Partner News 11/10/2021

Posted by on November 13, 2021

Read up on this weeks Partner News!

Eternals One Open 

Beginning with Marvel Studios' ETERNALS is One Open. An evolution to the Gold Open movement, One Open unites multiple multicultural communities to ensure the opening weekend success of films led by a diverse ensemble of talent and filmmakers. 


Please consider donating the cost of a movie ticket to the #OneOpen Community Fund to sponsor an Open Caption screening of ETERNALS for Deaf community groups, API community groups, and Deaf children's schools.


Annual GLAAD Accelerating Acceptance Study: Over 80% of non-LGBTQ Americans expect growing familiarity with trans and nonbinary people

Courtesy of GLAAD

GLAAD has announced the findings of its seventh annual Accelerating Acceptance Study, a national survey among U.S. adults conducted using a sample sourced by Cint. The study measures American attitudes towards, and understanding of, LGBTQ people. Read more here.

Warner Media: 2021 Equity and Inclusion Report

Who gets to tell our stories is critical. We know that talent is distributed equally across the population, but opportunities have not always been. That’s why, throughout this report, you’ll see how we endeavor to open those opportunities — across our workforce, our content, our pipeline programs and the work we do within our communities. Equity and inclusion are vital for our storytellers and, as so much research has shown, also necessary for our business’ growth. But true equity and inclusion is not about prescribing quotas. Rather, it’s about ongoing, measured and systemic change. It’s about progress, not promises. A recent employee survey show that our equity and inclusion work was one of the top-ranked reasons to work at WarnerMedia. We know we have much more work to do, but I am proud of the fact that our drive for equity and inclusion is becoming an essential part of who we are.

Read the full report here.

American Film Market Delves Into Diversity, Inclusion

Courtesy of AFM

Among the topics/issues addressed at the American Film Market was that of bringing more diversity and inclusion into the entertainment industry, as reflected in a couple of panel discussion sessions: "Changing the Narrative: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Film"; and "International Film Market: Consumption of Black Culture, Rejection of Black Stories." Read more from the article spotlighting this AFM panel here.

Focus on originality, AFM panel tells Spanish, LatAm content creators

Courtesy of Netflix

Check out this this article spotlighting AFM's ‘Demystifying the SPLATAM market’ panel, moderated by NALIP's Projects Director, Liliana Espinoza, where Latine executives shared insights on producing Spanish-language content for the greater international audience. Read more here.


Producers Guild of America Announces the 10 Producers and Producing Teams for the First Annual PGA Create Program

Courtesy of Producers Guild of America

The Producers Guild of America announced the 10 producers and producing teams invited to take part in its inaugural PGA Create lab for emerging and mid-career creative producers. The program’s focus is on supporting producers from underrepresented backgrounds. The Producers Guild also announced Google as the lead sponsor of PGA Create. Read more here

‘Insecure’ Writer Mike Gauyo And Stage 32 Reteam For Black Boy Writes/Black Girl Writes Mentorship Initiative

Courtesy of Deadline

Writer Mike Gauyo (Insecure, Ginny & Georgia) and training platform Stage 32 are set to open submissions to the Black Boy Writes & Black Girl Writes Mentorship Initiative, under the Black Boy Writes Media banner. The initiative, which launched at the beginning of 2021, focuses on supplying industry access and resources to pre-WGA Black screenwriters. Read more here.

NALIP Presents Prayers for the Stolen by Tatiana Huezo at AFI FEST 2021

Showcasing the best films from around the world, the 35th annual AFI FEST film festival will be held November 10-14. The hybrid festival will include both in-person and virtual screenings. Movie fans will be able to see 115 titles (48 Features, 1 Episodic, 49 Short Films and 17 Conservatory Showcase Shorts) of which 51% are directed by women, 40% directed by BIPOC filmmakers and 13% are directed by LGBTQIA+ filmmakers. This year’s program represents 50 countries and includes five World Premieres. For more information about AFI FEST, go to View the full program here.

NALIP will present Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de Fuego) directed by Tatiana Huezo at AFI FEST 2021. Use code FEST21NALIPPRAYERS for a 20% ticket discount for Prayers for the Stolen.

Black TV & Film Collective & Parity Project Merge To Address Systemic Racism In Hollywood

The Black TV & Film Collective a nonprofit development and production hub for artists of Black and African descent, has merged with The Parity Project, a data-driven organization with the mission to create financial and narrative equity for African American professional writers within the TV industry, to address systemic racism in Hollywood.

Together, now known singularly as The Black TV & Film Collective, they will offer production and career support, mentorship, and networking to creatives of Black and African descent who are seeking to become creators, producers, directors, and writers in the fields of TV, film, and digital entertainment. Going forward both organizations are excited to increase their impact as a merged organization.

Read more here.

Women in Film Launches Shorts Lab in Partnership With Google, Jury Members Including Lake Bell

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

Women In Film, Los Angeles (WIF) has partnered with Google to expand opportunities for women and nonbinary filmmakers by launching the WIF Shorts Lab. Sponsored by Google, the program will provide three filmmaking teams with the funds and support to produce a short film. Applications open on Nov. 18, and will be accepted until early January 2022. Projects will be selected by a jury comprised of actress and filmmaker Lake Bell, veteran producer Stephanie Allain, YouTube Originals’ Margie Moreno and ColorCreative’s Talitha Watkins. Read more here

Media Access Awards

 We are looking forward to beginning this season of celebrations with the upcoming broadcast of the annual Media Access Awards, presented by Easterseals.  As Easterseals strives to change the way the world defines and views disability, the Media Access Awards shines a spotlight on those individuals, studios and networks that have demonstrated authentic portrayals and casting of individuals with disabilities – both in front of and behind the camera.  We hope you will tune in on November 17th and help us toast this years’ winners! To learn more, click here.

Eternals Introduces Marvel’s First Deaf Superhero. But Accessibility Issues Still Plague Moviegoers

Courtesy of TIME

Chloé Zhao’s Eternals, released on Nov. 5, introduces one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most diverse ensembles. It also brings the franchise’s first deaf superhero. In the new film, Makkari possesses super speed and is one of the titular Eternals—immortal beings with special powers who were sent to Earth to protect humanity from monstrous Deviants. Originally depicted as a white, hearing male in the Marvel comics, Makkari is a woman of color in Marvel’s latest movie and is played by the actor Lauren Ridloff, who is deaf. The character’s portrayal has sparked conversations both about onscreen representation of the deaf and hard of hearing community and about the need for greater accessibility in theaters. Read more here.

Pasadena Playhouse is giving away a pair of tickets to see the Opening Night of #HeadOverHeels at the @pasadenaplayhouse this Saturday, November 13 at 8pm!

To enter for your chance to win the tickets; post any of the graphics below on Instagram and tell us how excited you are to see Head Over Heels! Follow @pasadenaplayhouse on Instagram, tag @pasadenaplayhouse and @nalip_org on your IG post, and you'll be entered to win tickets! Winner will be contacted by Saturday morning!

The music of @officalgogos fuels this non-stop, dance-filled joyride through magic, merriment and mischief. From the first notes of “We Got the Beat” to the final rapturous curtain call, you’ll be whisked away through a world of whimsy and wit. This jubilant celebration follows a royal family in search of a purpose, lovers in search of each other and a whole kingdom in search of a beat. The incredible cast includes @theonlyalaska5000, @realleadelaria, @yurele, @eastbayvicious, @iamtiffanymann, @georgesalazar, @edskeggs, and @luvbeingshanice.