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Daytime TV is embracing black entertainers; primetime, less so
Los Angeles Times
Television has a split image: One by day and another by night. In the daytime, blacks and other people of color are a prominent presence, hosting popular talk shows and playing juicy roles in soap operas. But at night, minorities are largely sidelined, with white performers holding most of the marquee roles.
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Comcast celebrates Native American Heritage Month with free On Demand programming across multiple platforms
Business Wire via The Wall Street Journal
Comcast will celebrate Native American Heritage Month by offering a collection of free movies, TV specials and music to digital Xfinity TV customers on television, online and on mobile devices. Plus, for the first time, the company will provide millions of video customers with exclusive access to the latest independent film festival content from LA Skins Fest and Red Nation Film Festival & Awards Show.
Bill would give Netflix, Hulu and Aero same access to programs that cable firms have
The Washington Post
As consumers increasingly turn to the Internet for their television, members of Congress are looking for ways to support the trend and encourage industry competition. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV introduced a bill recently that could greatly expand the video libraries of online services such as Netflix, Hulu and Aereo, giving them the same access to programs that cable and satellite firms are guaranteed today.
Cable One boosts upstream speeds
Cable One has increased the upstream speed for free across three of its tiers. The company's Streaming 50 Mbps plan now has a 3 Mbps upload speed; the 60 Mbps Premier plan has been upgraded to a 4 Mbps upload speed; and the 70 Mbps Ultra Plan has been upgrade to a 6 Mbps upload speed. The previous upstream speed was 2 Mbps across all three tiers.
New Spanish-language TV Categories announced for National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Awards
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced three new categories in each of its national competitions to recognize excellence in Spanish-language television programs. “The growth of Spanish-language media over the last 50 years has been very closely followed by our organization,” said Malachy Wienges, chairman, NATAS.
Cable operators offer the Filipino Channel in wake of disaster
Los Angeles Times
U.S. cable television operators, including Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications, are allowing more customers access to the Filipino Channel in the wake of the recent devastating Typhoon Haiyan. The channel has been providing special coverage from the Philippines.
Asian-Americans share film success strategies, insights at C3 sessions
Philippine Daily Inquirer
It may not exactly bring the same hype and star power as San Diego, Calif., or New York's Comic Con, but the 3rd annual Conference for Creative Content or C3 is arguably unique and geeky in its own right. This whole day event, which took place on Oct. 26 at the Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA headquarters, gave artists an opportunity to network with Asian-Americans in the entertainment industry and learn how to improve their craft while embracing their cultural heritage.
AMC Networks, Time Warner Cable to participate in program to increase hiring of minorities
The T. Howard Foundation will look to increase hiring of minorities within the cable industry through a new diversity recruitment initiative, the organization announced. The Diversity Advancement Program will serve as a recruitment service for industry human resources representatives searching for minority professionals to fill entry-to mid-level roles, said T. Howard.
Kathy Griffin: 'My white friends don't know Katt Williams and Kevin Hart'
Kathy Griffin is at the top of her comedy game right now, but it took years of paying dues for her to get here. So the groundbreaking comedienne and self-proclaimed "D-lister" has plenty to say about the state of comedy today.
The top young Latinos in American newsrooms
The Huffington Post
So much is changing so fast in Latino media. What began with the launch of FOX News Latino in 2011 created a booming new ethnic media market, as Huffington Post, NBC, CNN, ESPN, and others quickly followed suit. Late last month, Univision joined ABC News to launch the most significant investment in Latino media to-date: Fusion, a 24-hour cable news channel with a target audience of English-speaking Hispanic millennials.
Charles Barkley laments lack of cable diversity: Can't just have a bunch of white' people 'arguing'
Appearing on Roland Martin's NewsOneNow show recently, basketball legend Charles Barkley tackled conservative comparisons of federal debt, cable news' “diversity” problem, and the Affordable Care Act.
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Anil Kapoor's blazing guns for '24!'
Business of Cinema
The TV series, adapted from the original American TV show, has been doing exceedingly well on Indian TV screens for the past few weeks. The multi-star cast, comprising of Anil Kapoor, Tisca Chopra, Shabana Azmi, Rahul Khanna, Anita Raj, Neil Bhoopalam and many others has been showered with compliments for their efforts.
'New Girl,' 'Brooklyn 9-9,' and breaking the 'one black friend' pattern
Recently we learned that Damon Wayans Jr. is sticking around at 'New Girl' for the rest of season three in his role as Coach. This was great news for a couple of reasons. First, as fans who've watched the show from the beginning will remember, he was the best thing in the pilot, before 'Happy Endings' was renewed by ABC and took him away. And while he was replaced by the also very funny Lamorne Morris, it was a good move for the writers to explain Coach's departure–and reference him in later episodes–rather than simply recast and re-shoot the role.
Multicultural, total market, cross-cultural - what does it all mean?
There has been a pivot in the last five years to a new lexicon and strategy of integration in the world of Hispanic, and multicultural marketing. The rapid growth of Hispanic, Asian, African-American and other ethnic populations, and the trend towards ethnic “minority majorities” has moved multicultural marketing out of the silos and into the C-suites of many large companies. What was once a niche is now mainstream.
New Essence study provides insights on portrayals of black women in media
Target Market News
From primetime television to cable news, African-American women consume more media than any other comparison groups, and there is more mass and targeted content featuring African-American women than ever before. Still, in a 2010 ESSENCE - commissioned study on the State of African American Women, it was revealed that 93 percent of media does only an "okay" to "poor" job of reflecting the audience the way they see themselves.
The state of Asian-American women in the United States
Center for American Progress
Asian-American women are a growing and influential constituency in the United States. Asian-American women's share of the female population will grow from 5.14 percent in 2012 to 7.8 percent in 2050. Asian American women are making significant strides in education, participation, health, and other areas, but there is a long way to go to fully close racial and ethnic disparities.
Post Foods' Honey Bunches of Oats and Walmart reward Hispanic holiday shoppers
Honey Bunches of Oats and Walmart are redefining the fun for holiday shoppers by hosting a shopping bus full of entertainment, prizes and great deals for Latinos in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 16 and 23. The action packed day begins at local Univision Radio stations in New York and Los Angeles where selected winners will be welcomed into a shuttle by celebrity DJs who will take the fun on the road.
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