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Diversity in TV must come from all angles, panel says

24 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

To achieve diversity in television, the networks should employ more minorities not only onscreen but also behind the camera and in executive positions. But the hiring of minorities should not come at the expense of other groups being pushed out of the industry. That was the consensus of a panel on diversity in television participating in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' "Television's Challenges in Black, White and Multi-Color," a daylong forum held Saturday at ATAS' Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. During the discussion, moderator Charles Ogletree, professor of law at Harvard Law School, asked the panelists to envision the state of television diversity in the year 2015. "I believe that the most critical area where you can make a difference is in getting (minorities) into the executive ranks so that there is a presence ultimately around the writing table, in the casting process, in the overall promotion and marketing of the shows," Telemundo president and CEO James McNamara said. »

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All-original primetime at Telemundo

19 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC-owned Spanish-language network Telemundo is going all original in primetime next season. The network's entire primetime slate will consist of programs produced specifically for Telemundo and the U.S. Hispanic audience, Telemundo president and CEO James McNamara said Tuesday during a conference call with reporters in advance of Telemundo's upfront presentation to advertisers in New York. McNamara said that Telemundo and its parent company NBC have invested heavily during the past year in beefing up the network's production facilities in Miami, Mexico City and Bogota, Colombia. The increase in the volume of original telenovela programming has paid off in the form of higher primetime ratings during the past 12 months. »

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