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Hulu suitors line up
The Wall Street Journal
Yahoo Inc. is one of seven companies who have submitted bids for Hulu, several of whose interest has been previously reported, the person familiar with the matter said. They include pay-TV operators DirecTV and Time Warner Cable; Guggenheim Digital Media; private-equity firm KKR; the investment group of former News Corp. President Peter Chernin; and Silver Lake Partners, bidding with William Morris Endeavor, the person said.
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Amazon chooses 1st original series
Broadcasting & Cable
Amazon has greenlit its first original pilots to series, picking up comedies "Alpha House" and "Betas" as well as three children's shows. The series will be available exclusively on its Prime Instant Video service later this year and in early 2014.
In a subtle shift, Discovery CEO says OWN will be profitable this year
Deadline New York
Up to now the company promised that its joint venture network with Oprah Winfrey would break even on a cash flow basis in the second half of 2013. But CEO David Zaslav slightly raised the stakes recently, promising those attending Sanford C. Bernstein's Strategic Decisions Conference that "we'll be making money on OWN."
Alterna'TV, Comcast Media Center strike VOD deal
Alterna'TV, a distributor of Latin American television in the United States, has selected the Comcast Media Center to kick off a VOD offering comprised of shows from six Spanish-language television networks.
Ang Lee quits new TV show, 'Tyrant' due to fatigue
Den of Geek
According to published reports, Ang Lee has begged off from directing duties on the new FX series, "Tyrant." The Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee quit the U.S. series because he says he needs to get some rest after spending four years on a boat with a tiger working on the acclaimed 3-D fantasy-adventure film "Life of Pi." "Tyrant" would have marked the first time the Taiwanese-born director worked in television.
Univision names Patsy Loris VP of News
Patsy Loris has been promoted to vice president of news at Univision. In addition to overseeing the network's news division, Loris will be responsible for hiring personnel and developing show concepts for Fusion, Univision and ABC News' joint cable channel scheduled for launch later this year.
New Hispanic TV network launched by CEO Jonathan Gwyn
Herald de Paris
Jonathan Gwyn is chairman of the board CEO of MCB Network Corp. In 2010 he started a Latino TV network in Houston from which he divested his interest in August 2011. In 2012, he produced more than 100 TV productions as an independent producer.
Upcoming NAMIC events
NAMIC 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. Seating is limited so purchase today!.
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6-10 p.m., June 21 — The Barnes Foundation. Register here.
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
Multicultural TV breakfast and program
The Multicultural TV breakfast and program has become a "must-attend" annual event for those in the business of cable television for multicultural audiences. The breakfast features two quick-paced panel discussions that are reflective of the importance of multicultural customers to the cable TV industry.
Join leading executives to discuss what matters most: customer acquisition, audience retention and content distribution. This event will be presented by Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News from 7:30-9:30 a.m. June 11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the East Salon.
For more information about this event and to view confirmed participants, please click read more or contact Jennifer Ware at 917-281-4718 or JWare@nbmedia.com.
Oprah, Tyler Perry: A media marriage of their OWN
For Oprah Winfrey and her eponymous network, it's a long way from "live your best life" to "throw on Tyler Perry shows and hope something sticks." Winfrey might be a big fan of Perry's work — she certainly sounded that way during an "Oprah's Master Class" segment devoted to him that was repeated, helpfully, after the two-hour premiere of his new primetime soap, "The Haves and the Have Nots."
Bounce TV unveils new series plans
Broadcasting & Cable
African-American broadcast network Bounce TV, entering its first upfront season, said it plans to air five new original series next season.
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Punch TV's Joseph Collins sets sight on airwave domination
PR.com via WatchList News
According to Joseph Collins, founder of Punch TV Network., said the network symbolizes the melting pot of a punch bowl, and is currently on 30 stations nationwide in its second year on air.
'Being Mary Jane' gears up for July premier
"Being Mary Jane" is the first new project under the mega-production deal Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil signed with BET last year. The show chronicles the work, social and family life of a successful African-American career woman —Mary Jane Paul, played by Gabrielle Union — an acclaimed host of a 24-hour national cable news network.
The great crosscultural land grab
By now, the majority of marketers get it: far from being isolated silos in society, multicultural groups are the ones creating "mainstream" culture. Unless you're completely landlocked in a white suburb, you've noticed that popular music is almost entirely Black, Asian and Hispanic.
Wendy's introduces Rojos family in new Hispanic campaign
The No. 2 burger chain is launching a new Hispanic marketing campaign it says will illustrate that Wendy's shares the same values as the Hispanic community — that is, the importance of family, quality food and striving for betterment. "We started as a family business," said Liz Geraghty, vice president of brand marketing at Wendy's.
NTT Communications is hiring
NTT Communications, the long-distance and international communications and ICT solution provider of NTT, the No.1 telecommunications company in the world, and ranked 29th in the Fortune Global 500 list of 2012, is hiring. Click read more for opportunities.
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