Latinos In The Industry

Lionsgate and Televisa Form New Shingle

By Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety

Lionsgate and Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa are expanding on their 2-year-old strategic partnership to jointly form a shingle. Company dubbed Pantelion will officially launch at a press conference Tuesday, Sept. 14, in New York. Lions- gate chairman-CEO Jon Feltheimer and his Televisa counterpart Emilio Azcarraga Jr. will intro the company along with its incoming chairman, Jim McNamara, and CEO, Paul Presburger.

Shingle is slated to produce or acquire eight to 10 Latino-themed pics a year for the next five years in a bid to tap the audience of 26 million U.S. Hispanics who rep more than a quarter of all frequent moviegoers in the U.S. Pics' production budgets will remain lean in keeping with the longterm strategy of Lionsgate, which has released such genre hits as the "Saw" and "Tyler Perry" franchises as well as Sylvester Stallone's box office phenom "The Expendables."

Pact dovetails with each company's ambition to gain a foothold in the other's market and their burgeoning initiative to target Hispanic auds throughout North America. While Televisa rules over the Mexican media landscape with its television, radio and publishing content, it has yet to succeed in the U.S. Hispanic theatrical market. Lionsgate has made only modest headway with its Spanish-language pics on either side of the Rio Grande. In 2004, Televisa launched U.S. theatrical arm Televisa Cine, but it was shuttered after just three releases in two years.

McNamara, the former prexy-CEO of NBC Universal's Telemundo and most recently Latino-targeted Panamax Films, has had a long-standing relationship with Lionsgate. Panamax and Lionsgate formed a joint venture in 2005, although results from their first two productions were middling at best. Comedy thriller "Ladron que roba a ladron" and steamy "La mujer de mi hermano" grossed $2.8 million and $5 million, respectively, in the U.S.

Panamax remained actively involved as a co-producer with Televisa and Lionsgate. The partners have produced and released low-budgeted pics in Mexico while Lionsgate released them straight to DVD in the U.S.

Lionsgate has North American distribution rights to nearly 400 pics in Televisa's library, which includes classics by Luis Bunuel and pics starring Pedro Infante.

Pantelion signals a new long-term commitment to bring both companies' considerable resources to bear on an underserved market.

Call for Content: FamilyClick

To NALIP content creators: Thank you for the opportunity to present our new online family project to your association. Our project has the following four objectives:
1. Promote multicultural and multilanguage literature and videos worldwide.
2. Promote and strengthen the emotional bonds between long distance families.
3. Promote a safe and entertaining space online for children between the ages of 2-10.
4. Create a new distribution channel and exposure for content creators.

FamilyClick is a web-based application that allows distant family members to have "real-time" shared activities like reading a book or drawing together in a virtual board, at the same time that they videochat, even if they live in different countries. All in a secure and private virtual environment.

FamilyClick is the only website focused on real-time synchronized entertainment for families living abroad. Specially if they have children between the ages of 3 to 10 and want to keep a strong bond with the extended family (grandparents, uncles and close friends) to alleviate the pain of losing the day to day contact.

FamilyCLick was created by a team of multicultural professionals who have themselves suffered the consequences of having families at a distance and firmly believe that the internet can be used to strengthen and forge the emotional bonds between children and their families and friends. We are looking for content in different languages, we are not limited or bound to just one or two languages.

Main Publishing and Payment Terms
All FAMILYCLICK.COM members that wish to sell their content on our website will be subject to the following publishing terms:
(a) After October, If you wish to publish Content, you should go to our Publishing Tool to initiate the publishing process. You will need to register and create an account with us. Before that time, please contact Marie T Molinet ( in order to arrange content submission.
(b) Creators retain copyright for your Content FAMILYCLICK.COM holds only non-exclusive rights to publish your material.
(c) If FAMILYCLICK.COM rents your Content, we will pay you 50%(fifty percent) of the net revenue generated by the content
(d) All content provided to FAMILYCLICK.COM must allow for worldwide internet publishing rights. At this time, FAMILYCLICK.COM cannot provide access to content on a limited or regional basis.
(e) All content published with FAMILYCLICK.COM will have to reside on the website for a minimum of twelve (12) months unless FAMILYCLICK.COM see the need to pull it for any of the reasons mentioned in this agreement.
(f) Content providers will only receive your publishing revenue via PayPal.

Please contact Marie T Molinet to submit content and to discuss more details regarding the site.

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Family Click, Corp.
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Hollywood Networking Breakfast, Sept. 30

Sandra Lord invites you to the 17th anniversar of the award winning Hollywood Networking Breakfast ("Best Networking Event in L.A."). Special panel: "Navigating Hollywood - How Can We Help You?"

Confirmed panelists to date: LANGLEY PERER, Benderspink (American Pie, The Ring, Monster-in-Law, Butterfly Effect, History of Violence, etc.); CHRIS ARLEDGE, Intellectual Property Attorney; CHRISTOPHER PRATT, Partner, Elements Entertainment management/production company (Killers, etc.).

September 30 from 8:00am-10:30am
Beverly Hills Country Club, 3084 Motor Ave., LA, CA 90064
Breakfast: $40 (ontime)
Postmark Deadline: September 23

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Click here for details about an opportunity for a private meeting with guest speakers.

  PBS Turns Spotlight on Latino Programming
(Latin Heat Online) - In conjunction with the annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 16 to October 16), PBS is offering an impressive slate of new and encore programming. FULL STORY

Why Hollywood Should Be Afraid of Netflix... Very Afraid
(The Wrap) - Tectonic changes have gripped the video-rental business over the past year, giving Netflix a clear victory over its brick-and-mortar competitors, and creating headaches for the cable and DVD retail business. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

John Leguizamo "Fugly" Contest On UrbanoTV
John Leguizamo has a new venture, UrbanoTV, and they are doing a contest around John's new movie, "Fugly," shooting in NYC in the next few weeks. John is looking to cast two people as walk-on extras if they post a video of them holding up a "fugly" picture from high school or earlier, next to the hotter them of today. He's also looking to have a few hundred people come out to be "audience members" (not on-camera). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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America Ferrera
Actress is the new host of Independent Lens on PBS

The Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens is proud to announce that critically acclaimed actress America Ferrera will host the upcoming 2010/2011 season, making her debut when the series premieres on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 10 PM (check local listings). Watch a preview here.

"We're so pleased to welcome America Ferrera as the host for the ninth season of Independent Lens," said series producer Lois Vossen. "America is one of the most vibrant young talents working in film today. The characters she has played - from Betty Suarez in Ugly Betty to Ana Garcia in Real Women Have Curves - are fully human, risk-taking women who inspire us with their ability to embrace life and all its challenges. It is in that spirit we embrace America's new role as the host of Independent Lens, a diverse and fiercely independent film series."

"I'm honored to be hosting this wonderful series of independent documentaries," said America Ferrera. " I love independent film and I think it's exciting that PBS is making these thought provoking stories accessible to a wide audience."

Ferrera joins the distinguished company of former Independent Lens presenters, including: Susan Sarandon, Terrence Howard, Edie Falco, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, and most recently Maggie Gyllenhaal.

America Ferrera is perhaps best known for her fearless portrayal of Betty Suarez on ABC's hit comedy Ugly Betty. This breakthrough role has earned Ferrera an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards. Ferrera secured her place as one of Hollywood's most vibrant young talents with her starring role in the Patricia Cardoso film Real Women Have Curves. Her performance earned her a Sundance Jury Award for Best Actress, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance, and a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance for a Leading Young Actress.

Ferrera was last seen in Rick Famuyiwa's Our Family Wedding opposite Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia. She also voiced the role of Astrid, a Viking teenager in the Dreamworks hit animated feature How to Train Your Dragon. Ferrera will next be seen in Ryan Piers Williams's The Dry Land opposite Melissa Leo and Jason Ritter. Ferrera also executive produced the film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won Best International Film at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival. The film will be released this summer by Maya Entertainment. Ferrera also recently signed on to executive produce "Pedro & Maria," the first ever interactive telenovela for MTV.

Rodrigo Garcia
Mother and Child takes grand prize at Deauvilles

By Ian Mundell, Variety

The Deauville American Film Festival wrapped Sunday with a screening of its grand prize winner, Mother and Child, by NALIP Estela award winner and NALIP 2010 conference presenter Rodrigo Garcia. Selection heaped further glory on Annette Bening, who plays one of three women in the film coming to terms with challenging parental relationships. A guest of honor at Deauville this year, she also presented The Kids Are All Right and a retrospective of her work.

Nicolas Entel
Sins of My Father screening in Brussels and Dallas, debuting on HBO Oct. 4

The documentary Sins of My Father, by NALIP member Nicolas Entel (Estela 2010, LWL 2005), has two upcoming screenings this month. The United Nations is hosting a screening to celebrate World Peace Day in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6:30pm at the Goethe-Institut Brussel (RSVP to The film will also screen at the 23rd Annual VideoFest at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Texas on Friday, Sept. 24 at 9:15pm.

Sins of My Father will debut on HBO on October 4, 2010. The documentary tells the story of Sebastian Marroquin, the son of famous Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar, who died riddled with bullets in 1993.

Francisco Bello
NALIPster's short Salim Baba available on Amazon Video on Demand

The wait is finally over! Now you can rent or own a copy of the Oscar and Emmy Nominated short film Salim Baba - produced by NALIP member Francisco Bello (LPA 2007) - courtesy of Amazon Video on Demand.

For $2.99 you can rent, or for $9.99 own Ropa Vieja Films' award winning debut short by visiting this link. We hope you enjoy and ask that you please spread the word. Salim Baba will be available for a limited time.


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