As a leading organization in the advancement of Latinx creators across many media platforms, NALIP has been a constant support in assisting content creators like writers, directors, producers and other industry professionals to find their passion and get their step in the industry. With the help of NALIP, many people have the ability to find their voice and voice their opinions.
For almost two decades, NALIP has helped Latinx find their voices and will continue to for the next 20 years to help others find their voice and empower it until it is heard. In honor of NALIP’s 20th Anniversary, we will be launching the Roundtable Series as part of this year’s campaign!
The roundtable conversation will be conducted across the United States of many types of content creators that came from a variety of different types of background. They have became the inspiration all over the world in the media and other entertainment platforms. We hope you are inspired by these content creators’ stories as much as they have inspired us!
Not only are Latinx producers prominent, loyal and important in today’s industry, but they have become one of the largest demographics in the society. They’re ability to tell a story and connect to their audience are unteachable. The stories that they created like Coco and Jane the Virgin are so relatable that it creates a deep impact on the audience and outside the Hispanic culture as well.
Latinx are barely recognized in award ceremonies. Especially at last year’s Emmys, not a single Latino actor, director, producer or writer were nominated at the awards’ ceremony. Latinx has been nominated 16 times, however, only six has won throughout years of the Oscars’ history.
NALIP has been helping the Latinx producers by constantly building and promoting their content all across the media platforms. For over 18 years, NALIP continues to provide professor development, community building and mentoring to help start many content creators.
Emmy nominee Xan Aranda is an award-winning director, producer, and consultant with projects ranging from fiction and documentary film and TV to branded content, commercials, and music videos. Xan’s Emmy nomination was alongside Jill Soloway for Transparent’s This is Me, a collection of short films for which she served as Producer and Co-Executive Producer. With Mark and Jay Duplass, Xan developed and serves as an Executive Producer of HBO’s Room 104. She also produced Blue Jay with Mel Eslyn, starring Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. After its world premiere at the New York Film Festival and Lincoln Center, Xan’s directorial debut Andrew Bird: Fever Year screened in over 90 festivals and took home nine awards. Her clients have included Focus Features, Amazon, Epitaph Records, Starbucks, the U.S. Department of Education, and a wide variety of acclaimed independent content creators.
Jaime Dávila is President of Campanario Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based production company that develops content driven by Latinos in front of and behind the camera. Since co-founding the company in 2013, Dávila oversees the day-to-day operations and manages the scripted, unscripted and digital content teams. Recent Campanario Entertainment productions helmed by Dávila include the docuseries Mexican Dynasties (working title) for Bravo that highlights elite families in Mexico City, the cultural mecca of Latin America, an untitled musical drama inspired by the legacy of Selena Quintanilla for ABC, the scripted drama Bandolero, directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical and Descendants), which uses music and dance to explore gentrification in East LA, and Laugh Factory en Español, a stand-up series with comedian and founder of the Laugh Factory Jamie Masada that celebrates the brightest in comedic talent from Latin America. Additional projects include Campanario Entertainment’s first production Camelia la Texana, a scripted Spanish-language telenovela that aired on Telemundo and Netflix Mexico.
Previously a development executive at Bravo, Dávila specialized in creating original series and adapting international formats. He spearheaded the development and green light of many hit shows, including Best New Restaurant, a food competition series starring Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, The People’s Couch, a hit reality series adapted from the popular UK format, and docu-series The Extreme Guide to Parenting, which he created.
Dávila received a Master of Science degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.
Deborah Calla, born and raised in Brazil, is a writer, producer, speaker, and activist. Among her film credits are: A Beautiful Life (writer/producer), Beat The World (producer), Lost Zweig (co-producer), Dream House (producer). TV: Carnival in Rio (Travel Channel, producer), Chicano Artists (HBO Latino, producer), Fox Club Kids (Fox Latin America, producer), Romeo & Juliet Redux (in development @ Freeform, writer), 500th Anniversary of Brazil (TNT, producer). Deborah has been the chair of the PGA for the past 14 years, is an advisory board member of the Geena Davis Institute and a member of the WGA. She is also the chair of the Media Access Awards, a yearly awards event started by Norman Lear which celebrates people in the industry who advance the portrayal and employment of people with disabilities. Deborah is a regular guest speaker at AFI, USC, Globo Network, among others. She also works as a script consultant and travels to such countries as Taiwan, Jordan, and Brazil to teach script development and production. She’s working with Ben Lewin on a TV series project and is pre-production on The Case of the 10.001 Women in Brazil.
Rodo Sayagues was born the 20th of February 1980 in Montevideo, Uruguay where he grew up. His father, a prominent lawyer, and his mother, an English teacher, were devoted art and culture consumers— inspiring their children to appreciate a variety of art forms; from classical literature and music to theatre and films.
At an early age, Sayagues developed a passion for cinema and music. First growing musical abilities, he studied classical guitar and eventually modern music. He founded several rock bands with which he played until early adulthood, achieving a career in the local Uruguayan music scene. Music forged his friendship with his long-time creative partner, Fede Alvarez. Soon, they discovered a shared interest beyond music and began shooting homemade short-films with a simple VHS camera.
Sayagues’s two passions eventually mixed, and he started shooting music videos for local rock bands, and in time, for more prominent Uruguayan musicians. Filming, which had been a hobby, gained real estate in his creative life. By 2007, Sayagues was directing commercials in the Uruguayan market, receiving several awards. Simultaneously, he and Alvarez were making more short-films for which they won many awards, both locally and abroad.
After graduating film school, he and Alvarez started pursuing their lifetime dream: making a real movie. They wrote a script called “CORNED BEEF,” which earned them a scholarship at the BINGER INSTITUTE in Amsterdam, Netherlands. There, they improved their script and attended screenwriting master classes. The script went on to THE ROTTERDAM, BERLINALE and MAR DEL PLATA film festivals, allowing Alvarez and Sayagues to further hone their writing and storytelling skill sets. It was during this time, the idea for the short-film “PANIC ATTACK” was born.
In November 2009, “PANIC ATTACK” was uploaded to YouTube and in a matter of days went viral. The short caught the attention of acclaimed filmmaker SAM RAIMI, who offered Sayagues and Alvarez a deal. After relocating to Los Angeles, they began working on a re-imagining of the cult horror classic, “THE EVIL DEAD.” The movie premiered at the SXSW Festival with horror critic acclaim and became a box office success scoring $100 million worldwide. Since the release of “THE EVIL DEAD,” Sayagues and Alvarez have continued developing high-priority, feature films with staple Hollywood studios including Sony, Universal, and MRC.
The duo quickly embarked on their next feature ”DON”T BREATHE” through Sony pictures, which went on to become a huge success both at a critics level and at the box office, raising 90 Million dollars domestic and 160 million worldwide. The film went on to win several awards, including the SATURN AWARD for Best Horror Movie in 2016. Rodo Sayagues continued working Along Fede Alvarez on the upcoming SONY release THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER WEB. A new installment on the GIRL WITH DRAGON TATTOO saga. In 2017, Rodo Sayagues and Fede Alvarez created BAD HOMBRE, a production company focused on producing high octane genre movies. Rodo Sayagues is also a dedicated musician, playing drums and guitar. He also teaches a screenwriting workshop once a year in South America and Europe.