Latinos In The Industry

NALIP Discount for WESTDOC: The Documentary and Reality Conference

So you want to be the next RJ Cutler or Mark Burnett? Sell to Discovery Channel or We or Spike? Hear what Endemol has planned for 2010 or how Hulu may change the world?


WESTDOC: The Documentary and Reality Conference
September 14th - 16th, 2009
Doubletree Suites Hotel - Santa Monica, Ca.

The first conference of its kind on the West Coast, WESTDOC will bring together the top producers, directors, executives, agents and distributors in the non-fiction film and reality television industry. Interact with the people who can greenlight your show or give you insight into launching your career in this ever-expanding corner of the entertainment business.


WESTDOC is ONE comprehensive event for THREE days of panels, seminars, pitching, and networking events. WESTDOC features two professional interest areas - The Documentary Village and The Reality Village - with attendees and speakers able to select from both arenas at any time.

Companies Attending include...

ABC, Actual Reality Productions, American Masters, Animal Planet, @Radical, Brave New Films, DGA, E!, ESPN, Endemol USA, FOX, Game Show Network, History Channel, ITVS, KCET, LMNO Productions, MTV, National Geographic, Oregon Public TV, Original Productions, PBS, RDF Media, Spike, Sundance, TV Land, WE tv, William Morris Endeavor, and many more!


PITCHFEST. A rousing live event in which Documentary and Reality producers will pitch new concepts to network and development executives in front of a live audience.

THE SIT-DOWN. Broadcaster overviews from networks outlining their needs today and tomorrow. Find out exactly what they want and how to get your pitch to the right person.

FACE TIME. One-on-one meetings with the network people you want to pitch to. Reservations are limited on a first come first serve basis, so register early.

As a member of NALIP we are extending to you a discounted rate of ONLY $450.00* until July 1, 2009. Use the code "GL450" for this special rate.

* Excluding $50.00 PitchFest application fee, if applicable.

For registration, full schedule and speaker information go to:

Specialized conferences are where business gets done. Why travel to Las Vegas, New York, Washington DC or Europe to meet the decision makers who work on the West Coast? Be there for the first year of the WESTDOC Conference and support the West Coast non-fiction and reality entertainment community... your community.


Chuck Braverman
Founder and Managing Partner

Richard Propper
Founder and Managing Partner

Deadline Extended: Ultimate Filmmaker Comptetition

Get your feature film produced and distributed with this dynamic, all-inclusive filmmaking competition that will launch and/or establish your life as a filmmaker. The winning entrant will receive a minimum $200,000 cash grant along with resources for a total value of more than $500,000. And it doesnt stop there. The film will be distributed on multiple platforms simultaneously theatrical, cable and online - for maximum global exposure. No full script necessary to submit.

Open to participants around the world (submissions must be in English). Filmmaking teams acceptable. Winning filmmaker(s) will share in profits of completed film. Must be minimum 18 years old.

EXTENDED Deadline: July 3, 2009 Fee: $75 (submission fees include 1 year MovieMaker Magazine subscription and 1 year membership to Filmmakers Alliance Online)

Go to: for more details.

Deadline Approaching: Orlando Hispanic Film Festival

The final deadline is approaching for the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, accepting feature film, short film, documentary, short documentary and feature screenplay submissions. To qualify for awards, production must include a Writer, Director, Producer, Actor, or Cinematographer of Hispanic descent; or the theme must deal with Hispanic issues.

Extended Deadline - July 3rd

For details and an application please visit:

Alba, Rodriguez rumoured for Insiders
(Digital Spy) - Jessica Alba and Robert Rodriguez are teaming up for a big screen version of graphic novel series The Insiders, say reports. FULL STORY

Eddie Cibrian joining CSI: Miami
(The Hollywood Reporter) - Eddie Cibrian will be joining the cast of CBS' veteran crime drama "CSI: Miami" as a series regular. FULL STORY

What Does a Producer Do? 9 Observations on the Biz’s Most Misunderstood Job
Using the question “What does a producer do?” as a launching point, four producers got together last week during the LA Film Festival to participate in a conversation about their work. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Bilingual Crew for Shoot in Honduras
We are gearing up for our next production which is to be shot in Honduras for late 2009 and would like to announce a crew call for the following paid positions with expenses covered. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Female Host for Funny, Irreverent Web Series
Funny, irreverent, male-oriented webtv show looking for female co-host. Based on the works of a best-selling author and dating, sex and relationship expert, this show is expanding into it's second year. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

From the Editor
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NALIPsters Win at Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards

The Tribeca Film Festival along with the Tribeca Film Institute announced the winners of the sixth annual Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards. The winners of the Documentary section prize were NALIP members George Reyes and Claudia Lopez for La Muneca Fea (The Ugly Doll), in which a group of elderly sex workers in Mexico City seek peace and find community at a refuge established by a former colleague.

Additionally, the honorable mention in the Emerging Narrative section went to NALIP member Hugo Perez (Estela, LPA 2008) for The Immaculate Conception, in which the death of Maria's popstar husband Poblito, leaves her with the chance to make a decision that may finally bring her happiness, but requires some divine intervention.

The winners were selected from 21 eligible projects from the 27 in the program and based on the strength of their vision and filmmaking promise. The 2009 TAA Creative Promise Award comes with a prize of $11,000 for narrative, documentary and emerging narrative and $7,000 for screenwriting as well as an original piece of art from a contemporary artist. All of the filmmakers participating in the program have scripts or documentary proposals for which they are seeking funding and/or representation.

Errol Falcon
NALIPster awardeded Film Florida Legend Award

On June 23rd Film Florida awarded NALIP member and DGA director Errol Falcon with a 2009 Film Florida Legend Award. Falcon's career in television, music videos and commercials for the General and Latin markets spans over 40 years. Some of his credits as Producer or Director include "Sabado Gigante" and "Corte Tropical" for Univision, "Los Teens" for Telemundo, "Atlantic City Alive" for TBS, "Que Pasa, USA?' pilot for PBS, and the feature film, "South Beach Dreams" distributed by Warner Home Video for US and Canada, and Polychrome Pictures for international.  Also awarded were Bill Grefe and Michelle Marx, also DGA members, and Michael McGowan, Sr. (posthumous). 

Rafael Rivera
NALIPster's book about Latinos in Hollywood wins award

NALIP member Rafael Rivera's educational and historical coffee table book on 100 years of Latinos in Hollywood films, "HOLLYWOOD... Se Habla Español," has been awarded 2nd Place prize for Best Gift Book at the International Latino Book Festival held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

In recognition of the many positive contributions being made to Latino literature worldwide, Latino Literacy Now, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes literacy and literary excellence within the Latino community, created the Latino Book Awards in 1999.

The fruit of over 25 years of intensive and thorough research, written by Hollywood insider, Rafael Rivera-Viruet and journalist Max Resto, "HOLLYWOOD... Se Habla Español" highlights the careers of Latinos who made important contributions to the history of cinema and details the Latino presence in the seventh art since its very inception over one hundred years ago.


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