Latinos In The Industry

CPB and PBS Announce Diversity and Innovation Fund

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS today announced the establishment of a Diversity and Innovation Fund of $20 million to be spent over two years to support the PBS' National Program Service (NPS).

The Diversity and Innovation Fund aims to broaden the NPS audience by attracting younger, more racially and ethnically diverse viewers and content creators. It seeks to expand its current audience through the increased use of content and topics created by a wide-ranging group of producers and through the use of new and emerging technologies.

"CPB is committed to promoting greater innovation and diversity in public media," said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. "Through the Diversity and Innovation Fund, CPB and PBS will invest in the development of content that will serve the needs and interests of the citizens of our increasingly diverse nation across a variety of platforms."

Recognizing that innovation is central to the goal of reaching and engaging younger and more diverse audiences, the fund will encourage the use of technology in the planning, production and distribution of the content. Resources for these projects will be allocated across four content areas: television-centered, multi-platform content; digital initiatives; education initiatives and gaming.

"Public media strives to reflect America's diversity and spirit," said PBS President and CEO Paula A. Kerger. "The Diversity and Innovation Fund will help PBS and its member stations further our mission to bring new voices, perspectives, and partners into public media. We're proud to collaborate with CPB in this effort."

Most of the projects from this fund will be chosen through requests for proposals (RFPs), with CPB and PBS working together during the selection process. Detailed guidelines for the fund will be posted on the CPB and PBS websites in June. The first RFP will be issued June 15th.

About CPB:

CPB, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,100 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related online services. Please visit for more information.

About PBS:

PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans - from every walk of life - the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches more than 118 million people through television and nearly 21 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS' broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS' premier children's TV programming and its Web site,, are parents' and teachers' most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.

Deadline Approaching: LA Shorts Fest

14th LA Shorts Fest - the largest short film festival in the world. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences accredited. In past years, 33 participants have earned Academy Award nominations including 11 Oscar winning short films! The Festival annually attracts more than 7,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment professionals looking for the hottest new talent.

Deadline: May 14, 2010
Submit online

LALIFF Deadline Extended

The late deadline for the 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) has been extended to May 30, 2010.

One of the most prominent Latino Film Festivals in the USA, LALIFF promotes the richness and diversity of Latin Cinema by showcasing films from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. LALIFF celebrates the work of existing and emerging Latino talent while creating a bridge between filmmakers and the film industry in Hollywood. LALIFF serves as a catalyst for the promotion and distribution of Latino films.

For details and submission information visit:

  Laura Harring back as Evelyn Bass in "Gossip Girl"
(Latin Heat Online) - In a month-long focus on Latino talent who are strongly making their way through the jungle of primetime network television, this week’s TeleVISION column spotlights the versatile Mexican American actress, Laura Harring. FULL STORY

IFC Launches "Midnight" Genre Label
IFC Films announced that is has launched a new genre label called IFC Midnight that will offer the very best in international genre cinema, including horror, sci-fi, thrillers, erotic arthouse, action, and more. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Writer for Webisode Series
Executive Producer of a non-profit organization seeks a professional writer to help create the outlines for 90 webisodes. This is a paid position for a dramatic series (or a "telenovela") about Latino teens in Los Angeles. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Intern Production Assistants
Exciting opportunity to work on new doc/narrative hybrid project from David Zeiger (producer/director) & Evangeline Griego (producer), the award winning team behind Sir! No Sir! FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Line Producer and Crew (Houston)
Undocumented Production - now in pre-production on our next feature drama - are looking to fill Line Producer position, as well as all crew positions. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Trailer (San Antonio)
Garciamatrix Productions, is casting two roles for a trailer to be shot in San Antonio. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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DOING YOUR DOC in Santa Fe, May 21-23

Join us in Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 21-23 for our NALIP signature program Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices. Don't miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea. Click here for more information!

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By Jordi Ortega, y Agencias

El Hollywood Latino
NALIP: la fiesta del talento latino

Sorpresa: los latinos no somos carne de papel secundario sino una columna sólida y fundamental en Hollywood. Y lo somos no sólo como consumidores sino también como jornaleros creativos. Pasada la fiesta, el networking y los abrazos, el substrato que quedó tras el torbellino de la conferencia 2010 de la National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), es incontrovertible: ¡ya somos number one, güey!

"Navegando en un mar de cambios"

Realmente la palabra comunidad brilla con significado genuino en NALIP. Desde su pequeña pero dinámica oficina en Santa Mónica, esta organización es un faro para consolidados y emergentes talentos latinos repartidos por todo el mundo hispano.


David Mendez
NALIPster executive producing Toxic Avenger remake

NALIP member David Mendez is executive producing the recently announced remake of cult classic The Toxic Avenger. The remake is envisioned as a family friendly, PG-13 action-comedy in the tone of The Mask. The producers are currently hearing takes from writers and filmmakers.


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