NALIP Board Member Porfirio Piña Promoted to Senior Director, Latin Music at BMI
Porfirio Piña has been promoted to Senior Director, Latin Music at BMI, it was announced today by Delia Orjuela, Assistant Vice President, Latin Music. Piña, who is based in the New York office, previously was Director in that department and will continue to report to Orjuela.
In his role at the performing right organization, Piña continues to establish and maintain relationships with songwriters and publishers, as well as provide assistance with all administrative and creative functions. He is also responsible for coordinating and participating in special conferences, showcases and events, both locally and nationally.
"Porfirio has displayed amazing initiative in representing BMI in multiple genres of music, reaching beyond previous boundaries," said Orjuela. "He has gone beyond what was expected when presenting our songwriters in showcases, bringing in corporate sponsors and generating a higher level of excitement. He is responsive to the needs of our affiliates, whether they be newcomer or accomplished, and he is active in community programs that make a difference."
Piña serves on the Board of Directors of the BMI Foundation and the Board of Directors of National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). He is also Director of the BMI Foundation’s peermusic Latin Scholarship, a national competition for young Latin songwriters and composers. Now in its sixth year, the $5,000 scholarship competition is open to college students in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and seeks to identify and reward young talent in the Latin genre.
Piña joined BMI’s Writer/Publisher Relations department in March 2005 after working in various positions in music publishing, marketing, promotions and publicity, including as Director of Sales & Marketing for independent label Latino Music and Product Manager for Palm Pictures. He was also President and Co-Owner of two artist management and music production companies, Double P Music and PNP Productions. He attended both MTI Business School and Business Automation School in New York.
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 375,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI’s most recent financial results, $839 million in performing right collections for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, were the highest for any copyright organization in the world. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for over 65 years. The non-profit-making U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.
Call for Applications: Writers on the Verge
Writers on the Verge is a 10-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are “almost there,” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.
The program will consist of two night classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7-10pm), weekly at NBC in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes, and turn in all written assignments.
Classes concentrate on creating an exceptional spec script and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to showrunners to agents, and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style. Writing assignments on a NBC television show may be available after successful completion of the program, but are not a guarantee. Past participants have gone on to series including Cold Case, Burn Notice, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and upcoming NBC series, My Own Worst Enemy, Friday Night Lights and The Listener.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2008 – Applications due (3:00PM PST)
1) Applicants must submit one properly formatted television spec screenplay based on a
show that aired new episodes during the 2007-2008 season on any broadcast or cable network. This script must be submitted as a PDF file.
2) Applicants must provide two brief essays (as a PDF - not to exceed 250 words each) to answer both of the following questions:
A) What from your background do you bring to the table as a writer that provides a fresh perspective in your storytelling?
B) What television show most inspired you to become a television writer and why?
3) Applicants must submit a copy of their resume (also as a PDF - including their e-mail address and phone number).
4) Applicants must fill out a release form for their submitted script. Once signed, release forms can be scanned and e-mailed in with the application or faxed to (818) 866-2537. (Click here to download the release form).
5) Applicants must be able to provide their own housing and transportation in the Los Angeles area for the duration of the program.
June 30, 2008 – Applications due (3:00PM PST)
September 2-5, 2008 – Finalists interviews
September 8, 2008 – Participants selected
September 23, 2008 – Program begins
December 4, 2008 – Program ends
Applicants not selected will be notified via e-mail after September 8, 2008.
Due to the large number of applications, no coverage or feedback will be provided on material submitted.
Questions may be emailed to: email@example.com
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Television Career Workshop
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee Presents
Working Your Way Up in Television, Part II: An Entertainment Career Workshop
TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2008
6:30 - 9:30 PM
SUNSET BRONSON STUDIOS
Stage #10, 5800 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
(ENTER THRU THE VAN NESS GATE)
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Aspiring Network & Studio Executives, Producers, Writers, Directors, Production Staff, anyone seeking entry-level positions including PAs, assistants, interns and those trying to move up the ladder. Come in business attire and bring a pen, notepad and your resume for feedback!
6:30 – 7:00 PM REGISTRATION
(Please arrive at 6:30 PM; those arriving after 7:00 PM are NOT guaranteed admission.)
7:00 – 7:45 PM ENTERTAINMENT PANEL
Career Advice and Q&A with:
Clancy Collins-White - Vice President, Drama Development – Warner Bros. Television
Kevin Fortson - Senior Vice President, Production – Warner Horizon Television
Frank B. Gonzalez - Director, Talent Development & Diversity – Disney ABC Television Group
Ghen Maynard - Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming & Entertainment Content for New Media – CBS Paramount Network Television Group
Karrie Wolfe - SVP, Scripted & Unscripted Programming, RDF USA & Pangea
7:45 - 8:30 PM TELEVISION INDUSTRY CRASH COURSE/CAREER GUIDANCE OVERVIEW
Zig Gauthier - President, Red Varden Studios; Founder, Hollywood Mentorship Program.org
8:30 – 9:30 PM HIRING MANAGERS BREAKOUT SESSION
Hiring Managers and Diversity Representatives from the following companies will lead breakout groups, answer questions and accept resumes:
William Morris Agency
Sony Pictures Television
….and more TBD!
TELEVISION ACADEMY MEMBERS please RSVP to online.emmys.tv
ALL NON-TELEVISION ACADEMY MEMBERS please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Each individual attendee must RSVP for themselves only. DO NOT RSVP FOR YOURSELF AND A GUEST.
Pre-Registration and photo I.D. required to enter the studio lot. Security guards will direct you to the event location. Admission is free but not guaranteed. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Attendance for full evening is mandatory. Professional attire strongly recommended.
NALIP LPA Fellow/Mentor Opens Post House Numb Robot in LA
Award Winning Latino Post Production/Visual Effects company Numb Robot opens their doors in Los Angeles. Founder and CEO - and NALIP LPA Fellow/Mentor - Alex Ferrari explain his reasons for expanding his visual effects company to Los Angeles, "I wanted the company to be bicoastal. We now have offices in Los Angles and Miami. LA is where the action is and we wanted to focus more on feature films, and high-end commercials and music videos. Being setup in LA gives us access to more clients who would be interested in our services." The studio is based in North Hollywood (Toluca Lake), CA.
About Numb Robot
Numb Robot is a award winning post production/visual effects company that specializes in editorial, color correction, title sequences and visual effects for feature films, commercials and music videos. The North Hollywood (Toluca Lake) facility can handle any format from 16mm to 35mm to all HD formats (720p & 1080p uncompressed).
Numb Robot’s editorial division has over 13 years experience. Editing, color correcting and post supervising over 500 commercials, music videos, trailers, television shows, network promos, documentaries and feature/short films. Some of their clients include: Sony Pictures, MGM Studios, VISA, Sony Ericsson, Burger King, Direct TV, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, HBO and Target just to name a few.
They recently opened an animation studio to handle the growing need for high quality 2D and 3D animation. There first project, the award winning anime short film “Red Princess Blues Animated: the Book of Violence,” (www.redprincessblues.com) which is a prequel to the upcoming feature film, has just gotten back from the Cannes Film Festival.
For more information on Numb Robot goto: http://www.numbrobot.com