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FCC boasts new minority broadcast ownerships
Radio Facts
Increasing minority ownership of television broadcast stations has been an often-stated but elusive goal. While there is widespread agreement on the need for progress, there has been very little by way of new ideas to solve the twin problems of access and opportunity. For several years, the only path available to minority entrepreneurs required troubling financial dependency and constrained programming choices. With the Media Bureau's approval of several transactions today, however, we see the emergence of new ownership models that will not only bring more independent voices to the station ownership ranks in a manner that promotes diversity, competition and localism.
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Michael D. Armstrong named Viacom executive VP, general manager
Viacom
Viacom International Media Networks has announced the appointment of Michael Armstrong as executive vice president and general manager of international brand development. In this role, he is responsible for continuing to identify new market opportunities to launch BET, Paramount and Spike, in addition to overseeing the strategy, branding and operations of those launches.
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A banner year for LATV Networks & American Latino Syndication
Digital Journal
LATV, the original national, bicultural entertainment network, and its subsidiary American Latino Syndication are happy to announce the culmination of a banner year in 2014 and continued high expectations for 2015.
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7-year-old Malaysian actress wins TV award
The Rakyat Post
A budding Malaysian actress won the "Best Actress in the Leading Role" category at the 19th edition of the Asian Television Awards in Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Hall in Singapore. According to Astro Awani, 7-year-old Puteri Balqis Azizi clinched the award for her solid performance in "Balqis," a TV3 telemovie directed by Erma Fatima.
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Is there room for only 1 celebrated black TV actress in awards season?
CNN
Might there be a Tyra Banks/Naomi Campbell situation this awards season? With the announcement of nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes, Viola Davis' fans had plenty to cheer about. She received nods for her performance in the new ABC drama "How to Get Away With Murder." But "Scandal" actress Kerry Washington, one of the darlings of awards seasons past, was nowhere to be found. Is it a case of there being room for only one African-American woman to be celebrated?
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Univision, Too Small to Fail expand partnership to help Hispanic children
HispanicAd.com
Univision Communications Inc. announced a new commitment in partnership with Too Small to Fail, a joint effort of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation, to help Hispanic parents and caregivers boost early brain development and improve early learning among Hispanic children from birth to age 5. The commitment, unveiled in conjunction with The White House Early Learning Summit, builds on "Pequeños y Valiosos" (Young and Valuable), the joint campaign launched by Univision and Too Small to Fail in February 2014 that has since reached millions of Hispanic families with messages, tools and resources.
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It was a great year for Asian-American women on television
Mic
We're finally getting past all those geisha and ninja stereotypes. Asian-American women — and women in general — have long faced the woes of horrible storylines or just plain missing from shows. This messy writing or lack of diversity on the small screen stems from the absence of minorities and women in the writers' room. But in 2014, we've seen some inspiring portrayals of Asian-American women on television that have brought dimension to ladies who are often turned into flat tropes.
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Black Captain America leading comic book diversity
The Associated Press via ABC News
For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Barack Obama recently headlined a comic book. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim.
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Report: 55 percent of US Hispanics consider themselves bicultural
HispanicAd.com
More and more U.S. Hispanics are describing themselves as bilingual, and they are adopting some U.S. behaviors and attitudes — even while still holding on to key Hispanic values. Patterns from previous waves of immigrants to the U.S. suggested that today's generations of U.S. Hispanics would acculturate quickly. The GfK research shows no increase, however, in the proportion of Hispanics who identify themselves as "highly acculturated" — just 18 percent, the same figure as in 2009. By contrast, 55 percent of U.S. Hispanics now consider themselves "bicultural," up from 43 percent five years ago.
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HBO is the new home of the Oscars in Asia
The Straits Times
HBO Asia has announced that HBO is the new home of the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. Subscribers across 18 territories can tune in to the entire process live on HBO Asia's channels — from the nominee announcement and red carpet segments to the 87th Academy Awards show and backstage access to the winners. HBO Asia is the only regional network for the Academy Awards.
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NAMIC Board Chair Michael Armstrong, named Executive Vice President and General Manager, International Brand Development at Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN)

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PROGRAMMING


BET Networks commemorates Black History Month with
inaugural miniseries

Business Wire via MarketWatch
BET is celebrating Black History Month in a major way with the highly anticipated return of the No. 1 new original drama series on all cable among adults 18-49 and women 18-49, "Being Mary Jane," the epic premiere of the miniseries "The Book of Negroes" and the superstar "The BET Honors" 2015 lineup.
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MULTICULTURAL MARKETING


Consumer change written on faces of multicultural dolls
USA Today
By pulling two non-white dolls from its lineup earlier this year, American Girl unwittingly sparked a social media firestorm centered on changing consumer expectations in a country rapidly becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. In May, the company announced on Facebook that it was retiring four secondary characters in its historical line, including a black doll and its only Asian doll, prompting many to blast the company.
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Why brands need to understand the nuanced differences in the
Hispanic market

Forbes
Today, the Hispanic market represents 17 percent of the U.S. population (54 million people). By 2042, multicultural America becomes the population majority. The online Hispanic population — Internet-savvy Hispanics — is already more than 41 million strong, consisting of 90 percent Internet penetration from English-dominant Hispanics, 82 percent from bilingual Hispanics and 63 percent from Spanish-dominant Hispanics (Pew Hispanic). Yet only about 5 percent of Hispanic advertising goes to digital, even though Hispanics are online at scale and over-index on many digital behaviors.
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