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It’s no secret that films and television shows with predominantly Black casts have a rough time being acquired overseas, because the decision makers don’t believe viewers will tune in.

In January, “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson said the explosion of on-screen diversity in the U.S. and overseas will always come down to the dollar sign.

Below, The Hollywood Reporter details how the success of “Empire” in the States caused international networks to think twice about acquiring the series, as well as other successful American shows with predominantly black casts that were initially overlooked:

The Cosby Show was the first — and last — television series starring an African-American cast to become a worldwide hit. But the U.S. success of shows like Fox’s Empire, ABC’s Black-ish andHow to Get Away With Murder, and, in the pay TV sphere, Starz’ Power and Survivor’s Remorse, is beginning to attract the attention of international broadcasters and is opening up the global market for more diverse primetime programming.

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ENTERTAINMENT: ‘Empire’ Does Strong Business Overseas, Challenging Long Held Belief About Black Shows  was originally published on