Latinos In The Industry

Do You Call Yourself an Independent Producer?? Ever Thought of Yourself as an Entrepreneur as Well??

The titles have a lot more in common than you might think! Learn about how to set yourself up in a business, and how you can access the experts and resources of small business owners everywhere. In this special NALIP 2010 pre-conference session, "Going Solo: Small Business Owner Skills/Exploring the Entrepreneur in You," you will learn about some of the requirements of owning a business, and a lot about the benefits. Join our First Ever Business Boot Camp on April 9 by signing up when or after you register for the conference. Hear from experts who have key tips on accounting, credit worthiness, and legal set-up while getting a great overview on what it takes to plan -- and grow -- a business!! Presented by LegalZoom.Com!

In three one-hour "business boot camp" sessions, you will learn about choosing a business structure, how to protect your ideas, how to manage expenses wisely, and how to find financial resources that recognize your role in the arts economy. This might sound like "basic stuff" but these business practices are what will "take you to the next level."

Register Now For NALIP 2010!! And don't forget, the Travel Scholarship deadline is this Friday, February 26!!

Call for Applications: CPB/PBS Producers Academy

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) invite you to participate in the 2010 Producers Workshop at WGBH, an initiative of the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, which offers professional development activities designed to identify public broadcasting's next generation of creative talent. The Workshop will be held in Boston, June 19 - 25, 2010. The twenty-five producers selected will receive scholarships that pay for the cost of the Workshop and the week's travel and living expenses.

Information and applications are at
Applications are due at PBS by 5:00 pm Eastern on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

The Workshop provides an opportunity for producers to work intensively on the skills that will benefit them most, through classes and direct contact with some of public television's most talented personnel. It is open to both station-connected and independent producers; to producer/writers and producer/directors; to individuals who have worked locally as well as nationally, in all genres of programming; to producers working in video, film, and interactive media, and in studio-based as well as field production. Please note that the Workshop is not for beginners.

Those selected will be chosen for their production talent, commitment to public broadcasting and potential for success in the program.

NHMC To Honor Outstanding Latino Talent

The stars will be particularly bright in Beverly Hills on Friday, February 26th when the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) presents its 13th Annual Impact Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The annual fete, hosted by the NHMC, one of the country's foremost Latino media advocacy and civil rights organizations, celebrates outstanding theatrical, television and film performances by Latinos both in front and back of camera. "We are extremely proud to be able to honor our Latino talent in Hollywood at this annual event. This year's honorees are 11-year old actor Rico Rodriguez, the talented actress Justina Machado, the beautiful Aimee Garcia and one of the great masters of improv Oscar Nuñez," beamed Alex Nogales, NHMC President & CEO, "They will join past NHMC Impact Award recipients Edward James Olmos, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and George Lopez, to name just a few."

One of the funniest shows on television today is the NBC comedy series "The Office." The show has won the 2007 and 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Comedy Ensemble. For his performance as 'Oscar Martinez,' the frustrated accountant in the hit show, Oscar Nuñez will receive the Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Television Series. Well known for her work in "Six Feet Under," the talented and beautiful Justina Machado will receive the Outstanding Performance in a Dramatic Series for the CBS TV show "Three Rivers." She also recently appeared in the film "Accidental Husband" opposite Uma Thurman. The young and upcoming actor Rico Rodriguez will receive an Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Television Series Impact Award for his part as 'Manny Delgado' in ABC's "Modern Family." Rico made the move from Texas to Los Angeles with his mom and sister to support his sister's dream of becoming an actress. After one year of watching his sister having fun and success, Rico enrolled in acting classes and soon started making a name for himself. Another Impact Award for Outstanding Performance in a Dramatic Television Series will go to Aimee Garcia from NBC "Trauma." Best known for her character as Andy Garcia's daughter and George Lopez's niece, "Veronica Palmero," on "The George Lopez Show", she is currently the only Latina in her generation to be on syndicated television.

The Masters of Ceremonies for the evening are Wilmer Valderrama and Jose Luis Valenzuela. Valderrama is well known for his role as Fez on Fox's "That 70's Show" and the voice of 'Manny' on the Disney animated hit show "Handy Mandy." He can be seen in the drama THE DRY LAND that premiered at The Sundance Film Festival this year. Jose Luis Valenzuela is the Artistic Director of the Latino Theater Company and THE NEW LATC and an award winning theater director and a tenured professor at UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television.

  Creatives Network on Net
(Variety) - Former Senator Films acquisitions exec Orly Ravid and indie marketing maven Jeffrey Winter have just launched the Film Collaborative, an arts-friendly nonprofit that aims to help indies find and facilitate distribution. FULL STORY

George Lopez: Speedy Gonzalez Re-Dux
(Latin Heat Online) - Yes, it a done deal, George Lopez will be the voice of, the controversial Warner Bros. cartoon character, Speedy Gonzales. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Line Producer, Co-Producer for Feature
Caramelo productions LLC, a company created with the goal of producing high quality low budget features seeks both Line producer and Co-producer for a ultra low budget feature. FULL JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Trailer Editor
Looking for editor available starting March 15th for 2 weeks for 5 minute paranormal trailer/presentation. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Junior Multimedia Producer, Internet Intern (DC) is looking for a Multimedia Producer and an Internet Intern to join its team. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

SPECIAL REMINDER: NALIP 2010 Travel Scholarship deadline is FRIDAY, Feb. 26! Apply now!

Alex Nogales
NALIP 2010 to Honor NHMC's Alex Nogales for his Lifetime Achievement for Advocacy

Following on NALIP's tradition of honoring media advocates including Lilian Jimenez in 2001, Ricardo Montalban in 2002, Richie Perez in 2004, Raul Yzaguirre in 2005, Helen Hernandez in 2006, Edward James Olmos in 2007, Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez in 2008, and Ray Andrade in 2009, the NALIP Board of Directors this year voted to honor longtime producer and lifelong media activist Alex Nogales for his efforts to advance diversity in entertainment.

Join us on Saturday, April 10, when we salute Mr. Nogales and his tireless efforts to raise awareness of the need for diversity in film and television, and to bring about meaningful change for Latino artists behind the camera and in front. Well known as the President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), Mr. Nogales spent 13 years as a senior television producer with KCBS before he took up the cause of equality and media justice.

In the past decade Mr. Nogales has led boycotts against the advertisers of the syndicated "Howard Stern" radio show as a means of getting Stern off the air when he offended the Latino community and the family of the late singing star, Selena Quintanilla-Perez. Through his organization, the NHMC, he has filed over fifty petitions to deny broadcast licenses with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Along with NALIP and other National Latino Media Council members, Mr. Nogales also led high-profile demonstrations against ABC and its parent company, Disney, for its lack of diversity and apparent exclusion of American Latinos from local news reporters and anchor jobs, and intensified discussions with local TV stations across the country. The NHMC acts as secretariat and staff of the NLMC, with Mr. Nogales being instrumental in the signing of Memoranda of Understanding with NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox in the year 2000.

When Latinos in both English and Spanish language television were undercounted by the A.C. Nielsen Research Company, Mr. Nogales led the NLMC fight to force Nielsen to address this shortfall. In his estimation, Nielsen's undercount limited Latino employment opportunities in English-language television as well as discouraged the development of Latino-themed programming. Fox Television, Mr. Nogales' ally in the fight, recently eventually signed an agreement with Nielsen whereby Nielsen committed fifty million dollars to better train its field representatives to coach Nielsen households on how to correctly use their measuring equipment.

Alex Nogales continues to serve as the voice of the Latino community on such issues as diversifying media ownership, broadband deployment and adoption, network neutrality, and many other issues that affect how Latinos communicate and are perceived in mainstream media. Join our celebration of his life and work at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on Saturday evening, April 10. Click here for tickets or to register for the NALIP 2010 conference.

Marco Santiago
NALIPster's short film premiering at Phoenix Film Festival

NALIP member Marco Santiago's (LPA, LWL) film Fallen Hero will be premiering at the 2010 Phoenix Film Festival (April 8 through 15). Shot on super 16mm film, the film is directed by Marco Santiago and produced by Earnest Robinson, and stars Kurt Caceres (World Trade Center, Down for Life, Lie to Me, CSI, The Closer, Prison Break, The Shield, ER, NYPD Blue, JAG), Yeniffer Behrens (Seven Pounds, General Hospital, CSI, Nip/Tuck, Boston Legal, JAG), Adrian Moreira-Behrens, Alicia De La Vega, Sasha Hunter and Paul Thomson.

Fallen Hero tells the Story of Jerry, a seven-year-old boy who splits his time between his soon-to-be divorced and angst driven parents. Daniel and Sarah, He sses his father as a hero, who tells him to never lie. They are each other's Batman and Robin - an inseparable dynamic duo. Jerry's hero worship for his Dad is suddenly and adversely altered after he witnesses Daniel brutally beaten at the hands of Rascal - father of a seven-year-old classmate of Jerry's who Daniel almost runs over while he drops him off at school. Daniel urges Jerry to keep the fight a secret from his mother, and this proves to be an even greater psychological burden for Jerry, who acts out violently and is placed in harms way as a result; however, an unexpected hero emerges, but he too falls just as quickly.


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