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ESPN, Lifetime, OWN, Showtime top NAMIC Vision Awards
Multichannel News
Cable networks took home the lion's share of NAMIC Vision Awards, NAMIC announced Wednesday. ESPN, Lifetime, OWN and Showtime each won two awards to lead all television networks, according to NAMIC. The Vision Awards, which honor achievements in original programming diversity across multiple platforms, were awarded in 16 programming categories.
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NAMIC NEWS


2015 NAMIC Educational Course Offerings

2015 NAMIC Leadership Seminar
Chicago: July 29-31 (Application deadline: June 5)
Los Angeles: Nov. 4-6 (Application deadline: Sept. 18)

NAMIC ELDP Class XV
(Application deadline: July 21)

Session 1: Oct. 13-16
Session 2: Dec. 9-11
Session 3: February 2016
Session 4: April 2016

Visit here for more information

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Lexus' Verses and Flow Scholarship accepting applications from
HBCU students

Target Market News
Lexus is proud to announce the 2015 Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship is now accepting applications through Sept. 4. Presented in partnership with 10 of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, two students per institution will each be awarded a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of their community leadership and academic excellence.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Details
May 26 NAMIC-Atlanta: NEXTGEN IMPACT Who & What is Driving the
Digital Content Revolution
Details
May 27 NAMIC-Carolinas: Lunch 'N Learn Details
June 4 NAMIC-Mid-Atlantic: Are You Ready For Your Next Opportunity? Details
June 11 American Black Film Festival Details
Sept. 29 29th Annual NAMIC Conference Details


NAMIC MEMBER MOVERS AND SHAKERS

NAMIC-Western Pennsylvania Immediate Past President Averi Smith will be graduating from Ashford University at the end of the month receiving a BA in Human Resource Management.

NAMIC-Southern California President Raquel Williams has been named a Best Seller Award 2015 Winner from Cablefax saluting cable sales winners.

Are you a NAMIC Member who was recently promoted? Have you and your team won an award for your efforts in the industry? We want to highlight your achievements! Click here to let us know how you're becoming a mover and shaker.


LATEST DIVERSITY NEWS


'2015 Post Hispanic Upfront Television Guide': Available for download
HispanicAd.com
Download your free copy of the 2015 Hispanic Post Upfront Guide.
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Often employees, rarely CEOs: Challenges Asian-Americans face in tech
NPR
AudioBrief A new report on diversity in Silicon Valley shows that Asians and Asian-Americans are well-represented in lower-level positions — but, in comparison, severely underrepresented at the management and executive levels at five large, established tech companies. Ascend, an Asian-American professional organization based in New York, found that although 27 percent of professionals working at those companies are Asian or Asian-American, fewer than 19 percent of managers — and just under 14 percent of executives — are.
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Multicultural talent is surging on TV and winning mainstream audiences
Adweek
Hardly anyone was more surprised than Dana Walden at the ratings surge Fox midseason entrant "Empire" enjoyed following its Jan. 7 debut. She expected a lift but not to the degree it did shoot up. But Walden, co-chairman and co-CEO of the Fox Television Group, wasn't alone. Each week, the entire TV industry let out a gasp of surprise as "Empire's" young adult demos kept climbing to north of a five — territory so few shows ever see.
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Minority women drive business startup growth
National Journal
The startup rate for women-led businesses has recovered from the recession, and minority women are leading the way. In 2014, women opened the doors of 887 new businesses every day, up from 602 in 2011. Minority women contributed to more than half of that growth last year, opening on average nearly 500 businesses daily, according to the new 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, prepared with Census data by Womenable, a research organization supporting women's entrepreneurship and commissioned by American Express OPEN.
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This Bollywood star is breaking Hollywood's stereotype of Indians
Quartz
In December of 2014, the American TV network casting director Keli Lee flew to India to offer the Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra a unique opportunity: To sign a development deal with the US TV network ABC and choose the series later. That was five months ago, and ABC is out with promos for "Quantico," a drama about young FBI recruits in training, starring Chopra in the lead role.

Among the 25 scripts she read, "Quantico" was her favorite, Chopra told DNA India. But there was a condition: She would only do the role if her part was ethnically ambiguous.

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Interview: Vietnamese-American poet on challenging the 'dominant discourses regarding race' in the US
Asia Society
Spoken artist, poet and social activist Bao Phi moved from Vietnam to South Minneapolis as a child. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, he has been called the "bard of Vietnamese America." His first published book of poems, "Sông I Sing," is a raw exploration of race, immigration, urban life and community. Phi is currently program director at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where he creates programs for artists and audiences of color.
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Talking to Sonali Dev, the writer bringing Bollywood to romance novels
Jezebel
One of this year's buzziest romance releases has been "A Bollywood Affair" by Sonali Dev. Turns out Bollywood movies and romance novels go together like peanut butter and jelly. Jezebel's Kelly Faircloth sat down with Dev and chatted about selling her book, covering commonalities between Bollywood and romance, the tough part of selling her novel and capturing the complexities of Indian culture.
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Pastry chef Christina Tosi becomes 1st female judge on 'MasterChef'
IndianTelevision.com
Culinary TV reality series "MasterChef" has got on board pastry chef, owner and founder of New York City's Milk Bar Christina Tosi, as the new judge on the panel. Creating history, Tosi will make her debut on the show as the franchise's first ever-female judge.
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NAMIC JOB BANK

In an effort to provide a robust listing of job opportunities to NAMIC members, it is now FREE to post jobs on the NAMIC Job Bank. Please click on the link below to post a job today!

Here are just a few of the job postings listed. Click below to view all job postings.

Position Company
Cable TV Engineer Montgomery County, Maryland
Assistant Director of Communications Big Ten Conference
Executive Producer, NewsHour Weekend WNET New York Public Media
Associate Editor Washington State University
Director of Research NESN

Click here to view more postings or to post a job.


CBS Corporation: Directing Initiative accepting new applications
through May 30

CBS Corporation
The Directing Initiative will select directing candidates for episodic network television and match them with directors of CBS Television Network drama and comedy series. The goal is to bridge the gap for those talented directors attempting to break into network television.

The Directing Initiative will accept new applications through Saturday, May 30. The primary focus of CBS' Diversity Institute and the Directing Initiative is to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse directors with a focus on directors of color.

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PROGRAMMING


Nielsen makes video series on Asian-American consumer behavior
Inquirer.net
VideoBrief A leading global provider of consumer information is releasing a series of video vignettes highlighting the consumer preferences of Asian Pacific Americans throughout May, Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The Nielsen series, titled "The Conversation," features four Asian-American millennials from various ethnicities who reflect on the ways in which their cultural backgrounds have shaped their watch, listen and purchasing behaviors. The series draws key insights from Nielsen's ongoing research on Asian-American consumers.

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MULTICULTURAL MARKETING


Offensive or accurate? 3 steps for getting multicultural marketing right
Forbes
H.O. Maycotte writes: "In a multicultural environment where change is constant, data is critical for marketers to understand who they're talking to. To make the most of the data that’s available, you have to understand three things — what the data reveals about customers, where to capture relevant data and how to apply tools to extract the most meaning from it."
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Univision Network launches 'Todo Es Posible' brand campaign
HispanicAd.com
Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, has launched the recently announced "Todo Es Posible" ("Everything is Possible") campaign, a multiplatform initiative that will bring to life the core values of the Univision Network brand and the journeys of Hispanics in the U.S.
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Digital TV homes to reach 1.65 billion, driven by Asian gains
Digital TV Europe
The global number of digital TV homes will increase by more than 1 billion between 2010 and 2020 to reach 1.65 billion, driven by gains in the Asia Pacific region, according to new research.
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