James Anderson Elected To NAMIC Board

Turner Broadcasting System veteran James Anderson has been elected to the board of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications, the diversity organization said Thursday.

Anderson is currently senior vice president of communications for TBS, having joined the Turner company in 2005 as vice president of public relations for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang.

Along with serving as chief spokesperson responsible for overseeing all domestic internal and external communications for those networks, Anderson also assists the communications teams for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Turner Sports.

"On behalf of the entire NAMIC team, our members and stakeholders, I am very pleased to welcome James to the board. He has earned a reputation for being one of the most-respected and successful communications strategists and tacticians in our industry, and we know that his proven business acumen and leadership experience will only serve to benefit our efforts." said Michelle Rice, chair, NAMIC Board of Directors and executive vice president, content distribution and marketing, TV One.

Anderson commented:  "On behalf of Turner Broadcasting, I am honored to serve on the NAMIC board. We at Turner believe in and support NAMIC's mission of advocating for increased diversity and inclusion within our industry. I look forward to working closely with my fellow board members and NAMIC's executive leadership to advance the meaningful work being done by the association."

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.