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[TV] Television Don't Reflect City Diversity

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  • madchinaman
    TV skeins don t reflect city diversity MICHAEL SCHNEIDER Daily Variety December 15, 2004, Wednesday SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 8 http://www.variety.com The networks
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      TV skeins don't reflect city diversity
      MICHAEL SCHNEIDER
      Daily Variety
      December 15, 2004, Wednesday
      SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 8
      http://www.variety.com


      The networks have been slow to reflect the changing demos in major
      cities like Los Angeles and New York, according to a study released
      Tuesday by UCLA.

      The report, compiled by UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center,
      found that of the eight primetime skeins set in Los Angeles this
      fall, just 14% of characters are Latino --- and they all appear on
      the same show, ABC's "George Lopez."

      By comparison, Los Angeles County is actually 45% Latino and 12%
      Asian-American. The study found no Asian-American characters on L.A.-
      set series.

      "Shows set in Los Angeles, the very heart of the entertainment
      industry, are among the most segregated series with respect to
      white, Latino and African-American regular characters," said Chon
      Noriega, the center's director.

      The third annual study found the number of Latino characters had
      actually declined from previous years, comprising just 4% of all
      regular cast members. (Latinos make up 13% of the population
      nationally.)

      The study applauded ABC for showcasing half of all Latino characters
      in primetime (13 out of 26), and criticized Fox, WB and UPN for
      lacking any real presence.

      Looking at other major metropolitan areas, the study found Latinos
      make up 27% of characters on shows set in Miami (compared with 57.3%
      in real life) and just 8% on shows that take place in New York
      (compared with 27%).
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