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).
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.”
The Animator's Journey -
Jorge R. Gutiérrez is an award-winning animator, painter, writer and director born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana. Gutierrez, a CalArts BFA & MFA grad, is the creator and director of 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 Gutierrez co-wrote and directed the animated film "The Book of Life" produced by Guillermo del Toro for 20th Century Fox. Most recently he directed the Emmy nominated VR short "Son of Jaguar" for Google Spotlight Stories and was recently attached to the upcoming "Billion Brick Race" Lego Movie film from Warner Bros.
#FemaleTVDirectors - Latino Lens Space - June 22, 2018 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Linda Mendoza (Director) is from Detroit, Michigan. While attending Wayne State University and majoring in sociology, she landed her dream job working at Peaches Records and Tapes in Hollywood. With more free shirts, albums and concert tickets than any 20 year old could ask for, Linda moved to Los Angeles. But not to make movies or television, she came to work in a record store on Hollywood Blvd! When the music business changed and her store was closing, she interviewed for a job at Metromedia, Channel 11, as a television page. Female and Mexican, she filled a quota. From there, she decided to try production, starting in multi- camera/ variety, she worked her way up, the old fashioned way, with long hours and very little sleep. She would become the production supervisor/ associate director on a number of hit sketch show including “In Living Color,” “Saturday Night Live,” “House of Buggin” and would eventually direct “Mad TV”.
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Gil Robertson is a 20-year veteran entertainment journalist. His byline has appeared in the LA Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, Fortune, Ebony, Essence, and BET among other leading publications.
He is also an accomplished author with 5 books to his credit. His first Children’s book, “Book of Black Heroes: Political Leaders Past & Present,” was just released through Just Us Books.
As co-founder/president of AAFCA, for which Robertson produces a year-round schedule of programs, including the AAFCA Awards.
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Marvin Lemus is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer with a passion for telling unapologetic and subversive stories. Most recently, Lemus co-wrote and directed GENTE-FIED, a bilingual digital series produced by America Ferrera and MACRO, (Fences, Mudbound). GENTE-FIED recently premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is currently being developed for television. Lemus is a fellow of the 2017 Sony Diverse Director's Program as well as Film Independent's Project Involve. Previously, Lemus' directed viral video campaigns for brands such as Anheuser-Busch, Nissan, MLB, TIME, and the successful digital campaign for the feature film, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. Lemus has worked with some of the biggest YouTube Personalities and rising comedy stars including Lilly Singh, Lil Rel Howery, Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time), SuperEeego and many more. Lemus is a Mexican + Guatemalan-American anchor-baby born in the hot AF desert of Bakersfield, CA.
Francisco Ramos recently shot his first HBO special "Entre Nos" that will air in the summer of 2018. Having been a top-ten finalist on Last Comic Standing allowed him to build a foundation that created opportunities for him to tour across North America. His drive to constantly hone his unique approach to comedy is also seen in his ability to create characters as an actor and voice-over artist. Most recently appearing in Showtime's "Shameless", Netflix's "Angie Tribeca" from Steve Carell and Netflix's "Lady Dynamite". Voice over in the world of animation has always been a passion and bringing his specialized tone has landed him many roles and most notably the character of Marmoset in the animated film "RIO" with Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg. He has also appeared on the hilarious @midnight on Comedy Central and several times on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Early in his career Francisco was selected to perform in the CBS Multicultural Diversity Showcase, where he was one of 12 selected from a pool of 5,000 applicants. Having won first place in the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival sponsored by NBC/COZI TV, American Latino produced a documentary on Francisco on his rise as a comic for Latino Out Loud (LOL). Francisco has been a part of Lorne Michael's "Mas Mejor" from the beginning, where he has written, directed and performed countless comedic sketches that have continued to push the boundaries of family friendly content. Originally from Venezuela, Francisco grew up in Washington D.C. Before discovering his passion for comedy, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a double major in Finance and International Business. With a flourishing career as a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer, Francisco is quickly becoming one of the best comics in the industry. Francisco's debut album "Vayalo" had been exclusively playing on Sirius XM and has been a top 5 album on the Billboard Comedy Charts.
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Deborah S. Esquenazi is a film director, screenwriter, and investigative journalist. She is the director of the critically acclaimed documentary Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four which won the Critic’s Choice Award for 'Best First Feature,' garnered an Emmy nomination for 'Outstanding Social Issues Documentary,' a Peabody Award, and won a GLAAD Media Award for 'Outstanding Documentary,' among other distinctions. The film helped exonerate the ‘San Antonio Four’ and is mentioned in the opening passages of the Writs of Habeas Corpus in Ex Parte Anna Vasquez, Cassandra Rivera, Elizabeth Ramirez, and Kristie Mayhugh. Esquenazi is a Rockwood JustFilms Ford Fellow, Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, Sundance Creative Producing Fellow, and Firelight Film Fellow. Her work, including essays and half-dozen short films (La Loma, Wake Up Dead Men), tackles the intersections of Mythology & Justice, Identity & Power. Esquenazi is developing a series of essays on these themes.
Public Broadcasting Block - Friday June 22, 2018
Sandie Viquez Pedlow, executive director of Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), manages the operations of public media’s largest Latino-focused content developer and funder which provides programming to public television’s nearly 360 stations, multicast channels, and other media platforms. Since its inception, Latino Public Broadcasting has awarded over eleven million dollars to filmmakers nationwide and provided over 219 hours of programming to PBS. Pedlow is the executive producer of VOCES on PBS, a series that celebrates the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience. She was executive producer of Latino Americans a 3-part landmark series honored with a George Foster Peabody Award and an IMAGEN. Pedlow served as Director of Program Strategies at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Director of Station Relations Education at PBS.
Seizing The Power
Alex García is one of the most prolific movie producers and investors in Latin America, having produced over 100 projects throughout the American continent. His holding company, AG Studios, is home to Itaca Films; Latam Pictures, his distribution and international sales arm; AG Content, an IP holding company; AG Post, and AG Capital, the financial arm of the group. Under the AG umbrella, Garcia is able to cover development, production, postproduction, and distribution. Some of the films Garcia has produced include Jose Padilha's “Tropa de Elite”, Guillermo Arriaga's “The Burning Plain”, “Words with Gods”, “The Jesuit”, “On The Milky Road”, and Jonas Cuaron’s “Desierto”, produced with Alfonso and Carlos Cuaron and distributed by STX. Alex Garcia's films have premiered in festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance, and Tribeca. AG’s upcoming projects include Rob Siegel’s film “Cruise” and Beau Willimon’s new Hulu Original Series, “The First”, starring Sean Penn.
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Iliana Sosa is a filmmaker based in Austin, Texas and Mexico City. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas by Mexican immigrant parents. A former Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, she holds a MFA in film production and directing from UCLA. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Steven Bochco Fellowship, the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellowship and the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts Scholarship, among others. Her MFA thesis film, CHILD OF THE DESERT, won Best Short Film and the Texas Award at the Oscar qualifying 2012 USA Film Festival. She was a 2013 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow and was selected for the 2013 TransAtlantic Talent Lab in Reykjavik, Iceland.
In 2014, she was selected for the Sundance sponsored Latino Screenwriting Project with her script, PAPER BIRDS LEARN TO FLY. Iliana has directed short documentaries, fiction shorts and a narrative fiction feature, DETAINED IN THE DESERT, which had its World Premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. In 2017, Firelight Media awarded her an Impact Producer Fellowship. In 2018, she was selected as a Berlinale Talent and most recently co-directed a short documentary, AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE, with Chelsea Hernandez. The short has screened at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and won a Jury Award for Best Texas Short. It has also screened at the 2018 Aspen ShortsFest where it won the Youth Jury Award.
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Josema Roig is a Los Angeles based award-winning writer/director from Valencia, Spain and a pioneer in Film and Immersive Storytelling. His traditional film work has screened all over the globe and garnered top prizes in Rome, Minneapolis, and Palma, among others. In his commercial work had the chance to work with top brands and A-list actors. In 2016 founds Cinaptic and creates his first immersive project, The Argos File. The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and won Best Live Action at the Proto Awards, the project remains a landmark of POV filmmaking.
Josema has since directed immersive pieces for Sony, Intel, Nokia and currently works as a Creative Director at Jaunt Studios.
Josema graduated from the American Film Institute.
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Subjects That Speak - Moderator
Originally from Mexico City, Carlos Aguilar was chosen as one of 6 young film critics to partake in the first Roger Ebert Fellowship organized by the Sundance Institute and Indiewire in 2014. Aguilar’s work has appeared in prestigious publications such as Indiewire, MovieMaker Magazine, Filmmaker Magazine, Variety Latino, Americas Quarterly, Remezcla, among others. Besides his work in journalism, Aguilar regularly works as a screener for the Sundance Film Festival and a screenplay reader for Sundance’s Screenwriters Lab. In the spring of 2016, Aguilar was selected as one of the participants in Hola Mexico Film Festival’s first Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today program, which focused on exposing young Latino talent to industry professionals and mentors. Earlier this year he was invited to be a member of the jury at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival in the Cine Latino section. Aguilar currently co-hosts, One Week Only, a weekly podcast highlighting independent and international cinema.
Producer, director, screenwriter and virtual / augmented reality conceptual artist. As an Economist specialized in finance he went on to study Film Direction and Cinematography at NYFA and Film Production and Executive production in the Microbudget film production program at UCLA. He is founder of Sulafilms (production company , 2007), Neverlanding Pictures (distribution company, 2014) and SumoVr (2014) a production company pioneer on Virtual reality and Augmented reality in Latin America, combined they form Sula Entertainment. As a film and TV professional and pioneer in Virtual Reality he has partaken in many conventions, conferences and festivals around the world. Among his Mexican recognitions he has three nominations to the Ariel, nine nominations to the Diosas de Plata and two nominations to the CANACINE awards.
Friday June 22, 2018 - Creator's Studio 1 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 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.
VICE PRESIDENT, ACQUISITIONS, SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Creating With Allies - Creator's Studio 1 - June 22, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Alex Almogabar Zahn is Vice President of Acquisitions for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA). Since joining the division at Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2013, Zahn has been involved in the acquisition and production of several films such as Dope, which he helped bring to Director’s Fortnight in Cannes 2015, Predestination starring Ethan Hawke, Bleed for This starring Miles Teller and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, and most recently at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Search starring John Cho and Debra Messing.
As an individual who prides himself in his heritage, he is deeply committed to and passionate about furthering the presence of Latin Americans in film. He has devoted much of his work to highlighting filmmakers, actors, stories, and overall content that accurately and positively represent the modern experience of Latinos in the United States. Prior to joining SPWA, Zahn worked in casting at 20th Century Fox, and with Avy Kaufman in New York, where he helped cast films including Salt, Taking Woodstock, & Jack Goes Boating. Zahn also helped cast the 2011 Sundance Next section film Restless City, directed by Andrew Dosunmu and shot by Bradford Young. Zahn graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics & Management. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Herb Scannell is the Chief Executive Officer of Mitú, the leading digital media brand for Latino millennials. Herb joined mitú in September 2017 after successfully leading other major media companies, including Viacom’s Nickelodeon, Next New Networks and BBC America. Said Herb when he joined mitú: "As the son of a proud Puerto Rican mom, mitú's promise speaks to me professionally and personally. I have long advocated that the Latino market is underserved. Within a generation, Latinos are projected to represent the majority of youth in the U.S. and will be the most influential and sought-after audience in entertainment.” Herb intends to blossom the mitú brand and business and extend it into events, SVOD, TV, merchandising and eventually movies. Herb has had a successful and diversified career within the media industry. During his previous position as President of BBC Worldwide, North America, Herb’s responsibilities included the flagship cable channel BBC America and distribution of BBC World News, BBC Worldwide Productions LA, BBC.com, Sales and Distribution, and Home Entertainment and Licensed Consumer Products. A member of the BBC Worldwide Executive Board, Herb initiated and consummated for BBC Worldwide a deal with AMC Networks to buy half of BBC America, positioning it for growth with increased leverage with cable operators and advertisers, and additive co-production commitments across the AMC stable of networks. Prior to joining BBC Worldwide in 2010, Herb was CEO of Next New Networks, an innovator in online video and the antecedent to MCN's (Multi-Channel Networks) like Maker and Fullscreen that have reshaped the digital video landscape. At Next New Networks, he identified next generation media makers and made-for-the-internet original shows to advance a strategy of creating and managing a portfolio of super niche channels. The majority of Herb's career was at Viacom/MTV Networks, culminating in the position of Vice Chairman MTV Networks/President Nickelodeon Networks. He oversaw all creative and business operations for a portfolio of brands and businesses for MTV Networks including: Nickelodeon, the #1 rated network in cable TV for 10 years running; TV Land, the cable home of classic TV; and Spike TV, the first network for men. Additionally, Herb was responsible for Nickelodeon's successful feature film division, making it the leader in kids online, and growing the Consumer Products division of Nickelodeon and Viacom, which grew into the third largest licensing business in the world. Herb is a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts. Married to Sarah Reetz, they are parents to two girls.
Real Stories For A Digital Age - Creators Studio 1 - June 22, 2018 5:30 PM
Brandon oversees development, strategy, operations and sustainability for PBS Digital Studios. He serves as senior executive producer and works with showrunners, member stations, and producers to produce original programming, 360/VR content and marketing assets. Brandon joined PBS Digital Studios in April 2015. Previously, as a startup core member of My Country Nation, a multi-channel network in Nashville, he developed and executive-produced 20 YouTube channels of and social media content. Prior to that he worked for AOL in New York City, where he supervised content for brands such as Nexxus, United Airlines, L’Oréal Paris, and Verizon Wireless, and oversaw production of more than 30 hours of digital programming and social material for the YouTube channel CafeMom Studios. Brandon has produced TV programming and live events including the CMT Awards, reality shows, as well as music videos for artists including Taylor Swift, Reba, and The Black Keys.
Indie Film For A Global Market - Creator's Studio 3
Cristina serves as Head of Latino at AGC Studios, a platform to develop, produce, finance and globally license a diverse portfolio of feature films, scripted and unscripted television, digital and music content from its dual headquarters` in Los Angeles and London. AGC Studios, founded and launched by Chairman and CEO Stuart Ford in February 2018, will have a wide-ranging multicultural focus, designed for exploitation across an array of global platforms including major studio partnerships, streaming platforms, traditional broadcast and cable television networks and independent distributors, both in the US and internationally.
Previous to her work at AGC, Cristina served as Founder and General Manager of MUNDIAL, a leading international film sales and licensing business handling global distribution of acclaimed Latin American feature films, TV series and libraries. A subsidiary of prolific independent studio IM GLOBAL, Mundial served as an aggregator of Latino and Ibero-American content for major US and global digital platforms. In 2017, Cristina launched MUNDIAL TV, a division devoted to developing, financing and distributing Latin American and US Latino television content in both Latin America and Hispanic USA. Previously, Cristina served as Head of Distribution at CANANA, the Mexican production and distribution outlet helmed by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz. She was the U.S. Delegate for the International Critics Week of the Cannes Film Festival and produced with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez Mercado Fantástico at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, the first co-production market for genre films from Latin America.
#FemaleTVDirectors - June 22 @ 4 PM - Latino Lens Space
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, queer-identified Xicana filmmaker Aurora Guerrero directed shorts Pura Lengua (Sundance 2005) and Viernes Girl (HBO 2005); as well as assisting film directors Patricia Cardoso (Real Women Have Curves) and Peter Bratt (La Mission). Guerrero wrote and directed Mosquita Y Mari, her debut narrative feature film. Since premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Mosquita Y Mari traveled top-tier U.S and international film festivals including San Francisco, Melbourne, Goteburg, Sao Paolo, and Guadalajara garnering multiple awards. In 2013 Mosquita y Mari was nominated for a John Cassavetes Spirit Award and a GLAAD Media Award. More recently, Guerrero directed for television including Ava Duvernay's Queen Sugar and Craig Wright's Greenleaf.
Laughing to The Bank - June 22 @ 5:30 - Creator's Studio 3
Mark Perez wrote the critically acclaimed New Line Cinema action-comedy Game Night which Warner Bros. released February 23, 2018. Directed by Jon Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the film stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, based on a pitch Perez developed together with Bateman. Game Night earned over $105 million at the worldwide box-office.
One of the inaugural members of the Walt Disney Studios’ Feature Writers Program, Perez has sold over 25 screenplays. His credits include Herbie Fully Loaded and Accepted. He also wrote Mothers I’d Like To… for Jennifer Lopez, which was sold to Universal.
As an author, Perez’s debut novel, How To Win At Life By Cheating At Everything, was published in August 2017 by Dark Horse Books, distributed by Penguin Random House. Perez regales with tales of his amazing life and bizarre upbringing, with a father who showed him how to commit every scam, con, and swindle known to man. Part memoir, part graphic novel, part Con-Man-How-To, the book works well as a guidebook for life. He is currently developing the project as a television series. Recently, Perez wrote a memoir entitled Jews of the Caribbean, which is a reflection on his experiences growing up as a first generation Cuban American.
A graduate of Florida State University, Perez married his college sweetheart.
Laughing To The Bank - June 22 @ 5:30 PM - Creator's Studio 3
Eduardo Cisneros is a screenwriter and producer with over a decade of experience in international film and TV. He co-wrote and co-produced the number one Spanish-language film of all time, Instructions Not Included. Riding that success Cisneros signed multi-picture deals at Fox Studios, Sony Pictures where he is producing several feature projects. Currently, he has scripts in development at Focus Features and Lionsgate. Cisneros has a creative partnership with writer/producer Eugenio Derbez, and has been a part of the creative team behind the hit comedies How to Be a Latin Lover, directed by Ken Marino and starring Salma Hayek; and Overboard, directed by Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg. He recently completed pilots for 20th Television/FBC ("Starcrossed") and Universal TV/ABC Network ("Don't Judge Me"). Cisneros’ career started a young age, not only writing for the Latin Grammys, but also co-creating two of the most successful Spanish-language comedy shows of recent years: “XHDRBZ” and the ratings juggernaut “Familia P. Luche.”
Producing Master Class
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.
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Lorena Manríquez is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of a number of film industry fellowships, including the NALIP Producers Academy, the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, the IFP Rough Cut Lab, and Firelight Documentary Lab. Her first feature documentary film, Ulises’ Odyssey, screened at international festivals, and had its broadcast premiere on PBS in 2015 on WTTW Chicago.
Ms. Manríquez’ film Siqueiros: Walls of Passion was awarded two California Documentary Project grants by Cal Humanities, ITVS Diversity Development Fund, ITVS Open Call funding, Latino Public Broadcasting Public Media funding, and Firelight Media Next Step funding. She has directed and produced two short documentaries for Field of Vision: Hopewell (2016), featured in The New Yorker magazine website, and Here I’ll Stay (2017) for the ‘Our 100 Days’ documentary series in partnership with Firelight Media.
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XOCHITL DORSEY is a director, producer and editor of documentary and narrative films. She recently produced and co-edited the four-part HBO documentary series "15: A Quinceañera Story," which premiered in December 2017, and produced the HBO feature documentary film, "The Latin Explosion." She also directed and produced "Shot In Mexico," which premiered on the PBS World Channel in March 2018. Xochitl holds an MFA in Directing & Production from UCLA and an MA in Latin American Studies from NYU. Her documentary and narrative work has appeared on HBO, PBS, the BBC, NPR, Showtime, MSNBC and mun2, as well as film festivals around the country. She was nominated for a 2011 Imagen Award for her television documentary, "The New America." She also received the Directors Guild of America (DGA) award for Best Short Film in the Latino Category and won the Mercury Latino Lens Short Film Challenge for her film "Tears & Tortillas." In addition, Xochitl was a fellow of the Tribeca Film Festival All Access Program, the CPB/PBS Producers Academy and the CPB/National Minority Consortia (NMC).
Ethan Van Thillo
Founder / Executive Director, San Diego Latino Film Festival & Media Arts Center San Diego
Behind The Programming
Ethan has worked in media arts programming since 1989, curating Latino film festivals for Cine Acción, San Francisco, Cine Estudiantil at University of California Santa Cruz and San Diego, and the National Latino Communications Center, Los Angeles; plus, 100s of programs across the U.S. and Mexico.
In 1995, Ethan transformed Cine Estudiantil into the San Diego Latino Film Festival (now celebrating 25 years); and in 1999, established Media Arts Center San Diego, a 501c(3) non-profit. In addition to SDLFF, his impactful programs include: California’s Digital Story Station in 45 libraries, Teen Producers Project, Youth Media & Tech Camps, Mobile Stories, Speak City Heights, People’s Post, Frontera Filmmakers, and Digital Gym Cinema.
Ethan has served on funding panels: San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, Latino Public Broadcasting, Rockefeller Foundation’s Film/ Video Fellowships, California Arts Council, L.A. County Arts Commission, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, & National Endowment for the Arts.
1, 2, 3 Funded - Creator's Studio 1 - June 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Simon Kilmurry is the executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA). He joined IDA in June 2015 and oversees all IDA programs and operations, including filmmaker services, funding, educational programs the IDA Awards, and advocacy for the field. In 2016, Kilmurry joined the board of jurors of the George Foster Peabody Awards. He serves as an international advisor to the Greenhouse Fund and is on the board of screeners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining IDA he served from 1999–2015 in various roles at American Documentary | POV, including nine years as the executive producer of POV, the long-running PBS showcase of independent documentaries. As executive producer he received 18 Emmy Awards, more than 60 Emmy nominations, six George Foster Peabody Awards, four Du Pont Columbia Awards, and is a two-time recipient of the Best Continuing Series Award from the International Documentary Association. He also served as chief executive of American Documentary (AmDoc), POV’s non-profit parent organization.
Marta Fernandez joined STARZ in 2007. As the Senior Vice President, Original Programming she supervises development and production for the Network: her credits include the SPARTACUS franchise, BOSS, DAVINCI’S DEMONS, BLACK SAILS, ASH VS EVIL DEAD, FLESH AND BONE, AMERCIAN GODS and STARZ’s new Latinx series VIDA. Featured development includes:
• THE POSSUM – Set on a Southern California avocado farm, the series
documents the inner workings of a Latin family as they deal with identity, secrets
• DARKWATCH – from Eugenio Derbez, Gary Dauberman and 3PAS. Series
explores the gritty underbelly of LA through the eyes of a Latino police officer as
he starts to experience the supernatural.
• Untitled Katori Hall Project – set in the Bible Belt the series explores the
intersection of money, race, greed and religion all through the eyes of five exotic
Prior to her work at STARZ Ms. Fernandez worked on the critically acclaimed series;
MONK (USA) and CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS).
Ms. Fernandez is a graduate of Montclair State University. Her family is originally from Vigo, Spain.
It's Handled. Brand Management - Friday, June 22 @ 2:30 PM
Now with over 10 years experience in the US Hispanic market, Sarah started her career at a US Hispanic advertising agency, catering to the Spanish speaking, first generation Latinos. After realizing the lack of services for the millennial Latino audience, in 2011 Sarah launched French Toast Agency, a public relations agency specializing in the US Hispanic millennial market. With the main focus on music talents, French Toast has represented Warner Music Latina (Sofia Reyes), Atlantic Records (Snow Tha Product), Universal Music Latin (Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato - Echame La Culpa release) and Sony Music (Diego Boneta), Latina Magazine, L’Oreal and more. French Toast Agency works very closely with all labels, music streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora), traditional media, social media platforms (YouTube, Facebook, Musical.ly) and promoters (Live Nation). In 2017, Sarah Duru opened the Latin Division of Studio 71, overseeing all business development for both U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets. In less than a year, the division has managed to reach more than 300 million monthly views with their roster of premium talent, which includes Salice Rose, Del Records, and Isabel Bedoya. The Latin Division provides distinct and innovative avenues to aid their clients in building and maintaining successful careers. Their achievements include creating the first Latin music channel on Roku with Del Records, Salice Rose’s collaboration with Burger King, Luis Fonsi’s tour with La Divaza and successful campaigns with Warner to launch Maite Perroni and Sofia Reyes’ new releases.
Moderator - Seizing The Power - Friday @ 5:30 PM
Veronica Villafañe is an Emmy award-winning multimedia journalist who has worked as a reporter, anchor, producer, columnist and writer for Spanish and English-language broadcast, print and online media, including Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español, Fox’s KTTV in L.A., and the San Jose Mercury News, before moving into the digital news world. An expert on Hispanic media, she is the founder, Editor and Publisher of MediaMoves.com, a news site dedicated to covering Latinos in the media, Hispanic media and the issues that affect the industry since 2007. A former national President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), she is currently a regular contributor to Forbes, writing about Hispanic media and entertainment.
LMM Pitching To Perfection
Originally from Chicago, Gina began her Hollywood career at International Creative Management (ICM) talent agency in Motion Picture Production and transitioned to Film Development in her post with Ms. Salma Hayek’s production company, Ventanazul/MGM. Following her time at Ventanazul, Gina landed at 20th Century Fox Film as a Creative Executive in feature film development and made the move to television as Director for the Fox Writers Lab, Fox TV Directors Lab and the Fox/AFI Filmmakers Lab for Fox Broadcasting Company, 20th Century Fox Television, and 20th Century Fox Film. She then returned to content development in her role as the Director of Content Development for Story House Entertainment/Univision, where she focused on Spanish and English-language scripted series. Currently, she is the Vice President of Scripted Development for both Film and Television, at Mitú, an English-language digital platform targeting the new mainstream American audience - young Latinos. Gina attended Columbia College Chicago where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Television. She has been selected as one of the 50 women to participate in the "50 Women Can Change the World in Media & Entertainment" 2018 cohorthttps://www.50womencan-media.com/50-women-cohort/, is on the board of directors for the Young Storytellers https:/www.youngstorytellers.com/, the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiativehttp://annenberg.usc.edu/research/aii, and is an active member of the NALIPhttp://www.nalip.org/women’s board. Gina has also been recognized as one of twenty Latin Americans Making a Difference for American Independent Film Today on Indiewire.http://www.indiewire.com/2016/12/latin-americans-film-industry-influence-1201745573/
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The Stand Up's Sit Down - Saturday June 23, 2018
Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, Jesus Trejo can be seen on "The Late Late Show" with James Corden, Comedy Central’s "ADAM DEVINE'S HOUSE PARTY", Season 2 of "Stand-Up & Deliver" on Nuvo TV, "Uproarious" on FuseTV, and as a recurring cast member on TBS’s sitcom "SULLIVAN & SON" as Javier.In July of 2015, Jesus was picked to participate in the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal as part of Jeff Ross’s "ROAST MASTER'S INVITATIONAL", and in 2016 he was tapped to be a NEW FACE for the Just For Laughs Festival. In 2017, Jesus was asked to come back for a third time in a row to JFL, as one of "Variety Magazine's Top 10 Comics To Watch".
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.
Writing Up The Ranks presented by The WGAW - Creator's Studio 2 - June 23, 2018
Katherine Beattie has been working in television for nearly a decade. She started her career at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but quickly realized her heart was in scripted, so she quit her stable job to become a background actor. She made a real name for herself playing blurry nurses, party guests and restaurant patrons while working her way through the UCLA Extension Television Writing Program. She held various assistant jobs on series for Showtime, ABC and Freeform before landing at NCIS: New Orleans where she served as the Script Coordinator for the first 3 seasons, becoming a staff writer in season 4. Katherine is one of the rarest sights in any TV writers’ room – a Los Angeles native. She’s also disabled. Katherine is one of only a handful of competitive female WCMX riders, and is semi-internet famous for becoming the first woman to land a backflip on a wheelchair.
Writing Up The Ranks presented by The WGAW - Creator's Studio 2 - June 23, 2018
Marisa Tam grew up in Minnesota on a steady diet of Law & Order, developing an enduring love for crime stories and dark drama. After spending several years working in libraries, she moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to take part in UCLA’s inaugural Professional Program in TV Writing. Marisa was later selected for the 2015 CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the 2015-16 class of NBC’s Writers on the Verge, after which she spent two seasons writing for NBC’s The Blacklist. A recovering metal band drummer and onetime Jeopardy! contestant, she is perpetually on the hunt for the best french fries in L.A.
Ana Christina Ramon
Director of Research and Civic Engagement for the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA
Dr. Ana-Christina Ramón is the Director of Research and Civic Engagement for the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA. Dr. Ramón is a social psychologist trained in quantitative and qualitative methods. For over a decade, she has worked on social justice issues related to equity and access in higher education and the entertainment industry. Her past research has also focused on conflict perceptions and racial and gender stereotypes. She is the co-Principal Investigator of the Hollywood Advancement Project and manages its graduate research team. She is also the co-author (with Dr. Hunt) of the past five Hollywood Diversity Reports, most recently the “Hollywood Diversity Report 2018: Five Years of Progress and Missed Opportunities.” She co-edited a book (with Dr. Darnell Hunt) titled Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities (New York University Press, 2010). On behalf of California Social Science Researchers, she also co-authored (with Dr. Hunt) amicus briefs in support of affirmative action that were submitted to the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals and to the U.S. Supreme Court. She was most recently the Assistant Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. Dr. Ramón has a B.A. in psychology from Stanford, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Betting On Digital - Creator's Studio 1 - June 23, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sarah North is the Head of Television and Long-form Content at SoulPancake, the award-winning media and entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson. SoulPancake, which was acquired by Participant Media in October 2016, spreads joy and celebrates the human experience by producing and curating uplifting, thought-provoking content that is distributed on television, online as well as through live events and branded engagements. Prior to joining SoulPancake in June 2013, Sarah was a partner at Mad Cow Productions, the production company that created “The Daily Show.” She has developed and executive-produced series for networks company that created “The Daily Show.” She has developed and executive-produced series for networks seamlessly travels between digital, OTT, and linear platforms. Sarah is a graduate of New York University, and resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
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.
Laughing to The Bank - Latino Lens Space - June 22, 2018 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Monica Castillo is a writer and critic based in New York City. In her new position for The Lily at The Washington Post, she covers women's news and pop culture stories. Previously, she wrote and curated film entries for The New York Times' Watching, their TV and movie recommendation site. Her work has also appeared in The Guardian, Variety, The Village Voice, RogerEbert.com, Remezcla, NPR and The Boston Globe. She completed her master's at the University of Southern California as the school's first film critic fellow.
Digital Trailblazer Award - Latino Lens Space - Friday June 22, 2018 at 3:15 PM
Ana Flores is founder and CEO of #WeAllGrow Latina Network, the first and largest network of Latina digital influencers with a mission to elevate the voices and stories of Latinas through the power of community. The company’s annual #WeAllGrow Summit was recently named by Forbes.com as one of “19 Conferences Every Creative Should Attend in 2018.” Ana has been recognized by the prestigious Holmes Report among their 2015 Innovator 25 and was named as one of People en Español’s “Las 25 Mujeres Más Poderosas” of 2017. In 2016 she was invited to speak on two occasions at the White House, including the United State of Women Summit on gender diversity and women empowerment issues. She's on NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Initiative Advisory Committee, Common Sense Media’s Latino Advisory Council and currently sits on the Barbie Global Advisory Council. Born in Houston, Texas, raised in El Salvador and a graduate of the University of Florida, Ana is now settled in Los Angeles, where she lives with her daughter.
Seizing The Power - Creator's Studio 2 - Friday June 22, 2018
Mari Urdaneta is a Miami/LA based, Venezuelan creative producer and talent manager with a strong background in commercial, music video, television and film Production. At Metropolitan Films, Mari developed and launched the first prime time content platform for Galavision and with it various Emmy Award winning shows including, “VideoMix” con Mike Robles and “Con Cierta Intimidad,” to name a few. With Telemundo and Promo Films, Urdaneta produced the first ever reality show in the US Hispanic Market, “Protagonistas de Novela,” followed by “Protagonistas de la Musica” and “Temptation Island.” Because of her exceptional work creating and producing “FullAccess” for Mun2, she was asked to lead the relaunch and redevelopment of the entire network and programming. After successfully relaunching Mun2 in 2007, Mari produced a daily live show titled “The Roof,” which became the network’s flagship show. With more than 25 years of experience, Urdaneta started her production company Dhana Media in 2013. Dhana Media’s first list of credits includes the first short-format reality series “The Lab” aired on Yahoo in 2013, the documentary “Fuerte, La Historia de Lilian Tintori,” the hit series,“Su Nombre Era Dolores, La Jenn Que Yo Conocí”, the story of the late banda diva Jenni Rivera, which aired on Univision in January 2017, and the highly anticipated biopic about the life of acclaimed soccer player Diego Armando Maradona currently in pre-production. As an Executive Producer, Mari recently completed production on the Spanish language comedy “¡He Matado A Mi Marido!” for the US Hispanic and Latin American markets. As of 2016, Mari partnered as a Development Executive at Latin World Entertainment and also stepped into the role of Head of Talent Management at the company, where she continues to grow and manage the careers of top A-List crossover talent. Partner, Mari Urdaneta, was also named Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer at RAZE in 2017 where she has successfully placed two 2 season series at Netflix and Amazon which are currently in writers room and continues to develop other projects.
LMM:Pitching To Perfection (Invite Only) - Thursday June 21, 2018
With over a decade of experience in entertainment and production, Jessica Pavão currently heads series development for Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell’s 3Pas Studios (Overboard, How to Be a Latin Lover), currently in a deal with Lionsgate Television. In her time at 3Pas she has developed with FX, Hulu, ABC, NBC, Starz, E!, Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions. She began her television career working in the unscripted space at 25/7 Productions and from there planted firmly in scripted programming, with stints at The CW, Fox and Full Fathom Five before landing at 3Pas in 2015. Prior to working in television, Jessica was an event producer in Boston, designing and executing large-scale hospitality programs.
Behind The Programming - Creator's Studio 2 - June 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Lisa Franek is the Manager of Inclusive Programming at AMC Theatres. In this role, she oversees bookings of Asian-Pacific and Latino films, and assists in sourcing content from emerging filmmakers and working with established distributors. Lisa is also part of the team that manages film festival bookings at AMC Theatres across the US. Previous to her work with AMC, Lisa taught film classes at the community college and university level, and was a film festival programmer.
Latin Media and Multicultural Marketing Consultant Founder + Executive Director, The New York Latino Film Festival
Behind The Programming - Creator's Studio 2 - June 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM
- Founder of the premier Latino film festival targeting second generation Latinos
- Named as the “Latin Courter” by The Hollywood Reporter
- “One to watch” by Entrepreneur Magazine
- Most Influential Latino by New York Post
- Most Influential Latino by El Diario/La Prensa
- Heralded for running the “Top Hispanic Film Festival in the U.S.” by Hispanic Magazine
- Honored with Leadership awards from leaders of New York City Government
As the Founder and Executive Director of the New York Latino Film Festival, Calixto Chinchilla has made powerful and impactful progress for Latinos in the film industry. Founded in 1999, and presented by founding partner HBO, the festival realizes his dream to host an international festival that features domestic and international films by and/or about Latinos. Attracting over 100,000 attendees since its inception and garnering the attention of Hollywood and media from across the globe, the festival has quickly grown as the largest urban Latino film festival in the U.S. Calixto is a graduate of the Hunter College marketing program. He has been a speaker at Columbia University, The City College of New York’s Graduate Center, The Center for Communications and New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts, to name a few.
Claudia Puig is president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and a nationally recognized entertainment journalist. Currently a critic for NPR’s Film Week and contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, she was USA Today’s film critic for 18 years and host of The Screening Room video series. Prior to that she was a Los Angeles Times staff writer for 11 years. Claudia was a speechwriter for AMPAS and is currently program director for the Mendocino Film Festival. Much in demand as a moderator for entertainment industry Q&As, she has a consulting business specializing in film analysis and also teaches a college class on Diversity in the Media. A native Spanish speaker, Claudia studied at Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico City. She has a B.A. in Communications Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in Communications from USC’s Annenberg School. She recently won the Roger Ebert Award for Excellence in Film Criticism from the African-American Critics Association.
Creating With Allies - Creator's Studio 1 - June 22, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Isabel was born and raised in Madrid, Spain but has since lived in five different couantries and speaks four languages. She is a producer, writer and creative executive at Canana, where she runs the development department.
She started her adventure in the US when she became an undergrad at Brown University, where she obtained a B.A. in International Relations. She then traded coasts to pursue her passion for film and soon fell in love with the craft of audiovisual storytelling with a positive social impact. In 2015 she became an MFA graduate from USC‘s Peter Stark Producing Program.
Isabel's first professional work was as a junior executive at the Spanish production company Notro TV. She continued her film and TV development education while attending the Stark program, working in DreamWorks' Story Department, Skydance TV, and at Starz’s Originals Department. She most recently worked on Luis Miguel, The Series, for Telemundo and Netflix.
#FemaleTVDirectors - Latino Lens Space - June 22, 2018 at 3:45 PM
So Yong Kim is an award-winning Korean American filmmaker. Kim received the Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival for her debut feature, IN BETWEEN DAYS. Inspired by her youth, the film was shot in Toronto, mostly improvised by its teenage cast members, whose awkward, raw romance and alienation from their surroundings were expressed through intimate digital photography. The film was released by Kino films. Her critically acclaimed second feature TREELESS MOUNTAIN, filmed in Kim's home town in South Korea, follows the intimate story of two young sisters who are abandoned by their mother and must find their own resilience to continue. The film garnered numerous awards, was released by Oscilloscope Laboratories, and distributed in over ten territories worldwide. Kim's third feature, FOR ELLEN, stars Paul Dano and Jon Heder, is often cited as Dano's best work, premiered at Sundance and was theatrically released by Tribeca Films in 2012. Kim premiered her fourth feature, LOVESONG, at Sundance Film Festival, in 2016. LOVESONG was released in 2017 by Strand Releasing and currently available on Netflix. Kim directed episodes of TRANSPARENT for Amazon, AMERICAN CRIME for ABC, THE GOOD FIGHT for CBS and ROOM 104 for HBO.
The Animator's Journey - Creator's Studio 2 - Friday June 22, 2018 at 2:30 PM
Graduated in the career of Communication Sciences at ITESO. She directed the short film Jacinta in 2007, winning several awards, such as the FICG, FICM, Ariel and MEIFF Black Pearl of Abu Dhabi, among others. In 2012 directed the short film La Noria, which has received awards, including: the Ariel again and at festivals such as Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine, Chilemonos, Cinema of the Americas Austin Film Festival, International Film Festival Monterrey, Guanajuato International Film Festival, etc.
She is currently finishing a new stop motion short film titled Remedios. She is also, Production Designer of the Feature Film Inzomnia, directed by Luis Téllez.
This year she is starting to co-write the script of her first feature film together with Academy award winner Guillermo del Toro, whose is going to produce this film.
1, 2, 3 Funded - Creator's Studio 1 - June 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM
“Rick” Perez oversees a portfolio of Sundance Institute strategic partnerships focused on the convergence of nonfiction filmmaking, innovative thought leadership, and themes vital to contemporary societies. These initiatives include Stories of Change, a Sundance Institute partnership with the Skoll Foundation that harnesses the power of storytelling to advance the work of leading social entrepreneurs. Mr. Perez is also a senior reviewer for the Sundance Documentary Film Fund; frequently participates as a speaker, panelist and moderator at domestic and international events focusing on non-fiction filmmaking; leads workshops on documentary storytelling; and nurtures filmmakers throughout the world, including artists traditionally underrepresented in the field of non-fiction cinema.In addition to his work at Sundance Institute, Mr. Perez executive produced and directed the feature documentary, Cesar’s Last Fast, a film about the spiritual commitment of American civil rights and labor leader Cesar E. Chavez that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Too lazy to shoot hoops and too tall to model, Marcella Arguello stands over 6 feet. Although she may be taller than most men, the only thing more intimidating than her height is her comedy. Marcella mixes a combination of genuine reason with a sexy suggestion of street. Deemed as “sexually and ethnically ambiguous” she appeals to everyone and is not afraid to tell you how she really feels about subjects concerning race, gender, politic, relationships, family, work, music, pop culture and whatever else is on her mind that day.
Time Out Magazine deemed Marcella an “LA Comedian to Watch in 2017” and is a fan favorite on Comedy Central’s @midnight. Most recently, she won her appearance on TruTv’s Comedy Knock Out and can be seen on The UCB Show’s upcoming second season on Seeso. She was featured on Viceland’s Flophouse, and in 2015 on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly; her stand up has been highlighted on rapper Tyler, The Creator’s mobile app and on Fox’s The Real. Her Twitter account (@marcellacomedy) has been featured on CNN, TIME.com, HuffingtonPost.com and various entertainment websites. Marcella just wrapped a stint as a write on the series “Bill Nye Saves the World” for Netflix on which she did some on-camera work as well.
She is a regular opener for Last Comic Standing Winner Felipe Esparza as well as NBC Superstore’s Nico Santos. She has opened for David Alan Grier, Norm MacDonald, J.B. Smoove, Hannibal Buress, Ron Funches, Godfrey, Bryan Callen, Aries Spears, Hasan Minhaj, Al Madrigal, Joey Coco Diaz, Melanie Comarcho, Melissa Villaseñor and has shared a stage with Bill Burr, Paul Mooney and Robin Williams.
She has worked at The Improv Comedy Clubs all over the country and is a regular at The Punch Line Comedy Clubs in Northern California. She has performed at San Francisco Sketchfest, Riot LA Comedy Festival, overseas for American troops and comedian Sean Keane referred to her as the “finest export from Modesto since George Lucas.”
Sandy Nunez is a Coordinating Producing overseeing all SportsCenter production for ESPN in Los Angeles. Nunez joined ESPN in 2007 where she worked as a Coordinating Producer on SportsCenter in Bristol for two years before moving back to the west coast. Upon her return in 2009, she spearheaded the launch of SportsCenter Los Angeles with Neil Everett and Stan Verrett at ESPN’s newly opened LA office. The debut of SCLA marked the first time ESPN's flagship show was broadcast outside of the company’s headquarter office in Bristol, CT. Nunez came to ESPN from ABC News in Los Angeles where she covered domestic and international news for nine years. Her work was shown on World News Tonight, Good Morning America and Nightline. Assignments included Immigration Reform, Hurricane Katrina, President Reagan's Funeral, the World Trade Center bombings and several political democratic and republican conventions. Internationally, she covered suicide bombings and violence in the occupied territories in Israel in 2002 and healthcare in Taiwan for Peter Jennings’ special series in 2003. She was also posted in Turkey and Qatar for several months during ABC’s 2003 war coverage.In 2001, Nunez was charged with opening the network’s Seattle office where she supervised all news coverage in the northwest region as well as daily production for all ABC show platforms. Nunez was recently awarded with two notable honors. Sports Illustrated named Sandy one of “The 30 Most Influential Hispanics in Sports.” She was also honored by the California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA) as one of the “Los Angeles Most Influential Latina Journalists.”Nunez is currently a member of the Los Angeles chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE). She also serves on the Board of Managers of Ketchum-Downtown YMCA. A native of California, Nunez resides with her husband in Torrance.
Deborah Calla, Born and raised in Brazil, is a writer, producer, speaker and activist. Among her film credits are: A Beautiful Life (writer/producer), Beat The World (producer), Lost Zweig (co-producer), Dream House (producer). TV: Carnival in Rio (Travel Channel, producer), Chicano Artists (HBO Latino, producer), Fox Club Kids (Fox Latin America, producer), Romeo & Juliet Redux (in development @ Freeform, writer), 500th Anniversary of Brazil (TNT, producer). Deborah has been the chair of the PGA for the past 14 years, is an advisory board member of the Geena Davis Institute and a member of the WGA. She is also the chair of the Media Access Awards, an yearly awards event started by Norman Lear which celebrates people in the industry who advance the portrayal and employment of people with disabilities. Deborah is a regular guest speaker at: AFI, USC, Globo Network, among others. She also works as a script consultant and travels to such countries as Taiwan, Jordan and Brazil to teach script development and production. She’s working with Ben Lewin on a TV series project and is pre-production on The Case of the 10.001 Women in Brazil.
Marly Rivera is a national baseball reporter for ESPN, and a writer for all of ESPN and ESPN Deportes Digital platforms and ESPN The Magazine. She joined ESPN Deportes in 2012 as a general assignment sportswriter and reporter and has gone on to cover baseball for all of ESPN entities, including ESPN Radio, Outside the Lines, and SportsCenter. Rivera is the only Latina national baseball writer and member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). She is also a former New York Yankees beat writer, the second woman of color to have covered the Yankees as a beat. Rivera is also the only female reporter to have taken part on ESPN's baseball national telecasts, including the recent broadcast of the Puerto Rico Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians. She was also lead reporter on the ESPN initiative known as "Béisbol Experience", the most extensive cross-platform project done on Latino MLB players living in the United States. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rivera has done a lot of philanthropic work to support her home island after the impact of Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017. Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Puerto Rico. On October 13, 2017, Rivera was named one of "The 30 Most Influential Hispanics in Sports" by Sports Illustrated.
Hilary Guy is a Coordinating Producer for ESPN's Content and Coverage Group, specifically overseeing NBA coverage for all SportsCenter shows and platforms. Her role involves the supervision and coordination of reporters and producers in the field as well as the responsibility of making key content decisions across multiple platforms. Prior to joining ESPN, Hilary led the Player Health and Safety Unit at NFL Network. Working very closely with seasoned correspondent Andrea Kremer, Hilary managed a small unit of producers and associate producers focusing on controversial topics facing the NFL. She was nominated for two 2014 Sports Emmy Awards for helping produce A Football Life: Darrelle Revis as well as producing feature content for NFL Network’s flagship Sunday pregame show, GameDay Morning. Hilary began her career at NBC News, working her way up to a producer role for NBC Nightly News and the Today Show, and eventually overseeing news coverage of the South region for Today. Throughout her tenure at NBC News, Hilary covered many major breaking news stories and received four News and Documentary Emmy Awards well as multiple nominations for her work. Hilary graduated cum laude from Boston University’s College of Communication with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, David, and their daughter, Poppy.
Kelley L. Carter is an Emmy-winning journalist and her byline has graced the pages of national and international media outlets, including USA Today, Vibe, BuzzFeed, Ebony, Essence, ESPN.com, MTV News, the Chicago Tribune, and the Detroit Free Press. The Michigan State University graduate’s expertise on music, film, television, and celebrity topics has led to regular appearances on several TV networks. CNN, HLN, E!, Fox News, MSNBC and the TV Guide Channel are among outlets that regularly tap Carter to deliver commentary on entertainment and provide breaking entertainment news updates. Carter has interviewed many of music's and Hollywood’s elite, including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Jada Pinkett Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington, Drew Barrymore, Jamie Foxx, Mark Wahlberg, Katie Holmes, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, Ben Stiller, Bradley Cooper, Courteney Cox, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mary J. Blige and Sean Combs. Carter currently is the Sr. Entertainment Reporter for ESPN's The Undefeated.
It's Handled. Brand Management - Friday, June 23, 2018 @ 2:30 PM
Brenda Herrera is the President and CEO of The Herrera Agency, a full service marketing agency specializing in entertainment. Her company emphasizes a teamfocused, culturally-inclusive approach that has garnered high-profile clients especially within the Latino market. As a seasoned marketer, Ms. Herrera’s clients have included the NCLR ALMA Awards, Hollywood Forever, Latin Heat Media, Image Entertainment, The Foundation for Hispanic Education, Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice, and GRAMMY Award-winning Mariachi Divas among others. Ms. Herrera began her entertainment industry career at the National Academy of
Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). While there, she assisted with the production of the 2000 GRAMMY Awards, coordinated talent for the first ever Latin GRAMMY Awards, and was instrumental in developing from inception the Latin GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2001. As Latin Heat’s Director of Marketing and Promotions, she produced a variety of special events including film screenings, workshops and panels with leading Latino entertainment figures, and popular music festivals.
An experienced film publicist, Ms. Herrera has successfully executed campaigns which have resulted in increased Latino attendance and impacted the box office totals on opening weekend. Her most notable campaigns include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Men in Black 3, Puss in Boots, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Wall*E, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. In 2016, The Los Angeles Times named Brenda Herrera as a Top 100 diversity candidate for membership into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Her influence as one of Hollywood’s leading publicists and strong cultural connection were cited as reasons for making this one-of-a-kind list. She has also collaborated with prominent organizations like the Latino Entertainment Media Institute, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, and the Imagen Foundation. Proud of her Mexican heritage and passionate about her Latino culture, Ms. Herrera received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California Los Angeles.
Carmi Zlotnik is President of Programming for Starz. In this lead executive role, Zlotnik is responsible for development, production and programming strategy for STARZ Originals. Among notable recent series are acclaimed scripted dramas including “Power,” “Counterpart,” “American Gods,” “Outlander,” “Black Sails;” limited series “The White Princess,” “The Girlfriend Experience” and
“The Missing;” horror series “Ash vs Evil Dead,” and comedy series “Survivor’s Remorse.” Upcoming projects include “Vida” and “Sweetbitter,” along with a slate of unscripted projects including “Wrong Man,” “America to Me” and “Warriors of Liberty City.”
Zlotnik joined Starz in January 2010. Prior to Starz, Zlotnik was Head of Operations for IMG Global Media. Prior to IMG, Zlotnik enjoyed a storied 20-year career at HBO where he held various executive management positions, including tenures as Executive Vice President of New Media Programming and Executive Vice President of Creative Operations, Business Development & New Media.
As head of Original Programming Production at HBO, Zlotnik supervised production for numerous shows including "Band of Brothers,” "The Sopranos," “The Wire,” "Sex and the City," "Six Feet Under," "From the Earth to the Moon," “The Corner,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” and "The Larry Sanders Show."
Zlotnik lives in Santa Monica, Calif.
A Signature Conversation
Brendan Countee is Vice President, Original Programming for Showtime Networks Inc. Countee’s responsibilities include the development and creative oversight of SHOWTIME original series. He currently oversees the development of the original animated comedy series OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT from executive producer Stephen Colbert and the comedy series JUST ANOTHER IMMIGRANT following popular UK comedian Romesh Ranganathan.
Countee most recently served as Head of Comedy at Hulu where he oversaw the development and production of the streaming service’s comedy series including the Golden Globe®-nominated Casual from Jason Reitman and Zander Lehman, The Mindy Project, Difficult People from Amy Poehler starring Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner, Future Man from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the Emmy®-nominated sports docu-series Behind The Mask, Hulu's first original comedy special from Robert Smigel, the Emmy-nominated Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Election Special and the popular animated series The Awesomes, created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker. While at Hulu, he received a Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations for his work on original series and specials. Prior to joining Hulu, Countee worked as a writer and producer, developing half-hour comedy pilots for ABC Studios and Twentieth Century Fox, as well a feature-length high school comedy for Chernin Entertainment. He also served as a writer and producer for Alleyoop Media where he created, co-wrote and produced branded entertainment for companies including Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Beats by Dre and Microsoft. Earlier in his career, Countee was the co-founder of Handsome Donkey Productions, a production company that develops, writes and directs original comedy programming for web and television. In this role, he worked as a writer, director, producer and performer, and created comedic streaming series for ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment, developed half-hour comedy pilots for ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox, and created television ad campaigns and public service announcements. He began his career at Fox Searchlight Pictures working in the Production and Development department on films that included Thank You For Smoking, The Hills Have Eyes and Night Watch.
Countee is a graduate of Georgetown University. He is based in Showtime Networks' West Coast headquarters.
Sylvia Bugg is Vice President of Diversity and TV Content at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting where she provides strategic leadership to serve public media through the support of a mission-focused pipeline of content for national distribution across broadcast and digital platforms. Ms. Bugg is also responsible for fulfilling CPB’s priorities for advancing diversity across public media through the collaboration and support of content creators, distributors and partnering organizations.She is a board member for the Council on International Non-theatrical Events (CINE) and a past board member and committee chairperson of the Washington, D.C./Baltimore chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications. Ms. Bugg holds an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, an MA in Journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. and a BA in Communications from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
Brazilian director based in LA. Carla has directed and produced films, commercials, documentaries, and music videos, and her work has been recognized by major festivals. In 2013, she made a video about the social and political problems behind the organization of the 2014 World Cup. The video went viral, and with over 5 million views, she gained recognition all over the world. She was nominated for the Social Media Leadership Awards (Wharton University) and spoke on mainstream channels like BBC, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Channel 4 News, among others. Since then, she has worked with major production companies (Kandoo Films, Revolver Films, Fullscreen, Passage Pictures) and recently co-directed the short documentary "The Discarded," produced by Sound Off Films and released by Take Part. Carla prides herself on working with content she believes in and creating appealing stories with a socially conscious impact.
A veteran entertainment industry showrunner and executive (and patented tech entrepreneur), DMA (Donna Michelle Anderson) has designed and executed transformative gameplans for companies in media, tech, government, education and more. As an established author, speaker and thought leader, over the past 20 years, DMA has helmed top-rated programming for CBS, Bravo, BET, A&E, TLC and more, created groundbreaking production software, and championed diversity across multiple industries, including her current role as Director of Disney | ABC's Creative Talent Development & Inclusion team. She is a graduate, with distinction, of Stanford University and is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America and American Mensa. You can connect with DMA online on all platforms as @planetdma.
Dani Fernandez spent much of her youth bouncing between Southern California and Texas. As an awkward teenager, her afterschool hours consisted of writing nerdy fanfiction and obsessing over anime shows with her two brothers. After graduating from the University of Texas, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in writing. She started freelance work doing on-camera hosting for the largest US anime distributor Funimation at San Diego Comic Con and has gone on to host and write for channels such as Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, Machinima, HyperRPG, Mental Floss, and How Stuff Works. She has written and performed at The Comedy Store’s Roast Battle, The Historical Roast at Meltdown, Tournament of Nerds at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Cracked.com LIVE. She has also been a panelist multiple times at San Diego Comic Con, LA Comic Con, and WonderCon discussing the importance of Latinx representation in comic books and film.
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.
Melissa Villaseñor broke barriers by becoming the first-ever Latina cast member of Saturday Night Live. A comedic impressions expert, she got her start as a semifinalist on "America's Got Talent" in 2011. Melissa has voiced characters on Cartoon Network's OK K.O.! and Adventure Time, Comedy Central's TripTank, Fox's American Dad and Family Guy. On camera she most recently filmed HBO's Crashing and Barry, Fullscreen's Alone Together, and of course Saturday Night Live.Forbes named Melissa one of their 30 Under 30 in 2017 and Rolling Stone named her as one to watch on their 50 Funniest People Right Now list.
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Born in Argentina, Cecilia Conti grew up in Austin, Texas attending the University of Texas earning a Bachelor of Science in Radio, Television, and Film. Conti began her career with the Austin Film Society and later joined Miramax Films. Her experience landed her at Troublemaker Studios where she joined Robert Rodriguez’s team, assisting him during some of his biggest projects: Spy Kids 3D, Sin City, and Grindhouse. Conti later moved to Los Angeles to dive into then emerging world of digital marketing, working for leading companies like Overture Films, Relativity Media and Twentieth Century Fox. In 2013, she returned to Austin to re-join Rodriguez and help launch El Rey Network as Director of Creative Operations. Now as VP of Marketing, Conti leads the network’s marketing efforts and oversees the social and publicity teams, as well as being part of the leadership behind the creative and strategic success of the enterprise.
Ryan was born and raised in Los Angeles to Carlos & Maria Crow, immigrants from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ryan went to West High School in Torrance, California and then attended the University of California, Los Angeles. While in college, Ryan joined the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, worked for KROQ 106.7 FM in their promotions department and volunteered for UCLA UniCamp. After graduating in 2002 with a degree in Political Science, Ryan went to work at Bunim-Murray Productions as a production assistant where he worked his way up the ladder. After working on infamous titles like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "The Simple Life," "Rock of Love," and "Braxton Family Values," Ryan served as executive producer for Robert Rodriguez's new series "Rebel Without a Crew: The Series" premiering on go90.com and Tumblr. Ryan continues to work with El Rey Network and hopes for more seasons of "Rebel Without a Crew: The Series".
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Alex Toumayan is a Development Executive at Verizon go90 where he manages the development and production of a slate of dozens of both scripted and unscripted original shows, for our owned and operated platforms. Previously he ran original content at the multi-channel network and digital studio, Omnia Media. At Omnia, Toumayan was responsible for working with Omnia's top creators to develop and produce series for distribution on digital properties across Omnia's YouTube network, as well as 3rd party distribution outlets, including YouTube Red and Vessel. Additionally, he ran Omnia's owned and operated YouTube channels. Before Omnia, Toumayan ran Machinima's most successful YouTube channel, growing it to over 30 million monthly views. He was responsible for building the programming schedule, as well as developing and producing dozens of series per month.
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Ryan's short film, Three Legged Dog, was a 2017 official selection of The Atlanta Underground Film Festival and the Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival. Ryan honed her directing skills shadowing director/producer Scott Winant on HBO's “True Blood” Season 7 and director Jet Wilkinson on the second season of Netflix "Jessica Jones."Ryan began her creative career when she attended Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. She worked at The American Repertory Theatre before starting a career in Hollywood. She then went on to work as an actor appearing on television series “Murder in the First”, “House M.D.”, “Save Me”, along with many independent films including Bella Vista, Volcano Girl, and ITVS Future States. For “Rebel Without A Crew” Ryan created Grandma’s House.
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Bola Ogun is an alum of the University of North Texas. She was selected for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, the inaugural 2016 class for the Ryan Murphy’s Television HALF Mentorship Program, and Robert Rodriguez’s docuseries ‘Rebel Without A Crew.’ Ogun’s second short film “Are We Good Parents?” had its world premiere at South By Southwest and stars Tracie Thoms (“Rent") and Sean Maguire ("Once Upon A Time”). Her ﬁrst short ﬁlm, “The Water Phoenix,” premiered at LA International Shorts Festival and screened at Citizen Jane Film Festival and Sci-Fi London. The film received a grant from California Institute of Contemporary Art Grant for completion. Ogun has also written a guest post for Indiewire titled “Enough with the ‘Black Movies’ Bring on the Black Mermaids,” an essay on bringing intersectionality to Fantasy and Sci-fi films. Ogun is based in Los Angeles and is a first-generation American.
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Josh Stifter started movie making during his time in high school. After graduating, Stifter attended art college, graduated on the Dean's List, and later got into his true passion—2-D animation. He then began animating for Kevin Smith's podcast, making two minute cartoons from scratch—all while holding down a full-time job. After this, he began to work at a Christian media company, moving up to become an animation director. He then was able to work on bigger projects and won multiple awards for his work. Stifter has continued making fun animation and short films whenever he can, working on animated series to pitch with friends. For “Rebel Without A Crew” Stifter created The Good Exorcist, in which a quiet guest ranch in South Texas is befallen to a mysterious, demonic presence, it is up to an eccentric, wandering priest to find answers and dispel the darkness.
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Born in Laredo, TX and raised in Monterrey, MX, Alejandro Montoya Marin is a first-generation American filmmaker and production manager. After studying marketing in Mexico, Montoya moved to Canada to study film production at Vancouver Film School, specializing in directing. He then went on to live in Albuquerque, and has since produced work, such a s music videos, commercials and short films. Currently, Montoya divides his time between Los Angeles and Albuquerque where he works as a production manager for a local Spanish language TV station all while creating short films and developing two feature films. For “Rebel Without A Crew” Montoya Marin created Monday, an action comedy, that revolves around Jim. An average joe who gets fired, dumped and when he tries to get his life back together, he is forced to kill someone and end a rival cartel war.
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Marc Hofstatter is a currently a genre film producer. He most recently served as the head of film for Indiegogo for the past five years; where he helped 300 filmmakers raise over $55 million dollars for their film and creative projects. Originally from New York, he began his career at the indie film label, October Films before transitioning to Los Angeles and starting at the William Morris Agency. He went on to serve as a production executive on both at Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. He has worked on over a dozen feature films, including helping overseeing production on such projects as Peter Sollett's Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Chris Weitz’s A Better Life and Tom Ford's A Single Man.
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Jax Deluca is the Media Arts Director at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In this position, she oversees the NEA’s grant portfolio and field-building resources for arts organizations across the country working in film, video, audio, immersive technology, and other emerging media forms. In partnership with the International Documentary Association, she co-produced a national report on career sustainability for the documentary community, with a goal of articulating actionable strategies leading towards a more sustainable ecosystem for documentary professionals. Her field experience includes twelve years working at the intersection of arts and community-building as a non-profit administrator, educator, and artist. Prior to the NEA, she was executive director of Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources, a media arts professor at SUNY Buffalo State College, and a board member of the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance, and the Western New York Book Arts Center.
Catrice Monson has been named Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion for the CBS Corporation, it was announced today by Josie Thomas, Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for CBS Corporation, to whom she will report. In her new role, Monson, who has worked in the CBS Labor Relations group since 2000, will work with Thomas to expand and enhance diversity initiatives which serve the CBS Corporation and its business units. Her responsibilities will include facilitating engagement internally and externally on company wide diversity and inclusion programs, spearheading the west coast based components of the Corporation’s multi-cultural and women’s employee resource groups, and overseeing and expanding west coast based CBS Corporation Diversity Council impact oriented activities and outreach. “Catrice is a highly effective and respected executive with wide ranging experience across many CBS business units,” said Thomas. “She’s dedicated and passionate about the importance of diversity and inclusion and will be an invaluable asset in helping to advance the dialogue of diversity as we expand and enhance our focus across the corporation.” Monson's new corporate role, based in Los Angeles, will also complement the diversity initiatives led by Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i, Executive Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Communications for CBS Entertainment. Most recently, Monson has served as Senior Vice President, Labor Relations, representing the CBS Television Network in negotiations with various entertainment unions and guilds as well as representing the labor relations department on committees and in meetings with the guilds and unions on issues related to diversity and increasing access. She has also worked with various divisions to develop and implement community outreach initiatives, such as the Upward Bound House school supply drive, the Schools on Wheels backpack drive and the Susan G. Komen Race. Additionally, Monson is an active member of the CBS Corporation Diversity Council and the CBS Corporation Volunteer Committee. Prior to her work at CBS, Monson was an associate at Barbosa Garcia LLP where her area of practice was negotiations in education and labor law. She was responsible for researching Federal and State education and related laws, and collaborating and providing legal opinions and advisories to State education agencies and school district administrators. In this role, she also negotiated and drafted collective bargaining agreements between public entities and unions. Monson’s community service and charity work includes the CAM (Community Academics Mentoring) Foundation, where she serves as Executive Director and the Archer School for Girls, where she serves on the Board of Trustees. Monson graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 1997, where she was awarded with the Baker & Mackenzie Scholarship. While at UCLA, she served as the community service Co-Chair for the Black Law Students Association, was a member of the Women’s Law Journal, the Public Interest Law Foundation and the Student Bar Association. She holds a BA in American Studies from Stanford University where she graduated with honors in 1994.
Pete started his entertainment career by interning for producers Gavin Polone and Judy Hofflund. Then, like many in Hollywood, he cut his teeth as an agent's assistant at CAA before working on A&E's first scripted television series, THE CLEANER. After the series wrapped, Pete worked in development assisting artist and producer Liz Goldwyn, granddaughter of Hollywood namesake Samuel Goldwyn. In 2014, Pete helped to build the scripted department for the newly consolidated American hub of UK-based all3media. After Discovery, Inc acquired all3media in 2015, Pete graduated to interim head of scripted development. Since leaving that position, Pete sold several projects to ITV Studios America and produced an Emmy® nominated series for YouTube Red. In his current role as Director of Development for Marvel Television Studios, he oversees the development and launch of new series.
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Public Media Block - Friday June 22, 2018
Ben DeJesus is a director, producer, and writer with over 15 years experience in the multicultural market. Ben’s career began at MTV, where he was a producer/writer for several seasons of Cribs, before working with VH1, Mun2, and The N. In 2003, Ben launched Diamante Pictures, a full-service production & post facility in NYC, delivering 100+ hours of television, commercials, digital content, and music videos, with over 750 million views online. He’s worked with artists Romeo Santos, Don Omar, Prince Royce, Nore, Fat Joe, Chino & Nacho, Joey Montana, Machine Gun Kelly, and more. In 2012, Ben directed the PBS documentary John Leguizamo’s Tales from a Ghetto Klown, which was produced by Oscar winner Fisher Stevens and received NALIP’s Estela Award. In 2016, Ben co-founded NGL Studios with John Leguizamo and David Chitel, where he creates branded, television, and documentary projects. Current projects include a documentary and tv series on John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons, the Broadway show for which he also served as a producer, and an American Masters doc on the actor Raúl Juliá. Ben also recently directed an episode of the Disney hit sitcom Bunk’d.
Umberto Gonzalez is the Founder and Editor in Chief of HeroicHollywood.com and a film reporter for TheWrap.com After learning the scoop trade breaking news for a decade at latinoreview.com and competing for the same information as the Hollywood trades newspapers, Gonzalez ventured out on his own to launch heroichollywood.com in the summer of 2015 to much fanfare. Gonzalez successfully broke numerous news stories dealing with popular intellectual property such as Marvel, DC, Hasbro and Star Wars. Based on his success breaking scoops on heroichollywood.com, Gonzalez was approached and recruited to join TheWrap's film team in the summer of 2016. Gonzalez, who is of Dominican and Colombian descent and originally from New York, is the only Latino employed by the Hollywood trades in the very competitive breaking news space. Gonzalez can be followed on Twitter at @elmayimbe and on Instagram at @umbertogonzalez
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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.
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MPAA’s Inclusion and Multicultural Outreach program is lead by John Gibson, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. John Gibson works to promote and highlight the association’s diversity and inclusion initiatives in the film and television industry. In this role, Gibson also manages the MPAA’s partnerships with national civil rights and multicultural groups as part of the association’s outreach to leading third party organizations. Since creating the MPAA’s Diversity and Outreach Program, John has cultivated key partnerships with leading organizations such as the American Black Film Festival; Georgia Latino Film Festival, and the Latino Donor Collaborative, of whose advisory boards he serves on; the Washington Bureau of the National Urban League, serving on its Urban Solutions Council; Hispanic Heritage Foundation; National Association of Latino Independent Producers; and many other groups working tirelessly to promote gender equality and diversity in film and television. Through his active engagement, speaking with multicultural media outlets and addressing participants at national conferences throughout the country, John has helped bring increased awareness of the multicultural projects being pursued by both the MPAA and its member studios.
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Director of Global Talent Development & Inclusion at Universal Pictures / NBCUniversal
As Director of Global Talent Development & Inclusion, Emerlynn Lampitoc leads the team’s creative programs and initiatives to inclusively identify and develop female and diverse talent. Lampitoc is responsible for such internal programs as the Universal Writers Program as well as partnerships on initiatives such as the Sundance Institute FilmTwo Initiative and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Prior to joining Universal Pictures, Lampitoc was Manager of Creative Talent Development & Inclusion for the Disney|ABC Television Group where she was instrumental in staffing writers and writer’s assistants on network and cable television series. Lampitoc also was an integral part of the Disney|ABC Directing Program redesign which contributed to an increase in female and diverse episodic directors securing directing assignments. Raised in Honolulu, HI, Lampitoc received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA.
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Marcos is a family man, producer, and occasional triathlete- in that order. He’s constantly managing teams of creative folks and not-so-creative folks. Among his professional achievements, Marcos has successfully produced feature films, hundreds of commercials, hours of TV content for major networks, as well as created apps for Android and iOS. But wait, there’s more: He’s happily married, truly enjoys spending time with his son, and recently completed an Ironman 70.3. Adjectives others have used to describe him include: hardworking, diplomatic, creative, responsible. That… and jackass. Someone once told him he’s “too social on social media” so if you care to know more about him, check out his social media feeds.
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Sierra Teller Ornelas has previously staffed on ABC’s ‘Happy Endings’ and ‘Selfie’, FOX’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and ‘Surviving Jack’, FUSE Network’s ‘The Hustle’, and most recently wrote and worked as co-EP on NBC’s ‘Superstore’. Sierra’s work has been featured on This American Life and the New York Times. A graduate of the University of Arizona, she previously worked as a film programmer for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, helping to create ridiculously entertaining programs about Native film and media. Raised in Tucson, AZ, she is also is an award winning sixth generation Navajo tapestry weaver and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
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Brett King is Vice President, Creative Programming, Diversity & Inclusion for Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he works with both Sony Pictures Television and the Motion Picture Group to identify and advantage opportunities for diversity and inclusion throughout the studio.
King oversees the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program, providing opportunity for women and ethnic minorities in scripted episodic television. Prior to working with Sony, King served as a Program Consultant for HBOAccess, as well as for Disney/ABC Television Creative Talent Development, working to find the next generation of content creators.
A television veteran with oversight of literally hundreds of hours of television under his belt, he has been a senior level executive at BET, The WB, Paramount Television Studios and 20th Century Fox Television. His executive career followed his work in New York, where he was a staff producer of the commercial parodies at Saturday Night Live as well as a producer of innumerable music videos, commercials and promos, all while moonlighting as a DJ in some of the city’s seminal downtown clubs.
Andrea Fernandez is a dynamic and entrepreneurial artist whose vivid worldbuilding has made her a vital asset to her various professional projects. With demonstrated comfort and success in the worlds of publishing, toys and games, and animation, Andrea’s work has a commercially successful look which, paired with her unique style and vision, appeals to parents and children alike. A tenacious and imaginative leader, Andrea loves to develop new intellectual properties and build vibrant, complex worlds that are populated with characters that feel real and relatable - and look as different from each other as real kids do. In her work as an art director, character designer, and visual artist, she has developed multiple innovative properties that have enjoyed commercial and critical success. Currently she is Art Directing Unikitty! the series, for Warner Brothers and Lego on Cartoon Network.
Other notable projects include, Disney's Puppydog Pals, Powderpuff Girls and Unikitty! Her work has earned three Toy of the Year nominations and a Best App of 2014 commendation.
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Karla Loor Kitchel (The Television Academy Foundation)
Senior Director, Strategic Partnership & External Relations.
Karla Loor Kitchel is the Television Academy Foundation’s Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and External Relations. She leads the Foundation’s strategic development efforts and oversees partnered programs to fulfill the organization’s mission to shape the future of television while preserving its rich history. As the chief fundraiser for the Academy, Kitchel also leads the $40 million New Destination Campaign which has transformed the Academy campus with the opening of the Saban Media Center and Wolf Theatre and will establish a Foundation endowment. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kitchel focused on institutional advancement, organizational development, and strategic communications within the educational space. She served as Director of Development at Rolling Hills Preparatory School and Associate Director of Donor Relations at Marlborough School. Kitchel also worked with entertainment industry non-profit Emma L. Bowen Foundation, where she managed programs and recruitment. Kitchel earned a Bachelor's degree from Duke University and a Master's degree from UCLA.
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Nancy C. Mejía is a director/writer born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She was awarded the 2014 Latino Film Fund Seed Grant and 2015 Latino Screenwriting Project Fellowship, a lab organized with consulting support from the Sundance Institute. Her short, Mateo, about a Latino teen’s fraught relationship with his abusive father, aired on El Rey Network in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month; and her dramatic screenplay Jennifer’s Tigers, a coming-of-age story following a relationship between an African-American girl and a Caucasian girl in the American South in the mid-20th century, was selected as part of NALIP 2015 Diverse Women in Media Residency Lab and a 2014 quarterfinalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. She is first-generation Salvadoran-American and endeavors to explore and share authentic portrayals of diverse, overlooked communities. She is also a 2017-18 AFI Directing Workshop for Women Fellow. Currently, Nancy is a writer on Vida, a new series on Starz.
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
Director Kimberly McCullough is booked on Freeform and UTV's hit series THE BOLD TYPE. This summer she will be directing FULLER HOUSE for Netflix. She recently wrapped two episodes of Netflix upcoming series ALL ABOUT THE WASHINGTONS with Amblin Ent & ABC Studios. Last year Kimberly directed Netflix's ONE DAY AT A TIME for Norman Lear and Sony - they loved working with her so much that she is currently booked for two more episodes in the third season. Previously, she directed two episodes, including the finale, of YouTubeRed & Mark Gordon's YOUTH & CONSEQUENCES. Kimberly has directed two episodes of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS for Freeform & Warner Horizon. A Latina director, Kimberly is a true utility player with a diverse resume covering hour long drama, single cam and multi cam comedies.
Catalina Aguilar Mastretta was born in Mexico City in 1984. She graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Science and a minor in Audiovisual Media, with an additional year spent at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, studying Film and Television. During this time, she wrote and directed several short films, including "Somewhere Else" (Winner of Best Short Film at the Jewish New York Film Festival); "La Cuesta" (Winner of Best Script at the Alucine Film Festival); and "Tabacotla," which served as her undergraduate thesis film and was presented in festivals both in Mexico and abroad. In 2009, she attended the American Film Institute Conservatory, where she obtained an MFA in Screenwriting. She has since focused on writing, publishing essays and short stories in several publications. As a screenwriter, Catalina has worked on the serial historical dramatic show "Gritos de muerte y libertad", for which she wrote four episodes broadcast in Mexico and the US during the fall of 2010 and 2011; "Drawing Maple," which was awarded the prestigious Fadiman award at AFI; and “Echo Park.” In 2014, Catalina also wrote and directed “Las Horas Contigo,” which premiered to glowing praise at the Guadalajara Film Festival (http://variety.com/2014/film/spotlight/the-hours-with-you-world-preems-at-guadalajara-1201146240), and was nominated for three Arieles (Mexican Academy Awards), including Best First Feature, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress (and winning for Supporting Actress). Most recently, Catalina wrote and directed EVERYBODY LOVE SOMEBODY, a half-English, half-Spanish romantic comedy funded in Mexico and set in both LA and Ensenada, Baja California starring Karla Souza (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER). ELS was distributed in the US by Lionsgate in over 300 theaters and opened to rave reviews (93% on Rotten Tomatoes). Catalina was a participant in the inaugural Fox Director Fellows program: http://variety.com/2014/film/news/inaugural-fox-director-fellows-gather-at-studio-lot-1201348870/ and the Sony Directing program. She will be participating in the Ryan Murphy HALF FOUNDATION directing program this coming summer.
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Anne Vasquez is a media executive navigating the intersection of storytelling and digital audience. She is Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives of Tronc, Inc., formerly Tribune Publishing, which includes among its titles the Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News and the South Florida Sun Sentinel. She has worked across Editorial, Product, Marketing and Advertising divisions to develop digital strategy across 10 markets. Through her leadership and vision, she has reimagined storytelling and fueled 500% annual growth in video audience. During that time, two newsrooms won their first Emmy Awards for excellence in video storytelling. A seasoned journalist, Anne was managing editor of the Sun Sentinel overseeing content on all platforms when the newsroom won its first Pulitzer Prize, the 2013 Gold Medal for Public Service. Born and raised in Miami to Cuban immigrants, Anne began her career at The Miami Herald and the San Jose Mercury News.
Isabella Gomez was born in Medellin, Colombia where she was raised. She grew up an only child surrounded by older kids and adults, making her an outgoing little girl. Isabella loved to be the center of attention from an early age and would make friends wherever she went, from school to waiting rooms. She was always very assertive so when a 6 year old Isabella told her mom that she wanted to act, her parents knew she meant it. Luckily, her mom Eliana had a close friend that was involved in the industry and through him she started dipping her foot in the commercial world in Colombia. She was in love right away, and her vivacious personality at such a young age caught the eye of those around. From there she was booked to be the host of the launching of a government issued program that focused on providing food for kids in need in the state. At the mere age of 6 she hosted a 2 1/2 hour long ceremony all by herself, shocking the audience and those working with her. She continued to host ceremonies and kept working on commercials.
When Isabella was 10 her dad Sergio decided to move to the United States in search of a better life. Once in Orlando, Florida she pushed to finally be put in professional classes so she could further pursue her passion, but the language barrier prevented her from being able to go in right away. Determined to train, Isabella worked on learning English and getting rid of her accent. Soon enough, her mom agreed to enroll her in the little acting studio down the street, the Lisa Maile School. She eventually took almost every course available, all the while forming a strong bond with an administrator there, Loretta Rispoli. She would later make a phone call to close friend Traci Danielle, president and owner of Brevard Talent Group, urging her to give this little newcomer a chance. Soon after Isabella had signed with her very first agent, an agent she still has to this day and considers a close friend. Now with Traci’s help Isabella broke into the commercial industry in the United States, working on projects such as Tobacco Free Florida, Friendly’s, Publix, Universal Studios and so on. After working with a couple different coaches she decided to try a new one her mom recommended, Kia Riddick- Taylor. This ended up being a match made in Heaven both in a professional sense and a personal one. Isabella found a new home, a new family and a second mom in her studio. Due to the relaxed, open-minded nature of the class and the people in it she was able to finally fully give herself over to her craft with Ms. Kia guiding her every step of the way. It was with her that Isabella believes she began finding who she was as an actress. With a whole new skill set and a boosted confidence Isabella was sent off to audition for her very first character role in a then new Nickelodeon show called Grachi. The process took about 6 months, a time in which the show was re- named Every Witch Way, and she had made it to test deals and was being flown out to Los Angeles for the final audition. It was every- thing her and her parents had dreamed off, it seemed as if she had made it. Getting the call that she had in fact not been chosen shattered her. However, instead of wanting to quit, it made her want to get booked even more. She flew to LA and met with a few man- agers, one of them being Doyle Rice, who her dad took an immediate liking to. However, she chose someone else and secured her first manager. Isabella went on to a Theatre Magnet Program in high school and her freshman year she flew out to LA for 7 weeks so she could partake in her first pilot season. After booking a print for Coke and several callbacks for different shows she landed her first character role, Cristina Sandoval on Matador, Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming show. For about the next year she flew back and forth from Florida to California in order to work on the show and attend school and soon after talks of moving to the City of Angels began. She kept auditioning and training and half way through her sophomore year she got cast as one of the leads in The Illusion by Tony Kushner. The show is set up so the leads play 3 different characters throughout the show and she played Melibea/Isabelle/Hippolyta. She took the challenge head on and after it was over she felt certain she was ready to take the next step in her career.
In the summer of 2015 Isabella and her family packed up once again and moved cross-country so she could further pursue her career in acting. Her contract with her previous manager being over, she reconnected with Doyle Rice and signed with him. His style and personality were a much better fit for her and her family, making them more excited and driven than ever. She started training and auditioning again, but she found it difficult to adjust to a new teacher and to being in the room after doing self tapes for so long. The first 6 months of her living there were dry, with just a single callback and an increasing frustration. After the holidays the new year came and Isabella had a long chat with Ms. Kia that reassured her she has the capability to do this. With a new mindset and a new pilot season to focus on she put all her energy and effort into her craft. She booked a little role on Modern Family and continued to audition for other projects and soon after she found herself at a callback standing in front of Norman Lear. He was looking for the daughter in a remake of One Day At a Time, this time with a Cuban-American family. A chemistry read and a few days later she got the call that she had booked the role of Elena Alvarez, who she would play alongside the legendary Rita Moreno as her grandma and the wonderful Justina Machado as her mom.
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Danielle Perez is a Los Angeles based comedian, writer, and actor best known for being the woman in a wheelchair, with no feet, who won a treadmill on The Price Is Right. She appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for her hilarious reaction to winning the awkward prize. Before viral video fame, Danielle rolled onto the LA comedy scene and quickly established herself as a unique comedic voice with her bubbly stage presence and sharp tongue. She has opened for Maria Bamford and been profiled by CNN’s “Great Big Story”, Elizabeth Bank’s WhoHaha, and Refinery 29. Currently starring in the web series "Thank You Come Again", Danielle has written and appeared in sketches for BuzzFeed and Super Deluxe. A founding member of Thigh Gap Comedy, she produces GENTRIFICATION, a diversity showcase in Highland Park. Danielle will tape her debut comedy special with Seed&Spark later this year.
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Recently awarded with an Innovation and Inclusion Award by the Digital Diversity Network, Mauricio is founder and co-president of Wise Entertainment, with his wife Katie, he serves as executive producer of East Los High, an award-winning drama series that has earned five Emmy nominations since its debut on Hulu in 2013 for its realistic portrayal of Latino high school students. The show is the streaming platform’s longest running original. Mota began his career as an entrepreneur at the age of 15 when he developed a storytelling board game with writer Sonia Rodrigues, which he sold door-to-door all over Brazil and where it is now present in over 5,000 schools. It later became a YA book collection and has been used by many Forbes 500 companies and the United Nations to foster creativity and innovation among their leaders. The patent of the game was used as the foundation for a literacy social network employed by 700,000 kids in public schools in Rio. Later, Mota became a serial entrepreneur pioneering in multi-platform content by designing and creating products and IPs for TV channels, movie studios and advertisers globally.Mauricio was the first Latin American to speak at the Futures of Entertainment conference at MIT. He has been a judge on many international juries, such as Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Festival of Media, The Emmys and the One Show. Mota represents the 4th generation of one of the most important Latin American storytelling legacies, and has helped his mother re-shape the estate created by his grandfather, Nelson Rodrigues, who is considered the Brazilian Shakespeare. Most recently, he designed the School of Series, a TV series/IP development lab that will shape the next generation of showrunners and content creators in Brazil, and trains 800 writers and producers a year.
Jonathan Yomayuza is a VR Technical Director, and while at Emblematic, he has helped deliver multiple VR projects for the Vive, three of which have been screened at Sundance and another that was presented to the United States Congress. With ten years of experience in the video game industry, he has mastered programs like Unity, Unreal, Z-brush which have allowed him to continually push the boundaries of VR within Emblematic Group. Jonathan is also an expert and pioneer in photogrammetry - a revolutionary technique that is paving the way for the VR of the future.
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Pamela Torno joined ITVS in 2016. She is currently the Series Producer of Indie Lens Storycast, a YouTube channel ITVS launched in partnership with PBS Digital Studios, as well as other ITVS Digital Initiatives. Pam is a former television news writer who has produced TV and digital shows for Current TV, Revision3, and Discovery Communications, where she was awarded the John Hendricks Innovation Award in 2015. Pam earned a Bachelor’s degree in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her side hustles include photography and vinyl DJing.
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Venezuelan born, Miami raised actress, writer Maria Corina Ramirez earned her B.F.A in Acting from New World School of the Arts. Shortly upon graduating, she took on several leading and supporting roles in two NBC-Telemundo TV series, two Cine Latino films, theatre and over a dozen national campaigns and commercials. Combining her classical training with her voice as a young Latina, she is constantly creating original content for the stage, film, television and new media platforms. Her original work has been seen in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, the Cannes Film Festival 2012 "Shorts Corner" and the 2015 American Black Film Festival, among others. Her original one-woman show, Supa’Nova, won artist residencies for both Miami Theatre Center and the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival in L.A. She has most recently co-written and co-starred on Complex Networks’ first ever scripted series, Grown.
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Kim is the Senior Director, Influencer Relations at BrainTrust CAA-GBG, where she leads the influencer team with a focus on data and an audience-first approach to content. With a career that began at Ogilvy & Mather, Kim has almost a decade of experience working in the digital and social media landscape. She has created and executed programs for a variety of top brands such as Microsoft, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Ascena Retail Group, and The Madison Square Garden Company. She continues to stay on the forefront of digital trends by creating effective influencer marketing campaigns and leveraging data to guide conversations between influencers and consumers. Kim is passionate about aligning the right brands with the right talent so they can tell authentic stories that connect with their audiences and resonate in a way that enhances brand affinity as well as ROI.
RENATO DOS ANJOS (Co-Head of Animation) oversees character animation for “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” working with a team of animators to realize the directors’ vision for each character’s personality. He collaborates with other departments as each character is designed and built to ensure they meet all animation needs. Dos Anjos joined Disney in July 2007. He served as head of animation on the studio’s 2008 animated feature “Bolt,” as well as on the multiple Emmy® Award-winning 2009 holiday TV special “Prep & Landing.” He served in the same capacity for 2012’s arcade-game-hopping feature “Wreck-It Ralph,” and 2016’s Oscar®-winning feature “Zootopia.” During the course of his 28 years in animation, dos Anjos has worked on more than 100 television commercials and numerous animated features. Among his non-Disney feature credits is Sony Pictures Animation’s “Surf’s Up,” as animation supervisor. He also served as an animation supervisor for “Open Season.” For Sony Pictures ImageWorks, dos Anjos worked on several projects, including Robert Zemeckis’ “The Polar Express,” Disney’s “The Haunted Mansion” and the Oscar®-winning short film “The ChubbChubbs!” For his work on “The Polar Express,” dos Anjos received a 2004 VES Awards nomination for outstanding performance by an animated character in an animated motion picture for the character of Steamer. His theatrical credits also include the feature film “Titan A.E.” (as directing animator) and the Academy Award®-nominated “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” (as lead animator). Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, dos Anjos initially wanted to be a comic book artist, but fell in love with animation as an intern in 1987 at the age of 14. He lives in Encino, Calif., with wife Andrea and son Gabriel. They have a black cocker spaniel named Cacao, who provides reference for the animator (when he’s not sleeping).
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Alan Barillaro joined Pixar Animation Studios in January 1997. Barillaro has worked on almost every Pixar film as an animator, including “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” and the Academy Award ® -winning features “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “WALL•E” and “Brave.” On those last three features, Barillaro was given the role of supervising animator and was therefore responsible for overseeing the team of animators who worked to bring the characters in the films to life. Following his work on “Brave,” Barillaro went to work with Pixar’s software development team to help craft an animation tool that would help provide additional creative flexibility to the studio’s filmmaking process. As a proof of concept, Barillaro created a short animation test about a small bird – a sandpiper – on a beach. This animation test soon grew into a full-fledged short film, named “Piper,” directed by Barillaro. “Piper” was released theatrically with “Finding Dory” in 2016, and went on to earn an Academy Award© for Best Animated Short Film. Barillaro is back in animation as the Supervising Animator for Disney•Pixar’s upcoming feature film, “Incredibles 2,” set to release on June 15, 2018. Growing up outside of Toronto, Canada, Barillaro’s interest in animation began at a young age. He worked his way up through the ranks at various commercial houses during high school and continued his studies at Sheridan College for Animation. Barillaro currently resides in Alameda, California with his family.
Axel Caballero is Director of CSR for HBO. He comes to NALIP with an extensive background in media production, community engagement and organizational development.
For well over a decade, Axel has been active on diverse media and campaign projects from Latino media fairness and equality to immigration to human rights with a particular emphasis on the development of short films, visual and documentary film efforts. He is also the founder, and executive producer of Cuéntame, Latino Lens, Goodness Films and the Spanish language opinion site Metáfora Política.
Axel served as Media Director for the Peace Education Fund and Peace Action West. He has been part of several electoral teams both in the United States and in Mexico. He has been part of Global Security Institute, Aim For Human Rights, Adloud and diverse media initiatives, several organizations and has led multiple creative teams. Axel has produced and directed over 500 short films and videos - with a keen effort to telling Latino stories by and for Latinos within and throughout the general market.
He is a graduate in Political Science and International Relations as well as Law and Society, and Visual Arts studies from the University of California in San Diego (UCSD). He received his masters in International Law and Protection of Human Rights from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands,with a focus on advancing rights through visual mediums.
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Gary Lennon is an award-winning writer and producer who has worked in all aspects of the entertainment industry. He began his career in theater, writing the plays, “Blackout,” “Dates and Nuts,” “The Interlopers,” and “A Family Thing.” “The Interlopers” earned massive praise, received 3 Ovation and 2 NAACP nominations and was a LA Times Critics Pick. His other play, “A Family Thing” was also a Los Angeles Critics Pick, earning 6 LA Weekly and 2 Los Angeles Critic’s Circle Nominations. Lennon made his directorial debut with the film .45, starring Mila Jovovich, which he wrote as well.
Lennon then transitioned to television where he has worked on many critically acclaimed shows.
He’s gained great success for writing and producing “Justified” on FX, earning him a 2011 Peabody Award, 2011 Critic’s Choice Award Nomination, a 2011 WGA Award and an AFI Award Honoree for Television Program of the Year. Also, he was a writer and supervising producer on the Netflix hit “Orange is the New Black,” which earned him a Producers Guild Award, a 2014 Peabody Award, a 2013 WGA Nomination and a 2014 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series.
He also is currently in an overall exclusive TV deal with Starz. In addition, Lennon sold his play “Change” to Sydney Kimmel Entertainment (which produced Hell or High Water) with William Horberg producing, whose credits include The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain and Milk. The film goes into production in 2019.
ReBecca-Theodore is a NYC-based film and tv critic who focuses on race, gender and representation in Hollywood. She was the entertainment columnist at TheUrbanDaily.com and has contributed to NYTimes.com, RogerEbert.com, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company and Vulture.com. In 2017 she was a featured speaker for Google Talks at the2017 Miami Film Festival and currently hosts Oscar Q&A panels for the Academy of Motion Pictures And Sciences. She recently launched "The Spectrum Lounge" - a podcast featuring creatives of color changing and disrupting the narrative in Hollywood.
Gabriela Tagliavini is an award-winning writer/director whose 6th feature film “How To Break Up With Your Douchebag” (“Como Cortar a tu patan”) opened #1 in the box-office in Mexico, beating “Blade Runner.” The last film she directed, “Border Run” stars Sharon Stone, Billy Zane, Manolo Cardona and Miguel Rodarte. This film was nominated by the Imagen Awards for Best Picture of the year. Tagliavini's forth feature, "Without Men," staring Eva Longoria, Kate Del Castillo and Christian Slater, sold worldwide and premiered at the Latino Film Festival in Los Angeles. For this movie, she earned an Image award nomination for Best Director. Her film "Ladies’ Night" (distributed by Disney/Buena Vista) was the #1 movie in the box office in Mexico in all 2004. It won three MTV Latin Movie Awards and its soundtrack (released by Sony) went platinum. Her first feature as director, “The Woman Every Man Wants,” earned her 3 best director awards in film festivals. She also worked on projects for MTV, Vh1, CNN, ABC, Starz and HBO. Gabriela Tagliavini recently sold a pitch to SONY studios and another to Amazon. Gabriela Tagliavini is represented by CAA.
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Kase Pena was born and bred in New York City. She is a Latina Transgender woman of Dominican descent and a versatile writer/director who loves working across all platforms: Commercials, Features, Television and documentaries. Kase is mostly interested in relating human stories; the kind that tug-at- the-heart and have long staying power. Some of her favorite films and TV shows include: "The People vs. OJ," John Ridley's "American Crime" “Vera Drake,” “Mean Streets,” “Bicycle Thief,” “Kramer vs. Kramer.” Kase has been the recipient of some of the most prestigious Fellowships in the industry, including The Ryan Murphy TV Director Mentoring Program; The Latino Lens Narrative Shorts Incubator, sponsored by Time Warner; The Outfest Screenwriting Lab, where she workshopped her evocative feature length screenplay, I Love Hate, loosely based on true life events. She's also received an additional Fellowship in Screenwriting from Film Independent Project Involve. An active member of the Writers Guild, she is (to date) the only known Transgender Latina woman to join the Writers Guild of America West. Kase recently completed Principal Photography on Full Beat, a seven- minute short film, that she's directed as part of the Latino Lens Directing Program.
Maria Agui Carter is an award-winning writer/director, founder of Iguana Films, and Assistant Professor at Emerson College. A former staff producer for the flagship PBS station WGBH in Boston, she has won George Peabody Gardner, Warren and Rockefeller Fellowships, and served as a visiting scholar at Harvard, Tulane, and Brandeis. Her historical feature documentary REBEL won a 2014 Erik Barnouw Award for best historical films in America, and her latest work is the 2018 PBS Broadcast and trans-media series SCIGIRLS. She is currently working on the PATRICIA ESPARZA PROJECT, a documentary about a Latina woman incarcerated for the murder of her rapist by her boyfriend. Next she will direct the narrative feature THE SECRET LIFE OF LA MARIPOSA, about a teen immigrant girl who escapes her abuse through a fantasy world but must return or face her own extinction, based on her script about her own experience growing up undocumented. Maria is the former Board Chair of NALIP and currently serves on the Writer’s Guild of America, East Diversity Council.
Joe Rivadeneira has been leading mitú's Unscripted Development department since January 2017 specializing in digital OTT platforms like Verizon Go90, Spotify and Facebook Watch, among others. Prior to mitú, Rivadeneira was a producer on shows for Spike, Youtube Red, Matador Content, Alevy Productions and A. Smith & Co. Rivadeneira has also held development roles at Wilshire Studios, Eyeboogie Inc and FremantleMedia working on shows such as The X-Factor for FOX, Total Blackout for Syfy, The Science of Stupid for Nat Geo and Baggage on the Road for GSN.
A Laredo, TX native, Scarlet Moreno is a bilingual actress, writer and director.
After graduating from TISCH School of the Arts at NYU Moreno moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams.
Since then, she has written and directed short films and music videos that have premiered at festivals, such as the Austin Sci-Fi Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, and Toronto International Short Film Festival.
For “Rebel Without A Crew” Moreno created Phaedra, a disco-era psychological thriller about a peculiar young woman with a passion for night-life and a hunger for stardom.
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Peter Dealbert is the founder of Pacific View Management, a literary management & production company based in Santa Monica, California. Dealbert started his career as an agent trainee at the Endeavor agency. He then moved to Principato-Young Entertainment where he earned his reputation as a top performer working with emerging and established talent. Dealbert took his acuity for managing specialized creators and started Pacific View in 2015. Dealbert continues to manage writers and directors and has built a prestigious slate as a producer with projects like The Impossible War, which Black Bear Pictures will fully finance. Dealbert continues to handle the careers of Manhunt: Unabomber’s Andrew Sodroski whose #1 Black List script Holland, Michigan is moving ahead at Amazon and Javier Gullon who wrote Enemy and is writing a tv series for Bad Robot. Pacific View represents creators of varied backgrounds whose accolades include WGA Awards, Emmy’s, Peabody’s and other distinctions.
Erika Barraza is Founder and CEO of Emerging Visual Realities, a decentralized marketplace for creators and publishers of 360 Video journalism to buy, sell, and create with each other. She has a career underlined by storytelling and ecosystem building. An immersive media creator since late 2013; she has been building and launching new businesses and business units at the intersection of technological storytelling, innovation and social and environmental impact for over 10 years. She studied theater since age 12 and now with her Masters in Business for Social Entrepreneurship – she has launched VR/AR, Blockchain, AI projects, and Innovation Business Units in 30+ Enterprises, NGOs, Governments, and Startups in the U.S., Middle East, European and Latin American markets.
Frank Bennett Gonzalez is the DGA Executive in Charge of Diversity Programs and Committees. He is an entertainment executive with the unique blend of creative, corporate, production and Guild experience. Gonzalez is the chief executive responsible for implementing the DGA’s diversity strategy in concert with the DGA Diversity Task Force. Gonzalez’s role has also been integral to the development, launch and oversight of the DGA’s Director Development Initiative (DDI) labs, workshops and mentorship program, where seasoned television directors help to further prepare DGA members for careers as episodic television directors. He is also responsible for monitoring and enforcing the television studios increased diversity related agreements with the Guild.
Alexis Garcia is a partner at Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG). In his role, Garcia packages and sells films and advises financiers on their entertainment strategies. Garcia has been at the forefront of Endeavor Content’s entry into the financing space, which has included investments in films such as the Paramount hit “Book Club” and the upcoming “Peanut Butter Falcon” starring Shia LeBeouf and Dakota Johnson. Garcia also oversees the China content practice, leading the group’s activity in the region in conjunction with Endeavor China. In this capacity, Garcia led the group’s investment in Perfect Village, a China based production company that is a joint venture with Perfect World and Village Roadshow. Garcia also advised filmmaker David Goyer on his groundbreaking overall deal with media giant Tencent. Garcia earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and his B.A. in English and Theatre from Vanderbilt University. A Miami native of Cuban descent, he resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Angie Romero is a journalist, content producer and Latinx cultural curator. She is currently a Senior Editor on the Global Cultures team at Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, focused on the curation of Latin music. She serves as co-producer / co-host of the Spotify Original Podcast, Viva Latino. A former editor of Latina Magazine, Variety Latino, and Univision, Angie has also written for Rolling Stone, Billboard, Variety, the Washington Post, ABC News, Marie Claire, Glamour, Complex, and VIBE, among other outlets. Angie has interviewed Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Salma Hayek, Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, Zoe Saldana, Jenni Rivera, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Eva Longoria, Juanes, Dolores Huerta, and Gloria & Emilio Estefan, to name a few. She has appeared on national English and Spanish television; been a guest on National Public Radio (NPR); and covered awards shows and music/film festivals in the U.S. as well as abroad. Her latest venture, the Hermanas Project, brings women of color and allies together via community-focused content through which honest and meaningful conversations are had, ideas are exchanged, connections are made, and opportunities are created.
Lidia Porto stars in the EPIX original series Get Shorty, produced by MGM Television as “Amara De Escalones,” the murderous Godmother of a powerful Nevada crime ring. When presented with a way to launder her money through the movie business, Amara takes on Hollywood the only way she knows how. And as heads roll, so do the cameras as she quickly becomes an impossibly powerful piece of the Hollywood pie. This is Lidia’s breakout role – she is tough, darkly funny and charming above it all. Get Shorty is currently filming its second season in Los Angeles.
Danay Garcia is an actress, writer and producer. She is currently a series regular in the AMC hit television show “Fear the Walking Dead” and recently costarred in two feature films. Garcia has been working steadily in film and television since arriving in the United States from Cuba in 2003.
Television audiences first got to know Garcia as a co-star of the popular Fox series “Prison Break,” which ran for four seasons beginning in 2006. Garcia played the lead role of Sofia Lugo during the final two seasons and achieved instant fame, appearing in hundreds of magazines around the world. Garcia has also appeared in episodes of “Hawaii Five-0,” “Supernatural,” “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: New York.”
In AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” currently one of the highest rated series on cable, Garcia stars as “Luciana,” the fearless yet compassionate leader who shows unwavering courage in the dangerous post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies and humans who will do anything to survive.
Garcia recently wrote, directed and produced “La Cura,” a short film about a small town in Mexico feeling the effects of an unknown disease that forces the local pastor to make an ethical decision that will impact the lives of everyone in his village.
Other film credits include “Avenge the Crows” (2017), an independent thriller which Garcia also produced costarring Lou Diamond Phillips, Steven Bauer, Emilio Rivera and Danny Trejo; “Sniper: Ultimate Kill” (2017), an action film produced by Sony and Mandalay Pictures; “Liz in September” (2014), by acclaimed director Fina Torres; “Eternal Ashes” (2011), which opened to critical acclaim at the Montreal Film Festival; “Rehab” (2011); “Peep World” (2010); “From Mexico With Love” (2009); and “Danika” (2006), a psychological thriller co-starring Marisa Tomei.
A highly sought-after model, Garcia has been featured in print ads for brands including Mercedes-Benz and Macy’s, and has appeared in countless U.S. and international fashion magazines. Garcia is also classically trained in ballet.
Garcia currently lives in Los Angeles. More information is available at DanayGarcia.net and on social media @danaygarcia1.
Jerry Garcia is considered to be one of the fastest rising young Latino Comics in Los Angeles and quite possibly the entire Latino Comedy genre. Jerry has stormed his way into the National Comedy Scene and people cannot get enough of this smart-energetic-funny-funny man from Huntington Park, California. A single father of three boys, Jerry allows us to come into his world and laugh hysterically along with him as he tries to convince the audience with his witty puns on how he is the best father he can possibly be while spending the least amount of energy in doing so. His views on life, relationships, his modest upbringings and everyday struggles captivates the entire audience as the punchlines Jerry delivers with such charm and charisma keep coming non-stop hysterically.
Jerry’s presence, strong delivery, and likability on stage help him connect and interact with audience members in the most memorable way. Fans leave Jerry’s performances with the feeling of having met a new “funny friend”!
In June 2017, Jerry Garcia made his Netflix debut as he co-starred in Chingo Bling’s “They Cant Deport Us All” Comedy Special. The world was now introduced to Mr. F**k It, I’m Down first hand and embraced by hundred-of-thousands of viewers and new markets got to meet this genuinely funny man.
Early 2016 Jerry was named Best Comedian in the San Diego Comedy Festival Contest, marking his first comedy contest win in a festival. A few weeks later, Jerry won his second comedy competition in as many tries as he took home LA’s Funniest Comic Contest Headliner Division Championship. Jerry has performed in over a dozen states and completed his first world military tour in the Spring of 2015 when he joined the Armed Forces Entertainment.
Jerry has been featured on various television shows such as LAUGHS, BiteSizeTV, and Stand-Up and Deliver. He was co-host to the “Jeff Garcia Podcast Show” one of the most successful Latino Comedy Podcast on ITunes from 2011-2014. Currently a featured member of the new Latin Comedy Jam Tour which he performs alongside comedians such as Paul Rodriguez, Johnny Sanchez and Steve Treviño, he’s a regular on many comedy showcases, festivals and colleges around the country. For Jerry Garcia, the sky truly is his limit at this point, and fortunately for us, he’s just getting started