NALIPsters Juan Martinez Vera and Chelo Alvarez-Stehle Win Big!

NALIPsters Juan Martinez Vera and Chelo Alvarez-Stehle Win Big!

Posted by NALIP on November 18, 2016


NALIP is proud to acknowledge the work of both Juan Martinez Vera and Chelo Alvarez-Stehle whose hard work, passion and dedication have garnered their films critical acclaim and recognition.

Juan Martinez Vera recently accepted the DGA Student Film Award for his short film ‘Spark’ in the Latino Category, “I feel honored to receive this award because it spotlights the creators of diversity in Hollywood. I'm excited to start my directorial career with this award and to continue using my  work to tell the stories of our Latino experience.” ‘Spark’ was also part of the Official Selection Screening at the NALIP Media Summit back in June.

Read more about Juan Martinez Vera HERE

Chelo Alvarez-Stehle's film 'Sands of Silence' wins big at the Malibu International Film Festival taking two awards one for Best Documentary and the Audience Choice Award. Chelo's documentary film has received much praise and recently accepted the Documentary Feature Audience Award from the Awareness Film Festival. 

"Our film creates awareness on the need to break the silence on sexual violence and this award is dedicated to all the courageous women that broke the silence in our film, and in particular to all those that are breaking the silence in this election season, when we must fight more than ever against all kinds of abusive sexual behavior, even if they seem insignificant."

-Chelo Alvarez-Stehle

Read more about Chelo Alvarez-Stehle's 'Sands of Silence' HERE

NALIP Selects Docs MX Documentary Film

NALIP Selects Docs MX Documentary Film

Posted by NALIP on November 18, 2016

 NALIP was present at Docs MX which took place in Mexico from October 16-21, 2016. Once again, NALIP participated in the DocsForum part of the DocsLab and awarded a documentary film with the opportunity to be part of the 2017 Latino Media Market held concurrent to the annual NALIP Media Summit. Congratulations to Paulina Rosas and Belem Ramirez Mayen, director and producer of the film 'That Place Called Babylon'.


Ese lugar llamado Babilonia | That Place Called Babylon
Mexico| 80 min | HD
Directed | Paulina Rosas Produced| Belem Ramírez Mayén 

The film focuses on the story of a Mexican musician who found an orchestra with Syrians and Afghans musicians living as refugees in Berlin; and due to diversity of languages, they found in music the way to communicate each other while they wait for their immigration status reach a resolution to stay or being send them back to war. 

'Alias Maria' to Screen at Wilshire Screening Room

'Alias Maria' to Screen at Wilshire Screening Room

Posted by NALIP on November 18, 2016



Rhayuela Films is proud to invite you to the 'Alias Maria' screening:

A film by José Luis Rugeles

'Alias Maria' is a film about, María, a 13 year old guerrilla soldier who watches the secret birth of the commander's child, while she decides what she'll do with the baby she's expecting. Through her eyes we'll see the desolate landscape of the armed conflict in Colombia. NALIP encourages everyone to join us on Sunday for the screening of an incredible film and support the Latino community and filmmakers. 


STARRING: Karen Torres, Erik Ruiz, Anderson Gomez, Carlos Clavijo, Lola Lagos.
PRODUCED BY: Federico Durán.
WRITTEN BY:  Diego Vivanco.
DIRECTED BY: José Luis Rugeles.

Runtime: 92 min
Language: In English with English subtitles
Sunday, November 20
6:00pm – Screening
Wilshire Screening Room
8670 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Please RSVP to required viewing at 

[email protected]


NALIPster Juan L. Martinez Vera honored at DGA Student Film Awards

NALIPster Juan L. Martinez Vera honored at DGA Student Film Awards

Posted by NALIP on November 18, 2016


Juan L. Martinez Vera grew up in the Mexican state of Guanajuato and when he reached the age of eleven he moved to the U.S. with his family to pursue a college education. In the U.S., movies became his main source of entertainment and also a tool he could use to understand and connect with the American society.

In 2010 Juan graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Film Television and Digital Media. While at UCLA, Juan directed, wrote, and produced over 35 projects that ranged from soap operas to the college’s award winning News show.

Immediately after graduating from UCLA, Juan enrolled at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In May 2014, Juan had the honor to be one of three directors selected to direct an advanced film project for the school. On his last year at USC, Juan received the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant to write and direct his most recent project, SPARK. This film went on to receive a US Student BAFTA Award nomination in 2016 and will soon be distributed by a major network. Juan is currently a finalist for the Latino Lens: US Hispanic Drama Series Incubator for Univision, Televisa and NALIP.


Juan’s goal as a filmmaker is to inspire people to use their imagination to transform their reality.
He accepted the DGA Student Film Award for his short film ‘Spark’ in the Latino Category, “I feel honored to receive this award because it spotlights the creators of diversity in Hollywood. I'm excited to start my directorial career with this award and to continue using my  work to tell the stories of our Latino experience.” ‘Spark’ was also part of the Official Selection Screening at the NALIP Media Summit back in June.


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Why Be Part of The Diverse Women in Media Forum?

Why Be Part of The Diverse Women in Media Forum?

Posted by NALIP · November 18, 2016


The Diverse Women in Media Forum offers the opportunity to grow your network, get hired, receive mentorship and learn from diverse women leaders in the industry. In an effort to create more dynamic connections between you and high level executives who can help you move your career forward, the Diverse Women in Media Forum will have a Decision Making: Meet and Greet Session during the industry mixer where a selected group of women will meet and build relationships with executives from different networks and studios. Once registered, you will receive an email to forward a short profile and resume to NALIP. 

Don't miss this unique and exclusive opportunity,  to join the conversation and to be part of change and inclusion in the industry. On December 6th NALIP will put together a one day event by women and for women in an effort to increase diverse voices in front and behind the camera.

It is no secret that women, especially women from diverse backgrounds still lag behind men when it comes to the media industry. The Forum aims to open the doors for women to come away with new tools, ideas, connections and relationships to influence the future of women in media.  

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Meet the Women Speaking at the Diverse Women in Media Forum

Meet the Women Speaking at the Diverse Women in Media Forum

Posted by NALIP · November 18, 2016



 NALIP is excited to announce the Diverse Women in Media Forum speakers for December 6, to be held at the Pacific Design Center: Spectra. Attendees will learn from dynamic industry women leaders, hear thought-provoking sessions and come away with new tools, ideas and connections to influence the future of women in media. 


Talitha Watkins is an Executive in the Lifestyle group at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency. Based in the Los Angeles office, Watkins helps build out the agency’s multicultural business and capabilities, and creates enterprise opportunities around diverse talent. Watkins also provides insights on multicultural audiences and markets to CAA’s motion picture, music, marketing, and television clients.

 Watkins came to CAA after six years as Vice President of Multicultural Marketing at Universal Pictures, where she worked across all marketing divisions, including publicity, media, digital, creative, research, and partnerships, to maximize the studio’s outreach efforts to African-American audiences. While at Universal, she worked on numerous films, including the multicultural blockbusters FAST & FURIOUS 6, FURIOUS 7, and the record-breaking STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. She was also instrumental in supporting the success of African-American films, such as the box-office hits THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY and RIDE ALONG.

 Prior to Universal Pictures, Watkins was an Assistant General Manager with Telepictures Productions, Inc. and oversaw operations, sales, and marketing for five female-focused digital properties in the Warner Bros. portfolio, including,, and, as well as worked in a development capacity for


Effie T. Brown is a film and television producer, known for the highly acclaimed independent feature Dear White
People . She currently serves as Executive Vice President of Development and Production for Lee Daniels
Entertainment. Through her company, Duly Noted, Inc., Brown is producing the Lionsgate feature Flyy Girl  (based off the best
selling novel by Omar Tyree) and she recently sold The Good House ( by acclaimed novelist Tananarive Due) , to
Lifetime films.

She has produced several critically acclaimed HBO Films and award-winning projects including Stranger Inside ,
Jane Campion’s In the Cut, Real Women Have Curves , Everyday People  and Rocket Science. In 2015, Brown
joined Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as Producer and Mentor in the controversial reboot of Project Greenlight.
With a love of multiple platforms Brown focused on digital episodic content and produced over 130 episodes of
WIGS, an award winning, original content channel funded by Google/YouTube. Currently, the number one
scripted channel on YouTube, WIGS has recently been picked up for wider distribution via Hulu.

Gloria Calderón Kellett is the executive producer and co-showrunner of the upcoming Netflix series “One Day At A Time.” The series, which is a reimagining of the classic 1970s sitcom from Norman Lear, will now shift its focus and center on a Cuban-American family led by a recently divorced, former military mom, her two children, her old-school, Cuban-born mother, and their quirky building manager.

 Previously Gloria served as a writer and Supervising Producer for the series "iZombie” and has worked on several additional TV series including "Devious Maids,” "Rules of Engagement" and "How I Met Your Mother" during which she won an Alma Award for Outstanding Script. Gloria graduated from Loyola Marymount University and her first play "Plane Strangers" went on to win the Del Rey Players Playwriting Award, and the LMU Playwright of the Year Award. Gloria went on to earn a Master’s degree in Theatre from the University of London. Her play, "Dance Like No One's Looking," won the International Student Playscript Competition.
Since her return to Los Angeles, Gloria has been a founding member of the sketch comedy group And Donkey Makes Five. Her book, Accessories , has been translated into Italian and in her free time she teaches and lectures about writing and on occasion she acts.

Michelle Knudsen manager and producer at MXN Entertainment will speak at our Diverse Women in Media Forum this December 6th at the Pacific Design Center. After graduating from Columbia University, Michelle Knudsen got her start working for agent Sarah Self at Gersh NY before moving to LA. She then partnered with manager/producer Mason Novick, jumping immediately into production on "500 Days of Summer."  MXN has since gone on to produce "Jennifer’s Body," "Young Adult," "Bad Words" among others.  Michelle also produced the music documentary "No Cameras Allowed" for MTV.   Most recently,  MXN wrapped on Netflix production "When we First Met," starring Adam Devine and Alexandra Daddario. In addition, Michelle is a lit manager for writers and directors.

Walker_Laura.jpgLaura Walker has over ten years of experience in film which spans production, post-production, financing, packaging and domestic sales.  After graduating from the University of Texas, Laura worked on projects like “Boyhood” and “Friday Night Lights.”  However, most of her career has been spent at Creative Artists Agency where as an agent, she put together films like “Still Alice,” “The Master,” “Under The Skin,” “Spring Breakers,” “The Heat,” and “Neighbors.”  She now runs AG Capital, which is a film and television equity fund that is focused on supporting proven and exceptional content creators in the film, television and digital spaces.  AG Capital is based in Los Angeles, CA.



Humanitas Award-nominated writer and alumna of the Disney-ABC Writers Program, the Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop and the National Hispanic Media Coalition's Television Writers Program, Silvia Olivas is co-producer and story editor of Disney's "Elena of Avalor," which follows Princess Elena, Disney's first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore.

Olivas began her career in television as a stage manager on "El Show de Paul Rodriguez." She served as a writer-producer on the hit series "Moesha," and wrote and co-executive produced "The Brothers Garcia," for which she was nominated for a Humanitas Award. Wanting to try her hand in the world of television animation, Olivas wrote her first animation script for Disney Channel's "The Proud Family." Her additional animated television credits include Disney Junior's "Special Agent Oso," "The Misadventures of Maya and Miguel," "Martha Speaks," "Fatherhood," "Pound Puppies" and "Olivia." 


Prior to her role as President of Production at Straight Up Films, Sandra handled acquisitions, development and production at Pantelion Films, where she was involved with the feature films, Girl in Progress, starring Eva Mendes, and Casa De Mi Padre, starring Will Ferrell. She has also served in various executive capacities at Miramax/Dimension Films where she was integrally involved in all areas of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios, including fostering the Company brand as well as developing its box-office franchise hits Spy Kids, Sin City, as well as Grindhouse, starring Kurt Russell, also for Dimension Films, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, starring Johnny Depp and Salma Hayek for Sony Pictures. Condito began her career as a publicist at Miramax/Dimension Films, where she executed publicity and marketing campaigns for Malena (Monica Bellucci), The Faculty (Josh Hartnett, Salma Hayek) and the Academy Award winning Life Is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni), among others.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear these women speak at the Diverse Women in Media Forum coming up December 6th. Take advantage of our extended Holiday rate and save your spot for the Diverse Women in Media Forum.

NALIP Hosts Successful Panel at MIP Cancun

NALIP Hosts Successful Panel at MIP Cancun

Posted by NALIP · November 18, 2016



This week NALIP partnered up and attended MIP Cancun for a producers session early November 18, 2016. The New Producers To Watch: Scripted Content Showcase took place in Cancun and featured Sandra Avila, Alejandro Sugich and Sergio Aguero. The session was moderated by NALIP's Projects Director Ben Lopez.


Focused on TV programming in Latin America and the US Hispanic market, MIP Cancun includes:

Creative & Digital Minds Summit bringing together production, digital and programming executives from across Latin America to explore business and content opportunities.


NALIP showcased our three producers to watch in front of senior programming and production executives. We believe the three represent the full spectrum of fresh and innovative creatives, content and business trends which could potentially shape the future of TV in Latin America and global markets.


The Diversity Discussion to Take Place December 5th

The Diversity Discussion to Take Place December 5th

Posted by NALIP · November 16, 2016


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NALIP has partnered up with NewBay Media for The Diversity Discussion event which gathers leaders in TV and video, agencies, and production as well as popular on-air talent. They will share their individual perspectives on the business of serving TV and video for diverse audience segments. These segments are defined by ethnicity; nationality; regional or cultural identity; religious affiliation; gender; and/or sexual orientation.

The event opens with the exciting Awards for Diversity in TV and Video Luncheon which celebrate the contributions of individual executives, on-air talent and producers within the multicultural TV business.  Awards are presented by celebrities in 12 different categories.  The Awards are followed by an afternoon program of panel discussions and breakout sessions that address the continued growth and sustainability of the business of multicultural TV and video.

Afternoon sessions focus on depicting diversity on screen and in digital video, attracting and measuring diverse audience segments and accurately depicting diversity in productions.   These sessions feature leaders from various areas of the TV and video business including talent, production, advertising, marketing, promotions, programming, distribution technology, and more.

To view the rest of the agenda and additional information visit:


Fusion's Doc Challenge: Do You Have What It Takes?

Fusion's Doc Challenge: Do You Have What It Takes?

Posted by NALIP · November 10, 2016


Fusion seeks talented, risk takers willing to put together a production team, create & execute a documentary in only 5 days for a chance to premier at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival!

For all those documentary filmmakers, Fusion currently seeks someone who can assemble a team that can shoot, edit and produce a world class Documentary in just 5 days!
You get a 5 day window to create an incredible 4-7 minute documentary with the chance to  possibly premiere at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival and possibly win one out of 12 film awards. Fusion’s #1 film will get a cash prize and other prizes include a FilmStro soundtrack license and distribution across Fusion’s Network Channels. This is your time to shine!
Check out the details and register Here!


Eugenio Derbez's 3Pas Studios Hires and Promotes Execs

Eugenio Derbez's 3Pas Studios Hires and Promotes Execs

Posted by NALIP · November 10, 2016


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By Anita Busch

Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell’s Santa Monica-based 3Pas Studios has expanded its team with two new hires and a promotion as the company continues to build its film and television slate and also expand aggressively into Latin America. The three executives are Adriana Martínez Barrón, Chris StevensViviana Mauri was promoted.

Martínez Barrón has been hired in as a creative executive, overseeing Spanish language projects for Latin America and U.S. Hispanic audiences. Martínez Barrón began her career as a development assistant at Luis Balaguer’s and Sofia Vergara’s management company, LatinWE, before moving on to being a publicist at Hispanic marketing firm Arenas Entertainment.

Stevens, Derbez and Odell’s former assistant has been promoted to creative executive, overseeing English language films. Stevens was previously at Underground.

Mauri has joined the team as an assistant in the film development department. She was previously at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions/Stage 6 Films.

“We are seeing growing opportunities for content that embraces diversity in the English language market and massive expansion in the Spanish language market both in the US and in Mexico and the rest of Latin America,” commented Odell.

3Pas Studio has a first-look deal with Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films and a  first-look with Universal Television. They are currently in post on the Ken Marino-helmed How to Be a Latin Lover in which Derbez stars along with Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch, Rob Riggle, Linda Lavin and Rob Huebel. Written by Chris Spain and Jon Zack, the film is on the schedule to release on April 28, 2017.

Other projects 3Pas has in development is Ponce, about the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León and his search for the fountain of youth. This one is set in modern-day America and written by Max Botkin. Two other projects in development are The Valet, which is a remake of the 2006 French comedy and an animated Speedy Gonzalez (based on the beloved cartoon character) at Warner Bros.

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