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Is there a diversity problem in UK film and TV?
BBC
Benedict Cumberbatch is sorry. He's been sorry for days after using an offensive word during an interview. But his profuse apology may have obscured the main point he was trying to make. He said: "The most shaming aspect of this for me is that I was talking about racial inequality in the performing arts in the U.K. and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term." But the lack of diversity in mainstream entertainment was already a talking point before Benedict got tongue-tied. So is there a problem?
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Details
May 5 NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast Save the Date
Sept. 29 29th Annual NAMIC Conference Save the Date

NAMIC NEWS


NAMIC, WICT set to launch joint workforce diversity survey
PRNewswire
NAMIC and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) have announced plans to partner once again on a joint survey for the next editions of the NAMIC AIM (Advancement Investment Measurement) and the WICT PAR (Pay Equity, Advancement Opportunities and Resources for Work/Life Integration) Initiative.
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


2015 NAMIC Educational Course Offerings

2015 NAMIC Leadership Seminar
Atlanta: April 8-10 (Application deadline: Feb. 27)
Chicago: July 29-31 (Application deadline: June 5)
Los Angeles: Nov. 4-6 (Application deadline: Sept. 18)

NAMIC ELDP Class XV
(Application deadline: Aug. 21)

Session 1: Oct. 13-16
Session 2: Dec. 9-11
Session 3: February 2016
Session 4: April 2016

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NAMIC Leadership Seminar scholarship opportunities announced
PRNewswire
NAMIC has announced scholarship opportunities for the NAMIC Leadership Seminars scheduled for 2015. Three full scholarships covering tuition, program materials, travel, lodging and meals are being awarded through a generous gift from the Walter Kaitz Foundation. The first scholarship is being offered for participation in the Leadership Seminar scheduled for April 8-10 in Atlanta.
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LATEST DIVERSITY NEWS


TV stars embrace their shows' diversity
The Associated Press
VideoBrief From "Black-ish" to "How to Get Away with Murder" to "Jane the Virgin," the casts of some of today's hits sound off on diversity in television.
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Eva Longoria's 'Telenovela' brings Hispanic diversity to television
Inquisitr
Eva Longoria recently spoke at a panel as a member of the National Association of Television Program Executives focusing on the lack of Hispanics in television in general and, more specifically, about her own upcoming NBC comedy, "Telenovela." Longoria spoke to the panel addressing issues concerning the Hispanic community and the lack of representation in entertainment. Longoria feels that television tends to lose the Hispanic voice, even while the media has taken great strides toward diversity in entertainment.
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Fox's 'Empire' addresses LGBT issues in the black
community during primetime TV

NewsOne
AudioBrief Fox's new television series "Empire," starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, depicts a family struggling to control a rap record label. The show highlights the struggles for power between music executives, sex and the use of drugs within the culture surrounding the rap/hip-hop music industry. "Empire" also deals with homophobia in the black community.
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New Fisher-Price photo studio seeks ad, packaging diversity
The Associated Press via ABC News
Fisher-Price has long eschewed "professional" models for its packaging, instead using the babies and toddlers parents trundle in to the toy maker's headquarters in the quaint western New York village of East Aurora. And while there is no shortage of cute in the hamlet 20 miles southeast of Buffalo, with its old-school five-and-dime and vintage movie theater along Main Street, the company recently began photographing children in a second studio in Buffalo to tap into the urban center's more multicultural feel — and better reflect the faces in the 150 countries where Fisher-Price toys are sold.
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Research and Markets: 'Asian Animation Industry 2015: Strategies
Trends & Opportunities'

The Herald
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Asian Animation Industry 2015: Strategies Trends & Opportunities" report to their offering. Much of Asia's animation production since the 1960s has been tied to foreign interests attracted by stable and inexpensive labor supplies. For nearly 40 years, western studios have established and maintained production facilities, first in Japan, then in South Korea and Taiwan, and now also in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Indonesia and China.
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Diversity at Sundance doesn't carry over to Hollywood
The Associated Press via ABC News
One of the most buzzed-about movies at this year's Sundance Film Festival is "Dope," a coming-of-age story about three outcasts in the inner city. Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa and featuring a diverse cast of actors, the film spawned a bidding war before domestic and international distributions rights were snapped up late Monday. But when Famuyiwa and his producing partners, including Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams, initially shopped the film around to Hollywood studios, no one bit.
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Oscars 2015 history: How have Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Hispanic-Americans done with the Academy Awards?
Latin Post
Outside of Mexicans and Argentines, not many other Latin Americans have managed strong performances at the Oscar. That said, there are Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Hispanic-Americans who have succeeded at the event over the years.
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NASCAR announces 2015 Drive for Diversity roster
Fox Sports
As the 33rd annual Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway kicked off Monday, Jan. 26, NASCAR announced the 2015 Drive for Diversity roster. Since its inception, NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program has worked to help women and minority drivers break into the upper echelon of the sport by providing them with solid equipment, valuable track time and coaching both on and off the track
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NAMIC MEMBER MOVERS AND SHAKERS
NAMIC-Atlanta Treasurer Holly Robinson has been upped to Director, Strategic Initiatives, Business Operations Product & Technology at Cox Communications, Inc.

NAMIC-Mid-Atlantic Advisory Committee Member J.D. Myers II has accepted the position of Interim Senior Vice President and Region Manager, Cox Communications, Virginia

NAMIC-Chicago Member Wendy Liu has been named Vice President of Customer Experience for Comcast's Greater Chicago Region (GCR)

Are you a NAMIC Member who was recently promoted? Have you and your team won an award for your efforts in the industry? We want to highlight your achievements! Click here to let us know how you're becoming a mover and shaker.


NAMIC JOB BANK

In an effort to provide a robust listing of job opportunities to NAMIC members, it is now FREE to post jobs on the NAMIC Job Bank. Please click on the link below to post a job today!

Position Company
Senior Manager, Marketing — 360 Consumer Marketing & Brand Strategy Viacom
Communications Specialist Ohio University
Executive Director Central Cast LLC
Vice President, Development WNET New York Public Media
Project Senior User Experience Designer ESPN

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PROGRAMMING


NBC UNIVERSO to air exclusive Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl XLIX
HispanicAd.com
NBC UNIVERSO, the modern general entertainment cable channel for Latinos, debuts on Sunday, Feb. 1, as the home of the exclusive Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl XLIX. The network will offer comprehensive football coverage and nine consecutive hours of exciting football action and related entertainment on TV to viewers beginning at 2 p.m. ET. NBC UNIVERSO is the evolution of the cable channel mun2.
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Bounce TV to celebrate Black History Month with films, new original short short-form series 'Today's History Makers'
TV by the Numbers
Bounce TV, the nation's first-ever broadcast television network for African-Americans, will honor Black History Month in February with a month-long programming tribute including some of the greatest African-American stories, motion pictures and performances of all-time.
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De La Hoya launching cable channel
ESPN
Oscar De La Hoya, the former six-division titleholder, International Boxing Hall of Famer and head of Golden Boy Promotions, is launching De La Hoya TV, a Spanish-language sports, travel and lifestyle cable television channel. De La Hoya, who is partnering with Mexican businessman and boxing promoter Jose Alberto "Pepe" Gomez and media executive and Fashion TV Latin America partner Victor Hugo Montero, announced the launch at the National Association of Television Program Executives annual conference in Miami.
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MULTICULTURAL MARKETING


Stanford University, Univision conduct comprehensive study of 4 million Latino businesses in US
The Republican
For more than a decade Massachusetts Rep. Carlos Gonzalez has worked with Latino business owners to start businesses and help them thrive. Gonzalez, the co-founder and president of the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce, has always touted the contributions of Latino consumers and businesses to the local economy. Now Univision, the leading media company serving Latinos in the United States, is teaming up with Stanford University's Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative to conduct the first-of-its-kind comprehensive analysis of Latino businesses.
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Why diversity matters: New research makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially
McKinsey & Company
We know intuitively that diversity matters. It's also increasingly clear that it makes sense in purely business terms. Our latest research finds that companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians. Companies in the bottom quartile in these dimensions are statistically less likely to achieve above-average returns. And diversity is probably a competitive differentiator that shifts market share toward more diverse companies over time.
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South Africa's digital marketing future is as diverse as its people
Memeburn
Have a conversation about the future of digital advertising and you're likely to hear (or say) things like "real-time engagement," "geo-marketing," "remarketing" and "second screen," alongside the usual "mobile," "personalized content," "video" and "e-commerce." But, while all of these elements are sure to play a role here in some way, digital marketers in South Africa would be foolish to pour all of their efforts and budgets into digital advertising alone — especially if they're after the majority of South African consumers.
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NAMIC Diversity Digest
The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors cited in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of NAMIC.

NAMIC's mission is to educate, advocate, and empower for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry.

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