• News

    NLC Internships INTERNS WANTED If you love entertainment and are looking for experience studying its impact, we want to hear from you. The USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center is a research institution that studies and shapes the impact of entertainment and media on society. We are seeking interns to join our team… More
    Hollywood, Health & Society Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S) provides entertainment industry professionals with accurate and timely information for storylines on health, safety and national… More
    Liberals and Conservatives Have Wildly Different TV-Viewing Habits – But These 5 Shows Bring Everyone Together Lear Center managing director Johanna Blakley offers a guided tour for The Conversation of our latest report “Are You What… More
    Black Mothers Matter: Racism & Childbirth in America Hollywood, Health & Society’s panel, “Black Mothers Matter: Racism & Childbirth in America,” explores racial disparities in childbirth, and why… More
    Africa in the Media In a major initiative to change the way Americans see Africa, the Lear Center’s Media Impact Project has released a seminal report that reveals that Americans seldom see mentions of Africa or Africans on popular television shows or in the news; and when they do, the portrayals are often negative… More
  • Noted

    Variety Names Norman Lear First-Ever TV Recipient of Creative Conscience Award

    TV legend and philanthropist Norman Lear is the first television artist to receive Variety‘s Creative Conscience Award, which recognizes an individual in the entertainment world who personifies the industry’s dedication to humanitarian, cultural and charitable causes. Previous winners include Martin Scorsese, Halle Berry and Troye Sivan. Read more about the good news.

    Popular Music Project director and director of USC’s Annenberg School of Communication Josh Kun sits down with Annenberg Masters in Public Diplomacy student Jose Castillo to discuss music as a tool for social change, South-South music diplomacy and the sounds of the U.S.-Mexico border. This is the first episode of Jose’s resonance: A Sound and Music Diplomacy podcast. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

    “Why is it that a network gets to monetize our election? It’s a financial transaction between democracy and the media industry. Politics has effectively merged with entertainment, because both these entities are in the attention-capture business.” – Marty Kaplan, Lear Center director

    READ more of Marty’s take on the 2020 Democratic debates in this New York Times article.

    Middle East Media Initiative, or MEMI, is a Hollywood training and mentorship program launched in 2018 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts to boost the careers of Arabic TV writers and producers from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Made possible through a grant from the U.S. State Dept. and backed by the USC Norman Lear Center and American embassies in Egypt, Lebabnon, UAE and Saudi Arabia, the program hosted 17 Arabic media creators —10 writers and seven producers — at the USC campus last summer. READ the complete Variety article about MEMI.

    Hollywood, Health & Society‘s Senior Research Associate Erica Rosenthal talks with the Consortium for Media Literacy about her research work on US and international television shows. READ: Interview begins on page 4.

    So…Does American TV Ever Mention Africa?
    by Alexander Wooley

    READ the NPR story about our new research study Africa in the Media.

  • Blog

    I Remember ‘Aunt Carol’ Channing This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. This temple is going to the dogs,” said the congregant making her way to a seat, to no one in particular but loudly enough for half the sanctuary to hear. “The nerve of them! Bringing in a Carol Channing… More
    News Media Should Democratize Presidential Debates — Not Monetize Them This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. The CBS board may have fired Les Moonves for misleading them about sex, but he did call it straight about money, media and politics. “Trump’s run may not be good for America,” he told a conference of investment bankers in 2016, “but it’s… More
    The Straight Line From 5,000 Trump Lies To 11 Jews Murdered In Pittsburgh “There must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in America,” Donald Trump told the Future Farmers of America following the mass murder in a Pittsburgh synagogue at a Sabbath service — the same Trump who said that some of the neo-Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville were “very… More
    The Suicide Epidemic Is A Symptom Of Our Sick Body Politic This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. I would love to believe in petitionary prayer. Especially when life and death are at stake, a God who hears my supplications would be deeply reassuring. Despite my skepticism, I never pass up a chance in shul to say… More
    Trust #PlaidShirtGuy To End Trump’s Nightmare Reign This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. I was wondering if I was reading too much into the near-convergence of Sen. John McCain’s funeral; Labor Day, the traditional kickoff of the campaign season; and Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish holidays of repentance and renewal.… More
    In The Face Of Circus Politics, We Need Better Stories This originally appeared in the Forward and is republished with permission. I recently returned from a Trump fast. It was actually a news fast, but since the news these days is pretty much all Trump all the time, a Trump detox is what it turned out to be. It was… More