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August 30, 2018
Dear NAMIC Diversity Digest Readers,

The deadline for the NAMIC Leadership Seminar is August 31st and you don't want to miss this career-enlightening experience...


Empower Leaders, Create Superheroes at this year's 
32nd Annual NAMIC Conference October 16-17th at the New York Marriott Marquis featuring a keynote by Don Lemon, correspondent and anchor of "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon" and  Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO Emeritus of BET Networks, as the recipient of the 2018 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award. Also, Mediacom EVP Italia Commisso Weinand and TV One's General Manager Michelle Rice to serve as honorary co-chairs.

The conference Agenda is now available! Click here to check it out

Call for  Volunteers! If you're interested and available,  please click here to complete the online application by Friday, September 7, 2018.

Back by popular demand, the  NAMIC/Sava360 'Shark Tank' Style "Startup Pitch Competition" is open for entries.  Click here for more information and to enter by Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Is your company interested in sponsoring? Contact Sandra Girado, VP, Event and Partner Relations at or call the NAMIC National office at 212-594-5985.


In This Issue

NAMIC-Denver's "Meet The "Leaders" discussion on August 15 with Eric Claytor, SVP, Affiliate Distribution, Entertainment Studios Networks; Jim Jones, SVP, Education & Diversity Solutions, NAMIC; Danielle Shoots, VP, Business Operations, Comcast West Division; and Jean Hadzi, senior executive, Opteamix included the benefits of taking on a leadership role in different settings and real life experiences - both successes and failures.

NAMIC-New York held their Executive Series Finale on August 16 in partnership with Blacks@Microsoft.


EIN Presswire
Chairman and CEO Emeritus of BET Networks To Be Honored At The NAMIC Annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, October 17 at the New York Marriott Marquis

The New York Times
"Crazy Rich Asians," powered by jubilant reviews and pent-up demand for a major Hollywood film led by Asian stars, took in a strong $25.2 million at North American theaters over the weekend, easily enough for No. 1.
The company behind Essence magazine just partnered with musician, actress and entrepreneur Queen Latifah for a multimillion-dollar initiative to give more creators of color the financial support and ownership they need.
The Ladders
Simply saying you want a diverse staff is not enough to get you one. Just ask Late Show host Stephen Colbert. In an interview with Sopan Deb for TimesTalks, he talked about his "naiveté" with thinking that he could ask for more diverse candidates to apply for his writers' room at his previous show The Colbert Report, and that would be enough.

The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to try to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities and give some a foot in the door at the most critical moment - when college graduation is in sight and the job market is looming.

The Hollywood Reporter
HBO programming president Casey Bloys talks with THR about his network's "Because of Her" campaign, which highlights female talent, and the importance of telling all kinds of stories.

The Hollywood Reporter
Common is increasing his focus on television.
The Emmy-winning songwriter, actor and producer has inked an overall deal with Lionsgate Television. Under the pact, Common will create and develop new projects for the studio.
"Our obsession is to find the best talent, work with them and establish long-term relationships, seeking the best stories regardless of where they take place," says Javier Méndez, content director at Mediapro. "Latin America always has been a real powerhouse for new talent, writers and directors, and now new projects are necessary. We are lucky to be there to meet the increasing content demand."
The Root
The African American Film Critics Association has partnered with Turner Classic Movies to create a month-long programming event that looks at the portrayal of African Americans in film throughout cinematic history from the 1920s through the 1990s.

Despite being the fastest-growing ethnic population, currently estimated at 58 million, Latinos remain underrepresented in the media. That lack of representation has been highlighted in the entertainment industry, where Latino film and television actors in major roles are rare, as are Latino show runners, producers, writers and directors - and where negative stereotypes of Latinos persist.

Horowitz Research
Traditional and new television distributors seeking to retain and acquire customers in an increasingly competitive market should focus on super-serving Black consumers, who have consistently proven to be some of TV's best audiences, according to Horowitz Research's FOCUS Black: The Media Landscape 2018 report.
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