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UniWorld Group agency re-brands under new name and
Culture Lab unit
3, 2014) UniWorld Group, one of the industry's leading multicultural
advertising agencies, announced its rebranding today. The agency's new
identity includes a name change to UWG, a website overhaul and the
introduction of Culture Labs, an initiative to deeply understand evolving
cultural trends. The rebranding comes on the second anniversary of the
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TV & Video Summit, first targeted TV conference, in Chicago
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...
Data on Black, Hispanic and Asian car buyers point auto market's future
(May 30, 2014) Strategic Vision, the research-based consultancy, has
completed its annual review of the New Vehicle Experience Study. The study
focuses on the differences of various ethnic groups to learn what brands
lead with which ethnic customers, and what it is about those brands that
lead to the increase in vehicle sales. The NVES ethnic review was based on
over 525,000 respondents who...
Black church group urges African Americans to
withhold donations to NPR
(May 27, 2014) The
National Black Church Initiative, a faith-based coalition of 34,000
churches, called on all African Americans to withhold donations to
National Public Radio after it cancelled "Tell Me More," its only program
featuring an African-American host, and regularly addressing issues and
concerns of the black community...
Jackson gets promise
from Google on diversity data; Facebook declines
22, 2014) Rev. Jesse Jackson has been making the rounds of shareholder
meetings among Silicon Valley's biggest companies. On each occasion he has
asked Google, Apple, Twitter and Facebook to disclose publicly the
information that they are require by law to file with the Federal
government. All U.S. firms with 100 or more employees must file form EEO-1
each year with information about the race and gender of their workforce...
Study: 73% of black women use mobile for beauty
product purchase decisions
21, 2014) A new study shows that African American women actively use their
mobile phones to research new beauty products, find deals and share their
experiences. The study, from Social Lens Research in partnership with
MocoSpace and Identity, found that 73% of African American Women versus
64% of the total population surveyed use mobile to research products, find
American Legacy announces plans for black history
and culture video streaming site
(May 20, 2014) The founder of American Legacy Magazine has announced plans
to launch American LegacyXL, a streaming video and non-video digital
subscription portal in February 2015. Subscribers to the portal will have
access to four major content areas: African-American historical movies,
original television programs based on American Legacy magazine's content,
access to American Legacy's digital archives for back issues and research
BET Networks special, 'Stolen Innocence,' examines
sexual exploitation of children
20, 2014) BET Networks, in association with Arise TV, will address the
global issue of the sexual exploitation of children in a news special,
"Stolen Innocence: Your Daughters Are Our Daughters." The program will
premiere Friday, May 23 at 7PM ET/PT on BET and Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM
ET/ 7 PM PT on the Centric network...
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week May 5 - 11
VH1's Love & Hip Hop beats NBA Playoff for top-rated cable show in black
(May 15, 2014) Even though it's the height of the NBA Playoffs, and more
than 50 percent of all the viewers in the Top 25 came from
basketball-related programming, VH1's Love & Hip Hop topped the char
with 3.4 million viewers and a 24 share...
Black TV Ratings for Week of May 5 - 11
NBA Playoffs on ABC return to the Top 25 with match
between the Heat and Nets
13, 2014) This year's Playoffs have been good to the NBA on television,
and sometimes for all the wrong reasons. The off court battle between L.A.
Clippers' owner, Don Sterling and the league have, no doubt, added viewers
to the games. The primetime match-up between the Miami Heat and the
Brooklyn Nets -- in which the reigning champs were beat by...
Toyota VP Jim Colon awarded honorary doctorate from
Grambling State University
13, 2014) Grambling State University awarded James Colon, vice president
of African American Business Strategy at Toyota Motor Sales, Inc., an
honorary doctorate degree at its 2014 Spring Commencement ceremony. It is
the most prestigious degree the historically black university...
ads feature Epic Records' new Michael Jackson song in GlobalHue campaign
(May 12, 2014) The Jeep brand has teamed up with Epic Records and USA
Basketball to launch a first-ever summer brand campaign. The campaign
from agency GlobalHue features the Epic Records just released
song "Love Never Felt So Good" by Michael Jackson, and will star USA
Basketball National Team point guard Kyrie Irving. The 360-degree fully
integrated campaign includes an omni-channel approach with...
Radio One reports drop in station revenue, increase
shown for internet business
(May 10, 2014) Radio One, Inc. reported its results for the quarter ended
March 31, 2014. Net revenue was approximately $111.1 million, an increase
of 12.1% from the same period in 2013. Station operating income was
approximately $35.2 million, a decrease of 1.9% from the same period in
2013. The company reported operating income of approximately $15.8
million, compared to...
Larry Wilmore signed to replace Stephen Colbert in
late-night show on Comedy Central
9, 2014) Late night television is about to get its second black host.
The New York Times is reporting that Comedy Central has inked a deal Larry
Wilmore to replace Stephen Colbert at the end of the year when assumes the
helm of "Late Night with David Letterman" on CBS...
The NBA names Dick Parsons, former Time Warner
chairman, interim CEO of L.A. Clippers
9, 2014) The National Basketball Association has named former Citigroup
chairman and former Time Warner chairman and CEO Dick Parsons the interim
CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, effective immediately, it was announced
today by Commissioner Adam Silver. Parsons is currently a senior advisor
at Providence Equity Partners and sits on the board of directors for the
Commission on Presidential Debates.
Jet, an iconic magazine in the industry and black
households, to end publication
7, 2014) Johnson Publishing Company announced today that JET magazine, the
iconic news weekly founded in 1951, will cease publication at the end of
June. The title will become a digital magazine app. JPC said it is making
the proactive decision to adapt to the changing needs of its readers as
their desire to get information quickly and easily increases. JET, the
number three magazine in the African-American market, with a rate base of
Online producer, BlackTree TV, moves to daily television with Soul of the South
4, 2014) BlackTree TV, one of the largest online content providers for
urban entertainment programming, announced the premiere of a television
program on Soul of the South Network. 'BlackTree on TV' hosted by Alex
Hudgens airs weekdays at 5:30 pm and 1 am CT and is the first urban daily
entertainment show of its kind...
its 365Black Awards program to recognize exceptional teens
3, 2014) For the first time, McDonald's USA is looking to the community
to help select this year's Community Choice Youth Award recipients who
will be honored during the 11th annual 365Black Awards. McDonald's gives
the awards annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to
making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American
Combs makes the case for his channel's value at The Cable Show
(May 1, 2014) At The Cable Show in Los Angeles, the founder of the cable
channel, REVOLT, Sean Combs told an audience of industry professionals
his vision for the network, the upside of losing out on the deal to buy
Fuse network, and how his team measures the progress they've made in the
past six months (Watch video)...
Africa Channel announces executive appointments in
(April 30, 2014) The Africa Channel announced today a pair of executive
moves in the areas of programming, marketing and digital. Narendra Reddy
has joined The Africa Channel as senior vice president of programming &
production, a new position. Brian Newton has been promoted to vice
president of marketing & digital...
Nielsen's 2Q radio report highlights growth of African American,
30, 2014) Nielsen's second report on radio for the year looks at
African-American and Hispanic listeners and finds that they both
continue to represent a growing opportunity for the radio industry.
African-American listeners have in fact, grown at a greater rate than the
rate for all radio listeners...
the NBA's L.A. Clippers after airing of owner's racist comments
(April 28, 2014) The firestorm of reactions to the racist comments
allegedly made by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team,
Donald Sterling, has now drawn a response from advertisers.
Statements from CarMax and Virgin America are both cited in press
reports saying they have ended all sponsorship agreements...
Essence kicks-off 20th festival with multi-city tour
with partner Walmart
(April 28, 2014) The 20th anniversary of the Essence
Festival is getting underway with a series of multi-city events that
started this week. "The Road to ESSENCE Festival," in partnership with Walmart, kicked off April 26th offering a free day of live
music, empowering conversations led by ESSENCE editors and special guests,
Black TV Ratings for Week of April 14 - 20
'Scandal' posts largest black audience ever for
season finale, giving ABC top network title
(April 24, 2014) There seems to be no end to the growing appeal of the
political drama, Scandal, and the final episode of its third season
attracted the show's biggest audience ever. Of the 10.6 million total
audience that tuned in, black viewers accounted for 4.1 million, or 38
percent. ABC was easily the most watched...
Bounce TV's debut
of 'One Love' is the channel's most watched original series
(April 22, 2014) Bounce TV's newest original series One Love reached
nearly 1.1 million persons across its series premiere week runs to
become the most-watched original in Bounce TV's history. Since first
beginning to receive Nielsen ratings one year ago this month, the network
has increased primetime viewership by 39% in Households...
Ebony names Mitzi Miller its top editor as Amy
DuBois resigns unexpectedly
23, 2014) In a move that caught the industry by surprise, Amy DuBois
Barnett resigned her position as editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine on
April 22nd and was replaced by Mitzi Miller, the editor-in-chief of sister
publication, Jet magazine. Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing
Company, said that the change was effective immediately. A statement from
BET Networks set to
debut Keke Palmer in daily talk show this summer
22, 2014) BET Networks and Telepictures have announced that they are
partnering on a new daily talk show targeting millennials. The Keke
Palmer Project -- the working title of the program -- is set to premiere
on the network this July hosted by singer, actress and activist Keke
Palmer and will air Mondays - Fridays during its initial...