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Announcements
 

2010 Television Networks "Report Cards" Reflect a Striking Decline in Latino Diversity

Today the National Latino Media Council (NLMC) held a press conference to release the annual Television Network Report Cards. NLMC is disappointed that this annual diversity report card reflects a decline in Latino diversity at the four major television networks - ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. The report card summarizes progress and shortfalls of the networks' diversity efforts during the 2009-2010 television season. Networks earn overall diversity performance grades, as well as specific grades based on their employment of Latino actors in primetime scripted and reality programming, Latino writers, producers and directors in primetime programming, and Latino entertainment executives. Specific grades are also assigned for program development, procurement and network commitment to diversity and transparency.


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Last year NLMC celebrated the tenth anniversary of a national movement to change the face of television: the historic signing of Memoranda of Understanding between the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition and the four networks. "A year ago we lauded the networks for incremental progress in diversifying their workforces in front and behind the camera," said Congressman Esteban Torres, Board Chair of the National Latino Media Council, "this year the networks, while more representative of our multicultural nation than they were a decade ago, are in need of reaffirming their commitments to including Latinos in creative positions and procurement opportunities."

The retired U.S. Congressman went on to report the diversity grades earned by the four networks. Fox has a number of areas in which it needs improvement. It has done well with recruiting Latino reality actors, Latino writers and producers, and has three Latino entertainment executives. Yet, Latinos are underrepresented at Fox in several areas, including scripted actors, directors, and procurement. It should be noted that Fox's numbers are very difficult to verify because it does not produce the names of the employees for which it takes credit. Lack of transparency has been an ongoing problem with Fox, and NLMC urges Fox to improve upon this next year. Because of its failings, Fox's overall grade is a "C+". ABC has been a model network in its commitment to diversity. However, this year ABC earned an overall grade of "B-" because it slipped in several key areas, to include recurring and reality actors, directors and entertainment executives. NBC Universal also declined in several categories and earned an overall "B-" grade. Although there is substantial room for improvement at NBCU, it did slightly better than last year, and NLMC expects this momentum will continue if and when Comcast acquires NBCU. NBCU is struggling in several areas to include a very low number of Latino actors on its scripted programming, and disappointing numbers of Latino writers, producers and directors. CBS earned the best overall grade of all the networks for Latino diversity with a "B+". Nonetheless, CBS certainly has room for improvement. In particular, it must increase its number of Latino scripted regulars and Latino reality actors, as well as its Latino writers, producers and directors.

"This was a terrible year for Latinos at the networks," said Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, "African Americans and Asian Pacific Americans posted impressive gains in most categories, but when it came to Latinos, the networks failed us." He added, "Don't misunderstand, we don't want what African Americans and Asian Pacific Americans received, the pie is much larger than that, we only want what we deserve as the largest minority consumer population in the nation."

Press conference speakers included Congressman Esteban Torres (Ret.), Board Chair of the National Latino Media Council, Alex Nogales, National Latino Media Council Secretariat and President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), and Bel Hernandez, Co-founder of Latin Heat Entertainment, amongst others.

Download a PDF of the 2010 NLMC Network Diversity Report Card Grading Explanation.


Download a PDF of the complete 2010 NLMC Network Diversity Report Card Narrative and Grades.


Call for Submissions: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Pitch Sessions

Two exciting pitch sessions will take place during the 8th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, an International Call and "Documenting the Big Sky" a special session focusing on films to be produced in Montana. Confirmed panelists include NALIP mentor Yance Ford (Series Producer, POV/The American Documentary), James Ackerman (The Documentary Channel) William Marcus (General Manager of KUFM/Montana Public Television) Aaron Pruitt, Director of Programming (KUSM/Montana Public Television, and Kim Anderson (Humanities Montana). More participants will be added as they are confirmed. December 23 is the entry deadline for both sessions.

International Documentary Pitch Session
February 17, 2011 - University Theater/University of Montana campus
Entry Fee: $35
Submission Deadline: December 23, 2010

Pitch your documentary work-in-progress (WIP) to some of the top commissioning editors and funders for documentary film in North America. All documentary forms (eg. first person, direct cinema, observational, etc.) and all subjects are eligible to submit. The session will be held February 17, 2011 at the UC Theater on the University of Montana campus with a live audience of filmmakers, industry representatives, and students. Commissioning editors will have the opportunity to critique and comment on each pitch. A maximum of 15 projects will be accepted to pitch in this session. Submit a brief (250 words maximum) project summary and an additional one-paragraph project status report. The project summary should concisely describe the focus of the film as well as a brief treatment which should include intended length, shooting format and any other relevant technical details and production credits (if known). The project status should describe the current state of the production (eg. pre-production, production, post, etc.) in some detail. A short (5 minutes maximum) sample reel of the work-in-progress may be submitted in addition to the written application. Work-in-progress reels may be submitted on-line only via vimeo, youtube.com, blip.tv, etc. Do not send DVD screeners as part of your application. Selected projects will have 20 minutes to pitch their project and show a short sample (if available) for the panel. Selected projects will be required to pay an additional $250, which includes the opportunity to pitch and an All Access Pass to all events at the 2011 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival ($250 value). Selected projects will be notified of their acceptance by January 10, 2011.

Confirmed participants - Yance Ford (Series Producer, POV/The American Documentary), James Ackerman (President & CEO, The Documentary Channel).

Application materials must be submitted to pitch@bigskyfilmfest.org
Entry fee must be paid online. More info at www.bigskyfilmfest.org/pitch


"Documenting the Big Sky" Pitch Session
February 16, 2011 - University Theater/University of Montana campus
Entry fee: $25
Submission Deadline: December 23, 2010

Pitch your documentary work-in-progress (WIP) to Montana Public Television and other important documentary funders in Montana. The pitch session will be held on February 16, 2011 in the UC Theater on the University of Montana campus with a live audience of filmmakers, industry representatives, and students. Projects must have a Montana focus to be eligible. All non-fiction forms are acceptable including hybrid doc/narrative projects. Historical fiction and "docu-drama" projects are not eligible. Submit a brief (250 words maximum) project summary and an additional one-paragraph project status report via email. The project summary should concisely describe the focus of the film as well as a brief treatment which should include shooting format and any other relevant technical details and production credits (if known). The project status should describe the current state of the production (eg. pre-production, production, post, etc.) in some detail. A short (5 minutes maximum) sample reel of the work-in-progress may be submitted in addition to the written application. Work-in-progress reels may be submitted on-line only via vimeo, youtube.com, blip.tv, etc. Provide a direct link with your written application. Do not send DVD screeners as part of your application. A maximum of 15 projects will be selected to pitch on February 16, 2011. Selected projects will have 20 minutes to pitch their project and show a short sample (if available) for the panel. If selected to pitch, filmmakers will be required to pay an additional $100, which includes the right to pitch the selected project to the panel of broadcasters and funders. For an additional $50, participants will receive an All Access Pass for the 2011 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival ($250 value). Selected projects will be notified of their acceptance by January 10, 2011.

Confirmed Participants - William Marcus (General Manager of KUFM/Montana Public Television), Aaron Pruitt, Director of Programming (KUSM/Montana Public Television), Dawn McGee (High Stakes Foundation) and Kim Anderson (Humanities Montana).

Application materials must be submitted to pitch@bigskyfilmfest.org
Entry fee must be paid online. More info at www.bigskyfilmfest.org/pitch

 
 
News
  D Street Preps $50 Mil Latin American Film Fund
(Variety) - D Street Media Group is creating a $40 million-$50 million fund for Latin American films, with Disney-backed Patagonik Film Group set to co-produce at least five features. FULL STORY

Lead Actors in the Mix
(Variety) - Actors that are catching some attention this awards season include Javier Bardem for "Biutiful," Jeff Bridges for "True Grit," Aaron Eckhart for "Rabbit Hole" and Mark Wahlberg for "The Fighter." FULL STORY

 
 
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Spotlight
 

Fox Searchlight Plots La Corona with Jose Rivera and Rodrigo Garcia

By Mike Fleming, Deadline Hollywood

Fox Searchlight is turning the Oscar-nominated documentary La Corona into a feature film, and has set Jose Rivera to write the script and Rodrigo Garcia to direct. The 2008 Spanish language film was nominated in the Short Subject Documentary category. The film depicted a prison pageant in which the contestants were guerillas, murderers and drug dealers vying for the distinction of being called queen of a prison. Julie Lynn is producing.

Rivera, Oscar-nominated for The Motorcycle Diaries, most recently adapted Jack Kerouac's On the Road, which is currently in production with Walter Salles directing an ensemble that includes Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams. Garcia directed Passengers and HBO series episodes including Big Love and In Treatment. Rivera's repped by ICM, Garcia by WME.


Debby Wolfe
NALIPster's film wins NBC Short Cuts People's Choice Award

Writer/director and NALIP member Debby Wolfe's short film Gordita has won the People's Choice Award in the NBC Short Cuts competition. Debby and the other filmmakers would like to thank everyone for voting for their film to receive this prestigious honor.

Gordita is a short film about a plus size Latina who regains her lost confidence through the spirit of her youth. For more information on the film, visit the film's page on Facebook or email the filmmakers.


Michael Rojas Jr.
NALIPster releases single featuring José Areas of Santana

Rapper/musician and NALIP member Michael Rojas Jr. has released a new single "We Back!" as Criminal ACE. The track features former Santana percussionist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jose "Chepito" Areas, rappers Jimmy Boy and Oski, and trumpeter and engineer Jeff Lewis. "We Back!" is available for download from CD Baby.

 
 
 

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