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Big cable merger jousting enters public sniping phase
Call it the war of the dueling slides. In recent days, Charter Communications (CHTR) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) have escalated their public sparring over a merger, with each company posting retorts to statements by the other.
Charter has begun taking its merger case to Time Warner Cable’s shareholders, hoping to sell them directly on the benefits of its $37 billion, $132.50-per-share offer.
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Will net neutrality ruling make Web like cable TV?
San Francisco Chronicle
Internet service providers are no longer required to treat all kinds of Web activity equally, a federal appeals court ruled recently in a decision that could dramatically reshape online access.
The decision overturns key parts of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality regulations, which barred Internet providers from restricting speeds or even blocking visits to different sites.
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Rita Moreno, 1st Latina to earn an EGOT, is celebrated by SAG
"I am breathless, I am so bloody happy," said the vivacious, 82-year-old, Rita Moreno, upon accepting The Screen Actors Guild's 50th SAG Life Achievement Award recently.
But the truth is the Puerto Rican actress, singer and dancer has left audiences breathless for decades.
Does Hollywood have a Latino problem?
The headlines for the new season of ABC's 'The Bachelor' read: "The Bachelor returns with its first Latino," "Hola, Juan Pablo," and "Expect 'lots of Latino' fun."
And millions are tuning in to watch Juan Pablo Galavis, a 32-year-old former professional soccer player who is American-born but grew up in Venezuela.
Bollywood changing, curvy actresses are in
Curvy actresses are in vogue. The likes of Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi are the antithesis of the anorexic look, the so-called size-zero, once a fad in filmdom. The game changers have, by the sheer craft of their acting, managed to turn any perceived disadvantages of their figures into cinematic assets.
Take it from the top
The soul of New Games has emerged. Sports and music, specifically hip-hop, are as one.
This coalition is known already in our bones, like a new song to which everyone already knows the words. This is true particularly in basketball and football, and to a lesser degree in soccer, baseball and hockey. Hip-hop has given athletes a series of challenges, be real, do you, demand your worth. Professional athletes have seen the challenge, and, frankly, raised it.
Upcoming industry events
The Multicultural TV Summit & Leadership Awards will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
Doors open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 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
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'SNL' gets what the rest of TV should: Racial diversity means quality
The Daily Beast
A former 'Saturday Night Live' staffer on why hiring the first black female cast member in seven years is essential to keeping the show on top.
"Tragedy plus time equals comedy." This famous quote that has been attributed to people from Woody Allen to Carol Burnett.
How Asian-Americans on Twitter are telling Hollywood to back off
In recent months, some Asian-Americans have taken to Twitter to call out incidents in the media they see as racially insensitive, or downright racist — most recently the Kung Fu movie-inspired episode of the CBS sitcom 'How I Met Your Mother.'
And they're getting attention.
Aflac duck inspires soccer team
Aflac will release Pep-Talk Soccer, the company's latest Spanish language commercial on Sunday, Jan. 19. The new commercial leverages the hype of the 2014 World Cup to deliver an important message to the Hispanic Market. When an unexpected injury strikes, Aflac can help you stay focused on your goals.
Moguldom Media launches film division dedicated to African American documentaries
Target Market News
Moguldom Media Group, the leading global digital media company serving multicultural audiences, announced the launch of Moguldom Films, its subsidiary dedicated to producing documentary films that will be distributed through digital and broadcast channels engaging Moguldom's online consumers across multiple platforms.
'Hispanic' or 'Latino?' Polls say it doesn't matter, usually
Carlos Mencia is well-known for his standup humor, which is slyly good-natured and often focuses on race and ethnicity. The 46 year-old Mencia has had a successful series on The Comedy Channel ('Mind of Mencia') and draws huge crowds when he tours the country. When he was starting out in the business, he spent a lot of time on college campuses. And he learned pretty quickly that how he talked about the ethnicity he thought he shared with his audience could get him into trouble.
Twitter users' diversity becomes an ad selling point
The Wall Street Journal
For most of its rather short life, Twitter Inc. rarely mentioned that its user base is more racially diverse than U.S. Internet users as a whole. Now, as a newly minted public company needing to generate revenue, it is moving to capitalize on its demographics.
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