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Univision's purchase of The Root marks firm's second
move into African-American media
27, 2015) Last week's announcement by Univision Communications Inc. that
it had acquired online destination The Root was the second major foray
into African-American media by the company best known for its Hispanic
media properties. In December 2012, UCI, which owns 62 television
Two Tyler Perry dramas returning to OWN for summer
season beginning in June
(May 27, 2015) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's hit drama "The Haves and the
Have Nots," starring John Schneider and Tika Sumpter, returns for its new
summer season on Tuesday, June 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The popular comedy
series "Love Thy Neighbor" from Tyler Perry, featuring ornery but loveable
Mama Hattie (Patrice Lovely) and her Love Train Diner, returns Friday,
June 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes...
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of May 4 - 10
Second week of NBA semifinals drops more than 16
percent among black viewers
22 , 2015) While its games remained the most popular viewing for black
cable TV households, the NBA semifinals saw a drop of 16.7 percent among
black viewers from the previous week. With only two slots less on the Top
25 cable chart from last week, the NBA lost nearly three million black
ASPiRE network announces exit of its first general
manager Paul Butler
16, 2015) Two years after Paul Butler was hired by Earvin "Magic" Johnson
as ASPiRE's first general manager, the network has announced that they
have parted company. On Friday, May 15, Johnson announced that Butler was
leaving Aspire to "spend more time with his family...
Black TV Ratings for Week of May 4 - 10
'Scandal,' NBA push ABC to fourth week as No.1
network in black homes
16, 2015) ABC was able to hold on to its popularity with black TV viewers,
thanks to the march towards the season finale of "Scandal" and the
suspense of the NBA Playoffs. Both programs headed the chart of Top 25
shows for the first week of May. ABC was the most watched network with
11.7 million viewers for...
Chicago memorial service announced for veteran media
personality Ty Wansley
12, 2015) Ty Wansley, who for 35 years was a successful broadcaster in
Chicago and St. Louis, died on Wednesday, May 6 at Chicago's Northwestern
Memorial Hospital from congestive heart failure. He was 63 years old.
Wansley was a native of St. Louis, MO where he attended...
to host first annual Uncorked Food & Wine Festival
(May 11, 2015) UPTOWN Magazine will host its first annual UPTOWN
Uncorked Food and Wine Festival, July 30 - August 2, at Silverado Resort
in Napa Valley, CA. The premier destination event will host more than
300 wine connoisseurs for a weekend of grand tastings, private vineyard
tours, live music, comedy and more.
Sponsored by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, Lexus...
Fox is dropping 'American Idol,' and goes all in on
'Empire' and the black audience
11, 2015) Prior to Monday's upfront presentation of its plans for the
coming TV season, the
announced that it is
dropping "American Idol" in 2016 and is moving its newest midseason
success, "Empire," to a return in the fall. It will also increase its
schedule for the hip-hop drama to...
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of April 27 - May 3
Despite more NBA games on chart, Top 25 cable audience falls from
10, 2015) The NBA boosted its dominance over cable TV viewing in black
households when compared to the previous week. Basketball-related
programming captured 15 slots on the Top 25 chart, with a 20.1 million
black viewers. That's up from the 12.4 million and 12 chart positions.
Despite that popularity, non-NBA programs claimed the first...
MBA Association to hold 45th anniversary gala in Chicago June 12
11, 2015) The National Black MBA Association will host its
45th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Friday, June 12, 2015 at the Hyatt
Regency Chicago. Retired McDonald's CEO Don Thompson and Amy Hilliard
(pictured), president of Fashion Fair Cosmetics will be honored at the
Gala. During the 45th Anniversary Gala Celebration, the NBMBAA
Black TV Ratings for Week of April 27 - May 3
its third consecutive week as No.1 network in black households
6, 2015) Since March Madness ended, taking with it CBS' lead on the Top 25
TV shows in black households, ABC has reigned at the top of the chart.
Even though "Scandal" wasn't on the lineup for the last week of May, As
ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" moves towards its season finale, its percent of
households grows. With no episode of "Scandal" airing...
Nielsen named to
Diversity Inc.'s Top 50 firms for diversity for second consecutive year
(May 6, 2015)
Nielsen has been named to DiversityInc.'s 2015 Top 50 Companies for
Diversity ranking for the second consecutive year. Advancing eight spots
from 2014, Nielsen was ranked number 42 this year. "Inclusion is a
cornerstone of Nielsen's success around the world," said Mitch Barns,
Chief Executive Officer, Nielsen...
Girl Magic,' a digital program from Essence, among Time Inc.'s new video
(May 1, 2015) Time Inc. unveiled a number of new digital video programs
during its NewFronts showcase last week. One of the new offerings, "Black
Girl Magic," is a docu-series from Essence that highlights the lives of
six teenage girls from diverse backgrounds. Directed by emerging
Veteran film executive, Zola Mashariki expected to join BET Networks as
1, 2015) Zola Mashariki, an executive at Fox Searchlight, has reportedly
been chosen by BET Networks to be its Executive Vice President of original
programming. She will be based in Los Angeles and fills the opening
created when Loretha Jones departed the network last September...
A new focus for Chicago Defender includes changes in
leadership and mission
3, 2015) The Chicago Defender, the nation's oldest African-American owned
newspaper, is marking its 110th anniversary by pumping new blood into
fulfilling its mission. With a new executive team, the iconic paper is
considering a number new avenues, according to a New York Times story,
including the possibility of making the weekly free.
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of April 20 - 26
Blacks were 43% or more of the audience for week's first round of NBA
29, 2015) It's during the NBA Playoffs that the value of Black viewers to
the success becomes clear. Black fans of the games were 48.5 percent of
all of the viewers for all the first round games that aired on cable last
week. Their presence ranged from 57 percent of the lowest rated match-up
(Memphis vs. Portland on April 25th) to 43 percent of the most watched
game (Golden State vs. New Orleans on April 20th). Black viewers were 48.5
percent of all the NBA games that made the..
Washington Informer newspaper opens branded
newsstand at Dulles Airport
26, 2015) The Washington Informer, the District of Columbia-area
newspaper, has added another benchmark as it celebrates its fiftieth
anniversary. Travelers are already familiar with airport newsstands
bearing the names of such media companies as CNN, MSNBC and the New York
Times. The Washington Informer became only the...
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