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Turner, CBS to share Final Four as NCAA hoops find cable roost
The NCAA men's basketball championship and the Final Four that precedes it, two of TV-sports most vaunted properties, will join the lineup of a cable network that boasts reruns of "The Big Bang Theory" and episodes of Tyler Perry comedies, in a continued sign of the narrowing gap between broadcast and cable television.
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TV homes on rise, hits 115 Million
Based on its new definition of a TV home — one that can include a broadband connection — Nielsen says the number of TV homes is up versus the year before to 115.6 million homes.
CNN Latino expands to Salt Lake City
CNN Latino, the Spanish-language programming block custom-made for the U.S. Hispanic market, is expanding to Salt Lake City. With the addition of this new market to its existing presence in Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Tampa and Phoenix, CNN Latino programming will now be available in markets that represent about 30 percent of U.S. Hispanic households.
Blackburn wants answers from FCC on Lifeline
Broadcasting & Cable
Rep. Marsha Blackburn took aim at the FCC's Lifeline program and wants the commission to freeze the program until it can answer whether the government subsidy for telecom service to low-income Americans was used by terrorists.
mun2 is No. 1 Hispanic entertainment cable network in key demos
mun2 is the No. 1 and fastest-growing Hispanic entertainment cable network among key demos — adults 18-34 and 18-49 — on Sunday night prime (7-11 p.m.) in April, according to Nielsen. This marks the network's best Sunday night delivery for any month in its history.
How 'Scandal's' Shonda Rhimes became Disney's primetime savior
It's not yet halftime in another 13-hour workday for the hottest woman in American television: having a dress-fitting for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner; picking songs and approving script edits for two of the most watched programs in prime time; taking her 1-year-old daughter to the doctor to investigate a mysterious bump.
Hawaii's greatest TV and film extra
You may not recognize Teddy Wells, but there's a good chance you've laid eyes on him before. He's appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows shot in Hawaii. And, as a black actor with a SAG card, in a state without a lot of black people at all, let alone black union actors, he's found a niche here.
Upcoming NAMIC events
NAMIC-Carolinas: 2013 Lunch & Learn Series — The 3 R's to Career Success
Noon-1 p.m., May 15 — PSR Break Room
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 National Annual Awards Breakfast
8:30-10 a.m., June 12 — Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.
This year's honorees U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui, D-Calif., for the Diversity Public Advocate award, and Comcast and NBC Universal for the Industry Diversity Champion Award. Read the recent press release here. Ticket and table sales are now open! Go here to purchase tables and tickets online. Individual tickets $275 each, $4,500 for tables of 10. RSVP by May 31.
NAMIC Mid-Atlantic 2013 Technology Showcase
6-9 p.m., June 20 — Discovery Communications.
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The 19th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards — A Celebration of Multicultural Contributions in the Media Industry
6-10 p.m. — Pacific Design Center, L.A.(Date changed to July 2013. Details coming soon!)
Presented in collaboration with Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. Individual tickets $250. Group tickets preferred package is priced at $3,500 and includes 10 tickets, special acknowledgement and logo recognition on event materials.
27th Annual NAMIC Conference
SAVE THE DATE! Oct. 8-9 — New York Marriott Marquis, New York
The Cable Show 2013
Book your accommodations within select Washington, D.C.-area hotels reserved for The Cable Show 2013 by May 10 to receive the guaranteed group rate. After this date, The Cable Show Housing Bureau will continue to assist with new reservations until May 24, but the group rate may not be available.
Fuse taps hip hop for 1st scripted series
Broadcasting & Cable
Fuse will look to strike a chord in the scripted series arena with the July 19 debut of hip-hop-themed dramedy "The Hustle," network executives said. The six-episode, 30-minute series will follow aspiring artists as they try to find their place and break into the hip-hop world, according to the network.
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Comcast's Xfinity launches online portal for Asian-Pacific entertainment
Business Wire via The Wall Street Journal
Comcast announced the Xfinity Asia Internet destination (Xfinity.com/Asia), an online portal that brings together Asian-Pacific entertainment content from a variety of sources in one, easy to navigate location. This is the first step in a larger Xfinity Asia initiative designed to expand the availability of Asian programming, VOD and tailored packages to the Asian-Pacific community throughout 2013.
Spanish TV eyes English ad budgets
The Wall Street Journal
For the top four broadcast networks, which have endured a tough television season, the coming "upfront" advertising-sales negotiations for next season could be difficult. But for another of the majors, Univision, it may be a different story.
Univision, Telemundo announce digital initiatives targeting Hispanics
Univision announced a series of digital initiatives at its first NewFront, including Flama, an online and mobile destination for bicultural Hispanic millennials launching in the fall.
TV anchor, 'RoboCop' actor Mario Machado dead at 78
Emmy-winning TV news anchor Mario Machado — who also played a newsman in television and movies for more than 30 years — died of complications from pneumonia, his daughter confirmed to The Los Angeles Times. He was 78. Born on April 22, 1935 in Shanghai, Machado was Los Angeles' first Asian-American anchor, beginning his career in the '60s and rising to prominence at KCBS-TV, among others.
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