Latinos In The Industry

Nominees for 25th Annual Imagen Awards Announced

The Imagen Foundation has announced the nominees for the 25th Annual Imagen (Spanish for "image") Awards, honoring positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in entertainment. The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Sunday, August 15th, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. Major sponsors of the event include The Nielsen Company, The Walt Disney Company, Disney/ABC Television Group, Fox Television Stations, The Lear Family Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting and CBS.

The Imagen Awards program was established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. Later, as The Imagen Foundation, it expanded its programs and initiatives to further its mission to serve as a bridge between the Latino community and the entertainment industry in providing access, education, and resources for Latinos in the industry, as well as those seeking careers in entertainment. More information on the organization as well as details of the event can be found online at and on Twitter at, as well as on Facebook.

Winners will be selected by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders. Following are the finalists for this year’s Imagen Awards in their respective categories:

Best Primetime Television Program or Movie-of-the-Week:  One Hot Summer (Lifetime); Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Lost (ABC), Cold Case (CBS); Best Actor/Television:  Jorge Garcia, Lost (ABC); Nestor Carbonell, Lost (ABC); Danny Pino, Cold Case (CBS); Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Desperate Housewives (ABC); Best Actress/Television:  Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC); America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (ABC); Alana de la Garza, Law & Order (NBC); Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie (Disney Channel); Caitlin Sanchez, Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon); Best Supporting Actor/Television:  Oscar Nuñez, The Office (NBC); Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family (ABC); John Seda, The Pacific (HBO); Gregory Cruz, Saving Grace (TNT); Victor Rasuk, How To Make It In America (HBO); Kevin Alejandro, Southland (TNT); Best Supporting Actress/Television:  Maria Canals-Barrera, Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie (Disney Channel); Paola Turbay, The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family); Naya Rivera, Glee (FOX); Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation (NBC); Best Children’s Programming:  Dora The Explorer (Nickelodeon); Handy Manny (Disney Channel); Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (Nickelodeon); The Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie (Disney Channel);Best Documentary/Television:  Voces: Special Circumstances (Latino Public Broadcasting); mun2 News Special – The New America  (mun2); Which Way Home (HBO); Latin Music USA (Latino Public Broadcasting); Best National Informational Program:  CNN Presents: Latino in America (CNN); Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Next Posada (HBO); Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Alexis Arguello (HBO); Voces (Latino Public Broadcasting); American Latino TV (LATV); Extra (NBC);  Best Local Informational Program:  Camino a la Universidad (WLTV Univision 23); Vista L.A. (KABC); Cuban Journalist on Hunger Strike (CBS4); Best On-Air Advertising:  Hispanic Heritage Month – Tito Puente (MTV); Padres Heroes (Telemundo); Quiero Mi Boda (MTV); Lopezulations (MTV); Celebrate Hispanic Heritage (KPIX-TV); Best Variety or Reality Show: Lopez Tonight (TBS); Quiero Mi Boda (MTV), The Dog Whisperer (National Geographic Channel); The mun2 Hook Up (mun2); Hammerheads (HGTV); 2010 Latin Billboard Award Show (Telemundo).

Best Feature Film:  The Dry Land (Maya Entertainment); La Mission (5 Stick Films); Casi Divas (Maya Entertainment); Our Family Wedding (Fox Searchlight); Best Actor/Feature Film:  Andy Garcia,City Island (Anchor Bay Films); Benjamin Bratt, La Mission (5 Stick Films); Carlos Mencia, Our Family Wedding (Fox Searchlight); John Leguizamo, The Ministers (Maya Entertainment); Best Actress/Feature Film:  Ana de la Reguera, Backyard (Maya Enter-tainment); Lisa Vidal, Dark Mirror (Cut Glass Prods.); America Ferrera, Our Family Wedding (Fox Searchlight); America Ferrera, The Dry Land (Maya Entertainment); Best Supporting Actor/Feature Film:  Jimmy Smits, Backyard (Maya Entertainment); Jeremy Ray Valdez, La Mission (5 Stick Films); Martin Sheen, The Kid: Camacho (Maya Entertainment); Best Supporting Actress/Feature Film:  Danielle Schmidt, Casi Divas (Maya Entertainment); Dominik Garcia-Lorido, City Island (Anchor Bay Films); Anjelah Johnson, Our Family Wedding (Fox Searchlight); Tessa Ia, The Burning Plain (Magnolia Pictures); Best Director/Feature Film:  Fernando Lebrija, Amar a Morir (Laguna Pictures); Peter Bratt, La Mission (5 Stick Films); Kenny Ortega, This Is It (Columbia Pictures); Best Theatrical Short or Student Film:  Taught To Hate (Mi Ecuador Prods.); Il Destino (Criolla Prods.); In the Name of Freedom (Cave Entertainment); Best Internet Program:  Chicas Talk Back (mun2); YLSE (Livier Prods.); Let’s Talk (Latin Heat Entertainment); I Once Was Lost (Nahum 17 Prods.).

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Net Neutrality Versus the Telecom Pirates

By Michael Rose for The Huffington Post. Michael Rose has directed, written, and or produced over two hundred television programs that have aired around the world.

The standard set top box is an endangered species as entertainment and information converge and is increasingly delivered over the internet to your TV, laptop and handheld device. Not only will there be entertainment, sports and information sources available anywhere, anytime and on any device, the Internet will be the engine of job creation, at the center of health care reform and education. But to make this glimmering promise become a reality we have to move up the ladder from our position in 17th place for broadband Internet penetration among developed countries. We have to address our policy and technology shortcomings. This is one performance issue where size does matter.

"The number one biggest priority is our broadband future," said Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski while extolling the benefits of an ever faster, more robust and open internet during a talk June 24, 2010 at the Silver Docs documentary festival and conference held in Silver Spring, Maryland.

What worries some is that the United States slipped from fourth place in broadband penetration at the turn of this century to 17th and is still sliding as other countries invest in connectivity and infrastructure, according to a study done by the Berkman Institute at Harvard University.

"We are moving too slowly," Genachowski said. "We're not talking about pipes into the house we need to get the house built." And it's not just about entertainment. "We need to do this for health care, education, jobs and public safety," he said.


Call for Applications: NLMC 2010 Television Writers Program

The National Latino Media Council proudly presents the 2010 Television Writers Program. We are now accepting applications for this program, which has successfully placed over a dozen writers in television shows.

Click here to view a message from Alex Nogales, NHMC President and CEO, and get testimonies from program alumni.

The NLMC Writers Program is not for beginners. It is for those writers who can write at least one half-hour comedy or one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time.

The program will take place in Burbank, CA from November 8th to December 10th. Each participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives.

Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the idea of placing them on a show.

A stipend of $250 per week will be given to each participant. Flight, housing, and meals will be provided.

The program will commence on November 8th. If selected, you must be available to fly and stay in Burbank, CA from November 6 - December 10, 2010

Writing samples must be in English and Television scripts are preferred. Please note that writing teams are ineligible. The deadline for submissions is August 31st. Scripts will be evaluated and program participants announced on October 22nd.

For writing samples to be considered, the following must be submitted:
- Program Application
- Resume/Bio
- Writing Sample (1) hard copy and (4) CD copies (each CD should have a copy of the script saved in PDF Format)
- Notarized release forms
- A paragraph explaining why you want to write for television

To download program application and release forms, please visit:

Writing sample must be post marked by August 31st and sent to:
Tatiana Arizaga
National Hispanic Media Coalition
55 S. Grand Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

For more information please call or email Tatiana Arizaga at (626) 792-6462 or

Program Sponsored by: ABC and NBC

Call for Entries: Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles

The 3rd annual Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) will be held in venues throughout downtown Los Angeles, Sept. 8-12, it was announced today by festival organizers.

With "Urban WILDLife" as its theme, the 2010 edition of the annual event will focus on delivering a different "downtown experience" every day across five days and evenings. Programming highlights will include a gourmet street food and film fest at Los Angeles Center Studios; the Los Angeles premiere screenings of the films of Alice Guy Blache, a pioneering Silent Era filmmaker, at a movie palace in the historic Theatre District on Broadway; "Sustainable L.A.," an all- day film and green fair dedicated to ecologically aware urban living; a film and live musical performance at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live; a free-to-the-public outdoor screening of a classic film in Chinatown, and an interactive digital moving images experience in conjunction with Los Angeles Center for the Digital Art (LACDA) and the September edition of Art Walk. Details to be announced in coming weeks.

"Nobody knows downtown L.A. like our festival. We live here, work here and play here," said Festival Co-Director Henry Priest. "We're all about embracing the downtown vibe from Chinatown to South Park and Westlake Village to the Arts District. We want our audience to come with us on our adventure as we explore the many varied environs of downtown L.A. We'll supply the magical carpet through our unique film festival programming."

Films submissions in all categories - feature and short, and narrative, documentary and experimental - are now being accepted through August.

Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization. For more information, visit

  Sofia Vergara Emmy Surprise
(TV Guide) - Though the actors who announce the Emmy nominations are often awarded with one of their own, Modern Family's Sofia Vergara had no inkling that a nomination for best supporting actress in a comedy series was coming her way. FULL STORY

'Glee' Tops Emmy Nominations
Although the vampires are on HBO, the major networks have brought an infusion of fresh blood to the Emmys, as a trio of first-year programs -- "Glee" and "Modern Family" on Fox and ABC, respectively, and CBS' "The Good Wife" -- broke through with series nominations Thursday.

Jobs & Opportunities

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Composer for Feature
Ultra low budget feature entitled "Guadalupe, the Virgin" a drama with a mystic element seeks composer and songwriter for the creation of the original score. Understanding Spanish and knowledge of Mexican music is ideal. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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William Caballero
2009 HBO/NALIP Filmmaker Documentary Cash Award winner's film premiering at NYILFF

NALIP member William Caballero (LPA 2008), the winner of the 2009 HBO/NALIP Filmmaker Documentary Cash Award with his film American Dreams Deferred, will have the world premiere of American Dreams Deferred at the New York International Latino Film Festival. The film will screen on Thursday, July 29 at 2:00pm at SVA Screen 2, and Saturday, July 31 at 1:30pm at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea Screen 7.

A young Latino man, William Caballero, juggles unconditional family love with the challenges of breaking the cycle that has kept so many relatives from reaching their dreams. Set against a backdrop of Coney Island and Fayetteville, North Carolina, an NYU graduate student turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-American family plagued by social, medical and public health issues. U.S. health care and culture is examined through this young man's lens, which also explores both his and family�s dreams. Many immigrants in the U.S. aspire to achieve the American dream and this Latino family comprised of immigrants to second-generation Americans is no different. As subjective as the barometer of reaching this goal is, the film begs the ultimate question: who attains their American dream?

For more details, tickets, and to view the trailer, visit the American Dreams Deferred page on the NYILFF site.


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