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NALIP Celebrates Fifteen Years of Moving Latino Content Creators in Media Forward at NALIP Media Summit 2014
Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Andy Garcia honored with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’
‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ Actor Wilmer Valderrama and Showrunner, Carlos Coto, and Canana Film Founding Partner, Pablo Cruz, to keynote
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 14, 2014) The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) announced that its fifteenth annual Media Summit will be held June 5-8 in Universal City. NALIP Media Summit 2014: We Move You Forward is presented by HBO.
Co-Chairs Jimmy Mendiola (Pretty Vacant) and Alex Rivera (Sleep Dealer) will host the annual premier Latino Media gathering of top-level Latino industry professionals, content creators and visionaries to examine new trends in media making, development, distribution and production: the summit kicks off Thursday, June 5th with a sneak preview screening of Tom Cruise’s newest sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow, with a Q&A with Warner Bros. SVP, Target Marketing Rick Ramirez and Eva Longoria’s South Florida-based documentary Food Chains, revealing the abuse of farm laborers in the United States, will also be screened with a Q&A to follow with the films director and producers. Friday’s keynote, presented by HBO, will begin with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero, feature producer and founding partner of CANANA, Pablo Cruz, Maker Studio’s executive producer, Alejandro Trevino and New Yorks new Film Czar, Cynthia Lopez. La Santa Cecilia, the 2014 Grammy Award winners for ‘Best Latin Rock Album,’ will perform at the welcome reception. Saturday's keynote lunch will feature actor Wilmer Valderrama and showrunner Carlos Coto of El Rey Network‘s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.”
A red carpet gala on Saturday night rounds out the robust weekend, during which NALIP will honor Hollywood’s most notable Latino luminaries. Legendary actor and producer Andy Garcia will be awarded NALIP’s highest honor with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Raul Castillo, from HBO’s “Looking,” will be awarded the 'Lupe Award' in honor of the spirited and beloved Lupe Ontiveros. Media mogul, Emilio Nicolas will be honored with the Pioneer Award and Pantelion Films, a division of Lionsgate and Grupo TV, will take home the Outstanding Achievement Award for their advancement of positive Latino images in the media, as well as for being the first Hollywood Latino studio. Ambulante | CANANA, with their Film Festival in Mexico that promotes documentary film as a tool for change, will be honored with the Media Advocacy Award. Comedienne, Jill Michele Melean will MC the evening.
NALIP Media Summit 2014 will present an A-list lineup of ‘Conversations With’ and studio sessions, zeroed in on film, TV and the digital space. Highlights include producer Gaz Alazraki, who is set to direct Netflix’s first Spanish-language original series, Marco Ramirez, writer of the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” Buzzfeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo, Richard Ray Perez, Director and Producer of Cesar’s Last Fast and co-founder of the MiTU Network Beatriz Acevedo. Top level industry executives and influencers lead panels such as ‘Latino Writers on Mainstream Media Platforms,’ conversations with critically acclaimed writers from the hit show “Girls” and the upcoming FOX premiere of “Gang Related,” who also penned Fast & Furious and “The Shield.”
Digital panels, featuring producers, writers and executives from Crackle, YouTube and Netflix – which are revamping and redesigning the way content is produced, distributed and consumed -include ‘How to Develop a Successful Digital Series,’ ‘Digital Production Simplified,’ and ‘How to Market Your Content Digitally to Gain Maximum Exposure.’
For 15 years NALIP has been at the forefront in shepherding sensitive issues such as how Latinos have achieved media justice, and what strategies need to be adopted in order to make additional progress for Latinos in the entertainment industry. Latinos comprise a mere 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 minority directors is lower still. NALIP provides tools that are essential to succeeding in Hollywood, and has been the integral force in spotlighting esteemed and emerging Latino talent in front of and behind the camera in Hollywood.
NALIP will honor and feature 15 extraordinary NALIP members in celebration of their 15th anniversary, these members include, Maria Agui Carter (filmmaker), Natalia Almada (director), Richard Perez (director/producer), Cristina Ibarra (producer/director), Youssef Delara (director), Carolina Paiz (writer/producer), Aurora Guerrero (writer/director), Sergio Guerrero (writer/director/producer), Julia Ahumada Grob (actor/writer/producer), Adrian Martinez (actor/director), Jaime Escallon (writer/director/producer), Nicolas Entel (director), Rodrigo Reyes (director), Tery Lopez (WGA) and Gina Rodriguez (actor).
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) seeks to inspire, promote, and advocate for Latino content creators in media. As an established non-profit organization, NALIP advances the development of Latino content creation through its programs focusing on narrative, documentary, TV, and digital formats. For more information and to register, please visit www.NALIPMediaSummit.com
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