Latinos In The Industry
  April 8, 2008  

Call for Entries: 23rd Annual Imagen Awards

The Imagen Foundation seeks to recognize and reward positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as to encourage and recognize the achievements of Latinos in the entertainment and communications industries. In keeping with its mission, The Imagen Foundation cordially invites all members of the entertainment and communications industries to participate in the 23rd Annual Imagen Awards Competition.

The Foundation works to create, promote, and enhance opportunities for all Latinos in front of and behind the camera and throughout the entertainment industry, and serves as a liaison between the industry and the Latino community by providing access, education and resources.

The official qualifications and categories along with the submission form can be downloaded here.

Deadline for submissions: June 2, 2008

Appropriate and qualifying entries will be English or Spanish language television programming, motion pictures, advertising, and live theater that either: (a) portray Latinos and/or the Latino culture in a positive manner; and/or, (b) demonstrate outstanding creative achievement by Latinos.

All entries must have been televised in the appropriate categories in a U.S. market, (network, local, cable, first-run syndication), released theatrically, or exhibited at a major film festival, or performed live theatrically between May 1, 2007 and April 30, 2008.

Writers, producers, directors, studios, networks, talent agents, managers, production companies, and advertising agencies are eligible to submit entries. Submissions will be judged by a distinguished panel of entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders.

Please submit full and complete copies of qualifying entries in Beta or DVD format, and include all applicable credit and production information. Please be advised that entries will not be returned. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form/waiver. By signing the waiver, you are granting The Imagen Foundation the right to use a clip of the submission, the winners/finalists and/or the qualifying program, film, or project in connection with the Awards Gala, and for other Imagen events and related purposes. There will be a $175.00 non-refundable processing fee per entry. The processing fee for student and independent film makers who have submitted work to film festivals; and live theatrical productions is $75.00. The Imagen Foundation reserves the right not to present awards in any particular category.

Entry forms/waivers are available on the Imagen Website:

Please make checks payable to: The Imagen Foundation. Entries not accompanied by an entry form/waiver and fee will not be eligible for consideration.

Please note that by submitting entries, you and the company, or organization you represent are granting The Imagen Foundation the right to maintain the entries and permit their viewing by members of the public through The Imagen Foundations Latino Media Research Center (The Center). All entries will be available for public, and private viewing at the Center for non-profit research and educational purposes, and the Center will not permit any member of the public to reproduce or remove any entry from the Center.

Entries may qualify in the following categories:



BEST PRIMETIME PROGRAM - Includes Comedy, Drama, & Movies of the Week
BEST NATIONAL INFORMATIONAL PROGRAMMING - Includes news stories or news specials
BEST LOCAL INFORMATIONAL PROGRAMMING - Includes news stories or news specials
BEST ON-AIR ADVERTISING - Includes PSAs and commercials

Deadline Approaching : 2008 Producers Guild of America Diversity Workshop

The Producers Guild of America is proud to announce its fourth annual producing workshop, “THE POWER OF DIVERSITY.” This workshop will draw upon a wide range of seminars and perspectives designed to foster the development of diverse voices in Television Comedy, One Hour Drama, Reality Television and Motion Pictures.

Workshop call for entries is now open and closes on April 11th, 2008 at 5:00 pm.

Up to twenty (20) participants will be encouraged to explore, create and refine creative visions and stories that reflect our diverse culture. Applicants may be at any stage of career development, from emerging creative voices to those well-established in their careers.

This year’s program provides a veritable “crash course” in producing, giving participants a comprehensive overview of the essential skills of the producing trade through a series of seminars and master classes with some of the top professionals working in film and television today, supported by one-on-one mentoring work with a member of the Producers Guild. Topics to be addressed include: writing, pitching, budgeting and scheduling, fundraising, marketing, and new media opportunities.

- Applicants will be notified by April 25th, 2008
- Workshop sessions will take place throughout the month of May and June. If selected,
participants must be available to attend the duration of the program.
- Workshop sessions typically will be held weekday evenings from approximately 7:00 –
9:00 p.m. at The Producers Guild of America offices at 8530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 450,
Beverly Hills.

Speakers at this year’s Workshop will include, Marshall Herskovitz (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai) Damon Lindelof (Lost), Tim Gibbons (Curb Your Enthusiasm) in addition to others.

Only one application/project per applicant please. Applicants must apply by mail only. No
faxes or drop-offs will be accepted. To apply please submit:
• Application (download at
• Signed release form (download at
• Synopsis of project (TV Comedy, One Hour Drama, Motion Picture); or detailed 1-2
page plan of execution (Reality Television Series). In addition to summarizing the
project, the submission must demonstrate an engagement with questions and issues of
• A current resume.

Send four (4) copies of all materials to:
PGA Producing Workshop
Producers Guild of America
8530 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 450
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

For inquiries contact: Jackson Burke, (310) 358-9020 x100. The PGA Workshop is offered at no charge: A good idea and passion are the only requirements for admission.
All projects must be registered with the Writers Guild of America prior to submission

Univision Wins Prestigious Peabody Award

It is with great pride that I share with you the wonderful news: Univision's 2007 Citizenship Campaign Ya es Hora was just recognized with a Peabody Award. The Peabody Board received over 1,000 nominations from all over the world and it is a great honor to have been selected as a recipient. Ya es Hora is a collaborative effort between Univision, NALEO, NCLR, Impremedia and SEIU and hundreds of local organizations who joined forces to empower our community. I would like to recognize the leadership of KMEX in Los Angeles where the initiative began, the hard work of Diana Diaz who assisted in the overall coordination and Joni Fernandez who worked on the PSA production when Ya es Hora was launched nationally as well as the great effort of all UTG stations in the local implementation.

NALIP/NY and BDC Co-Host Financing Panel (NYC)

Need financing for your film or TV project?  Tired of writing grants? The Black Documentary Collective [BDC] and the New York Chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP/NY) continue their engaging panel series geared toward independent filmmakers looking for unique strategies on how to get their indie films funded in this tight, 21st century market.

The second panel kicks off Thurs. April 10, 2008 in Manhattan from 7pm to 9pm at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street, in the second floor Courthouse Theater.

The panelists make up a wide range of experiences in the industry from nontraditional funders and production companies who disperse millions each year to filmmakers; broadcasters; international distributors; and independent filmmakers who tapped Wall Street for funds.

The panelists are:

Brian Newman, of Renew Media and Tribeca Film Institute, who is currently working with to distribute independent films. Renew Media funds $1 million to media artists annually through Media Arts Fellowships.

Mark Walton, executive vice president, sponsorship and corporate development, The Africa Channel. Ambassador Andrew Young is a board member of The Africa Channel, the new 24/7 independent television network, which has reached an affiliation agreement with Comcast.

Drunia Duvivier, financial services affiliate consultant, project manager, real estate investor and Wall Street-funded documentary filmmaker.

Dexter Davis, CEO of  D STREET Releasing, specializing in Foreign Film Distribution, with such marketing partners Volkswagen. He is also executive producer of European and North American Art House films.

Esther Franklin,
EVP/Director of Cultural Identities
SMG Multicultural
Elevated to EVP/Director of Cultural Identities in 2007, Esther "E.T." Franklin leads insights into ethnic and existing/emerging identities for the multicultural unit of one of the largest brand communications groups in the world, Starcom MediaVest Group.

Dana Offenbach,(Hav Plenty, The Memsahib, Love & Orgasms), and  President of Production, NEHST (pronounced Next) will introduce New York's newest production company. With a $250 million fund, NEHST is a content financing, development, production, and distribution company that integrates the most powerful trends in entertainment and technology today.  Founded by industry veteran Larry Meistrich (Sling Blade, You Can Count on Me, Belly) of The Shooting Gallery and alternative distribution company Film Movement, NEHST is actively building a slate of theatrical films and other media, funding pictures in the 2 to 50 million dollar range.  Says NEHST: “We are also pursuing co-production opportunities, distributing completed projects, gap financing, and finishing projects in need of completion.”

Moderator Michelle Materre, is a professor of media studies at The New School and an independent media consultant who has worked on award-winning documentary films including: Sisters In Law by Kim Longinotto; The Boys of Baraka by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing; Sweet Honey in The Rock: Raise Your Voice by Stanley Nelson; and Chisholm 72 Unbought & Unbossed by Shola Lynch.

Ticket information: 
$10 BDC, NALIP, NYWIFT, Cinewomen, Media Coalition members
$20 nonmembers
$5 for students and seniors [show ID day of event]
Tickets available through PayPal at:
 (Tickets will be sold at the door 30 minutes before event only if any remain.)
Questions? Contact:

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latino/Latina independent producers. NALIP is the first such effort aimed at Latino production in thirty years, and it is the first to last more than one year and to provide ongoing support for Latino independent film and video makers. In five years, we have emerged as the premiere Latino media organization, addressing the most underrepresented and the largest ethnic minority in the country. For more information please visit

The BDC, a New York based documentary service organization, was founded by the late St. Clair Bourne. The panel and upcoming events are being dedicated to St. Clair Bourne, in honor of his outstanding contribution to filmmaking and mentoring.

"For four decades and more than forty films, Saint shared his unique vision with the world as a Documentary Filmmaker and as Founder of the BDC. Please help continue his legacy through the BDC's St. Clair Bourne Scholarship Fund at  This fund will be used to support up and coming documentary filmmakers whose work reflects St. Clair Bourne's commitment to excellence and truth about persons of color in filmmaking," Al Santana, Board member of the BDC/St. Clair Bourne Fund.

For those wishing to make a donation to the St. Clair Bourne Fund, all donations should be made payable to: The Black Documentary Collective.  If writing a check, please put “BDC/St. Clair Bourne Fund” in the Memo Line. 

Professional Latinos In Entertainment Website & Award

Professional Latinos In Entertainment (PLIE), a non-profit organization, launches official website at The website is used as a tool for emerging Latino talent to educate themselves, network, and find resources for their projects from concept to completion. They offer a variety of workshops, labs, and networking events.

The 2008 recipient of The Emerging New Media Director Award is [NALIP member] Shawna Baca. Anheuser-Busch Presented PLIE’s Film Discovery Program with a grant to assist Baca with the resources to produce and direct a 30 second commercial spec for Anheuser- Busch. The commercial spec titled ‘Some Like It Light’, features the diversity of Latin talent which include Jesse Garcia, (Quinceanera, La Misma Luna) and Andrew Keegan, (7th Heaven). The spec-commercial will serve as a valuable sample of work needed to succeed in the field of commercial and non-commercial directing. Anheuser Busch and PLIE have committed to continue to support the director by providing educational and career opportunities after the initial project is completed. The piece will be aired on including interviews and behind the scenes footage and can currently be viewed on PLIE’s website.

Call for Entries: Silver Screenwriting Competition

Sponsored by The Script Department and Jim Mercurio, The Silver Screenwriting competition has a goal like no other: to provide the Grand Prize winner with something more valuable than mere cash: a beneficial and memorable experience. PLUS access and industry exposure. With cash and prizes totaling $10,000, The Silver Screenwriting Competition is proud to provide an opportunity for aspiring writers to not only network but to enjoy an experience that will inspire and fuel their writing for a long time to come.

Enter your feature script by July 1st, 2008 and youll have a chance to win:

* $2500 in cash
* Round trip flight to Los Angeles
* 2 nights at the Farmers Daughter hotel
* A pitching session with Stephanie Palmer of Good in a Room
* A day of meetings with 3 managers
* Breakfast with the Script Department
* Cocktails at the Chateau Marmont with Save the Cats Blake Snyder

L.A. Views: Ten Minutes At A Time One-Act Plays

Don't miss the first show in Company of Angels' new downtown home inside the historic Alexandria Hotel!

L.A. Views is an evening of ten minute plays, written for Company of Angels by the Company of Angels Playwrights Group. In keeping with the mission to re-invigorate Los Angeles Theater by deepening connections to community, the pieces grew from a series of workshops, during which playwrights discussed and conceptualized on the great city of Los Angeles and its unique inhabitants.

Company of Angels proudly invites you to the second public event to come out of their newly formed Playwrights Group! Unique voices blend together to explore the definition of community. With laughter, tears, hope, sorrow (and even 70s music), the eight playwrights involved in L.A. Views: ten minutes at a time, bring you stories that leave you questioning your own understanding of community and all it encompasses.

Stuffed Grape Leaves, by Damon Chua
Jackalling, by Brenda Varda
Toyland is Burning, by Leon Martell
Turing Around Mercy, by Jamison Newlander
Legit, by Henry Ong
Mass Transit, by Evangeline Ordaz
4th and Main, by Tira Palmquist
Children of the Night, by Brett Webster

April 10th-26th: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

Alexandria Hotel
501 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

$20 General Admission
$15 Online Tickets
$15 Students & Seniors (with valid I.D.)

(323) 883-1717

Richard Azurdia, Oscar Basulto, Claire Bocking, Nathan Bouldin, Kikey Castillo, Flor de Maria Chahua, Kevin Clark, Noah Davis, Daren Dukes, Julie Evans, Michelle Flowers, Amy Golden, Kila Kitu, Jully Lee, Sam Mak, Art McDermott, Javier Moreno, Nicole Ortega, Sarah Rosenberg, Harmony Vizcarra, Jennifer Webster

Karen Anzoategui, Tony Gatto, Kila Kitu, Armando Molina, Tina Sanchez, Kevin Vavasseur

For more information:



Natalia Almada
LPA Fellow & Estela winner granted Guggenheim Fellowship

NALIP LPA Fellow and 2007 Estela winner Natalia Almada just received the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for filmmaking in North America according to a Foundation announcement. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts) except the performing arts. Fellowships are not available for students. The Foundation only supports individuals. It does not make grants to institutions or organizations. The Foundation selects its Fellows on the basis of two separate competitions, one for the United States and Canada, the other for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Edward Hirsch, the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, announced last week that in its 84th annual competition for the United States and Canada the Foundation has awarded 190 Fellowships to artists, scientists, and scholars, with awards totaling $8,200,000. The successful candidates were chosen from a group of more than 2,600 applicants.

Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment. One of the hallmarks of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is the diversity of its Fellows, not only in their fields of endeavor but in their geographic location and ages. This years Fellows continue that tradition.

According to President Hirsch, since its establishment in 1925 the Foundation has granted more than $265 million in Fellowships to almost 16,500 individuals. Scores of Nobel, Pulitzer, and other prize winners grace the roll of Fellows, including Ansel Adams, W. H. Auden, Aaron Copland, Martha Graham, Langston Hughes, Henry Kissinger, Vladimir Nabokov, Isamu Noguchi, Linus Pauling, Philip Roth, Paul Samuelson, Wendy Wasserstein, Derek Walcott, James Watson, and Eudora Welty.

In a time of decreased funding for individuals in the arts, humanities, and sciences, the Guggenheim Fellowship program has assumed a greatly increased importance. Thanks to the continued and ever more generous donations of friends and former Fellows, the Foundation has been able to increase each year both the number of awards and the average amount of its grants.

Survivor Maria Suarez (left) and director Chelo Alvarez Stehle

Chelo Alvarez Stehle
Sold in America's Outreach screening in SF, April 9

SOLD IN AMERICA's Outreach screening @ San Francisco Women’s Film Festival - Documentaries and Activism Opening Night

SOLD IN AMERICA documentary work-in-progress, directed by NALIP member and Latino Media Market participant Chelo Alvarez Stehle and produced by Chelo Alvarez Stehle and Cari Lutz, will be part of the Opening Night “Documentaries and Activism” at the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival on April 9, at Barrows 126, UC Berkeley. The festival runs April 9-13.

Trafficking survivor Maria Suarez and director Chelo Alvarez Stehle will be attending the Q&A. Sold In America is a modern-day tale of sex slavery from real life stories of women sold in the United States at an early age and their struggle to find freedom.

For more info and tickets go to:
NALIP members can purchase discounted tickets by entering the coupon code: festivalfriends08



Leguizamo Set for "American Buffalo"
(Variety) - A revival of David Mamet's "American Buffalo" has staked out a fall Broadway run with John Leguizamo attached to star. FULL STORY

Errol Morris Moves From Iraq to Comedy
(The Hollywood Reporter) - After two war movies, documentary filmmaker Errol Morris is moving far away from the weighty matter of his most recent work. FULL STORY

Full Frame Forges Ahead
(indieWIRE) - When the 11th edition of the Full Frame Film Festival unspooled in Durham, North Carolina last Thursday, many were watching to see if the festival would be fundamentally changed by the departure of founder and artistic director Nancy Buirski, long the festival's heart and soul. FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Receptionist at Maya Entertainment
Maya Entertainment is currently hiring a full time receptionist. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Single Women and Handy Men for Dating Show
We are looking for single womenwho own/rent a home or condo to invite 3 single men to come over for a date and a little home renovation. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Five Roles in Play
Lucid by Proxy is accepting submissions for 5 roles - 4 lead, 1 supporting - for a world-premier play: "March On, Dream Normal" FULL JOB DESCRIPTION


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