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Meet Amber Ruffin: First black woman writer in Late Night talk show history
The New York Observer
Taking a cue from his former employer, Jimmy Fallon replacement Seth Meyers has taken Late Night where no talk show has gone before: by hiring certified black woman Amber Ruffin for their writers' room. It is believed that Ms. Ruffin will be the first woman of color–any color–to write on staff for a network late night talk show.
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Time Warner Cable received $61 billion merger proposal from Charter
New York Daily News
Stamford, Conn.-based Charter Communications is trying to merge with Time Warner Cable, but said the target company has been unresponsive to the idea.
Instead, Charter made its offer public recently in an attempt to appeal directly to the cable company's shareholders to bring it into fruition.
New cable ventures aim for young viewers
Emerging cable networks aim for young viewers: In an already crowded field, three new cable-TV channels, in vastly different genres, are targeting younger audiences. Here's a look at three recent start-ups.
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Hispanic talent is the future for big companies
Harvard Business Review
For over a decade, Hispanics have been the largest minority in the U.S. This group will represent the largest component of the workforce in California as early as next year. By 2050, Hispanics will represent over half of the nation's workforce.
Obviously, this cohort is likely to be an important source of talent for major corporations over the years ahead. Not only will they represent a significant proportion of the incoming workforce, but my research shows that they are particularly likely to be drawn to larger, well-established firms with recognized brands.
9 Bollywood celebrities that you should follow on Instagram
If Facebook, Twitter and magazines aren't enough to satiate your Bollywood celeb dose, you can stalk them on Instagram too.
The online photo, video social networking website is buzzing with Bollywood celebrities who are more than eager to share their lives with us. Whether it's the places they are travelling to, the movies they are shooting or the people they hang out with or their workouts, Instagram has it all.
Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation partners with Coca-Cola to pay it forward to the next generation of leaders
The Wall Street Journal
Actor, comedian turned media mogul and philanthropist, Steve Harvey, takes on another exciting role by joining the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Program. His strong commitment to mentoring is a great complement to the movement that uncaps a world of possibilities for the next generation.
Steve Harvey partners with the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program to offer an apprenticeship experience to two well-deserving youth.
Reaping the benefits of diversity for modern business innovation
Diversity is critical for organization's ability to innovate and adapt in a fast-changing environment. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs and most admired leaders will tell you the same thing. Diversity is essential to growth and prosperity of any company: diversity of perspectives, experiences, cultures, genders, and age.
Should NAACP Image Awards only go to African Americans?
Who should be eligible to receive an award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? And if that definition becomes flexible, what does that do to the mission of the award itself?
That's a question worth asking as the NAACP recently unveiled a huge roster of nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards a ceremony long thought to be a way to honor African-American performers who are often ignored by mainstream Hollywood awards contests.
Upcoming NAMIC events
The Multicultural TV Summit & Leadership Awards will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
Doors open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 4, and the Summit program begins at 8:45 a.m. The Summit is followed by the Multicultural TV Leadership Awards luncheon and ceremony, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., which acknowledges 12 leading executives in the business of multicultural TV.
Special discount for NAMIC members (discount is $100 off the full price of $299). To take advantage, please enter promo code: MTS
For registration information, visit http://multiculturaltvsummit.com/register/ or contact Jennifer Ware at 917-281-4718 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel Wu's next act
The Wall Street Journal
The past few years have been particularly busy for Daniel Wu.
The Hong Kong-based actor, who has more than 60 films under his belt, has starred in a string of hits that include 'Don’t Go Breaking My Heart' and 'Overheard 2.' (Sequels to both are due for release this year.) He also found roles in a pair of American movies—2012's 'The Man With the Iron Fists' with Russell Crowe, and last year's science-fiction suspense drama 'Europa Report.'
Robert Rodriguez takes on TV
San Antonio Express-News
San Antonio, Texas native and visionary moviemaker Robert Rodriguez said he's having a blast diving into a new medium — television.
Rodriguez, who has lived in Austin, Texas since his college days at the University of Texas, has made many feature films there, including the 'Spy Kids' franchise, 'Sin City' and 'Machete.' He's once again utilizing his own Austin crews, sets and studios to shoot the first original TV drama for his new cable network.
Pay-TV reaches 50 percent of Latin Americans
Rapid TV News
Pay-TV has reached half of Latin America's audience, according to Peru's TV council ConcorTV, quoting a report from Argentinian consultancy firm Business Bureau.
Over 77 million of homes pay for TV in Latin America, an audience still dominated by cable but with an increasing penetration of satellite services.
New multicultural agency, Pinta, spins out of Jeffrey Group
The Holmes Report
Pinta, a full-service agency focused on cross-cultural marketing, has officially opened its doors, a month after the announcement that it would be spun off from the U.S. operations of JeffreyGroup, a leading Latin American communications firm.
Mike Valdes-Fauli, president and CEO of Pinta, has led an internal team over the past 12 months preparing the agency for launch, hiring Alex Barreras, an award-winning creative director based in Miami; Joe Gutierrez, head of the New York office, who brings a strategic planning background; and the acquisition of a boutique public relations and social media marketing agency in Los Angeles, led by Edelman veteran Romina Bongiovanni, giving the firm a presence across the top-three multicultural markets.
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NAMIC's mission is to educate, advocate, and empower for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry.
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