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Star types and stereotypes
The New York Times
The CW series 'Nikita' began its fourth and final season recently — an abbreviated run to tie up story lines, as the reluctant assassin Nikita stands falsely accused of killing the president — and while there's still a chance, I'd like to celebrate a small but significant milestone. For six more weeks, two of the strongest and most interesting female leads on television are being played by Asian-American actresses.
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Obamacare or typhoon? How cable news covered 2 big stories
The Huffington Post
It appears that cable news networks have very different ideas about what topics are most important for their viewers. If you've been following the news on any medium over the past few weeks you are well aware that the two stories dominating the media have been the Obamacare rollout and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Comcast seeks advice on possible Time Warner Cable bid: Sources
Time Warner Cable's flirtation with potential merger suitors may include Comcast, which is seeking advice on possible regulatory hurdles if it should pursue a bid, sources close to the situation told CNBC recently.
Hollywood's top young Latino decision-makers
The Hollywood Reporter
From studios, networks and agencies, these leaders create or market new crossover content. In just 11 months, Lucas Akoskin BN Films already has a full slate, including collaborations with Jonas Cuaron and Demian Bichir. "We always try to put a Latin element in our movies," he says, "But we mix those elements to create a balance."
'Mother' of comedy: Cho talks laundry, her 'Asian-ness,' body image, tattoos
Margaret Cho hates doing laundry when she's on tour. So don't be surprised if you see her shopping for clothes while she's in Fargo, N.D., sometime soon. "I'm much too cheap to actually send it out in the hotel. So I suffer with dirty clothes, and I kind of question, 'When is this going to get washed?' That's what I hate," she says.
Mindy Kaling, Anne Sweeney, Bonnie Hammer honored by Girls Inc.
For honorees Mindy Kaling and Giselle Fernandez, the 2013 Girls Inc. Los Angeles Celebration Luncheon was an exercise in knowing your audience. While both women were being honored for their outstanding achievements (alongside NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer and Disney/ABC Television prexy Anne Sweeney), both Kaling and Fernandez were quick to acknowledge that they were far from the only success stories in the Beverly Hills Hotel ballroom.
Diversity as part of the equation
The New York Times
The fight for diversity in major studio films has been a never-ending battle. In 2013, not one major release featured a black actress in the lead with the exception of Fox Searchlight's 'Baggage Claim' and the low-budget Halle Berry film, 'The Call.' While many mainstream feminists champion the success of 'Gravity' what isn't being discussed is that only white actresses (Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman) were vetted for the role.
Is Don Lemon a journalist or a pundit?
CNN weekend anchor Don Lemon is getting a temporary prime-time slot on CNN as some journalists debate whether the network's most visible journalist of color is acting appropriately by simultaneously ramping up his role as a commentator.
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The Hollywood Reporter names the 'Young Hispanic Hollywood Class of 2013'
The Hollywood Reporter
'Orange is the New Black,' set in a women's prison was the most-watched original series in the streaming service's history thanks to the acting of its diverse, mostly female cast, including Dascha Polanco, 30, Jackie Cruz, 26, and Elizabeth Rodriguez, 32. Dominican-American Polanco, who plays Dayanara Diaz, appreciates creator Jenji Kohan's willingness to show "the diversity within Latinas, nationality, skin color, size, looks."
HBO's 'Looking' looks awfully white
The Los Angeles Times
Nico Lang writes, "The trailer for HBO’s 'Looking,' about gay men in San Francisco, debuted recently, and I want to be excited about the show. The series is executive produced by Andrew Haigh, the director of 2011’s 'Weekend,' one of the best and most honest gay dramas in recent years. So why does 'Looking' make me so nervous? There's an easy answer: The show is 'looking awfully white,' as blogger Justin Huang puts it."
Savings-minded Hispanic consumer is digitally, socially charged
The Wall Street Journal
Valassis, a leader in intelligent media delivery, announced recently new findings revealing the heightened digital and social engagement of the growing Hispanic population when it comes to savings. Hispanics are 29 percent more likely than the general population to use a coupon from a social site and are twice as likely to share or trade coupons through social media websites.
9 in 10 Latin American social networkers use Facebook
Latin America will add nearly 100 million people to its social network user audience between now and the end of 2017, according to eMarketer's latest estimates. This year, the region boasts 196.1 million social network users, who log in to social sites at least monthly from any electronic device.
Mattel's new bilingual marketing campaign for the holidays
Business 2 Community
"Toy Feliz" translates as "Toy Happy" in English. In Spanish, the Toy Feliz campaign is a pun both on the word "toy" and a cute, shortened version of the word "estoy," which is "to be." Simply put, the campaign is both "Toy Happy" and "I'm happy," a fun play on words to be used for multiple Mattel brands. From Barbie and Monster High to Fisher Price and Hot Wheels, the campaign hopes to reach a broad audience of children – and also their mothers.
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