Latinos In The Industry

Letter from Chair of NALIP

Dear NALIP members and friends:

We wish Kathryn Galán the best on her well deserved three-month sabbatical and are so thrilled that Beni Matias has agreed to serve as NALIP's Interim Executive Director. Beni was a founding board member of NALIP, she is an experienced producer and organizational leader, and ran our first NALIP conference in 1999. She already hard at work with the staff, board, and partners preparing for the 2012 conference taking place on April 13-15, 2012 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel In Universal City, Los Angeles, CA. Mark your calendars!

Beni can be reached for NALIP business or comments at

Warm regards,
Maria Agui Carter
NALIP Board Chair

DGA Report Assesses Director Diversity in Hiring Practices for Episodic Television

The Directors Guild of America today released a report analyzing the ethnicity and gender of directors hired to direct primetime episodic television across broadcast, basic cable and premium cable.

The DGA analyzed more than 2,600 episodes produced in the 2010-2011 television season from more than 170 scripted television series. The report showed that Caucasian males directed 77% of all episodes; Caucasian females directed 11% of all episodes; minority males directed 11% of all episodes and minority females directed just 1% of all episodes. Among one-hour series, Caucasian males directed 80% of episodes, and in half-hour series, Caucasian males directed 74% of all episodes.

The shows highlighted below are from major production companies ABC, CBS, Fox, HBO, NBC, Sony, Warner Bros. and other production companies whose shows appear on broadcast, basic cable and premium cable networks. They do not include series that have been cancelled. First-year shows are broken out separately because hiring decisions on first-year shows are often made differently than shows in their second seasons or beyond. Pilots are not included in the statistics. Shows that primarily hired only one or two directors for the entire season [Big Bang Theory; Eastbound and Down; The Game; How I Met Your Mother; It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; The League; Louie; Retired at 35; Two and a Half Men] were included in the overall data, but are not singled out in the lists below.

DGA's "WORST OF" Lists
Following are the shows with the worst records of hiring women and minority directors for the 2010-2011 television season:

Title (Production Company) - Percentage of Episodes by Women or Minority Directors:
. Bored to Death (HBO) - 0%
. Burn Notice (TVM Productions/Fox) - 0%
. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) - 0%
. Fringe (Warner Bros.) - 0%
. iCarly (Uptown Productions/MTV/Viacom) - 0%
. Justified (Woodridge Productions/CPT Holdings/Sony) - 0%
. Leverage (Leverage Productions) - 0%
. Victorious (Uptown Productions/MTV/Viacom) - 0%
. Weeds (Weeds Productions) - 0%

Title (Production Company) - Percentage:
. House (NBC) - 4%
. The Office (NBC) - 4%
. CSI (CBS) - 5%
. Supernatural (NS Pictures) - 5%
. Good Luck Charlie (It's a Laugh Productions) - 6%
. Army Wives (ABC) - 8%
. Boardwalk Empire (HBO) - 9%
. Bones (Fox) - 9%
. Cougar Town (FTP Productions/ABC) - 9%
. Desperate Housewives (ABC) - 9%
. True Blood (HBO) - 10%
. Dark Blue (Horizon Scripted Television) - 10%
. Castle (ABC) - 13%
. NCIS (CBS) - 13%
. Modern Family (Fox) - 13%
. Gossip Girl (Warner Bros.) - 14%

The DGA noted that some series on the DGA's "WORST OF" lists showed worrisome declines from their previous year hiring patterns. Burn Notice, House and Army Wives hired women or minority directors at significantly higher rates in 2009-2010 but failed to maintain the diversity of their hiring practices for the most recent television season.

DGA's "BEST OF" List
At the same time, the following shows deserve to be highlighted for their more diverse hiring records in 2010-2011:

Title (Production Company) - Percentage:
. The Middle (Warner Bros.) - 63%
. Hung (HBO) - 60%
. In Treatment (HBO) - 54%
. 90210 (CBS) - 45%
. Treme (HBO) - 45%
. The Good Wife (CBS) - 39%
. Drop Dead Diva (Woodridge Productions/CPT Holdings/Sony) - 38%
. CSI: NY (CBS) - 36%
. Private Practice (ABC) - 36%
. Rules of Engagement (Montrose Productions/CPT Holdings/Sony) - 35%
. Nurse Jackie (Nurse Productions/Lions Gate) - 33%
. Grey's Anatomy (ABC) - 32%
. CSI: Miami (CBS) - 32%
. In Plain Sight (NBC) - 31%
. Mad Men (U.R.O.K. Productions/Lions Gate) - 31%
. 30 Rock (NBC) - 30%

First-Year Series
Although the DGA study did not include shows whose first season of production took place during 2010-2011 in the "WORST OF" and "BEST OF" lists above, the DGA feels that it is important to call attention to those shows that have already exhibited unfavorable patterns in their first season with the hope that such attention will help encourage these series to consider more diverse hiring practices in the future.

"WORST OF" First-Year Series
. Franklin & Bash (Woodridge Productions/CPT Holdings/Sony) - 0%
. Hot in Cleveland (King Street) - 0%
. Nikita (NS Pictures) - 0%
. Teen Wolf (On Site Productions/MTV/Viacom) - 0%
. Melissa and Joey (Prodco) - 3%
. Raising Hope (Fox) - 5%
. Breakout Kings (Fox) - 8%
. Harry's Law (Bonanza Productions/Warner Bros.) - 9%
. Hawaii Five-0 (Eye Productions/CBS) - 13%

Separately, the DGA congratulates the first-year shows, highlighted below, that have already demonstrated a commitment to diverse hiring practices.

"BEST OF" First-Year Series
. Let's Stay Together (Breakdown Productions/BET) - 100%
. Are We There Yet? (AWTY Productions) - 86%
. Pair of Kings (It's a Laugh Productions) - 50%
. The Walking Dead (Stalwart Films/Stu Segall Productions) - 50%
. The Killing (Killing Productions/TVM Productions/Fox) - 46%
. Body of Proof (Paige Productions/ABC) - 33%
. Pretty Little Liars (Horizon Scripted Television) - 33%

In the 2009-2010 television season, Caucasian males directed 75% of the episodes surveyed; Caucasian females directed 11% of episodes; minority males directed 12% of episodes; and minority females directed 2% of episodes. While the figures remained static for Caucasian females in 2010-2011, the percentage of episodes directed by minority men dropped (from 12% to 11%) and the percentage of episodes directed by minority women dropped by half (from 2% to 1%). The statistics seem to demonstrate that as a whole, most production companies have demonstrated little or no interest or effort in increasing diversity in their hiring practices from year to year.

Over the years, the Guild's African American, Asian, Latino and Women's Committees have held meetings and networking events with producers, networks and studio representatives to introduce talented directors to key producers and television executives.

At the urging of the Guild, several production companies established diversity programs designed to increase the number of women and minority directors and give them exposure to executive producers and others who hire. However, these diversity programs have borne disappointing results.

"It's not enough to just give lip service to the idea of increasing diversity behind the camera," said Paris Barclay, the DGA's First Vice President and Co-Chair of the Diversity Task Force of the DGA National Board. (Barclay also served as an executive producer of In Treatment and is currently an executive producer for Sons of Anarchy.) "These programs are so far failing to live up to their promise. So we're going to take the discussion straight to the people on each show who make the hiring decisions."

The DGA negotiated a new provision in its most recent collective bargaining agreements, which took effect on July 1, which will allow it to meet directly with executives responsible for hiring at the individual show level. Now that the Guild has completed its analysis of diversity hiring practices in the most recent television season, the Guild is scheduling meetings with individual shows to address the problem.

"We are encouraging shows, production companies, and networks when they weigh in, to offer opportunities to up-and-coming directors from all backgrounds," said Lesli Linka Glatter, Board Member and Co-Chair of the Diversity Task Force of the DGA National Board. (Glatter won a DGA Award last year for directing an episode of Mad Men and is currently a co-executive producer for The Playboy Club.) "We've heard the excuses from those responsible for hiring that they don't want to take a chance on a new director. But the truth is that the industry hires new directors all the time; it's just that most of them are white males."

DGA statistics show that of the 130 first-time episodic directors hired in calendar years 2009 and 2010, 78% were Caucasian males, 13% were Caucasian females, 7% were minority males and 2% were minority females.

Barclay added, "The question each producer needs to ask is, 'Am I the type of person who makes excuses or takes action?'"

The DGA compiled the statistics for this report from information provided by the production companies to the DGA pursuant to the requirements of the collective bargaining agreement for episodes produced during the 2010-2011 season, and then made its best effort to validate the statistics with the production companies directly by offering every production company the opportunity to review its own statistics. Some companies failed to verify their statistics.

Call for Applications: Disney | ABC DGA Directing Program

The two-year Disney | ABC DGA Directing Program will be accepting applications October 3-November 23, 2011 for the 2012-14 television seasons. The Los Angeles-based program affords selected participants the chance to shadow veteran episodic directors, and develop relationships with Disney | ABC Television network and studio executives. ABC series currently participating in the program include Body of Proof, Castle, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and the new single-camera comedy Suburgatory.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the recently redesigned Program has yielded its first directing assignment from 2010-12 program participant/actor Tony Plana (Ugly Betty) who will direct an episode of Desperate Housewives scheduled to air this fall. Other directors currently participating in the program include One Life to Live director Zetna Fuentes, actor Nicki Micheaux (Lincoln Heights) and comedian/actor/director Rondell Sheridan (That's So Raven).

Those selected to participate in the program will enter the directing talent pool from which executive producers and producing episodic directors of designated ABC Television Network shows will select individuals to shadow on an episode or episodes of their series. Those participants who secure shadowing assignments, which encompass pre-production, shooting and/or post-production (3 or more weeks), will be paid a stipend each week that they are actively shadowing on any aspect of a production. Neither shadowing assignments nor directing assignments are guaranteed, and they are solely at the discretion of producers and Disney | ABC executives. Industry experience is preferred but not required.

Launched in 2001, the Disney | ABC DGA Directing Program is one of the longest- running programs of its kind in the entertainment industry. Please visit for application, submission guidelines and program requirements. Submissions must be postmarked by November 23, 2011.

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NALIP Discount for John Leguizamo's Ghetto Clown (LA)

Live on stage! John Leguizamo is bringing his award winning Broadway comedy Ghetto Clown to Los Angeles from September 30 - October 16.

"It's hilarious and irresistible - Leguizamo bops, boogies and break-dances across the stage as he re-lives his rollicking subway ride of life from obscurity to celebrity in Hollywood and New York"
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15 shows only starting Sept. 30 at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine Street in Hollywood.

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Deadline Approaching: National Black Programming Consortium's Digital Media Open Call

The Open Call awards project requests of up to $20,000 for interactive web and mobile concepts focused on stories about the global black diaspora. Stories can be narrative, documentary, audio, video, etc, as long as they present a unique opportunity for our audience to interact around engaging subject matter. And for the very first time this year we are opening up the call to include "serious games." Selected projects will be published on, made available for public broadcasting options, and executive produced by the National Black Programming Consortium.

So are you a producer? Are you a game developer? Do you want to see your own series on Be sure to get your applications in, our deadline for the $20,000 digital grant is approaching next Monday, September 26 by Midnight. Download the guidelines, and submit your online application.


'Modern Family,' 'Mad Men' Again Take Top Emmy Honors
(Broadcasting & Cable) - Modern Family led the wins at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night, and along with nods for CBS' The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, and The Good Wife, it was a strong showing for the broadcast networks at the annual TV kudosfest. FULL STORY

Netflix to Spin Off DVD-by-mail Biz
(Variety) - Responding to a chorus of complaints from subscribers and a plunge in its stock price, Netflix plans to break off its streaming and rental-by-mail businesses into separate divisions in the coming weeks. FULL STORY

NBC Owned Stations Launch Diversity Programs in Newsrooms
(Broadcasting & Cable) - NBC Owned Television Stations has launched a pair of programs designed to attract and train young journalists from diverse backgrounds to work in the owned stations' newsrooms. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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Bernardo Ruiz
NALIP Board member elected to WGA East Council

NALIP Board member and 2012 conference co-chair Bernardo Ruiz has been elected to the WGA East Council and will be serving until September 2013.

Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness Documents a Community Response to a Hate Crime Killing

The National Hispanic Media Coalition is promoting the documentary Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness because it addresses the growing problem of anti-immigrant violence in communities nationwide. The documentary tells the story of a town standing together to take action after a hate crime killing devastates their community. Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness debuts Wednesday, September 21 at 10pm PT on PBS (check local listings).

In 2008, a series of attacks by a group of seven local teenagers against Latino residents of the Long Island, New York town of Patchogue ended with the killing of 37-year-old Marcelo Lucero. An Ecuadorian immigrant, Lucero had been a Patchogue resident for 13 years. Filmed over a two-year period, the documentary follows Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victims brother Joselo Lucero, diverse community leaders, residents and students as they openly address the underlying causes of the violence, work to heal divisions and initiate ongoing action to ensure everyone in their village will be safe and respected.

Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness is directed by Patrice ONeill and produced by The Working Group. Adrienne Calo and Charene Zalis serve as producers. The film is narrated by Academy Award-Nominee Alfre Woodard, with principal photography by Brian Dentz.

Putting an end to hate speech in the media is core to the mission of the National Hispanic Media Coalition precisely because of hate crimes like the one featured in the Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness documentary. The proliferation of hate speech aimed at Latinos in the media reinforces an anti-Latino sentiment that is very detrimental to American Latinos in many facets of their lives, the same goes to all minorities. Even worse, hate speech in the media encourages abhorrent acts culminating in such crimes as the murder of Marcelo Lucero and others, this is why we must come together to put an end to hate speech in the media, states Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition is hosting Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness screenings in key metro areas around the country as well as inviting community leaders to host screenings in their own towns. Those interested in hosting screening are asked to sign up online.

Edwin Pagan
NALIPster hosting free horror film production secrets webinar

NALIP member and Latin Horror founder Edwin Pagan will be hosting a free webinar about Horror Film Production Secrets on Thursday, September 22 starting at 9pm EDT / 6pm PDT. Horror Film Boot Camp program director Lee Stranahan will also be hosting.

Production resources and distribution are now available to more people than ever but stale stories and clueless studios have hurt the market. Indie horror is exciting but piracy is eating it alive. And while American production is going strong some of the hottest horror is coming from Spain and Latin America. But if YOU want to make a horror film, there has never been a better time to do it.

Among the topics covered will be:
* Making a Short vs. a Feature
* Tips for getting your scrreenplay written
* Production hints including using DSLRs
* Promotion and Marketing
* Plus a Question and Answer section

Once you register you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all of the relevant log-in information for the webinar. Register here.


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