Latinos In The Industry

Call for Submissions: Disney | ABC Television Group's 2011 Writing Program

Disney | ABC Television Group is now accepting applications for the 2011 Writing Program. Celebrating its 20th year, the Writing Program gives participants the opportunity to hone their craft and jumpstart their careers through intensive workshops, seminars and personalized mentoring with creative executives from ABC Entertainment, ABC Studios, Disney Channel, and ABC Family. Participants also receive a salary for a one-year period.

Thus far, staffed 2010 Writing Program participants include Denise Hahn (Grey's Anatomy), Zahir McGhee (Private Practice), Gina Monreal (Brothers and Sisters) and Phononzell Williams (Detroit 187). Writing Program alumni include Bryan Oh ('07) who is CoProducer on ABC's upcoming Body of Proof, George Mastras ('05) who is Producer on the critically-acclaimed Breaking Bad, and Jane Espenson ('92) who most recently served as Executive Producer of Caprica.

Applications and detailed submission guidelines for the Writing Program can be obtained at The deadline for applications is July 1, 2010.

Deadline Approaching: Latino Public Broadcasting's Public Media Content Fund

The Public Media Content Fund (formerly Open Call) is an open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a program, series or short digital video (no longer than 20 minutes) on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans that is appropriate for public television and/or one of its platforms.

Deadline: June 7, 2010 - 5 PM
*this is not a postmark date - Packages must be received in house by June 7, 2010

For Guidelines click HERE
For Applications click HERE
For FAQ's click HERE

Producing For Public Media: Programs should bring new audiences to public media and have a recognizable impact on a broad range of viewers, presenting a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms from a variety of Latino producers across the country that complement and challenge existing public television offerings. An LPB-funded program must be the only version of the program. (A re-edited version of the LPB funded program cannot be re-packaged for another network). All funding requests must be submitted in accordance with LPB's Guidelines. You may submit only one application, for one project or series, per review period. If your proposal is among those advanced to the panel, you may be asked to submit additional supporting materials.

Applicant Eligibility: An independent producer or production entity (a partnership or organization of the individual producer or producers), which is/are creating programs on the Latino experience is/are eligible. These programs must be independent of the support of a film studio, commercial broadcast or cable entity, whether on a for hire, commission or employment basis. The producer or production entity must retain the copyright and have artistic, budgetary and editorial control over the proposed project.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories, and have previous film or television experience demonstrated by detailed personnel bios or resumes, and by sample tapes upon request.

If this is your first full-length media project, you will be required to submit a video sample upon request only of a shorter finished work that demonstrates your ability to tell a story using a visual medium. If applying for new media, producers must have been producing other short format productions for at least three years.

Funding Categories and Requests: LPB funding will average between $5,000 and $100,000 for programs of most genres, including drama, comedy, animation, documentary, mixed genre or new media. LPB will consider funding projects at any production stage. You may submit only one application, for one project or series, per review period. LPB Funding for each stage ranges as follows:

Research and Development: $5,000 - $20,000
Production: $25,000 - $100,000
Post-Production: $25,000 - $100,000
Outreach: $10,000 - $25,000
New Media: $5,000 - $20,000

For more information, please visit the LPB Website at:

FRIDA, A New Look at the Ford Amphiteatre

FRIDA, A New Look, by Gregorio Luke will be presented Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 at 8 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood.

It has taken me twenty years of research to prepare this new multimedia presentation on Frida Kahlo.

I will show 10 amazing film clips (one in color) in which you will see the real Frida alive, with her friends and lovers.

I will read her most personal letters, show recently discovered color photographs and share intimate passages of her diary.

You will see a full, uncensored, totally inclusive presentation that reveals Frida's life as a vibrant subversive work of art.

Early buyer only $25, full price $30, students and children $12. Group rates available.
For info and tickets call 323.461.3673.

  Guillermo del Toro leaves 'The Hobbit'
(The Hollywood Reporter) - After spending the last two years developing "The Hobbit" as his latest directing project, Guillermo del Toro has announced he is leaving the helm of the J. R. R. Tolkien adaptation. FULL STORY

Are Moviegoers Tiring of Sequels?
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Hollywood still hopes to shake off early symptoms, but there is spreading concern that the summer boxoffice will be plagued by a nasty case of sequelitis. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

From the Editor
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2010 HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Cash Award

HBO has teamed with NALIP to find the next great Latino Documentary Film!

One Latino Filmmaker will win $10,000
Entry deadline: June 11, 2010

Visit the HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Cash Award webpage for details and an application.

NYILFF Announces Opening Night, Closing Night Films

The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) announces The Dry Land as its Opening Night and La Soga (written by, produced by, and starring NALIP member Manny Perez) as its Closing Night films unspooling in New York City from Tuesday, July 27 to Sunday, August 1, 2010.

Opening Night:
"THE DRY LAND" - Starring America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama.
Tuesday, July 27 @ 7 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre

James (Ryan O'Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle - reintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His young wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo) and his best friend (Jason Ritter), provide support but they can't fully comprehend the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended. Lonely, James reconnects with an Army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him the compassion and camaraderie he desperately needs. A taut, moving story of redemption and reconstruction, "The Dry Land" is about one soldier's war to reconnect with his own soul.

Closing Night:
"LA SOGA" - Starring Manny Perez and Denise Quinones
Saturday, July 31 @ 7 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre

In a poor, corrupt neighborhood in the Dominican Republic, 10-year-old Luisito witnesses his father's vicious murder. Preying upon Luisito's desire for revenge, General Colon (Juan Fernandez), the head of the secret police, takes Luisito under his wing and transforms him into a heartless killer. Twenty years later, Luisito (Manny Perez) is Colon's top assassin, driven by the promise to face his father's killer. Into Luisito's world comes Jenny, whose tenderness rekindles his long-dormant conscience. As his eyes open to the corruption around him, Luisito realizes the price for altering his life's path may be his life itself.

Tickets are available beginning June 25 at the festival's box office at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 and the festival's web site: NYILFF is presented by HBO.


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