Diversity In Entertainment
Despite representing nearly 18 percent of the population and the biggest movie-goers in the country, only a handful of Latinos are recognized for their talent in front or behind the camera by the Academy Awards. Television networks also still have a long way to go until diversity, inclusion, and culturally relevant programming are responsive to American audiences. Of more than 11,000 speaking characters surveyed in film and TV, only 5.8 percent were Hispanic or Latino.
NHMC sets high-level meetings to make sure that executives consistently raise the bar, hiring more producers, writers, actors, and editors of color; putting Latinos in positions of influence; accurately representing our community, and serving audiences with the programming we need. Together with the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition, NHMC leads through the National Latino Media Council to put pressure on film studios and television networks to provide more data on their employment and content, so real opportunities are available for Latino creatives.
By convening an annual red-carpet gala to honor Latinos making a positive contribution in the field of entertainment, NHMC celebrates those who are breaking down barriers that exist for all Latinos. At the ground level, the organization convenes a TV writers program, TV writers graduate program, and writers showcase to guide industry decision-makers to the pipeline of Latino talent who defy stereotypes and will become our next generation of leaders.