Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Money Talks And Art Matters

Graham Taylor, one of the top dealmakers in packaging and brokering distribution deals for independent films, gave a lively keynote speech at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Taylor gave Martin Scorsese a run for his money in terms of the music cues he employed in his speech to make his points about the improving indie film marketplace:

[Music cue: We Will Rock You by Queen]

Never in the history of the movie business has there been a better time for the Independents to be entrepreneurial. The balance of power between Studios, Indies and Consumers is changing. Whether you are a filmmaker, producer, financier, distributer, or executive, now is the time to embrace the change. We are after all in the middle of a revolution, and nobody puts baby in the corner.

LAFF titled this morning's discussion "Money Talks and Art Matters." The convergence of film, art and commerce. This is a subject I am pretty well versed on. After all, my dad was a PhD economist and my mother an artist. Both Berkeley grads and present during the era of the sit-down protest, our home in Portland, Oregon was littered with Econ theory books, paintings in progress, and Birkenstocks.

From a young age I was forced to read my dad's anti-trust testimony on the Utility Industry (you know, the sexy stuff), and at the same time was winning the Oregon State Fair's mother/son weaving competition. Yes, I had a mean cross-over stitch. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree: like an even blend of both parents, as a former producer and now as an agent, I am still right in the middle of the relationship between the artist and the money. A couples therapist, if you will. I build companies, enable artists and activate content. For me it's simple: I love movies and I and love the movie business.


Call for Submissions: NLMC Television Writers Program

The National Latino Media Council's 2011 Television Writers Program submission period is open for those writers who can write at least one half-hour comedy or one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. The program will take place in Burbank, CA from October 8, 2011 to November 11, 2011. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show. A stipend of $250 per week will be given to each participant. Flight, housing, and meals will be provided.

The NLMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. This project is modeled after the previously successful Hispanic Film Project. The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. This five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris. The workshop is conducted in Burbank, CA and a total of 10 writers are recruited nationwide from established network of NHMC chapters, other non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The goal is that the writers garner the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry. The NLMC Writers Program was created in accordance to NHMC's mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry. The program directly responds to the lack of diverse writers in primetime network TV with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer's table, more diversity will be reflected on TV.

Application packages must be submitted by July 29, 2011 and selected program participants will be announced September 7, 2011. Writing samples must be in English and television scripts are preferred.

For applicants to be considered, 2 packets with the following must be submitted:
- Program Application
- Resume/Bio
- Writing Sample: (1) hard copy and (1) CD copy (each CD should have a copy of the script saved in PDF Format)
- Notarized release forms
- Statement of Interest (Explain why you want to write for television)

To download program application and release forms, please visit

Applications must be post marked by July 29, 2011 and sent to:
Brenda Rivas
National Latino Media Council
55 S. Grand Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

For more information please visit or email Brenda Rivas at

Program Sponsored by: ABC & NBC

Deadline Approaching: POV Broadcast Season 2012

Attention, all filmmakers! POV, public television's premier showcase for independent, nonfiction film seeks programs from all perspectives to showcase in its annual national PBS series in 2012.

All subjects, aesthetic approaches and lengths are welcome.

Check out the POV Filmmakers section to learn more about the process and the categories of submissions that we are looking for.

Please note: All entries must be received by Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Apply online:

Deadline Approaching: Mary Kay Inspiring Stories

Make an impact through film! Help shine the light on the issue of Domestic Violence. Get involved with Mary Kay Inspiring Stories - inspire, educate, and create a conversation on the issue of Domestic Violence through the creation of three documentaries.

Use your passion for the cause and apply now to create the documentaries.
- Work with inspiring female celebrities to narrate the documentaries.
- Your documentary will premiere at a Hollywood event and be promoted throughout Domestic Violence month this October.
- No experience necessary - you'll learn everything you need to know on set.
- Women ages 18-34 can apply to participate.

Mary Kay Inspiring Stories has just welcomed its first of three female celebrity narrators, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, to help shine a spotlight on domestic violence! Join now for a chance to work with JoAnna Garcia Swisher to make movies that matter! Stay tuned to see who the next 2 female celebrities will be.

Apply now at

  SAG, AFTRA Start Formally Discussing Merger
(Los Angeles Times) - The Screen Actors Guild and its smaller sister union, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, have begun formal discussions to merge their unions. FULL STORY

Los Angeles Film Festival Titles Turn Their Cameras on the City
(Los Angeles Times) - As the Los Angeles Film Festival continues through June 26, Angelenos will have multiple chances to see their city on screen from a fresh perspective. More than a half-dozen movies make effective and original use of the city, particularly its east side. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Action Scripts Set in Mexico in Late 1800s
Transcendent Entertainment is looking for completed feature-length action scripts which take place in Mexico in the late 1800s. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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Manny Rey
NALIPster's short The Break screening at San Antonio Film Fest

NALIP member Manny Rey's short film The Break will be screening at the San Antonio Film Festival on June 23. Visit the festival's website for details.

Also look out for Manny on TV all over California as he recently shot 16 commercial spots in English and Spanish as spokesman for Aladdin Bail Bonds. Aladdin Bail Bonds, the largest bail bonds company is proud of their service to the community and chose Manny to deliver their sincere message.

Manny is currently in post on his first feature film Enemy Of The Mind, a psychological action thriller due for release this fall. Manny attributes his success as a screenwriter to the inspirational spark he knows was ignited at the NALIP National Conference in Santa Monica last year. Manny says that the relationships he has made with fellow NALIPsters Isabel Cueva, Josefina Lopez and Ben Lopez are examples of what NALIP is all about... real relationships and real resources.


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