Latinos In The Industry
  May 27, 2008  

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:

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

Stage #10, 5800 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

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!


(Please arrive at 6:30 PM; those arriving after 7:00 PM are NOT guaranteed admission.)

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

Zig Gauthier - President, Red Varden Studios; Founder, Hollywood Mentorship

Hiring Managers and Diversity Representatives from the following companies will lead breakout groups, answer questions and accept resumes:
NBC Universal
William Morris Agency
Sony Pictures Television
….and more TBD!


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,” ( 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:

Alex Ferrari
Numb Robot



Evangeline Griego
SILVERDOCS 2008 slate includes NALIP BOD member's Chevolution

The SILVERDOCS Festival runs June 16-23, 2008, and the INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CONFERENCE runs June 17 – 21, 2008, all in Silver Springs, Maryland. With 108 Films representing 63 Countries, you have the opportunity to see the best documentary films of 2008 and network with the decision makers in the documentary community.

This year's US Competition Lineup includes NALIP BOD Member Evangeline Griego's CHEVOLUTION, directed by Luis Lopez and Trisha Ziff. Songs and films pay tribute to Ernesto “Che” Guevara, but he lives on most famously through Alberto Korda’s photograph of his somber yet fiercely proud face. This vibrant study of the image that has outlived the man traces the construction of a mythology launched by a revolution, adopted by worldwide rebellion, and exploited by capitalism.

Film, Conference and Pass Information at

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Dawn Valadez
LPA Project Going on 13 at SILVERDOCS

GOING ON 13, by NALIP LPA Fellows Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez, has been selected to screen at the SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival in the Washington, DC Area. GOING ON 13 will be screening in the Silver Spectrum Section.
Please join us if you are in the area and please share with friends and colleagues.

Here are the dates:
June 21, 2008 at 4:00pm
June 22, 2008 at 3:15pm

AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

Both of the filmmakers will be in attendance, as will one of the girls from the film!

Film, Conference and Pass Information at


In the May 22, 2008 LITI, the title of NALIP member Diana Romero's film was misspelled. The correct title is Niña quebrada. It will be screening at the Reel Rasquache Film & Art Festival on Saturday, May 31 at 6:00 pm.


Benicio Steals Show as "Che" Earns him Best Actor
( - After a whirlwind 11 days of glamorous parties and red carpet premieres at which expectant Angelina Jolie and her burgeoning baby bump stole the show, the 2008 Cannes Film Festival drew to a close on Sunday night with Benicio Del Toro firmly in the limelight. FULL STORY

Joe Uva Takes Over at Univision
(The Hollywood Reporter) - There is a new, more open dynamic at work at Hispanic powerhouse Univision -- and the change can in large part be attributed to the tone set by CEO Joe Uva. FULL STORY

Indie Films, Coming to a Small Screen Near You
(The New York Times) - More than 3,600 independent features were submitted to the Sundance Film Festival this year, a record driven by inexpensive digital equipment and an abundance of film financing. But only a couple hundred of those movies will ever be distributed in theaters. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Editor for Feature Film ASAP
Mas & More Entertainment is looking for an editor to complete a Feature Film "Love Equation " ASAP, paid position. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

DP and Sound Recordist for Reality Series
Higher Ground Entertainment is in need of a DP and a sound recordist for Monday 6/2. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Junior Attorney at Maya
Maya is seeking an Junior Attorney to work closely with, and report directly to, the General Counsel and the Director of Business Affairs. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Comedic Writers and Actresses
Garnet Productions are currently seeking comedic Latino writers - well versed with the broad Latino - Latin American culture for a network sketch comedy show. Also needed are comedic actresses. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Development People and Exec. Assts. at New Prod. Co.
New Beverly Hills Based Production Company with major film fund and studio deal seeks hard-working, dedicated Executive Assistants and Development Team. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Editor for Feature Drama
Way To Go Media has finished production of an independent feature film and is currently seeking a dramatic feature editor experienced with HD in Final Cut Studio. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

CGI Artist for Sci Fi / Horror Feature
We are looking for CGI artist who is strong and artistic industry professional with a unique gift of cinematic vision, a strong sense of professionalism, responsibility and the ability to hit the ground walking and build up to the point of running. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


From the Editor


Alex Mendoza
Alex Mendoza & Associates
AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
9513 Longden Avenue
Temple City, CA 91780

1323 Lincoln Blvd., #220
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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