March 6, 2007

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ Eighth Annual Conference Presented by HBO® and The National Latino Media Council Examines the Potential of the Mobile Revolution for Latino Filmmakers

John Singleton hosts sneak peak screening of his new film Illegal Tender, State Street Pictures’ Bob Teitel gives lunch key note and Latino 96.3 morning show host Joey Medina MC’s awards gala.

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) examines how to increase the opportunities for US-born Latinos’ stories through the new mobile platforms at their 8th Annual NALIP Conference, Media on the Move: Power for Independents.  Presented by HBO, the Conference will be a three-day meeting of the minds for Latino content producers and those trying to reach them. The Conference kicks off with a powerful opening plenary, “Where’s My Space? Paths to Profits in a Multi-platform World.”  The top content officers for PBS, AOL Latino, MTV Networks and HD Net Films will parse the mobile media revolution, and explore the ways that Latino cinematic expressions and media employment can advance through new technologies.   Are Latinos as involved in this next wave of media, both as creators and leaders?  What steps are needed to put them at the forefront with other media artists?

Co-sponsor HBO will host an opening night welcome reception for Conference attendees as well as a panel titled “Content on the Move: Opportunities in the Mobile Arena” that will probe the growing demand for personalized entertainment.  "One of the great things about NALIP has always been its ability to gather the best in the business for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences," said Lucinda Martinez-Desir, Vice President, Market Development, at HBO.  "This year is no exception, and as a company that has always embraced new technology, HBO is happy to take part in addressing the myriad opportunities that mobile's evolution has created for all of us."

Additionally, NALIP will host a sneak preview screening of John Singleton’s new film, Illegal Tender with writer/director Franc. Reyes (Empire), producer John Singleton and stars Wanda de Jesus (The Ministers) and Rick Gonzales (War of the Worlds) present for a Q&A.  The following two days will look at strategies for conquering the mobile media revolution through professional development seminars, keynote speeches, technology exhibits in a Digital Filmmaking Village and networking events including a Gala Awards Dinner hosted by comedian and radio host Joey Medina honoring George A. Romero, Edward James Olmos, the producers of ABC’s “Ugly Betty” and ESTELA winners Judy Hecht Dumontet and Natalia Almada.

Conference Agenda
Conference 8 is co-chaired by documentary filmmaker Evangeline Griego (Sir! NO Sir! ), Spike TV Executive Vice President Pancho Mansfield and Fox Vice President of Emerging Markets Rick Ramirez.  Executives from AOL Latino, Intel, HBO, SAG, Universal, CBS, Fox, Endeavor, Warner Bros., VOY, State Street Pictures, the WGAW and many others are scheduled to attend and participate.  Performer/director panels on voice-over careers and cold readings, opportunities to pitch Si TV and Nickelodeon, plus tips on how to break in to Hollywood…legally!...are included in the weekend agenda.  Documentary makers have a track of seminars that includes documentary distribution in the new media age, a funding panel with representatives from all the major documentary foundations and funds, and a pitch forum with international commissioning editors from Spain and France.  Narrative makers look at how to really make a movie under a million dollars, moderated by El Cantante’s producer Julio Caro.  “Latinos still receive many fewer opportunities to tell their stories,” says Caro.  “And when they do, they get fewer resources to tell them.  I want people to see how we use budgets and talent extremely creatively, to create big looks and commercial product.” 

Co-chair Pancho Mansfield states, “NALIP is an excellent forum for aspiring and established filmmakers to network with decision makers and further their craft with insight from some of the brightest minds in the entertainment industry.” 

Speakers include Intel’s Chris Thomas, QD3’s Quincy Jones III, Galan Productions’ Hector Galan, Paradigm’s Ray Telles, CBS Casting Executive Fern Orenstein, Universal Studios Creative Executive David Ortiz, Galan Entertainment founder Nely Galan, filmmaker/producer Moctesuma Esparza, Cingular Wireless Executive Director of Hispanic Marketing Roberto Garcia, HBO VP of Market Development Lucinda Martinez-Desir, National Hispanic Media Coalition President Alex Nogales, Screen Actors Guild National Director of Affirmative Action and Diversity Angel Rivera and Endeavor agent Alexis Garcia. A complete list of speakers is available at:

NALIP sessions will include an “Ugly Betty” Case Study with the show’s producers, marketers and cast members, a special session on wealth with Nely Galan called “How to Produce, Make Projects You Love and Create Wealth Without Selling Your Soul” and an examination of “How to Write for a Diverse Network Show: The Real Ways In,” including panelists from “Heroes,” “Martin,” and “The George Lopez Show.”  The top Internet Majors, My Space, Revver, Google, Jaman and Commendo will be represented on a panel looking at the trends and technologies driving this next wave of digital media.  Friday will conclude with a “Latinos in the Industry”Roundtable of media activists with Edward James Olmos, Alex Nogales, Helen Hernandez, Frank Zuniga and Moctesuma Esparza.

“Our Conference becomes more dynamic and relevant each year,” says NALIP Executive Director Kathryn Galan.  “Industry execs like HBO’s Maud Nadler and Greg Rhem, Warner Bros.’ David Hernandez and Felicia Bell, PBS’ John Boland, WGBH’s Judith Vecchione and Studiocanal’s Roberto Blatt provide insight and access for our emerging and mid-career filmmakers.  We are pleased to welcome software and technologies that can make Latino work more efficient, accessible and artistic.

Comedian and Latino 96.3 radio personality Joey Medina will MC the Awards Gala where Latino media luminaries will be honored on Saturday, March 10.  Cult legend director and writer George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Film, Edward James Olmos (HBO Films’ Walkout, “Battlestar Galactica”) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Advocacy. The visionary producers behind the hit ABC television series “Ugly Betty” will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award.  The McDonald’s Corporation returns to present one rising Latino documentary director and one rising Latino feature filmmaker the ESTELA award which is a $7,500 cash grant that recognizes their work, leadership, creativity, vision and passion.  This year’s winners are Judy Hecht Dumontet (Tortilla Heaven) and Natalia Almada (Al Otro Lado).

Concurrent with Conference 8, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, NALIP presents the third Latino Media Market™.  Twenty-eight select feature production and development projects, documentary works-in-progress and reality television series ideas will be accepted to participate in a special executive meeting series designed to advance each producer’s project, arrange financing and attract broadcast licenses.  SiTV will once again return as the exclusive non-scripted television channel taking series concept pitches and will award a

$2,000 prize, plus a 4-month development option to the strongest series concept pitched at the Market.  Additionally, NALIP will hold a special Loteria with all of the proceeds going to one lucky Conference attendee in order to advance the winner’s project and Jaman will announce the Jamanlibre Latino Short Film Contest winner. 

Full Conference program, registration, and speaker details is available at


Latino Filmmaking - Tuesday, March 13th - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Convention Center, Room 15

Amparo Garcia-Crow

Yesenia Garcia - NALIP / Actress
Lupe Valdez - Acclaim Talent-Agent, Filmmaker-Anteros Films
Chris Eska - Doki-Doki LLC / Director of "August Evening"
Lizzie Martinez - Freelance /Casting Director
Amparo Garcia-Crow - Inspirit Studios / Founder

Are we on the cusp of a new Latino wave in the entertainment industry? Recently ABC's Ugly Betty has become a runaway success and three Mexican directors (Guillermo Del Toro, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Alfonso Cuaron) have become a global force in cinema. Are Latinos in the U.S. on the verge of a breakthrough? Various industry professionals share their thoughts on ethnicity and the entertainment industry and how their roles are affected and what the future might hold.


At Reel Works, NYC teens work with adult filmmakers to create short, personal documentaries about their lives and communities. Our young filmmakers have won countless awards (including 5 Student Emmys) and have reached over two million viewers since 2001.

Our core program, The Lab, is the only free after-school filmmaking workshop anywhere that matches each teen one-on-one with a professional filmmaker-mentor. It’s a great way to give back to your community and help a young person tell his or her story to the

Mentors meet weekly with teens to guide them through the practical, personal and artistic challenges of expressing their true visions through film. To be a mentor, you must be a NYC media professional with significant documentary filmmaking experience.

The commitment runs March 17-July 11th, 2007.

To learn more and apply to be a mentor, visit the Reel Works website:


The Imagen Foundation is pleased to announce that the entry period for the 22nd annual Imagen Awards is now open. Entries must have aired or have been released theatrically in a major market or film festival from May 1, 2006-April 30, 2007. The entry period will close on Friday May 4th, 2007. The Call for Entry and the official entry form can be downloaded from the Imagen web site at Nominees will be announced in June.

This year's winners will honored at the 22nd annual awards ceremony which will be held July 28, 2007 at The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.

For ticket and sponsorship information, please contact The Imagen Foundation at 626 791-8140 or by email:


Deadline: March 23, 2007

The Council on Foundations seeks films and videos for its 41st Film & Video Festival, which will be held in conjunction with its 59th annual conference of grantmaking organizations, May 4-7, 2008 in Washington, DC. Foundations that have supported a film or video production, as well as producers, are encouraged to submit projects for consideration.

The Film & Video Festival, co-sponsored by Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media, showcases exemplary foundation-funded productions and highlights outreach strategies grantmakers use to advance their program goals. The festival offers screenings of selected films and discussions with the filmmakers and subject experts, often cosponsored by a range of affinity groups. See the GFEM website for information on screenings and media events taking place this year's annual conference, April 28-May 1, 2007 in Seattle.

Funding film and video is an important way for foundations to tell unique and compelling stories, and advance the work of their grantees or organizational priorities. Film projects can bring about meaningful change in a funder's community, and beyond. The current festival selections highlight complex social issues-from the plight of the working poor in "Waging a Living!" to the grim realities of life for Iraq's Sunni civilians in the Oscar-nominated "My Country, My Country"-and communities have used festival films to educate key stakeholders and galvanize citizens and leaders to address community problems and increase thoughtful explorations of pressing domestic and global issues.

For eligibility in the COF Film & Video Festival projects must have received at least partial funding for either production or distribution from a private, community, operating or corporate foundation or a corporate giving program, though the grantmaker need not be a member of the Council on Foundations. The Council will not consider submissions that have been funded solely from public agencies or federal or state funds. Films and videos must have been completed within the past three years and must either have been broadcast or distributed to the target audience, or be committed for broadcast within the next 12 -18 months. Works may be of any length-from feature length to brief public service announcement. No works in progress will be considered.

For more information, as well as submission procedures and forms, see


Applications Available: March 5, 2007
Submission Deadline: April 27, 2007

June 12-15, 2007
New York City

Realize the full potential of your work PRIOR to industry exposure and entry into the festival circuit!

· Four days of feedback, advice and individual attention for your project from leading technical, creative & post-production advisors.
· Lead by independent producers Scott Macaulay, Forensic Films (Raising Victor Vargas, Gummo, Saving Face) and Gretchen McGowan, HDNet Films (The Architect, Coffee & Cigarettes, Series 7: The Contenders)
· Open to all first-time, narrative feature filmmakers at the rough cut/rough assembly phase, prior to festival submission.

IFP's Commitment to Diversity
IFP seeks to ensure that at least 50% of projects have an inclusive range of races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and physical abilities in key creative positions.

Log onto for application and more information.


Giffoni Hollywood, a international children's film festival dedicated to inspiring and uniting children from around the world through cinema, seeks movie submissions for it's 2007 festival.

There is NO SUBMISSION FEE to enter!

- Feature length films written for children and teen audiences between 9 and 17 years old.
- Short films written, produced and directed by teens 17 and under, for an audience between 9 and 17 years old.

Submission deadline is April 1, 2007. The festival runs from April 23rd - 29th, 2007.

For further information and to download an entry form, please go to:
and click on "Submit Your Film"

Please submit your film with completed entry form asap to:
Giffoni Hollywood
c/o Crystal Sky
Attn: Tracey Arnold – Festival Coordinator
10203 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067



Dear NALIPsters:

NALIP Conference 8 is about to begin! Don't miss this opportunity to network with executives and fellow NALIPsters. 

Thursday, March 8 will mark the kick off to Conference 8, MEDIA ON THE MOVE: POWER FOR INDEPENDENTS.  Join Conference Co-chairs Evangeline Griego (Sir! No Sir!), Pancho Mansfield (Spike TV) and Rick Ramirez (FOX) as they welcome members and participants to a weekend of panels, screenings, keynote luncheons and a Saturday evening Gala Dinner and after hours dance party.

Those arriving on Thursday will enjoy the festivities of our opening reception and will also have the opportunity to view ILLEGAL TENDER, the new feature film by Writer/Director, Franc. Reyes.  Following the screening we will hold a cast and crew Q&A, which will be followed by a VIP after party!

Come hear keynote luncheon addresses by Producer, Bob Teitel from State Street Pictures (BARBERSHOP, ROLL BOUNCE, MEN OF HONOR) and Dean Valentine, former President of UPN and now visionary behind Zona Zoom and

Conference 8 will be a star-studded event, with attendees such as actress, Wanda de Jesus (BLOOD WORK, ILLEGAL TENDER, Freddy Rodriguez (BOBBY, SIX FEET UNDER), Adam Rodriguez (CSI MIAMI), Rick Gonzalez (COACH CARTER, WAR OF THE WORLDS, ILLEGAL TENDER) and Edward James Olmos (BATTLESTAR GALATICA, AMERICAN FAMILY).

This year’s Gala Award for Lifetime Achievement goes to feature film Director George A. Romero (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD. The NALIP Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy goes to Actor, Director and Activist, Edward James Olmos, the Outstanding Achievement Award goes to the visionary team of the hit ABC show, UGLY BETTY, and the ESTELA Award to recognize two rising and brilliant talents in the Latino media landscape in the areas of Narrative and Documentary filmmaking, will also be awarded.

We look forward to seeing you at Conference 8!


The short drama, LONCHE, shot on-location in the Mexican neighborhoods of Richmond, CA is an official selection of the 14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 8-18, 2007.

In LONCHE, a young Mexican immigrant boy slowly grows distant from his day-laborer father while each struggle to define himself in this new world. Written, directed and edited by Daniel Eduvijes Carrera and produced by M. Candela Ancewicz, the film premiered at the New York International Latino Film Festival in 2005. If you absolutely cannot be at the NALIP Conference, come out and support a film by your very own membership coordinator!

Saturday, March 10, 3:00 pm
Shorts Program - Hecho en U.S.A.
Screen #1
UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center
7510 Hazard Center Drive, #100



Mar. 6, 2007 - (MCCLATCHY TRIBUNE) - The title character played by America Ferrera in ABC’s hit series ‘‘Ugly Betty’’ is a sartorially challenged Latina doing her best to make her way through the superficial world of high fashion. But what Betty Suarez is not might be even more significant: She’s not a hot-blooded hoochie, or a floor-scrubbing maid, or a drug-pushing member of a gang. And unlike so many of her TV predecessors who share her ethnicity, she’s not relegated to the outer margins of her show. All of which is an exciting development for young Latina fans, who embrace Betty as a positive role model and find thrilling the idea that they’re finally seeing a bit of themselves reflected in their TV screens. Full Story here





POSITION TITLE: Project Manager
DEPARTMENT: The N Brand Communications
REPORTS TO: VP Brand Creative and Strategy
DIRECT REPORTS: 1 OAP Coordinator; 3 Production Assistants


• Act as point person for the initiation of projects to be completed by The N Brand Communications Department.
• Work with VP Brand Creative and Strategy to select production teams for new projects. This includes selecting and hiring freelance Project Manager(s) to manage large-scale NFA projects such as Upfront or Ad Sales tapes, as necessary.
• At the outset of each project, collect all information necessary to ensure the project creative brief is fully completed and distributed to all project stakeholders in a timely fashion.
• At the outset of each project, work with the production team to create a production calendar that provides sufficient time to successfully complete the project by its assigned deadline. Work with the production team to manage the project timeline through completion, ensuring the team stays on track and/or adjusting timelines as necessary.
• Track and report full status of projects to all project stakeholders both within and outside of the Brand Communications Department as needed, including giving proper notice when issues arise.
• Work with VP and Production Management to allocate money and devise innovative ways to keep budgets low and production values high. Regularly update and review budget with VP and Dir. of Prod. Mgmt.
• Manage approval process for each project through final delivery, ensuring that all relevant stakeholders approve the project at whichever stage(s) necessary as well as providing quality check and final delivery of the project. This includes, where relevant, any specific steps necessary for successful delivery to the NOC.
• Attend and/or lead all meetings relevant to the successful handling of Project Manager responsibilities including the organization and leadership of project kick-off meetings and project wrap-up meetings as needed.
• Follow up with Production Management to ensure that necessary contracts, music deal memos, TM searches/clearances for projects are in order.
• Manage music cue sheet reporting (ensure producers submit information, prepare and submit cue sheets to the Legal Department on a regular basis).
• Manage OAP database for The N – assign reel numbers, create rundowns, generate flow sheets.
• Traffic final approved creative to MTVN partners and paid media.
• Coordinate with additional Project Managers to ensure all projects are properly covered and it is clear to all stakeholders which manager is responsible for each project.
• Manage Project Management Department coordinator and productions assistants.
• Hire, manage and evaluate interns.


Job Skills
• Understanding of on-air promo/shortform production and post production.
• Understanding of web/online production.
• Understanding of print production.
• Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, OAP, PTS.
• Dogged determination to see a project through from start to finish.
• Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
• Target driven, tenacious and efficient.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to prioritize, multitask, meet deadlines, and handle last minute assignments.
• Interest in working for a growing, innovative company.

• 3-5 years of experience as a project manager or similar role in a media or media-related company.
• Experience marketing/promoting to teen audiences preferred.

Bachelor’s degree

MTV Networks is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/AAP



DEPARTMENT: The N Brand Communications
REPORTS TO: VP Brand Creative and Strategy


The Art Director will be a brand creative “ambassador” for The N Brand Communications department responsible for maintaining excellent, collaborative relationships with all other departments of The N as well as with other brand creative departments across MTV Networks. This person will also have frequent, if not daily, contact with The N senior management and potentially with senior management in other areas of MTV Networks.


• Create and direct design for The N brand across all platforms with the goal of expanding The N’s brand presence and audience while increasing the value of the brand relationship with that audience.
• Work within budget parameters to create and maintain an excellent standard of design for all brand creative that reinforces the brand vision, values, positioning and attributes while delivering on business goals.
• Leverage brand design to maximize the value of the The N brand to all stakeholders including the trade, marketing partners and internal audiences.
• Oversee design production, in- and out-of-house, ensuring the design in all brand creative, across all platforms, is consistent with the N brand identity.
• Present work to clients and partners by being at once responsive to their needs while still maintaining the creative parameters of the brand.
• Support and art direct marketing partnerships. Attend needed meetings and review/art direct work to ensure that it is informed by the most relevant, accurate and complete information available.
• Maintain fiscal responsibility. Work closely with project managers, production managers and MTVN Creative Services to estimate and manage project budgets and schedules.
• Grow talent. Work closely with design and production teams to encourage and inspire individuals to develop their creative talents, expand their knowledge and imaginations.
• Expand brand communications design and creative resources. Build a variety of outside freelance illustration, design and animation talent that has an understanding of and/or can enhance The N brand.
• Keep on top of what is going on in the field of graphic design and computer technology by reading the latest graphic design and computer annuals/books and attend related seminars. Use acquired knowledge to inform work.
• Keep on top of what is going on in the field of television by monitoring the look of the competition. Use acquired knowledge to inform the work.


Job Skills
• Outstanding creative collaborator with a strong interest and ability to work as part of a creative team.
• Excellent creative, conceptual and critical thinking abilities.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Thorough understanding of production processes (video, print and multimedia).
• Excellent trouble shooting skills for print/video production problems.
• Excellent knowledge of current design/illustration/animation trends. Excellent ability to match style to specific project.
• Excellent art direction skills for art directing illustration/animation/design.
• Keen interest in popular culture, specifically in the teen space, and how it relates to a media brand.
• Ability to turn around outstanding work on budget, under tight deadlines, and in a high-pressure environment.
• Experience and ability to oversee outside creative groups in terms of creative direction, cost and timing estimation.
• Knowledge of broadcast design industry: top companies, design trends.

• Minimum of 10 years experience in broadcast and print design with a firm understanding of the technology and principles of interactive design.

BFA degree; MFA degree preferred.

MTV Networks is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/AAP



 * Work with producers and writers, internal and external, on developing   the best creative ideas in scripted form for TV promotion, navigation,   image, packaging, events, prosocial.
* Work on NOGGIN and Nick Jr brands. Keeper of brand bibles, updates,   definitions of the network voice.
* Collaborator with other teams (online, public affairs, marketing, NCR,   etc) to ensure that editorial voice is consistently branded.
* Developer and manager of external talent - finding and cultivating new   writing resources.
* Part of brand creative steering team (production, design, creative   direction) who deliver overall TV branding strategy and plan.
* Reports to executive producer, the creative group: nick preschool   television.


* Must be an incisive editor, inclusive collaborator & insightful brainstormer.
* Must love communicating with kids of the small variety, and their   moms.
* Rapid-fire mind. Self-starter. Ambitious for our brands.
* Nurturer of writing skills of highly talented producer group.
* Creative idea development, editorial acumen, and brand building   experience is more important than a TV background or experience in   preschool media.

TO APPLY: email a resume and brief cover letter to






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AMARTE Design & Digital Printing
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Temple City, CA 91780


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