Melissa Barrera is a Mexican actor born and raised in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. She studied musical theatre at CAP21 as a part of New York University (Tisch School of the Arts). She moved back to Mexico city when she was selected to compete in the singing reality show La Academia and afterwards took roots in Mexico City and started a career in telenovelas. During the four years she did telenovelas like Siempre Tuya Acapulco and Tanto Amor, she also continued her career on the stage in Mexico playing the lead roles in the musicals Spring Awakening, Young Frankenstein and the spanish juke-box musical Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar. She played Isabel in the acclaimed Netflix original Club de Cuervos and then decided to crossover and try her luck in Los Angeles. She booked the role of Lyn Hernandez on the Starz critically acclaimed Tv show VIDA and will star as Vanessa in the upcoming movie adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda's Tony winning In The Heights.
As Director of Digital Video for FRONTLINE, Carla Borrás oversees the series development and production of documentary shorts, social video journalism and new forms such as virtual reality and interactive web-based documentaries. A passionate storyteller, documentary fanatic, and believer in the power of investigative journalism, Carla seeks to bring FRONTLINE’s signature in-depth journalism to audiences through new formats and platforms. She was instrumental in establishing a digital video unit inside the legacy series and lead its pioneering work in virtual reality and interactive documentary storytelling. Under Carla’s leadership, FRONTLINE’s innovative digital video journalism has earned multiple honors, including an Emmy for New Approaches: Documentary, two Online Journalism Awards, a World Press Photo Award, a Scripps Howard Award, the SXSW Virtual Cinema Grand Jury prize, as well as the 2017 & 2018 People’s Voice Webby for best social news content. Additionally, an interactive overseen by Carla was one of the works cited in FRONTLINE’s recent duPont-Columbia Gold Baton win. In 2019, Carla was selected for the Online News Association Women’s Leadership Accelerator and is currently a fellow in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Editorial Integrity & Leadership program run by Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Prior to jumping at the chance to join FRONTLINE, she worked on features and nonfiction programming for the Discovery Channel, Sony Pictures and truTV. She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in psychology.
Director of Artistic Recruiting at Disney Television Animation focusing on Artistic and Production Management as well as expanding TVA’s Outreach program into new schools and programs with a focus on diversity. I started my career at DreamWorks Animation Feature and helped with the launch of DreamWorks Animation Television. I have a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in Human Development, Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused on Psychology from California State University-San Bernardino.
Kate Blatchford is the Coordinator for Creative Talent Development & Outreach at Nickelodeon, where she has supported the operations of the Writing & Artist Programs since 2017. A Media Studies graduate from Emerson College, her passion has long been promoting Diversity & Inclusion in all facets of the entertainment industry.
Manuel Betancourt is the Film & TV editor at Remezcla, where he oversees coverage of U.S. Latino and Latin American media; a contributing editor at Film Quarterly, where he publishes his column, “Cineando,” all about Latin American cinema; and a regular contributor to Electric Literature, where he focuses on book-to-film adaptations. His work has been featured in The New York Times, BuzzFeed Reader, The Los Angeles Times, Film Comment, Esquire, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books and Vice, among others. He's the author of the 33 1/3 book on Judy at Carnegie Hall (2020) as well as a contributing writer to the Eisner award nominated middle grade graphic novel The Cardboard Kingdom (2018) and its upcoming sequel The Cardboard Kingdom: Roar of the Beast (2021).
Sylvia Bugg serves as Vice President, Programming at PBS. In this role, Bugg oversees the General Audience Programming editorial team and leads the strategy across all genres— including news, public affairs, documentaries, history, science, natural history and arts programs. Most recently, Bugg served as Vice President of Diversity and TV Content at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). In this role, she provided strategic leadership and was responsible for CPB’s efforts to advance diversity across public media programming through the collaboration and support of content creators, distributors and partnering organizations. Prior to joining CPB, Bugg was a Director of General Audience Programming at PBS, where she led efforts to develop a portfolio of drama, performance and cultural programs. She also held several programming roles in history and public affairs at PBS from 1993-1999. Bugg spent 12 years in programming, production, and operations for several Discovery Communications networks.
Born and raised in Los Angeles CA, Michael Bitar graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and started at Sony Pictures as an Intern. He rose quickly to Creative Executive at Screen Gems where he worked on feature films RESIDENT EVIL: FINAL CHAPTER, SLENDER MAN, THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE and upcoming films MONSTER HUNTER and SHRINE. His love of movies comes from his large Latinx family whose first business in the United States was a video store in North Hollywood, CA called Another Video.
Gina Brillon was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. The Puerto Rican actress, comedian, and writer, has been a stand-up comedian since she was seventeen. Her newest 1-hour special Gina Brillon: The Floor is Lava is now available on Amazon Prime Video. Brillon’s first 1-hour special, Pacifically Speaking (NuvoTV), was produced by Gabriel Iglesias. Her 1/2 hour special Easily Offended was one of the top shows amongst the Entre Nos franchise and is streaming on all HBO Digital Platforms. She’s appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, E!’s Chelsea Lately, The View, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel Live. You have seen her on Kevin Can Wait on CBS and The Conners on ABC. She was the first (and only) Latina winner of NBC’s “Stand up for Diversity” Showcase and was selected to be part of Montreal’s Just For Laughs “New Faces” Showcase.