Latinos In The Industry

Deadline Approaching: Disney | ABC Television Writing Program

Writers become employees of Disney | ABC Television Group and will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000.00 annualized) plus any applicable benefits for which they are eligible in accordance with the then-current Company benefits plans. The program is designed to expose aspiring writers to key executives, producers and literary representatives - all essential in the pursuit of a writing career. Additionally, while in the program, writers have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a current programming or development executive to create spec scripts of series from the current broadcast season. The ultimate goal is to prepare and nurture the writers for a professional writing career.

Applications now available and will be accepted until June 1.
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Deadline Approaching: Warner Bros. Television Writers' Workshop

For over 30 years, the Warner Bros. Television Writers' Workshop has been the premier writing program for new writers looking to start and further their career in the world of television. The list of graduates who have gone on to do great things is long: Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Felicia Henderson (Soul Food) to name a few. Every year, the Workshop selects up to 10 participants out of almost 1,000 submissions and exposes them to Warner Bros. Television's top writers and executives, all with the ultimate goal of earning them a staff position on a Warner Bros. produced television show.

Applications accepted until June 1.
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Final Call for Entries: Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Just a few days left to enter the Aesthetica Short Film Festival! It's a great opportunity to get wider exposure for your work and a longlist of selected entrants will be screened at the citywide ASFF in York, UK in November. There will be additional prizes for the winner and runner-up, and a shortlist of finalists will be included on the Aesthetica Shorts DVD, which will be distributed internationally with the December 2011 issue of the Aesthetica Magazine.

The winning film also receives:
- £500 prize money ($814)
- Screenings at film festivals across the UK, including Rushes Soho Shorts (London), Glasgow Film Festival (Glasgow) and Branchage (Jersey)
- A weekend filmmaking course, courtesy of Raindance
- 12 months membership to Shooting People, the international film network
- Inclusion on a DVD that will be distributed to all Aesthetica readers (60,000 viewers)

The runner-up will also receive £250 ($407), as well as DVD publication.

Films should be no longer than 25 minutes but can be any genre including artists' film, music videos, dance films, horror and comedy or anything you can think of! No limit to the number of entries permitted.

Deadline May 31, 2011. Entry is £15 per film ($24). Please visit for more information and to submit.

Doc U: Fine Cut - Exploring the Director/Editor Collaboration

The International Documentary Association (IDA) presents their next Doc U! Save the date for June 13 at The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.

Join producer/director Robert Kenner (Two Days in October; Food, Inc.), as he engages with Kate Amend, ACE (Into the Arms of Strangers: The Long Way Home), Kim Roberts (Food, Inc., Waiting for Superman) and Victor Livingston (Shakespeare Behind Bars, Crumb) in an exploration of the rewards, and challenges, inherent in the director/editor collaboration.

The evening's on-stage conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A, and a reception on the Cinefamily's backyard Spanish patio!

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  Carlos Zaragoza Interview: Designing Gnome Gardens For 'Gnomeo & Juliet'
( - The gnomes in Gnomeo & Juliet live in elaborately decorated gardens. Now meet set designer Carlos Zaragoza who created the animated world of the gnomes in the film. FULL STORY

'Dexter' A Place Where Latino Talent Shines
(Latin Heat Online) - In 2006 when the creators of Showtime’s Dexter, Sara Colletonand John Goldwyn, first conceived of the crime drama about a serial killer with a heart, they were sure to include two series regulars Lauren Velez and David Zayas; because a series taking place in Miami without Latinos would just not do. FULL STORY

Tr3s Extends Its 'Quiero Mi' Franchise
(Multichannel News) - Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas' New York upfront touted plans for a 'Quiero Mi' franchise extension and a dating reality show for grandmas. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: The 'Keep Spending vs. Cut Your Losses' Conundrum

By Stacey Parks

Interestingly enough I've been working with 2 or 3 clients this week on exactly the same conundrum. Here's the basic premise...

They've spent $1 million to make their movie, perhaps even premiered at a major festival, but no deals on the horizon. What's left to do? Do-it-yourself aka Direct Distribution? But wait... that's going to cost money to get going and they've already spent $1 million to make the film! What to do? Is it worth it to spend more money on distributing the film in hopes of recouping that extra expenditure and then start chipping away at the $1 million budget? Or is it silly to throw good money after bad?

This very scenario is replayed to me several times a week and unfortunately there is no straightforward answer. However to begin to answer it, you must start with your goals. If first and foremost you goal is to recoup that initial $1 million, I personally wouldn't suggest spending another few hundred grand in hopes of making that happen. If you're talking about doing a theatrical release, you'll have to make double or triple that amount at the box office just to break even. In other words, if you're lucky, you'll just about recoup that $200K and still be left holding the bill on the one mill.

BUT... if your primary goal is exposure rather than profit, and you're in a position to not recoup the $1 million, then I say go for it! If done properly, a theatrical tour even when done yourself without a traditional distributor can be extremely effective in raising awareness for your film, for you, and possibly raise the stakes for ancillary revenues.


Eli Jimenes
NALIPster producing play An Unfinished Man, opening in June

The NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood will host a new play produced by NALIP member Eli Jimenes and written and directed by Bakersfield-based producer Myron Ward beginning June 17-18 and the following week on the 24-25.

An Unfinished Man is a play about an artist's desperate attempt to hold onto his identity in the midst of being swallowed by the culture industry of Hollywood.

Actor Wil Bowers will play the lead role of Alfonso Trevor. Elias Jimenes will play the role of The Man in the Hat. Other members of the cast include Dustin Quick, NALIP member J. Eddie Martinez, and Hershel Williams Jr.

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