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Univision Warns DISH Subscribers On Potential Access Cut-Off In Carriage Dispute

UPDATE:  Responding to Univision’s earlier statement to subscribers, DISH has issued the following statement: “We are actively working to reach a fair deal before the contract between DISH and Univision expires, knowing that only Univision can choose to take its content away from DISH and Sling customers. Negotiations are standard in the pay-TV industry. Univision is demanding a rate increase of 75 percent for channels whose ratings have declined by nearly a third over… Read


‘Seven Seconds’ Creator Veena Sud On How Lack Of Asian American Representation Influenced Her Career

As Hollywood attempts to move the needle more and more on the gauge of diversity and inclusion, Veena Sud is doing her part to make sure that she is doing her part to not only put more stories from marginalized communities on the screen, but to make those narratives resonate with all audiences. As the showrunner of Netflix’s Seven Seconds and The Killing, Sud is more than aware that she is in a minority when it comes to television showrunners. As a woman that is of… Read


Tracee Ellis Ross On The Changing Landscape Of Inclusivity, Solving Pay Disparity & Directing ‘Black-ish’

Tracee Ellis Ross

About to enter its fifth season, Black-ish has so far earned Tracee Ellis Ross two Emmy noms and a Globe win for the role of Rainbow 'Bow' Johnson. In Season 4, Ross took the helm to direct an episode that marked the beginning of a separation for the sitcom's beloved couple Bow and Dre (Anthony Anderson). Amid protests from fans, the couple were fortunately reunited by the season finale, but not before making audiences both laugh and cry through the story arc. A longtime… Read


‘Black Panther’ Items To Be Displayed At Smithsonian African-American Museum

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired several objects from the Black Panther film, including the costume worn by star Chadwick Boseman. The Smithsonian NMAAHC announced the acquisitions on its website and via Twitter with the hashtag #WakandaForever. The museum did not indicate when the display would go live. In addition to the costume, also acquired were a shooting script signed by Black Panther co-writer/director Ryan… Read


DGA Says Number Of Minority Film Directors Hit 5-Year Low Last Year, Down 46% Since 2013; Women Making Gains

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Saying that discrimination is "still rampant" in the film industry, the DGA today released its second report on Feature Film Diversity, which found that only 9.7% of live-action American films with box office takes of at least $250,000 were directed by minorities last year — a five-year low and a precipitous drop of 46% since 2013. Female directors fared considerably better than in recent years — up in numbers by 100% compared with 2013. According to the report, 22 women… Read


Lena Waithe On Mentoring, Accountability & The Next Frontier – Cannes Lions

Lena Waithe

Actress and Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe stopped at Cannes Lions today to discuss her role as a mentor in AT&T's Hello Lab program as well as what she sees as “the next frontier” in filmmaking. During a panel titled Diversity in Filmmaking: From Empowerment to Execution, the Master Of None and Ready Player One star said, “It's important for us as artists” to write “something that feels vulnerable or brutally honest. We have to go beyond 'I want to see myself.' It's… Read


Tyler Perry OTT Service Eyed By Viacom – Cannes Lions

In summer 2017, Tyler Perry signed a mega-deal with Viacom that covers film, TV and short-form video. As his exclusive arrangement with OWN nears its conclusion next year, Perry talked about the Viacom play today at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and revealed discussions for a Tyler Perry OTT service as part of the deal while also touching on diversity and plugging his Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios. A key factor in Perry's decision to leave OWN… Read


New Hollywood Podcast: ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Star DeWanda Wise Talks “Ebbs And Flows” Of Her Career As A Black Actress

Before DeWanda Wise took the lead role of Nola Darling in Spike Lee’s Netflix revival of his 1986 film She’s Gotta Have Itshe had a storied career which ranged from cutting her teeth on the theater scene in New York to auditioning for roles in Avatar and Children of Men. Wise stopped by the New Hollywood Podcast before heading back to Brooklyn to film the second season of She’s Gotta Have It to talk about her career of “ebbs and flows” of her acting career and what she… Read


Ellen Pompeo On Inclusion, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & Twitter Challenge To Laura Ingraham – Cannes Lions

Ellen Pompeo

Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is the latest actor to call for an inclusive group of journalists at press junkets, saying she will “make sure reporters who are people of color get to come in and interview me” going forward. Pompeo was speaking at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Tuesday afternoon, alongside PR maven Richard Edelman, whose communications and marketing firm partnered with Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes and Dove in the female-led Real… Read


BAFTA Implements New Diversity Requirements For 2019 Film Awards

Originally unveiled in 2016, new eligibility requirements for the BAFTA Film Awards are formally coming into effect. These concern the British film categories at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2019 and going forward. Following consultation with the BFI and a range of industry professionals, all entries into two British film categories — Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer — will be required to meet at least two… Read


Sony TV’s 2018 Diverse Directors Program Comes Into Focus

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Television has begun accepting applications for its fifth annual Diverse Directors Program, aimed at providing opportunities to talented artists of diverse backgrounds. Fifteen semi-finalists will participate in the Diverse Directors Program's episodic directing workshop consisting of six evenings of discussion and instruction from working directors, production personnel and entertainment professionals. About five finalists will then be chosen… Read


‘The Rest Of Us,’ Female Driven Babe Nation Creations Feature, Starts Shoot

Principal photography has begun in Toronto on Aisling Chin-Yee’s directorial debut, The Rest of Us, the first feature film from female-driven production company Babe Nation Creations. Aisling Chin-Yee (Synesthesia, Sound Asleep) will direct the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist screenplay of the same name written by first-time screenwriter Alanna Francis. The dramedy stars Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, The Hangover), Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief, The Grea… Read