NAMIC Diversity Digest
Feb. 28, 2013

'Judge Joe Brown' Star, CTD explore split
Broadcasting & Cable
If an ongoing contract negotation between CBS Television Distribution and Joe Brown, star of CTD's Judge Joe Brown, is not resolved, syndication's second-highest rated court show might star a different judge next fall, according to several sources. That's despite the fact that the show is renewed on TV stations through the 2014-15 TV season.More

Jeff Zucker fields complaints about CNN diversity
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
New CNN chief Jeff Zucker is trying to ease concerns about diversity at the network by meeting with advocates for black and Latino journalists. Zucker met with executives from the National Association of Black Journalists and is scheduled to meet with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists on March 8. He agreed to look for talent at the group's regional conferences, NAHJ president Hugo Balta told TheWrap.More

Why Ang Lee's Oscar puts identity center stage
It's not every territory in the world that puts an Oscar-winning director's name up in lights on a towering building. But that's just the sort of thing that happens in Taiwan — and it did after Ang Lee picked up his second "Best Director" Oscar, this time for "Life of Pi."More

2013 Oscars see big loss for Latino filmmakers
NBC Latino
Hispanic audiences had big hopes for the 85th Annual Academy Awards, but it was an evening of mixed emotions with just one win for a Latino nominee (Claudio Miranda for "Life of Pi") and three wins for films with Latino main characters ("Inocente," "Sugar Man" and "Argo").More

BET co-founder Sheila Johnson set for key role in USGA
Sheila Johnson doesn't own a handicap index or a sure command of the Rules of Golf or memberships at old-money country clubs. But she is a businesswoman, a cable TV pioneer turned resort and sports team owner with a vision to make golf a better place for women, racial minorities and anybody who ever felt left out of the game.More

Upcoming NAMIC events
2013 Inaugural Membership Meeting
5:30-7:30 p.m., March 4. at One Comcast Center, 45th floor, Philadelphia — Who better than Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, president and CEO of NAMIC, to help us usher in our "You Want to Be In" campaign? Whether you are checking out NAMIC Philadelphia for the first time (welcome) or are a familiar face, don't miss this opportunity to learn what's in the works this year in the communications industry, with NAMIC National and of course our fantastic chapter! Register here.

Cocktails & Conversations: Strategies For Success and How To Leverage Diversity & Inclusion Resources
6-8 p.m., March 4 at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York — Executive presence and career sponsorship are game changers for career advancement. Experienced professionals will learn roadmaps, tips and tactics to develop an executive presence and secure high powered people to champion their professional growth. Find out what the barriers, trip wires and blunders are to avoid. As an event partner with New York Women In Communications, we are happy to offer NAMIC members a discounted member rate of $26 to attend. Use promo code: MBRGUEST when registering online or call NYWICI headquarters at 212-297-2133 for this rate. Register here:

NAMIC-New York Chapter Kickoff 2013
6-9 p.m., March 11 at 48 Lounge in New York — Join NAMIC-New York for an exciting night that will set the tone for its new direction. This year the chapter will bring insight to some of the most popular topics in business. Digital and mobile media will be the overarching theme for 2013, encompassing entrepreneurship, content monetization, social media and more. RSVP here.

NAMIC-Philadelphia Third Annual Executive Speed Mentoring Workshop
5-7:30 p.m., April 3 at One Comcast Center, 42nd floor, Philadelphia — Are you ready to make one-on-one connections, ask questions and gain insights from some of the brightest and most successful executives in the industry? Get your elevator speech ready and join NAMIC-Philadelphia and an amazing mix of leaders for its signature Executive Speed Mentoring Workshop. Register here.

NAMIC National Annual Awards Breakfast
SAVE THE DATE! June 12 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.

27th Annual NAMIC Conference
SAVE THE DATE! Oct. 8-9 at the New York Marriott Marquis, New YorkMore

Oscars 'In Memoriam': Where was Lupe Ontiveros?
Fox News Latino
Many Latino fans were shocked that beloved Mexican-American actress Lupe Ontiveros, who died in July, was snubbed not once but twice in the Oscar's "In Memoriam" tribute. With a 35-year-long career in Hollywood, including roles in such movies as "Selena," "As Good As It Gets," "Real Women Have Curves" and "The Goonies," the Academy failed to mention Ontiveros in their televised tribute but also in their "In Memoriam" online gallery, which honored 114 stars not included in the telecast.More

'Downton Abbey' to introduce first black cast member
The Sun
The award-winning stately home drama is seeking an actor to play musician Jack Ross. Casting notes were sent out to actors' agents earlier this month. They describe Ross as "Male, 25-30. A musician (singer) at an exclusive club in the 20s."More

Eva Longoria reveals surprising passion in new short
NBC Latino
Eva Longoria has gone through several attractive men in the past year — Eduardo Cruz and Mark Sanchez, just to name two — but along with an interest in politics and film, the "Ready for Love" producer has revealed a surprising passion that may very well unlock the key to her heart for good.More

Hispanics and television sets, services.
Insight Tr3s via Hispanic Ad
We know that Hispanics are big TV viewers — but what do their TV set-ups look like at home? Tr3s's new study, "Hispanic Adults 18-34 Living 'The Next Normal'" has some revealing insights about what services they subscribe to and what kind of TVs they prefer.More

Channel reflects the reshaping of TV demographics
The New York Times
A television network that offers programming aimed at African-Americans is stepping up advertising sales operations as it attracts a growing roster of blue-chip marketers. The network, Bounce TV, part of Bounce Media, has hired Dennis Ray for the new post of executive vice president for advertising sales. Ray, whose résumé includes stints at Fox Broadcasting and NBC, is based in a new New York sales office for Bounce TV, which has headquarters in Atlanta. More