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Lopez, Rodriguez tout network plans to industry
Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez and film producer Robert Rodriguez pitched their respective Latino-targeted, English-language networks to the cable industry during separate events morning during the 2013 Cable Show.
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Cable companies upgrade viewing guides in set-top boxes
Cable companies are rushing to improve a viewing component that has flummoxed viewers for years — the viewing menu. In hopes of discouraging customers from wandering over to a growing number of other streaming options, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications are updating their set-top boxes and viewing guides that promise more personalized menus, recommendations and extensive content information.
'Disruptive' tech actually helping cable TV
Cable's broadband infrastructure investments laid the foundation for a wide range of innovations, including potential rival Internet video services — but those have kept TV viewers more connected to their favorite skeins rather than driving them to cut the cord, according to industry execs.
Comcast lights up Xfinity Home Control service
Comcast is targeting the automated, "smart" home market more directly with the launch of Xfinity Home Control, a new service tier that supports elements such as video monitoring and remote thermostat controls without a security component.
NBCU's 'Steve Harvey' renewed in 65 percent of country through 2016
Broadcasting & Cable
NBCUniversal's Steve Harvey has been renewed on station groups throughout the country, including the NBC Owned Television Stations, through the 2015-2016 television season, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution said.
Emmy could be in works for Kerry Washington
Looking for a female TV character who's as fierce in her work life as she is in her (messy) love life? It's been handled. As D.C. "fixer" Olivia Pope on ABC's "Scandal," Kerry Washington — building on a career that has included Oscar-winning films such as Ray and Django Unchained — stands in the eye of a pop culture storm, fronting a show that drops jaws with astounding frequency, makes Twitter all atwitter and offers, at long last, a chance for a black woman to win a lead drama actress Emmy.
Upcoming NAMIC events
NAMIC-Mid-Atlantic 2013 Technology Showcase
6-9 p.m. June 20 — Discovery Communications.
An interactive technology showcase with top companies who are on the cutting edge of technological innovations. A panel discussion with a diverse group of industry professionals, moderated by Nicole Eley-Carr, Manager of Digital Content Strategy, PBS. Contact Pam Ford at 202-222-2356 or email@example.com
Members, $25; student members, free. Register here
NAMIC-Philadelphia — 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.
Join us for a panel discussion on the impact of The Sound of Philadelphia/Black Music on American culture from 6:30-7:45 p.m. with a live mixer featuring DJ Jay Ski Live from 8-10 p.m. Food, beverages available for purchase
Free for members,
$25 for nonmembers.
NAMIC-Atlanta — The Battle For The Living Room: The TV Wars
5:30-7 p.m. June 27 — The Weather Channel
Many marquee and startup tech companies have designs on disrupting the TV space dominated by cable, but it has been a battle for the gurus at Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, Sony and others.
Members, $25; student members, free. Nonmembers, $35; student nonmembers, $10. 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
Oct. 8-9 — New York Marriott Marquis, New York. Registration opens June 17!
Sports Business & Technology Summit
June 19, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City
June 19, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News team up with sister publication TV Technology to host an unbeatable TV sports event — the Sports Business & Technology Summit at Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Never before have so many leading TV sports executives come together to share their views on the state of this fast-evolving business and what lies ahead. The major-league lineup includes such notables as Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports; Laurel J. Richie, President, Women's National Basketball Association; Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group; John Skipper, President, ESPN, Inc. and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks; Bob Bowman, President & CEO, MLB Advanced Media; and Randy Freer, Co-President and COO, FOX Sports Media Group. Don't miss out on this game-changing event and register today.
Soledad O'Brien inks deal with HBO, joins 'Real Sports'
Broadcasting & Cable
Soledad O'Brien, who left CNN's morning show "Starting Point" earlier this year, has agreed to a first-look deal with HBO and will join the network's sports newsmag "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." The overall deal with HBO is through O'Brien's newly launched production company, Starfish Media Group, and will be for scripted projects and other long-form programming.
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NBA TV's 'The Doctor' shows another side of Julius Erving
Many people are familiar with the myth of Julius Erving; the gravity-defying dunks, the Converse All-Stars, the big, bouncing afro, basically the all-around "swag," for lack of a better word.
BET greenlights 4 pilots, nabs 'Negroes' mini
The duo behind BET's "The Game" and "Being Mary Jane" is shepherding another project for the cabler, this time an unscripted series involving mind and body makeovers of everyday people.
5 reasons why upscale Latinos represent the next market boom
Fox News Latino
Do you think Tiffany & Co, BMW, Ralph Lauren, Private Banking, AMEX Platinum or The Ritz when you think of Latinos? If not, you may be allowing stereotypes to limit your ability to tap into a segment growing faster than any other within the luxury and upscale categories.
The truth about bicultural consumers and how marketers are taking notice
Culture is different for everyone, but marketers need to know that, unlike past immigrants, today's groups are not looking to melt completely into the pot; they are adamant about maintaining things they define as cultural differences, and they want these to be represented.
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU
Congratulations to Annual Awards honorees!
NAMIC sends another congratulations to the honorees at the 2013 Annual Awards!
Next Generation Leaders
Christine Bragan — VP, Marketing & Communications, AMC Networks
Rich Jennings — Regional Senior VP, Mile High Comcast Cable
Dhanusha Sivajee — VP, Marketing, Bloomberg Mobile
Michelle Hord-White — VP, Talent Development & Pipeline Programs, NBCUniversal.
Ivan Bargueiras — Discovery Networks
Maureen Carter — Nickelodeon
Rafael Gomez — NBCUniversal
Lisa Griffin — Turner
Kimberly Hulsey — Scripps Networks
Charlon McIntosh — Time Warner Cable
Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard — BET Networks
Marc Siry — NBCUniversal
Puja Vohra — Oxygen Media
Lisa Williams-Fauntroy — Discovery Communications
Ritchie Yu — Discovery Communications
2013 Industry Diversity Champion
Comcast and NBCUniversal
2013 Public Advocate Champion
U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui, D-Calif.
Thanks to all that supported and attended the event!!
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