The CW's "Jane the Virgin"
“I Never Saw Myself on Screen”: “Jane the Virgin” Star Gina Rodriguez Makes the Diversity Discussion Personal – Ed Martin

The CW’s much-buzzed-about “Jane the Virgin” is best described as a lightly comedic serial that deals with serious social and personal issues in telling the story of a sexually inexperienced young woman who as the result of a medical mix-up becomes pregnant via artificial insemination. It is in every way an ethnically diverse, multi-generational, modern family friendly show. The star of the series, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m., is a relatively unknown actress named Gina Rodriguez, who in July instantly charmed hundreds of critics and bloggers at the Summer 2014 Television Critics Association tour by putting into a fresh context the dialogue about diversity that has for decades been top of mind throughout the media.

Today, that dialogue is...


Closing in on the Gender Divide: Observations from Advertising Week – Charlotte Lipman
By Charlotte Lipman

At this year’s Advertising Week there were numerous sessions that confronted the question, “How do we talk about women?” It is no small feat to evaluate the advertising industry in this respect. Panelists participating in “Rethinking Marketing to Women,” co-sponsored by Lean In and Getty Images, stressed the consumer demand for authentic storytelling about women. Other seminars more squarely took the... more

Autumn Media Update: Advertising Week, Hispanic TV Summit, NCC Media Upfront -- Simon Applebaum
By Simon Applebaum

When a new television season gets underway in New York, so does a packed calendar of events having to do with the state of the medium and what the future holds. Here's a trio of brief wraps – with accompanying quotes -- from the early going.

Advertising Week (final full week of September)

You could boil the theme of the week down to one word --... more

Four Simple Rules for Going It Alone – Betsy Frank
By Betsy Frank

Two years ago, almost to the day, as Superstorm Sandy rattled the windows, I decided to leave the job I had held for almost seven years.

I didn’t make the decision lightly. As Chief Research and Insights Officer at Time Inc., the largest magazine publishing company, I loved the brands I supported and valued the people I worked with. But if I wanted to do more in my life, to begin my own new phase, what better time than... more

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