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4 items from 2015


Keshet’s Cachet Draws Top TV Execs to Innovation Confab in Jerusalem

22 January 2015 1:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tel Aviv – Keshet Media Group, which for years has been at the forefront of Israel’s drive to become a global TV player, is pulling out all the stops in March for its third annual Innovation in Television confab in Jerusalem.

Top execs from HBO, Sony, AMC and more are expected in Israel’s capital city March 15-16 for the conference, which focuses on innovation in television production. Among the speakers on this year’s roster are HBO CEO Richard Pleper; ITV director of television Peter Fincham; Andrea Wong, Sony Pictures’ prexy of international Prods.; AMC Global prez Bruce Tuchman; MTV topper Stephen Friedman; and Wme’s TV topper Rick Rosen. “The Affair” co-creators Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi will also be on hand.

The show of force from U.S. execs underscores the heat of the Israeli format biz in general and Keshet’s cachet in particular.

The confab »

- Debra Kamin

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MTV’s “Talk” with Ava DuVernay, Black and White Mlk Programming

18 January 2015 1:56 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Mlk Holiday TV focus:  MTV today announced an expansion of its Look Different anti-bias campaign called #TheTalk, a multiscreen effort to encourage its audience to have “color brave” conversations on race with family and friends.According to a 2014 MTV study*, 73% of Millennials believe having more open constructive conversations about bias would help people become less prejudiced.“Millennials believe strongly in fairness, but they can also find it difficult to talk openly about race – to be not simply ‘color blind’ but ‘color brave,’ said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “Our audience is looking for a way to bring the national […] »

- April Neale

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MTV To Air Programming In Black And White For Martin Luther King Day

18 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Viacom’s MTV said its programming would appear in black and white on Monday, January 19, in an effort to generate talk about racial issues on Martin Luther King Day.

Commercials will continue to appear in color, a spokesman for the network said.

“Our audience is looking for a way to bring the national conversation on race into their homes and this campaign will give them a forum to express true color bravery,” said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV, in a statement.

As part of the effort,  every commercial block will begin with personal reflections on race from celebrities and other luminaries,  including Kendrick Lamar, Common, Big Sean, Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo, Penn Badgley, Jordin Sparks, Pete Wentz, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. John Lewis, Sen. Cory Booker (pictured, above) and more.

MTV has lent the initiative, which will appear starting at 9 a.m. Eastern on Martin Luther King Day and continue for 12  hours, »

- Brian Steinberg

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MTV to Go Black and White for Mlk Day Specials on Race

18 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Kendrick Lamar, Common and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay will help the network push its #TheTalk initiative

MTV is going old school and will air in black and white Monday, a first for the 34-year-old network.

The color change will run for 12 hours, and is part of the network’s #TheTalk campaign, encouraging viewers to talk openly about race with friends and family.

“Millennials believe strongly in fairness, but they can also find it difficult to talk openly about race – to be not simply ‘color blind’ but ‘color brave,’ said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV. “Our audience is looking for a »

- Alicia Banks

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