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CNN tops NAMIC Vision Awards nominations
Broadcasting & Cable
Cable news network CNN garnered the lion's share of National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications 2013 Vision Awards, announced during the B&C/Multichannel News Multiethnic TV Leadership Awards in New York. CNN earned 12 Vision Awards nominations, double the nods second place finishers ESPN/ESPN Films, HBO, Nickelodeon/TeenNick and TV One garnered, according to NAMIC officials.
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CEO Forum with Univision: 'Must Sí TV' makes its move
Univision is eyeing a landmark year. The Spanish-language network attracted enough 18- to 34-year-old viewers to beat out NBC in Nielsen's TV ratings for the first three months of this year. It was the first time that a network beyond the big four — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — had finished that high.
At News Corporation, a new name for a new century
The New York Times
News Corporation has chosen the name 21st Century Fox for its new media and entertainment company, which will include Fox News, Fox Broadcasting and its Hollywood television and movie studio.
Stanzione: Arris set for the global stage
With its $2.35 billion acquisition of Motorola Home coming to a close, Arris Group believes it's not just better positioned to compete with Cisco Systems in the U.S. cable market, but is now armed to take on any supplier on the globe.
Sean 'Diddy' Combs to launch Revolt TV in July
Los Angeles Times
"The revolution will be televised." That's what Sean "Diddy" Combs promises for his lifestyle cable network, Revolt, set to launch in July. Ahead of the launch, the hip-hop mogul has rolled out a social media campaign to tease the network, including video vignettes that feature Mac Miller and the Game and a handful of cryptic trailers promising Revolt's aim to be a game changer.
Yves Bollanga, the man televising African home entertainment in the US
Sub-Saharan Africans are quietly but steadfastly establishing themselves as one of the most dynamic and entrepreneurial groups in the U.S. According to Nielsen, they represent an estimated 4 million people earning between $45,000 and $75,000 a year.
BET's Lee tells competitors to 'bring it on'
BET chairman and CEO Debra Lee has a message for networks shooting at the programmer's leadership position among African-American audiences: "bring it on." Lee, speaking at the inaugural Multiethnic TV Leadership Awards presented by Multichannel News and B&C, said it makes sense that such dedicated networks like TV One, Bounce, OWN and Aspire and services like WeTV, Bravo and GMC with shows targeting African-American are taking aim at BET's audience.
L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program 1 of many membership benefits
Mentoring is a win-win proposition for mentees, mentors, their companies and the communications industry as a whole. Mentoring helps shape future leaders through continuous learning, professional and personal development, and career enhancement. Mentees in the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program have an opportunity to learn how to take ownership of their careers, thereby fueling their professional and personal growth. Participants in the program feel that it is one of the greatest benefits of their NAMIC membership. To become a mentee or mentor, contact Faride Precil at 212-594-5985 or email@example.com. Deadline for June 2013 L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program Cycle is May 1. For more information, click here.
Upcoming NAMIC events
NAMIC-Carolinas: 2013 Lunch & Learn Series — The 3 R's to Career Success
Noon-1 p.m., April 18 — Time Warner Cable, Tech Ops Training Room, 1st Floor
NAMIC-Carolinas invites you to take a stand and take the steps to restore, renew and renovate your career! NAMIC-Carolinas is thrilled to help you acquire the skills and expertise to help guide your career to the next level. Register here.
NAMIC-Atlanta: What Separates Good from Great 2013
5:30-8 p.m. April 22 — Jim Kennedy Conference Center Governor's Hall A
Cost: $25 members/$35 nonmembers, free to student members/$10 student nonmembers. Register here.
NAMIC-New York: Night on Broadway — 'The Trip to Bountiful'
7-10 p.m., April 30 — Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Cost: $105 for members and guests of members. Join NAMIC-New York as we see Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" Starring: Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams; also starring Condola Rashad and Tom Wopat. Following the play will be an exclusive Cast Talkback for NAMIC guests only, moderated by Wilson Morales of Blackfilm.com. Don't miss this great show. Very limited tickets! Buy now! All sales final. Register here.
NAMIC-New York: Entrepreneurship — Year One
May 6 — Ogilvy & Mather, 636 11th Ave.
The evening begins with a free workshop, for NAMIC members only, from 5-6 p.m. We will cover ideation, how to make a pitch and raising capital. The workshop is for members only, register here. Join the panel discussion from top digital executives on what you can expect during your first year as an entrepreneur, and how diversity plays a role in today's digital and social media landscape. This panel discussion is from 6-9 p.m. and pricing is as follows: $15 NAMIC members, $35 guests. Register for the panel here.
The 19th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards — A Celebration of Multicultural Contributions in the Media Industry
6-10 p.m., May 23 — Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles
Individual tickets $250. Group tickets preferred package is priced at $3,500 and includes 10 tickets, special acknowledgement and logo recognition on event materials. Group tickets purchased in advance before April 30 cost $2,200, $2,500 after May 1. Register here.
NAMIC National Annual Awards Breakfast
SAVE THE DATE! June 12 — Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.
27th Annual NAMIC Conference
SAVE THE DATE! Oct. 8-9 — New York Marriott Marquis, New York
The On Demand Summit
May 8 — Convene, 730 Third Avenue at East 45th Street in New York City
This annual, all-day conference, presented by Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News, will strive to redefine "on-demand television," especially as it relates to content and revenue.
The on-demand business has changed significantly with new options for viewers to access content and deliver a better customer experience. As a result, viewers now prefer to watch more programs on demand. The 2013 On Demand Summit will address how programmers, content providers and advertisers are each redefining their particular role in the on-demand business to capitalize on the ever-increasing viewer demand for more content.
For more information about this event and to view additional confirmed participants, please visit ondemandsummit.com or contact Jennifer Ware at 917-281-4718.
Former Jackie Robinson teammate loves '42' movie
Usually, there are three problems with any Hollywood movie about sports. The directors often twist the actual details to fit their needs, sometimes making the story unrecognizable from the reality of what happened. True life often isn't good enough for Hollywood.
Tracy Morgan to host Billboard Music Awards
The Hollywood Reporter
Comedic actor Tracy Morgan, whose eight seasons on "Saturday Night Live" and seven on "30 Rock" solidified him as one of TV's funniest stars, will host the 2013 "Billboard Music Awards," live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand on May 19, airing on ABC.
'I Love Jenni' premiere delivers record ratings for mun2
"I Love Jenni," the mun2 original Hispanic celebrity reality series starring Latin music Icon Jenni Rivera, delivered an audience of 366,000 total viewers, 215,000 adults 18-49 and 120,000 adults 18-34 for its premiere episode of its final season, according to Nielsen.
Mun2 preps 3 new series for slate
NBCUniversal's Hispanic cable network mun2 unveiled its programming lineup at its upfront event in New York. It features more than 200 hours of original programming and three new series: unscripted reality series "Horoscopos;" and docu-series "Viva Los Vargas," about boxer Fernando Vargas; and "Reinas De Realty."
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Zero and counting
Are you a Zero-TV household? No, I don't mean restricting the kids' TV viewing to the weekends or until after they've completed homework. I mean — do you watch TV the traditional way or on any of the growing techy options available to us? So many of us are watching video content on our phones, computers, or tablets, that Nielsen designates this group of consumers: Zero-TV households. This consumer segment is so significant; it will soon be included in measured samples.
R.I.P. Preston Davis
Longtime ABC Television Network executive Preston Davis died after an illness. Davis was the first African-American president of any division at ABC after a 1993 promotion to lead ABC's Broadcast Operations and Engineering.
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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