Join us for the 19th Annual NALIP Media Summit: We Are Inclusion, June 21-24, 2018, as we celebrate the convergence of storytelling, technology and media championing Latinx talent. Within the shifting entertainment industry we seek to encourage and facilitate proactive engagement of the Latinx creator community. We champion the inclusion of Latinx talent behind and in-front of the camera with panels that cover everything from film producing to cutting-edge entertainment trends. Ultimately, we seek to bridge connections within the entertainment industry and Latinx community to broaden the narrative. Together, with you, #WeAreInclusion.
In 2007, Gustavo Santaolalla became only the third composer in history to be honored with two consecutive academy awards for Best Original Score. He also received consecutive Golden Globe Nominations for “Babel” and “Brokeback Mountain,” and a remarkable third consecutive BAFTA nomination, winning two of the three years for “Babel” and “The Motorcycle Diaries.”
In addition to winning the Oscars, Golden Globe and BAFTA’s, Santaolalla has also been honored with two Grammy’s and 16 Latin Grammy’s (including producer of the year) for his work with such artists as Juanes, Café Tacuba, Julieta Venegas, Kronos Quartet, Molotov, Calle 13 and his own band Bajofondo. He was instrumental in bringing Rock en Espanol to mainstream and critical acclaim.
Santaolalla’s Breakthrough as a solo artist came with the 1996 release “Ronroco” by Nonesuch Records. Director Michael Mann handpicked the track “Iguazu” to be featured on “The Insider” soundtrack which began Santaolalla’s incredible run as a film composer, writing original scores and songs for such films as the Oscar-Winning “Babel.” “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Motorcycle Diaries” as well as the Oscar-Nominated “August: Osage County,” “21 Grams,” “Amores Perros,” “Biutiful” and “North Country” Starring Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand.
Santaolalla, has performed in concert halls around the world including Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, and The Hollywood Bowl. In 2008, he produced a film of his Grammy-winning record project, “Café De Los Maestros.” featuring performances by the world’s great tango artists, with acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles. Santaolalla is currently working with Guillermo Del Toro on a musical version of “Pan’s Labyrinth” and recently collaborated with one of his early idols, Eric Clapton, on a new documentary film. He is also scoring the follow-up to the hugely successful video game “The Last of Us” for Sony and writing themes for the hit series
“Narcos”, “Making a Murderer”, and “Jane the Virgin”.
A Time Magazine cover story named Santaolalla “One of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” and Entertainment Weekly credited him as one of the “50 Smartest People in Hollywood.”
Diego Luna was introduced to worldwide audiences with his starring role in the award-winning Y Tu Mama Tambien, alongside Gael Garcia Bernal for director Alfonso Cuaron. He recently starred in the box office hit Rogue One: A Star Wars Story alongside Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn and can next be seen in If Beale Street Could Talk directed by Barry Jenkins. He will star this Fall in Season 4 of “Narcos” and recently joined the third and final season of Emmy-winning original DreamWorks series “Trollhunters” from Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, both on Netflix.
Beginning his professional acting career on stage at the age of seven and making his television debut at age twelve in “El Abuelo Y Yo,” Luna has appeared on stage in such theater productions as De Pelicula, La Tarea (based on Jame Hurnberto Hermosillo’s movie of the same name), Comedia Clandtina and El Cantaro Roto, for which he accepted the 1996-1997 “Masculine Revelation Award” from the Association of Theatre Reviewers. Under the direction of Antonio Serrano (Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas), he performed Sabina Berman’s Moliere. He produced The Complete Works of William Shakespeare in Mexico for which he won the 2001-2002 “Best Comic Actor” award from the Association of Theatre Reviewers. Luna also enjoyed a successful run on stage as an actor and producer in John Malkovich’s The Good Canary. He recently completed a run in Mexico City on the multimedia production Privacidad, directed by Francisco Franco.
Cesar Chavez, Diego Luna’s English language directorial debut, was released in the United States in 2014. The film starred Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich. His recent directorial effort Mr. Pig premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and stars Danny Glover and Maya Rudolf. Luna and Bernal recently announced their new production house in Mexico, La Corriente del Golfo, which will serve as an independent company for cinematic, theatrical, and television productions as well as develop a variety of community-oriented projects.
Luna executive produced The Well and Paraiso in Mexico. He previously directed, wrote, and produced the feature film Abel, a heart-warming story about a peculiar young boy who returns home to assume the role of the family man, but soon learns that his actions start to have a positive impact on the family and their unity. Additionally, Luna directed one of ten short films that composed the anthology feature Revolución. In 2007, Luna directed the documentary J.C. Chavez which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film explores the life of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, whose rise from humble circumstances to thirty-seven world title fights mirrored the struggle of his people and allowed him to win the hearts of the world.
Luna’s additional feature films include Sony’s remake of Flatliners alongside Ellen Page, the animated movie The Book of Life alongside Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana, Elysium alongside Matt Damon, the award-winning Milk opposite Sean Penn for director Gus Van Sant, Contraband with Mark Wahlberg, Casa de mi Padre with Will Ferrell, Carlos Cuaron’s Rudo y Cursi., Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely, Before Night Falls for director Julian Schnabel, Luis Estrada’s Ambar, Erwin Neumaier’s Un Hilito De Sangre, Gabriel Retes’ Un Dulce Olor A Meute, Marisa Sistach’s El Cometa, Fernando Sarinana’s Todo El Poder, Criminal for Stephen Soderbergh and George Clooney’s Section Eight Productions, The Terminal for director Steven Spielberg, Solo Dios Sabe (What God Knows), Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Open Range alongside director and star Kevin Costner, Frida opposite Salma Hayek for director Julie Taymor, Carambola, Fidel for Showtime, Ciudades Oscuras, and Soldados de Salamina for director David Trueba. Additionally, Luna has starred in a number of short films made by students at CUEC and CCC, including Javier Bourges’ “El Ultimo Fin Del Ano”, the Oscar-winning short film.
Luna resides in Mexico.
Rising star Isabela Moner, at just sixteen years old, is highly regarded as a singer, actress, dancer and songwriter. Isabela most recently starred in Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight with Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins and Josh Duhamel. Next, she will star opposite Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin in Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the Stefano Sollima-directed sequel to the 2015 film Sicario, and Paramount Pictures’ Instant Family alongside Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Octavia Spencer.
Isabela is also set to star in the titular role in Paramount Players’ Dora the Explorer. Based on the long-running hit Nickelodeon animated series, the live-action theatrical feature will follow a teenage Dora – accompanied by her best friend, the monkey Boots, and her cousin Diego – on an adventure.
Isabela’s prior credits include: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, Nickelodeon’s Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie, the voice of “Heather” in Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, as well as starring as “CJ Martin” in Nickelodeon’s series, 100 Things To Do Before High School.
She was also honored with Cinemacon’s 2017 “Rising Star of the Year” Award at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Isabela made her debut on Broadway with the revival of Evita at age ten. That same year, Isabela made her national and international television debut as a singer in The Next Big Thing New York. She earned her first feature film lead role in the critically acclaimed The House that Jack Built, winner of numerous awards at film festivals across the United States. Isabela finished that year by originating the lead role of Wendy in the new upcoming musical Fly, joining a team of professionals who had won the Tony Award.
Months later, in 2013, Isabela went on to star as Wendy in the world premiere of Fly the Musical. Other workshop and theatre credits include: Zorro (Young Lisa), Little Miss Sunshine (Rosa Maria), A Christmas Carol (Sarah Cratchit), Annie (Annie), Les Miserables (Young Cossette).
She previously appeared in NBC’s Growing Up Fisher and the Nickelodeon movie Splitting Adam, as well as voiced a series regular character on the Nickelodeon animated preschool series, Dora and Friends: Into the City. She has also been involved in several national commercials.
While living in New York and Los Angeles, she continues her training under the guidance of some of the most highly regarded voice, dance and acting professionals in those cities. Isabela loves writing songs in her spare time, and when she is not performing, she continues to develop her skills playing the piano, guitar and ukulele. Album credits include: Broadway’s Evita, When I Grow Up, and her own solo album, Bela, under Republic Records, which has not yet been released. As a soloist, Isabela performs at benefits and venues in New York City and Cleveland, such as the Lincoln Center, Severance Hall, 54 Below, The Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub and several others. Isabela has had the privilege of working under the direction of several Emmy and Tony Award winning directors and producers. In addition, she has appeared in the Opera Cleveland production of I Pagliacci. She has earned the honor of performing as a soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall and, on separate occasions, has sung alongside Jon Anderson from “Yes” and Billy Jonas while being accompanied by the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
Isabela is an honors student, is equally fluent in Spanish and English and is learning French. Some of her pastimes are skiing, snowboarding, skating, jumping on the trampoline with her brothers, Gyovanni and Jared and going out with her friends. Isabela feels privileged to have crossed paths with people who have been more than just amazing professionals, but also friends, advisors and advocates for her talents.
Victoria Alonso is the Executive Vice President of Physical Production for Marvel Studios and currently executive producing Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel. In her executive role, she oversees post-production and visual effects for the studio slate. She recently executive produced Avengers: Infinity War. Her other executive producer credits include Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3, and Marvel’s The Avengers. She co-produced Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Alonso’s career began at thenascency of the visual effects industry, when she served as a commercial VFX producer. From there, she VFX-produced numerous feature films, working with such directors as Ridley Scott, Tim Burton and Andrew Adamson, to name a few.
Dulce Candy Ruiz reigns as one of the top beauty and fashion industry’s influential content creators. An immigrant to America from Mexico, she serves as an Army Veteran, Author, Wife and Mother. With millions of followers across a variety of social platforms, she aspires to inspire young women around the world to find their passion and achieve their dreams. Dulce published her first book “The Sweet Life” in 2015 and has also been honored with the inaugural Hispanicize “Latinovator” Award. Some of her other accomplishments include moderating a Los Angeles Town Hall event with Hillary Clinton, and speaking at the Democratic National Convention. She has starred in Target’s “Lúcete A Tu Manera” commercial campaign and partnered with companies like Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, as well as brands such as Nordstrom, Ulta, Target, Kohls, AT&T and Conair. Dulce has appeared on Lifetime’s Project Runway, The Today Show, Access Hollywood and Good Morning America.
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Mishel Prada will next be seen in her lead role as ‘Emma’ in STARZ highly anticipated 30-minute drama series “Vida.” The show follows the stories of two Mexican-American sisters Emma and Lyn and their journey back to their childhood home in the Eastside of Los Angeles after the passing of their mother. The sisters who share more differences than commonalities encounter some startling revelations about their mother that ultimately force them to reevaluate their identities. The show is set to premiere Sunday, May 6th.
Prior to securing her lead role on “Vida,” Prada starred in AMC’s short form series “Fear the Walking Dead: Passage” an online spinoff of the hit series “Fear the Walking Dead.” Her character “Gabi” echoed the same strength and determination to survive that her grandmother did when she immigrated from the Dominican Republic to the United States as a single mother with three children in tow working in a bra factory to support her family and build a new life. The popular series was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy and Prada made it a point to wear her grandmother’s earrings to the show.
Born to a Dominican mother and Mexican father, Prada was raised in Hialeah Florida, Prada has been drawn to the performing arts for as long as she can recall. Growing up she took every opportunity presented to her to hone in on her craft, whether it be a church or a school play, Christmas musicals in the mall, performing in brown bag theaters at lunch during her high school years or in front of her family during dinner parties, she did not let a chance pass her by. As Prada matured, as did her passion for acting, and following the advice of her high school guidance counselor, she dove head first into her pursuit of an acting career following graduation and began working in commercials, indie films and several music videos.
In addition to acting, Prada is a founding member of Damarosa, a female art collective founded by Britt Bogan, which seeks to celebrate the significant role of women throughout art, literature, and politics, while also spotlighting a new generation of influential female voices.
When not in production or working with the Damarosa team, Prada spends her time cooking Latin/Caribbean cuisine (usually bringing it with her to set the following day to share with her cast mates and crew), fulfilling her wanderlust by traveling the global or volunteering with the non-profit organization H.A.R.K (Healing Arts Reaching Kids) sharing her love of acting with the critically ill and injured children at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Prada splits her time between Los Angeles and New Orleans with her Russian Blue rescue cat Louie.
NALIP is honored to present ARRAY with the #WeAreInclusion Award at the Summit Kick Off Screenings Thursday, June 21 at the Ricardo Montalban theatre in Hollywood, CA.
ARRAY, was founded by Ava Duvernay, and is an independent film distribution and resource collective comprised of arts advocacy organizations, maverick volunteers and rebel member donors worldwide.
Their work is dedicated to the amplification of independent films by people of color and women filmmakers globally.
For this, and so much more, we are thrilled to honor them at the Kick Off Screenings this year.
"For nearly fifty years, PBS has been a fixture in the lives of Americans of all backgrounds, providing exceptional content rooted in education. Like no other media outlet today, PBS provides room for diverse viewpoints, experiences and voices that build understanding and make our nation stronger. With its special mission, PBS is uniquely positioned to elevate emerging creators who are underrepresented across media. This critical mission could not be more important today, which is why NALIP is excited to present the 'Lisa Quiroz Media Advancement Award’ to PBS for their contributions in advancing diverse voices."
Cris Abrego was named CEO, Endemol Shine North America and Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas, in November 2016. Abrego oversees both the North American and Latin American divisions of Endemol Shine Group, the global independent content creator, producer and distributor.The former chief executive and co-founder of Endemol Shine-owned 51 Minds Entertainment, Abrego is one of the leading creators and producers of reality television in the U.S. Abrego has oversight of Endemol Shine Latino, the company’s Spanish-language sales and development arm that leads all programming initiatives across Latin America. Abrego recently led the launch of Endemol Shine Boomdog, the division’s newest studio that produces original content for both the U.S. Hispanic and Mexican markets. Abrego oversees such Endemol Shine series as “Big Brother,” “MasterChef,” “Fear Factor,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Chumel Con Chumel,” “MasterChef Latino,” “Mira Quién Baila,” “Ink Master” and “Trading Spaces” (TLC).
We Run This Show #DWIMI - June 23 @ 2:30 PM - Creator's Studio 2
Gloria Calderón Kellett is the Executive Producer and Co-showrunner of One Day At A Time currently streaming on Netflix. Before that she wrote and produced on such shows as CW's iZombie, ABC's Mixology, Lifetime's Devious Maids, CBS's Rules of Engagement & How I Met Your Mother, for which she won an Alma Award for Outstanding Script. Gloria graduated from Loyola Marymount University and was awarded a Kennedy Center/ACTF Award for her first play, Plane Strangers – which also went on to win the Del Rey Players Playwriting Award, and the LMU Playwright of the Year Award. Gloria has a Masters degree in Theatre from the University of London. She is a founding member of the sketch comedy group And Donkey Makes Five, and has written and performed stand-up comedy at The Improv and The Comedy Store. Her book, Accessories, has been translated into Italian and is published by Small Fish Studios in the U.S. and Cassini Press in Italy. As an actress she has appeared on stage in London, Madrid, New York and all over Los Angeles. TV Credits include: How I Met Your Mother, Angie Tribeca, Trophy Wife but her proudest on camera moment thus far was appearing as a narrator on Drunk History (New Orleans).
We Run This Show #DWIMI - June 23 @ 2:30PM - Creator's Studio 2
Danielle Sanchez-Witzel is a writer producer under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV where last season she served as Consulting Producer on Fox’s comedy LA TO VEGAS. She was previously showrunner and Executive Producer for three seasons on NBC’s critically acclaimed THE CARMICHAEL SHOW. Additional credits include NEW GIRL, MY NAME IS EARL and GEORGE LOPEZ. In features, she recently completed a rewrite of Paramount’s live-action DORA THE EXPLORER movie. Danielle received an M.F.A. in Producing from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. When not working she can be found lying on the couch watching sports with her husband and their French Bulldog.
We Run This Show #DWIMI - June 23 @ 2:30PM - Creator's Studio 2
Tanya Saracho is a playwright and television writer who serves as creator, showrunner, and executive producer of “Vida” on Starz, premiering May 6, 2018. She recently signed an overall deal with Starz, and is developing a new series, titled “Brujas,” with Big Beach. Her television credits include “How to Get Away with Murder,” HBO's “Looking” and “Girls,” and “Devious Maids.” Named "Best New Playwright" by Chicago Magazine, Saracho has had plays produced at New York City’s Primary Stages and 2nd Stage, as well as Victory Gardens Theatre, The Denver Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater.
Saracho was named one of nine national Latino "Luminarios" by Café Magazine, and received the first "Revolucionario" Award in Theater by the National Museum of Mexican Art. She is the founder of Teatro Luna (the first all-Latina Theatre Company in the nation, now defunct) as well as the founder of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists). She is currently in development with South Coast Repertory and Two River Theatre.
Saracho was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México, and raised along the Texas border, spending the better part of her adult life in Chicago.Saracho is represented by UTA and Mark Orsini at Bret Adams, Ltd.
Frida Torresblanco is an award-winning producer based in New York. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, the European Film Academy and the Producers Guild of America. After studying Film and Literature in Madrid, she produced many prestigious projects, including THE DANCER UPSTAIRS (directed by John Malkovich), THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON (starring Sean Penn) and PAN’S LABYRINTH (directed by Guillermo del Toro and winner of three Oscars). She was partnered with Alfonso Cuaron for 8 years. In 2007, The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the 50 most powerful Latinos in Hollywood. Her production company, Braven Films, produced its first feature MAGIC MAGIC (with Michael Cera, Juno Temple, and Emily Browning) in 2013. Distributed by Sony. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened in that year’s Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. Braven recently produced DISOBEDIENCE, an adaptation from the original novel of Naomi Alderman, written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Sebastian Lelio who directed it (GLORIA, Oscar Winning UNA MUJER FANTSTICA), starring Rachel Weisz (THE LOBSTER), Rachel McAdams (SPOTLIGHT) and Alessandro Nivola (AMERICAN HUSTLE) and produced in conjunction with Film4, Film Nation and Ed Guiney (ROOM). It premiered at TIFF in 2017 to excellent reviews and is distributed by Bleecker Street. In development are a slate of films including JULIUS WINSOME and CROOKED HEART, written by Jemma Kennedy, in partnership with Rachel Weisz. In pre-production VISCERAL a thriller directed by Frederic Jardin (SLEEPLESS NIGHT, SPIRAL), co-produced with Marco Cherqui (A PROPHET).
Award winning film producer Frida Torresblanco reveals her journey through Hollywood and explores the role a producer plays throughout the filmmaking process.
Charles D. King is Founder & CEO of MACRO, a leading media company founded in 2015 that represents the voice and perspectives of people of color (POC). King is a visionary leader, long recognized for his keen eye for talent, strategic deal-making and long-horizon thinking. King oversees the company’s focus on creating, developing, producing and financing film, television, digital content, tech companies and brands driven by POC that encompass universal themes. MACRO’s film projects have received nine Oscar nominations. Projects include Fences, Mudbound, Roman J. Israel, Esq. and the upcoming Sorry to Bother You. MACRO Digital Studio has produced four series, including “Gente-Fied,” which premiered at Sundance 2017 and sold after a six-network bidding war. King sits on several nonprofit boards including The College Track National Board. He is also Co-founder/General Partner of M Ventures, a entertainment, media and technology focused fund. King and his companies hold interest in more than 40 technology and media companies including Blavity, After School, Hooked, Beautycon and Manticore Games.
The Stand Up Sit Down - June 23, 2018
With over 18 years of experience in standup, Al Madrigal has parlayed his talents as a comedian into successful off-stage careers as an actor, correspondent, and podcaster. Since 2011, Madrigal has filed regular correspondent pieces for the Emmy Award-winning The Daily Show. He can currently be seen on the Jim Carrey produced Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, where he also serves as consulting producer. Madrigal has also been seen on NBC's About A Boy; Free Agents, Welcome to the Captain; Gary Unmarried; The Tax Me; and The Ortegas, where he was the series lead. His newest standup special, Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy premiered in 2017 on Showtime. In 2013, Madrigal and Bill Burr launched the All Things Comedy network (ATC)founded, owned and operated entirely by comedians. The network currently has 6 million downloads per month. Madrigal lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Cari Champion is one of a few African-American female hosts of ESPN and can be seen weekdays hosting Sports Nation out of Los Angeles. Described as a “game-changer” by Vogue in 2016, Champion was one of two women named to Sports Illustrated’s prestigious list of Six to Watch in 2016, and was recently included in the Ebony Power 100 of 2017 for representing women in an industry dominated by men. Before taking over Sports Nation, Cari co-hosted ESPN's SportsCenter Coast to Coast with David Lloyd. Champion also moderated the network’s signature morning show, First Take, then featuring Stephen A. Smith and then, Skip Bayless. The debate format of the show allowed Champion to feel more comfortable in finding her voice in front of the camera and has been instrumental as her career evolved.
Champion has become a trailblazer for African- American women in media. Champion knew that joining ESPN would give her the platform to embrace— not only her love of sports but —a women’s role in sports. This is evident in her weekly “Be Honest” Podcast that was takes an honest look at the world of sports and pop culture with the help of guests. The Southern California native and UCLA graduate started her professional career by working across the country covering network news, entertainment, and sports stories of national interest for ABC, CBS, NBC and other cable networks before joining the Tennis Channel as an anchor and court-side reporter. Charity also plays a large role in Champion’s life, as she previously teamed up with Christian Louboutin to raise money for the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. While never forgetting the times as a young reporter when she needed guidance, Champion dedicates her time to mentoring young women who are interested in journalism and broadcasting. She gives career advice, invites them to shadow her on the job, and provides support. Champion credits her success to a relentless determination. She continues to shatter glass ceilings and advance how women are seen and represented in sports and media.
#FemaleTVDirectors Panel - Latino Lens Space - June 22 4:00 PM
Debra Birnbaum is an accomplished editor with over 20 years of experience covering news and entertainment. She's the executive editor, TV, at Variety, overseeing all television coverage for the trade magazine’s multiple platforms, including the weekly print edition, Variety.com, and special awards season issues. As the President/Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide Magazine, a position she held for seven years, she revitalized a classic brand with innovations like the annual "Fan Favorites" cover contest, the Comic-Con photo studio, and the "Hot List" party. She appears frequently on TV and radio as an entertainment expert, and regularly moderates panels for the TV Academy, Screen Actors Guild, Paley Center, and more. She has also worked for Redbook, George, More, The New York Post, and Us Weekly.
A Nuyorican hailing from The Bronx, Steven Canals is a 2015 graduate of UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program. He began his writing career as a Research Assistant at Hungry Jackal Productions for Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. In 2016 Steven served as a Staff Writer on Freeform’s horror anthology Dead of Summer. Later that year his short film, Afuera, about an undocumented Transgender woman, premiered at the LA Film Festival. In March of 2017 his original drama series, Pose, co-created with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk was announced. The series is slated to premiere on FX in 2018.
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Women TV Writers - Creator's Studio 2 - June 23, 2018 2:30-3:30 PM
Ligiah Villalobos is a Writer, Producer, Consultant, Educator and Lecturer. She is best known for the independent feature film Under the Same Moon, (La Misma Luna), which she wrote and executive produced. The film was released by Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company in 2008 after it was acquired at the Sundance Film Festival, where it became the highest sale for a Spanish-language film in the history of Sundance. Made for under $2M, the film earned over $23M worldwide.
More recently, Villalobos was a Cultural Consultant on the Academy Award winning Pixar movie, COCO, which has become the highest grossing movie of all time in Mexico (and highest grossing Pixar movie in China). She is also the recipient of the Humanitas Prize, for writing the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Firelight, produced by Alicia Keys and Mary Martin, which aired on ABC in 2013. Villalobos has developed projects for multiple studios and networks, including ABC, NBC, ABC/Family (now Freeform), F/X, Showtime, BET, HBO, and Sesame Street, among others. The latest being, a half hour pilot for STARZ titled The Dirty Girls Social Club, based on the NY Times bestselling book. Villalobos co-wrote the 2016 Lifetime TV Movie, The Real MVP, based on the life of Kevin Durant’s mother, produced by Queen Latifah and Shelby Stone. And she was the Head Writer for three seasons on Nick Jr.’s hit children’s show Go, Diego! Go! In addition to COCO, Villalobos has consulted on the Disney movie, Planes and the TV series, Reed Between the Lines for BET and Nina’s World for SPROUT.
Before becoming an independent writer/producer, Villalobos was a studio executive at The Walt Disney Company, where she oversaw television production in Latin America for five years, launching eight #1 children shows in seven countries and then overseeing the Writing Fellowship Program and the Directors Training Program for the Studio. She then worked as a Current Programming Executive at The WB, where she oversaw six prime times shows, including the four highest rated shows on the network. Villalobos recently sold an animated series to the Disney Channel titled Adelita y Señorita. She is currently writing on two Netflix animated children’s series, Super Monsters and Zoey Zoom. She is also a writer and associate producer on the animated feature film Koati, currently in production. Villalobos lectures and teaches writing workshops around the world, including for the Sundance Film Institute, the Taipei’s Film Commission San Miguel de Allende’s Writers Conference and NALIP.
She is a contributor to The Huffington Post, The Black List Blog and Americana magazine. She is on the Board of the Writers Guild Foundation, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and the Immigrant Defenders Law Center. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Villalobos is a professor in the TV Film and Theatre MFA program at Cal State LA. She has also taught at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Colorado College, and Tisch/Asia in Singapore.
Seizing The Power
Tilane Jones, VICE PRESIDENT, ARRAY RELEASING, has worked with award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay for ten years. Beginning with public relations and promotional company the The DuVernay Agency as well as production entity Forward Movement and most recently leading grass-roots film distribution collective ARRAY as Vice President. ARRAY has distributed eighteen feature films since 2011 including Andrew Dosunmu's RESTLESS CITY and Haile Gerima's ASHES AND EMBERS. Working as Manager of Production for Forward Movement, Jones has served as a producer for all of the company’s visual product. Her film credits include: Four-time EMMY winner 13TH, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, THIS IS THE LIFE, I WILL FOLLOW, AUGUST 28: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PEOPLE, FAMILY FEUD and Oscar nominated SELMA as well as acclaimed fashion and beauty films for Prada and Fashion Fair, THE DOOR and SAY YES, respectively. Her television credits include: BET's “Black Girls Rock,” “My Mic Sounds Nice,” “John Legend Interludes Live,” “Essence Music Festival 2010,” and ESPN Films' “Venus Vs.”