Latinos In The Industry
CHCC Annual Convention Offers NALIPsters Free Pass to Entertainment Financing Track Featuring Entertainment Experts and Executives

The 30th Annual California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Annual Convention will feature an Entertainment Financing and pitch track organized by the Access to Entertainment Capital (AEC) Committee that will bring together top entertainment business executives, senators and leaders in the United States to discuss the past, present and future of the Latino entertainment business.

Friday, August 21, 2009, from 10:30 a.m. through 3 p.m.

Between 900 and 1,000 people, most of them Latino businessmen and women, will converge for three days on the US Grant Hotel in San Diego to attend more than 50 presentations, exhibits and business seminars, as well as to take advantage of contracting opportunities and meet with major financial institutions. One track of presentations will be dedicated exclusively to entertainment financing and will include a pitch by producers to funding professionals. NALIPsters are elegible for free passes to the Convention's entertainment track�a $120 value.

As the AEC official event, Senator Ron S. Calderon will open the entertainment track at 10:30 a.m. and share what the Governor�s office is doing to keep entertainment jobs in California. A second session puts together leading entertainment investors who will share how they select projects. At 2 p.m. after lunch we will hold a pitch session, during which selected producers will pitch their projects to our panel of investors.

US Grant Hotel 800-237-5029 326 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 Media check-in is next to the general registration in the front lobby.
Speakers include: Senator Ron S. Calderon, Chair of the Entertainment Committee at the House of Speakers and a member of the California Film Commission; Adrian Ward, the Vice President of Entertainment and Sports Financing at National Bank; Christopher Petzel, media entrepreneur and CEO of Northwind Capital, an investment banking advisory and private equity boutique with a focus on the entertainment and media industries, and others TBA. In addition to the above speakers, other business, community and political leaders will be available for media interviews. Contact Ivan Cevallos, 626-374-6819,

Discounted Rate for NALIP Members to The West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference

September 14th � 16th, 2009
Doubletree Suites Hotel - Santa Monica, CA

The WESTDOC CONFERENCE is a new conference dedicated to the Non-Fiction and Reality broadcast industry, an event designed by producers for producers: no filler, no wasted opportunities, nothing but a chance to hear from the decision makers, make connections, exchange ideas, and interact with broadcast professionals.

Latest additions to our speakers list include:

Steve Cheskin � Senior VP of Programming, TLC Gena McCarthy � Senior VP of Programming, Discovery John Saade - Senior VP of Alt. Programming, ABC Charles Foley - VP of Programming, Animal Planet, Steve Burns � Executive VP of Programming, National Geographic Network Beth Greenwald - VP of Programming, E! Entertainment Charles Norlander - VP of Programming, History Channel, Cynthia Kane - Program Manager, ITVS Tony Disanto - EVP of Programming, MTV Sharon Levy - VP of Programming, Spike TV Robyn Hutt � Senior VP of Programming, Tru TV

For registration, full schedule and speaker information go to:

As a member of NALIP we are extending to you a discounted rate of ONLY $499.00* until August 1st, 2009. Use the code NALIP499 for this special e-blast rate. $650.00 is the full conference rate, but being an NALIP member has its benefits.

* Excluding $50.00 PitchFest application fee, if applicable.

2009 California Documentary Project: Grants for Film, Radio and New Media

Guidelines for the 2009 California Documentary Project (CDP) grant are now available at . DEADLINE: October 1, 2009.

CDP is a competitive grants program of the California Council for the Humanities in partnership with the Skirball Foundation. CDP supports humanities-based film, radio and new media projects that document the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians. Projects must enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples and histories, and be suitable for California and national audiences.

Grants are offered in the following categories: Production grants Film and radio up to $50,000 New media up to $20,000 Research & Development grants Film and radio up to $7,000

Please see the Council's website ( for grant guidelines and a list of previously supported projects. For more info contact John Lightfoot, CDP Programs Manager, at

Deadline Extended: Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

The deadline for entries for the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival has been extended by popular demand.

Late Deadline: July 27, 2009

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

LALIFF presents feature films, documentaries, shorts and special screenings. The films showcase a wide variety of themes by Latino filmmakers, producers, writers and actors, as well as movies that depict Latino culture. It is a competitive festival with prizes and a venue where filmmakers come together with buyers and distributors. Our Industry Office facilitates meetings and keeps a video library for Hollywood executives. LALIFF also offers industry workshops, panels, labs, networking receptions, educational programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in Tinseltown. Come joins in our lucky year.

LALIFF is a qualifying festival for the Academy's Short Film Category Award. Furthermore, the Academy has established the LALIFF Collection at the Academy's Film Archive which is open to students, educators and the general public. For more information, please visit the festival website at:

Jamie Lynn-Sigler Replacing "Ugly Betty!"
As fans of Ugly Betty know, last season ended with Betty (Am�rica Ferrera) receiving a promotion to features editor, meaning that Mode Editor-in-Chief Daniel Meade is now without an assistant. Enter Jamie-Lynn Sigler! FULL STORY

NHMC Urge FCC to Investigate Hate Speech on Radio and TV
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), one of the country's foremost Latino media advocacy and civil rights organizations, announced today that thirty-three organizations have signed on to a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to grant NHMC's Petition for Inquiry into hate speech in media. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

WANTED: Producer/Production Manager/Production Coordinator
You are a motivated, efficient and talented up-and-coming producer, production manager or coordinator looking to hone your skills and advance your career. You'll work with us to pull together a crew, arrange for services and equipment, keep us on schedule and manage operations in an organized manner. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: One female and one male
Inspired by a true scandal. Blinded by ambition, two sisters and a young man struggle with cultural identity, morality and Catholic guilt as they pursue the American dream at any cost. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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One Hot Summer
Maya's First TV Production

The WGA and Maya are holding a screening & reception for Maya�s first TV production, ONE HOT SUMMER, this Thursday, 7/23 @ the 500-seat WGA Theatre off of Wilshire at 7 PM. The movie will premiere on the Lifetime Movie Network on July 26th.

Logline: Set in sultry Miami during one hot summer, three Cuban-American female friends deal with love and life as they find a way to navigate through their dilemmas together to find happiness once again.

NALIPster Film Nominated for International Film Festival Ireland

The island nation of Puerto Rico has been a victim of imperialism for over 500 years. It was a colony of Spain for 400 years and has been a colony of the United States for the past 111 years and is the oldest colony in the western hemisphere. Throughout that time there has always been a resistance movement that has often times been violent. Vagabond�s award winning debut feature film MACHETERO uses the colonial condition of Puerto Rico to explore issues of terrorism and the cyclical nature of violence that it brings.

Written, produced and directed by Vagabond

Starring Isaach De Bankol�, Not4Prophet, Kelvin Fernandez and Dylcia Pagan


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