2nd Chance TV Show & Production is a unique company founded by Paul and Tiffany Nutall that is focused on lending a helping hand to those in need. Having endured many tragic events throughout his life, Paul found his wife who shared his enthusiasm and compassion for others. As he had already been making an impact helping fallen celebrities in Hollywood get a second chance, they collaborated to build their company, bringing the 2nd Chance Saves Lives TV Show to the small screen. The program would shed light on the lives of others who endured many trials and tribulations. Joining them on the stage is Michael Harris, a man whose career has spanned over multiple industries.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Michael Harris was raised by his mother, a single parent, and grew up in a neighborhood where opportunities came as rarely as a four-leaf clover. His environment played a role in his later lifestyle choices, putting him on a road that would scar him for life.
As a child, Harris showed promise. He would train with his neighbor as a pianist and participate in music and theater. Harris later attended West Los Angeles City College, taking many classes in the art of acting. He would start the first business venture with a music studio called “Jingle Factory,” a company that specialized in creating radio commercials for local businesses. Despite his schedule, he would work on script writing under the guidance of Eric Monte, creator of the hit sitcom Good Times. They worked together on Harris’ project Crenshaw Boulevard. Throughout their time together, Michael Harris would meet his wife as he navigated through the entertainment and theater industry to get his projects off the ground.
Throughout his career, Michael Harris wanted to produce shows that entertained, got people thinking, and depicted positive images for people of color. Forming his own production company, Y-Not Production, Harris’s career was about to reach new heights. However, as his production of Checkmates premiered on Broadway, the first for any African-American to finance and produce, Harris found himself arrested and sent to prison, charged for attempted murder, a crime he did not commit, given a 25-year sentence.
While serving in San Quentin, Michael Harris was temporarily housed on Condemned Row, also known as Death Row. There he envisioned a record label that caught the reality of extreme confinement and consequences. He would later create and fund Death Row Records, responsible for the rise of many hip-hop artists in the ’90s. While the venture was successful, Harris would be cheated out of the company by his former partners. He would continue to delve into many ventures, launching self-help and rehabilitation programs and resurrecting the San Quentin Newspaper after a 17-year hiatus. After serving 23 of the 25 years sentence, Harris would finally get exonerated in 2011.
Paul and Tiffany Nutall invited Michael Harris to 2nd Chance, giving him the chance to share his story. Harris took the opportunity in a heartbeat, determined to share his story and impact the lives of others.
“Over the last 30 years, I have grown and matured,” Harris shared. “I have been inspired to rediscover the thoughtful young boy within me that I once knew and respected. From my many life experiences, I have become more in touch with the pulse of my true purpose. I am a man who has experienced incredible highs and lows. I am a man who came to prison a boy and emerged a grown man. I can say that this next part of my life journey will be from a place of truth: the young boy that I was is very proud of the man I am today.”If you or someone you know is in need of a 2nd Chance in their lives or know someone who may be wrongly incarcerated, please submit your/their story today on their website. Stay tuned for airing dates of their TV shows on TV networks by following them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Linktree.