In this edition of NHMC at Work:
- Latino Scriptwriters Intensive Comes to an End
- NHMC Television Writers Program
- D.C. Policy Update
- Connecting Communities Event with FCC Commissioner Clyburn
- In Theaters this Weekend: Beatriz at Dinner
Latino Scriptwriters Intensive Comes to an End
On May 5th, the second annual NHMC Latino Scriptwriters Intensive came to an end. The program, sponsored by Univision/Fusion, takes place once a year and the participants are hand selected from the group of 130 alumni who have previously completed NHMC’s Television Writers Program. Over the span of six weeks the participants complete a pilot that can be used to help them get staffed on a show, get representation or even pitch to production companies and networks. This year’s focus was on drama.
NHMC asked a few of the participants for their take on the program. To read what Carlos Cisco, Brian Otaño, and Renier Murillo thought of the program, visit LatinxMic by clicking here.
NHMC Television Writers Program
Submissions for the 2017 NHMC TV Writers Program is now open! 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.
D.C. Policy Update
The Fight For Net Neutrality Begins Again
On May 3rd, Carmen Scurato represented NHMC on a panel discussion at the Open Technology Institute in Washington, DC. Congressman Frank Pallone, the Ranking Member of the House and Energy Committee, gave opening remarks.
NHMC also joined a rally outside of FCC headquarters on May 18th protesting the FCC’s move to gut net neutrality. The protest featured remarks from Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Edward Markey (D-MA), Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), and former FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Gloria Tristani. Gloria gave a rousing call to action for Latinos across the country to rally and save net neutrality. To read NHMC’s press release on the FCC’s move to dismantle net neutrality, click here.
Net Inclusion 2017
On May 16th, Carmen Scurato represented NHMC at Net Inclusion 2017. The panel was titled “Lifeline Broadband nuts and bolts: Finding, evaluating and signing up for what’s available in your community.” Carmen presented on NHMC’s Lifeline advocacy work. Her co-panelists were Jamie Gustafson, from Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and Veronica Creech from EveryoneOn.
NHMC Pushes Back Against FCC’s Decision to Reinstate the UHF Discount
On May 12th, NHMC joined Free Press and five other civil rights organizations in a request for judicial review of the FCC’s decision to reinstate the UHF discount. We urged the Court to vacate or reverse the UHF Reconsideration Order. The UHF discount was designed to allow smaller networks to merge without violating media ownership limits and prevented larger broadcasters from monopolizing the media market. However, the original justification for the UHF discount has since disappeared.
NHMC Joins Comments on LAPD’s Body Worn Camera Video Policy
On May 7th, NHMC joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Upturn, and other civil rights organizations in a letter making recommendations to the Los Angeles Police Department on its body worn camera video policy.
NHMC Urges Department of State to Abandon “Extreme Vetting” Initiatives
On May 18th, NHMC joined 34 civil and human rights groups in submitting comments urging the Department of State to abandon the new “extreme vetting” initiatives. The proposal asks to collect additional information from immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny. This proposed collection would excessively burden visa applicants and would disproportionately impact Muslim applicants.
In Theaters this Weekend: Beatriz at Dinner
“Beatriz at Dinner is a darkly comic fantasy about an empathetic, nature-loving Latina healer who comes face to face with a racist, vulgar, thoroughly despicable member of the 1%,” says LA Times writer Justin Chang.
For tickets, visit the film’s official page by clicking here.
Connecting Communities Event with FCC Commissioner Clyburn
NHMC joined allies from the Voices for Internet Freedom coalition in helping host Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at a Los Angeles town hall on May 10th. The event took place on Skid Row and provided an opportunity for the FCC to hear directly from constituents. To read more about the event, click here.
Alex Nogales delivered the opening remarks and introduced Commissioner Clyburn to the crowd. To listen to his remarks, visit NHMC’s YouTube channel by clicking here.