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May 12, 2016
Dear NAMIC Supporter,

Buy your ticket today for the NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast!  The breakfast will honor the  2016 Next Generation Leaders for their efforts to foster diversity and inclusion, and for demonstrating exceptional business acumen. This year's honorees are as follows: 
  • Malek Robert Amirshahi, vice president, Public Relations, Time Warner Cable
  • Sean Cohan, president, International and Digital Media, A+E Networks
  • Detavio Samuels, president, One Solution & Interactive One
  • Urvashi Shivdasani, senior vice president, Finance, Discovery Networks International, Discovery Communications
In addition, ten emerging executives will be honored as NAMIC Luminaries, recognized for their professional achievements and commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion. The 2016 Luminaries are listed below.
  • Fabienne Clermont, vice president, Legal Affairs, Discovery Communications
  • Boris Gartner, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, Fusion Media Network
  • Meghan Hooper White, vice president, Program Acquisitions, Lifetime Networks
  • Marisol Martinez, vice president, Marketing Acquisition and CRM, Time Warner Cable
  • Valerie Meraz, vice president, Content Acquisitions, Turner
  • Oscar Ramos, general manager, ESPN Deportes Radio and senior director, ESPN Deportes Content, ESPN
  • Jhamal Robinson, vice president, Production Management, TLC & Discovery Life, Discovery Communications
  • Talia Robinson, vice president, Human Resources, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Theresa Vargas Wyatt, chief of staff, El Rey Network
  • Alaka Williams, senior vice president, Network Human Resources, Scripps Networks Interactive
The NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 during INTX (the Internet & Television Expo), and presented in partnership with Multichannel News. In addition, NAMIC will award the the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award to  María Elena Salinas, anchor, Noticiero Univision (Univision News).
Buy Your Ticket Today!

Upcoming NAMIC Chapter events:
(Remember, if you're not a member and attend a NAMIC chapter event, you may join on the spot and receive 10% off your NAMIC membership! Inquire at the event.) 
  • NAMIC-New York is excited to bring you its "Speed Mentoring" event on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 where you'll have the opportunity to make one-on-one connections, ask questions and gain insights from top executives in the industry.
  • NAMIC-Philadelphia invites you to its "Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reception" on Monday, May 23, 2016. The event will include guest speakers providing valuable information about this celebration.  

Upcoming NAMIC National events:
  • Take advantage of the 30% off early registration rate for the 30th Annual NAMIC ConferenceSeptember 20-21, 2016 in New York City. The discounted rate will be in effect until June 1, 2016.
Many NAMIC partner organizations cover the fee for membership. Inquire within your company or give me a call at 212-594-5985.
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Susan Waldman 
Senior Manager, Membership and Publications
In This Issue
Multichannel News
Breakfast Honoring The Communications Industry's Next Generation Leaders Set for May 18 in Boston As Part of INTX: The Internet & Television Expo. 

ROOTS: The Groundbreaking Series Reimagined 

Join History® on May 18, 2016 at 12pm, following the NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast, for the INTX General Session (Hall C, Stage 2) for a conversation about reimagining roots for a new generation. Featuring Roots Co-Executive Producer, LeVar Burton, who starred at Kunta Kinte in the original 1977 series, and former U.S. Representative, Harold Ford, Jr.

Early in his presidency, President Obama insisted that all monies needed to complete the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture be raised before his exit from The White House at end of 2016.  Authorized by Congress in 2003, the museum stands on a five acre-site on the National mall, near the Washington Monument, and boasts a $540 million dollar price tag.
Latin Post
The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is calling for the inclusion of more Latinos in leadership positions on the boards of some of the country's top Fortune 500 companies. 
The New York Times
James Bond. An astronaut. A Secret Service agent. Hollywood's most famous actors have played these characters in big-budget movies recently, and a new social media project wants to know: Why haven't Hollywood's traditional leading roles been offered to more Asians?

Gael García Bernal will play Zorro in the character's long-in-development reboot after all: Deadline reports that the Mozart in the Jungle actor, who has been attached to the idea off and on the last few years, has boarded Jonás Cuarón's version of Z.
In her song "American Oxygen," Rihanna sings, "On the other side of the ocean, you can be anything at all / in America, America." Now the pop star and Barbados native is putting some of her money where her mouth is. On Monday she announced on Instagram the launch of a scholarship program to help citizens or natives of Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana and Jamaica attend college in the U.S.
After the highly publicized castings of Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton in movie roles that were originally written as Asian characters, Asian Americans took to Twitter Tuesday to show the personal and professional impact of being "#whitewashedOUT," the hashtag referring to both the erasure of Asian characters or culture in stories and the practice of casting Asian characters with non-Asian actors.

President of OWN, Sheri Salata, said that the debut episode of For Peete's Sake brought 35% new viewers to the network for that evening in addition to being the #1 cable show for African Americans in that time slot. 
Target Market News
TV ONE is celebrating the blockbuster drama EMPIRE with a second season binge-a-thon on Saturday, May 14, giving viewers a chance to catch up with Cookie, Lucious and the rest of the Lyon clan before the series' May 18 season finale on FOX
Business Wire
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced the launch of Univision Story House, a new content development and production venture that will produce original content for UCI's portfolio of owned networks as well as third party networks and platforms.
TBI Magaine
When cultural historians look back, 2015/16 will undoubtedly be seen as a landmark in terms of the way transgender people are portrayed on TV and viewed by mainstream society. 


NAMIC welcomes Darryl Jackson as the Manager of Mentoring Relations and Chapter Operations.

Leigh Primack Levy has been retained by NAMIC as a Fund-Development Consultant. Click here for more information.

NAMIC-Mid-Atlantic member, Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay was promoted to Executive Vice President, Ad Sales and Marketing, TV One.

Are  you a NAMIC Member who was recently promoted? Have you and your team won an award for your efforts in the industry? We want to highlight your achievements! Click here to let us know how you're becoming a mover and shaker.

Industry Events

New America Media
Hispanic millennials are turning their backs on Spanglish-a slang that mixes English-language norms into Spanish-and instead opting for proper American English.

According to a recent Nielsen multicultural Hispanic analysis, in the U.S. approximately 40% of the generation identify as Hispanic, African-American or Asian American. And over a quarter of all U.S. Millennials are first or second-generation immigrants, many of whom have strong ties to their global origins.


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