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African American TV & Video Summit, first targeted TV conference, coming to Chicago July 21st

The African American Television and Video Summit, the first conference devoted exclusively to the trends and opportunities in targeted TV, will be presented by Target Market News, in association with The NABOB Foundation, on Monday, July 21st, 2014 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago.

The all-day conference will explore a range of topics through presentations and panel discussions. Executives in broadcast television, cable, and video streaming will discuss tapping the interests of African American audiences. The invited participants for the AATV Summit represent a virtual who's who of those companies and individuals on the cutting edge of developing, producing and distributing successful targeted programs.

The highlight of the Summit will be a keynote address by The Honorable Mignon L. Clyburn, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.

Among the confirmed participants to the AATV Summit are ASPiRE TV, BET Networks, Boston Media, Inc., Bounce TV, Black Heritage Network, Burrell Communications, Central City Productions, Moguldom Media, National Black Programming Consortium, Nielsen, Revolt TV, Soul of the South Network, Soul Train Productions, Tavis Smiley Productions, The Africa Channel and TV One.

"We are in a period of expansion and growth for African American television and video content," said Target Market News president, Ken Smikle. "The African American viewer represents the biggest untapped and underserved audience in the industry, and creating programming that resonates with this segment will determine the future success for networks and marketers."

Target Market News is joining forces with The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters Foundation in the presentation of the AATV Summit. "NABOB has a long history of working to create opportunities and fairness for African American broadcasters," said Smikle. "We are please to have the organization's insights and expertise on the broadcast industry as part of this conversation on the future for Black video content providers."

"The AATV Summit represents a key opportunity to bring together African American broadcasting and TV production professionals for an exchange of ideas that is long overdue," said NABOB Foundation executive director, Jim Winston. "We look forward to taking part in this urgently needed gathering."

Registration for the African American TV & Video Summit is available online by clicking here. For further information, contact Ken Smikle at 312-408-1881 or

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