Corey Turner, concept designer and director. The show moved production locations 3 times. The first year, the show was produced and shot in BET's headquarters in Washington, DC. The second year the show was moved to Harlem in BET's newly rented space. The Cita's World set and technical infrastructure sat next to the 106 & Park set.

The final year the show was moved to Burbank, CA, where the show was also given a major overhaul. New optical tracking motion capture to acquire kittie KaBoom's performances, its own dedicated stage for the blue screen set, and a remodeled and designed Cita. The show would benefit from the relocation to Los Angeles with staff that was already proficient in visual effects workflows and techniques.

Jam ZoneEdit

It was co-developed, produced and sometimes written by Tracye Z. Kinzer. The show ran from 1999 to 2003 in television. The show was originally named Jam Zone when it was created in 1997, which was just a wall paper video show until 1999, when Cita emerged into the homes of millions.

FormatEdit

In between videos, Cita would talk to the viewers, answer viewer mail and offer her unadulterated opinions on current events, celebrities and more. The voice and motion of the Cita character was performed by kittie KaBoom, real name Kali Troy. From Washington, D.C. to New York City to Hollywood, the shows content came from producer Tracye Kinzer, as well as kittie. Tracye assigned her writers Cliff McBean, Monica "Monie Mon" Dyson, and Angela Yarborough and sometimes kittie topics as well as allowing them to generate their own ideas to create great entertainment.

Spin-off mediaEdit

Due to the popularity of the show, BET published "Cita's World",[1] which addresses the deluge of emails and letters sent to the show.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Howard, Glenda (2001). Cita's World. BET Books. p. 176. ISBN 1-58314-278-9.

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