Latinos In The Industry

NALIP's 2011 Latino Writers Lab is Coming!

Do you have a great script you want to develop? Are you ready to take the next step on your career as a screenwriter?

Apply to participate in NALIP's inspiring, creative 10-day Latino Writers Lab program. Presented by HBO, this is a professional development intensive that will alter your writing process, inspire your current project, and nurture your unique voice as you develop a new feature screenplay.

In its ninth year, the Latino Writers Lab offers top-level skills development as well as specific, one-on-one mentoring for your work-in-progress. It also includes intimate professional lunches that provide you with invaluable information and important relationships for your career. This is not a program for beginning writers: you must have at least one complete screenplay under your belt, and hopefully additional skills study. But it is a great program to develop a treatment into a first draft, or a rough draft into something you can promote or sell.

This program is taught in two parts. The first session takes place in the beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 18 - 22. With the techniques and specific notes you will receive, we know that you will have great tools and ideas to rewrite your screenplay over the summer. When we meet again in Santa Monica, CA September 21-25, the program will discuss scene structure and rewriting strategies using your own work, plus give you a new set of notes on your draft.

Applying for the LWL 2011 will be easier than ever this year. NALIP is going green! The Latino Writers Lab application is available online here! The deadline is Wednesday, March 25, so please take a look and get started! Email your completed application to: . Questions? Call Carlos or Octavio at 310-395-8880. Visit for more details!

Call for Entries: Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund

The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund will provide annual production grants totaling $75,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States. Grants will be made to up to 5 projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz's central concerns--the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems.

The fund supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz's work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, high production values, artistic writing, outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork and editing. A program of the International Documentary Association, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is made possible by The New York Community Trust.

Application Deadline: all application materials, including work samples, must be received by 5:00 PM PST on Monday, April 25, 2011.

The full online application, guidelines and eligibility requirements are available on the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund application page.

Call for Interactive Documentary Projects

A two-part program for Europeans and North Americans aimed at fostering professional development and potential financing opportunities for interactive documentary projects, docXchange will consist of a three-day workshop at Hot Docs in Toronto, Canada, and a one-day financing forum at Nordisk Panorama in Aarhus, Denmark.

Project Registration Opens: February 18
Deadline for Submissions: March 4

For more information, please visit

Targeting 'Generation YLA'
Census, Research Shows Hispanic Gains, Notably With Young Latino Americans

By Laura Martinez, Multichannel News

Armed with proprietary research and Census numbers, Telemundo is going after "Generation YLA."

When the Census Bureau finishes releasing 2010 U.S. Census results, the figures will show what many in the media already suspected: That Hispanics are driving the population growth in America, and accounting for double-digit growth in places that have not been considered "traditional Hispanic hubs" before.

For instance, according to data released earlier this month for Maryland, Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana and Vermont, Hispanic growth is outpacing non-Hispanic growth in each state by double-digit margins.

In Arkansas, for example, the Hispanic population has more than doubled, with Hispanics driving 41% of the overall growth in the state.

These and other staggering statistics were part of a presentation Tuesday morning by Raul Cisneros, the Chief of Media Relations at the U.S. Census Bureau, who was invited to address a group of clients and trade media gathered by NBC-Universal and Telemundo in Manhattan.

The Census data served as an introduction to Telemundo's "Generation YLA Study," a proprietary study exploring self identification, cultural and language fluidity, media consumption, TV viewing and technology adoption by Young Latino Americans (YLA), ages 18 to 34, who not surprisingly are one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population.

According to current U.S. Census data, the population of Hispanics between 20-34 will rise to 30 million in 2050, compared to 12 million today. In addition, the majority of the growth will come from those Hispanics born in the U.S. and not from immigration.

"These guys are young, they are Latinos and, yes, they are 100% American too!" says Jacqueline Hernandez, COO of Telemundo. "Sounds confusing? No. These guys find it easy to toggle in and out of both the Hispanic and American cultures, and that defines who they are."

It is with this demographic in mind that Telemundo and sister cable net mun2 are shaping the programming strategy for the now Comcast-owned networks. "We want to reflect all of that in our telenovelas, our music shows and our reality shows," says Hernandez, who was pleased to hear Cisneros of the Census Bureau also use the YLA term in his remarks.

Among the study's findings: YLAS are known as the "always-connected generation."

Some figures: 94% have access to the Internet at home; 84% have high-speed Internet and 87% cannot live without their mobile devices.

As for television viewing, the group seems to move easily from English to Spanish and while they might be technologically savvy, they have not seemed to embraced Spanish-language cable, yet. Per Telemundo's research, 35% of YLA's watch Spanish-language broadcast TV; 31% watch English-language cable; 12% watch English broadcast TV and only 6% said to watch Spanish-language cable.

This, says Hernandez, is rapidly changing, with Spanish-language cable growing rapidly and offering more options.

  Johnny Depp on Pancho Villa Role
( - Johnny Depp has been approached to play the legendary Mexican hero Pancho Villa but the Rango star has second thoughts on playing the famous revolutionary. FULL STORY

Eva Longoria Comedy Closes International Sales Deals
(The Wrap) - Maya Entertainment announced Thursday that it has closed international sales deals for its Eva Longoria comedy "Without Men." FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Production and Post Positions at KABC 7
A variety of employment opportunities are available with KABC 7 Los Angeles, including: Weekend News Producer, Freelance Editors, and more. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Interactive Content Producer, PBS SoCal
The Interactive Content Producer will coordinate, develop and upload online content for the consortia of PBS stations in the LA market. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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DOING YOUR DOC in Chicago, Feb. 25-27

Join us in Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 25-27 for our NALIP signature program Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices. Don't miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, story consultant to over 300 films including two Academy Award Nominees. Also receive project mentoring on your documentary idea, proposal or trailer.

This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage, or have a rough cut and are seeking finishing funds.
Click here for more information!

Ralph Lopez
NALIPster's film wins a Black Reel Award

Katrina's Son, a film by director Ya'Ke Smith produced by NALIP member Ralph Lopez, was awarded the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Independent Short.

The Black Reel Awards are presented by the Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film with a mission to target, identify and prepare candidates who will represent the next generation of filmmakers and potential film executives that will be able to provide a different sensibility to the stories currently told onscreen.

Katrina's Son tells the story of a young boy who loses his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina, and travels to San Antonio, Texas in search of the mother who abandoned him years earlier.

Ralph Lopez and Ya'Ke Smith are currently developing their first feature film, Wolf.


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