TBB Talks To … Jean-Paul Noel-Cephise Producer Of ‘The Jean-Paul Show’ for Sky

Jean-Paul Noel-Cephise is a presenter, business coach, author, and proud single father to two boys.

After becoming a business coach and training and mentoring students and professionals for over 15 years, he made the switch to a career in media.

As he developed his talents hosting radio shows and presenting, he wrote and produced The Jean-Paul Show that airs on Sky channel 182. The series which features the talents of a range of musicians, entrepreneurs and entertainers is currently being commissioned for a second series.

We spoke to Jean-Paul to discover more …

Please introduce yourself…

I am Jean-Paul Noel-Cephise, a freelance business coach. Currently a course director at London Southbank University; TV producer/Presenter, and a proud single black father of two boys. My family are originally from Mauritius and I’ve been a Croydon resident for the past 20 years.

Please share a word or sentence which best describes your life right now …

I’d describe my life right now as ‘in a transitional phase, moving from safe academic background to exploring creative media ideas‘.

Where’ve you been … ?

My career journey has seen me working as a Legal executive travelling between the UK and Africa, then as a business analyst working for the banking and security sectors, to then working as a business coach- training and lecturing to professionals across the UK and abroad. A few years ago I fell out of love with working very long hours in the city and became a freelance business coach training professionals and presenting training courses across the UK. I also wrote a comedy book on internet dating and began doing public talks on relationships.

Tell us about The Jean-Paul Show?

The Jean-Paul show began after I had begun a podcasting series last year called 10-Minute Man and produced my weekly radio show for Riverside Radio called Quantum Leap. I decided that whilst most talk shows and podcasts interview performers and entertainers about their talents, they rarely go into any structured depth about the person’s background, family and upbringing.

My intention was to do just that but in the form of a show that could still entertain a TV audience. I think because the trend for families in the UK is to become more fractured, and also since the isolation effects of Covid, we are hungrier to connect with people and we can do that by sharing stories about their upbringing and their families. It’s similar to what our grandparents used to do for us when we were growing up, ‘but it must be entertaining‘ I thought. To that end, I’ve had guests take part in game challenges, TV quizzes and also sing live under pressure.

Singer Omar on set – The Jean-Paul Show

How did you get to the point of having your own show on Sky?

To produce the show, I went out and bought the camera equipment, lighting, mics and took advice from other people I know in the industry. I then asked my family to help out with the research, filming, set-ups, recording and editing. They were enthusiastic and supportive, so after producing the first couple of episodes we decided to produce a series. I approached a few production companies that work with Sky and the one who seemed decent enough to work with was RepdatTV run by a guy called Shaka. He liked the show and presented it to Sky and it got commissioned. I own all the rights to my show and I’m hoping that the reviews will be good enough to get the series distributed to other channels.

Who are some of the guests you have on your show?

The guests we’ve had on the show have varied quite a bit. From singers, to entrepreneurs. They all have some selling points. One has sung with Stevie Wonder, one with Ed Sheeran, one has just been on BGT, one has blown up in Jamaica and the stories continue. All are black with the exception of White Yardie the comedian. We made the decision to invite him to the show because he was from our community albeit a bit controversially and had had some publicity from the Ch4 show Unapologetic.

We invite guests via social media along with emails and agents we’ve come to know. That part is not easy at all. Some performers don’t want to be on a TV talk show unless they can see an immediate benefit to their brand. Luckily, some came along because they thought it would be fun.

MC Bushkin & Singer Lauren Cofie in the studio – The Jean-Paul Sho

What do you think is missing from the UK TV landscape when it comes to programming for us Black Brits?

What I think is missing is a structured high quality talk show like those from Steve Harvey or Oprah where someone who cares genuinely about people, about families, about progression, can interview black personalities in our community in a way which is informative and entertaining enough to keep you watching, but also add value to your life through that person’s own life experiences. We have a rich history to draw from which can be recounted in a positive way to an audience so that they are not being sold morals, but instead learn gently about a work ethic and a sense of value in a way that is encouraging for them. vDo you remember how you felt when you watched The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince, My Wife and Kids? We learned a lot of value in those shows because you were being entertained and schooled at the same time. The challenge is to find characters in a talk show who can offer something similar to an audience.

What’s next for you?

My next project will be to create something along the lines of a TV show you can watch, which has a family who can teach us those values but again in a way which makes you smile, so you don’t realise you’re also being educated.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU…
  • A book you have to have in your collection? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is about the journey of a young man who is trying to find himself by looking for riches, who ironically finds himself when he finds no riches at all.
  • A song/album that defines the soundtrack of your life to date? The album which aligns really well with my life is Off the Wall by Michael Jackson. The upbeat Disco tempo and songs like Working Day And Night and Off The Wall describe the crazy energy that the love for what I do creatively makes me feel sometimes. It’s also contrasted with the love songs It’s the Falling in Love which can bring your vibration right down to a level almost of meditation.
  • A film/TV show that you can watch/have watched repeatedly? The Netflix show I have on repeat is Star Trek Discovery. That show combines intense space action with some seriously intense acting scenes by Sonequa Martin-Green. Each episode costs as much as a film to make and we are currently on season 4. I also have seasons 1-3 on DVD because it’s that good.
  • The first stage production you saw and what it meant to you (play, dance or concert)? Tears for Fears in the early 90s. Someone invited me so I went. I thought they were ok but I didn’t really appreciate them until now when I hear them on the radio sometimes and I think “Hey, I’ve seen that group!“. Listen to Woman In Chains.
  • What has made you sad, mad, and glad this week? This week – It made me mad to see a group of homeless people camping in the underpass at Croydon, with cardboard boxes and tents in a permanent location. I was sad to learn that a lady who had worked at my gym for 20 years died from cancer which unknown to me, she had been struggling with for a few years. I wish I had taken the time to talk to her a bit more. Glad was to go to see The Batman with my youngest son and go boxing training with my eldest son, before going to dinner with my parents. I love my family man!

You can watch The Jean-Paul Show on Sky 182 / Channel 7 (Ben TV) Thursdays at 4.30 pm.

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