In this edition of NHMC at Work:
- CBS Criticized Again
- NHMC Television Writers Program
- NHMC TV Writers Program Application Period Countdown
- NHMC TV Writers Updates
- NHMC Scene Showcase 2017
- NHMC Staff Anniversaries
- D.C. Policy Update
- Congratulations to Ivette Rodriguez!
- Welcome Felicia to the NHMC Team!
- NHMC Welcomes 2017 Google Policy Fellow Marianna Elvira
CBS Criticized Again
In May, LA Times writer Greg Braxton wrote an article regarding the lack of diversity in CBS’ fall television lineup, specifically a lack of people of color and women.
Braxton wrote, “CBS has been continually blasted by viewers and advocacy groups for its formula of casting mostly white actors in leading roles while nonwhites are largely relegated to supporting characters.”
This past weekend, it was revealed that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park of the hit series “Hawaii Five-0” had quit the series. The issue? CBS refused to pay their Asian stars the same as their white costars.
The lack of diversity at CBS isn’t new. In 2014, the National Latino Media Council (NLMC) released their 2014 NLMC Television Network Diversity Report, criticizing CBS for their lack of Latino talent.
“In 2017, the fact that we’re still fighting for equal and fair representation on a major television network is extremely problematic and changes must come about,” said Alex Nogales, President & CEO of NHMC.
NHMC Television Writers Program
The submission period for the 2017 NHMC TV Writers Program is now open! It will close August 6th. The intensive 5-week, paid workshop prepares Latinos for writing jobs at major networks. 35% of the program’s 130 graduates have been staffed on shows on networks such as ABC/Disney, NBC, CBS, FOX, Nickelodeon, CW, BET, LATV, VH1, NUVOtv/FuseTV, Hulu and Netflix. Apply at: www.nhmc.org/writersprogram.
NHMC thanks Final Draft for its support this year. Final Draft is the industry standard in screenwriting software. Used by industry giants, Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards, allowing writers to focus on what they do best – writing scripts. Visit www.finaldraft.com to learn more.
NHMC TV Writers Program Application Period Countdown
Last year, for the first time ever, NHMC held a countdown leading up to the end of the submission period for the Television Writers Program! We had friends like Jorge R. Gutierrez, Ligiah Villalobos, Nicholas Gonzalez, and Adam Rodriguez take part in the countdown. To see all of the contributors, click here.
We decided to once again have a countdown leading up to the last day to apply to the NHMC TV Writers Program. A few weeks back, One Day at a Timeactress Isabella Gomez kicked off the countdown. Other participants so far include actors Nicholas Gonzalez and Lisa Vidal.
NHMC Scene Showcase 2017
The Latino Scene Showcase is soon approaching! The showcase will take place on August 9th at El Portal Theater. Casting is currently taking place and includes some of the best actors in the Los Angeles area. The showcase is in collaboration with the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC). Showcase scenes are written by writers from the NHMC TV Writers Program and directed by Latino directors.
For more information on the Latino Scene Showcase, click here.
NHMC TV Writers Updates
NHMC is proud to announce the following exciting updates from our TV Writers Program graduates who are doing great work in the industry:
- Pablo Goldstein has been hired as a researcher for the Hulu series I Love, You, America!
- Sabrina Almeida has been staffed on CBS’ Seal Team as a staff writer.
NHMC Staff Anniversaries
In the month of June, NHMC celebrated three work anniversaries for our staff members:
- Brenda Rivas, Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Operations celebrated seven years with the organization.
- Nilda Muhr, Vice President, Special Programs, celebrated her sixth year with NHMC.
- Clarissa Corona, Communications Manager, marked her first year with the organization.
In the month of July, we have another NHMC staff member completing her one year anniversary with the organization. Thank you to the NHMC team for your dedication and passion!
D.C. Policy Update
On May 26th, NHMC alongside partner civil rights organizations filed an emergency stay motion and a corresponding reply memo with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from implementing its decision to reinstate the outdated UHF discount.
NHMC Urges President Trump to Protect the Civil and Human Rights of All Americans
NHMC joined forces with 99 other civil rights groups in a letter to President Trump expressing profound concern that the civil and human rights of all Americans are being drastically undermined by “the administration’s proposed deep cuts to key civil rights office budgets, the withdrawal of numerous important civil and human rights policies, and the appointment of officials who appear bent on retreating from statutory civil and human rights agency priorities.”
NHMC Joins the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in Comments Urging the FCC to Protect Consumers During the Transition to Advanced Networks
On June 15th, NHMC joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting that the Commission preserve advance notification and customer education requirements as providers upgrade the nation’s infrastructure.
NHMC and 15 Other Nonprofit Groups Ask the FCC to Reject the Cellular Industry’s Efforts to Upend the Spectrum Sharing Framework
In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), NHMC and other civil rights organizations urged the agency to continue its implementation of the historic innovation in spectrum policy and reject CTIA’s proposal to change the Priority Access License framework.
Congratulations to Ivette Rodriguez!
NHMC would like to congratulate our dear friend, gala contributor and advisory board member Ivette Rodriguez on her invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in the public relations category.
Other invitees include Lin-Manuel Miranda and Édgar Ramírez. To read who else was invited to join the Academy, click here.
Welcome Felicia to the NHMC Team!
Join us in welcoming Felicia Mora to the NHMC team!
As Special Events Manager, Felicia will be planning and executing NHMC’s events throughout the year and serve as the community liaison, representing the organization at events and conferences across the nation.
To learn more about Felicia, view our staff page by clicking here.
NHMC Welcomes 2017 Google Policy Fellow Marianna Elvira
In June, NHMC welcomed Marianna Elvira, a third year law student at Florida State University College of Law, in Washington, DC as our summer 2017 Google Public Policy Fellow. The Google Policy Fellowship is a highly-selective summer employment program. Google provides stipends to students to work on internet and technology issues at non-profit organizations, like NHMC.
Visit the NHMC blog to learn more about Marianna by clicking here.