Guided by the vision of supporting skills, projects, and relationships among Latinx content creators, NALIP is proud to present, the 20th Annual NALIP Media Summit, July 25-28, 2019. For the last twenty years the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) has been dedicated to facilitating the advancement and engagement of Latinx creators across multiple media platforms. Today, NALIP exists as a leading organization in supporting and championing Latinx talent behind and in-front of the camera. NALIP has sought to be 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. Together, with you, #WeAreInclusion.
Throughout its twenty year history, NALIP has wholeheartedly committed itself to supporting emerging and existing Latinx content creators ascertain their voice within the entertainment industry. With the understanding that the industry is constantly changing, NALIP has worked to provide support, resources, and above all, a community to Latinx content creators. NALIP is proud to stand as a leading organization in the amplification of Latinx voices across media platforms.
Our roundtable conversations feature prominent Latinx content creators across the United States. We hope you are inspired by their stories as much as they have inspired us!
Gloria Calderón Kellett is the Executive Producer and Co-showrunner of One Day At A Time currently streaming on Netflix and coming to POP TV in 2020. 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, Jane The Virgin & Dead To Me but her proudest on camera moment thus far was appearing as a narrator on Drunk History (New Orleans).
Eugenio Caballero is the Academy Award winning production designer of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. Mr. Caballero’s work on the film also earned him an “Ariel Award”, an “Art Directors’ Guild Award” (the most prestigious award in his field), a “Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award”, the “Gold Derby Award”, the “Online Film Critics Association” and “Goya”, “Satellite”, “Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award” and BAFTA Award nominations.
Born in Mexico City, Mr. Caballero, after study History of Art and History of Cinema in Florence, Italy his career as a production designer began in Mexico, with award-winning work on music videos (MTV award) and short films, soon he started to work in feature films as an assistant, and a set decorator. Mr. Caballero’s credits include near 30 films, 20 of them as a designer. He has worked with directors Jim Jarmusch (The Limit of Control), Baz Lurthman (Romeo and Juliet), Alfonso Cuaron (ROMA), Sebastian Cordero (Cronicas, Rabia and Europa Report), Floria Sigismondi (The runaways), Claudia Llosa (Aloft), Fernando Eimbcke (Club Sandwich) Carlos Cuaron (Rudo y Cursi), Russel Mulcahy (Resident Evil Extinction), among others. His first collaboration with J.A.Bayona on “The Impossible”, starring Naomi Watts, Ewan MacGregor and Tom Holland, earned him a Goya nomination and an Art Directors Guild nomination in 2013. In 2014 Mr Caballero designed the Paralympic Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, for director Daniele Finzi. With whom he have also collaborated with the Cirque du Soleil in the show “Luzia” in 2016. In 2015 and 2016 he worked on the film “A Monster Calls”, directed by J.A. Bayona, based on the multi awarded book by Patrick Ness which earned him a “Goya” on his third nomination to this award. He received the “Gaudi Award” , the “Fenix Award” and the “Platino Award” award for the same film. In 2017-2018 he designed the film “ROMA” working alongside with the director Alfonso Cuarón, for this work he has earned multiple international awards and nominations, including the Critics Choice Awards, the Art Directors’ Guild, the BAFTAs and the Academy Award. Mr. Caballero’s has been nominated 7 times for the Ariel award -Mexico’s main film award – from which he has won 2.
He has served as a Jury member on numerous international festivals and he is a member of the AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), the Mexican and Spanish film academies.
Alexis Tirado (Producer, @alexistt)
Alexis Tirado is an award-winning multi-platform journalist and producer. She is a Supervising Producer at BuzzFeed, the leading independent digital media company with hundreds of millions of consumers around the world. She runs Pero Like, the Latinx brand of BuzzFeed that’s focused on woke, humorous and culturally relevant video and social media for Latinx across the country. Previously, Alexis was the managing editor of Upworthy, the media brand responsible for making meaningful stories go viral. Prior to Upworthy, she was the Editorial Director of Flama, Univison’s first English-language digital destination designed exclusively for U.S. born Hispanic Millennials. In 2010, Alexis was selected out of over 8,500 candidates to become Alicia Keys' head blogger. She has also worked as writer and editor for MTV, Martha Stewart, Latina and Time Out New York.
Maya Murillo (Producer, @mayainthemoment)
At the age of 16, Maya Murillo started her blog mayainthemoment.com, which featured crafts, skits, and ukulele covers. She established a following through her quirky six-second videos on Vine, and customized love songs on YouTube. She was once nominated as an Influencer by Latina magazine for #Latina30Under30 awards and considered one of "6 Latinas You Should Definitely Be Following on Vine," by Cosmopolitan. She is now a video producer at BuzzFeed's Latinx channel, Pero Like. Maya is 26 years old and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Alexis Garcia (Writer-Director,@lexroc)
Alexis Garcia is a writer, director and proud Puerto Rican hailing from New York’s 14th congressional district. Her work has spanned both TV and digital, and she has been the “voice of Pero Like” as its Social Media Strategist for the past 2.5 years. Through her previous work at Univision’s Flama and current work at Pero Like, Alexis honed an expertise in Latinx audiences & storytelling across multiple platforms, and is passionate about driving critical conversations that inform and uplift the Latinx community. She is currently showrunning Pero Like’s first Facebook Watch show, “Mi Quinceañera Come True,” which will be premiering in the Fall 2019.
Claudia Restrepo (Writer-Director, @clauddog)
Claudia Gómez-Restrepo is Los Angeles-based writer and director currently focusing on Latinx content for BuzzFeed’s Pero Like. Before producing for the world wide web, Claudia’s 2012 play Reconstruction (which originated as a NPF one act) received a Theater Unleashed Award for best of Hollywood Fringe. She is a graduate of the National Hispanic Media Coalition Television Writing Program, and a 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist, as well as a 2015 finalist for the Nickelodeon Writing Program. One of her favorite projects to date is Lesbian Princess, a series she co-wrote and directed, which has amassed millions of views and combines her love of historical fiction with LGBTQ themes.
Stephanie Lorenzo (Editor, @its_stephlorenzo)
Stephanie Lorenzo is a video editor for BuzzFeed’s Pero Like. Previously she was a video producer and creative lead at mitú, where she created the original viral series, La Cocina, as well as comedy sketches about what it’s like to grow up in a Latino family. She is a Cuban-American from Miami, Florida and located in Los Angeles, CA. Stephanie has been editing since the age of 13. When she isn’t editing, you can find her in her favorite place, Disneyland.
Mj Rodriguez can currently be seen starring as housemother “Blanca” in Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking series Pose on FX. Currently in its second season, the series was nominated for a 2018 Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Television Series Drama, a Writers Guild Award and won both a Peabody Award and GLAAD Media Award in the category of Outstanding Drama Series. Rodriguez was most recently nominated for an MTV Movie + TV Award in the category of Breakthrough Performance.
Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Rodriguez made her Off-Broadway debut in New World Stages production of RENT as Angel, before continuing onto New York City Center to star in Encores! production of Runaways.
In 2018 she made her Tribeca Film Debut starring in the indie film “Saturday Church,” a performance which garnered her a Tribeca Film Festival Nomination for Best Actress. Her other television credits include: Nurse Jackie and Marvel’s Luke Cage.
NALIP is honored to present African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) with the #WeAreInclusion Award at the Summit Closing Events on Sunday, July 28th at the Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) actively reviews cinema at-large, with a particular emphasis on films which include the Black experience. The organization creates a platform for movies with universal appeal to the African-American community, while highlighting films produced, written, directed and starring, persons from the African Diaspora. Our members are also involved in our advocacy work that includes programming for students interested in film criticism and journalism.
For this, and so much more, we are thrilled to honor them this year.
CPB is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting and the largest single source of funding for public radio, television, and related online and mobile services. CPB’s mission is to ensure universal access to non-commercial, high-quality content and telecommunications services. CPB supports diverse programs and services that inform, educate, enlighten and enrich the public. Through grants, CPB encourages the development of content that addresses the needs of underserved and diverse audiences. CPB also funds multiple digital platforms used by thousands of public media producers and production companies throughout the country. CPB's core values of collaboration, innovation, engagement, and diversity help to inform our program investments system-wide.
CARLA HOOL began her career as a casting director on the film MAN ON FIRE for director Tony Scott. Since then she has been responsible for casting such notable films as, MISS BALA, ICEBOX, COCO, LOS INFILTRADOS, SERGIO, THE 33, A BETTER LIFE, BLESS ME ULTIMA, DESPICABLE ME 2, CHE, VANTAGE POINT, INNOCENT VOICES, NACHO LIBRE, APOCALYPTO, SIN NOMBRE, the soon to be released RAMBO: LAST BLOOD and 2HEARTS among many others. She also cast NARCOS and NARCOS MEXICO for Netflix, LOS ESPOOKYS for HBO, SELENA for Netflix, GENTEFIED for Netflix, EAST LOS HIGH for Hulu, THE BRIDGE SEASON 2 for FX, and EASTBOUND & DOWN SEASON 2 for HBO.
She has collaborated with Directors Tony Scott, Chris Weitz, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Catherine Hardwike, Lee Unkrich, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Jose Padilha, Guillermo Navarro, Carl Franklin, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Luis Mandoki, Jared Hess, Pete Travis, Richard Shepard, Emilio Maillé, Lance Hool, Carlos Cuarón and Mel Gibson. Carla is widely considered to be one of the most knowledgeable internationally focused casting directors in the film and television industry.
Carla lives and works full-time in Los Angeles but continues to work on international projects with strong casting affiliations in Mexico, Central and South America, and Spain. Carla has been nominated and won the prestigious Artios Award for Best Casting for the animated feature film COCO. She has also been nominated for an Artios Award for Best casting in the Netflix Drama series NARCOS.
Tanya Saracho is a playwright and television writer who serves as creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed series “Vida." The show featured all Latina directors in its second season and had a writing staff comprised of all Latinx writers. Named one of “TV Scribes to Watch” by Variety in 2018, Saracho was awarded the New Voice Award by Final Draft. Currently, she is under an overall deal with Starz, and is developing a new series, “Brujas,” with Big Beach. Her other television credits include “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Looking," “Girls,” and “Devious Maids.”
In 2010, Saracho was named “Best New Playwright" by Chicago Magazine having had plays produced on numerous stages throughout the country. Saracho is also 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).
Ozzie Areu served as the President of Tyler Perry Studios, where he produced almost $1B in production and over $2B in revenue. In his role, Ozzie oversaw all facets of the studio and production businesses, here he produced over 900 episode of Television, 9 hit series, as well as 17 movies (6x #1) and almost a dozen stage plays. Notably, Ozzie and Tyler Perry’s production team, 34th street films, discovered the film Precious. The film went on to be nominated for 6 Oscars, ultimately winning two. A renowned leader in the Latin American community, Ozzie has received numerous awards, such as The 50 Most Influential Latinos in Georgia and The Presidents’ Award by The Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Eagle Leadership Award by The Latino Leaders Network, The Global Cultural Hero and Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award by the World Chamber of Commerce, Diamond Award for Outstanding Producer, Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy and Humanity and The Nosotros Golden Eagle Award.
TERI WEINBERG President, Yellow Brick RoadFormer NBC Entertainment Executive Vice President Teri Weinberg, who oversaw all aspects of NBC Entertainment’s scripted development and current primetime programming, launched her own production company, Yellow Brick Road, in 2009, with a two-year first look deal with NBC Universal. Weinberg then partnered with Golden Globe, Emmy Award winning actor and producer, America Ferrera in 2016, with a four-year first look deal with NBC Universal.
Weinberg was Co-Executive producer of the Peabody, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning “The Office,” which has also received two Television Critics Association Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She also served as Executive Producer of “Ugly Betty,” winner of two Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy Nomination, a Peabody Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In addition, Weinberg was Executive producer of the Golden Globe nominated, “The Tudors.” Weinberg was nominated for two Emmys in July 2007, as both “The Office” and “Ugly Betty” were nominated as Outstanding Comedy Series. Weinberg also Executive Produced National Geographic's Emmy Nominated Event Movies, "Killing Kennedy"; and "Killing Jesus,” and has most recently Executive Produced Netflix’s new dramedy series, “Gentefied.”
Earlier, Weinberg served as Executive Vice President of Scripted Programming at Reveille from its inception in 2002, overseeing and serving in a variety of producing, development, casting and executive roles. Also during her tenure, Reveille was responsible for producing “The Biggest Loser,” “The Restaurant”, "Nashville," and “30 Days,” amongst other unscripted fare. Prior to Reveille, Weinberg was a television talent agent at ICM. She began her agency career working in the feature talent and literary department. Weinberg resides in Los Angeles.
Tanya Saracho is a playwright and television writer who serves as creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed series “Vida." The show featured all Latina directors in its second season and had a writing staff comprised of all Latinx writers. Named one of “TV Scribes to Watch” by Variety in 2018, Saracho was awarded the New Voice Award by Final Draft. Currently, she is under an overall deal with Starz, and is developing a new series, “Brujas,” with Big Beach. Her other television credits include “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Looking," “Girls,” and “Devious Maids.” In 2010, Saracho was named “Best New Playwright" by Chicago Magazine having had plays produced on numerous stages throughout the country. Saracho is also 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).
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With nearly two decades of experience in the motion picture industry, Nina Yang Bongiovi has produced a number of critically acclaimed and monetarily successful films by auteur directors of color, including "Fruitvale Station" by Ryan Coogler, "Dope" by Rick Famuyiwa, "Songs My Brothers Taught Me" by Chloe Zhao, "Roxanne Roxanne" by Michael Larnell, and "Sorry To Bother You" by Boots Riley with her producing partner, Forest Whitaker, under their banner Significant Productions. Nina is currently executive producing the premium series, "Godfather of Harlem," which will premiere on EPIX this fall, and is in active development of the Angela Davis feature biopic with Lionsgate. Nina is a board member of Film Independent, The Oscar Grant Foundation, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, The Producers Guild of America, as well as a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ Producers Branch.
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.
Ruben Garcia is an Executive at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), where he helps conceptualize and execute strategies to support the agency’s overall inclusion and equity efforts. In this role, he collaborates with company leadership to build inclusive business practices and liaises with clients and organizations focused on implementing and promoting diversity across the industry. In addition, Garcia works within the CAA Foundation to advise and consult clients on their pro- social and philanthropic initiatives.
A long-time leader in the promotion of inclusion, CAA continues to develop and implement strategies to create sustainable change, within the agency and beyond. Garcia plays an integral role in guiding CAA’s corporate partnerships and in the creation, growth and management of the agency’s slate of diversity programs, including CAA Amplify, The Writers’ Boot Camp, Creators Summit series, and CAA Amplify: Next Gen.
In 2017, CAA hosted the first Writers’ Boot Camp, a daylong workshop to help emerging writers from diverse backgrounds accelerate their creative careers within television. In 2013, Garcia helped lead a cross-agency effort to launch CAA Amplify: Next Gen, a networking and professional development event to foster the growth of future diverse industry leaders. He also oversees CAA’s Creators Summit series, educational experiences for content creators hosted in partnership with major industry events and diversity organizations, such as the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and GLAAD.
Most recently, Garcia led efforts to host the third annual CAA Amplify, a premier, invitation-only gathering of multicultural artists, business leaders and activists from entertainment, media, sports, corporate brands, and social justice. The event was designed to connect a key influencers and decision-makers to strategize around the most pressing business and social challenges, and to generate opportunities that raise the value of diversity across industries.
Since joining CAA, Garcia has established a variety of internal programs to help attract, develop and retain a new generation of industry executives. He advises on the agency’s diversity recruitment strategy and global internship program, and created and launched CAAedu, an internal career development program for agency employees. In 2012, he established CAA’s employee committee initiative, a global effort to foster an inclusive corporate culture that values diversity of talent, backgrounds, and ideas.
He currently leads the Industry Advisory Board for the Latino Film Institute, an organization dedicated to showcasing, strengthening and celebrating the richness of Latino narratives across all forms of entertainment media, and serves on the Entertainment Industry Council for the UCLA Alumni Association. Additionally, Garcia is part of the inaugural class of Ojai Fellows, a leadership and development fellowship for next generation business leaders.
Prior to joining CAA in 2011, Garcia worked in recruitment at Paramount Pictures and The Walt Disney Company. A native of San Diego, he is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Sociology.
Hailing from The Bronx, Steven Canals is the Creator and Executive Producer of the Golden Globe nominated and Peabody Award winning FX drama series POSE. A 2015 graduate of UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program, he began his journey as a storyteller in high school, producing the documentary short Turf Violence: What's It All About? co-funded by HBO Family. Steven went on to earn a BA in Cinema, and a Masters in Student Affairs & Diversity from Binghamton University. He moved to LA in 2012 after a 9 year career in Higher Education. While attending UCLA, Steven served as a Research Assistant at Hungry Jackal Productions. In 2016, Steven was a Staff Writer on Freeform’s Dead of Summer, the same year his short film, Afuera, premiered at the LA Film Festival. Variety Magazine named Steven a TV Writer to Watch in 2018. Season 2 of POSE is set to air Summer 2019.
Dailyn Rodriguez was born in New York City to Cuban parents. She discovered a love for playwrighting in high school, eventually winning the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival two years in a row. She’s honored to have a collection of her high school one-act plays published by Samuel French. She graduated with a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received the John Golden Award in Playwriting. After graduation, she participated in the Walt Disney Studios Writing Fellowship. Since then, she’s written on George Lopez, Ugly Betty, Cane, 90210, Lie to Me, and The Night Shift. She’s been nominated for two Alma Awards and received a Writers Guild Award for writing for an Outstanding New Series (Ugly Betty). Dailyn’s currently an Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner on Queen of the South. She’s married to a fantastic artist and has two super cute dogs.
Jorge R. Gutiérrez is an award-winning animator, painter, writer, and director born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana. Gutiérrez, a CalArts BFA & MFA grad, is known for creating and directing films, cartoons, and paintings inspired by his deep love for Mexican pop and folk culture. He and his wife Sandra Equihua created the multiple Emmy award-winning animated television series, "El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera" for Nickelodeon. In 2014, Gutiérrez co-wrote and directed the animated film "The Book of Life," produced by Guillermo del Toro, for 20th Century Fox. He most recently directed the Emmy nominated VR short "Son of Jaguar" for Google Spotlight Stories and is currently writing and directing the limited series "Maya and The Three" for Netflix.
Amy Hobby has 20 years of experience as an award-winning film producer. Her work spans feature-length dramas starring A-list Hollywood stars, documentaries, international features, television pilots and webisodes. Hobby personifies the well-rounded producer, with deep experience across a wide range of budgets and in various types of producing roles, and has a well-earned reputation for producing edgy, compelling features. She mentors emerging filmmakers worldwide and actively supports women directors through various initiatives launched through Tangerine Entertainment, which she co-founded. Her producing credits include WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and won Emmy and Peabody Awards, as well as SECRETARY, HAMLET (with Ethan Hawke), and LOVE, MARILYN. She joined the Tribeca Film Institute as Vice President, Artist Programs in 2015, and was appointed as Executive Director in 2017.
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Guillen is responsible for international commercial strategy, expanding Universal Television Alternative Studio’s content pipeline and reach. He spearheaded the international expansion of the Alternative Studio at its inception, starting with the global rollout of the award-winning hit game show “The Wall,” which he also developed and launched for NBC. Under his purview, the studio’s properties “World of Dance,” “Hollywood Game Night,” and “The Wall” have been sold worldwide. Guillen has also led a series of global content initiatives, and has overseen merchandising, licensing, and digital innovation for the studio brands. In his previous post as Senior Vice President of NBC Alternative Programming, Guillen oversaw the hit primetime shows “The Celebrity Apprentice” and “Last Comic Standing,” among others. Before joining NBC Entertainment, Guillen was a founding member of Telemundo Studios, helping launch production centers in several Latin American countries and creating an original scripted content pipeline of more than 800 hours per year.
As Chief Creative Officer, Juan Devis is responsible for the oversight of all production and editorial output from long-form episodes to short-form digital series. His role in developing strategic partnerships with funders, organizations, and independent production houses ensures a new slate of content for both KCET and PBS SoCal in Southern California and Link TV nationwide. Devis develops creative strategies that define KCET, Link, and PBS Socal’s editorial and artistic vision.
Anthony Mendez is a voice-over actor with an impressive list of credits to his career, including on-air promos, movie trailers, and TV commercials in both English and Spanish. His break-through role came as the “Latin Lover Narrator” on Jane the Virgin which earned him two consecutive primetime Emmy nominations in 2015 and 2016 for “Outstanding Narrator.” Anthony has narrated promos for several networks including NBC, MTV, Comedy Central, Showtime, and CNN. He’s also the voice of HBO’s weekly Sports Minute. His first major on-air promo campaign was for CNN’s Latino in America, for which one of the promos won several 2010 PromaxBDA Awards and was nominated for a 2010 News and Documentary Emmy in the category of “Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Episodic.” He is the narrator for the PBS documentary mini-series Wonders of Mexico and can be heard as the voice of King Juan Ramon on Disney’s Elena of Avalor.
Mia Galuppo is a staff writer at The Hollywood Reporter, covering the film industry. She reports on Hollywood trends and profiles talent from the independent space, the studio system, and everywhere in between. Her work has also appeared on Vice, Billboard, GQ, and California Sunday Magazine.
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Davah Avena is the industry’s first & only Can-exican (Canadian-Mexican) television writer/producer. Not only can she break story and write awesome scripts, she can also tap her own maple tree and make a killer margarita. After graduating from USC Film School & the National Hispanic Television Writers’ program, Davah got her first network gig writing on MEDIUM for NBC. When she left MEDIUM (the politically correct way of saying she was fired) she went on to sell pilot scripts to ABC FAMILY, NICKELODEON & SONY. Davah’s pilots most often reflect her youth growing up working in the family business and her love of magic realism. After several years of selling pilots, she went on to staff on EAST LOS HIGH, DEVIOUS MAIDS, DAYTIME DIVAS, KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD, GRAND HOTEL & is currently an co-executive producer on ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST which will premiere on NBC in 2020.
Franklin Leonard is the founder of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays and the company identifying and celebrating great screenwriting. Over 325 Black List scripts have been produced as feature films, earning more than 250 Academy Award nominations and 50 wins. Franklin has been a juror at the Sundance, Toronto and Guanajuato Film Festivals and for the PEN Center Literary Awards. He has been named one of Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Under 35, Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and was awarded the 2015 African-American Film Critics Association’s Special Achievement Award for career excellence. He is a member of the Associates Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Isaac Lee is a journalist, entrepreneur, as well as a film and television producer. He is the founder of EXILE, a company focused on developing, packaging and producing long-form content in Spanish and English for global audiences.
Most recently, Exile forged an exclusive partnership with Endeavor Content to finance, develop, and produce Spanish language scripted television projects as well as to create a fund to acquire IP and pursue development deals with high-profile and emerging talent across Latin America and Spain.
Prior to this new venture, Lee served as the Chief Content Officer for Univision Communications and Televisa where he led broadcast networks, cable properties, OTT, a film studio, and digital properties.
On the production side in scripted content, Lee produced the film Paraíso Travel, as well as the mini-series for TVE: Operación Jaque (which was nominated for an international Emmy) and three seasons of El Chapo for Netflix. In non-scripted, Lee produced the award-winning documentary Science Fair (NatGeo), Outpost (HBO) and Residente (Netflix), as well as Hate Rising with Jorge Ramos among many other documentaries and notable investigations.
Lee is a Board Member of the Associated Press (AP), the Committee to Protect the Journalists (CPJ) and Columbia Journalism Review (CJR). He also serves on the Journalism Advisory Board at Propublica and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR)
Effie T. Brown is an award-winning film and television Producer, known for championing inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera. Through her company, Duly Noted Inc., Brown has produced several critically acclaimed and award-winning projects including Stranger Inside, Jane Campion’s In the Cut, Real Women Have Curves, Everyday People, Rocket Science and the Sundance hit Dear White People. 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. In 2015, Brown joined Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as Producer and Mentor in the controversial reboot of Project Greenlight. In 2016 Brown Executive Produced the hit series Star on FOX. In keeping with her commitment to inclusive and diverse content in 2018 Effie Executive Produced Disney Channel’s Zombies. Brown is also a member of the Academy Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) and serves as a Film Independent Board member.
Pamela A. Aguilar is Senior Director of Programming and Development for PBS. In this role she identifies, develops, and oversees the production of original Primetime content across various genres: arts & culture, history, science, nature, independent film, and a segment of scripted. She works closely with co-producing partners like VOX Entertainment and the BBC, and with producing member stations like AETN, WGBH, WNET and TPT.
Her latest project, No Passport Required with Chef Marcus Samuelsson (VOX), is a multi-platform docu-series that celebrates America’s diverse cultures. Other credits include, Big Pacific, narrated by Daniel Dae Kim (NHNZ), The Wonders of Mexico, narrated by Anthony Mendez, Dictator’s Playbook (TPT), 9 Months That Made You (BBC), and Going to War (VULCAN).
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