Latinos In The Industry

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Meet Buster (Part 3)

This is Part 3 of a series of articles written by Marvin V. Acuna about how a spec script becomes a sale. Read Part 1 and Part 2 on our website.

Buster has successfully maneuvered through an elaborate and confusingly intricate series of events. He's close. A sale is within his grasp.

But first, Buster must confront one other powerful and remarkable force on this bewildering and complex journey. This remarkable force has the ability to breathe life into Buster or take it.

And we're moving.

Here, encased in this glass structure, you can get a rare glimpse at the specimen. DNA and fossil evidence indicate that this powerful and remarkable force originated in West Orange, New Jersey back in 1892.

THIS specimen has the true power in Hollywood... the power to say "YES."

And we're moving.


And we're stopping.

"What it's called, what's it called?!"

No need to get hysterical, sir.

Everyone, what you see in front of your very own eyes is... the Studio President.

Keep in mind that a majority of the people Buster has encountered along the way are simply a "cog" in an elaborate process. Truth is that the people Buster faced directly or indirectly on his trek have limited powers. To actually buy Buster, they must get the approval from the Studio President.

Let me be VERY clear: These "cogs" are valuable and important, especially to the Studio President! He relies on them, and all of the mechanisms in place, to serve as his eyes and ears. To function as filters and to effectively identify the projects that meet the Studio's mandate, impact the bottom line, and tap into the talent relationships that the Studio must serve or desires to serve.


2009 NHMC Television Writers Program Begins

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) proudly announces the start of the Fall 2009 Television Writers Program, an intensive five-week workshop sponsored by ABC/Disney, NBC, Southwest Airlines and the National Latino Media Council (NLMC).

"This year's program was the most competitive we have ever had," said Alex Nogales, NHMC President & CEO. "The ten writers participating in this year's workshop bring a wealth of television writing experience to the table. This program will sharpen their skills even further and the participating network executives will be mentoring them with the goal of bringing as many of them into writing positions in the entertainment industry."

By presenting its 7th Annual Latino Television Writers Program workshop - which runs from November 9th through December 11th in Los Angeles, California - the NLMC continues to strengthen its commitment to increasing Latino employment in the media industry.

The writing program helps participants hone their craft and establish relationships with key Industry executives. During the workshop, participants write at least one spec script of a current primetime television series.

Participants in the 2009 workshop have also earned the unique opportunity of having their scripts reviewed by Network Television Executives. Those Writers that demonstrate particular promise will be subsequently mentored by these same Network Executives with the goal of hiring them to write for one of their television shows.

"This is a robust opportunity to discover new writing talent and also to enhance our diversity efforts in network television," explained Robert Mendez, Sr. Vice President of Diversity, Disney ABC Television Group.

This year's writers include the following: NALIP member Stuart Altman, Zach Cannon, Gustavo T.Cruz, Rick Escamilla, Vince Navarro, Manuel Nieto, Jr., Silvia Olivas (Producer, Moesha), Sierra TellerOrnelas (2009 IAIA Writers Workshop participant), Spiro Skentzos and Shelly Acosta Smith (2002 Feature Writing Fellow).

"We at NBC look forward to once again participating in this unique workshop," stated Karen Horne, NBC's Director of Entertainment Diversity Initiatives. "We have a great group and expect great things from them."

The Writers Program is not for beginners. It is intended for experienced writers, with the ability to write a one half-hour sitcom, or a one-hour television drama script during the five-week workshop.

Former participants in the Program have gone on to become staff writers on the following series: Medium, Samantha Who?, The Unit, Lincoln Heights, Kath and Kim, Third Watch and Grey's Anatomy, among other shows.

For more information on the program, please visit

Nominate Your Choice for Latino Hollywood Person of the Year

Latin Heat Entertainment's "Latino Hollywood: 2009: Year in Review!" is coming in January, online and in print. Nominate your choice for Latino Hollywood Person of the Year.

Also nominate your choice for
* The Top Actors
* The Most Amazing Writers
* The Trend-Setting Producers
* Up-and-Coming Latino Stars
* Milestones & Challenges

Send your nominations to:


TBS’s ‘George Lopez Show’ Averages 1.6 million Viewers First Week
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) - TBS’s “The George Lopez Show” averaged 1.6 million viewers its first week, beating season-to-date averages of shows such as “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” FULL STORY

iW Video: Pedro Almodóvar
“A movie is something like - even something shot and edited and frozen there - I think it’s like a person... you know more about that person with time,” observed director Pedro Almodóvar in a recent video interview with Reverse Shot’s Eric Hynes. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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From the Editor


Tuesday's article about the 2009 HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Cash Award finalists should have listed Jose Correa Vigier as co-director of THE NEEDLE/LA AGUJA with Carmen Oquendo-Villar. Click here to view a sample tape for the film from LPA 2009.


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MEDIA ADVOCACY SPOTLIGHT: Internet Freedom: A New World Worth Fighting For

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By F. X. Feeney for Written By magazine
Artwork by Michael Morgenstern

If movies are indeed a new alphabet, barely 100 years old, then the Internet is the most culturally seismic phenomenon to hit humankind since the invention of moveable type. Think about it: That morning in 1450 when Johannes Gutenberg applied his brilliant new trick with inks and leaded alloys to the production of 180 copies of the Bible, he redefined authority in Europe.

The Catholic Church, which had been the keeper of knowledge and information locally for close to 1,000 years, had been quietly superseded. Everybody could now own a copy of the sacred text used to govern them. Is it any wonder the Reformation followed? Martin Luther could publish his arguments, and--boom--"religion" was rediscovered to be a rashomon. Civilization was reborn and reshaped-- the world over, as it turned out. The early Renaissance, which produced Gutenberg in the first place, was suddenly energized beyond its original limits: Maps could find their way into the hands of dreamers like Christopher Columbus; texts of an entirely new sacred order were made possible by such as Shakespeare, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine.

Truly, every wondrous leap of the 500 years between 1450 and 1950 was pioneered by that fantastic capacity we now take for granted as a basic right: to privately "own" the world's common knowledge and think it over for ourselves.

What if the church fathers of the 1400s had been in a position to lock away such developments before the bull escaped the barn? Shakespeare might be remembered as an interesting Jesuit, his "To Be or Not to Be" sermon right up there with the greatest hits of John Donne. Ben Franklin? Maybe he would've invented moveable type, in London, and a Stratford rail-splitter named Abraham Lincoln might've risen 100 years later to write verse-plays you could recognize as crudely akin to Richard III and Henry V (genius does tend to find a way), but the world as we know it would not exist--or at best, be emerging at a slow pace so cruel as to make it uninhabitable by ourselves. If we reimagine the lives of our ancestors, making their ways through worlds of repression unmediated by Gutenberg's gift, it's a mathematical probability that most of us might never have been born.



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