August 14, 2007



This program is not for beginners. It is for those writers who can write at least one half-hour comedy or one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time.

The program will take place in Los Angeles, CA from November 3 - December 8, 2007. Each participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the idea of placing them on a show. Five of our writers from previous sessions have already been placed.

A stipend of $250 per week will be given to each participant. Flight, housing, and meals will be provided.

The program will commence on November 3rd. If selected, you must be available to fly and stay in Los Angeles, CA from November 3rd - December 8, 2007

Writing samples must be in English and Television scripts are preferred. Please note that writing teams are ineligible. The deadline for submissions is September 14th. Scripts will be evaluated and program participants announced on October 12th.

For writing samples to be considered, please submit the following:
* Program Application
* Resume/Bio
* Writing Sample (1)
* Notarized release forms
* Explain why you want to write for television in one page or less

You must have Acrobat Reader installed to download and view the Program Application & Release Forms.

Writing sample must be post marked by September 14th and sent to:

National Latino Media Council
1201 W. 5th St., Suite T-205
Los Angeles, CA 90017

For more information please call Acasia Flores at (213) 534-3026

Sponsored by NBC, ABC and Southwest Airlines.


¡Hola, Nalipsters!

A reminder that this year's final deadline for the LATINO SCREENPLAY COMPETITION (LSC) is October 31, 2007.

The Latino Screenplay Competition (LSC) was created in 2006 with a mission to cultivate a greater interest in Latino-themed stories in popular cinema. The objective of the LSC is to promote talented screenwriters of Latino-themed screenplays, as well as encourage a demand for Latino-themed stories in the American film market. Both feature-length screenplays, as well as short screenplays are awarded. Screenplays are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Last year's Winners and Finalists were featured in a handbook of the Best Latino Screenplays of 2006 and mailed to 500 production companies, agents, and producers nationwide. Awards include cash prizes and our sponsors include: Robert McKee Story Seminar, Final Draft, Script Magazine, Book Soup Bookstore, and more.

If you are a producer, agent or production company seeking original Latino-themed material or talented writers of Latino-themed screenplays, please email us to receive last year's handbook and to be listed in our mailing list.

The LSC is online at:

The Latino Screenplay Competition

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AIM TV GROUP announced today that AMERICAN LATINO TV, the original "in culture" English-language TV show for and by U.S. Latinos, confirmed renewals, along with dozens of new affiliates and upgraded timeslots climbing to over 102 cities, clearing the way for its historic sixth season in syndication. The all-time-high distribution for American Latino means the show is available in a record setting 76 million homes (7% higher than the previous season) representing almost 70% of all TV homes (10.7 million representing 92% of Hispanic homes).

American Latino TV's companion show, LATINATION also achieved record distribution as it heads into its fourth season of syndication with distribution in over 90 markets, representing over 62 million homes (3% higher than the previous season) representing almost 60% of all TV HHs (9.9 million representing over 86% of Hispanic Homes).

The REAL story for the dynamic duo's distribution in the new season is an unprecedented number of upgrades in over 40 markets including many top Hispanic markets. The upgrades include the move in Chicago of both shows to WPWR-My50 Saturdays at 5PM, improved timeslots and double-runs for both programs in San Francisco and the move in Denver to Saturday at 6PM on KDVR-Fox 31 to name a few.

Both shows begin their respective new seasons the weekend of October 6-7th, 2007 along with the highly anticipated launch of their online video network, Tentative distribution lists can be viewed at: and respectively.


Come see 7 DAYS (7 DÍAS) on AUGUST 17th at the following theatres:
Laemmle Sunset 5
Laemmle One Colorado Cinemas
Fallbrook 10
Pacific Commerce 14
Westpark 8 Cinemas
AMC Block 30 Orange
Culver Plaza 6
Mann Plant 6

Please visit for more opening theatres.

About the film:
7 DAYS (7 DÍAS) is a terrific new Mexican film that is opening in movie theatres across the United States. It stars super hot actors Eduardo Arroyuelo (Before Night Falls, “Todo por amor”), Martha Higareda (Sexo, Amor y Otras Perversions, “Zapping Zone”), Jaime Camil (“La fea mas bella”, “Mi destino eres tú”, “Diseñador ambos sexos”) and Julio Bracho (“Dos mujeres, un camino”, “Mentira”) and has been nominated for five Mexican Academy Awards and 11 Cinematographic Specialty Press (Silver Goddess), winning five – including Best Film and Best Director.

Written and directed by Fernando Kalife, 7 DAYS (7 DÍAS) is about a small-time concert promoter who dreams of bringing the band U2 to his home town of Monterrey, Mexico. To finance the show, he places a bogus bet for half a million dollars with the local mob boss—and loses. His life will be spared if he can organize the concert in seven days, and though the odds are against him, all he can do is follow his dream and hope for a miracle.

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She Wolves: Women in Sex, Death and Rebirth

Part of FringeNYC
The New York International Fringe Festival

Written and Performed by: Raquel Almazan
Direction and Choreography: Dora Arreola

The Gene Frankel Theatre
24 Bond Street (at Lafayette)

In this multi-media offering, Raquel Almazan portrays a virgin stripper, a mythical wolf-woman, an 18th-Century girl, a C.E.O., housewife and celebrity reporter that make up the pack of SHE WOLVES. The show is a solo performance piece with characters inspired from female archetypes, mythology, pop culture and the sex industry. It has plenty of text, lots of choreography, video art and music, which together weave a surreal narrative that is dark, sensual and humorous.

Part of the Fringe NYC, the show is directed and choreographed by Dora Arreola. This solo performance that howls out a long-forgotten truth: behind every great woman, there's always a great wolf. Performances begin August 12 and continue through August 25.

Cost: $15.00

For more information visit the Official Show Website:



"Latino Stories of World War II," a one hour documentary profiling four Latino veterans of that war, will air on KCET, Los Angeles PBS station, on September 20 at 9 pm. The veterans include three Mexican Americans and one Cuban American. Two of the veterans were Eighth Air Force pilots, both shot down over Europe. Another was Guy Gabaldon, the "Pied Piper of Saipan," famous for capturing hundreds of Japanese prisoners. The Cuban American served in a segregated army unit sent to build the Ledo Road in India.

The film was directed by Mario Barrera, and grew out of the oral history project on Latinos in World War II, headed by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez at the University of Texas. Barrera is Professor Emeritus in the Ethnic Studies Department at UC Berkeley and currently works out of Santa Barbara. His previous films include "Chicano Park" (producer) and "The Party Line" (writer/director).

"Latino Stories of World War II" will also screen at the Cinesol Film Festival in south Texas over the Labor Day weekend.


NALIP members Lorena Manríquez and Miguel Picker have been selected to attend the IFP Market with their documentary Ulises’ Odyssey. Manríquez and Picker have been collaborating on Ulises’ Odyssey since last summer when they were awarded a fellowship to the Latino Producer’s Academy.  This year they attended the Latino Media Market in Newport Beach, and most recently the international documentary market Sunny Side of the Doc in France.  Lorena was recently awarded a fellowship to attend the 2007 CPB/PBS Producers Academy at WGBH in Boston.

The IFP Market is a week-long showcase, held September 16-20 in New York City for new features, works-in-progress, shorts, and scripts. The selection process is highly competitive with only 170 projects selected out of 1,600 submissions. Market attendees include a range of distributors, TV and home video acquisitions executives, domestic and international buyers, agents, development executives, and festival programmers from the U.S. and abroad for 4 days of screenings, 1600 targeted meetings, dozens of special networking events, and 5 days of seminars.

Ulises’ Odyssey is a story of one family’s difficult journey through Chile’s tortured history from the 1973 coup d’etat in Chile, through Pinochet’s dictatorship to the present. 

For more information, contact


The Miami based NALIPster Gastón Virkel, with a long career in the Creative Departments of renowned TV channels (Claxson's I-Sat, MTV Latin America, NBC-Telemundo), has been appointed to lead the team of writers that creates the promotional campaign for "The MTV Awards".

Since its first edition, in 2002, the promotional campaign of the most viewed live event of the Spanish speaking TV, has more than 20 spots. On this occasion, the idea centered around a sitcom whose characters are the MTV employees themselves during their daily work to produce "2007 Los Premios MTV". "It was a great challenge – says Virkel – since promotions do need to transmit a lot of information. How this information is handled when the characters play a role and have to make the story take a certain turn, depends a lot on the ability of writers".

The event itself, "2007 Los Premios MTV", the handing out of the Tongue-Awards to the most outstanding musicians of the music world, will take place in Mexico City on the 18th of October. In the meantime, the audience may have fun with the promotional campaign and the daily misadventures of the MTV employees.

"It is obviously natural to think that an integral promotion's campaign that makes the audience yearn for the next episode – as is the case with sitcoms – should also have repercussion on the desire to tune in the Awards broadcast itself. After all, our objective is no other than getting a lot of people watch the show. We've done fine, so far" – adds this awarded television promotional writer Gastón Virkel, who has also been a writer and a Writers Supervisor for the show's script and has two cinematographic projects of his own under evaluation by Dynamo Capital in Colombia: "Ratonera", a dark comedy about a violent coccer fan who meets the wife of a cop who usually works at the stadium and "Salvador Río Arriba", an animation project, a sort of "road movie" but with the characteristic that the "road" is the Amazon river.




Aug. 9, 2007 - BEVERLY HILLS (HFPA) - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented $1,200,425 in financial grants to film schools and non-profit organizations at its annual Installation Luncheon honoring the organization’s 2007-2008 slate of officers today at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The amount is the largest tally ever distributed at the annual luncheon in the organization’s 65-year-history.

Celebrities attending the event to announce grants included Marc Anthony, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, and Hilary Swank. Acceptance remarks on behalf of the grants were made by Josh Brolin (FilmAid International), Billy Bush (Lollipop Theatre Network), Kate del Castillo (Inner-City Arts), Sam Elliott (Los Angeles Conservancy), Peter Falk (Columbia University School of the Arts), Christine Lahti (Sundance Institute), Masi Oka (American Cinematheque), Tony Plana (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), Charlize Theron (The Film Foundation, Inc.) and Forest Whitaker (Film Independent, Inc.). FULL STORY HERE


Aug. 14, 2007 - (Variety) - Rosario Dawson has signed to join Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan in "Eagle Eye," the D.J. Caruso-directed DreamWorks thriller. LaBeouf and Monaghan play characters who form an unlikely alliance after they're framed as terrorists and become members of a cell that plans to carry out a political assassination. Dawson plays a young government agent hot on their tail. Pic begins production this fall. Paramount will distribute worldwide. FULL STORY HERE


Aug. 10, 2007 - ( - First pick-up is Towards Darkness, a thriller starring America Ferrara, which had its world premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. FULL STORY HERE ( subscription required)


West Los Angeles location

Reputable, fun company in the service industry, the largest in their class is looking for a Web site Manager / Producer for their B2B Marketing.

Your general responsibilities will include being the primary contact for all aspects of the web site (design, content, maintenance and minor programming), and making it marketable and user friendly. This includes determining/writing specifications, drafting online communications and managing the process from development to production. You will have the ability to work with the web development team plus marketing, sales and senior management.

* 4 year degree
* 1-3 years experience, marketing emphasis
* Previous web site management experience
* MS Office programs and HTML
* Knowledge of Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and JavaScript

The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $60,000 with excellent medical benefits, 401K, discount on products and free gym membership!

TO APPLY: email a cover letter and resume to:



Venture IAB is looking for new interns! We are looking for talented people with drive, personality, and the desire to break into the entertainment industry.

This is a paid internship position.

This position is an excellent opportunity to receive on-the-job training, gain useful experience, and add an impressive credit to your resume to help you get your first real job in the entertainment industry!

This is a FULL TIME internship that requires a THREE MONTH COMMITMENT. Applicants must have a positive and professional attitude, strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and eagerness to learn.

The internship consists of primarily helping out the talent divisions. Sample tasks include answering phones, completing submissions, sending out appointments, filing, faxing, copying, tracking projects & clients. Interns will be handling high profile clients & volume. Candidates MUST be able to multi-task & take the extra steps to complete projects.

At the end of your three months, we will consider you for available paid staff positions or help you locate a job in the industry.

TO SUBMIT: email a cover letter and resume to:




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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