NALIP seeks to change media culture by advocating and promoting the professional needs of Latinx artists in media. Standing at the forefront of that systemic change, our organization works with industry leaders towards seeing a more inclusive future both on and off screen. While the world has seen some improvement since our founding there is still much work to be done. The Latinx Community continues to be grossly underrepresented within the entertainment industry - and we are here to help ensure we continue to move forward in the right direction. 

Founded in 1999, a group of producers, content creators, academics, and media advocates tired of their fight to be heard came together in search of building community. Since then, NALIP has strived to work towards discovering, promoting, and inspiring Latinx Content creators with our multifaceted programs. 

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Through our Latino Media Resource Project and Latino Lens Programs, our team not only tracks existing creators but builds and mentors upcoming talent. Our annual events, such as NALIP Media Summit, Latino Media Fest, and Diverse Women’s Forum, showcases major shapeshifters in media and provides a platform for people to organically come together and make connections. 

No matter what leg of the industry you see yourself in - writer, director, editor, executive - NALIP has a space in our community for you to seek out tools and connections that could propel you to the next level. 

NALIP is here to service our community, inspire, and work towards creating a more inclusive culture within media. 

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Staff

Benjamin Lopez

Benjamin Lopez is responsible for the overall design, strategic planning and execution of all programs for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). As Executive Director, he supervises the selection process and management of the Latino Media Market, a highly curated market that takes place during the NALIP Media Summit, the largest and most important gathering of Latinxs in media nationwide. In addition, Ben oversees the prestigious Latino Media Awards, Diverse Women in Media Initiative and Latino Lens. Latino Lens is an exclusive incubation and media content production program as well as a distribution model of Latinx media screenings, festivals and speaker showcases designed to develop, nurture and produce a series of Latino creators’ and filmmakers’ projects and showcase their talents in Film, Digital, Streaming, Doc, TV and Tech Arts. As part of the Latino Lens Mentorship Series, Ben serves as the year-round industry liaison for content creators in the Latino Lens programs, curating and matching them with creative executives, agents, managers, producers and key industry professionals who can mentor and move their careers forward.

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Liliana Espinoza, Projects Director – Sponsorship, Partners, & Outreach

 

Liliana Espinoza is currently the Projects Director at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), where she oversees the various programs and departments including the Latino Lens Incubators, Latino Media Market, NALIP Media Summit, Diverse Women in Media Forum and Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative, targeted to advancing Latinx and diverse creatives across all media platforms. She promotes inclusion and advocates for Women of Color, and has been a part of those crucial conversations throughout festivals and events such as Sundance, NAB and IFP. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara and attended the UCLA Professionals Program for Film & TV. 

Mission

For over twenty years, The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), stands as the premier Latinx and diverse media organization, addressing the most underrepresented and largest ethnic minority in the country. NALIP’s mission is to discover, promote, and inspire Latinx content creators and diverse voices across all media platforms. NALIP serves the needs of diverse content creators including, producers, performers, writers, directors, and industry professionals.

Sponsors, Grantors, and Partners

  • Sponsors And Grantors
  • WarnerMedia
  • Comcast NBCUniversal|Telemundo
  • Sony Pictures
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Sag-Aftra Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund
  • Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
  • STARZ
  • Creative Arts Agency (CAA)
  • Partners
  • African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
  • AMC
  • American Latino Museum 
  • American Film Institute (AFI)
  • American Film Market (AFM)
  • Bizzabo
  • Bogotá Audiovisual Market (BAM)
  • Cal State Fullerton Latino Communications Institute (LCI)
  • Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment
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