Latinos In The Industry

Did You Miss Roberto Orci, Soledad O'Brien and Clint Culpepper? Catch Up With Them Through NALIP Conference Audiocasts!

Did you miss the scintillating keynotes at NALIP 2010? Catch up on the wisdom of Roberto Orci, the interview by Soledad O'Brien and the insider humor of Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper.

The lunch keynotes were a true highlight of NALIP's April national conference. Sharing insights and stories at the highest level of industry experience and successful creativity, Mr. Orci, Ms. O'Brien and Mr. Culpepper embodied the theme and ambitions of our 11th annual event. Catch up on these by streaming the audiocasts online or downloading the MP3s for your computer or MP3 player. Just visit the NALIP Audiocasts webpage, scroll down and click on the Keynotes section, then choose Play to stream an audiocast or Download to download it to your computer. And check out the other resources, taped for your benefit and education, whether it was a fascinating concurrent panel, something you missed altogether, or information you now find you need.

Soledad O'Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN/U.S.. Since joining the network in 2003, she has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning and record-breaking documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today

She also covers political news as part of CNN's "Best Political Team on Television."

From sci-fi thrillers to romantic comedies, there isn't any genre that Roberto Orci will not take on as a writer or producer in film and television, as long as the subject is challenging, and the material is good. And so far, the material has been very good.

In 2007, The Hollywood Reporter listed Roberto as one of the 50 most powerful Latinos in Hollywood. A native of Mexico, this co-writer of Mission Impossible, Star Trek, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was raised in Canada, Los Angeles and Texas, where he attended the University of Texas at Austin.

Clint Culpepper is president of Screen Gems, a specialty division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which produces and finances moderately budgeted films that are marketed to targeted audiences.

Under Clint's leadership, Screen Gems has emerged as one of the most consistent and successful studio-operated labels in the film industry.

"Writing & Performing Comedy" Workshop With Rick Najera

From novice to advanced, learn how develop your writing and performing skills with award-winning writer/playwright/comedian Rick Najera in the upcoming class "Writing & Performing Comedy" Workshop on Saturday, June 19, 2010 from 11:00am - 2:00pm.

Rick Najera has written for some of the most groundbreaking comedies on television such as MAD TV, In Living Color, Culture Clash for Fox, Robert Townsend Television and more. He has written for actor Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx and directed Perez Hilton for Brittany Spears' Circus Tour. He penned the feature film, Nothing Like the Holidays starring Debra Messing, John Leguizamo, Alfred Molina and Freddy Rodriguez for which he won an ALMA Award. Najera is also the author of the book 'Pain of the Macho', a collection of plays and monologues. As an established Broadway playwright/performer, Najera is also the creator and writer of Latinologues which ran on Broadway and was directed by legendary comedian Cheech Marin.

"Rick Najera is one of the best acting/writing coaches in the industry! I have seen him direct and mentor talent for years. He's turned our CBS Diversity Showcase into one of the best ones out there." - Fern Orenstein, Vice President Casting, CBS

Don't miss the "Writing & Performing Comedy" Workshop taking place on Saturday, June 19, 2010 from 11:00am - 2:00pm at Bethel Encino, 17500 Burbank Blvd, Encino, CA 91316. Free parking is available in the back. Cost of class $75. Please RSVP your attendance for proper materials.


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Longoria, Slater set for Latino Comedy
Tagliavini helming magic-realist indie film

By Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety

Eva Longoria Parker and Christian Slater have boarded the magic realist Latino comedy "Without Men," helmed by L.A.-based Argentine helmer-scribe Gabriela Tagliavini.

Comedians Paul Rodriguez, Oscar Nunez and Judy Reyes ("Scrubs") join Monica Huarte, Maria Conchita Alonso and Kate del Castillo ("Under the Same Moon") to complete the cast.

Principal photography kicked off this week near Santa Barbara. Anthony Moody, Lucas Jarach and Jason Price are producing the private equity-backed indie pic.

"Without Men" is based on international bestseller "Tales From the Town of Widows" by James Canon.

Longoria's character leads a group of women in a remote Latin American village forced to fend for themselves after their men leave to fight in a civil war. A battle of the sexes ensues when the men return to reclaim their power.

"Through humor and fantasy, the story not only immerses us in a world of magic realism but also deals with important issues of identity and the role of women in society in a very comedic way," Longoria said.

Tagliavini's "Ladies' Night" performed well at the Mexican box office. She also helmed "30 Days Until I'm Famous" for VH1 and Maverick; Madonna exec produced.

She is writing the screenplay for "Cantinflas," a biopic about the Mexican comedian-thesp, co-produced by former NBC Entertainment topper Ben Silverman.

Cristina Ibarra & Erin Ploss-Campoamor
NALIPsters' script selected for Frontera Pride reading

The feature script Love & Monster Trucks, by NALIP members writer/director Cristina Ibarra (LPA 2003, LWL 2007) and co-writer/producer Erin Ploss-Campoamor (LPA 2004), will be presented in a staged screenplay reading as part of the Frontera Pride Festival.

The reading takes place on Sat, June 19th at 7pm in the historic Plaza Theatre in El Paso, TX with the special guest participation of actor Jesse Borrego (La Mission, Blood In Blood Out, Follow Me Home).

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