Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Are You Doomed Without Pre-Sales?

By Stacey Parks

As a follow up to my previous post on the topic of Keeping It Real, I want to address some of the comments I received on the following statement I made: "if you're independently financing a film without cast and pre-sales from distributors, don't think you can raise any money over a few hundred thousand and have a sound Business Plan for investors. I have filmmakers showing me their Business Plans on projects with $3 million budgets and $7 million in P&A that make my jaw drop because I don't know where they think they're going to make back a few hundred thousand from, let along $10 million!"

One of the concerns many filmmakers seem to have is what if they DON'T have a project with *true* bankable cast attached and therefore can't go out immediately and secure pre-sale financing from distributors.

In other words, are you doomed if you can't get pre-sales?

The answer is NO and here's why -- not every film is going to be suitable for pre-sales in the first place. And that's fine because there are other forms of financing to explore as per my Micro Budget Blueprint like private equity, tax incentives, and crowd funding/sponsorship.


Emilio Romano Named Telemundo President

By Tim Molloy, The Wrap

Former aviation executive Emilio Romano has been named the new president of NBCU's Telemundo, the company announced Wednesday.

Romano, the former CEO of Grupo Mexicana de Aviacion, replaces Don Browne, who stepped down in April after more than 30 years with Telemundo. He was one of several executives to leave NBCU after its acquisition by Comcast.

As president, Romano will lead the Telemundo broadcast network and its 14 owned stations, including the Entertainment Division and Telemundo Studios. He will also oversee the News and Sports divisions, Telemundo International, Telemundo's Digital Media group, and the network's sales and marketing units, as well as mun2, the lifestyle network for young bicultural Latinos.

"Emilio is the ideal executive to lead Telemundo as we continue to build on our record breaking performances this year," said Lauren Zalaznick, Chairman NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, to whom he will report. "His extensive knowledge of Hispanic media combined with a proven track record running large scale businesses will be a great addition to the Telemundo management team. We will benefit greatly from his expertise across multiple media platforms -- particularly in the Mexican market -- as we continue to broaden Telemundo's overall appeal in the vibrant and diverse Hispanic community."

Added Romano: "I am honored to be joining this superb team of professionals at Telemundo and NBCUniversal and to be part of the transformation taking place within the US Hispanic media market."

In the late 1990s, Romano was GrupoTelevisa's director of Mergers and Acquisitions and later vice president of International Operations, overseeing more than 500 global employees.

From 1995 to 1998, he was a member of the Board of Directors for Univision Communications and directed several high profile transactions including the Sky Latin America joint venture with Corporation, OrganizacoesGlobo and TCI; the sale of PanAmSat to Hughes Electronics, and the formation of the Via Digital DTH venture for the Iberian Peninsula. He was also responsible for Televisa's operations outside Mexico, including record label Fonovisa and the worldwide programming distribution arm Protele.

He also co-managed Cablevision, the largest cable network in Mexico.

In 2001, he co-founded Border Group, LLC and served as an advisor to several entertainment and media companies.

He was CEO for Grupo Mexicana de Aviacion from 2004 to 2007 and led the airline's largest financial restructuring in its 87-year history. He also organized the launch of the first low-cost carrier in Mexico, Click Mexicana, and engineered the sale of Mexicana to a Mexican investor group.

Early in his career he held several positions within the Mexican Ministry of Finance.

The Mexico City native now lives in Miami with his wife and two daughters.

Call for Entries: San Diego Latino Film Festival

Media Arts Center San Diego is now seeking films and videos for 19th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival. SDLFF will take place March 8-18, 2012 at the UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center located in beautiful San Diego, California.

Last year's festival was attended by an audience of 21,000 actively-engaged film lovers, filmmakers, actors, programmers, distributors, industry representatives and journalists. The San Diego Latino Film Festival has used the unique geographical and cultural position of the San Diego Border Region to make the festival a premiere venue for the exhibition of international and U.S. Latino features, shorts and documentaries.

Early Entry Deadline: October 5, 2011
Normal Entry Deadline: November 4, 2011
Late Entry Deadline: December 9, 2011

Click here for details on how to enter.

Call for Submissions: WGA Documentary Screenplay Award

The WGA is now accepting submissions for the eighth annual Writers Guild of America Documentary Screenplay Award. To be eligible for entry, films must have been exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles or New York for at least one week during 2011. Scripts need not be written under WGA jurisdiction.

The deadline for submissions is 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2011.
The entry form and complete eligibility requirements can be found here.

The award will be presented at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards to be held on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

YourWorldView Resource for Doc Filmmakers

If you have a documentary addressing world issues, you may be interested in YourWorldView, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association's online space for people around the world to share content, watch great films, and join in a new and fresh discussion about the portrayal of international issues. YourWorldView is a platform for new and emerging filmmakers to showcase their short films and other multimedia content that will stimulate discussion on the site.

YourWorldView is a place where you can:
- Share your content
- Watch great films
- Add your opinions to the discussion
- Join in the debate with people around the world
- Read informative articles
- Get your reviews published
- Put your questions forward to filmmakers
- Find out the latest news on upcoming film festivals
- Discover interesting events happening near you

YourWorldView connects the Voices, shares the Views, and showcases the Visions of students and young people globally through film and discussion. Films featured on the site create an interactive environment to explore and discuss issues of international interest. YourWorldView supports users to engage directly with new and emerging filmmakers around the world.

  Cable Filling Demand for Hispanic Content
(Multichannel News) - Cable operators and networks will team to offer a slew of on-demand content celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month throughout September and early October. FULL STORY

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The Latino List airing HBO on Sept. 29

The Latino List HBO documentary explores what it means to be Latino in the United States. It will air on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8:00pm on HBO. This project is a collection of voices, perspectives and issues that illuminate the Latino experience in America today. The film presents portraits of Latinos who have contributed to the fabric of america and feel a real sense of patriotism to the country that enabled them to fulfill their dreams and will enlighten the viewer and hopefully change hearts, minds and the discourse in america about Latinos. The film is by Ingrid Duran, Catherine Pino and Susan Gonzales.

The individuals featured in The Latino List are some of todays most accomplished, determined Latinos whose lives and careers are an inspiration and example for people of all races and ethnicities. The participants include: Eva Longoria, Julie Stav, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Jose Hernandez, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Sandra Cisneros, Sonia Sotomayor, America Ferrera, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, John Leguizamo, Anthony Romero, Marta Moreno Vega, Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo, Robert Menendez and Pitbull.

Through this project they share their stories, insights, struggles and triumphs. The Latino List consists of short interviews, in the style of the Black List, an award winning three-part documentary series on HBO, capturing the fire, passion, and deep appreciation of being an american. At the same time, each story is full of compassion, humor, vulnerability and humanity. Through this intimate approach to story telling, in which the viewer feels a direct connection to the storyteller, there is a tremendous sense of enlightenment, inspiration and change.

The Latino List project consists of an HBO documentary film, a museum exhibit featuring the portraits of all 25 Latino List participants currently showing at the Brooklyn Museum (August 19th-December 11th), a museum catalogue/coffee table book and an education component which will include a K-12 curriculum as well as a college tour.

The people behind the Latino List Project include: the Executive Producers, three Latinas who launched Brown Beauty Productions to work on this project; Ingrid Duran, Catherine Pino, Susan Gonzales. Timothy Greenfield Sanders is the Director and Photographer, Payne Brown is an Associate Producer, Tommy Walker and Mike Sloane are Producers, Maria Hinojosa is the Interviewer and there were additional interviews by Sandra Guzman.

Carmen Marron
NALIPster's film Go For It! coming out on DVD Sept. 27

NALIP member Carmen Marron's feature film Go For It! will be released on DVD by Lionsgate on Tuesday, September 27. The DVD features audio commentary with the cast and crew.

Audience Award winner and Official Selection of the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival, this coming of age drama is written and directed by newcomer Carmen Marron, who was inspired by her own experiences as a street dancer in Chicago. The film stars Aimee Garcia (TV's "Off the Map"), as a young Carmen, who spends most of her time in underground clubs enthralled in her life's passion - dance. The film also features a strong supporting cast that includes Gina Rodriguez (Our Family Wedding), Al Bandiero (Rocky IV), Jossarra Jinaro (Collateral Damage) as well as special appearances by Somaya Reece and The Beat Freaks.

Synopsis: Carmen lives for the underground hip-hop scene in her native Chicago. Born as a first generation Mexican-American, she finds herself faced with intense pressure to succeed in college and impress her chaotic family. When her personal life becomes too much, Carmen quits her dance team and puts her dreams of becoming a dancer on hold. But with the positive influence of a professor, she's encouraged to audition for a formal dance school and seize an opportunity to shine.


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