INTERNATIONAL DIVERSITY FOR TV, MOVIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – There has been a lot of talk over the years when it comes to diversity in TV and movies. And these days, it seems more of that talk is being converted into action. Channing Dungey is the vice president of original series for Netflix, a job she took after being the head of programming at ABC. She says a few years ago, when shows like “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” were popular, European TV executives would complain about not having enough shows with white leads. She says in recent years with the success of movies like “Black Panther,” programming featuring diverse casts are gaining a foothold – and an audience – overseas.
BOOK PUBLISHERS HOLD DAY OF ACTION
NEW YORK (AP) – A week ago, it was the music and entertainment industry. Now, the book industry has taken part in a nationwide “day of action.” Publishing has held rallies to support anti police brutality protesters – and to call attention to the industry’s own lack of diversity. An email from the industry acknowledges book publishers have played a role in systemic racism by failing to hire and keep enough black authors – and by profiting from books that incite racism. About 75% of book industry workers are white.
“BON APPETIT” EDITOR-IN-CHIEF RESIGNS
NEW YORK (AP) – The editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit has resigned. Adam Rapoport has stepped down after a photo of him dressed in a stereotypical Puerto Rican costume turned up on social media. After the image got attention, staffers at the magazine criticized him and his wife for the costume. His wife tagged the photo “boricua” – a reference to Puerto Ricans – and called Rapport “papi.” In the image, Rapoport is seen wearing a large, heavy chain, a do-rag and a baseball cap. In an Instagram post, Rapoport says he’s stepping aside as editor to take time to reflect on the work he needs to do as a human being.
COLONIAL PGA EVENT SET FOR THIS WEEK
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – The PGA Tour gets back on track this week. And when it does, CBS wants you not only to see the Colonial event – but hear it, too. Jim Nantz will be in the broadcast booth. But the network says it hopes to hear from players during the action. CBS says Nantz will preside over what he calls a “confession cam,” where players will duck into a tent and talk into a remote camera about their play. And some players will be outfitted with microphones. The Colonial will be the first PGA competition in 90 days because of the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down sports worldwide. Golf is the second major sport to resume behind motorsports.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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