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McDowell to leave FCC
Broadcasting & Cable
FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell announced at the FCC's public meeting that he will be exiting the commission in "a few weeks." McDowell is the longest-serving current commissioner, having joined the commission in 2006 to fill the unexpired term of Chairman Michael Powell. His first term ended June 1, 2009, but he was renominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed for a new, five-year term.
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DirecTV to kick off Univision's cable network Trio
Multichannel News
Univision Communications and DirecTV have netted a comprehensive carriage pact that encompasses the Hispanic-targeted media company's owned-and-operated stations, content everywhere components and the launch of three new cable services.
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Liberty eyes cable TV deals after Charter investment
Reuters
Liberty Media Corp will buy a 27 percent stake in Charter Communications Inc., signaling Chairman John Malone's return to his roots in cable television and a renewed appetite for consolidation in the sector.
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Choice Cable launches 30 top channels from Olympusat
Hispanic PR Wire
Olympusat and Choice Cable TV announce the availability of the most diverse lineup of more than 30 channels from the Olympusat portfolio. With these latest additions, Choice Cable TV is adding a lineup that includes the Ultra HD Plex, the top HD suite including Ultra Fiesta, Ultra Mex and Ultra Clasico, in addition to HD viewer favorites, FUNimation Channel and Parables TV.
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Cedric 'the Entertainer' named 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' host
Broadcasting & Cable
Comedian and actor Cedric "the Entertainer" will fill the seat vacated by Meredith Vieira as host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," Disney/ABC Domestic Television announced. Cedric will join the show for its 12th season in national syndication this fall.
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NUVOtv restructures content team, preps comedy show
Multichannel News
Cable veteran Bill Hilary has been tapped to head up programming at NUVOtv, the Los Angeles based network targeting younger U.S. Hispanic viewers. Hilary, a former executive vice president and general manager at Comedy Central and president of BBC America, started work in early February. He is already developing new programs, including the upcoming comedy series "Stand Up & Deliver!," set to premiere April 2.
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BET Networks licenses package of iconic African-American comedies
BET via The Futon Critic
BET Networks has licensed a package of iconic, off-net programming from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The series, which features world-recognized and award-winning actors such as Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and Martin Lawrence, includes "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Family Matters," "Martin," "The Jamie Foxx Show" and "The Wayan Bros." to air on BET and CENTRIC.
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When anchor jobs open up in cable news, people of color too often left out
Poynter
Despite his history as an aggressive and sometimes fiery advocate, outgoing CNN analyst Roland Martin is surprisingly reserved when discussing the cable newschannel's decision not to renew his contract after six years as a high-profile analyst, often speaking on black issues.
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Upcoming NAMIC events
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NAMIC-Southern California: Career Development Event
6:30-9 p.m., March 27 at the Warner Bros. Lot (Fine Dining), 4000 Warner Blvd. Burbank, CA 91522
Cost: $30 (members only). Register here.

NAMIC-Mid-Atlantic: General Membership Mixer
6-9 p.m., March 28 at Sirius XM, 1500 Eckington Place, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Cost: Free! Register 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. Cost: $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Register here.

NAMIC-Atlanta: What Separates Good from Great 2013
5:30-8 p.m., April 22 at the Jim Kennedy Conference Center Governor's Hall A, C-Tech Tower 6305-B Peachtree Dunwoody Road Sandy Springs, GA 30328 Cost: $25 Members/$35 Non-Members, Free to Student Members/$10 Student Non-Members. Register here.

The 19th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards
SAVE THE DATE! May 9 at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles

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

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Upcoming industry events
NAMIC
8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21 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!

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'Wendy Williams' adds 2 months of originals
Broadcasting & Cable
Debmar-Mercury's "Wendy Williams" will remain in originals for two months longer than planned, extending production through July, the company said. Debmar-Mercury has been pleased by Wendy's recent ratings. The show averaged a 1.3 live plus same-day national household rating in the February 2013 sweep, up 8 percent from last February's 1.2.
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'Comics Unleashed' renewed on CBS stations
The Hollywood Reporter
"Comics Unleashed With Byron Allen" has been renewed for two more seasons, it was announced by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, which produces and distributes the show. The renewal would take the show through 2014, which would be its ninth year on the air.
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HBO Latino series 'Habla' turns 10
Multichannel News
HBO Latino this year celebrates the 10th anniversary of "Habla," a 12-part documentary series in which U.S. Latinos from all walks of life share their experiences — recent or not — as U.S. immigrants. The latest in the series, "Habla Women," will show at 8 p.m April 18. It features testimonials by such prominent Latinas as Olympic boxing champion Marlen Esparza; NASA researcher Adriana Ocampo; CNN journalist Rose Arce; and adult film star Vanessa Del Rio. A preview can be seen on HBO Latino's YouTube page.
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El NBA: Insulting Latino names or smart marketing?
The New York Times
Every March the NBA reaches out to the country's fastest-growing minority with Noche Latina, a campaign to celebrate Hispanic heritage. And every March some bloggers criticize the league for its most visual and commercial aspect: the jerseys worn by certain teams. Instead of translating team names like Heat (Calor) or Bulls (Toros), the NBA simply puts a definite article in front, for a Spanglish touch, with El Heat and Los Bulls.
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MOVERS AND SHAKERS


Entertainment Studios Networks Inc. names Eric Clayton as senior VP
PR Newswire
Entertainment Studios Networks announces expansion of its distribution, sales, and marketing team with the appointment of Eric Claytor as senior vice president, Affiliate Distribution & Marketing. Claytor will be responsible for accelerating distribution efforts for the company's portfolio of eight HD cable television networks nationwide.
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Industry honors
NAMIC congratulates Board of Advisors' Irene Esteves (Time Warner Cable) and member Tamara Franklin (Scripps Networks) for being selected and honored as one of the MultiChannel Wonder Women this week, and NAMIC Board of Director, Jennifer Chun (Time Warner Cable) and President & CEO, Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee as one of the 2013 Women to Watch.

NAMIC also congratulates Board of Advisor Abbe Raven (A+E Networks) and long time Supporter Debra Lee (BET Networks) for their exemplary recognition at the T. Howard Foundation Annual Dinner in NYC on March 20.

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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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