Doing Your Doc: How to Successfully End Your Pitch

Internationally renowned author, speaker and story analyst Fernanda Rossi answers the following question for our NALIP members in anticipation of the upcoming program Doing Your Doc to take place in Tucson, AZ, December 6 to 8, 2013. In addition to a full day workshop on pitch, logline, synopsis and demo, funders and industry professionals will be in attendance for lectures and one-on-one mentorship sessions. All info and registration online here.

Q: How do I end my pitch so I don't get a blank stare from the person listening?

Fernanda: Most producers and directors know how to start a pitch. Few know when - or rather, how - to stop talking to avoid that awkward silence that may follow. In that moment, the producer may panic and start talking again - starting either to ramble or to repeat herself. In other cases, the listener breaks the silence with, "Interesting," delivered in that passion-killing monotone.


Additional Cast Announced for El Rey Network's "From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series"

By Bel Hernandez, Latin Heat Entertainment

A full cast list has been announced for the first El Rey Network series, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," which is based on the 1996 film by the same name.  In addition to the previously announced casting of Robert Patrick and Jesse Garcia, DJ Cotrona and Zane Holtz, Mexican actress/singer Eiza Gonzalez, Jacob Fuller, Madison Davenport, Don Johnson and Brandon Soo Hoo have been announced.

"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," currently shooting in Austin, TX is written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez.  Ten episodes are on ordered with audiences getting the first look in mid December when the series debuts on El Rey Network.


Why Hollywood's Business Model Is Bad News for Creativity

By Edward Jay Epstein, The Wrap

Once upon a time, six decades ago, when the big Hollywood studios had their stars under contract and owned most of the large theater chains, they made nearly all of their profits from selling tickets at the box office.

Hollywood is now a very different enterprise. Almost all the profits of major studios come from branding and licensing entertainment properties across the world, including DVDs, streaming, television, games, amusement-park rides and toys.


SAG Foundation Shorts NY Showcase Now Accepting Films up to 20 Minutes

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is accepting submissions from all states east of the Mississippi for its February 2014 NY Shorts Showcase - now in its fifth year!

All shorts MUST be produced under a SAG-AFTRA union contract, and not run more than 20 minutes (increased from the previous limit), including credits. There is no entry fee, nor is there a cost to attend the screening, which is held in New York City, three times a year.


Prime Latino Media Salon Holiday Fiesta, Dec. 3 in NYC

NALIP-NY, Tio Louie, HOLA and ULP invite you to join us in celebrating the Prime Latino Media Salon's annual Holiday Fiesta. Tuesday, December 3 from 6-10pm at the Bleecker Heights Sports Bar in NYC.

As we begin to wrap up the year, take stock of what transpired and assess what lies ahead; let's count our blessings and industry networking relationships forged this year and over the years - 'cause heaven knows we can't do it alone. 



Sony Pictures To Shift Emphasis From Movies To TV, Will Cut Film Output For 2014
(Deadline.com) - Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton just laid out the new plan to investors as he discussed ambitious financial goals for the company's entertainment units. That will include "a significant shift in emphasis from motion pictures to higher margin television" production and distribution. READ MORE

Spanish Language Broadcaster Agrees to Pay $110,000 to Settle FCC Indecency Complaints
(Variety) - Liberman Broadcasting, which operates Spanish-language stations in Los Angeles, Houston and other cities, has settled a complaint over the show "Jose Luis Sin Censura," agreeing to pay $110,000 in fines to the FCC for airing indecent and profane material. READ MORE



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NALIP and Nosotros Holiday Celebration and Toy Drive, Dec. 4

NALIP and Nosotros cordially invite you to join us for our first ever combined Holiday Celebration and Toy Drive!

As two of the most recognizable and influential organizations servicing the needs of Latinos in Entertainment today, NALIP and Nosotros are coming together to celebrate the holidays with you; our members, our supporters... our family. 

So please join us on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the W Hollywood for a hosted bar, tray appetizers, live music performances, a TMZ photo booth, and fun giveaways! The celebration starts at 7:00pm and goes until midnight.

View the flyer for further details or RSVP online here.

In the spirit of the holidays this event is free to you. However, we do ask that you please bring an unwrapped toy (valued at $10 more) to benefit the boys and girls of the Egglesten Youth Center in Baldwin Hills (or make a contribution when you RSVP).

Two Films Edited by Francisco Bello Nominated for Awards

Two films edited by NALIP member Francisco Bello (Estela Award 2011, LPA 2007) are having a strong start to awards season this year. Our Nixon has been nominated for a 2013 Gotham Award for Best Documentary, as well as an Outstanding Achievement in Editing nomination at the 2013 Cinema Eye Honors.

Meanwhile, Best Kept Secret also has earned a 2013 Gotham Award nomination in the Audience Award category. Unlike the other juried categories at the Gothams, the Audience Award is driven by audience voting. You can vote forBest Kept Secret here!

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