INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: TV Diversity Apparent in Stars, Not Script
By Kate Hahn, Variety
We've all seen it: the billboard touting a new TV show with a diverse cast of characters -- Latino, African-American, Asian, white and so on. But this all-inclusive rainbow casting doesn't always translate into storylines that reflect the lives of those who have been traditionally underrepresented on television.
"When you hear the dialogue or see the stories, the Asian guy could have been the white guy, the African-American guy the Latino guy. They're the same characters. They're just putting a different face on them," says Christopher Lloyd, co-creator of ABC comedy "Modern Family," whose characters include a gay couple with an adopted Asian daughter, a Latina mother and son, and an updated "Father Knows Best" white couple with three kids.
"I have been in those meetings where the network executives would say, 'Look, I've got to check a box,'?" Lloyd says. "The public kind of is aware that they're being manipulated."
"American Family," doubts that TV should look more like the USA. Sometimes it just struggles to do it in a genuine way.
Lucia Cottone Named Senior VP, Development and Current Programming, Networks for Sony Pictures Television
NALIP mentor Lucia Cottone has been named senior vice president, development and current programming, networks, Sony Pictures Television (SPT). It was announced today by Marie Jacobson, executive vice president, programming and production, networks, SPT.
In this newly created role, Cottone is charged with global television development for SPT's growing channel portfolio worldwide. She will also oversee current programming, managing a slate of hundreds of original hours for the company's channels: AXN, SET, SPIN, Animax and related sub-brands around the world.
"Developing quality, cut-through franchises to further strengthen our worldwide brands is top priority and Lucia's distinctive expertise both in cable programming and versatile storytelling will allow us to compete aggressively on a global stage," said Jacobson.
Cottone joins SPT most recently from Lifetime where she spent six years developing drama and comedy series, most notably Army Wives, the network's highest-rated scripted series of all time. Prior to Lifetime, Cottone honed her story skills at NBC Universal, Telemundo, UPN and Rysher Entertainment. Her experience spans scripted drama, comedy, reality, game show and telenovela genres, the ideal background for a role charged with global TV development.
Call for Submissions: Roy W. Dean Film Grant
The Roy W. Dean June 30 Grant deadline is approaching. This grant is for films that are unique and make a contribution to society. The grant is goods and services equaling around $30,000.00 from major industry people in the LA area.
We are proud to say we that two NALIP members have won past grants.
All information including application and guidelines is on www.fromtheheartproductions.com
Any questions, email Caroleedean@att.net
Deadline Approaching: LPB's 2011 Public Media Content Fund
Latino Public Broadcasting's Public Media Content Fund is an open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a program, series or short web-based digital video (of no longer than 20 minutes) on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans that is appropriate for public television and/or one of its platforms.
We are especially interested in projects that provide thoughtful dialogue and impactful stories giving voice to those not normally heard or seen. While proposals can take creative risks, selected projects must ultimately appeal to a wide variety of television and public media audiences. Projects that reflect personal or individual experience should have universal appeal.
For more information, please visit the LPB Website at:
DEADLINE: June 6, 2011 at 5 PM
*this is not a postmark date - Packages must be received in house by June 6, 2011
Deadline Approaching: The California Story Fund
The California Story Fund (CSF) is a competitive grant program of the California Council for the Humanities (CCH). The purpose of CSF is to capture genuine and compelling stories from and about California's diverse communities, and to ensure that those stories can be shared widely. Telling our stories can help us make sense of our existence, give us a window into other people's lives, and make us feel part of something larger than ourselves. Sharing personal and communal narratives can enhance our understanding of where we live, with whom we live, and why we live the way we do. The Council seeks proposals for story-based projects that are informed by humanities perspectives, methods, and content; that reveal the realities of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories; and that will be of interest to local, statewide, and potentially even national and global audiences.
Deadline: June 15, 2011
For more information, please visit the California Story Fund website.
Deadline Approaching: LEF New England Moving Image Fund
LEF New England launched the Moving Image Fund (MIF) in 2002 to support independent film and video artists creating new work. In its transition from a broader to a more defined funding strategy, LEF is currently focusing MIF support on documentary filmmaking. Through MIF, LEF provides funding across all phases of production, supporting films from the early risk-taking stage, through a film's completion. In this way, MIF offers a continuum of support for selected projects, while also identifying new talent.
Pre-Production Proposal Deadline: June 10, 2011
For more information, please visit the LEF website.