Latinos In The Industry

Hispanics Named to FCC Diversity Advisory Panel

From Hispanic Business

Several Hispanics have been appointed to the Federal Communications Commission's rechartered Federal Advisory Committee for Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age. The first meeting has been scheduled for Dec. 6, according to the FCC.

The Diversity Committee's mission is to advice the FCC regarding policies and practices that will enhance diversity in the telecommunications and related industries.

Henry Rivera, vice chairman of the Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media, is chairman of this FCC Diversity Committee.

Other Hispanic members include:
- Joaquin Alvarado, senior vice president, digital innovation, American Public Media | Minnesota Public Radio.
- Philip Alvelda, co-founder, MobiTV.
- Jessica Gonzalez, vice president, policy and legal affairs, the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
- Anton Guitano, chief operating officer of CBS Local Media.
- Jose Marquez, president, chief executive officer and founder, Latinos in Science and Technology Association.
- Robert Mendez, senior vice president, diversity, Disney ABC Television Group.
- Celia Nogales, assistant vice president of regulatory, AT&T.
- Javier Palomarez, president and chief executive officer of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
- Tony Perez, president-elect, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.
- Walter Ulloa, chairman and chief executive officer, Entravision.

What Sayeth the Stars? Not Enough Minorities in Hollywood

By Zohreen Adamjee and Michael Martinez, CNN

When Shakira became the first Colombian this week to get her name on a world-renowned monument to the entertainment industry - the Hollywood Walk of Fame - the 34-year-old recording artist recalled what her mother told her at age 7.

"One day, Shaki, your name will be here," her mother said when the two and a family friend visited Hollywood for the first time 27 years ago.

For Shakira, the star marked a personal triumph - as an artist and a Latina.

"If by coincidence you happen to look down to the ground and you see this star, remember that it belongs to each one of you, because it carries the name of a Hispanic woman that, like you, dreams and works and works and dreams every day," Shakira said during a public ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard, with her mom and the same friend present.

As the latest celebrity to get a terrazzo star, trimmed with bronze, on the sidewalks of Hollywood, Shakira joins a small but growing rank of minority performers making a dent in an overall industry that some criticize as not inviting enough to African-Americans, Latinos and Asians.

In fact, of the 2,354 stars on Hollywood sidewalks, only 3.4% of them belong to Hispanics such as Shakira, a CNN analysis shows. The figure is 5.1% for African-Americans and a mere 0.4% for Asians, according to an analysis of the stars on the Walk of Fame.


ITVS Funding Deadlines

International Call
American audiences want to learn more about other places, people, and points of view, but international stories and perspectives are in short supply on U.S. television. Independent producers from other countries create programming that has much to offer American audiences, but these producers have little access to U.S. funding and distribution. The International Call funding initiative was created to give U.S. audiences access to international programming and voices on American television. International Call funding is only available to independent producers who are neither U.S. citizens nor residents of the U.S.

Deadline: December 9, 2011
For more information, please visit the International Call webpage.

Open Call
Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.

Deadline: January 13, 2012
For more information, please visit the Open Call webpage.

Call for Applications: CBS Daytime Writers Initiative

CBS Entertainment is launching a new Daytime Writers Initiative, which will provide qualified diverse writers with mentorship, career development and access to daytime decision makers including network, studio and production company executives as well as the executives producers, head writers and writing staffs of CBS Daytime dramas, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and Beautiful. The Daytime Writers Initiative is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. The goal is to provide an immersive, educational experience of the writing process of daytime dramas and to foster relationships within the CBS daytime family.

Applications are now being accepted.
The submission period runs from October 15, 2011 to January 15, 2012.
The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2012.

Additional information and application materials can be accessed at:, click on Diversity Institute and then Daytime Writers Initiative.

"What Does a Producer DO?!" Seminar, Dec. 3

Judith James is doing her highly successful seminar What Does a Producer Do!? on December 3rd in Los Angeles 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Matrix Theater at 7657 Melrose Ave (at Stanley).

Untangling the myths of film production... based on her experiences on Quiz Show, Mr. Holland's Opus, Trigger Happen, Having Our Say, The Forest (in India) and on HBO, TNT, CBS, ABC i.e. Studios and Independents, Network and Cable, Broadway (and off). In addition she has served as consulting producer on many of Richard Dreyfuss' films and enjoyed every minute of it.

Whether a new producer, writer, actor or cinematographer, learn about budgeting, options, casting and raising money. Fit egos, bonds, banks, "pre- sales" or social-media-marketing and self-distribution into the process of going from an idea, a script, to releasing and marketing a finished film.

For more information please visit the event page on Facebook. NALIP members receive a discounted rate for the seminar!

  Stephen Espinoza New Exec VP/GM at Showtime Sports & Event Programming
(Latin Heat Online) - Showtime Networks Inc. has named Stephen Espinoza as its new Executive Vice President, General Manager, Showtime Sports and Event Programming. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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Natalia Almada
NALIPster's film selected for USA Projects

NALIP member Natalia Almada's (LPA 2003, Estela winner) new documentary El Velador (The Night Watchman) has been selected to participate in USA Projects, a community created by United States' Artists, where America's finest artists and those that love and support them can share their latest work, discover new artists, enter into a dialog with each other, and make direct donations (of any size, all of which are tax deductible) to new projects created by each artist.

A documentary spawned from violence, El Velador shows the end result of a chronic societal crisis through the eyes of Martin, the night watchman of one of the most ornate cemeteries in northern Mexico where drug lords and corrupt cops are laid to rest. Award-winning filmmaker Natalia Almada has launched El Velador Essays, six essays from experts in diverse fields centering around the cemetery. These essays will be available in multiple platforms including, a book to be published by a prestigious Mexican publisher, Mangos de Hacha, online through all our funders' and distributors' websites and as a video component in which the essays are read over the film as commentaries.

For more information please visit the USA Projects page.

Adrian Martinez
NALIPster has recurring role on "A Gifted Man"

Catch NALIP member Adrian Martinez (LWL 2007, LPA 2008) in the recurring role of Hector, the harried front desk receptionist, on CBS' "A Gifted Man."

"A Gifted Man" airs Fridays at 8/7C.


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