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May 3, 1994
Viacom Inc. executive Neil S. Braun has been named president of the NBC Television Network. He replaces Pierson Mapes, whom the network said has chosen to take early retirement after 12 years in the post. As chairman of Viacom Entertainment, Braun oversaw production of prime-time network programming, first-run syndicated programming, international distribution and Viacom New Media. He said his biggest challenge at NBC will be helping to position the network for the interactive future.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1996 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Once Upon a Time . . . When We Were Colored," Clifton Taulbert's memoir of growing up in the segregated South, has become a splendid and virtually unique film. It celebrates how black families survived despite an oppressive, monolithic and often deadly racism rather than concentrating on how so many African Americans have been destroyed by it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1996 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Fernando Valley isn't the first place you think of as a base for African American filmmakers, but that's where 24-year-old Anita Cal lives. When the young filmmaker set out to script her first feature, she knew all the stereotypes, and she wanted to avoid them. "People think we all live in the 'hood, that we're all on drugs, that we're all uneducated--and that's not true," Cal said. "Basically, what I wanted to do was to give a more well-rounded picture of what black families are like."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 1996 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Crash and Burnham" is a screenplay spiced with gritty dialogue that tells the story of young African Americans who run an illegal gambling operation from their personal computer as they attempt to strike it rich on the Internet. But the author, C.D. Kline, is Cynthia Kline, a blond, blue-eyed Beverly Hills businesswoman and self-described "nice Jewish girl from the Upper East Side of New York." Mark Brown was raised on the hard streets of Washington, D.C.
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