Posts Tagged ‘NBC’

‘Deception’ and Colorblind Casting: Are We Post-Racial Yet?

Friday, January 11th, 2013


(The Wrap) When NBC's "Deception" premieres Monday, it will become one of only two broadcast shows with an African-American woman in the lead — and one of the few broadcast shows with a non-white lead actor.

Not that the show will emphasize that. "Deception," a soapy detective drama, follows the long American tradition of emphasizing class while avoiding the awkward subject of race.

The cynical read of that fact is that broadcast networks hope that by sidestepping a difficult issue, they can make it go away. Or that they just don't want to deal with anything painful or complex, for fear of losing ratings.

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NBC to Promote Web Site for Latinos

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


(New York Times) After a year of trying a Tumblr page, the Web site for is ready to face its readers. On Monday, NBC News will officially announce the site dedicated to news and features for a Latino audience.

“We want to tell the Hispanic-American story with Hispanic-American voices in English,” said Chris Peña, the site’s executive editor. “It’s a young demographic; we know it’s a growing demographic.”

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Sportscaster Angela Sun Shares Her Fitness Favorites

Saturday, June 16th, 2012


(Fitness Magazine) As host of the Yahoo! Sports Minute, co-host of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and an anchor for the Tennis Channel, Angela Sun has one full plate. Her fearless and adventurous attitude toward life motivates her to explore and travel all around the globe in exotic locations such as China, the Philippines, Australia and Guatemala, just to name a few. In fact, when we caught up with her, she had just returned from Fiji! Angela loves fitness and it’s clear that it’s about more than working out – it’s a way of life.

Keep reading for Sun’s essential workout gear picks and the fitness moves that keep her in shape for her on-the-go lifestyle!

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Fil-Am band makes it to “America’s Got Talent”

Friday, June 8th, 2012


(ABS-CBN North America News) A local Filipino-American all-girl band made it through another popular TV talent competition and will be competing before a nationwide audience in the wake of compatriot Jessica Sanchez historic run on “American Idol”.

"Ivy Rose" made it past the 1st round of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” after winning the nod of judges Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mendel and Howard Stern. The girls are now moving on to Las Vegas where they will compete for the $1 million cash prize and the chance to headline a show in any of Las Vegas’ renowned casino stages.

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Black First Family Sitcom Coming Soon

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

(The Root) Don't get enough of the Obama family from their annual family photos and occasional inside-the-White House interviews? The next-best thing might be The First Family from Byron Allen's Entertainment Studio. The sitcom, about an African-American family living in the White House, is set to air on NBC this fall.

From the Times Leader:


Entertainment Studios, Inc., ( the largest independent producer and distributor of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations, and owner of seven 24-hour HD television networks, announced that is has ordered 104 episodes of the new show.

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Survey Sheds Light on TV’s Diversity Problem

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

(The Root) The near-whiteout at the 2011 Emmy Awards drew criticism from The Root and other sources. But the problem for this show, or for its sibling, the Oscars, is about who the directors are. Producers hire directors, and the directors decide who and what goes on the screen. But Hollywood's overwhelmingly white male producers rarely hire blacks, Latinos, Asians or women of any background as directors. 

A new Directors Guild of America report shows how woeful the record is, but it's the same news — just a different day. The report analyzed more than 2,600 episodes produced in the 2010-2011 television season for more than 170 scripted television series shown on broadcast TV, basic cable and premium cable. The shows were produced by production companies including ABC, CBS, Fox, HBO, NBC, Sony and Warner Bros.

White males directed 77 percent of the shows, and white females directed 11 percent of the episodes. Minority males directed 11 percent, and minority females directed 1 percent. The racial and gender near-shutout was more striking for one-hour series, in which white males directed 80 percent of episodes.

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DGA gives TV producers failing grade on hiring women, minorities

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) Further evidence has emerged that Hollywood has made little progress in hiring women and minorities to work on prime-time television shows.

A survey conducted by the Directors Guild of America of more than 2,600 television episodes from 170 scripted TV series for the 2010-11 season found that white males directed 77% of all episodes, and white females directed 11% of all episodes. Minority males directed 11% all episodes and minority females directed just 1% of the shows, according to the survey of programs from the major broadcast and cable networks.

The directors guild, which over the years has prodded production companies to establish diversity programs and improve hiring practices, expressed disappointment with the findings, noting that the results show little change from a similar survey in the 2009-2010 television season.

The guild singled out nine shows that hired no women or minority directors for the 2010-2011 season, including HBO's "Bored to Death," Showtime's "Weeds" and FX's "Justified." Sixteen other shows hired women and minorities for fewer than 15% of episodes. Those include Fox's "House" (produced by NBC) and Lifetime's "Army Wives" (produced by ABC).

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Concerns about lack of minorities in NBC’s family

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) "Undercovers," a glossy drama about married caterers moonlighting as spies, was positioned by NBC as more than just a glittery entry in its fall lineup when it premiered last September. The series featured two black leads — a rarity in prime-time network TV — and was the centerpiece of the network's aggressive campaign touting its commitment to boosting diversity.

NBC trumpeted "Undercovers" as a response to opponents of the network's merger with cable giant Comcast who contended NBC had a historically poor record when it came to placing African Americans in front of and behind the camera. But despite heavy promotion, "Undercovers" never caught on with viewers and was canceled by early November, leaving some observers to speculate that NBC's push for more minority presence would wither.

Network honchos were reassuring. Then-diversity chief Paula Madison maintained in a February radio interview with noted sociologist Michael Eric Dyson that Comcast's NBCUniversal was committed to increasing diversity "in all facets of our business.…Those commitments are in writing, and they are on file with the FCC. There is no likelihood that we would revert. We're not going to put shows on the air that are devoid of diversity."

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Why Isn’t TV More Diverse?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

(TV Guide) To paraphrase NBC’s marketing slogan, has prime time become “less colorful”? Looking at the casting of this fall’s new TV series, the groups that monitor TV diversity think so.

Unlike last year, when at least nine new shows boasted leading roles for black, Latino and Asian-American actors (including NBC’s now canceled Undercovers and Outlaw and The CW’s returning Nikita), next year most minority characters are supporting roles. The networks are also airing more comedies next fall — and in recent years, half-hour sitcoms have been less diverse than dramas.

That’s why there’s concern that the strides made by network diversity efforts are being erased. The trend is to “sprinkle in some African-Americans or Latinos as the second or third character,” says Vic Bulluck, who heads the NAACP’s Hollywood branch. That’s despite 2010 census data, which show that the U.S. Hispanic/Latino population now makes up 16.3 percent of the country, while Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders constitute 5 percent and African-Americans 12.6 percent.

Execs say they take diversity seriously but could do better. “Network TV has come a long way…but there is always a need for and a desire to improve,” says Nicole Bernard, Fox’s senior VP of audience strategy.

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Comcast-NBCU deal offers concessions for African Americans, but is it enough?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

(Huffington Post) When Comcast first proposed its joint venture with NBC Universal in October 2009, skeptics correctly asked, “What’s in it for African Americans and other underserved communities?” We wanted to ensure that the Federal Communications Commission didn’t rubber stamp a corporate giveaway that didn’t deliver real benefits to the public.

I hope these critics will now take a hard look at what was achieved for African Americans as part of the Comcast-NBCU review process at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Any fair review will find a number of positive advances, particularly in the areas of broadband adoption and minority media ownership, which are significant enough that I felt compelled to offer my strong support.

Broadband Development and Adoption

As access to broadband has become increasingly essential to educational and employment opportunities, African Americans and members of other underserved communities have lagged behind in broadband deployment and adoption. Leaving these communities out of the broadband revolution is unacceptable.

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