November & December 2016

In this Edition of NHMC at Work:

  • NHMC TV Writers Program Comes to an End
  • 2016 Latino Scene Showcase
  • SAVE THE DATE - NHMC's 20th Annual Impact Awards Gala
  • Silvia Olivas Goes to the White House!
  • Coalition Against Hate Launches
  • 2016 Washington D.C. Impact Awards Reception
  • D.C. Policy Shop Update
  • One day at a Time
  • Giving Tuesday
  • NHMC is Hiring!
  • CLE Seminar: The Implementation of the FCC's Broadband Lifeline Rules

NHMC TV Writers Program Comes to an End

  [caption id="attachment_9870" align="aligncenter" width="363"]NHMC TV Writers Program Class of 2016 NHMC TV Writers Program Class of 2016[/caption] Back in October, NHMC announced the ten writers chosen to join NHMC's Television Writers Program, the five-week workshop that simulates an actual writer's room, led by former NBC vice president of story and writer development, Geoff Harris. In early November, the program came to an end. The goal was for the writers to develop an original pilot, practice pitching and learn how to market themselves in hopes of getting representation and employment on television shows. The ten writers chosen were Gabriela Montequin, Jesenia Ruiz, Gene Augusto, Pablo Goldstein, Renier Murillo, Sofía Dávila, Sammy Sarzoza, Belinda Arredondo, Victor M. Dueñas and Brian Otaño. To learn more about the writers, click here. Congratulations to the participants of this years program! We look forward to your success in the industry and wish you all the best. For those of you aspiring television writers, keep an eye out for our next application period opening up in spring of 2017. The NHMC Television Writers Program, sponsored by NBCUniversal and Disney/ABC Television Group, was created to expand the amount of Latinos working behind the camera, as a way to increase fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos on television. It has prepared and connected more than 100 graduates for positions on award-winning and top-rated TV shows airing on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW, BET, HBO, Disney Jr., Hulu, Netflix and Amazon since 2003. The 2016 NHMC Television Writers Program was sponsored by Disney/ABC Television Group and Comcast/NBCUniversal.
NHMC TV Writers Program Official Travel Sponsor:
  NHMC is proud to announce the following exciting updates from our TV Writers Program graduates who are doing great work in the industry:

2016 Latino Scene Showcase

On November 9th, at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA, the NHMC and the Los Angeles Theatre Center presented their annual Latino Scene Showcase. Twenty Latino actors performed seven original scripts, written and directed by Latinos, for 150 entertainment industry insiders. Alex Nogales co-hosted the event with José Luis Valenzuela, artistic director of LATC and the Latino Scene Showcase. Valenzuela is an award-winning theater and film director and tenured professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.   [caption id="attachment_9875" align="aligncenter" width="371"]José Luis Valenzuela and Alex Nogales José Luis Valenzuela and Alex Nogales[/caption] To view photos from the event, click here. To watch all of the scenes performed, click on the individual scenes below! The seven scenes included:
  • Acceptance written by Eugene Garcia-Cross, directed by Alberto Barboza and performed by: Jonathan Medina, Jamil Mena, Maria Elena Heredia and Ray Rios
  • Open-ish written by Frank Nestor, directed by Alberto Barboza and performed by: César Gamiño and Grace Serrano
  • Pierre written by Sabrina Almeida, directed by Geoff Rivas and performed by: Evelyn Lorena, Eric Delgado and Edward Padilla
  • Subway written by Maria Escobedo, directed by Fanny Véliz and performed by: Cristina Frias, Nelson Grande, Adriana Colón
  • Terrible People written by Rick Dominguez, directed by Alberto Barboza, and performed by: Jamilka Gonzalez and Andrea Vicunia
  • The Other Talk written by Alex Perez, directed by Geoff Rivas and performed by: Olivia Cristina Delgado and Andrew Dits
  • The Comedian written by Chris Garcia, directed by Fanny Véliz and performed by: Adrian Brizuela, Emanuel Gironi, Cristina Fernandez, and Cruz Castillo
The Latino Scene Showcase is for entertainment industry executives, talent managers and agents, and casting directors to watch the performances of original scenes written, directed and performed by graduates of NHMC's Latino TV Writers Program, Latino directors and actors.

2016 Latino Scene Showcase Sponsors:


SAVE THE DATE - NHMC's 20th Annual Impact Awards Gala

Join the National Hispanic Media Coalition at the 20th Annual Impact Awards Gala on February 24, 2017 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to recognize outstanding achievements of Latinos in the media. Follow @NHMC on Twitter for updates on honorees as they are announced. For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, please call the NHMC office at (626) 792-6462.

Silvia Olivas Goes to the White House!

  [caption id="attachment_9881" align="aligncenter" width="370"]L to R: Jaqueline Cortez-Wang, Deputy Director White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and Silvia Olivas Photo Credit: Joe Portnoy, U.S. Department of Education L to R: Jaqueline Cortez-Wang, Deputy Director White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and Silvia Olivas
Photo Credit: Joe Portnoy, U.S. Department of Education[/caption] On October 21st, the White House hosted the Fulfilling America's Future: Latinas in the U.S. Summit. In 2015, the initiative published a report under the same name that aimed to examine the lives of Latinas in this country in aspects of education, housing, politics, etc. The purpose of the summit was to 'further the asset-based narrative on Latinas and raise awareness on the investments needed in support of advancing the educational, workforce, and leadership opportunities for Latinas'. One of the panels that took place at the summit was Latinas in the Workforce: Leading in Non-Traditional Careers. NHMC TV Writers Program alumni and Head Writer of Disney's Elena of Avalor, Silvia Olivas, was invited to speak on the panel. Joining Silvia was actress Aimee Carrero, the voice of Elena on Elena of Avalor, Diana Trujillo, NASA Mission Lead for Mars Curiosity Rover, and Vanessa Casillas, Journeyman Bricklayer, Board Member, Chicago Women in Trade. To read more about Silvia's journey from NHMC's TV Writers Program to head writer at Disney's Elena of Avalor, click here.

Coalition Against Hate Launches

On December 7th, the Coalition Against Hate officially launched with a press call announcing some of its action plans to end hate speech, such as PSAs, meetings with the networks, and reporting hate crimes using various tools like the one provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center. On the call, Alex Nogales was joined by Heidi Beirich, intelligence projects director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, Karen Tumlin, legal director, National Immigration Law Center, and Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Los Angeles. To read more about the press call, covered by McClatchy DC, click herelogo-cah The Coalition Against Hate is made up of more than 40 organizations, organized by the National Hispanic Media Coalition. Its mission is to break hate by elevating the voices of the impacted and holding purveyors of hate speech accountable. On November 29th, the coalition released its first official press release urging Trump to eject extremism from his inner circle. They took a stand against the appointments of Senator Jeff Sessions, Representative Mike Pompeo, retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, Steve Bannon, Laura Ingraham and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. "No realistic vision of a united America includes Presidential appointees who favor racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia," said Corey Saylor, director of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Similarly, on December 1st, NHMC joined over 140 other organization in signing onto a letter asking U.S. Senate leaders to oppose Senator Jeff Sessions' confirmation to be United States Attorney General. The letter, spearheaded by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, details Sessions' "30-year record of racial insensitivity, bias against immigrants, disregard for the rule of law, and hostility to the protection of civil rights that make him unfit to serve as Attorney General." To learn more about the Coalition Against Hate, visit its website here. Don't forget to follow its Twitter for the latest updates @_AgainstHate. Together, we can #breakhate.

2016 Washington D.C. Impact Awards Reception

[caption id="attachment_9883" align="alignleft" width="273"]President and CEO Alex Nogales         President and CEO Alex Nogales[/caption] On November 30th, NHMC hosted the 7th Annual Washington, D.C. Impact Awards Reception at the National Association of Broadcasters' headquarters. NHMC honored Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Congressman Xavier Becerra, and media policy advocate Cheryl Leanza, for their contributions toward policies that bridge the digital divide and protect the interests of the Latino community and other people of color. [caption id="attachment_9884" align="alignright" width="280"]Cheryl A. Leanza and NHMC Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jessica J. González Cheryl A. Leanza and NHMC Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jessica J. González[/caption] For six years, NHMC has honored individuals from the Washington, D.C. area who are working to enact policies that benefit people of color. To see photos from the reception, click here. For more information about the event, read the press release here. If you were unable to attend and would like to view the program and Cheryl A. Leanza's acceptance speech, visit the NHMC YouTube channel here.  

D.C. Policy Shop Update

NHMC Spearheads Efforts to Close the Digital Divide On November 30th, NHMC and other consumer advocates spoke out against AT&T's recent decision to opt out of the Lifeline broadband program and urged the company to reconsider participating in Lifeline, which makes broadband more affordable for low income families. Joining NHMC in the statement were The Greenlining Institute, the United Church of Christ Office of Communication, Inc., the National Consumer Law Center, and the Benton Foundation. In early December, Fortune published the article "Why Telecom Carriers Are Resisting a Program for Low-Income Internet Subsidies" and spoke to NHMC Executive Vice President & General Counsel Jessica J. Gonzalez. To read the article, click here.   [caption id="attachment_9885" align="aligncenter" width="358"]L to R: Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18) and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel L to R: Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18) and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel[/caption] On December 1st, NHMC and the Lifeline Connects Coalition hosted a Capitol Hill briefing geared toward educating government staff on how to assist constituents in enrolling in the Lifeline program. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18) delivered keynote remarks, detailing how the FCC's recent modernization of the program to include broadband internet will help bridge the digital divide and connect more consumers with vital government, economic, and educational resources. NHMC provided documents in both English and Spanish detailing how consumers can enroll. Lastly, on November 7th, NHMC signed onto the Open Technology Institute's comments to the FCC urging for minor common sense E-Rate program reforms to help expand access to internet at schools and libraries.

One Day at a Time

[caption id="attachment_9886" align="alignleft" width="202"]Photo credit: Netflix          Photo credit: Netflix[/caption]   Premiering THIS Friday on Netflix - Norman Lear's One Day at a Time! The reboot of the family sitcom stars Justina Machado and Rita Moreno as they navigate life with their family by their side. One Day at a Time, with executive producer Norman Lear and showrunners Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, has been met with fantastic reviews by the Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, and Variety. Make sure to tune in Friday for the premiere of One Day at a Time on Netflix!    

Giving Tuesday

Thank you to those who donated to NHMC on Giving Tuesday last month! It's still not too late to donate before the end of the year. To help NHMC continue its work, click here to donate.

NHMC is Hiring!

HiringJoin the fight for responsible and inclusive media! Development Associate NHMC seeks a self-motivated individual with outstanding writing skills for the Development Associate position. Applicant should have previous experience working in a not-for-profit development office. This position is responsible for managing and growing a diverse portfolio of funders through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of new and existing individual donor and foundation prospects. The ideal candidate is a compelling writer with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Click here to read the full job description and application details for the Development Associate position.

CLE Seminar: The Implementation of the FCC's Broadband Lifeline Rules

On December 6th, NHMC Policy Counsel Carmen Scurato spoke on a panel at the CLE Seminar: The Implementation of the FCC's Broadband Lifeline Rules in Washington, D.C. The topic of the panel was the implementation of Lifeline, with representatives from Frontier Communications, Cox Communications, TerraCom, Inc., and Sprint Nextel in attendance. One topic of conversation was NHMC's recent press release, in which they were joined by other public interest groups, in slamming AT&T's refusal to serve low-income Americans through the lifeline program. Scurato brought up on the panel that NHMC is deeply troubled by the increasing number of providers who have asked for broadband forbearance. Earlier this year, the FCC voted to modernize the Lifeline program by allowing low-income Americans to apply their Lifeline discount to broadband service plans that meet certain minimum standards. The FCC order allowed for existing Lifeline providers to exempt themselves from the broadband obligation. NHMC is urging that all Lifeline-ETCs participate in the broadband program and make a commitment to help bridge the digital divide.]]>

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