NALIP Media Summit
Creating Tomorrow. Together.
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Eva LongoriaActress, Director, Producer and Activist
Actress, director, producer and activist, Eva Longoria is founder of “The Eva Longoria Foundation” dedicated to helping Latinas build better futures for themselves through education and entrepreneurship, co-founder of “Eva’s Heroes” which enriches the lives of adolescents with developmental disabilities, and is national spokesperson for “Padres Contra el Cancer” a nonprofit that committed to improving the quality of life for children with cancer.
The Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award-winning, and ALMA Award-winning actress is starring in the highly anticipated series, “Telenovela,” premiering this fall on NBC, and starring in the upcoming feature films REFUGIO, LOW RIDERS alongside Nicola Peltz, Theo Rossi and Demian Bichir, and ANY DAY alongside Sean Bean & Kate Walsh; she has also recently starred in FRONTERA alongside Michael Pena & Ed Harris, and guest starred in the Golden Globe Award winning FOX comedy series, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
Additionally, Longoria is executive producer of “Devious Maids,” Lifetime’s hit one-hour dramedy that follows the trials and tribulations of five Latina women who work as maids in Beverly Hills, as well as executive producer for the NCLR ALMA Awards, executive producer of the documentaries HARVEST and FOOD CHAINS- both of which explore the current and historic exploitation of farm workers, and is currently producing her third documentary, OUR TIME, which explores the power of the Latino vote.
Longoria is also involved with MALDEF, the United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter, honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Variety’s annual Power of Women Luncheon, Longoria was selected as commissioner for the National Museum of the American Latino Commission.
A Brand Ambassador for L’Oreal Paris, Longoria owns BESO Hollywood, her own production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, two fragrances “EVA, by Eva Longoria” and “EVAmour,” and also has a New York Times bestselling cookbook EVA’s KITCHEN: COOKING WITH LOVE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
Margie MorenoVice President, Programming, NBC Universo
Margie Moreno is the Vice President, Programming, of NBC UNIVERSO, the modern general entertainment channel for Latinos. In her role she oversees all programming, including current programming and development. Moreno has over 15 years of television experience, having served as both a producer and network executive. Prior to NBC UNIVERSO, Moreno was Head of Development for Imagina US/ Promofilm US, the Director of Original Programming at TBS Superstation, and also worked Mandalay Entertainment where she helped create Mandalay Television. In these roles, she specialized in adapting international television formats (scripted and reality) for U.S. broadcast and cable markets, as well as produced pilots and original series for networks such as NBC, Discovery, MTV, ABC, and Lifetime, among others.
Television programs she has been involved with include; "Dean Koontz’s: Intensity," the Emmy nominated cable TV movies "Hidden In America" (Showtime) and "Gia" (HBO). Moreno currently serves as Board Chair of NALIP and was previously on the board of the Television Academy Executive Peer Group. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America and of Step Up Women’s Network, where she was given a Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010.
Lucinda MartinezSenior Vice President, Multicultural Marketing, HBO
John QuiñonesABC Correspondant, Host, Primetime: What Would You Do?
John Quiñones is a broadcast journalist, motivational speaker, author and host of ABC’s highly-rated What Would You Do?. Quiñones joined ABC News in 1982 reporting for "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" and spent nearly a decade covering turmoil in Central America. During his 33- year tenure at ABC News, John Quiñones has reported extensively for all programs and platforms and served as anchor of "Primetime." He has won seven national Emmy Awards for his "Primetime Live," "Burning Questions" and "20/20" work. Quiñones regularly shares his story and perspective on diversity, ethics and perseverance in speaking engagements around the country.
Catch Unconscious Bias: Bridge the Latino Media Gap on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:00 am with John Quiñones.
Wilmer Valderrama plays Carlos Madrigal in "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series." Best known as Fez on "That '70s Show," he has produced, directed, written, hosted and acted in numerous projects. Most recently, Valderrama was seen in NBC's "Awake," "Larry Crowne," "The Dry Land," "From Prada to Nada" and heard as Manny on Disney's "Handy Manny." Other credits include Spike Lee's "The Girl is in Trouble" and the indie film "To Whom it May Concern," among others. He also serves as the spokesperson for CHCI, is a board member of the Environmental Media Association and serves as co-chair for VotoLatino.
Eugenio DerbezActor, Writer, Director and Producer
Actor, writer, director and producer Eugenio Derbez is one of the most influential creative forces in Latin America, and is the most recognized actor among the Spanish-speaking population in the US. His latest feature film “Instructions Not Included” became the most successful Spanish-language film ever in the US and worldwide, and broke numerous box office records everywhere, earning over $100M. Variety recently recognized him as the #1 most influential Hispanic male in the world.
Eugenio is the star, writer, director and producer of some of the most popular TV shows including “Al Derecho y Al Derbez”, “XHDRBZ”, and “La Familia P. Luche”, which ran from 1994 – 2012 and is one of Univision’s longest running and most successful sitcoms ever. Reruns continue to air every week in Mexico and all over Latin America, and in the US on Univision.
Eugenio also broke through to English-speaking audiences as a star on the CBS sitcom “Rob!”, and on Broadway in the play “Latinologues” that ran at the Helen Hayes Theater.
As a film actor, Eugenio has appeared in a number of successful and critically acclaimed films including “Sangre de mi Sangre”, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2007, the indie smash hit “Under the Same Moon” (“La Misma Luna”), Adam Sandler’s “Jack and Jill”, and “Girl In Progress” with Eva Mendes. Eugenio just wrapped shooting “Geostorm”, directed by writer and producer Dean Devlin (“Independence Day”), and voices the role of ‘Rico’ in the upcoming animated feature “Underdogs”.
Eugenio currently resides in Los Angeles where he just opened his TV and film production company 3Pas Studios, which has a features first look deal with Lionsgate and Pantelion Films, and a first look TV deal with NBC Universal.
Jennifer SalkePresident, NBC Entertainment
Jennifer Salke was named President of NBC Entertainment in July 2011. She reports to Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.
Salke is responsible for NBC’s primetime and daytime programming, which includes all drama and comedy development, current programming, and casting for the network.
NBC has won the last two primetime seasons in adults 18-49 after having gone the prior 10 years without a #1 finish. In total viewers, the past two seasons have seen NBC rank #2, marking the first two times the network has finished higher than #4 since 2003-04.
For the 2013-14 season, NBC launched “The Blacklist,” which ranked as the season’s No. 1 new series and No. 1 drama on the broadcast networks counting originals only, while setting broadcast records in live-plus-3 viewing. In addition to “The Blacklist,” other successful scripted series launched under Salke’s regime include “Chicago Fire” and spinoff “Chicago P.D.,” which are set to begin in their fourth and third seasons, respectively.
Salke also oversees the network’s rededication to movies and miniseries, as well as longform programming acquisitions. In addition, she has oversight of scripted series for Universal Television.
Prior to joining NBC Entertainment, Salke served as Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs at Twentieth Century Fox Television, a post she held since 2006. During her tenure with Twentieth Century Fox, the studio enjoyed an incredible run, highlighted by her development and championing of the hit series “Glee” and “Modern Family” in one season.
In 2002, Salke joined Twentieth Century Fox as Senior Vice President of Drama Development, where she was instrumental in the creation of several hits, including the long-running “Bones” and “Prison Break.” She began her career at Aaron Spelling Productions in the early 1990s, where she first worked with Greenblatt (who was then at Fox) on such seminal series as the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place,” among the many other series Spelling produced at that time.
Salke and her husband, Bert, who is President of Fox 21 Television Studios, reside in Los Angeles and have three children: twin daughters Kate and Georgia, and son Henry.
Catch Sinfonia: Multicultural Content and Marketing presented by NBCU on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm with Jennifer Salke.
Eugenio CaballeroProduction Designer, Pan's Labyrinth, The Impossible, A Monster Calls
Eugenio Caballero is the Academy Award winning production designer of Guillermo de Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. Mr. Caballero’s work on the film also earned him an Ariel Award, an Art Directors’ Guild Award, a Los Angeles Film Critics’ Association Award and Goya, Satellite and BAFTA Award nominations.
In 2014 Mr Caballero designed the Paralympic Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, for director Daniele Finzi. His first collaboration with J.A.Bayona on The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts, Ewan MacGregor and Tom Holland, earned him a Goya nomination and an Art Directors Guild nomination in 2013.
Born in Mexico City, Mr. Caballero studied History of Art and History of Cinema in the State University of Florence, Italy and later studied set design at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, in Mexico.
His career as a production designer began in Mexico, with award-winning work on television commercials and music videos, including Café Tacuba’s “Chilanga Banda” and “Cómo te extraño.” Mr. Caballero’s first Ariel nomination - Mexico’s main film award - came in in 2000 for Alejandro Springall’s Santitos. He received a second nomination in 2003 for Jorge Aguilera’s Seres Humanos and won his first Ariel Award for Carlos Salcés’ Zurdo in 2004.
Mr. Caballero’s credits include Antonio Urrutia’s Asesino en Serio; Russell Mulcahy’s Resident Evil: Extinction; Carlos Cuaron’s Rudo y Cursi, starring Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna; three films with Sebastián Cordero’s Crónicas, Rabia and Europa Report, Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control, The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, Michael Rowe’s The Well, Fernando Eimbcke’s Club Sandwich, which won the Best Director award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Roberto Sneider’s Ciudades Desertas and Claudia Lhosa’s Aloft, which was in the official competition at the Berlin Film Festival.
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Mexican Film Academy.
Catch The Art of Film on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm with Eugenio Caballero.
marcos vergara del carrilAttorney, Sheppard Mullin
Julio Ricardo VarelaDigital Media Director, Futuro Media Group and Founder, Latino Rebels
Julio Ricardo Varela is the Digital Media Director at Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit news organization led by award-winning journalist María Hinojosa. He is also the founder of LatinoRebels.com, one of the top U.S. Latino sites in the world. Previously, Julio was digital producer for Al Jazeera America’s “The Stream” and his work has been featured in many global outlets, including The New York Times, Quartz, NPR, Le Monde, Face the Nation, MSNBC, Fusion, Univision, and Telemundo.
Catch Unconscious Bias: Bridge the Latino Media Gap on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:00 am with Julio Ricardo Varela.
flavio morales, Endemol Shine
Flavio Morales is EVP at BIG VIDA entertainment. Big Vida produced the 2013 and 2014 NCLR ALMA awards with Executive Producer Eva Longoria, and produced the El Rey network's first unscripted series “The Cutting Edge.”
The former Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, at NBCU/Telemundo’s cable network mun2, he led the network to it’s Peabody Award and it’s Bilingual Millenial programming mix of series“I Love Jenni,” “Larrymania” and “Fugitivosde la Ley.”
Prior to mun2 Morales helped launch and create LATV and was an executive at advertising giant Wieden and Kennedy. He started his broadcast career at 17 with his public access show “ILLEGAL Interns.”
Jim Mendiola is an independent filmmaker, curator, and writer based in Texas. A Rockefeller Intercultural Media Fellow, Mendiola's films have screened in numerous film festivals, museums, and colleges in the U.S., Mexico and Europe, public television and cable TV. His projects have been supported by ITVS, Film Independent, NALIP, LPB, Mun2, SiTV, and the Sundance Filmmakers Lab. As a curator, Mendiola created the film program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and is currently directing the San Antonio CineFestival. He is an artist-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin where he is writing a book and creating a digital archive on the history of U.S. Chicano/Latino independent filmmaking.
William CaballeroMulti-media Director and Video Artist
William D. Caballero is a NYC/NJ-based filmmaker, composer, and multimedia storyteller. Born in Coney Island, New York and raised in North Carolina, Caballero obtained the prestigious Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship, and returned to New York City where he graduated from Pratt Institute (BFA Digital Art, 2006) and New York University (MA The Arts and Humanities in Education, 2008). Caballero’s short film, HOW YOU DOIN’, BOY? was one of four films selected out of 900 entries that premiered nationally on NUVO Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmakers Showcase hosted by Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez.
Catch Universe Creation: Expand the Story through Transmedia on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 9:00 am with William Caballero.
Isabel Echeverry-UnruhFounder, Kontakto Entertainment
Gabriela Tagliavini, Venus Films
Gabriela Tagliavini is an award winning writer/director who has directed 5 feature films and was nominated for two Imagen Awards (US Latino Oscars) for Best Director.
She recently finished directing “Border Run,” staring Sharon Stone and Billy Zane. Her forth feature, "Without Men," staring Eva Longoria and Christian Slater. Both sold worldwide in many countries.
Her film "Ladies’ Night" (distributed by Disney/Buena Vista) was the #1 movie in the box office in Mexico in 2004. It won three MTV Latin Movie Awards. Her TV film, the Viacom/MTV feature "30 Days Until I'm Famous," was executive-produced by Madonna.
She received a Bachelors Degree in film directing and a Masters Degree in the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI). She was a juror at the Berlin Film Festival, the platinum awards and won the prestigious 2006 ABC/DGA directing fellowship. Gabriela Tagliavini received the Outstading Achivement Award from LEMI.
Davy PerezWriter, American Crime
Rick PerezProducer, Creative Partnerships, Sundance Institute, Documentary Film Program
Richard Ray Perez oversees a portfolio of Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (DFP) partnerships and collaborations including “Stories of Change,” a multi-year DFP initiative with the Skoll Foundation, and the Sundance Institute TED Prize Filmmaker Award. Mr. Perez also reviews submissions to the Sundance Documentary Fund, and represents the DFP at international film festivals, documentary film conferences and pitch sessions where he meets with filmmakers to assess and discuss their projects. In addition to his work at Sundance Institute Mr. Perez executive produced and directed the feature documentary film Cesar’s Last Fast that premiered in US Feature Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and broadcast simultaneously on the Spanish-language network Univision and Pivot, the cable television network owned by Participant Media.
Catch Emerging Creators Workshop on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm with Richard Ray Perez.
Hebe TabachnikWorld Cinema Programmer of Palm Springs & Seattle Int. Film Fests, Director & Producer FICG in LA
For over 15 years Hebe Tabachnik has been a film curator and festival consultant, and has participated as juror, project evaluator and panelist at film festivals in the US, Argentina, Brazil, China, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Israel, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Trinidad & Tobago. She is World Cinema Programmer for the Palms Springs (PSFF) and Seattle (SIFF) International Film Festivals and is a member of the Board of Directors and programmer of Dance Camera West (DCW) a dance film festival in Los Angeles.
Since 2013 she is the Director and Producer of the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles (FICG in LA) and since 2011 she is a Guest Programmer for the Maguey Award at FICG. She is a Guest Professor at the San Antonio de los Baños Film School (EICTV) and gives workshops about festivals and film distribution.
Hebe is a consultant and a member of the Honor Council of the Film Documentary track of the CUECUNAM within the Cultural Journalism and Literature Department Hugo Gutiérrez Vega at the University of Guadalajara, México.
She has worked for the Sundance and Los Angeles Film Festivals, the World 3-D Film Expos, the American Cinematheque of Los Angeles and has been in the selection committee of the International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards.
Hebe graduated with degrees in Directing and Screenwriting at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires where she became a Professor for the Directing Department. She is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of Lokro Productions, Inc., a film production company established in 1999 in Los Angeles.
Catch It Takes A Village: Programs and Tools on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm with Hebe Tabachnik.
Lisa FranekCoordinator, Special Content, AMC Independent
Lisa Franek is the Coordinator of Special Content at AMC Independent, specializing in Latino and Asian Pacific content. Prior to joining AMC Independent, Lisa was the programmer of San Diego's Digital Gym Cinema, and was the Artistic Director of the San Diego Latino Film Festival 2009-2013. She holds an MA in Film and MFA in Multimedia Art from San Diego State University, and a BA in Music from University of North Carolina, Asheville.
Catch the NALIP Official Selection Shorts & Feature Documentary Screening: No Más Bebés with a special Q&A session on Thursday, June 25 at 4:30 pm with Lisa Franek.
Rick RamirezSenior Vice President Targeted Marketing , Warner Bros.
Rodrigo ReyesDirector/Producer, 'Purgatorio'
Born in Mexico City in 1983. His documentary PURGATORIO was supported by the IFP Filmmaker Labs, NALIP and the Mexican Film Institute. It premiered in competition at the 2013 Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival, to great reviews. With its bold and compelling vision of the US-Mexico border, it has toured more than 40 festivals around the world, including MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, and winning the Jury Awards at the New Orleans Film Festival and This Human World in Vienna. In the summer of 2013, Rodrigo was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Film. His upcoming films have received the support of Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent and California Humanities Council. Rodrigo is currently based in California’s Central Valley, where he works as a Spanish Interpreter in the Criminal Courts.
Catch It Takes A Village: Programs and Tools on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm with Rodrigo Reyes.
Aurora Guerrero's debut narrative feature Mosquita y Mari traveled over 100 film festivals including premiering at Sundance in 2012. The film garnered multiple awards while also picking up Spirit Award and GLAAD nominations for Best Film under 500k. The New York Times praised: “An unassuming indie jewel...” Los Valientes, slated to be Guerrero's second feature, has received development support from Sundance, San Francisco Film Society, Tribeca and the Global Arts Fund.
Catch It Takes A Village: Programs and Tools on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm with Aurora Guerrero.
Jennifer TaylorAssistant Professor in Social Documentation and the Department of Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor makes documentaries about “ordinary” people with extraordinary stories, often with Latino themes and Spanish-language content. Her work has been shown at venues such as the Sundance and Locarno Film Festivals, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, the New York Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum, and by broadcasters such as PBS, Sundance Channel, and NHK-Japan.
Jennifer’s most recent film is Daisy and Max, commissioned by Al Jazeera America. Other credits include the award-winning documentaries New Muslim Cool, Special Circumstance, Paulina, Home Front, Immigration Calculations; Ramadan Primetime; and many short films and public television projects.
Jennifer is an Assistant Professor in Social Documentation and the Department of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Catch Latinos and Media: Modernize, Diversify and Reclaim Public Media on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 9:00 am with Jennifer Maytorena Taylor.
Barbara MatosVice President, Diversity, CBS
She reports to Josie Thomas, Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, CBS Corporation. She engages with diverse partners and local and national advocacy groups to enhance outreach. She works closely on CBS Diversity Institute Workshops and the CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase. Barbara Co-Chairs RAD, the CBS Diversity Employee Resource Group and is a critical strategic partner with Thomas on the launch and expansion of the CBS Corporation Diversity Council on both the East and West coasts. Matos is, and has been, an integral component in the initiation of the wide range of diversity efforts at CBS. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and works closely with the Hispanic Federation.
Lalo AlcarazWriter/Animator, Bordertown
Writer at FOX's animated TV show BORDERTOWN, Lalo Alcaraz is perhaps the most prolific Chicano artist in the nation. Lalo has been busy for over two decades chronicling the political ascendancy of Latinos in America and vigorously pushing the boundaries of Chicano art in the Post Chicano Art Era.
He is the creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha,” seen in scores of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times (syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate, home of “Doonesbury” and “The Boondocks.”)
Lalo has produced editorial cartoons for the L.A. Weekly since 1992 and also creates editorial cartoons in English and Spanish for Universal.
His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the L.A. Times, Variety, Hispanic Magazine, Latina Magazine, Mexico’s La Jornada, Germany’s BUNTE and many other publications. Alcaraz and his work have been featured on CNN, the CBS Evening News, ABC, NBC, Univision, Telemundo, PBS, Al-Jazeera TV, NPR, Air America Radio and on Spain’s Radio Nacional de España. Mi Ciudad Magazine named him “Best Latino Cartoonist in Los Angeles,” and Lalo has also been featured by Rolling Stone Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Associated Press, Editor & Publisher and profiled extensively in the Comics Journal.
Lalo’s books include “Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons On Immigration, (2004). Alcaraz also authored the first collection of his daily comic strips, “La Cucaracha.” (2004, Andrews-McMeel Publishing.) He also illustrated ”Latino USA: A Cartoon History,” (2000 by Basic Books) with author Ilan Stavans, and which is being currently updated for its historic 15th Anniversary paperback edition.
Lalo Alcaraz is the co-host of KPFK Radio’s wildly popular satirical talk show, “The Pocho Hour of Power,” heard Fridays at 4 p.m. in L.A. on 90.7 FM, and co-founded the seminal Chicano humor ‘zine, POCHO Magazine. Alcaraz also co-founded the political satire comedy group Chicano Secret Service.
Lalo Alcaraz has received five Southern California Journalism Awards from the Los Angeles Press Club (most recently this year) for Best Cartoon in Weekly Papers, and numerous other awards and honors, including “The Latino Spirit Award” from the California Legislature and the Office of the Lt. Governor, honors from the Los Angeles City Council, the California Chicano News Media Association, the UC Berkeley Chicano Latino Alumni Association, the United Farm Workers of America, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, and The Rockefeller Foundation, among others.
Alcaraz is a 1987 graduate of San Diego State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree “With Distinction” in Art and Environmental Design. In 1991, Alcaraz earned his master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Alcaraz was born in San Diego and grew up on the border. He is married to a hard-working public school teacher and they have three extremely artistic children.
Building on his success as an artist and writer, Lalo’s next project is a re-boot of the famed Pocho.com, his pioneering humor, satire and cerveza webzine/blog/news site.
ALEX RIVERA (Panelist) is a filmmaker, who, for the past 15 years, has been telling new, urgent and visually adventurous Latino stories.
His first feature film, Sleep Dealer (2008), a science-fiction drama set on the United States/Mexico border, won awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. It screened at the Museum of Modern Art and was released in the U.S., France, Japan and other countries.
Rivera is a Sundance Fellow and a Rockefeller Fellow. He was a Rothschild Lecturer at Harvard University and was named one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch.”
His recent collaborations have included work with musical artists Manu Chao, La Santa Cecilia and Aloe Blacc. He is currently co-directing a documentary titled ‘The Infiltrators,’ working on a short Virtual Reality experience, and developing a television series based on ‘Sleep Dealer.’
Victor Vazquez is a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, and a LAMBDA Literary Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow. He holds two playwriting commissions with 24th Street Theatre, and one with Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival. He is a recipient of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund McNamara Creative Arts Grant, a graduate of UC Irvine’s undergraduate creative writing emphasis program, and currently works as a Community Organizer in the Artistic Department at The Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA. Spanish is his native language. He is writing a book of poems titled Men and a novel titled Us, Boys. He lives in Los Angeles. www.Victor-TheWriter.com
Catch Character Sketch: Create LGBT Characters with Victor Vazquez on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 9:00 am.
Raquel Welch became an instant icon when she burst onto movie screens in the now-classic One Million Years B.C. From this unforgettable beginning she went on to portray motion picture heroines in such films as The Three Musketeers (for which she won a Golden Globe Best Actress Award), 100 Rifles, The Last of Sheila, Fathom, Hannie Caulder and Mother, Juggs and Speed; the roller derby queen in Kansas City Bomber; the seductress Lillian Lust in the original Bedazzled; and the outrageous Myra of Myra Breckinridge.
In more than 35 films, Welch has shown remarkable versatility and staying power. She has starred opposite Richard Burton, Faye Dunaway, Robin Williams, Marcello Mastroianni, Mae West, James Stewart, Reese Witherspoon, Bill Cosby, Dyan Cannon, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, James Coburn, Alicia Silverstone, Burt Reynolds, Robert Culp, Harvey Keitel, Dudley Moore and Jodie Foster and has worked with such award-winning directors as Richard Lester, Herb Ross, Stanley Donen, Garry Marshall and Blake Edwards.
Not content to rest on her laurels, Welch made a remarkable leap when she took Broadway by storm in Kander and Ebb’s hit musical Woman of the Year. “We’ve never heard wolf whistles like that before on the Great White Way!” wrote Frank Rich in the New York Times. An unprecedented triumph, her run in the musical broke all records at the famed Palace Theater. And In 1997, Broadway warmly welcomed her back when she replaced Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria. She was praised by critics, and every night for the length of the run, the stage door was mobbed by adoring fans.
Welch once again reinvented herself as an actress of depth and sensitivity in the ground-breaking and multi-award-winning television series American Family for PBS, in which she starred as Aunt Dora, opposite Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga and Esai Morales. And she exercised her comedy chops in guest-starring roles on Seinfeld and Spin City, and as a regular on CBS’ The Captain in a hilarious send-up of a fading sex symbol.
In 2007, she was asked to be MAC Cosmetics’ Icon Face, and the next year, at 67, she was named by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. She is the face and creative inspiration of the Raquel Welch Signature Collection, one of the best-selling wig lines in the world, and has been honored by the American Cancer Society for donations of more than $15 million in wigs to women undergoing chemotherapy.
Proving her enduring appeal, in February, 2012, the Film Society of Lincoln Center honored her with a sold-out four-day retrospective of her films. As the cover of her best-selling book – Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage – attests, Raquel Welch remains one of the great beauties of our time and one of our most delightful actresses. She is the proud mother of Tahnee Welch and Damon James Welch, and makes her home in Los Angeles.
Juan Carlos CotoShowrunner and Executive Producer, From Dusk Til Dawn
Carlos Coto is the showrunner and Executive Producer of the Austin-based cable series, From Dusk till Dawn. He is also writing, for HBO Films, an adaption of the documentary A Class Apart, about the landmark Mexican-American civil rights case, Hernandez vs. Texas. Coto was an executive producer of the internationally acclaimed spy series, Nikita. He has written and produced for 24, Heroes, Journeyman, and The Dead Zone. Coto was a consultant on the Emmy-winning HBO film, For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. He has created several pilots and developed the series Mortal Kombat: Konquest. A former computer game designer, Coto worked on Spycraft: The Great Game, an espionage adventure that was named Macworld’s game of the year in 1995. Coto was a staff writer for The Miami Herald.
Catch The Hierarchy of Writing Staffs: A Discussion with Latino Executive and Co-Executive TV Producers on Friday, June 26 at 4:30 pm with Juan Carlos Coto.
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Apply your passion for content creation by showing us how we can create tomorrow together and you could win a chance to attend the 2015 NALIP Media Summit and Gala awards ceremony along with the country’s leading Latino producers. You’ll get the opportunity to network with other talented content creators and you will have complete access to all that our highly anticipated summit has to offer!
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Produce a short video that answers the question, “How has NALIP helped you develop the content for tomorrow?” as it relates to our 2015 Media Summit theme, “Creating Tomorrow, Together.”
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