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The cable industry: What we don't see on TV every day
Today we know cable as that essential amenity in our home that keeps us laughing, captivated and informed. It's the way in which we learn about diverse cultures and people, whether by watching a novela hoping to learn a bit of Spanish, or by watching the Travel Channel to learn about distant lands. But behind the television screen and numerous reality shows that feature the lives of celebrities exists an industry that stands for so much more than what we see on TV.
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Hollywood takes Spanish lessons as Latinos stream to the movies
The Wall Street Journal
In a small room on the Paramount Pictures lot here, postproduction work is underway on a movie that sounds as derivative as they come: the fourth sequel to "Paranormal Activity." But flickering on an editor's monitor are the types of scenes rarely seen in Hollywood: Characters are shown visiting botanicas, storefronts where witchcraft is practiced. One woman tries to cure her possessed grandson by ritualistically rubbing a raw egg on him. Much of the dialogue is in Spanish — with no subtitles.
Hugo Balta: Speaking Spanish in the US is a necessity
Fox News Latino
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released an online map pinpointing the vast host of languages (other than English) spoken in homes across the country. According to the report, that's approximately 38 million people que hablan español. That makes the U.S. the fifth-largest Spanish-speaking country on the planet, behind Mexico, Spain, Colombia and Argentina.
Social media activists target Fashion Week shows with no black models
Five years ago, Vogue published an article whose headline asked a stark question: "Is fashion racist?" It was hard not to answer yes, when models of color — particularly African-Americans — were nearly impossible to come by on New York, Milan, London and Paris runways. Not much has changed since 2008 — in part because there is no institution to hold designers accountable to represent their diverse customer base. Until now, that is. A former fashion model is launching a social media campaign to bring public scrutiny to designers and brands who do not use black models.
Networks 'never seem to find that person of color'
Despite progress, black journalists say television executives need to do a better job with diversity.
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Soul of the South network comes to Baton Rouge airways, eyes cable next
Soul of the South television has hit the airwaves. Geared toward the African-American community, the station so far is only available with an antenna on Baker, La., station WLFT's 30.4 slot, although WLFT is in talks with Cox Communications and AT&T U-verse to carry its signal. The station offers a mix of programming from the network, based in Little Rock, Ark., and local programming. WLFT general manager Lucas Fry is excited about the possibilities for such a network in the area.
CBS pacts with RTL group for Asian channels
CBS Corp. is pushing into the Southeast Asian TV market in a pact with RTL Group to launch two entertainment channels in more than two dozen fast-growing territories. The first of the channels, dubbed RTL CBS Entertainment, is set to launch in September. Both channels broadcast in English and local languages.
Bounce TV ramps original content with new sitcom
Rapid TV News
Bounce TV has started production in Los Angeles on the network's first original scripted sitcom, "My Crazy Roommate." The series is created and produced by Bentley Kyle Evans of Bent Outta Shape Productions, previously responsible for "Martin" and the "Jamie Foxx Show."
Breaking brands: How marketers map through China's great firewall
The Chinese market presents abundant opportunities for global brands. But as the Web emerges as a leading center of commerce, marketers must map out a plan around the great firewall. The presence of firewalls in China appears to be having little impact on the country's Internet usage, according to a recent UN Broadband Commission report projecting Chinese Internet users will surpass today's 565 million English-speaking users by 2015.
John Legend signed as brand ambassador for high-end audio products company
Target Market News
Definitive Technology has announced nine-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist, critically acclaimed concert performer and philanthropist/social activist John Legend as its first-ever brand ambassador. Legend, who is releasing his highly anticipated fourth solo studio album, "Love In The Future" on Sept. 3 and recently announced a North American tour this fall in support of the album, has long used Definitive Technology's products in his own home and will serve as a spokesperson and creative inspiration for the brand's current and future audio products line-up, including home loudspeakers and the brand's Sound Cylinder Bluetooth speaker.
Hispanic Radio Today 2013
Hispanic Radio Today 2013 provides an in-depth look at the radio listening activity and consumer profiles of Hispanic consumers in the U.S. This year's report again reveals that radio has near-universal reach among English- and Spanish-dominant Hispanic consumers. It also shows that Hispanic audiences are huge spenders in many key retail categories.
Latinas drive Hispanic purchasing power in the US
Latinas are the primary decision-makers on spending in their households, from the market research firm Nielsen. As the report notes, this makes them "pivotal to the Hispanic market's $1.2 trillion in annual buying power." But companies hoping to market to the contemporary Latina consumer face a real challenge.
NAMIC Diversity Digest
The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors cited in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of NAMIC.
NAMIC's mission is to educate, advocate, and empower for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry.
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