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Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017|6:26 p.m.
LOS ANGELES– Latino leaders meeting with leading CBS executives recently were braced for a conflict over a protracted shortage of Latino stars and stories on the network’s prime-time programs.
“We said, ‘That’s it, say goodbye to'” in getting ready for the encounter, said Alex Nogales of the National Latino Media Coalition.
Instead, the union stated in a statement Tuesday it discovered CBS has made “record dedications” to enhanced representation of Latinos, which Nogales said has galvanized the group to demand more from other networks.
“We’re going to be very militant from here on out. … The next target is Fox,” he said, with a conference to be asked for next week. Letter-writing campaigns and boycotts could be amongst the tools utilized to push broadcasters to act, he said.
Fox didn’t right away respond to an ask for remark.
Nogales said that exactly what he and fellow coalition member Thomas A. Saenz gained from CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves and other CBS executives proves change is possible.
Without releasing particular numbers per its arrangement with CBS, the union stated the network has doubled the variety of Latino authors and cast members considering that 2016; accepted order scripts from Latinos or with Latino styles, and will hear additional pitches from 10 Latino authors or producers.
One example of a Latino newcomer to CBS: Wilmer Valderrama, who joined the cast of “NCIS” last season as agent Nick Torres.
When he and Saenz left the conference after seeing more current, encouraging information, Nogales said, they shared the very same thought: “‘Man, if we had actually known we were going to get all these good things, we would have requested more.'”
Saenz is the president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, while Nogales heads the National Hispanic Media Union.
In a statement, CBS called the meeting “really favorable” and said it looked forward to continued progress and collaboration.
At a Television Critics Association meeting earlier this month, CBS executives were questioned about other diversity issues: Its brand-new fall shows that are mostly topped by male stars, in addition to the departure of Asian actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park from “Hawaii Five-O” over their reported demands for pay equivalent to the show’s white stars.
The push for ethnic diversity followed the four significant networks, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, fielded a fall 1999 slate of brand-new programs with just white stars. The Latino coalition joined with black, Asian-American and American Indian civil liberties groups to demand small-screen ethnic variety.
Change has actually come in fits in starts, with African-American stars and producers making greater strides than other minorities. However in 2015, an Associated Press analysis of routine cast members on prime-time comedies and dramas discovered casts at three of the 4 networks were still whiter than the nation as a whole.
Networks should recognize they can not relegate Latinos, a group that represents 18 percent of the United States population and has economic influence, to relative invisibility, Nogales said.
“People get their information from TELEVISION and film. If Latinos are missing or illustrated as lesser than others, that’s the method we’re going to be treated,” he said.