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Nancy Dubuc named honorary co-chair of NAMIC Conference
A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc will serve as honorary co-chair of the 27th Annual NAMIC Conference, part of Diversity Week in the cable industry and scheduled for Oct. 8-9 at the New York Marriott Marquis. "We are thrilled to have the continued support of A+E Networks, one of the industry's longstanding champions of diversity and inclusion," Alicin Williamson, interim head of NAMIC and principal, The Raben Group, said in a release. "Nancy is among cable's most distinguished innovators and her leadership will be invaluable as we produce an informative and engaging conference."
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Is Netflix killing cable television?
Next month the Emmys, the American television awards, could label a show that never appeared on a television channel as the year's best drama. "House of Cards," a series about political maneuvering starring the actor Kevin Spacey, is available only on Netflix, an online-video service. The show's success highlights the maturation of video-streaming firms, and the threat they pose to traditional television. People can now watch television-quality shows, including "House of Cards," only through Netflix, seemingly diminishing the need to pay for a cable subscription. Is Netflix killing cable television?
Apple TV adds Disney and Vevo, while Xbox adds Time Warner
The Wall Street Journal
Apple and Microsoft added new channels to their respective set-top-boxes and video game consoles, expanding the lineup of apps and content available for their devices. Recently, Apple TV received updates that included apps for Walt Disney channels, the Weather Channel, the music-video service Vevo and the Smithsonian.
A cable TV exec considers a future that's online and on-demand
The Wall Street Journal
Time Warner Cable Inc. carriage fight with CBS Corp. has cast a spotlight on Melinda Witmer, the top video executive at the cable operator who handles negotiations with media companies. She's a formidable but polarizing figure in the pay-TV industry, at the center of debates on everything from sports programming costs to online streaming rights.
Hollywood reflects on race in year of black, civil rights films
Race in America has been a hot topic of debate this summer and Hollywood, as if on cue, has muscled its way into the conversation. This year is shaping up to be a big one in film for African American, black and civil rights themes, offering audiences different lenses through which to consider the complex question of racial equality, both historically and in the present day.
Minority women entrepreneurs: Go-getters without resources
Amidst the women entrepreneurial and "lean in" movements brought to the forefront most prominently by Sheryl Sandberg, there has been a shortage of perspectives on the difficulties of minority women who have few people and very little financially to "lean on." The reality is — similar to the women's suffrage movement, which for the most part excluded minority women — middle-to-upper class educated white women have driven much of the recent conversation.
Solving Silicon Valley's diversity problem
Laura Weidman Powers, former VP at Border Stylo, and Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, discuss solving Silicon Valley's diversity problem. They speak with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West."
In commemorative MLK speech, President Obama recalls his own 2008 dream
Fifty years after the March on Washington, President Obama tried to rekindle the enthusiasm and activism that marked his rise to the White House in 2008 in a commemorative speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
OWN delivers highest rated month in network history
The Futon Critic
Oprah Winfrey Network scored its highest rated month in network history in primetime in August across all key demos delivering +23 percent growth in total viewers, +26 percent growth in W25-54 and +27 percent African American women 25-54 versus last month.
Upcoming NAMIC events
NAMIC-Philadelphia: 10th Annual Paragon Awards
5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 — Le Meridien, Philadelphia
Join the NAMIC-Philadelphia chapter as they honor this year's Paragon Award recipients: Andrea Agnew, Comcast - Paragon Trailblazer Award; Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc. - Paragon Legacy Award; Christopher R. Powell, Cable and Telecommunication HR Association - Paragon Industry Leadership Award. Cost: $60 members and $70 nonmembers. Click here to register.
The Digital Media Summit 5.0
Disruptive Technology & OTT Entertainment
2-5 p.m. Sept. 19 — Mint Museum, Charlotte, N.C.
Cost: $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Click here to register.
27th Annual NAMIC Conference
Oct. 8-9 — New York Marriott Marquis
Registration prices: $1,375 members; $1,650 nonmembers. For more information, visit the conference site. Click here to register before Tuesday, Sept. 10 and qualify for a chance to win an Apple iPad 3! [Prize will be awarded during the conference].
Next TV Summit — Sept. 10-11, San Francisco
Meet the masters of digital media and OTT and learn about the next leap forward for the content business. Enjoy sessions with — and network with — some of the most influential leaders in broadcasting, content, advertising and viewer behavior measurement — including Jim Lanzone, president, CBS Interactive; Anthony Wood, founder & CEO, Roku; James Packer, president of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution, Lionsgate; and Erik Huggers, corporate VP, Intel Media. Explore new technologies including cloud solutions, apps, devices and platforms that affect video viewer habits and opportunities for monetization of content. Register today at www.nexttvsummit.com.
Advertising Women of New York — Multicultural Mix and Mingle 3.0
AWNY Multicultural Alliance
6-9 p.m. Sept. 26
Midtown Loft and Terrace, New York City
This year's Multicultural Mix and Mingle is poised to be the best yet, featuring great networking opportunities with a rooftop and loft atmosphere with the New York City skyline as a backdrop; the culinary talents of celebrity chef, Marcus Samelsson, of Red Rooster Harlem; and smooth sounds with DJ provided by Terra Networks. Click Read More to register now.
Latin America's big China export: The telenovela
Whenever you see a Western media company doing business in China, you can bet its executives have had nightmares. Between censorship of everyday material like gay culture and violence on television, strict quotas on foreign content, and the near impossibility of obtaining a license to produce in the country, the restrictions China's policies place on outsiders are onerous — especially outsiders in the entertainment business.
Queen Latifah-produced TV show for Black women ignored by networks?
Writer Lena Waithe made waves in the film world as the producer of the independent film "Dear White People" alongside director Justin Simien. Waithe also enjoyed measurable success as the writer of the viral comedy YouTube clip "Sh-t Black Girls Say." Now, Waithe has partnered up with Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit production company for her new series, "Twenties" — but it appears networks are passing on the show because they feel it doesn't have an audience.
mun2's original August programming up 35 percent
mun2, the leading cable network targeting Hispanic Millennial adults, had its original and acquisition programs grow its audience up to triple digits in the month of August, according to Nielsen. Original programs "I Love Jenni," "Larrymania" and "Fugitivos de la Ley: Los Angeles," Deportes Telemundo on mun2 "Barclays Premiere League" and novela "Pasion de Gavilanes" drove audience growth for the month compared to previous year. Network original "I Love Jenni" finished its final season, setting records as the most-watched finale to-date for the network.
Hispanic adult millennials and cars
Many Hispanic Millennials are living with their parents well into adulthood to reduce their overhead costs. But with the exception of those with public transportation access, most still need a car to get around. How do their behaviors and choices about cars compare to non-Hispanic Millennials and foreign-born Hispanics in their thirties?
Asian style icons: designers, models, actresses dominating the fashion industry
We're calling it right now: Asians are making serious waves in the fashion pool. All of these game-changers are unique in that they always seem to catch a trend before anyone else does and rock it, whether it's a cape, a futuristic hairstyle or a theatrical design. Here, we highlight our favorite stylish Asian models, designers and actresses.
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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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