Tery Lopez is the Director of Inclusion and Equity at the Writers Guild of America West. Previously, she was conference director for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (www.NALIP.org). Ms. Lopez began her career in the film industry as an assistant to producers, Moctesuma Esparza, and Robert Katz (Selena, Gettysburg, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge). Later, she worked as part of Moctesuma Esparza’s, Maya Pictures development team,producing 13 episodes of the Sí TV comedy series, Circumsized Cinema. She also worked as a post-production coordinator for the HBO film, Walkout, and was co-producer of the feature film Innocent Voices, which was Mexico's official entry to the 2005 Academy Awards. Tery received her B.A. in Telecommunications and Film from the California State University at Los Angeles and sits on the advisory board for the Latino Communications Institute at Cal State Fullerton.
CASTING for EPISODIC SERIES with Universal TV Studio Exec, JESSIE MURRAY & independent casting perspective from ALAN LUNA
Alan Luna is a Mexican-American Casting Director for television & film. He currently works with the teams behind ‘Selena: the Series’, ‘Narcos: Mexico’, ‘Gentefied’, ‘Los Espooky’s’, amongst several others. He’s one half of AM Casting, a casting director partnership with him and casting director Michelle Adams (‘Coming 2 America’, ‘Star’, ‘Dear White People’, ‘BlacKkKlansman’, ‘Night School’, ‘Little’). AM Casting was launched to be a go-to casting team for the Black and Brown community, by members of the Black and Brown community and influence proper representation in tv/film to portray what the world and communities really look like. Alan has worked on various projects for Netflix, Amazon Studios, Disney Channel, Univision, Disney XD, FOX, Viceland, Food Network, Animal Planet, MTV, A&E, indie feature films & short films, and many more. On any project, Alan offers an established industry perspective, while also having a deep understanding and respect for both up-and-coming talent on their path and filmmakers manifesting their vision.
Darlene Caamaño Loquet currently serves as Senior Vice President of Nickelodeon Movies where she oversees the film and studio business slate of projects for the studio.
Nickelodeon Animation and Representation: The Casagrandes and Santiago of the Seas - June 27 @ 2:00pm PST
Niki López is creator and co-executive producer of Nickelodeon’s new animated preschool series, Santiago of the Seas. Infused with a Spanish-language and Latino-Caribbean culture curriculum, the interactive action-adventure series follows 8-year-old Santiago Montes, a brave and kind-hearted pirate, as he embarks on daring rescues, searches for treasures and keeps the high seas safe from villains like the nefarious pirate Bonnie Bones in a fantastical Caribbean world. Prior to López fulfilling her dream of creating her own series, her journey at Nickelodeon began as an intern in 2010. Most recently, she served as a color stylist on Nick’s animated series Glitch Techs, an adventure-comedy following two newly recruited kids as they battle video game monsters that come to life in the real world. She previously worked as a production assistant on Nick’s Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and as a color stylist on The Fairly OddParents and Harvey Beaks, following a brief stint in advertising and as a freelance comic artist in Puerto Rico. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, López’s childhood was fueled by adventure and an imagination cultivated by her tropical backdrop. Inspired to seek out visual arts and storytelling as a creative outlet, she graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Arts & Design in Sarasota, Fla.
Emerlynn Lampitoc joined Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s (UFEG) Global Talent Development & Inclusion department at its inception in 2017. Reporting directly to the Head of Inclusion – Talent & Content, she works closely on the development and implementation of strategies to increase both creative and workforce inclusion within Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes. She also oversees the day-to-day execution of the department’s creative pipeline efforts which include the Universal Writers Program, Universal Animation Writers Program, Universal Directors Initiative and the Universal Composers Initiative. Additionally, she co-leads the studio’s Executive Inclusion Initiative which facilitates female and diverse talent introductions to NBCUniversal’s Executive Search and Talent Acquisitions teams, as well as hiring managers throughout UFEG. Lampitoc serves as a liaison for the department’s external relationships with such groups as AFI and Sundance FilmTwo and is key in driving all outreach efforts. Prior to joining Universal, she was Manager of Creative Talent Development & Inclusion for Disney ABC Television where she was instrumental in staffing writers and securing episodic directing assignments for female and diverse talent on ABC, Freeform, and Disney Channel. Lampitoc’s varied background also includes unscripted television development and production; studio drama development positions at 20th Century Fox and Paramount; and publicity positions at NBC and ABC. 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.
Wendy Llinás is an Emmy®-nominated TV Producer and Documentary Filmmaker. As Director of Programming and Development at PBS, Llinás provides editorial guidance, manages the daily production process and resources for new limited series and existing programs such as INDEPENDENT LENS, AMERICAN MASTERS, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and POV.
Isaac Lee is the founder of EXILE, a media company dedicated to acquiring and developing premium original content for audiences across the U.S. and Latin America, which he established in 2019. Prior to this venture, Lee served as the Chief Content Officer for Univision Communications and Televisa, where he led broadcast networks, a film studio and cable, streaming and digital properties. In scripted content, Lee produced the award-winning film Paraíso Travel, and executive produced the mini-series for TVE, Operation Checkmate, which was nominated for an International Emmy. He also executive produced three seasons of El Chapo for Netflix. In non-scripted, Lee served as executive producer on Who Killed Malcolm X? (Netflix), the award-winning documentary Science Fair (NatGeo/Disney+), Outpost (HBO), The Traffickers (Netflix ), Food Exposed (Netflix) and Residente (Netflix), as well as Hate Rising with Jorge Ramos, among many other documentaries. Additionally, the investigative pieces he produced with Frontline won multiple awards including Peabody and DuPont. Lee is a board member of the Associated Press (AP), the Committee to Protect the Journalists (CPJ) and Columbia Journalism Review (CJR). He also serves on the Journalism Advisory Board at ProPublica and as a Trustee of the Hirshhorn Museum of contemporary art. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR).
Issa López received in 2007 the National Novel Award granted by Mexico’s Institute of Fine Arts. She has penned eleven features, many of which, when released, became box-office hits in Mexican cinema. She has directed four of her scripts: Efectos Secundarios (Warner Brothers, 2006), Casi Divas (Sony, 2008), Tigers Are Not Afraid (Filmadora Nacional, Peligrosa, 2017), and Todo Mal (Peligrosa, Traziende 2018). She’s been a Producer on four features penned by her, through her production outfit, Peligrosa. In September 2017, Tigers Are Not Afraid premiered at Fantastic Fest, and won the Best Horror Director Award. Tigers is a dark fairy tale about the ghosts that haunt the children that survive Mexico’s drug war. The film opened in Canada and the U.S. for a commercial run in 2019, as part of the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews, scoring a Certified Fresh 97% in Rotten Tomatoes. It has garnered a total of fifty five awards in film festivals around the world, won three Diosas de Plata, (the Mexican Film Critics Association award) including Best Director and Best Picture, was nominated for ten Ariel Awards, winning two (the Mexican Oscar equivalent), and has received the enthusiasm and support of such genre legends as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Guillermo del Toro, who’s currently producing a film for López.
As Executive Director, Ben is responsible for the overall design, strategic vision, and execution of all domestic and global endeavors for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, NALIP. Ben serves as the year-round industry liaison for executives and content creators in the Latino Lens Incubator programs, working with the top agencies in the world to curate and match these creators with key industry professionals who can accelerate their careers forward. Ben oversees the NALIP Media Summit, Diverse Women in Media Initiative, the Latino Media Fest, and Latino Lens programs. He strives towards uniting his passion for inclusive storytelling and his roots in film production in his role as Executive Producer of the Latino Lens Incubator Series. Recently, Ben's role as an Executive Producer has led to him consulting for the major Hollywood studios and networks. An advocate and champion of #Diversity, #Inclusion, and #Belonging, Ben has been quoted on domestic and global publications and outlets, such as Variety and Slate France. In addition, Ben has delivered keynotes and participated in speaking engagements in the world's leading festivals and markets including Telluride, Outfest, LA Brazilian Film Fest, New Filmmakers from Spain, DocsDF, DGCine in the Dominican Republic, SANFIC Co-Prod Market in Chile, Manos Tech Venture Summit, MIP Cancún, Sundance, TIFF, SXSW, Tribeca, FICG & Morelia, and European Film Market in Berlin.
Franklin Leonard is a film producer, cultural commentator, professor, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of the Black List, the company that celebrates and supports great screenwriting and the writers who do it via production, its annual survey of best unproduced screenplays, online marketplace, live staged script readings, screenwriter labs, and film culture publications. He was awarded the 2019 Writers Guild East Evelyn Burkey award for elevating the honor and dignity of screenwriters. He is an occasional commentator for the BBC and MSNBC on matters of culture, politics, and race, an associate professor at the American Film institute, a trustee of PEN America, and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Associates Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). His TED talk was viewed more than one million times in its first two months of release.