Latinos In The Industry

Imagen Foundation Honors Most Powerful & Influential Latinos in Entertainment

Includes excerpts from an article by Tim Kenneally, The Wrap

The Imagen Foundation, which is dedicated to presenting positive representation of Latinos in all facets of the entertainment industry, will hold its third annual The Most Powerful & Influential Latinos in Entertainment ceremony on Sept. 27, and the organization unveiled its list of this year's honorees on Thursday.

Among the honorees are: former NALIP Board member Arturo Barquet, Sr. Vice President, Production and Finance at Universal Pictures; NALIP Board of Trustees member Moctesuma Esparza, CEO, Chairman, and Producer at Maya Entertainment; and NALIP Board of Trustees member Monica Gil, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs at The Nielsen Co.

Demonstrating the growing influence of Latinos in the entertainment industry, this year's honorees include an array of top-level executives, including Belinda Menendez, president of NBC Universal International Television, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler and Norma Provencio Pichardo, executive director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.

View the full list of honorees below.

Jonathan Avila, The Walt Disney Company -- Vice President, Chief Legal Office
Javier Avitia, CBS Studios International -- Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & International Television
Arturo Barquet, Universal Pictures -- Sr. Vice President, Production and Finance
Luca Bentivoglio, LATV -- Chief Operating Officer
Anamaria Buranasakorn, Fox Television Stations, Inc. -- VP, Human Resources
Emiliano Calemzuk, Shine Americas -- CEO
Carlos Carreras, Paradigm Talent Agency -- Talent Agent
Vincent Cordero, Fox Deportes -- Executive Vice President & General Manager
Lucia Cottone, Sony Pictures Television -- Senior Vice President, Development & Current Programming
Ignacio Darnaude, Sony Pictures Entertainment -- EVP, International Creative
Christina Davis, CBS Entertainment -- EVP, Drama Series Development
Raul De Quesada, Fox Deportes -- SVP, Marketing & Assistant General Manager
Lourdes Diaz, NBC Entertainment -- VP, Current Programming
Moctesuma Esparza, Maya Entertainment -- CEO, Chairman, Producer
Marissa Garcia, Creative Artists Agency -- Agent
Lino Garcia, The Walt Disney Co. -- General Manager, ESPN Deportes TV
Monica Gil, The Nielsen Co. -- Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
Phil Gonzales, CBS Entertainment -- Senior Vice President, Communications
Enrique Guillen, NBCUniversal Alternative Programming -- Vice President, Alternative Programming
Ray Gutierrez, CBS Television Networks -- EVP, Human Resources
Christy Haubegger, Creative Artists Agency -- Agent
Jacqueline Hernandez, Telemundo Communications Group -- Chief Operating Officer/Board member of women@NBCU
Jorge Hidalgo, Telemundo Sports -- Sr. Executive Vice President
Erika Kennair, Syfy -- Vice President, Development
Margaret Lazo, NBCUniversal Television Group -- EVP, Human Resources
Roberto Llamas, Univision Communications Inc. -- EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer
Hernan Lopez, Fox International Channels -- President & CEO
Maelia Macin, Univision Communications -- EVP Network Sales
Rick Marroquin, Creative Artists Agency -- Agent
Dorinda Marticorena, Warner Bros. Entertainment -- Warner Home Video -- Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing and High Definition
Robert Mendez, Disney ABC Television Group -- Senior Vice President, Diversity
Edith Mendoza, CBS Entertainment -- VP, Comedy Series Development
Belinda Menendez, NBCUniversal International Television -- President
Jada Miranda, NBC Entertainment -- SVP, Drama Development
Diana Mogollon, mun2 -- General Manager
Paul Montoya, CBS Entertainment -- Executive Vice President, Media Sales
Erik Moreno, Fox Broadcasting Company -- SVP, Corp. Development
Tommy Moreno, Miramax -- SVP, Rights Management
Armando Nunez Jr., CBS Studios International -- President
Jennifer R. Ortega, MTV Networks -- Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Kenny Ortega, The KO Company -- Director/Producer/Choreographer
Andy Ortiz, Warner Bros. Entertainment -- Senior Vice President, Organization Effectiveness
Sandie Pedlow, Latino Public Broadcasting -- Executive Director
Marla Provencio, The Walt Disney Co. -- EVP Marketing, ABC Entertainment Group
Norma Provencio Pichardo, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation -- Executive Director
Rey Rodriguez, The Walt Disney Co. -- VP, Legal Affairs, The Walt Disney Studios
Eric Rovner, William Morris Endeavor -- Talent Agent
Bob Salazar, Comedy Central -- SVP, Creative Director
Marcos Santana, Telemundo International -- President
Maira Suro, Universal Cable Productions -- Senior Vice President, Current & Development
Nina Tassler, CBS Entertainment -- President
Claudia Teran, Fox Networks Group -- EVP, Business & Legal Affairs & Deputy General Counsel
Jose Tillan, MTV Tr3s -- EVP & General Manager
Joseph Tovares, Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- SVP, Diversity & Innovation
Walter Ulloa, Entravision Communications Corp. -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Call for Entries: Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza

The Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza (BHLIFE) will re-launch its festival next year with a renovated image, a new festival director and a new venue. It will take place March 2nd-4th, 2012 in celebration of International Women's Day. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

BHLIFE is a celebration of Latinas, their voices and their visions. The mission of the festival is to build a network of Latina filmmakers that will draw attention to the growing number of Latinas working behind the camera. The films of these Latinas constitute a body of work that acts as a powerful statement against the stereotypical portrayals of Latinas on screen.

Prizes are awarded at the film festival but the ultimate goal is the unification of Latina filmmakers in transforming their image to one that empowers and inspires.

Submission Deadine: December 1, 2011

To request a SUBMISSION FORM for the 2012 Festival go to or email us at

Submissions of films are being accepted in the following categories (all films must be directed by a Latina no exceptions):
Documentaries (any length)
Music Videos
Youth (anything directed by a Latina 18 & under)

$30 for features
$15 for all other

NO SUBMISSION FEE for High School students - please list your High School's name on your submission. (ALL SUBMISSION FEES will be used to fund the festival so there will be NO FEE WAIVERS NO EXCEPTIONS please do not request one.)

Make checks payable to CASA 0101

2102 E. First St., L.A., CA 90033

Deadline Approaching: Hearst Screenwriting Grant

The San Francisco Film Society's Hearst Screenwriting Grant is given to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project expresses both a unique personal perspective and an artistic approach to the subject. Priority is given to writers whose previous short or feature screenplays have been produced as an independent film. For the 2011 Grant, $15,000 will be disbursed in December 2011.

Letter Of Interest deadline is September 29, 2011
Finalists are invited to submit additional materials October 22, 2011
For details visit the grant's webpage

Call for Submissions: NALAC Fund for the Arts

The submission deadline has been extended for the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA), a national grant program which provides financial support to U.S.-based Latino working artists and ensembles and small and mid-sized Latino arts organizations that demonstrate creative and artistic excellence in communities across the country. Now in its seventh year, the NFA is designed to help Latino artists and Latino arts and cultural organizations develop their creative capacity and make lasting contributions to their communities and to society as a whole.

Extended Deadline: September 30, 2011
For more information, please visit:

NALIP LPA Mentor Presenting Free Teleconference Seminar

Heather Hale and NALIP LPA mentor Suzanne Lyons, CEO of Snowfall Films and co-founder of are presenting a free teleconference seminar "FLASH FORWARD: Hollywood Goal Getting Tools" on Thursday, September 29 from 7:30pm-9:00pm PDT.

Topics include: Learn Step By Step What To Do. How to Strategize to Get Your Goal (ex: Get an Agent, Audition, Option your Screenplay, Direct, Produce...). You Have An Agent: This IS What's Next. Create Relationships That Make a Difference.

To RSVP for this event email:
Conference Call information:
Dial-in Number: 1-605-475-4850
Enter Access Code: 945564#

ONLY those on the LIVE CALL will get a SPECIAL DISCOUNT offer on the ONE MONTH FLASH FORWARD HOLLYWOOD GOAL GETTING INTENSIVE (Regular $545) live in person with Suzanne Lyons that is Sat./Sun. OCT. 22, 23 and the following 4 Thursday Evenings in Burbank. FULL DETAILS:

  Los Americans With Esai Morales, Now Screening on L.A. City Buses' Transit TV
(LA Weekly) - Writer-director Dennis Leoni's new web series Los Americans will air not only on the internet but also on TransitTV, a closed-circuit network aired exclusively on L.A. city buses. FULL STORY

Carolina Lightcap Out as Disney Channels President
(The Wrap) - Carolina Lightcap, President of Disney Channels Worldwide, has quit her job effective immediately, and Gary Marsh, who was Chief Creative Officer and the President of Entertainment, has succeeded her. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

Visit the NALIP Job Opportunities page for all the latest listings.

Busy Production Company and Postproduction House Seeks Accountant/Bookkeeper
Flip Films and UHF Studios seeks a detail oriented, accurate and self-motivated bookkeeper/accountant to help with organization, processing payments, following up with clients and general organization in a very busy accounting department. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Interns for TV Production Company
Interns wanted for TV production company. You'll assist working in post production and if you're the right person on location when shooting. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Laura Checkoway
NALIPster makes doc shorts for WORLD channel

NALIP member Laura Checkoway (LPA 2010, LAMP) has four documentary shorts currently featured on WORLD channel's website. Her 2010 Latino Producers Academy trailer and project description were discovered online by a producer for the channel. The channel was attracted to the subject matter of her feature documentary Lucky, but since that project was still early in post-production the material was unavailable. So instead they commissioned original short documentary pieces from her, for the theme "9-5." You can view her four videos and other short multiplatform work online here.

The idea behind WORLD is that in our communities there are amazing storytellers. People who observe and participate in everyday life. In these times of great change and diverse growth, everyday observations and stories from the people who make up the fabric of America need to be heard. WORLD is supported by CPB.

WORLD exec producer Chris Hastings joined NALIP as an LPA mentor this past August, teaching producers about the multi platform opportunities for short form content at WORLD, and scouting new talent.

Laura's feature documentary Lucky is currently in post-production, and she hopes to complete it this year.

Cristina Kotz Cornejo
NALIPster's film screening at Morelia Int. Film Fest. and NEFIAC

Writer/director and NALIP member Cristina Kotz Cornejo's (LWL 2004) short film Despertar will be screening at the 9th Morelia International Film Festival and the New England Film Festival of Ibero-American Cinema (NEFIAC) in October.

The Morelia screenings will be on October 18 and 19, 2011, and the NEFIAC screening will be on October 2 at 2pm.

Synopsis: Rosa, a domestic worker in Mexico City, is at a crossroads in her relationship, her job - and her life.


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