NALIP 2012: Diverse Voices, Universal Content Conference Chairs are Frank B. Gonzalez, director of talent development & diversity for The Disney/ABC Television Group, and Juan Carlos Zaldivar, president of Phonograph Films. The Conference will be held April 13 – 15 in Universal City, California at the Sheraton Universal hotel, with a special pre-conference Actorfest at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios on April 12.
NALIP 2012 Chairs
Frank B. Gonzalez Juan Carlos Zaldivar
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NALIP 2012 Achievement Award Winners
Rita Moreno Jerry Velasco
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The awards will be presented during the NALIP 2012: Diverse Voices, Universal Content
Gala Dinner on Saturday, April 14 in Universal City, CA.
Press Release #1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NALIP 2012: Diverse Voices, Universal Content
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers Creates A Collaborative Arena That
Brings Together The Business And Art Of Filmmaking For Latinos
Presented by Time Warner Inc.® and the National Latino Media Council, NALIP’s Annual Conference will be held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA April 13 – 15. Oscar®, Emmy®, Tony® and Grammy® Award winner Rita Moreno to be Honored at Annual NALIP Conference. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and President and COO of Universal Studios’ Ron Meyer to Give Keynote Talks
Los Angeles, CA (March 2012) – The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) today announced that its thirteenth annual NALIP Conference will be held April 13 – 15, 2012 in Universal City, California with a new special edition of the NALIP ActorSummit on April 12. Online registration is available now at www.conference2012.nalip.org
NALIP 2012: Diverse Voices, Universal Content is presented by Time Warner and the National Latino Media Council. Co-chairs Frank B. Gonzalez of The Disney/ABC Television Group and Juan Carlos Zaldivar of Phonograph Films will host the annual, premiere Latino nonprofit gathering of top level Latino executives, content makers and game changers in the Latino media field. This dynamic and star-studded weekend includes keynotes, plenaries, ‘Conversations With,’ workshops and networking events. The conference begins Friday, with keynote speaker, film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor and musician, Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s films, which range from sleeper hit EL MARIACHI to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and SIN CITY as well as the SPY KIDS franchise, exemplify how he embodies expressing a diverse voice while creating content that is universal. Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Universal Studios’ President and COO Ron Meyer. Meyer, the longest-running Studio Chief, is dedicated to creating a corporate culture of stability and consistency that drives a successful business.
In addition to engaging Hollywood’s elite, NALIP also brings together the industry’s current trendsetters. This will be exemplified in two very special sneak preview screenings during the conference. Friday night, the Sundance smash hit FILLY BROWN will be shown at Universal City’s AMC Theatres. Following the screening, directors Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos, producer Amir Delara, and cast members Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Chrissie Fit, Emilo Rivera and Danny Mora will participate in a Q&A session. The second private screening and Q&A will be held Saturday afternoon for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie of the week “Firelight.” “Firelight” is directed by Darnell Martin and written by NALIP mentor and executive producer/ writer of the highly acclaimed LA MISA LUNA, Ligiah Villalobos.
Furthering the tradition of celebrating Latino visionaries, NALIP will host a red carpet gala honoring one of only eight living performers who has won entertainment’s grand slam of the industry’s most prestigious awards: The Oscar, The Emmy, The Tony and The Grammy – the inspirational and magnanimous, Rita Moreno. Ms. Moreno will receive NALIP’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Additional media luminaries being honored at the annual gala include former Nosotros President and current Velasco & Associates President, Jerry Velasco who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy and the Estela “Rising Star’ Award winners Patricia Martinez de Velasco, Eren McGinnis and Ari Palos, who will be awarded a $7,500 grant endowed by the McDonalds Corporation.
The Conference will also include NALIP’s annual Latino Media Market, inviting top industry executives to help attendees bring their authentic, unique and diverse voices to the international market place. Executives from Time Warner, HBO, You Tube, Google, Sony, ABC/Disney, NBC, CBS, PBS, Fox, SAG, WGA, CNN, HGTV, Travel Channel, TruTV, Mun2 and many others are scheduled to attend this unique event. For a list of speakers, panels and keynotes please visit http://conference2012.nalip.org/conference/keynotes-speakers/.
The NALIP national conference is organized as three days of workshops and plenaries on film, television and documentaries, plus groundbreaking case studies. These include “The Million Dollar Screenwriting Workshop”, which turns writing into an effortless, step-by-step process, “Packaging your Documentary for Success”, discusses how to best present your project pitch, proposal and trailer. “The Reality of Reality Television” presents an in depth look inside the world of reality television, why it works, the opportunities and how to break in. “Inside the Mind of the Investor: How Money Decisions are Made” explores how to prepare the best pitch and approach to maximize chances of success. Also scheduled are “Women in Media, Women Who Rock!” and “Make Money in TV Commercials.”
Latinos watch more television, buy more movie tickets and consume more media than any other ethnicity, yet Latinos comprise less than 1% of executives in Hollywood; the percentage of minority industry writers in film and television has been frozen at 6% since 1999, and the percentage of directors is lower still. There are over 50 million Latinos in the U.S., which is more than Spaniards in Spain or Canadians in Canada. Latinos are estimated to expend over $1 billion on U.S. filmed entertainment, and $1 trillion in general market buying power. Twenty-six million U.S. moviegoers are Latino, most commonly between the ages of 12 and 34, and are 100% more likely than the national average to be considered “frequent moviegoers.” Nielsen Media has determined that Latinos represent an overwhelming 28% of today’s heavy moviegoers, that they buy more tickets per year than any other ethnic group, and constitute the fastest-growing segment of the overall movie-going population.
NALIP’s closing plenary, Race and the Media, will engage in an insightful and important conversation about the systemic, economic and cultural factors affecting race and representation in the Media. Jennifer Lawson, Executive Vice President of Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Alex Nogales, Director of National Hispanic Media Coalition, Joe Torres, author of News for all the People, and Dr. Darnell Hunt, a sociologist at UCLA will discuss the effects of exclusion, and what can be done to improve representation of Latinos in front of and behind the cameras. NALIP’s mission is to address the vital need for equitable Latino representation to the most underrepresented and largest ethnic minority in the country across all entertainment mediums.
Founded in 1999 by a group of Latino producers, educators and media activists, NALIP is a national organization of industry, independent and community media makers – directors and producers, writers, performers and advocates — dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of images by, for and about Latinos in the media. NALIP’s mission is to promote the advancement, development and funding of Latino and Latina film and media arts in all genres. NALIP is committed to improving access and opportunities for Latina/os at all points in the media production pipeline, including the training of our next generation of media makers, and the support of emerging and mid-career professionals. For the latest information about NALIP 2012: Diverse Voices, Universal Content, or to register online, go to www.nalip.org/nalip2012. All those interested in exhibiting, please contact Conference Director, Octavio Marin or Executive Director, Beni Matias at 310.395.8880.
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Since its inception in 1999, NALIP has emerged as the premiere Latino media organization addressing the most underrepresented and largest ethnic minority in the country. NALIP has four national initiatives:
The National Conference – NALIP 2012: Diverse Voices, Universal Content – is NALIP’s thirteenth national conference. The conference includes an all-new version of the highly successful Latino Actorfest as well as a spectacular line up of keynote speakers and panelists. New this year is the Filmmakers Lounge/NALIPsters on View which will allow media makers to screen and discuss their work throughout the conference. The Latino Media Market will again be on the agenda selecting top film, television and documentary projects for targeted one-on-one meetings with executives, representatives and funders in order to facilitate more business deals and steps to production. Also this year is our At The Table With… series which will offer attendees the opportunity to network with executives in a round table setting.
The Latino Writer’s Lab™– The tenth lab is presented in collaboration with Time Warner and the Writer’s Guild of America in Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 16 – 20, with a second session scheduled for Santa Monica in September. This 10-day intensive program attracts Latina/o film and television writers from around the country. The curriculum advances their screenplays through work on craft, as well as through direct mentoring; the program also introduces writers to agents, managers, producers and funders in order to expand their professional network and further their projects and careers.
Latino Producers Academy™ – Feature, television and documentary producers and directors attend this eighteen-day intensive seminar in Santa Fe, New Mexico by special selection and invitation. Producer/director teams participate in seminars on advanced professional skills development and in-depth mentoring that support all aspects of their project development, production skills and marketing understanding as instructed by top industry professionals. Presented in association with Time Warner and the New Mexico Film Office, Nielsen Media Research, the UCLA Film and Television Professional Certificate Program and the University of Arizona, School of Media Arts Department, the ninth LPA will be held July 31 – August 17, 2012.
Latino Media Resource Guide™ – An online directory of Latino/a writers, directors, producers, crew members, executives and production companies, including their contact and credit information, plus deadlines for diversity initiatives, film schools and funding opportunities, distribution companies and Hispanic American film listings. This reference is provided free to members, as well as to all studios, networks, production companies and agents in order to enhance employment and build community. The database is also updatable online, at lmrg.nalip.org, where all of the additional resources, links, and connections are housed.
NALIP’S VALUES ARE:
- Commitment to Latino/Latina media and filmmakers, regardless of the form or content of their work
- Commitment to respect for diversity based on a code of ethics open to and respectful of differences, including gender, geography, color, class, age, ethnicity, language, sexuality, religion, genre or physical abilities
- Commitment to solidarity and accountability, applying our code of ethics to the selection, funding and mentoring process
- Commitment to raise the question of historical and cultural relevance and awareness of Latinos and Latinas
- Commitment to solidarity, alliance building and multiple visions of Latina/Latino experiences within the local, national, international and global context
For the latest information about NALIP 2012: Diverse Voices, Universal Content go to www.nalip.org/nalip2012.