Industry Insider: February 2021

CultureX Conversations

CultureX Conversations is a breakthrough conference for television and media leaders who are engaged in diversifying their workplace and ensuring that the service and content they provide to customers is inclusive.  The Walter Kaitz Foundation will present a Diversity Roundtable moderated by Executive Director, Michelle Ray.

This virtual conference takes place on March 16th and features a series of 10 sessions including thought-provoking keynote, and panel discussions with industry leaders, and talent as well as case study presentations that demonstrate best practices for diversity and inclusion in the television industry.

View the full agenda and register.

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Native American Media Alliance Launches COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Native American Media Alliance has launched the Native Americans in Entertainment COVID-19 Relief Fund to support eligible Native American writers, directors, actors and others in the entertainment industry who have experienced loss of employment due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Grants of $2,000 will be awarded until the program funds have been depleted.  The objective of this program is to provide economic relief for American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians impacted by COVID-19 and to provide support for additional unanticipated expenses resulting from the pandemic.  Those applying must be U.S. residents 18 years of age who can provide appropriate documentation of their Native American heritage.

SCTE Call for Papers

Now is the time to submit your paper to the Fall Technical Forum at SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® 2021, the largest cable and technology trade show in the Americas. Cable-Tec Expo® 2021 is currently scheduled to take place October 11-14, 2021 in Atlanta Georgia.

The collaborative environment of Cable-Tec Expo® cable telecommunications attendees representing more than 100 countries, empowers diversity of thought and application, creating a platform to drive positive business results for all. This year’s Program Committee, chaired by Kevin Hart, EVP, Chief Product and Technology Officer for Cox Communications, invites members to share their expertise in 10 key areas, including sustainability on the road to 10G, converged networks and mobility, operational transformation, the workplace of the future, security and privacy, and much more.

You can learn more about specific submission topics on our Call for Papers page.

Deadline to submit a paper is April 9, 2021.




Howard Foundation

This February the T. Howard Foundation (THF) announced the selection of alumnus Michael Huang (THF ‘20) as their inaugural recipient of the Pay It Forward Scholarship.  The Pay It Forward Scholarship is the Foundation’s newest merit-based award, for alumni, and is provided to assist first-generation college students with their academic pursuits.  Michael, a senior studying Marketing and Digital Media Management at SUNY-New Paltz, will receive $2,500 for assistance with tuition, textbooks and/or other expenses related to his education and/or career development. This past summer and fall he interned at WarnerMedia and was nominated to participate in Publicis Groupe’s 2020 MCTP (Multi-Cultural Talent Pipeline) virtual event in October.  The scholarship is funded exclusively by THF alumni, family and friends.

View the contributor list here.

Golden Globes Diversity: Record Representation for Film Directors, Year-to-Year Gains in Acting Categories

Golden Globes ImageOverall inclusion for BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) performers was up significantly year-over-year for the 2021 Golden Globes Awards on February 28.  The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations saw a total of 18.6% of all acting nominees going to BIPOC performers across the film and television categories.  The majority of these acting nominees came from the film side of the ballot—30%, including both Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holliday”) in the drama actress category; and Riz Ahmed (“The Sound of Metal”) and the late Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) in the drama actor category.  Behind the camera, Regina King (“One Night in Miami”) and Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”), were nominated for best director, meaning 40% of the directing nominees were BIPOC.