October 30, 2007

MULTI-ETHNIC MEDIA COALITION REPORTS DIVERSITY PROGRESS ON NETWORK TV BUT SHORTFALLS STILL EXIST

The Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition today released its seventh annual Diversity "Report Card" outlining diversity performance grades for ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX television networks. The report cards are based on statistical information provided by each network and measure performance in eight categories: diverse actors in regular and recurring roles, diverse directors, writers/producers, entertainment creative executives, program development, supplier diversity and overall network commitment to diversity initiatives.

"The number of American Latinos both in front and back of camera has increased," said Esteban Torres, National Latino Media Council Chair, "but they are incremental numbers in proportion to the (Latino) population." The retired U.S. Congressman went on to report excellent grades for ABC television for securing Latino talent in every one of the network's most popular programs and its award-winning success with the mega-hit "Ugly Betty." As a result, ABC is the only network that has earned an overall grade of A- for the 2006-2007 season.

Both NBC and CBS maintained their diversity performance grades of B and B+, respectively, while FOX-TV was the only network to go down a grade, from a B to a B-. Torres explained, "FOX has an internal policy that prohibits complete disclosure on statistical information that is readily provided by the other networks. We lament this fact and will continue to press FOX to be more open and forthright moving forward." On a more positive note, FOX doubled its number of Latino writers and producers by an impressive 57.1%.

However, network diversity performance relative to the American Indian population is not so optimistic. "Behind the camera, American Indians remain invisible," explained Mark Reed, the National Representative and spokesman for American Indians in Film and Television, "with only 1 writer, 0 directors and 0 producers, we are still misunderstood and underrepresented in front of the camera." According to Reed, "guest starring" roles are the training ground and the best opportunity for American Indian talent to be considered for regular or recurring roles. "There is no excuse for the continued exclusion of American Indian actors in guest starring roles," explained Reed.

The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition also cited network shortfalls in their diversity performance for 2007. "We are deeply concerned about the lack of commitment to development deals with APA writers and talent," said Karen K. Narasaki, Chair of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, "it has been 13 years since the groundbreaking sitcom, All American Girl, featuring an Asian American family, and led by Margaret Cho was on the air." Narasaki explained that without more development deals and a serious investment in APA talent from the networks, the Asian American community has no hope that the rest of the country will have the opportunity to see an Asian American family in primetime any time soon.


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: CINTAS FELLOWSHIPS TO SUPPORT CREATIVE ARTISTS OF CUBAN LINEAGE

Deadline: January 14, 2008

The Cintas Foundation ( http://www.cintasfoundation.org/ ) awards fellowships annually to creative artists of Cuban lineage who are currently residing outside of Cuba.

For 2008, fellowships will be awarded in the categories of visual arts, music composition, and creative writing. The category of "visual arts" may include painting, installation art, sculpture, photography, video art, and filmmaking.

Eligibility is limited to artists of Cuban citizenship or direct descent (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Cintas Fellows are free to pursue their artistic activities as they wish. The fellowships are not awarded for academic study or research, or to performing artists.

Fellowships are awarded annually in the amount of $15,000 each.

Visit the Cintas Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines:
http://www.cintasfoundation.org/fellowships.htm

For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_arts.jhtml


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 5TH ANNUAL PEERMUSIC LATIN SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

Scholarship information available @ http://www.bmifoundation.org/pages/peermusic.asp

The BMI Foundation, Inc. has announced the opening of the 5th Annual peermusic Latin Scholarship, a competition for young songwriters and composers. Established by music publisher Ralph Peer II and generously funded by peermusic, a $5,000 scholarship will be awarded for the best song or instrumental composition in a Latin genre.

Famed Latin rock superstar, Juanes, is proud to stand behind a contest that supports and encourages young Latin musical talent. "This contest is an amazing opportunity for young composers/lyricists to compete against the best talent in the USA and Puerto Rico and earn money to further their education. I am glad to be a part of something that promotes and celebrates the emergence and growth of Latin musical talent," says Juanes.

According to Porfirio Piña, Director of the competition, the program is open to students between the ages of 16 and 24 who are enrolled in any college or university located in the United States and Puerto Rico. All words and music must be original. The postmark deadline for entries is February 8, 2008. Competition rules and applications are available online at www.bmifoundation.org


THE CHALLENGES FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE BROADCASTING NETWORKS PANEL

THE TELEVISION EXECUTIVES PEER GROUP
THE LOS ANGELES AREA PEER GROUP
THE DIVERSITY COMMITTEE in HISPANICS AND TELEVISION
present
The Challenges for English Language Broadcast Networks

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2007 - 7:00 PM - RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre - 5230 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA

Join us for a frank discussion of the growing influence and impact of the Hispanic audience, their television viewing habits and the implications for the major English language television networks.

PANELISTS INCLUDE:

NINA TASSLER - President, CBS Entertainment
KIM ROZENFELD - Senior Vice President, Current Drama Programming, ABC
CESAR MELGOZA - President, Latin Force Group
ROCHELLE NEWMAN-CARRASCO - CEO/Principal, Enlace Communications, Inc.
PETER MURRIETA - Creator, Greetings from Tucson/Executive Producer, Wizards of Waverly Place
DOUG DARFIELD - Senior Vice President, Hispanic Services, Nielsen Media Research
DANNY PINO - Cold Case
MARIO LOPEZ - Correspondent for Access Hollywood and Dancing with the Stars
JAY HERNANDEZ - Six Degrees
ROSELYN SANCHEZ - Without a Trace
NESTOR CARBONELL - Cane

Moderated by: RICK RAMIREZ - Vice President, Emerging Markets, Fox Entertainment Group

Music by: DJ MJ

Produced by: FRANK ESTRADA
Open to Television Academy Members and Invited Guests
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Admission is not guaranteed. Parking is $4.00 per car.
For more information call 818.754.2830.

RSVP to hispanicsintransition@emmys.org


SPAIN'S "DARKBLUEALMOSTBLACK" AND BRAZIL'S "LOVE FOR SALE" OPEN IN SD

Media Arts Center San Diego's San Diego Latino Film Festival presents it's final installment of the "Countdown to 15" showcase of new Latin American, Mexican and Spanish Cinema with the November 9-15 release of DARKBLUEALMOSTBLACK (Spain) and LOVE FOR SALE (Brazil). Films will once again be presented exclusively at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center (off 163 Freeway & Friars Rd.). Both films will be presented in WITH English subtitles. The two films to be screened include:

DARKBLUEALMOSTBLACK (Spain, 105 min., Dir. Daniel Sanchez Arevalo) will de be screened daily at 11:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m., & 8:30 p.m.. Jorge (Gutierrez) is a young man with a recently acquired degree and big plans that don't include taking over his father's janitorial position. But when dad falls ill, Jorge becomes trapped, despite every attempt to find a way out. And then his brother returns from prison, bringing new complications, and Jorge finds himself caught between his 'soulmate' and his brother's incarcerated girlfriend. Meanwhile his pal Israel, aka Sean (as in Penn) has issues of his own.

LOVE FOR SALE (Brazil, 88 min., Dir. Karim Ainouz) will be screened daily 1:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 10:45 p.m. (NEW: 10:45 p.m. screenings will only take place on Friday and Saturday). LOVE FOR SALE is a new feature from Brazil's Karim Ainouz, the acclaimed director of MADAME SAT, which was premiered at SDLFF in 2003. LOVE FOR SALE tells the story of Hermila, a strikingly pretty, flirtatious young woman with no education and few prospects, who returns with her infant son to her sun-baked hometown in nowheresville, Northeastern Brazil seeking refuge with her aunt and granny. With cinematography by the great Walter Carvalho (CENTRAL STATION, MADAME SAT), Brazils endless blue skies look like heavens backyard. The film was an official selection at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals and was shown in the 2007 New Directors/New Filmmakers series in New York.


LATINO THEATER COMPANY'S "MELANCHOLIA" RETURNS FROM EDINBURGH

The Latino Theater Company's MELANCHOLIA is back by popular demand after its critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland

"...engaging, compelling...strikingly staged."
- The Scotsman

"...a must see performance...both beautifully resonant and horrifically blunt..."
-Three Weeks (Edinburgh)

At THE NEW LATC Opening Festival
Thurs, Fri, Sat Nov 1,2,3 - 8:00pm
Sunday, November 4 - 3:00pm
Thurs, Fri Nov 8 & 9 - 8:00pm
(No show on November 10)
Sunday, November 11 - 3:00pm

THE NEW LATC
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tickets:
$28.00 General
$15.00 Students, Seniors, Groups of 10+
For tickets call the Ford Box Office (323) 461-3673
(Wednesday - Sunday 12pm - 6pm)
or on line www.thenewlatcstore.com

SHAWNA BACA'S FILMS SCREENING AT 2 FESTIVALS

Shawna Baca's film, 3:52 is screening at the 32nd Annual American Indian Film Festival. It is a film about life, hope and perspectives. America Fererra plays Kate, a young woman who goes on a spiritual journey to face the inner demons that haunt her.

Screening at the Landmark Embarcadero in San Francisco, California on Sunday, November 4th at 11:00 a.m. For more information, log onto www.aifisf.com or www.shawnabaca.com

Tomoko's Kitchen is screening at the Arpa International Film Festival

Tomoko's Kitchen directed by Shawna Baca and produced/written by David Chester is screening at the Arpa International Film Festival. The film is about eight neighbors who come together after their apartment security surveillance system fails and bond over cinnamon rolls. The cast includes Cassandra Peterson, Maria Costa, David L. Lander, Tomo Kawaguchi, Louisette Geiss, Steven Lany and Darren Schnause.

Screening at the Egyptian theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday, November 4th at 3:00p.m. For more information log onto www.affma.org or www.tomokoskitchen.com

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

Oct. 28, 2007 - (San Francisco Chronicle) - More money equals more problems. As the Latino film industry enters the world run by big distribution companies, it has become increasingly difficult for International Latino Film Festival founder and director Sylvia Perel to reel in her favorite movies. But in 11 years, she has learned to be a survivor. For example, when the festival opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Castro Theatre with "El Viaje de la Nonna," a Mexican feature film about a grandmother's final wish, it will be on 35mm. But not all of the films on the program will be. FULL STORY HERE


A "CLEANER" BRATT

Oct. 27, 2007 - (The Post and Courier) - Benjamin Bratt has scored the lead in "The Cleaner," a drama pilot set up at A&E. "The Cleaner" is based on a real-life extreme interventionist. Bratt will play William, a former convict and addict who makes a deal with God to go straight and help other people get clean "by any means necessary." Bratt also starred in "Law & Order" and NBC's "E-Ring." His next film is "Love in the Time of Cholera." FULL STORY HERE

 

MAYA ENTERTAINMENT IS HIRING

FULL-CHARGE BOOKKEEPER

Maya Cinemas, a Movie Exhibition/Real Estate Development Company, and Maya Entertainment, a Film and Television Production and Distribution Company, seeks a full time bookkeeper. This individual would be responsible for the day-to-day accounting operations of the company, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies. Key responsibilities include: maintaining and reconciling general ledger(s), (including preparing journal entries), A/P and A/R, month-end financial close and reporting, establishing and managing PO system, monthly bank reconciliations, handling relationship with payroll processing company, assisting in the annual/semi-annual budget and forecast processes, and various other responsibilities, including maintaining credit, loan and bank accounts for the company. Bachelor's degree in accounting preferred. Applicant must have minimum 3 years professional accounting bookkeeping experience. Applicants must have strong Excel spreadsheet knowledge. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) candidates preferred. Compensation is commensurate with history and experience. Medical benefits and are part of the compensation package. Please send cover letter, resume, references and salary history to hr@mayacinemas.com

RECEPTIONIST

Maya Cinemas, a Movie Exhibition/Real Estate Development Company, and Maya Entertainment, a Film and Television Production and Distribution Company, seeks an office receptionist. The applicant must have a professional demeanor, exceptional oral and written communication and organizational skills and the ability to multitask. Responsibilities include greeting guests, answering multiple telephone lines, filing, faxing, copying, ordering supplies, organizing mail and deliveries and maintaining the overall appearance of the office. The job would also include support for other executives in the office. The ideal candidate should be experienced with computers, including proficiency with Outlook, Word, Excel and Acrobat programs and must be able to efficiently work in a fast-paced environment with a great attitude. Must be Bi-lingual (English/Spanish). Please send cover letter, resume, references and salary history to hr@mayacinemas.com

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Maya Cinemas North America, Inc., a Megaplex Movie Theater Operator and Real Estate Development Company, seeks an experienced Real Estate Development Manager for ongoing expansion across the U.S. We are seeking an individual who is invested in improving and developing urban lifestyle spaces predominately in Latino communities. This individual must have experience in property acquisition and development including experience with construction and corporate financing. This position will report to and follow up on opportunities generated by the CEO of the company. The applicant must be willing to travel in order to locate and evaluate new sites, reach out to redevelopment agencies and establish business relationships across the country. Responsibilities will include market research and due diligence, communication with clients, valuation reports, assisting with appraisals and loan processing and involvement in marketing efforts and sales. Individual must be experienced in all aspects of City, County and Redevelopment Agencys' development processes including processing applications and obtaining approvals, processing of entitlements and/or land acquisition. Applicant must also have knowledge of CUPs, PDs, DDA's general plan amendments and rezoning. Transaction experience including equity, debt, construction debt, and New Market Tax Credits are a plus. Must be able to work independently and travel frequently. This individual must have strong interpersonal skills and excellent verbal and written communication as well as the ability to multi-task. This individual must have a BA degree and strong proficiency in MS Word, Excel and knowledge of Argus a plus. Bilingual (English/Spanish) individuals preferred. Compensation is based on history and experience and benefits and performance bonuses are part of the compensation package. Please send cover letter, resume, references and salary history to hr@mayacinemas.com


RECEPTIONIST WANTED AT CRYSTAL SKY PICTURES

A fast paced film and distribution company seeks a receptionist for our busy office.

Your duties include greeting customers and handling a multi-line switchboard. Computer and phone experience is helpful, but not required. Recent graduate preferred.

Our hours are 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

If you have a good business demeanor and phone etiquette, are personal, and want to work in a challenging environment, then we want to hear from you.

TO APPLY: email a COVER LETTER and RESUME to:
reception@crystalsky.com

Absolutely NO phone calls, please!


SCRIPTS WITH LATINO MALE LEAD

Fortuity Films - Genre, Latino Male Lead

We are looking for completed, feature-length GENRE scripts (horror, comedy, action, etc.) that are intentionally and specifically written for a Latino male in the lead role.

Budget will not exceed $5 million. WGA and non-WGA writers may submit.

Our credits include "Push" and "Broken."

TO SUBMIT:
1. Please go to www.InkTippro.com/leads
2. Enter your email address (you will be signing up for InkTip's newsletter - FREE!)
3. Copy/Paste this code: 7zcx6yn882
4. You will be submitting a logline and synopsis only, and you will be contacted to submit the full script only if there is interest from the production company.


EDITOR FOR DOCUMENTARY SHORTS/PROMOS/ETC.

Looking for an editor with doc and promo experience for ongoing projects, documentary shorts, promos, etc.

Must know Final Cut Pro.

Pay rate is negotiable depending upon experience.

I am also looking for someone to author a DVD. If you have experience in this area, please indicate as such, and send examples of your work.

TO SUBMIT: email ALL the information requested below to:
grantbarbeito@gmail.com
You MUST include the following information to be considered:
1. Resume
2. Approximate day rate expected
3. Three referrals
4. A LINK to your demo or samples of your work.

Thank you for your time.

www.plantitfilmproductions.com


CASTING: BEAUTIFUL WOMEN & GUY GEEKS, BEAUTY AND THE GEEK SEASON 5

ARE YOU A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AND THINK YOU CAN HELP A GEEK?
ARE YOU A GEEK AND WANT TO HELP A BEAUTY?

COME WIN $250,000!

We are currently seeking...

* Intellectual Geeks who are socially stunted when it comes to women but think they can turn a beauty into a scholar. (Whether you're a shy geek into comic books, star wars, RPGs, D&D, computers, on-line gaming, chess, or math, etc, etc., We want you!)

* Beautiful, sexy, social-savvy women who can turn a geek into a stud

* Beauties and Geeks willing to work together and compete for the opportunity to win a substantial cash prize!! Last years winners won $250,000!

TO SUBMIT:
Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at INFOLIST.com for priority consideration, and email ALL the following information to:
tadpatrick@gmail.com
You MUST include your:
1. Name
2. Age
3. Phone Number
4. City you live in
5. Picture
6. Why you want to be on Beauty and the Geek
7. Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at INFOLIST.com for priority consideration!

 

 

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