Latinos In The Industry
  February 4, 2009  

NALIP 10th Conference Program and Registration Now Online

Early Bird Registration for NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence in Newport Beach, CA at the Island Hotel runs through March 9

NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence is our tenth anniversary celebration set for April 17-19, 2009 and will be the most important Latino media event of the year!

This inspiring weekend for the Latino media community will offer an unrivaled combination of conversations, panels, producing opportunities, and networking events for both established and emerging media professionals. The groundbreaking events at this year's conference will include the sneak preview of a new Latino feature with filmmaker Q&A, funder meetings and pitch sessions with top executives of HBO, PBS, MTV, CBS, POV, Sundance, Fox, NBC/Universal and more, plus unique opportunities for actors to meet casting directors, managers and agents interested specifically in Latino talent at our special Latino edition of Backstage’s Actorfest. Saturday night will include presentation of NALIP’s annual Awards to those who lead the way and change the world, including HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL director Kenny Ortega, pioneering filmmaker Raphael Montañez Ortiz, and Justicia founder Ray Andrade.

Don’t miss conversations about the challenges and craft of storytelling with directors like Chris Weitz (GOLDEN COMPASS) and Alex Rivera (SLEEP DEALER), Alfredo de Villa (NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS) and Marco Williams (BANISHED), plus a novel-to-screen brainstorm with Josefina Lopez and storytelling workshop with Santa Barbara Film Festival 09 winner Harrison Reiner (AMAR A MORIR). Participate in a top-level conversation with PBS President Paula Kerger, and hear opening remarks from HBO President Michael Lombardo. Program to include idea-to-screen case studies plus state of the art panels about the latest distribution options, producing for the broadband generation, as well as comedy opportunities for Latinos with spoof master Marlon Wayans (G.I. JOE).

Apply to participate in our 5th annual Latino Media Market™ which brings together NALIP members with top studio executives, funders, distributors, agents, and mentors.

Select scholarship rooms and travel stipends available to support the independent filmmaker participating in the Conference. Details and applications at

Check the NALIP 10 website regularly for updates on program, speakers, celebrities and more!

Register today!



NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence Conference Co-Chairs

Frances Negrón-Muntaner (WAR IN GUAM) is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. She is the recipient of Ford, Truman, Scripps Howard, Rockefeller, and Pew fellowships. She holds Masters in Visual Anthropology and Fine Arts from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University. Ms. Negrón-Muntaner is the editor of four books and the author of Boricua Pop and Sovereign Acts. Among her films are AIDS IN THE BARRIO and BRINCANDO EL CHARCO: PORTRAIT OF A PUERTO RICAN. She is completing two documentaries, TANO Y CHAMORRO and REGARDING VIEQUES. She is the founder of Miami Light Project's Filmmakers Workshop, and teaches at Columbia University.

David Ortiz is a producer/executive who most recently worked as a development executive for Universal Pictures, overseeing the latest FAST & FURIOUS starring Vin Diesel & Paul Walker, WANTED starring Angelina Jolie & James McAvoy, HELLBOY 2, written and directed by Guillermo del Toro and ROLE MODELS, starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, David graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Public Policy. David also sits on the Board of Directors for NALIP, the National Association for Latino Independent Producers and is co-chair of NALIP's 10th National Conference, to be held April 16 – 19, 2009 in Newport Beach, CA.

Ligiah Villalobos is the Writer and Executive Producer of the feature film UNDER THE SAME MOON, (LA MISMA LUNA). The film was an Official Selection at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and became the highest sale for a Spanish-language film in the history of Sundance, selling to Fox Searchlight and the Weinstein Company. Made for under $2 Million, the film has grossed over $23 Million worldwide. It broke the 3-day opening weekend record for a Spanish-language film and has become the 6th highest grossing Spanish-language film in the U.S., of all time. It is also the highest grossing Mexican film in Mexico for 2008. Born and raised in Mexico, Villalobos moved to the U.S. at the age of 11. Before becoming a writer/producer, Villalobos held several positions at studios including Director, Programming for Buena Vista Productions where she oversaw all television production in Latin America. She was later hired by Touchstone Television to oversee Walt Disney’s prestigious Writers Fellowship Program and Director’s Training Program. Villalobos served as Director, Current Programming for the WB Network where she oversaw six prime time series. She then made a transition into film production as the VP, Creative Affairs at Esparza/Katz Productions. She was involved in two HBO Films, INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE and WALKOUT and a movie for Newline Cinema, PRICE OF GLORY. Since becoming an independent writer/producer, Villalobos has co-produced the film, DANCING IN SEPTEMBER which was an Official Selection at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and premiered on HBO in February, 2001. Villalobos has also been a staff writer on the NBC show, ED, Head Writer on the Nick Jr. series, GO, DIEGO! GO! And has sold TV projects to NBC, Showtime, F/X and ABC/Family. Her documentary ONE WORLD screened at the L.A. International Latino Film Festival and the Texas Film Festival. More recently, Villalobos wrote, DIEGO ASCENDING, an adaptation of the Israeli film “Bonjour, Monsieur Shlomi, for Salma Hayek’s production company, Ventanazul and a soon to be announced biopic. She is currently writing an 8-Hour Mini-Series for Will Smith’s company, Overbrook Entertainment. Villalobos was named, “One of the 25 Most Powerful and Talented Hispanic Women in the Entertainment Industry” by the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Magazine in 2007.



Congress Postpones Digital TV Transition to June
(AP) - After weeks of debate, Congress is giving consumers four more months to prepare for the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting. FULL STORY

Scorsese, King Talking up 'Silence'
(Variety) - Martin Scorsese is determined to make "Silence" his next movie. The helmer and Graham King's GK Films are negotiating with Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro to star. FULL STORY

Judge Denies First Bid to Block SAG, Studio Talks
(Reuters) - A judge on Tuesday denied a temporary restraining order that would have halted an effort to resume long-stalled labor contract talks between Hollywood's major studios and the largest U.S. actors union. FULL STORY

'Tiempo Final' Debuts in United States
(Extra) - "Tiempo Final" the award-winning dramatic series produced by Fox Telecolombia, will debut in the United States tonight exclusively on Cinelatino, marking the first time the leading Spanish-language premium movie channel in the United States will air a television series. FULL STORY

Renovated Austin Studios Open for Business
(News 8 Austin) - Austin filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater did the honors Friday night, reopening the newly renovated Austin Studios. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

New Media Manager for Socially-Conscious Video & Web Project
Eyes of the World Media group - currently working on an innovative, high-profile video and web project on meth prevention, targeted to young adults - is seeking a new media manager. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Broad Comedy Script
New Culver City production company seeking completed feature-length Broad Comedies (preferably buddy comedies, but we will accept romantic comedies and holiday comedies). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: SITV's modelLatina Reality Series
SITV is looking for the next modelLatina, a reality series that pits 10 vibrant Latinas in a strategic battle of beauty, brains and bravado. Casting in Miami, NY, LA, SF, and SD. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Orange Grove Independent Feature
Casting in Los Angeles and Orange Counties for Orange Grove, an independent feature film directed by J. E. Ruiz. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Dramatic Short
G Films is currently casting several roles for a 15-20 minute dramatic short film slated to be a 3 to 4 day shoot in late February. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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