NALIP Achievement Award Winners Grab PGA Nomination
The Producers Guild of America announced nominations for their top television honors, and included the ABC hit series “Ugly Betty” as a nominee for top comedy honor. Producers Silvio Horta, Salma Hayek and Jose Tamez were recognized with NALIP's 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award at our March Conference for their achievement in adapting Fernando Gaitan's Columbian novela "Betty la Fea." We will be rooting for them on February 2, when the PGA holds their Awards Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
ITVS Seeks Proposals
INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE (ITVS) seeks proposals for public TV programs which take creative risks and serve underrepresented audiences.
OPEN CALL provides completion funding for single non-fiction and animation programs (not series) that are already in production. It is their largest funding initiative with two funding rounds per year. There is no minimum or maximum funding amount, though ITVS funds should be the last money in to the project. Please note that the deadlines have changed, and the deadline for Open Call 2008 Round 1 is JANUARY 11, 2008.
Please note that as of 2008, Open Call will no longer accept live action Drama/Narrative submissions. ITVS is currently revising its policies regarding submissions in this genre. They will publicize this new policy in the coming months once it has taken effect.
The online application and guidelines are posted on their website at http://www.itvs.org/producers/opencall_guidelines.html
The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
I'm excited to let you know about a new program I am overseeing at TFI. The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will provide financing and production guidance to help independent filmmakers complete documentaries that promote social change through artful storytelling, focusing on issues currently neglected by the mainstream news media. The fund will provide grants totaling $80,000 to a minimum of three filmmakers in 2008. Recipients will be selected by the Tribeca Film Institute, Gucci and a selection committee of documentary filmmakers. All documentary filmmakers who have projects in production or postproduction may apply.
Submissions open February 5, 2008 and the deadline will be April 11, 2008. Recipients will be announced next summer. Please forward this information to any filmmakers and check out our website where we will post more information as it becomes available:
Call for Entries: Butaca
Next to funding, distribution is one of the biggest challenges that our membership faces. The Internet has already changed the way music is distributed, we at NALIP hope that new Internet technologies will help our Latino/Latina Independent film and video makers distribute their work as well.
Butaca (www.butaca.tv) has announced their future launch in Q1 of 2008 of a broadband VOD site that specifically addresses and focuses on Latino Productions from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal.
Butaca is looking to forge relationships with Independent filmmakers and other Rights Holders to distribute their work for the Internet on a non-exclusive basis. They are looking for Feature films and Shorts across all genres. Content will be offered both on a rental and on a free, ad-supported model, depending on the Rights Holders choice. In both cases, the Rights Holder will receive 50% of the retail revenues.
Butacas technology is brand new and allows individuals to watch content almost instantaneously and in DVD and HD quality using a standard broadband connection.
If interested, Veranda Entertainment, the people behind Butaca, ask you to submit an application by going to www.butaca.tv. Any questions or request for demo can be submitted to Alvaro de la Fuente at firstname.lastname@example.org .
American Latino TV Goes Back In Time with "Boyz Del Barrio"
AIM TV Group announced that nationally syndicated television program, American Latino TV, will present the first interview of the R&B group formerly known as "The Barrio Boyz," coming back to the music scene as "The Boyz del Barrio," in an episode airing the weekend of Nov. 24-Nov. 25.
Best known for their song "Donde Quieras Que Estes," featuring the legendary Queen of Tejano Music, Selena, the newly renamed, Boyz del Barrio once paved the way for many of today's Latin R&B crossover artists like Baby Bash and Frankie J. Returning with four of the original members, a new flavor and name to take on fans that have not forgotten them and ready for a new generation of fans.
Also in American Latino the show explores the growing influence of Latinos in Martial Arts; Bruno Irizarry who was fed up with stereotypical Latino roles in film and TV and directed his own movie, "Shut up and Do it;" Latino bridal gown designer, Lazaro Perez reveals his latest gowns; the show looks into the growth of Portuguese and Brazilians in Newark, New Jersey. Actor
On LatiNation, viewers will discover the animated side of being Latino with illustrator, David Heredia; Hearts get to racing with the sexy and famed female fitness guru, Ary Nuñez; BH LIFE Film Festival and viewers meet the woman behind some of the boldest and most recognizable brands in the world with graphic designer, Zoa Martinez; Famed songwriter and bona fide ladies man, hot musical artist Baby Bash reveals the secret behind his chart-topping success.
AMERICAN LATINO TV:
* New York - WWOR My9 Sundays @ 4:00 PM
* Chicago*** - WPWR My 50 Sunday @ 2:30 PM
* Los Angeles - KABC Saturday nights @ 1:00 AM / Sundays @ 4:00 PM (check listings)
* San Francisco - KTVU FOX 2 Saturdays @ 2:30 PM/ KICU TV36 Sundays @ 12 PM
* Houston - KTXH My20 Sundays @ 10:30 AM
* Corpus Christi - KZTV CBS 33 Late Night Sundays @ 1 AM
Go to www.AmericanLatino.tv/wheretowatch for a complete listing and more info.
* New York - WWOR My9 Sundays @ 4:30 PM
* Chicago*** - WPWR My 50 Sunday @ 2:00 PM
* Los Angeles - KCAL 9 Saturday nights @ 12:30 AM
* San Francisco - KICU TV36 Sundays @ 12:30 PM
* Houston - KTXH My20 Sundays @ 10 AM
* Corpus Christi - KZTV CBS 33 Late Night Sundays @ 1:30 AM
Go to www.LatiNation.tv/wheretowatch for a complete listing and more info.
*** Note: In CHICAGO, for the weekend of Nov. 24th-25th ONLY, LatiNation and American Latino TV will air on Sunday, Nov. 25th beginning at 2 PM, instead of its regular timeslot, Saturdays at 5 and 5:30 PM, respectively.