Latinos In The Industry
  March 26, 2009  

HBO to host an in depth conversation with HBO Documentary Films John Hoffman and Paula Heredia
at NALIP 10: A Decade Of Influence

As a presenting sponsor of NALIPs tenth anniversary Conference, HBO brings executives and filmmaker resources to the entire weekend. This year they also program a special panel for the Latino documentary maker on Saturday, April 18. Dont miss our Conversation with HBO Documentary Films in Newport Beach!

HBO's critically acclaimed and award winning documentary programs address a myriad of issues presented with uncompromising quality and unflinching honesty. HBO Documentary Films delivers content to their viewers that explores issues of domestic and global impact in communities around the world.

HBO hosts a conversation with HBO Documentaries executive John Hoffman, and independent documentary filmmaker Paula Heredia (IN MEMORIAM, NYC 9/11/01), who have collaborated to bring to viewers unparalleled projects such as Addiction and The Alzheimers Project. The session will offer an interactive dialogue that addresses how filmmakers best present projects to HBO Documentary Films, as well as how the HBO model and process differ from other distribution outlets that develop and acquire documentary programming. Come gain insight into how content is evaluated, as well as the best approach and project pitch for the network.

Click here to register today. Learn what opportunities exist for filmmakers to partner with HBO, HBO Latino and HBO Latin America.

But hurry Registration and rooms at the beautiful Island Hotel in Newport Beach are filling up fast!

Call for Applications: NATPE Diversity Fellowship Program

What is the NATPE Diversity Fellowship Program and who should apply?
Now in its fourth year, the NATPE Diversity Fellowship Program provides a small group of emerging television and video content creators of color with the next step in their career development. The Fellowship offers a series of mentoring meetings, workshops, networking and educational opportunities and kicks-off during the week of NATPE’s LATV Fest, July 8-9, 2009.

What are the benefits of the NATPE Diversity Fellowship Program?
The Fellows are afforded a unique opportunity to make valuable contacts in and gain real insight into the television industry, prepare and polish their pitches, get access to sponsors and executives. This Program is a unique experience that gives creators of content and those interested in executive level positions a clear snapshot of the television business and how to navigate through it. It is an invaluable tool that helps producers sharpen their skills and get on the inside track of one of the world’s most competitive industries.

As a Fellow, you can you expect the following from the NATPE Diversity Fellowship Program
• Registration to all LATV Fest events
• One-on-one time with a mentor
• Four nights accommodations
• Entrance to special meal functions and networking events
The Fellows are responsible for their own airfare and incidentals.

Who Supports the NATPE Diversity Fellowship Program?
The NATPE Diversity Fellowship Program has grown from six fellows in 2006 to 20 in 2008. This growth is due largely to the support of industry organizations including the Walter Kaitz Foundation, NAMME, NALIP and CAAM. The Walter Kaitz Foundation advocates for diversity in the cable telecommunications industry by supporting people and programs that make a difference. Through their efforts The Kaitz Foundation has connected us with cable industry sponsors like BET, ESPN, Scripps and Style Network. Last year, long time NATPE supporter Dick Lippin and the Lippin Family Trust provided the seed money that allowed what had been a week long fellowship each summer during the LATV Fest into a year round mentoring and career growth opportunity with a project manager and two mentors.

How are the Diversity Fellows Chosen?
The Fellows are chosen through an application submission. The selection process is made by a panel that includes executives from spnonsoring companies and supporting organizations.

Submit your application before the April 28, 2009 deadline
Click here for more details and application information.
For questions, please contact Mildred Lewis at or 310-453-4440.

Important Dates:
Application Deadline: April 28, 2009
Selected Fellows Notified by: May 26, 2009
Diversity Fellowship Program: July 7- 9, 2009
LATV Fest: July 8-9, 2009
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
Century City, California

Diversity Fellows 2008 Testimonials:

Chris Rose
The 2008 NATPE Diversity Fellowship was a remarkable experience for me. The workshops and seminars were all top-rate and meeting and networking with some of the top names in the industry was tremendous.

Nathan Kitada
Director, 5432 Films

As a working producer of online content, I found the NATPE Diversity Fellowship incredibly helpful. The support provided by NATPE also contributed to the positive experience-- we felt as if we were an important part of a larger organization, not an afterthought. As a result of my fellowship, I landed two development deals. I’ve participated in other diversity training programs, and NATPE’s was the most supportive and influential on my current work.

Micaela Choo
The NATPE Diversity Fellowship taught me so much about Hollywood. I learned how to present myself, position my company and navigate the art of setting up pitch meetings. The advice our mentors gave us was current, valuable and insightful.

Call for Entries: Crew Labs Marketing Package Competition

A unique opportunity for one independent filmmaker to win a professionally-produced marketing package, including a trailer, a poster, and a website. Feature-length narrative and documentary films at the festival submission phase are eligible, as long as they don't yet have television or theatrical deals.

This package (valued at $100,000) is being provided by Crew Creative, the award-winning marketing agency that worked on "Shortbus" and "Jesus Camp," as well as "The Dark Knight" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

Deadline: April 20, 2009

Learn more and apply at:

Fifth Annual Latino DVD Awards

Home Media Magazine is presenting the Fifth Annual Latino DVD Awards on Tuesday, April 28, at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA. The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and an awards ceremony presenting the winners of the Latino DVD Awards. The awards will honor the top Latino titles of 2008 in several categories. Registration rates for DEG and EMA members are $125 and $150 for non-members through April 20. Please visit for more details.

A panel of judges will select the winners based on submissions and category relevance. Submissions are being accepted now through March 27 (NALIP members may email about an extension or call 714/338-6752). There is no entry fee for sponsors of the event; for all others, the entry fee is $150 per title, per category. There is no limit on the number of entries.

Click here for more details and submission information.

For information about submission guidelines and categories, contact Angelique Flores at or 714/338-6752.


Reminder: Latino Writers Lab postmark deadline tomorrow! Application here.

Times Are Tough NALIP 10 is Something You Can’t Afford to Miss!

We have sold 95% of available Registrations for our April 17 - 19 Event. You won't be able to register on site - so sign up today, or you'll miss out!

Don't miss the presidents of HBO, PBS and Next New Networks.

Don't miss future trends from Nielsen Media and the latest broadband series producers

Don't miss inspiring case studies, our sneak preview screening, and doc workshops.

Don't miss the networking events, Awards evening, and 10th annivesary celebration.

This isn't just the only Latino media gathering of the year - It's the best, of the Decade.

Don't miss out...We Warned You!!

Register online today!

Adrian Martinez
NALIPster featured in Chivas Regal 18 "Spirit of Success" ad campaign

NALIP member Adrian Martinez (LPA 2008, LWL 2007) 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 Adrian's three keys to success.

The Spirit of Success: Adrian Martinez

When actor and director Adrian Martinez named his company: Zenitram Productions -- which is Martinez, spelled backwards – it was likely because he knows himself really well -- backwards and forwards. That knowledge and insight has been one of the critical keys to Adrian’s success in the entertainment business. “Sometimes you go to auditions and see headshots of actors and they don’t look the same. They look like who they dream they are – who they think they should be. When the casting person sees disparity between the two, it gives the impression that you don’t know or don’t trust who you are. If you look like a character actor and you’re trying to get a leading man role, it won’t happen. So embrace who you are – the scars, the weight, the flaws, and the things that give you character.”

This philosophy has helped Adrian make a successful living an actor for the past 10 years, providing for a wife and daughter, who he considers his good luck charm. “Since I had my baby girl, I have felt like a sports car that had finally shifted into overdrive. I’m inspired. I want to leave a body of work that she can be proud of.” Adrian has already completed an impressive cache of work: 30 movies, 56 roles in TV and film, theatre, off-Broadway, and countless commercials. He has worked with famous actors, like Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage, and the not-so-famous, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. “The entertainment business is my passion. I am grateful to be making a living doing what I really love.”

Gratitude is another key word in Adrian’s personal philosophy. His next project, “Manny,” a character-driven, feature-length film, which Adrian wrote and will also direct and star in, is in the final development stages, thanks in part to the assistance of NALIP staff and participation in their 2007 Writer’s Workshop, sponsored by Chivas Regal 18. “I am grateful to NALIP for being truly supportive of me -- 100 percent. They put their money where their mouth is by providing opportunities, labs, and mentorships to take business projects to the next level. They are fantastic!” Adrian also acknowledges gratitude to corporate sponsors like Chivas for their help. “It’s important to have people of color and diversity put forward things that will be on screen. Workshops and labs help those projects move forward. And those classes don’t happen without corporate dollars. You have to be thankful for those partnerships.” With Adrian Martinez’s growing success in the entertainment business, he will clearly have much more to be grateful for in the years to come.

Adrian’s 3 Keys to Success
1. BE READY. When you show up, have the right resume, card, reel, training, and be ready to deliver when the opportunity arrives. You may only get one chance, so make it count.

2. NETWORK CONSTANTLY. Always “work the room” because you never know where your next job will come from. Today’s assistant may be tomorrow’s director.

3. LIVE IN GRATITUDE. Focus on all that you do have instead of what is lacking. Being grateful changes how you see the world, and creates a happy energy that is infectious to others.

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.”

Louie Olivos, Jr.
NALIPster appears in Fray music video

NALIP member Louie Olivos, Jr. recently wrapped up a music video with the music group The Fray. The video was shot at Universal Studios.
Louie portrays a soldier in the video.



MGM Gets its Stooges
(Variety) - MGM and the Farrelly brothers are closing in on their cast for "The Three Stooges," with Sean Penn set to play Larry, negotiations underway with Jim Carrey to play Curly, and the studio zeroing in on Benicio Del Toro to play Moe. FULL STORY

DVD Supplements That Really Tell You Something
(David Bordwell) - Some DVD supplements reveal something about the filmmaking process, and perhaps something about the publicizing and exhibition as well - including Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy films. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Great Paid Summer Internship Opportunity for Two Los Angeles County College Students Interested in Film & Media Arts!
NALIP is currently accepting applications for two paid summer internships. We are in search of eligible and qualified college students to join our team as the paid Summer Interns for our Latino Producers Academy and Membership Services department. Do not miss this unique opportunity and apply today! FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

1970s Tattoo Footage of Chicanos / Latinos in LA
The History Channel program Marked is examining the tattoos and symbology of various sub-cultures, and they are interested in acquiring quality footage of Chicano and Hispanic Los Angeles from the 1970s. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


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