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NAMIC names 2013 Next Generation Leaders Awards
National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications announced the recipients of its Next Generation Leaders Awards. The winners of the awards, which honors executives of color age 45 and under in four categories: Programmer, MSO, Creative Discipline, Technology Company or Discipline.
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Congress eyes rising cable TV prices
Consumer complaints about the rising price of cable television have caught the attention of Congress. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., recently introduced legislation that would pressure cable and satellite TV providers to allow their customers to pick and choose the channels they pay for.
ESPN not worried about a la carte or competition
Los Angeles Times
ESPN President John Skipper said he isn't too worried about proposed legislation from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that would allow consumers to pick what channels they want instead of buying a big package of networks.
As online video thrives, TV companies push back
The evolving TV and video industry faces uncertainty as it embraces new technology like wireless streaming, as traditional U.S. broadcasters urged lawmakers to help preserve their marketplace primacy.
Univision invests in Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Cabler
Univision Communications is making a bet on the maverick filmmaker behind such grindhouse classics as "From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Machete." The company that owns Spanish-language TV network Univision said it would make a strategic investment in the El Rey Network, a new general entertainment, English-language cable network geared towards young-adult audiences that is created and run by and created by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.
Network TV is broken. So how does Shonda Rhimes keep making hits?
The New York Times
"I love that the gay White House chief of staff is threatening to pretend the first lady is a closeted lesbian," Shonda Rhimes said to a roomful of writers. "It is so wrong. In the best way." Ten of the writers were sitting in her bright Hollywood office, pens in hand, scripts in laps, going through notes for the 20th episode of "Scandal," Rhimes's gonzo political melodrama, which is about to finish its second season on ABC.
Kal Penn on Obama, 'Harold & Kumar' and 'The Big Brain Theory'
Kal Penn's Indian grandparents marched with Gandhi; their American grandson might be best known for starring in the "Harold & Kumar" stoner movies. The New Jersey native, also recognized for his recurring roles on "House" and "How I Met Your Mother," has a unique ability to bridge high and low concepts.
Upcoming NAMIC events
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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NAMIC-Philadelphia Presents — A Celebration of Music and Art in White at Barnes With Old School 100.3 and The Barnes Foundation
6-10 p.m., June 21 — The Barnes Foundation
The 19th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards — A Celebration of Multicultural Contributions in the Media Industry
6-10 p.m., July 11 — Pacific Design Center, L.A.
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
Jamie Foxx sitcom among new Turner projects
Broadcasting & Cable
Every teenager is embarrassed by his/her parents. But what if your dad decided to descend upon your life in every way? Inspired by Jamie Foxx's relationship with his 18-year-old daughter, his new comedy, "Dad, Stop Embarassing Me," explores the dynamic between a parent and a child and all the embarrassment that comes with it.
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Daisy Fuentes returns to Hispanic TV with Telemundo's 'La Voz Kids'
Hispanically Speaking News
Model and businesswoman in the world of fashion Daisy Fuentes is returning to Spanish-language television as the host of the "La Voz Kids" music competition on Telemundo.
Star Trek's John Cho a boldly going actor worth shouting about
The Toronto Star
John Cho has grown used to people shouting at him in the street.
The Korean-American actor was in the original "American Pie" in 1999 who became a memorable recurring character for the comedy franchise. This makes three hit franchises that Cho has been active in so far, and he's just entered his 40s. He's also busy with TV series — "FlashForward" and the recent sitcom "Go On" — and his early career included much stage work with an Asian-American theatre company in L.A.
Capturing the Hispanic market will require more than a total market strategy
Entrepreneurs and corporate executives across America are awakening to the importance of Hispanic consumers and their growing purchasing power, estimated to reach $1.5 trillion dollars by 2015. Though brands still remain cautious in their approach, they are beginning to realize that if they don’t act now, they may never get a second chance.
TV networks scrap for ad dollars as cable scores coups
The Commercial Appeal
Television executives will splash over midtown Manhattan with star-packed cocktail parties and plentiful swag as they woo ad buyers to their upcoming fall lineups. But there's an air of urgency for the legacy networks — CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. They've been rocked by an ominous first: A basic cable program — AMC's zombie apocalypse drama "The Walking Dead" — outperformed every scripted show on television this season in the advertiser-coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic.
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