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Welcome to the podcast that offers deeper insights on the Media, Marketing and Advertising industry. Listen to interviews with leading CMOs, creatives, ad sales, ad tech and major media executives, all offering thought leadership and interesting takeaways. Read companion stories on

Welcome to the podcast that offers deeper insights on the Media, Marketing and Advertising industry. Listen to interviews with leading CMOs, creatives, ad sales, ad tech and major media executives, all offering thought leadership and interesting takeaways. Read companion stories on


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Welcome to the podcast that offers deeper insights on the Media, Marketing and Advertising industry. Listen to interviews with leading CMOs, creatives, ad sales, ad tech and major media executives, all offering thought leadership and interesting takeaways. Read companion stories on




Multicultural TV Talk - Native American Heritage Month: A Special Roundtable

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Multicultural TV Talk and MediaVillage present a roundtable discussion about the lack of Indigenous representation across media and recent impressive efforts on the part of networks, studios and streamers to change that. Guests include D’Pharoah Woon-a-tai of the critically-acclaimed FX on Hulu series Reservation Dogs; Rainbow Dickerson, from the award-winning film Beans; Isabella Leblanc from the upcoming Pet Sematary prequel on Paramount+, and...


Multicultural TV Talk - Haskiri Velazquez of Peacock's Saved By The Bell

This week we're joined by the star of Peacock's revival of Saved By The Bell, Haskiri Velazquez. She chats with us about what viewers can look forward to in the upcoming second season, her experience leading the new generation of fans to the beloved series, and how she often didn't feel represented in media growing up until shows like George Lopez and Ugly Betty came along. Season two of Saved by the Bell is available to stream November 24th exclusively on Peacock.


News on the Record - In Defense of Editorials

Erich J. Prince explores the case against editorials, including the fraught component of their endorsing political candidates, before offering his own defense of the practice.


News on the Record - Discussing NewsNation's New Series 'Missing in America' w/ Brian Entin

NewsNation's Brian Entin joins Erich J. Prince to discuss his network's new program "Missing in America," which aims to bring attention to unsolved and lesser known missing persons cases.


Multicultural TV Talk - Valerie Loo & Harrison Xu of FX on Hulu's American Horror Stories

Multicultural TV Talk host Juan Ayala is joined by Valerie Loo and Harrison Xu of FX on Hulu's American Horror Stories, who share their experience playing siblings on the series, the surprising call they received that they'd be returning to the anthology series for the season finale, and what they want to see more of and less of regarding Asian representation in media. American Horror Stories' first season is available to stream exclusively on content hub FX on Hulu.


Media Metaverse with Minsky - How Ampersand is Rising to the Media Metaverse Challenge with Kalyan Lanka

One of the drivers of media and advertising transformation is Kalyan Lanka, VP of Product Management at Ampersand. He joined me for my inaugural Media Metaverse video interview series and we invite you to join our conversation as we explore the role that Ampersand plays in the Media Metaverse. Data is the oil that powers the engine of the metaverse. Being able to allow marketers to take action on best-in-class deterministic, yet privacy-compliant data, accessible in a timely fashion and via...


Media Metaverse with Minksy: But Will the Future Fit In Metaverse Containers? A Conversation with Rishad Tobaccowala pt. 1

So, let’s clear one thing up…I had decided on Media Metaverse as the title of my podcast on MediaVillage long before a certain social media CEO decided to co-opt the word and rebrand his entire company. I’m sticking with it because I truly am a believer that the next phase of business and enterprise transformation will be about the further embracing, immersive visualization, and maturation of how we use digital; with hopefully a dash more respect to the consumers whose minds and wallets we...


LGBT+ Advancing - The Host With the Most Insights on Inclusion in the Hospitality Industry: Gary Murakami

In this episode of LGBT+ Advancing’s podcast, Dr. Kryss Shane talks with Gary Murakami. Regarded as one of the Hospitality, Hotel and Convention Management industry experts in hospitality sales and convention services, Gary’s hotel experience is a unique blend of industry experience at globally recognized and respected hospitality companies of MGM Resorts International, Marriott/Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. He is currently the VP of Sales and Industry...


Multicultural TV Talk - Anthony Lee Medina of Apple TV+ series 'Truth Be Told'

Multicultural TV Talk host Juan Ayala is joined by stage and screen actor Anthony Lee Medina who shares all things 'Truth Be Told'. Anthony shares his experience working on the series' second season opposite Kate Hudson, how he often didn't truly feel represented while growing up, and his hopes for LGBTQ+ and Latinx representation in entertainment. Season two of Truth Be Told is now streaming on Apple TV+


Multicultural TV Talk - Young Latinx Stars on Representation and Diversity in Media

Hispanic Heritage Month may be over but that’s not stopping these young Latinx television stars from sharing their thoughts about diversity and Latinx representation in entertainment! Multicultural TV Talk host Juan Ayala is joined by: Ariela Barer, Marvel’s Runaways, Hulu; Rebel, ABC Frankie Rodriguez, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Disney+ Scarlett Estevez, Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion, Disney Channel; Christmas Again, DCOM Fernando Carsa, Acapulco, Apple TV+ The group...


News on the Record - Is Pillarization Coming for News Distribution?

News on the Record columnist Erich Prince explores the idea of pillarization, the dividing of society into ideological subcategories, as it pertains to the media industry and, in particular, content distribution.


LGBT+ Advancing - What's the Future of LGBT+ Inclusion? Brand Expert Lau Albjerg Has Some Answers

In this episode of LGBT+ Advancing's podcast, Dr. Kryss talks with Lau Albjerg, an international dynamo who has worked with Colgate, GlaxoSmithKlein, and many other international brands. He talks about how LGBT+ inclusion brings about a better sense of belonging for all within the workplace. Plus, Kryss asks him to share his insights into how the media engagements and the experiences working with some of the world's top brands are going to be impacted by inclusion in the future. What is the...


LGBT+ Advancing Exclusive Interview with The Muppets' Bill Barretta

In this episode of LGBT+ Advancing's podcast, Dr. Kryss Shane talks with Muppets performer and legend Bill Barretta. Though known for his characters including Pepe the King Prawn, Johnny Fiama, Big Mean Carl, and Bobo the Bear, Bill and Kryss discuss the impact of the Muppets in the media, about how the worlds of the Muppets and LGBT+ Inclusion have melded, and about how Kryss' favorite Muppet just so happens to be gay. For the MediaVillage exclusive on this and some insights into the...


View From The Grandstand - The New York Yankees Season Ends in Disappointment

After catching lightning in a bottle in 2017, baseball's most prestigious franchise suddenly has fallen behind the pack in MLB. Justin Paura recaps what could have been a dynasty and what is now a mockery, along with what is next for the Bronx Bombers.


Multicultural TV Talk - Raini Rodriguez of Paramount+ and Nickelodeon's 'Rugrats'

Multicultural TV Talk host Juan Ayala is joined by actress, singer and voiceover artist Raini Rodriguez who chats with us about the updated iteration of the classic 90s cartoon, shares a special clip from one of her episodes and why it was a dream come true for her to join the cast of the series. The second half of season one is available to stream on Paramount+ October 7th.


View From The Grandstand - Advertising During Football Season w/ Joe Barnes

Joe Barnes, Director of Bud Light Sports Marketing & Head of Esports and Gaming, speaks with Justin about how sports advertising is ramping up for the biggest NFL season of all time. He also discusses how Bud Light is making strides in the gaming and esports space.


Multicultural TV Talk - Ashly Burch from Disney Channel's "The Ghost and Molly McGraw"

Multicultural TV Talk host Juan Ayala is joined by Emmy Award-winning writer, actress and voiceover artist Ashly Burch who talks all things The Ghost and Molly McGee, the new Disney Channel animated series where she stars as Molly McGee. Ashly talks about how her biracial identity and culture was implemented into her character, how impactful the series can be for mixed race families, and how the series tone reminds her of the classic 90s Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown.


Jacqueline Cutler Podcast - Mark Pedowtiz, Deflects Praise as The CW is Inducted into Advancing Diversity's Hall of Honors

Mark Pedowitz, a longtime television executive who has helmed The CW for the past decade, credits the staff from actors to show-runners, ad execs to directors for making the network so inclusive. Despite winning recognition for making such strides, Pedowitz is not about to rest on his laurels. He sees much room for improvement and talks with MediaVillage's Jacqueline Cutler about how he has always thought inclusively.


Multicultural TV Talk - Latinx Actors Roundtable: Isabella Gomez, Gabriela Fresquez & more

Multicultural TV Talk host Juan Ayala is joined by Isabella Gomez (Netflix's One Day at a Time), Gabriela Fresquez (Telemundo's Radar 2021), Cristina Rodlo (Netflix's No One Gets Out Alive) and Román Zaragoza (CBS' Ghosts), for our first Latinx Actors Roundtable in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The four talk about the representation (and lack thereof) they experienced growing up, overcoming being stereotyped, colorism and advocating for LGBTQ+ representation through some of their...


In The National Interest - A Conversation with NewsNation’s Dan Abrams Ahead of his New Prime Time Program Launch

Nothing has reshaped broadcast journalism more than the shifting balance between news and commentary. Whether it’s the political horserace or the policy issues of the day, partisan rancor all too often supplants reasoned debate, leaving viewers in search of the facts and insights they need. In this edition of "In the National Interest" I talk with legal analyst, author and television host Dan Abrams about upcoming prime time program on NewsNation, Dan Abrams Live, which will take on that...