May 31, 2007

2007 Latino Producers Academy™
August 7 – 17, 2007 Tucson, AZ


Application Deadline – June 11

NALIP believes that a Producer is the creative originator of films, a self-starter who recognizes ideas that have creative or commercial merit.  Producers must have passion, sensitivity for story and audience, plus the organizational ability and practical smarts to put together a project and guide it to and through the marketplace.   NALIP’s Latino Producers Academy presents our Fellows the practical skills and knowledge to accomplish their personal goals and artistic dreams as filmmakers.

The 2007 LPA Invites Applications from Narrative Feature Producers in two categories:

  • Feature producers (including producer/directors or producer/writers) with projects in early stages of development who have viable scripts ready for packaging and advancement towards production
  • Feature producers and their directors who have scripts in advanced stages of development with or ready to package (e.g. budget, executive summary, attachments, etc.)

The 2007 LPA Invites Applications from Documentary Producers in two categories:

  • Documentary producer/directors with projects in development or production who have proposals and sample tapes, are invited with their producer/director partners
  • Documentary producers with projects in post-production, who have rough cuts, are invited with their editors

Download application at

A NALIP National signature program, in association with UCLA School of Theater, Film and TV Professional Certificate Program and the University of Arizona Department of Media Arts,
Time Warner, Nielsen Media Research, Southwest Airlines and the Hanson Film Institute

Any questions please call/email Octavio Marin  or Mateo Nagassi  at 310-395-8880


Homies begins its debut as the first nationally syndicated Latino Stop Motion Animation Show in America. 

Homies cast includes writer & NALIP member Oskar Toruno, voice over Gabriel Gonzalez, voice over Yvonne De La Rosa, animator Nicholas Romero, Head of Development at LATV Rick Najera and Renee Sandoval. 

Award-winning Rick Najera develops his first comedy show under LATV with the two inch figurines “Homies.”  Homies is based on the popular figurines that were created by artist David Gonzalez.  According to David, “Homies is influenced by the culture and people I met growing up in Los Angeles.  Some are vatos, Chicanas, Police Officers, Mothers, Teachers and are all celebrated through a figurine.”

Since appearing in Southern California vending machines, to date, Homies have sold over 200 million units all over the world. 

“Homies has a large built in audience and the trick was to create a comedy piece that appeals to not only fans of the figurines but fans of Latino comedy.  LATV has always been about showcasing the best Latino talent in America.” adds Rick Najera.

Writers Oskar Toruno and Renee Sandoval have added to the Homies production as well as the talented voices of Diablito, Gabriel Gonzalez and comic JT Jackson. 

The four animated segments are entitled: “Homie Stuck in the Well”, “Mariachi Idol”, “University of Getta Job” and “At The Cine”.  All four Homies segments will air on Friday June 8, 2007 at LATV LIVE Hip-Hop Show!  For more information on the Homie Show just log onto:

For more information on Homies or LATV please call (424) 603-3750. 


Dreams Across America is a national multimedia effort that shares personal immigration stories in order to arouse discussion about the need for immigration reform.

We are searching for your personal immigration stories, whether you have your own story to tell, your neighbor's, friend's, or on behalf of someone else. Clips should be no more than 3 minutes long and uploaded to our site via YouTube. We are not looking for political statements but stories of personal experiences.

For samples, instructions, and more details please visit:

or meet us on MySpace at:

In the US we all come from somewhere. We all have a story to tell. Please share your's.

For more information contact:
Natalie Sakai
National Outreach Content Manager


Rick Najera's hit comedy LATINOLOGUES has been added to the 2007 Sí TV Latino Laugh Festival for a performance on Friday June 22, 2007 at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Latinologues is a hilarious compilation of sharp comedic monologues about Latino life in America, written, created and directed for stage by award-winning sketch comedy writer/actor Rick Najera. All proceeds of the 2007 Latino Laugh Festival will benefit First Star, a non-profit organization that works to improve change in the U.S. child welfare system.

"The Latino Laugh Festival is one of the first places Latinologues performed and is a continuation of a tradition of showcasing the best Latino talent," says Latinologues creator, writer and performer Rick Najera (MAD TV, In Living Color). "We are excited to be part of the festival again with guest performers and top new talent."

Latinologues, an award-winning sketch comedy sensation that recently ran on Broadway directed by Cheech Marin, is the only Latino showcase of its kind in America with a rotating cast. Latinologues was the first all-Latino play in Broadway's history - Latino created, written, directed, and produced, with an all-Latino cast. The three-day Latino Laugh Festival will present the best Latino comedy in the industry and will feature more than twenty-five performances at eight prime venues.

Rick Najera and LATINOLOGUES will perform on Friday June 22 @ 8:00 p.m. at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre (1615 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028). Tickets available through Ticketmaster ( The 2007 Sí TV Latino Laugh Festival is presented in association with Time Warner Cable of Southern California. For more information on the 2007 Sí TV Latino Laugh Festival visit or visit Latinologues,


Crafting a Great Story: Developing Camera-Ready Scripts
Starts: July 7, 2007
Duration: 10 weeks
Days: Saturdays, 1-5pm
Location: UCLA campus, Room TBA
Instructor: Harrison Reiner
Max Enrollment: 10 students
Contact: (310) 825-6827

This intensive workshop gives students the opportunity to work side-by-side with a professional story analyst/writer-producer in a highly supportive environment. The instructor supervises the students as they craft stories that can emotionally engage a motion picture or television audience and have the best chance to sell in a highly competitive marketplace. This highly individualized workshop is designed to meet the differing needs of each participant. The instructor will take into account how far along in the story development process each project is, from an as-yet unwritten idea to a finished screenplay with story problems. Both original ideas and projects based on underlying material are welcome. One-on-one consultations with the instructor and off-campus focus groups are available and complement the workshop experience. Students may repeat the workshop with the same project until their script is camera-ready.

Instructor Harrison Reiner: Staff Story Analyst (I.A.T.S.E.), CBS-Paramount Television (developers of movies and series); Producer and Co-Writer, Tierra de Tigres (feature film currently in post-production, shot on location in Mexico; script was developed in the Crafting a Great Story workshop); Mentor, Latino Writers Lab (sponsored by Time-Warner, the Writers Guild of America, and the National Association of Latino Producers); Mentor and Lecturer, Hollywood Black Film Festival; former Production Executive, Sovereign Pictures (co-distributors of the Academy Award-winning motion pictures My Left Foot and Cinema Paradiso); Story Editor, RKO Pictures (during the filming of John Sayle's Eight Men Out); served as story analyst for Universal Pictures, Sherry Lansing Productions in association with Paramount Pictures, and Warner Brothers Feature Animation.


ScreenplayLab invites you to attend
An evening with


Friday, June 1st, 2007
6:30pm - 9pm
Hollywood Playhouse
1445 N. Las Palmas Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028

with your RSVP to

Winners of the Disney fellowship gain a year's studio employment at $50k, but more importantly they often springboard into executive positions in the industry. Don't miss your opportunity to get tuned in how to succeed.

ScreenplayLab presents a special Friday event! Disney ABC Television Group Director of Talent Development Frank Gonzalez oversees the day to day operations of The Disney ABC Writing Fellowship Program, The IAIA Summer Television & Film workshop for American Indians, the Directors Guild of America/ABC Directing Fellowship Program, talent hiring initiatives, talent tracking, grants, scholarships, and internships.

Discussion and an hour of audience Q&A. Get your questions answered!


Pixelodeon announced speakers, curators, and a line-up of over 300 videos for its first annual screening festival to be held at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, California on June 9-10. The event will feature keynote addresses from speakers bridging the divide between traditional media and new media, and those dealing with issues such as copyright and file sharing. Pixelodeon will also include a "DIY Theater" programmed by the public using the website wiki. The complete list of speakers, curators, and videos is available at

Two dozen curators, including notable new media content creators Amanda Congdon of ABC News, Veronica Belmont of C|Net, and Bre Pettis of Make Magazine, selected videos from the Internet to illustrate themes for one-hour theater screenings starting at 12PM until 6PM each day. Themes include "Mashups and Remixed Video," "Conversations on YouTube," and "The Politics of Technology." Only videos that were created for the Internet were included in the selections and over two dozen countries are represented.

Speakers include Rob Schrab and Dan Harmon from Acceptable.TV, Fred Seibert from Frederator Studios, Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine from Ask a Ninja, and Jon Phillips from Creative Commons discussing their personal views about the way the Internet has empowered independent artists and changed the landscape of media.

Tickets for keynote speaker sessions are available at


In the Jun 24 Latinos In The Industry newsletter we mistakenly listed the wrong website address for Kevin Estrada. The correct website is:



NALIP San Francisco Chapter co-presents with Film Arts Foundation the workshop:

DOCTORING YOUR DOC: How to Structure your Documentary &
TRAILER MECHANICS: How to Make your Fundraising Demo

Led by story consultant Fernanda Rossi, The Documentary Doctor.

Saturday and Sunday, June 9th and 10th 2007
10 a.m. - 6 p.m
At Film Arts Foundation
145 Ninth St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

- Early Registration by June 7th: $200 FAF, NALIP members and students/$225 partners*/$250 General
- At the door: $225 FAF, NALIP members and students/$250 partners*/$275 General

REGISTRATION AT: and click on Latest News

Workshops Description:

A) DOCTORING YOUR DOC: How to Structure Your Documentary

Lots of ideas and even footage but no clue where to get started? Or maybe you are stuck in the cutting room? A solid understanding of story structure is as necessary to your documentary as a strong script is to a fiction film. With hands-on exercises, this full-day workshop for producers, directors, writers and editors, can give you the guidelines you need to find solutions that are true to your documentary's style.

B) TRAILER MECHANICS: How to Make Your Fundraising Demo

"Can I see your trailer?" Let's face it, a fundraising trailer can make or break your film. It can get you funded or it can put you on the "passed" list. Stop the guess work of what works and what doesn't with this full day workshop for producers, directors, writers and editors. If you already read or are about to read the book by the same name, this workshop is a chance to see all that theory in action with real life examples.

For more information visit or write to




May 29, 2007 - (Variety) - "Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera has a chance to make Emmy history this year. No Latina actress has ever been nominated -- let alone won -- a lead comedy actress trophy. In fact, 23-year-old Ferrera hadn't even born yet when the last Hispanic actress won an acting Emmy: Rita Moreno for a guest spot on "The Rockford Files" in 1978. "Wow, that's incredible. I do think about what a milestone this is for the Latin community to have a show that stars Latino actors," says Ferrera. "And it's not just our show. ... There is a wide variety of working Latino actors in a huge variation of representations. You turn on 'Desperate Housewives' and Eva Longoria couldn't be more different from Ugly Betty." Ferrera is far from the only minority Emmy hopeful. "Grey's Anatomy" docs Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson, "Heroes'" Masi Oka, "Lost" survivors Naveen Andrews and Daniel Dae Kim, "The Unit" boss Dennis Hasybert, "Battlestar Galactica" admiral Edward James Olmos, "The Wire" addict Michael K. Williams and "30 Rock" comic Tracy Morgan are all among the contenders of color. The chance that many of those actors besides Ferrera will net an Emmy nod isn't likely, however, considering the past 20 years of Emmy trends. Full Story here


May 22, 2007 - NEW YORK - Broadway Video Digital Media (BVDM) has partnered with digital translation specialist En Vivo Live Media to broaden the full range of digital services provided by BVDM. BVDM, a division of Broadway Video Entertainment, was formed in 2004 and has rapidly become one of the leading providers of customized digital dubbing, encoding and digital asset management services in the industry. En Vivo Live Media will operate out of Broadway Video’s New York offices in Times Square.

Founded in 2006 by Richard Espinosa and Adam Zaslow, En Vivo Live Media provides professional language dubbing, subtitling, music and effects, translations, and digital media services including complete DVD authoring, digital storage, digital ingest of films, TV programs, commercials, multi-media storage, hi-def and standard def encoding for 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, and HD conversions to various formats to service international needs.

Their client list includes film studios Lions Gate (Akeelah and the Bee, Saw, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Larry the Cable Guy), 20th Century Fox (Dreamscape), MGM/Dimension Films (Amityville) and Thinkfilm (Strangers with Candy), and DoGo Productions/Water Shed Works (Racing Daylight). Their television work includes the upcoming ABC-TV series “Fast Cars and Superstars: Gillette Young Guns,” and the Showtime TV series “The Tudors,” “The L-Word,” “Huff,” “Sleeper Cell,” “Weeds,” “Queer As Folk,” and “Dead Like Me.”

Broadway Video,
En Vivo Live Media,



LINE PRODUCER needed for low budget feature film set in Los Angeles and India.

We're looking for a very organized, driven, resourceful, fun and good-natured person with line producing experience. Position will be responsible for managing U.S. production only (there'll be a separate producer in India).

The budget is approximately $350,000; someone who has dealt with a similar budgeted production is preferred.

The position is paid.

Also, references are essential; we'd love to talk to former colleagues etc.

TO APPLY: email your cover letter, resume, and references to:


EXCEPTIONAL GAFFER WANTED (Non-Union or Union) by Cinematographer Cira Felina Bolla for mid budget independent film shooting 35mm in Europe this Summer/ Fall 2007.

Prep to begin by mid July, Shooting August and September 2007.

I am old school and expect the same. Looking to build long term working relationship with a Gaffer who I will continue to work with. Another project is planned for prep in October in the US.

Qualities I look for in a Gaffer are:
* Professionalism
* Skill
* even temperament
* Efficient
* Team Player
* Respectful
* Knowledgeable
* Takes direction well
* Problem solver
* LOVES what they do and value this opportunity

You MUST have a valid passport. You will be working with Danish and Swedish Electric Crews.

*Experience working in Europe a plus as well as bilingual Danish or Swedish.

PAY: Day rate (union standard), Travel, Accommodations and Per Diem

TO APPLY: email a cover letter with a brief note about yourself & your work along with a Resume and References. Please include your contact information and best time to reach you. Email the above to:


Global Star Films Inc. is an independent production company currently in development with two projects, "Precious Metal", an action adventure and "The Gold & Beautiful" a comedy.

We are looking for completed fact based Suspense-thriller or Romantic Action Adventure scripts that will be filmed in Hawaii - scripts can be Contemporary or Period Historical.

Screenplays must have some of the following elements:
* Hawaiian Historically fact based folk myth
* Paranormal or Ghost elements - light horror okay
* Scripts must be written to shoot in Hawaii

TO SUBMIT: email the required information below to:
1. Logline and Synopsis
2. Estimated budget
3. Any attachments the project currently has
4. A note stating that you are the sole copyright owner and that you have the right to submit your script for production consideration.

Please do not follow up. We will request scripts from those we are interested in, and contact you if there is further interest.


Dangerously Close Prod. is looking for completed feature genre scripts to fill a low budget 3-picture slate.

Submissions should be *thriller* or *horror* scripts, high concept (i.e. stories with a strong hook, which appeal to a broad audience, and which can be pitched in a single sentence), with minimal cast and minimal locations.

Budget will be around $100K for each picture. WGA and non-WGA writers may submit.

For further reference, please feel free to look me up on the IMDb under Matt Zettell.

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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.




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