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June 26, 2017
National Hispanic Media Coalition Congratulates Writers Program Alumna, Silvia Olivas Named Co-Executive Producer of Disney’s Elena of Avalor
Today, Disney Channel announced that Silva Olivas was promoted to co-executive producer on Elena of Avalorand the National Hispanic Media Coalition released this statement from president and CEO Alex Nogales:
“We congratulate Silvia Olivas on her well-deserved promotion to co-executive producer on Disney Channel’s Elena of Avalor. Silvia is one of a few Latinas that currently fill the ranks of co-executive and executive producing level writing positions in the industry. She is a committed activist and graduate of our TV Writers Program and we are immensely proud of her accomplishments. The caliber of work and storytelling that Silvia is bringing to television screens across the nation is unparalleled and shows that pipelines for diverse talent matter.”
Read about Silvia’s journey and how life informs art: http://bit.ly/2topoTg
In February, Elena of Avalor was honored at NHMC’s Impact Awards Gala and received the award for Outstanding Animated Series. The award was accepted by creator and executive producer Craig Gerber, and then-co-producer and story editor Silvia Olivas.
Watch Silvia’s acceptance speech here: http://bit.ly/2s3o22t
At this year’s gala Olivas said, “As a Latina woman and mother, I am so proud to work on a show that brings our diverse cultures to the forefront of children’s television. Growing up, there were not many characters on TV that I could directly identify with, so it’s a dream come true to provide today’s children with a representation of themselves through Princess Elena and the world of Avalor.”
NHMC’s TV Writers Program is currently accepting applications for the class of 2017: http://www.nhmc.org/writersprogram.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. Receive real-time updates on Facebook, Twitter @NHMC and Instagram @NHMC_org.