Media Highlights

Los Angeles Times
Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network to revive through streaming after going dark
August 6, 2021

In an article about filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's streaming service deal, the Los Angeles Times cited research from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative on the number of speaking roles in top movies that went to Hispanic or Latino actors in recent years.

Marvel calls on Asian superheroes to repeat 'Black Panther' success
August 5, 2021

Bloomberg cited research from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative on the number of top-grossing movies with speaking roles for Asian actors.

ABC News
Republicans face incomplete debate lineup, donor apathy in California recall race
August 4, 2021

Dan Schnur told ABC News that Republican donors are somewhat apathetic towards California's gubernatorial recall election, while also noting that recent polling showed "considerable grassroots support for recall."

Some skateboarders don't want to see their sport in the Olympics. Here's why others say it's a positive step.
August 4, 2021

CNN featured Neftalie Williams on skateboarding being part of the Olympics and the way different cultures respond to the sport. "The way that we experience skateboarding in the U.S. is not the same as we experienced skateboarding in Cuba," he said. Williams was also profiled in Forbes.

KCRW-FM's 'Greater L.A.'
Why rents dropped in Santa Monica but rose in Santa Clarita during pandemic
August 4, 2021

KCRW-FM's Greater L.A. spoke with Taylor Mills, a journalism undergraduate and a reporter at Crosstown, about rental trends in Southern California.

Washington Post
The unexpected link between Britney Spears and Olivia Rodrigo explains so much about being a pop star today
August 3, 2021

The Washington Post quoted Alison Trope on the commodification of women's bodies. “It’s not just if you’re a person in the industry like Britney Spears or Billie Eilish," she said. "We’re all being commodified. All of us.”

TikTok eesumes ‘opens the doors’ to discrimination, experts warn
August 3, 2021

Bloomberg spoke with Freddy Tran Nager on the legal implications of applying for jobs through TikTok. “I’m thinking about all the low-income people who would love to apply to these jobs ... but they don’t have the means to do so,” he said.

Fresno Bee
Devin Nunes has more cash on hand than any other Republican. What does he want to do next?
July 29, 2021

The Fresno Bee quoted Dan Schnur on U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes' preparations for his 2022 re-election campaign. “On one hand, he made enemies in all 50 states," Schnur said. "On the other hand, he put together tremendous national support."

The New York Times
The ‘Californization’ of the Olympics
July 23, 2021

The New York Times featured Neftalie Williams on how the inclusion of skateboarding in the Olympics means an uptick in diversity. "It makes you think about the fact that here are Olympians that can get arrested skating down the street," he said. "No one's getting arrested playing water polo."

What is ripple effect of U.S. women’s gymnast testing positive for COVID-19?
July 19, 2021

Today spoke with Alan Abrahamson on the news that a member of the U.S. women's gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19 four days before the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony. "Everyone expected [positive] COVID tests; to have a COVID test affect the gymnastics team, that's a big wow," he said.

Los Angeles Times
With surfing and skateboarding, the Olympics are totally trying to be California cool
July 17, 2021

The Los Angeles Times quoted Neftalie Williams on the inclusion of skateboarding in the Olympic Games. "By having skaters and surfers there, it changes the notion of who is considered an athlete,” he said.