May 9, 2019

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Dear NAMIC Diversity Digest Readers,  

Registration is now open for the 33rd Annual NAMIC Conference. This year's theme,
"Breaking Barriers: The Multicultural Media Agenda," expresses NAMIC's charge to increase diversity in the cable communications industry through bold and intentional initiatives.  Register before June 7 to take advantage of early bird pricing. Be sure to follow @NAMICnational, #NAMIC33 for updates. 

The next NAMIC Leadership Seminar class is approaching...July 24-26, 2019 in Chicago, IL. The application deadline is June 14, 2019. Also, we've made things easier and you can now apply online!
Click here to start the process

Each May we celebrate Asian American Heritage Month. Check out the stories below that report the top networks with Asian Americans on TV, best employers for Asian Americans and how savvy cultural marketing is paying off in Hollywood. Also, check out the list of Most Influential Asians in American Culture.


Congratulations to the 2019 NAMIC Vision Awards Winners! "The NAMIC Vision Awards winners represent the best of multiethnic programs and feature the culturally diverse communities we support," said NAMIC's President and CEO A. Shuanise Washington. The awards were announced during the Multicultural TV Summit in New York hosted by Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable. Actress Kim Fields was honored with the Multicultural Voices Award. 

Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) held their  special Signature Luncheon to commemorate WICT's 40th anniversary to honor the past, celebrate the present, and imagine the future of WICT. Pictured left to right: Marva Smalls, EVP, Public Affairs, and Chief of Staff, Nickelodeon Group and EVP, Global Inclusion Strategy, Viacom; A. Shuanise Washington, president & CEO, NAMIC; and  Marilyn Davis, State Director, Government Affairs, Altice USA.

Lionsgate ups Starz exec and NAMIC-Southern California member Alice Dickens-Koblin as Jennifer O'Connell exits.

Were you in the news? Did you receive an award? Let us brag about you! Please send your accomplishments, recognitions, accolades and kudos to


Comcast and Cox Communications graciously hosted the NAMIC Board of Directors and NAMIC-Atlanta members earlier this week. The event started with a welcome reception at the Comcast Regional Headquarters at the Battery Atlanta followed by the NAMIC Board of Directors meeting at the Cox Communications Atlanta headquarters. Both spaces p rovided a stunning backdrop for a wonderful networking event.

NAMIC-Southern California supported a film finance workshop and movie screening of "Boss: The Black Experience In Business" at the Pan African Film Festival. The film explores the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation's economic and social growth. It won best documentary and is available now for FREE streaming on

NAMIC-Virginia hosted "Diversity Represents! Changing the Game" at the Virginia Cable Summit. Pictured left to right: Rob Stoddard, SVP, Industry & Association Affairs, NCTA - The Internet & Television Association; NAMIC-Virginia membership chair  Taconya Hammond  and NAMIC-Virginia member  Zing Frazier - both of Cox Communications.
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July 24-26, 2019 in Chicago - Application Deadline: June 14
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Multichannel News
NAMIC unveils "Multicultural Media Agenda" and report on status of industry's diversity and inclusion
Multichannel News
ESPN, NBC Asian American win multiple awards. The awards were announced during a luncheon event at the Multicultural TV Summit in New York -- hosted by Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable -- which explores the business of reaching diverse audiences for TV and video.

It's widely known how Singleton made history with his first, self-written feature. The 1991 "Boyz N the Hood" led to him becoming the youngest person (at 24) and first African-American ever nominated for a directing Oscar.

SF Gate
Major television networks are hitting far more lows than highs in tapping into Asian American talent, according to a study released Wednesday by the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition.

Latifah, Tribeca Studios and Marc Pritchard, Procter and Gamble's chief brand officer, have partnered to birth The Queen Collective (TQC), a program that aims to accelerate gender and racial equality behind the camera by opening doors through mentoring, production support, and creating distribution opportunities for content created by the next generation of multicultural female directors.

Working Mother magazine is out with its annual list of Best Companies for Multicultural Women and how businesses can continue to foster change.
Read more
Asia Society has named Discover Financial Services, Inc. as the "Overall Best Employer" for promoting and developing Asian Pacific American talent.
Read more


Altice USA announced a deal to buy millennial-news streaming startup Cheddar for $200 million.


Michelle and Barack Obama's Higher Ground Productions has unveiled its initial slate of projects for Netflix, and they are as wide-ranging as had been promised.
Shadow and Act
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CNN Films, Trilogy Films and actress Erika Alexander's Color Farm Media - winners in the NAMIC/Sava 360 Start Up Competition - are set to bring a documentary on the civil rights activist and politician to the masses. 

Pew Research Center
Most value workplace diversity, but few want employers to consider race or ethnicity in hiring and promotion decisions.

Studios and networks are adapting to changing demographics with effective campaigns that reach underserved audiences with authenticity.
Read more

"At the root of all social injustices, unconscious bias exists. And when unchecked and ignored, it becomes the root of societal injustices." So says ITVS' vice president of marketing and communications, Lisa Tawil. 

The members-only NAMIC Job Bank provides access to the best employers and most diverse candidates in the communications industry.

Spectrum Reach is growing and looking for talent in several markets.  Check out the opportunities

If you're a non-member and attend a local NAMIC event, you may be eligible to receive up to 10% off your NAMIC membership! Inquire at the event.
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