Latinos In The Industry
  April 10, 2008  

CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program

Applications are now being accepted for the sixth session of the CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program.  The submission period is April 1, 2008 - June 1, 2008.

The Writers Mentoring Program helps aspiring writers to break in and move up in the business. Each participant is matched with two mentors - one is a senior level writer/producer on a CBS primetime series, the other is a CBS or Paramount TV creative executive. Participants meet regularly with their mentors for advice and support on improving their writing skills as well as career advice and guidance.

With a total of 28 graduates in its first three years, the Program has launched 15 careers in episodic television.

The primary focus of CBS' Diversity Institute Writers Mentoring Program is to provide access and networking opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers – with a focus on writers of color.  The program is based in Los Angeles.  It begins in October 2008 and runs through the end of May 2009.

The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and decision-making processes; with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television.

For more information and an application visit

Deadline Approaching: ABC/ABC Studios Production Associates Program

This is a 12-month paid program, during which individuals from diverse backgrounds are placed in entry-level positions in the production areas of ABC Studios in Burbank, California.

Production Associates will be assigned to five main groups of Primetime Network television production: Production Management, Production Finance, Post-Production Management, Studio Crafts Management, and Business Affairs/Legal Affairs. Entry-level work within these groups involves basic clerical and administrative responsibilities and duties, such as assisting executives, preparing and photocopying documents, handling distribution of reports throughout the organization, answering and routing telephone calls and written communication, and carrying out pick-ups and deliveries. The term of employment is for a one-year period.

Applications will be accepted only between April 1, 2008 and April 16, 2008.

For an application and further information, please contact:
Production Associates Program Administrator
ABC·ABC Studios
(818) 460-7735 – Information Line

Call for Entries: Expresión En Corto International Film Festival

One of the primary objectives of the EXPRESIÓN EN CORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is to provide more opportunities for the exhibition and appreciation of short films and documentaries, rewarding the quality of these films with materials and equipment so as to allow these artists to continue producing film. At the same time, we hope to bring together newcomers alongside the industry's most seasoned professionals, combining forces in a very open, accessible and competitive environment.

THE ELEVENTH EXPRESIÓN EN CORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place from July 18th – 27th , 2008, in the two host cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Gto., México.

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2008.

For details and submission information, visit:

Screenwriter Mark Fergus (Iron Man, Children of Men) Q&A

On Saturday, April 12th, 2008 the Scriptwriters Network is proud to have screenwriter, Mark Fergus, discuss his career and his experience writing "Children of Men" and "Iron Man" which is expected to release in May. During the Q & A session, Mark will also talk about his directorial debut on "First Snow," staring Guy Pearce, which he co-wrote with writing partner Hawk Ostby.

FREE Drawing for Movie Magic Screenwriter Software & Script Magazine

Please RSVP by Thursday, April 10 at

I'd like to invite the NALIP members to a great event this weekend. Make sure they print this email and they can get in for only $5!

TIME & LOCATION: Charlie Chaplin Theater at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave. (between Bronson and Van Ness). Doors open at 1 pm, with the speaker to begin at 1:30. Free to SWN members and employees of Raleigh Studios. Non-member admission is $15.00 ($10 for members of WGA, Women in Film, FIND, FIN & Screenplay Lab). Must RSVP by Thursday, April 10 at: Enter through the Van Ness gate. Parking is available for $5 on the studio lot; there's also metered street parking.

For more information about the Scriptwriters Network please visit online at or call: 1-888-796-9673 (1-888-SWN?WORD).

UCLA Laura Gomez Book Signing

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and Charles E. Young Research Library
Event Announcement

Professor Laura Gomez Lecture and Book Signing  
“Manifest Destiny’s Legacy: Race in American at the Turn of 20th Century”

Please join us as Laura E. Gómez discusses and signs her new book Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race. In her book, Dr. Gómez traces the origins of Mexican Americans as a racial group in the United States by looking at the Mexican population in what is now New Mexico. She explores the construction of racial status from the perspectives of law, history, and sociology. Her visit is part of a national book tour.  Dr. Gómez is a professor of law and American studies at the University of New Mexico. From 1994 through 2005, she held a joint faculty appointment at the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Department of Sociology.  

Tuesday, April 15, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
 UCLA Young Research Library Presentation Room 11348, 1st Fl.
A reception will follow the lecture

National Hispanic Sales Network Seminar (Chicago)

Join us on Cinco de Mayo as the NHSN’s very own Freddie Torres presents “Professional Selling”. This seminar will cover the tools and skills sales professionals need to succeed in today’s challenging business environment. Freddie will cover the Professional Selling Process and address in detail, 3 specific points: the consultative sales approach, your professional network and sales planning. Admission is complimentary.

Click Here To Register on Line

Save the date and join the NHSN on Cinco de Mayo featuring an evening of networking and food and take away tools and tips to help you meet your 2008 goals and beyond!

Monday, May 5th, 2008
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Hotel
151 East Wacker
Chicago, IL 6060

RSVP at:
Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson



David Bianchi
Solider film accepted into Short Shorts fest in Tokyo

NALIP member, LPA Fellow and LMM participant David Bianchi's short film Solider has just been accepted into the 2008 International Academy Contending festival Short Shorts in Tokyo Japan.

David produced, starred and wrote the 10 min short film, which has won numerous accolades including best short at 4 festivals and has been accepted into 20 plus fests.

Film Threat magazine called Solider the N.02 best unseen film of 2006, and one of the finest experimental short films ever made.

“ 5 STARS!! Soldier” is raw,visceral, furious and brilliant. Pico and Bianchi have crafted a perfect film.I wish every American would see “Soldier” – especially those who voted to send America’s youth into the Iraq slaughterhouse”
– Phil Hall,

It has been sold to intl. distribution to OUAT Media and to Movieola Televsion (Canada) and is available on YouTube for a limited time.



New York to Triple Film, TV Tax Credit
(Variety) - New York state is about to triple its tax credit for film and TV productions shooting within its borders in a bid to regain an edge over its credit-happy neighbors Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts. FULL STORY

"Pan's Labyrinth" Tops Latino DVD Awards
(The Hollywood Reporter) - New Line Home Entertainment's "Pan's Labyrinth (Two-Disc Platinum Series)" release cleaned up at the Fourth Annual Latino DVD awards, presented by Home Media Magazine, winning both best theatrical DVD and best of show honors. FULL STORY

MTV Tres Announces New Projects
(The Hollywood Reporter) - MTV Tres, which targets Latino youth, announced three new original productions on Wednesday that put viewers front and center that are based on feedback from its viewers. FULL STORY

IFP Abandons "Market" Moniker, Moves NYC Event Uptown
(indieWIRE) - The nearly thirty year old IFP Market, once also known as the Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM), has been entirely re-named Independent Film Week by the IFP and its core works-in-progress screening component will now simply be called a "Project Forum." FULL STORY


Jobs & Opportunities

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

Director of Domestic Television Sales at Maya Entertainment
This position will help set up and run domestic television operations for Maya Entertainment Grup, Inc. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Director Foreign Sales at Maya Entertainment
This position will help set up and run the foreign sales operations Maya Entertainment Grup, Inc. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Short Script to Produce
The Varona Film & Television Association is currently looking for a 5min. short script to produce as a collaboration with other NALIP and Nosotros members. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Music Composer with Latin Flair for Documentary
Petate Productions, an LA Based, award-winning film company seeks an established music composer (LA or Mexico-based) for a documentary film regarding the prominent Oaxacan artist, Alejandro Santiago. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Latinas for "Hoop Girls" Play
Hoop Girls is a present day play with a Hip-Hop sensibility. The all female cast is lead by the Narrator/DJ who underscores for the monologues and scenes. FULL JOB DESCRIPTIONS


From the Editor


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

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

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