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March 24, 2023

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Latino group: CBS making diversity moves


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Latino leaders meeting with top CBS executives last week were braced for a confrontation over a protracted scarcity of Latino actors and stories on the network’s prime-time shows.

“We said, ‘That’s it, no more’ ” in preparing for the encounter, said Alex Nogales of the National Latino Media Coalition.

Instead, the coalition said Tuesday that it found CBS has made “record commitments” to improved representation of Latinos.

“We’re going to be very militant from here on out. … The next target is Fox,” Nogales said, with a meeting to be requested next week.

Fox didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Nogales said that what he learned from CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves and other CBS executives proves change is possible.

Without releasing specific numbers per its agreement with CBS, the coalition said the network has doubled the number of Latino writers and cast members since 2016; agreed to order scripts from Latinos or with Latino themes, and will hear additional pitches from 10 Latino writers or producers.