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 age 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 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!
Saturday Keynote Luncheon - June 23rd - The Ray Dolby Ballroom Salon 1+2
Kiska Higgs is a seventh generation Californian and San Diego native. She is currently SVP, Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions at Focus Features, and in that role responsible for building the studio’s slate of filmmaker-driven stories from around the world, including Jeff Nichols’s LOVING and Julia Ducornau’s RAW, and next year’s Wim Wenders’s POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD documentary, Lenny Abrahamson’s gothic chiller THE LITTLE STRANGER and debut features from Cory Finley and Laure de Clermont-Tonnere. Having started out in the mailroom at Endeavor (now WME), she’s worked in the Universal Pictures family for 12 years, for Chairman Donna Langley, as a Creative Executive at Universal Pictures where she oversaw PITCH PERFECT, and as a Director of Acquisitions in London with Universal Pictures International. She graduated from Princeton with a degree in Philosophy in 2001.
Diverse Women in Media Initiative: Friday, June 23rd - Creators Studio 2
Emmy nominee Xan Aranda is an award-winning director, producer, and consultant with projects ranging from fiction and documentary film and TV to branded content, commercials, and music videos. Xan’s Emmy nomination was alongside Jill Soloway for Transparent’s This is Me, a collection of short films for which she served as Producer and Co-Executive Producer. With Mark and Jay Duplass, Xan developed and serves as an Executive Producer of HBO’s Room 104. She also produced Blue Jay with Mel Eslyn, starring Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. After its world premiere at the New York Film Festival and Lincoln Center, Xan’s directorial debut Andrew Bird: Fever Year screened in over 90 festivals and took home nine awards. Her clients have included Focus Features, Amazon, Epitaph Records, Starbucks, the U.S. Department of Education, and a wide variety of acclaimed independent content creators.
Friday Keynote Luncheon - Friday, June 23rd - The Ray Dolby Ballroom Salon 1+2
David Levine is Co-Head of Drama, HBO Programming, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the development and production of original drama series. He was named into this position June of 2016. He was previously titled Senior Vice President of Drama.
He currently oversees JJ Abrams'/Jonah Nolan’s Westworld, Emmy®-winning True Detective, Cinemax’s Peabody Award®-winning The Knick, and has historically overseen Emmy® and Golden Globe®-award winning Game of Thrones and True Blood. He is currently working on a number of new projects including Alan Ball’s new series Here, Now and Gillian Flynn/Marti Noxon’s Sharp Objects.
Levine came to HBO as a consultant in 2009, and was named director, HBO Entertainment (now HBO Programming), that same year. In 2011, he was promoted to vice president, HBO Entertainment.Before HBO, he was vice president of Development and Production, at Mandalay Entertainment, and served as a producer at Fuse Entertainment where he developed and co-produced the pilot for USA’s smash hit Burn Notice.
He previously had stints as an executive in features at Zucker/Netter Productions, Out of the Blue Entertainment, Conrad Pictures, and Cinergi Entertainment.
Levine holds a B.S. in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University.
Mariposa del Barrio: Friday, June 23rd - Creators Lounge
Elva Saray is the host of Telemundo 52’s weekday morning entertainment show, Acceso Total. Acceso Total is a daily, half-hour entertainment news and lifestyle program hosted by Elva Saray and Stephanie “Chiquibaby” Himonidis. The show provides viewers with coverage of entertainment news and personalities on television, featuring celebrity interviews and behind-the-scenes accounts of the most important events in Hollywood.
Acceso Total is taped in Universal City, CA where the show is headquartered. Seen in nearly 40% of the country, Acceso Total airs on major market affiliates, including several Telemundo owned stations.
Before joining the Telemundo 52 in 2011, Saray served as the entertainment reporter for Estrella TV/ KRCA in Los Angeles. During her time at Estrella TV, she was the host of En Vivo con Elva y Chris, Los Ángeles en Vivo and Alarma TV.
Mariposa del Barrio: Friday, June 23rd - Creators Lounge
Rosie Rivera is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, motivational speaker and television personality, as well as CEO of Jenni Rivera Enterprises. She is the youngest of the Rivera family of singers known as “La Dinastía Rivera.”
While some of her siblings reached fame in the music industry, Rosie shied away from the spotlight. Her life took a drastic turn when her sister, Jenni Rivera, died in 2012, leaving Rosie as trustee of her estate. Rosie soon became a public figure in her own right, channeling her struggles, pain and emotions into actions, work and love.
In 2015, Rosie founded the movement Sister Samalia to restore and uplift women who have been victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking, drugs and domestic violence in Latin America. In addition to participating in various reality shows, she is involved in her family’s Christian outreach ministry and carries out her sister’s mission of helping single mothers find affordable housing, shelter and treatment for abuse through the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation. Rosie is also working closely with Telemundo’s production team to develop a series based on her sister’s life story, “Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio.”
Rosie is married to worship leader Abel Flores and is the proud mother of three children: Kassandra Rivera and Samantha and Elias Flores.
The Keys to a Power Punching Pitch (Restricted Access. By Invitation Only) - Thursday, June 22nd - Creators Studio 2
Adriana Martínez Barrón is a Creative Executive at 3Pas Studios, the production company co-founded by Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez and former Pantelion President of Production Benjamin Odell. Adriana began her career in Hollywood as a TV development assistant at Latin World Entertainment before a stint into the fast paced world of Entertainment PR. Prior to moving to the United States, Adriana worked as a production coordinator in TV, commercials, and music videos in her beloved "City of Mountains", Monterrey, Mexico. Adriana has an MFA from the renowned Peter Stark Producing Program at USC and a BA in Communication Science from Tec de Monterrey.
YOU SELLING YOU; HOW WRITERS AND DIRECTORS STAND UP AND STAND OUT (Presented by Sony) - Saturday, June 24th - Creators Studio 2
Ms. Villalta started her career at Propaganda GEM, a global entertainment marketing firm based in Geneva. During her time at Propaganda, Ms. Villalta represented clients including Audi, Bulgari, Lacoste, Nokia and Panasonic for integrations in TV and music videos.
Ms. Villalta then joined the marketing department at CAA servicing clients including Mattel, Harley-Davidson and Virgin Australia. In TV Lit, she assisted a senior agent servicing writer, director and producer clients.
After CAA, Ms. Villalta joined Drama Development at ABC, assisting then EVP of Drama, Channing Dungey. She left ABC to assist former Co-Chairman of 20th Century Fox, Tom Rothman, as he was re-launching TriStar Pictures as a boutique film and TV studio, and was an integral part of that relaunch team. She was promoted to Manager of Creative Affairs in 2015.
Ms. Villalta is a self-described immigrant military brat. She attended an elite math and science high school in El Paso, Texas and then attended the University of Southern California where she earned a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Theatre Arts.
The Keys to a Power Punching Pitch: Thursday, June 22nd - Creators Studio 2
Toni Bell is the Filmmaker Services Manager at the International Documentary Association. With the organization since 2015, she runs the day to day operations of the Fiscal Sponsorship Program, and supports the operation and growth of other IDA filmmaker services, including but not limited to grants and funding initiatives, online resources, works in progress screenings, and other services for documentary filmmakers at all professional levels. 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 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 worked as an archival researcher for several movies and television shows including Centric’s "Being." She has an M.A. in Visual Anthropology from USC, an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Naropa University and a certificate in professional screenwriting from UCLA. She is has been a featured speaker at film conferences, universities, a mentor for documentary festival labs, and a member of several documentary feature juries.
Docs on the Go: The Convergence of Media - Saturday, June 24th - Creators Studio 2
Sara Sidner is CNN’s multiple award winning national and international correspondent now based in the network’s Los Angeles bureau.
Sidner moved to Los Angeles in 2014 after being posed in Jerusalem, Abu Dhabi, and New Delhi, India. She is now covering many subjects but specializing in covering social justice and hate in America.
Sidner recently covered the racially charged incidents on American University, and a deadly terrorist attack on one of the most popular nightclubs in Istanbul, Turkey.
Sidner also led the network’s coverage in Ferguson, Missouri where she lived for several months covering the daily protests after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer.
As an international correspondent Sidner reported reported from a multitude of countries including Libya, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the remote Kingdom of Bhutan.
In the Middle East, Sidner was part of the team that won a Peabody award for CNN’s coverage of the Arab Spring. Her work in Libya reporting in the midst of rebel fighters during the fall of Tripoli has been recognized all over the world.
While in India Sidner headed the coverage of South Asia. One of her first major international stories unfolded when terrorists attacked several places in Mumbai, including the famed Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, on November 26, 2008. Sidner was live through the siege that lasted 60 hours and took more 170 lives.
Her stories from South Asia also included a documentary on the 25 year civil war in Sri Lanka.
Docs on the Go: The Convergence of Media - Saturday, June 24th - Creators Studio 2
Gabe Ramirez is a senior producer for CNN Politics and CNN Digital and has been with the network since 1999. During his tenure at CNN, Ramirez has also served as multimedia photojournalist/producer and editor. He has chronicled everything from five presidential elections to combat in Iraq to hurricanes and the rubble of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In addition he has contributed to several award-winning CNN documentaries and original digital series.
His work has taken him all over the world, including reporting extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ramirez worked for CNN's Baghdad Bureau from March 2003 through the summer of 2007 as a rotating embedded journalist. In the spring of 2015 he was named Senior Producer for CNN Digital Politics and dove head first into the 2016 Presidential Election, working with CNN National Political Reporter Maeve Reston. Post election, he continues his work with the politics team as well as producing original video for CNN Digital Labs, CNN Digital Studios and CNN VR.
Ramirez attended the University of Texas at El Paso and began his TV news career in El Paso at KVIA TV. He also worked in local TV news in Chicago and Los Angeles before starting at CNN.Ramirez is based in Los Angeles.
The Dealmakers: Brokering the Path to Success - Saturday, June 24th - Creators Studio 2
Daniel Vang started at William Morris as a feature film literary assistant where he worked for two years as assistant to senior agent Alan Gasmer before eventually landing at Benderspink, working for Chris Bender and Jake Weiner. There, he spent time on production for BURT WONDERSTONE and WE’RE THE MILLERS. In 2012, Daniel was promoted to a literary manager in both film and TV. Daniel Vang represents feature writers working at all the major studios as well as writers that are staffed on shows such as GOTHAM, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, CHICAGO FIRE, AGENT CARTER, MARVEL AGENTS OF SHIELD, HAWAII 5-0, and most recently SNOWFALL and FAMOUS IN LVOE etc. His client Ashleigh Powell’s movie NUTCRACKER will be released by Disney next winter.