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Time Warner will split from magazine unit in third spinoff
Time Warner Inc. will spin off its magazine business later this year, turning the nine-decade-old publisher of Time, People and Sports Illustrated into a separate publicly held company. The board authorized management to proceed with the plan after a review of options, the New York-based media company said in a statement. As part of the move, Time Inc. Chief Executive Officer Laura Lang will step down from the role.
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Comcast's Internet Essentials connects low-income families to Internet
Businesswire via MarketWatch
Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen announced details about the 2nd Annual Internet Essentials Progress Report, which features key milestones for the program as well as a number of program enhancements and a new award designed to honor top-performing school districts. Internet Essentials is the nation's largest, most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative designed to help close the digital divide.
ESPN to kick off select Liga MX matches in English
Under a multimedia rights extension, ESPN will vastly expand its coverage of Mexico's leading soccer league and cup competition, including its initial English-language presentations of that nation's club matches in the U.S.
Queen Latifah to get new daytime talk series
The Charleston Chronicle
Sony Pictures Television announced the senior staffing of its new daytime talk series The Queen Latifah Show, with a mix of top writers, producers and filmmakers from a wide-range of backgrounds including daytime, late night, news, comedy and reality television.
Mindy Kaling is America's new queen of comedy
Mindy Kaling was just 24 when she was picked up to star in and write for The Office. An Emmy nomination later, she is being hailed as the next Tina Fey and is about to hit the UK with her new hospital sitcom.
Upcoming NAMIC events
NAMIC-New York Chapter Kickoff 2013
6-9 p.m., March 11 at 48 Lounge in New York — Join NAMIC-New York for an exciting night that will set the tone for its new direction. This year the chapter will bring insight to some of the most popular topics in business. Digital and mobile media will be the overarching theme for 2013, encompassing entrepreneurship, content monetization, social media and more. RSVP here.
NAMIC-Philadelphia Third Annual Executive Speed Mentoring Workshop
5-7:30 p.m., April 3 at One Comcast Center, 42nd floor, Philadelphia — Are you ready to make one-on-one connections, ask questions and gain insights from some of the brightest and most successful executives in the industry? Get your elevator speech ready and join NAMIC-Philadelphia and an amazing mix of leaders for its signature Executive Speed Mentoring Workshop. Register here.
NAMIC National Annual Awards Breakfast
SAVE THE DATE! June 12 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.
27th Annual NAMIC Conference
SAVE THE DATE! Oct. 8-9 at the New York Marriott Marquis, New York
Upcoming industry events
13th Annual Horowitz Associates Multicultural Media for Multicultural America Forum
March 14 at the Marriot Marquis in New York City — NAMIC members receive $50 off for this year's Multicultural Media Forum! Click here to register and use the code NAMIC2013. The agenda includes a presentation of the latest research on multicultural consumers and their media habits, a showcase of exciting, new multicultural programming, and panels of key industry executives organized around topics that drive the media industry.
Next TV Summit
March 21, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Sentry Centers in New York —
Join B&C and Multichannel News for the Next TV Summit, a look at how over-the-top and alternative video viewing platforms are changing how — and where — content is viewed. Cocktails to follow. Register today!
Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network inks deal with Georgeville Television
El Rey, the upcoming Comcast cable network from filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa’s FactoryMade, is looking to make a splash with original scripted series.
7 black actors and actresses with lead roles on TV shows
Finally, networks are trying to ramp up scripted television with the help of brown faces. The success of Scandal and House of Lies have been the blueprint producers were waiting for to re-introduce Black Hollywood for all it has to offer. Lance Gross is the most recent African American to have been given a lead roles on a television series, but he joins a growing list of talented stars.
Which content marketing tactics get the best ROI?
In an environment in which consumers' attention is increasingly fragmented, the idea of using content to capture interest and engagement is catching on among marketers.
ABC News to hire CBS's Byron Pitts
ABC News is finalizing a deal to hire Byron Pitts, a contributor to "60 Minutes" and chief national correspondent for the CBS Evening News, Politico reported. Pitts will serve as both chief national correspondent and anchor at ABC News, and will appear across the network's programming. ABC News President Ben Sherwood is expected to announce the news next week.
Andrea Agnew was recently promoted to a new role as the first director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion for Comcast Cable. She is a member of NAMIC ELDP Class VIII and was recently promoted from executive director, Workforce Diversity and Inclusion at Comcast Cable.
Suddenlink's Kevin Stephens was promoted to president of Commercial & Advertising Operations from SVP. Kevin is also a NAMIC National board member.
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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