Latinos In The Industry
  April 2, 2009  

Registration Closing Friday for NALIP 10: A Decade Of Influence!

You heard right! Now is your last chance to be part of our 10th anniversary celebration and Conference, April 17-19 in Newport Beach at The Island Hotel!

You’ve already heard from the Conference co-chairs.

You know about the great speaker lineup, including the presidents of HBO, PBS, and Next New Networks.

You read about our inspiring case studies, workshops, networking events, and Awards evening.

NOW is the time to be a part of this landmark event!

There will be NO on-site registration!

Hurry and click here to register to be a part of the Latino media gathering of the decade!

2009 Newport Beach Film Festival Showcase Event Spotlights Latino Cinema and Culture

The tenth annual Newport Beach Film Festival (April 23rd-30th) will host its Latino Showcase on Sunday, April 26th featuring films from Mexico, Brazil and Chile. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Edward’s Island Cinemas located at 999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA. A post-screening gala will follow the screenings. A variety of Latin dishes from local restaurant La Casa Garcia as well as live performances by Salsa dancers and a Brazilian Capoeira group will be presented. Guests will enjoy a hosted bar by Absolut Vodka and Karl Strauss Brewing Company. The evening is supported by Soul Brasil, Para Todos, NALIP, ProChile and SiTV.

Admission is $30 to attend the entire night of festivities, $20 for the post-screening gala and $15 for the screening only. Tickets will be available online starting April 1st. For more information on the festival and schedule of events please visit

Deadline Extended: Producers Guild of America Producing Workshop "The Power of Diversity"

The Producers Guild of America has extended the submission deadline for its fifth annual producing workshop, "THE POWER OF DIVERSITY." This workshop will draw upon a wide range of seminars and perspectives designed to foster the development of diverse voices in Television Comedy, One Hour Drama, Reality Television and Motion Pictures. The new deadline is April 10, 2009.

Up to twenty (20) participants will be encouraged to explore, create and refine creative visions and stories that reflect our diverse culture. Applicants may be at any stage of career development, from emerging creative voices to those well-established in their careers.

This year’s program provides a veritable “crash course” in producing, giving participants a comprehensive overview of the essential skills of the producing trade through a series of seminars and master classes with some of the top professionals working in film and television today, supported by one-on-one mentoring work with a member of the Producers Guild. Topics to be addressed include: writing, pitching, budgeting and scheduling, fundraising, marketing, and new media opportunities.

- Workshop call for entries is now open and closes on April 10th 2009 at 5:00 pm.
- Applicants will be notified by April 24th, 2009
- Workshop sessions will take place throughout the month of May and June. If selected, participants must be available to attend the duration of the program.
- Workshop sessions typically will be held weekday evenings from approximately 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at The Producers Guild of America offices at 8530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 450, Beverly Hills.

Speakers at past Workshops include, Marshall Herskovitz (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai) Damon Lindelof (Lost), Tim Gibbons (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Ali LeRoi (Everybody Hates Chris) in addition to others.

Only one application/project per applicant please. Applicants must apply by mail only. No faxes or drop-offs will be accepted. To apply please submit:

* Application - downloaded at under "PGA Updates & News"
* Signed release form - downloaded at under "PGA Updates & News"
* Synopsis of project (TV Comedy, One Hour Drama, Motion Picture); or detailed 1-2 page plan of execution (Reality Television Series). In addition to summarizing the project, the submission must demonstrate an engagement with questions and issues of diversity.
* A current resume.

Send four (4) copies of all materials to:
PGA Producing Workshop Producers Guild of America
8530 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 450
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

The PGA Workshop is offered at no charge: A good idea and passion are the only requirements for admission.

All projects must be registered with the Writers Guild of America prior to submission.

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Maritza Guimet
NALIPster featured in Chivas Regal 18 "Spirit of Success" ad campaign

NALIP member Maritza Guimet is currently featured as a success story in the Chivas Regal 18 "Spirit of Success" advertising campaign. Chivas 18 is proud to provide vital community support through “Espíritu De Progreso Latino,” a national movement highlighting the strong Latino values and work ethic, and their pursuit of progress.

Click here to read the Full Story, including Maritza's three keys to success.

The Spirit of Success: Maritza Guimet

As a young girl, Maritza Guimet begged to go on-location with her father, who frequently worked on movie sets. She even had a natural and strong creative sense about working in media industry, but it wasn't until completing her training programs with NALIP that she truly was able to realize success as a filmmaker.

"Many creative people in the media industry are great at coming up with ideas, but lack the professional skills and business knowledge to turn a creative idea into a profitable venture. That is where NALIP's training was invaluable and turned my film career around to a profit-making business." In 2008, Guimet completed two feature-length films, currently in negotiations for distribution in Latin America.

While she admits to already being a fan of Chivas Scotch, Maritza expresses a particular loyalty to Chivas 18 because of the sponsorship they provide to non-profit organizations. "Their sponsorship allows organizations like NALIP to provide free training to many individuals; high quality training that makes a difference between succeeding or failing in this industry. That is invaluable to many lives, many futures."

Maritza’s 3 Keys to Success
1. Whatever you do, do it from your heart, make it your passion and be sure it’s something you love to do. That’s something money can’t buy.

2. Before you start creating something in the media field, know who your target audience is, understand them, and then have an actual business plan to reach your target. This will help provide a good ROI on your projects.

3. Make God, the Universe, or whatever spiritual power you have, a core part of your life and that faith will see you through the challenging times until your dreams come true.

Chivas Regal®18 is proud to provide vital community support through “Espíritu De Progreso Latino,” a national movement highlighting the strong Latino values and work ethic, and their pursuit of progress.

Since 2007, Chivas Regal 18 has partnered with non-profit organizations which help train Hispanic entrepreneurs and advance Hispanic business. From IT and financial management to planning and networking, these training and education programs have helped owners take their businesses to the next professional level. The National Association of Latino Producers (NALIP), for example, has dedicated their grants to presenting the Latino Producers Academy, an intensive training for film and media entrepreneurs. The program has resulted in the advancement of several award-winning Hispanic films currently in development and distribution.

Chivas Regal 18 will feature more stories of success in Hispanic Magazine and Univision’s “La Silla Del Poder” highlighting the true “Latino Spirit of Advancement” and culminating in “Chivas Regal 18: 18 Golden Keys to Success.”

Lourdes Portillo
NALIP Lifetime Achievement Honoree to be feted at Film Society Awards

Three major award recipients - Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Redford and James Toback - will be feted at the annual Film Society Awards Night on Thursday, April 30 in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin St. Francis Hotel. This year’s “Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award,” which honors a filmmaker working in forms other than narrative feature, will be presented to NALIP Lifetime Achievement Honoree and documentarian Lourdes Portillo. She will discuss her work in an onstage interview with film critic John Anderson, followed by a screening of her latest film, the teasing, prodding "anti-documentary," Al Más Allá.

Roberto Gudiño
NALIPster's doc accepted into Chicago Latino Film Fest

NALIP member Roberto Gudiño's (LPA 2008) documentary film Below the Fold: The Pulitzer that Defined Latino Journalism has just been accepted into the 2009 Chicago Latino Film Festival.

Roberto produced, directed and shot the 20 minute documentary. This documentary reveals how in 1984, a group of young Los Angeles Times reporters battled institutional prejudice and changed the newspaper industry when they became the first Latinos to win journalism's highest prize.

The film will be screening at Facets Multimedia Cinematheque (1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60614) on April 17, 2009 at 9PM in Chicago, Illinois.

Interviews with the writers and examples of the Times' former depictions of the Latino community establish the background for Latin American journalism's first Pulitzer. Current Latino journalists ask questions about whether, even after that groundbreaking event, the place of Latin American voices in the media has really changed.

Shipherd Reed from The Arizona Daily Star called it "A Strong Film."



Telemundo Names Gordon TV Stations Group President
(Mediaweek) - Telemundo has appointed Ronald Gordon - recipient of numerous awards including five Emmys, two Tellys, the White House Media Achievement Award and Hispanic Business Person of the Year - president of its TV group. FULL STORY

In Focus: What Has Almodovar Done to Deserve This?
(ScreenDaily) - Pedro Almodovar's 17th feature, Broken Embraces, has been poorly received by Spanish critics and opening weekend figures have suffered. But is the territory's most famous auteur critic-proof? FULL STORY (subscription required)

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Assistant Director for Industrial
We need a First AD for a small colorful industrial (non-union) that will eventually launch on the Internet. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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