Latinos In The Industry
  November 6, 2008  

CBS Diversity Announces Casting Initiative for Daytime Dramas

CBS Diversity Institute and Casting is undertaking a new and unprecedented initiative to enhance access for actors of color who are 18 years and over to the talent pool for the daytime dramas, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

As an extension of CBS Diversity's ongoing talent showcase initiatives, candidates will be pre-screened by the network casting department in December and the casting directors of these CBS daytime dramas will read actors on a regular basis starting in January 2009.

"Diversity requires action and we see this as a very intentional way of bringing attention to actors of color and continuing to open doors to the most successful daytime franchises in history with this new and additional avenue of access," said Josie Thomas, CBS Senior Vice President, Diversity.

"With our daytime dramas on the air year-round, this is a remarkable opportunity for new talent to be seen by the highest number of people possible in this medium," said Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS.

Actors of color who are 18 years and older can submit resumes and photos electronically by logging onto under the breakdown: CBS Daytime Diversity Initiative

Or submit a hard copy of a resume and photo to:
Fern Orenstein
CBS Daytime Diversity Initiative
Cole Ave Studios
1006 N. Cole
Hollywood CA 90038

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 28, 2008. Participation in this initiative is not a guarantee of employment, nor is the initiative intended to displace traditional avenues of access to employment opportunities to all actors, regardless of background.

The CBS Diversity Institute is a comprehensive program designed to identify and develop diversity within the writing, directing and talent communities. The CBS Diversity Institute includes the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, the CBS Directing Initiative and numerous actor workshops conducted nationwide, as well as writer workshops conducted in Los Angeles.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has been the Number One rated daytime drama for more than 19 years and celebrated its 35th anniversary on March 26, 2008. The show is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM (ET); 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon (PT) on the CBS Television Network and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is a Bell-Phillip Television production, broadcast weekdays (1:30-2:00 PM, ET; 12:30–1:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. The only daytime drama to simulcast in Spanish utilizing SAP (Second Audio Program) technology, the show is the most watched daily dramatic serial in the world, viewed in more than 140 countries. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL celebrated its 21st anniversary on March 23, 2008.

For information regarding the CBS Diversity Institute, please go to

Free Colombian Cinema Showcase, Nov. 21-25

The Colombian Consulate General in Los Angeles and Agora Sessions, proudly present their first edition of “The Colombian Cinema Showcase” to be held from Friday, November 21, through Tuesday, November 25th, 2008, at the renowned Laemmle Theater’s Music Hall located at 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

The admission is free to all screenings, and open to the public in a “first come, first serve” basis. All films will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

For general information about tickets and schedule of screenings, please go to

The Colombian Cinema Showcase will feature more than fifteen productions created by some of the best and brightest Colombian filmmakers including feature films, shorts, music and much more. This event presents as a special feature, the internationally multi–awarded film “María llena eres de gracia” (2004), directed by Joshua Marston.

Maria’s story is impressively acted by Colombian-born Catalina Sandino Moreno who was named Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival, and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in the 77th Academy Awards. She is one of three Hispanic actresses to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

The Colombian Consulate General in Los Angeles and the Colombian Department of Exterior Relations as part of their multiple efforts of the national government to diffuse, promote, and support Colombian’s booming film industry found through the Colombian Cinema Showcase the right fit and ideal platform to foment the great potential the film industry offers as a sector investment in Colombia. These entities also support this event obviously moved by the full conviction and belief in the immense capabilities and potential of Colombian creative artists.

The Colombian Cinema Showcase is an international promotional vehicle created to serve Colombian filmmakers living in Colombia and abroad to expose their work in different latitudes around the world. This is an event entirely produced by Colombians, who are passionate about cinema, arts and music and believe that through film, diverse communities can be fully integrated.

The screening selection of the event is comprised by classic films as well as the most recent productions of Colombian cinematography. Films to be screened include:

• “La milagrosa” - The miraculous, 2008, directed by Rafa Lara
This feature will premiere at the Colombian Cinema Showcase 2008
• “El cielo” – The sky, 2008, directed by Alessandro Basile
This feature will premiere at the Colombian Cinema Showcase 2008
• “Buscando a Miguel”- In a search for Miguel, 2008, directed by Juan Fischer
2008, Winner of an Audience Award at Sydney Latino Film Festival
2008, Chicago Latino Film Festival
2008, Havana Film Festival, New York
• “Mi abuelo, mi papa y yo” – My grandfather, my father and me, 2006, directed by Dago Garcia and Juan Carlos Vasquez
• “La historia del baul rosado” – History of a pink trunck, 2005 directed by Libia Stella Gomez
• “La sombra del caminante”- The walker’s shadow, 2004, directed by Ciro Guerra
2004, Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival
2005, Toulouse Latin America Film Festival
2005, Jury Prize at Trieste Festival of Latin American Cinema
• “La pena máxima”- The máximum penalty, 2001, directed by Jorge Echeverry
Silver Colon Award for Best Screenplay at Huelva Latin American Film Festival 2001.
Mesquite Award for Best Film in Spanish language at San Antonio Cine Festival 2002.
Nominated for Best Film at Valdivia International Film Festival 2002.
• “María llena eres de gracia”- Maria full of grace, 2004, directed by Joshua Marston
2005, Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, Catalina Sandino Moreno.
SAG Awards Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Catalina Sandino Moreno.
2004, Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival
• “Diástole y Sístole”-Diastole and Systole , 2000, directed by Harold Trompetero
2001, Nominated for Best Film at Golden Precolombian Circle
2000, Audience Award at the Cartagena Film Festival
2000, Best Actor Award, Nicolas Montero, at Cartagena Film Festival
2000, Best Actress Award, Marcela Carvajal, at Cartagena Film Festival
• “Satanas”, 2007,directed by Andres Baiz
2008, Ariel Awards, Mexico nominated for a Golden Ariel for Best Latin-American Film
2007, Bogota Film Festival won Golden Pre Columbian Circle for Best Colombian Film.
2008, Cartagena Film Festival won Colombian Cinema Award for Best Colombian Film, nominated Golden India Catalina for Best Film.
2007, Huelva Latin American Film Festival nominated for a Golden Colon.
2008, Lima Latin American Film Festival won a 2nd place Audience Award.
2007, San Sebastián International Film Festival won Horizons Award - Special Mention Marcela Mar For the excellent performance.
• “Juana tenía el pelo de oro” 2007, directed by Luis Fernando Bottia
• “Entre sabanas”, 2008, directed by Gustavo Nieto Roa
• “La primera noche” 2003, directed by Luis Alberto Restrepo
2003, Bogota Film Festival, nominated for a Golden Precolumbian Circle for Best Film .
2003, Cartagena Film Festival won Golden India Catalina for Best Actor, John Álex Toro; Best Cinematography , Sergio García ;Best First Work, Luis Alberto Restrepo ; and a OCLACC Award . Also, nominated for a Golden India Catalina for Best Film.
2003, Mar del Plata Film Festival won a Roberto Tato Miller Award .
2004, Miami Latin Film Festival won Golden Egret Best Film Luis Alberto Restrepo.
2003, Toulouse Latin America Film Festival 2003 won a Rail d'Oc award.
• “Dios los junta y ellos se separan” – God unites them and they get divorced, 2006 directed by Jairo Eduardo Carrillo and Harold Trompetero
• “Muertos del susto”- Scared to death, 2007 directed by Harold Trompetero
• “Perro come perro” – Dog eats dog, 2008 directed by Carlos Moreno
2008, Gramado Film Festival won Golden Kikito Award for:
Latin Film Competition – Won Best Actor (Featured film in 35mm, Latinos – Best Actor: Marlon Moreno, Óscar Borda.
Latin Film Competition – Won Best Cinematography (Longa Metragem em 35mm, Latinos – Best photography: Juan Carlos Gil.
Latin Film Competiton – Won Best Director (Longa Metragem em 35mm, Latinos – Best Director: Carlos Moreno.
Kikito Critics Prize: Carlos Moreno.
2008, Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival, won Mayahuel Award for Best Actor , Marlon Moreno.
2008, Lima Latin American Film Festival, got Best First Work for Carlos Moreno.
Sundance Film Festival, Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema – Dramatic: Carlos Moreno.
• “Te amo Ana Elisa” – I love Ana Elisa, 2008 directed by Robinson Diaz and Antonio Dorado
• “El carro” – The car, 2003, directed by Luis Orjuela

This is a link where you can find more information to all movies to be screened.

Final Installment of 2008 Cinema En Tu Idioma Film Series (San Diego)

Media Arts Center San Diego's San Diego Latino Film Festival presents its final installment of the 2008 Cinema en Tu Idioma Film Series showcasing the most celebrated Latino films from international film festivals. The final installment will feature screenings of EL VIOLIN (THE VIOLIN), XXY, & BAÑO DEL PAPA (THE POPE’S TOILET) November 14-20 at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center (off 163 Freeway & Friars Rd.). Cinema en tu Idioma is funded by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

El VIOLIN Directed by Francisco Vargas. Run time: 98 minutes. El Violin is the most internationally awarded Mexican film in history! A crowd-pleaser at the recent 2008 San Diego Latino Film Festival, EL VIOLIN stars Don Ángel Tavira. After the military seizes his village, humble rural musician Don Plutarco devises a plan: to play up his appearance as a harmless violin player in order to return to the village and retrieve hidden arms and ammunition. Screening times: Fri. 11/14, Mon. 11/17 & Thur. 11/20 at 1:45 pm & 8:30 pm; Sat. 11/15 & Tues. 11/18 at 11:30 am & 6:15 pm; Sun. 11/16 & Wed. 11/19 at 4:00 pm.

XXY Directed by Lucía Puenzo. Run time: 91 minutes. XXY was showcased as part of the 2008 San Diego Latino Film Festivals’ Cine Gay showcase and was short listed for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards®. This astonishing feature explores the painful search for gender identity of a teenager who is born a hermaphrodite, and upon entering adolescence is pressured by parents to “choose” an identity. Handled with great sensitivity, this extraordinary film has won film accolades all over the world including coveted awards at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Screening times: Fri. 11/14, Mon. 11/17, & Thurs. 11/20 at 11:30 am & 6:15 pm; Sat. 11/15 at 4:00 pm & 10:45 pm; Tues. 11/18 at 4:00 pm; Sun. 11/16 & Wed. 11/19 at 1:45 pm & 8:30 pm.

EL BAÑO DEL PAPA Directed by César Charlone, Enrique Fernández. Run time: 90 minutes. Along with the two festival favorites mentioned above, MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO is proud to bring a new film to San Diego for the first time. EL BAÑO DEL PAPA, an alternating touching, humorous, and poignant story of human dignity and solidarity from director, scriptwriters, Enrique Fernández and noted cinematographer César Charlone (Oscar-nominated “City of God”). The Pope´s impending visit to a small Uruguayan town stimulates a flurry of activity among the poorest residents, who hope to strike it rich by catering to the needs of the 50,000 expected pilgrims. Convinced that his idea is the best, one man uses up his family’s savings to build a toilet that pilgrims can pay to use. Screening times: Fri. 11/14 at 4:00 pm & 10:45 pm; Mon. 11/17 & Thurs. 11/20 at 4:00 pm; Sat. 11/15 & Tues. 11/18 at 1:45 pm & 8:30 pm; Sun. 11/16 & Wed. 11/19 at 11:30 am & 6:15 pm.

Tickets are $9.50 General Audiences / $7.50 Students, seniors & MEDIA ARTS CENTER SAN DIEGO members. Individual tickets can be purchased prior to each screening at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center box office (7510 Hazard Center Dr., SD, CA 92108).

Films are distributed by Film Movement. For more information
For more information call 619-230-1938 x 101 / or visit on-line to view trailers, purchase series passes, and read more about the films at:



Don't Miss NALIP at Actorfest LA!

This year at Actorfest LA is November 8, 2008 at the California Market Center, Los Angeles.

Don’t miss NALIP at Actorfest, 5:00-6:15 pm in the Ground Floor Theatre. NALIP ED Kathryn Galan will moderate a panel on “The Latino Industry.”
With “Dexter” adding five Latino characters this season and features like DARK KNIGHT casting Latinas as co-stars, and while opportunities for Latinos explode in Spanish- and English-language commercials, what should you know about access to the jobs and representation for Latino/a actors and actresses? What are the networks and studios looking for? Who is casting up-and-coming Latino/a faces in daytime, reality, series and films? And who is representing talent from the largest and swiftest growing minority in the business? Hear how agents, managers, casting directors, networks and studios tap Latino talent.
Speakers include Ron Taylor, VP for Diversity at Fox Broadcasting, casting directors Rosalinda Morales and Blanca Valdez, personal manager Ivan de Paz, talent agent Carlos Carreras and Moises Velez, head of development and programming at Telemundo/Mun2.



Enter the promo code NALIP08 for 10% OFF your total registration for any workshops!

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Antonio Banderas in Dali Talks
(Variety) - Antonio Banderas is in final negotiations to play Salvador Dali in the Simon West-helmed indie biopic "Dali." FULL STORY

Arenas Selected as Agency of Record for Paramount
(Latin Heat Online) - Arenas, the leading Hispanic entertainment marketing company in the United States, has been selected as the Hispanic Agency of Record by Paramount Pictures. FULL STORY

Emilio Estevez Joins Brother Charlie Sheen on TV
(People) - Charlie Sheen's father, Martin, has already made an appearance on Two and a Half Men. Now Charlie's older brother is getting in on the family action. FULL STORY

Jobs & Opportunities

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

Dean – School of Theater, Film and Television, UCLA
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT). FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Immigrants and Foreigners for Reality Show Pilot
Casting immigrants and foreigners of all nationalities who are in pursuit of the American dream for a new reality show pilot. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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