Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: How To Avoid Signing a Bad Distribution Contract

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Photo by Vincent van der Pas

1. Term - Usually distributors will bind you to a long time relationship, unlike a miserable marriage, there's no way out once you've signed the agreement.Never sign a contract for more than two years with a small distribution company, they usually want your commitment for 10 or 15 years. Most Distributors will do their best to pitch filmmakers the perfect revenue strategy, but they'll move on and leave your movie on the shelf, if it doesn't meet their expectations in the first month of releasing. The less the better.

2. Territory - Spread your distributors, again if you are dealing with small distribution companies, try and find out what their strength are in Europe, South America, Asia, Middle East and the US. You can have more than one distribution company for each teritory. It's not a must, and usualy one company can handle all teritories.

3. Distribution Rights - Keep your DVD and Digital rights non exclusive! If possible, keep your digital and DVD rights to yourslef, or give your digital rights only to companies specializing in that area.


Filmmaker Forum Announces Panelists, Early Bird Rate Ends Friday

Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum has announced their initial list of forum panelists. Early Bird passes are available now, pre-sale ends this Friday.

Speakers for the 2010 Filmmaker Forum include:
- Oren Peli, director, Paranormal Activity
- Dan Cogan, Executive Director, Impact Pictures
- Mike Farah, Funny or Die
- Keith Calder, producer, Thunder Soul
- Caroline Libresco, Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
- Steve Peters, co-founder, No Mimes Media, founder, Alternate Reality Gaming Network
- Linda Lichter, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman, Inc.
and more....

The Filmmaker Forum is three days you can't afford to miss. Gain access to film leaders, network with your peers, learn from detailed case studies, and get the specific tools needed to reach your audience and work smarter when making you film. Click here to see the panelists and guests at the Forum.

October 29-31, 2010
Director's Guild
7920 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046

SPECIAL EARLY BIRD RATE: $199 until September 17, 2010
$350 for General Admission - $300 for FIND Members
Contact Reservations for student rates.

Click here to get your pass today

All prices include opening night film and reception, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, closing night cocktail reception, and free parking all weekend.

Visit for updates, full schedule of events, complete list of panelists, information on special offers and discounts, and more.

The Filmmaker Forum. Make your movie. Reach your audience. Now it's up to you.

Casting Directors at Actorfest LA, Nov. 6

Actorfest LA will be held November 6, 2010 at the California Market Center in Los Angeles. Check out the career advancing Focus Sessions with top Casting Directors at Actorfest LA. These one-hour focus sessions allows individual casting directors to share their personal approaches to the work and offer advice on getting called in and called back. So come armed with your headshot/resume and best questions!

- Chris Game, Casting Director, (commercials, indie film)
- Mark Teschner, Casting Director, "General Hospital"
- Marci Liroff, Casting Director, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Mean Girls, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
- John Frank Levey, Casting Director, "ER" and "Southland"
- Jason La Padura, Casting Director, "The Event" and "Heroes"

Also at Actorfest:
- FREE Casting calls with Nickelodeon, NBC, Telemundo, and Mun2. Timeslots will be given out on a first come basis, so please be sure to arrive early to get a timeslot.
- FREE Exhibit Hall with top businesses in the performing arts industry where you can get knowledge on all of the tools available.
- FREE Networking Cafe where you can network with your peers and industry professionals.

Basic Registration at Actorfest is free and there are only fees for workshops. You must register to attend. Click here to register today!

For full details and the complete schedule of workshops and speakers, check out:

When you purchase any Panel, Master Series, Intensive, or Focus Session you will get a free ticket to attend the Meet & Drop sessions with top casting directors.

The Meet & Drop at Actorfest provide you with the opportunity to have a 1-2 minute one-on-one meeting with a well-know casting director, and drop off a copy of your headshot and resume. This is a great opportunity to meet a knowledgeable casting director, ask questions you have been eager to know answers to, and get critical feedback on your pix & resume presentation. Meet & Drop sessions are only available to attendees who have purchased one or multiple Actorfest workshops which include panels, the master series, intensives, and focus sessions. The complete list of casting directors expected at the Meet & Drop sessions at Actorfest LA will be announced soon.

  NBC's 'Talent,' 'Outlaw' Rule Wednesday
(HitFix) - One of the busiest small screen nights in months saw finales for "America's Got Talent," "Big Brother" and "Masterchef," plus the premiere of "Survivor: Nicaragua" and the special sneak of NBC's Jimmy Smits drama "Outlaw" which won the 10 p.m. hour for NBC with a 6.8/12. FULL STORY

Sony Classics to Bring Almodovar's "Skin" to N. America
(indieWIRE) - All North American rights to Oscar-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's next feature, "The Skin That I Inhabit" (La Piel Que Habito) has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Female Writers to Volunteer for WriteGirl
WriteGirl is looking for women to serve as volunteers for our 10th season of creative writing workshops and mentoring for teen girls. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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Derek Velez Partridge
Latin Slate interviews director/producer about The Miracle of Spanish Harlem

Join Latin Slate as we interview media professionals to celebrate, promote and share insight into our accomplishments that may help us grow in the industry. Latin Slate is a NALIP New York production co-produced by Buttons NY.

Our latest interview is with NALIP member Derek Velez Partridge (LWL 2008) who shares his experience in the industry as a director and producer, and talks with us about his latest production, The Miracle of Spanish Harlem.

To listen, go to the NALIP Audiocasts webpage, scroll down and click on the Industry Series section, then choose Play to stream an audiocast or Download to download the MP3 to your computer.

Derek Velez Partridge is the founder of Vista Clara Productions and has been producing and directing for over fifteen years. His diverse work includes writing and directing two feature films, a music video, several short narratives and commercials. The Miracle of Spanish Harlem is Derek's second feature-length film, which was written by Carlos Bermudez. The film is a tale of love, faith and redemption in the lives of a widower, Tito Jimenez, and his two young children.

The Miracle of Spanish Harlem's cast includes Kate del Castillo, Luis Antonio Ramos, Adrian Martinez and Tony Plana.

Juan Carlos Rodriguez
NALIP DYD mentor and LPA composer featured in BMI MusicWorld

Reprinted courtesy of BMI MusicWorld

In 1995, Juan Carlos Rodriguez came to the U.S. with one goal: to study film scoring at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Eleven years later, after building a successful producing and scoring career in Miami and with more than 800 episodes of daytime TV under his belt, Rodriguez moved with his family to Boston to finally pursue his dream.

It was an unorthodox career move. "I was so sure of what I wanted, and investing in my education was going to bring me rewards. I was ready to move up to a new level," he says. "I don't like to live in my comfort zone."

Shortly after first landing in Miami from his native Venezuela, he started working as a recording engineer on Shakira's breakthrough English album Laundry Service, as well as programmer and keyboard player in Bacilos' double Grammy-winning Caraluna. Then, his relationship with Telemundo began when he composed the powerful MLS theme, which has now been on the air for a decade. He scored theme songs of shows such as Al Rojo Vivo, NBA, 12 Corazones, and more.

After graduating in May 2009, Rodriguez was again sure of his next move: Los Angeles, where he continues to grow as a film and TV composer. His latest projects include film El primer golpe, Megacities (National Geographic), iPredator (Animal Planet), Paranormal Investigators (Sci-fi) and Perro Amor for NBC's Telemundo primetime. Last May, he received a BMI Film/TV Award honoring his composing work for Telemundo's Mas sabe el Diablo. Later this year, he will score an important indie period film to be shot in Venezuela and directed by Juan C. Wessolossky.

"Knowledge is so important in such competitive environment. I'm proud to say I have always worked hard," says Rodriguez. "Seeing my wife and my daughters cheering me on on graduation day was one of the happiest moments of my life. I keep moving forward!"

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Erika Kennair
Latina promoted to Syfy VP of original programming

By Stuart Levine, Variety

Syfy is making some major moves in its executive suite, promoting Erika Kennair to VP of original programming and development. Kennair will oversee "Stargate: Universe," "Sanctuary" and "Outer Space Astronauts," as well as the recently announced four-hour miniseries "Peter Pan" prequel "Neverland." Also under her purview is backdoor pilot "Red Faction: Origins."

Also promoted were Tim Krubsack to senior VP of alternative programming and Lucia Gervino to senior VP of production

Krubsack will oversee the cabler's reality slate. Series that are performing well for the NBC Universal net include "Ghost Hunters," "Destination Truth" and "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files." Upcoming reality programs include "Unbelievably Freakin' Obvious," with Billy Ray Cyrus; "Beast Legends"; "Hollywood Treasure"; and "Marcel's Quantum Kitchen."

Gervino will have oversight on the production of Syfy's reality series, as well as its non-Universal Cable Prods.-produced scripted series.

Joe Monks
Blind NALIPster's feature secures distribution

After a grueling five year fight to bring his dream to life, NALIP member and blind feature film director Joe Monks announced that his debut feature, The Bunker, has secured a distribution offer covering five territories. As he works to complete post-production he says the end is finally in sight... so to speak.

Monks, who shot the film primarily in Miami (with additional shooting in Los Angeles and New York), lost his eyesight in 2002 to complications from diabetes (he's been a Type 1 diabetic since age 12). Familiar with both challenges and naysayers, he viewed the obstacles and distractions as opportunities to make the film stronger.

"You learn a lot about the people around you when you're tackling a project like this. Something that's never been done before. Either you fold and give up, or you find ways to make your film better. I wasn't about to let anything keep me from finishing the movie, the way I wanted it done. Not blindness, not diabetes, not sabotage from within. The rough cut got great festival reviews, our screener was well-received, and a cut without final sound design, film look or score secured us a distribution offer. Why would I let distractions derail me?"

Monks attributes much of the film's success to a tenacious cast and crew, including lead actors Saskia Gonzalez and Terry M. West, and director of photography Salvatore de la Fe. "My cast and crew have believed in this project from the very beginning," says Monks. "Whenever I needed to lean on them for something, they came through. My blindness didn't affect how they viewed me as a filmmaker. Now, it's all about to pay off. A lot of people are going to be surprised. Our community is going to have a lot to be proud of thanks to people like Saskia and Salvatore and Terry."

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