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.
Latino Media Awards: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - The Ray Dolby Ballroom
Last year we honored Zoe Saldana with the Outstanding Achievement in Film Award. Check back here soon to see who we will be honoring at the 2018 Latino Media Awards Gala this June!
Latino Media Awards: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - The Ray Dolby Ballroom
Last year we honored Ivonne Coll with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Check back here soon to see who we will be honoring at the 2018 Latino Media Awards Gala this June!
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Latino Media Awards: Saturday, June 23 , 2018 - The Ray Dolby Ballroom
Last year we honored Kate del Castillo with the Outstanding Achievement in Television Award. Check back here soon to see who we will be honoring at the 2018 Latino Media Awards Gala this June!
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.
What The Pitch? - Location TBD - Thursday June 21, 2018
Toni Bell an independent filmmaker and Filmmaker Services Manager at the International Documentary Association where she is responsible for handling the day-to-day operations of the fiscal sponsorship program. She curates the IDA’s DocuClub work-in-progress screening series of which many of the films have premiered at film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, and CPH: Dox. She is a featured speaker and panelists at conferences, universities and a jurist and mentor at documentary festivals and labs such as NALIP, SEEFest, Outfest, and the Firelight Media Impact Producers Retreat. Her foray into documentary film began when she started writing and editing the newsletter for the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers – West. This led to her first gig as production assistant and then an archival researcher for the film, Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race, which aired nationally on PBS. Since then she has done archival research for several documentaries and television shows including Centric’s Being. She holds an M.A. in Visual Anthropology from USC, M.F.A in Creative Writing from Naropa University, and a certificate in professional screenwriting from UCLA.
Pitched to Perfection (Invitation Only) - Thursday June 21, 2018
Christine Dávila is currently a Creative Executive at Stage 13, an original, digital-first content brand of Warner Bros. Digital Networks. In this role she develops short-form episodic series like the best friend romantic comedy I Love Bekka and Lucy, the first digital series to ever screen at the SXSW Film Festival in 2017. Other shows include the critically acclaimed horror anthology series, Two Sentence Horror Stories, action grindhouse series, La Quinceañera and comedy series Incredible Life of Darrell. Prior to Stage 13, Davila established and ran the U.S. non-profit, Ambulante California, a traveling documentary film festival that originated in Mexico by Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal. She has over twelve years of experience in film programming at various world class festivals like Sundance Film Festival, where she has been a Programming Associate since 2008. Dávila is also a Programmer at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam, which focuses on discovering emerging Caribbean filmmakers. She tracks American Latino films and filmmakers, and the independent film festival scene on her blog chicanafromchicago.com.
Assembling The Movie: Packaging (Invite Only) - Friday, June 22, 2018 - Creator's Studio 3
Jairo Alvarado started as a creative exec at Warner Bros. then went on to join 3 Arts Entertainment as a manager/producer. At Circle of Confusion, he reps writer Brian Miller whose sold pilots to Fox with Ryan Murphy and MTV with UCP and Blumhouse; AMERICAN DAD and COMMUNITY writer Jordan Blum; director Roel Reine who directed the first two episodes of THE INHUMANS series for Marvel; director Josef Wladyka who has directed episodes of NARCOS for Netflix, OUTCAST for Cinemax, and FEAR THE WALKING DEAD for AMC; and writer Joe Loya who has worked on TAKEN for NBC and QUEEN OF THE SOUTH for USA. He has also produced, in partnership with Skybound Entertainment, the cutting-edge VR project DINNER PARTY with director Angel Soto (BASHIR’S DREAM) and writer Charlotte Stoudt (HOMELAND). Circle of Confusion is a management/production company that represents such clients as Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD), The Wachowski Sisters (THE MATRIX, SENSE8), and John Spaihts (DR. STRANGE, PASSENGERS). On the production side they have produced the ratings television hit THE WALKING DEAD for AMC as well as FEAR THE WALKING DEAD and they recently partnered with ITV Studios to create the Circle of Confusion Television Studios.
#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.
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.
Creating The Mediums Of Tomorrow - Date TBD - Location TBD
Evette Vargas is an award-winning creator and immersive storyteller. Named by the New York Times as an “Artist to Watch,” Vargas’ work includes series for Amazon, MTV, Bravo, DirectTV; and interactive content for Fast And Furious, Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Madonna. Vargas exec produced, wrote and directed her digital series Dark Prophet, starring Henry Rollins, which contended for two Emmys.
Vargas is penning the Mix Master Mike feature biopic for QC Entertainment and drama series Tinacious with Rosario Dawson serving as EP and talent. Vargas wrote The Current War VR Experience, a companion for the film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Vargas created the Immersiveplay, the industry standard for immersive scriptwriting for Final Draft and spoke at Cannes on VR Storytelling.
Vargas was born in the Bronx and learned to tell stories at the dinner table where the imagination ruled.
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- Friday June 22, 2018 - Creator's Studio 1 - 2:30 to 3:30 PM
Pamela A. Aguilar is Senior Director of Programming and Development for PBS. She identifies, develops and oversees the production of original Primetime content in arts, culture, nature, science, history and independent film. She works closely with Latino Public Broadcasting, to develop the nationally broadcast documentary series, VOCES and with co-producing partners like VOX Media, the BBC, and with producing member stations like 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 cultural mosaic. Other credits include, Big Pacific, narrated by Daniel Dae Kim (NHNZ), The Wonders of Mexico, narrated by Anthony Mendez, 9 Months That Made You (BBC), and the Emmy nominated In Defense of Food. Pamela a member of NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Advisory Committee, a graduate of The New School University in New York City and hails from the Golden State of California.
Behind The Programming - Date TBD - Location TBD
As the Director of Programming at Outfest, Lucy oversees the curation of three of the country's most prominent LGBTQ film festivals, Outfest Los Angeles, Outfest Fusion and NewFest, and also helms various year-round educational programs dedicated to increasing the visibility of the queer community within the entertainment industry.
Lucy's extensive industry background includes having produced two dozen theatrical feature films, predominately for Lionsgate and Warner Bros. She is a two-time Film Independent fellow, and a member of BAFTA and the Producers Guild of America. She can regularly be found moderating discussions about queer cinema and speaking at panels and events for various media outlets, institutions and colleges.
Lucy’s most recent feature film Jack Of The Red Hearts won the Grand Jury Prize at Geena Davis’ inaugural Bentonville Film Festival, and was released in theaters nationwide in 2016.