April 2011

In this issue:

  • Take Action Against Jose Luis Sin Censura
  • NLMC Television Writers Program
  • NHMC’s Policy Blog
  • NHMC Introduces Google Policy Fellow
  • Latino Cinema at 12th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival
  • NBCU Casting Apprentice Program

Take Action Against Jose Luis Sin Censura

Help Put a Stop to Hate Speech, Violence and Obscenity on the Spanish-Language Program "José Luis Sin Censura" Sex. Profanity. Nudity. Violence. Intense anti-gay themes, rhetoric and violence. Unedited. Condoned. Applauded. And all accessible over the public airwaves in the middle of the day when children are likely to be present in the audience. This program is extremely harmful to our children because of the way it treats gays, lesbians, and women. The show airs twice daily on broadcast television across the country on Estrella TV’s Spanish-language program, José Luis Sin Censura. NHMC and GLAAD have filed a complaint with the FCC concerning Jose Luis Sin Censura. However, the FCC needs to also hear from you. Please act now to let the FCC know that you think Spanish-language broadcasters should have to play by the same rules as their English-language counterparts. Please visit NHMC’s new policy blog to read more about this program. To take action against this vile program, please visit www.nhmc.org/joseluissincensura.

NLMC Television Writers Program

The NLMC Television Writers Program submission period is now open for those writers who can write at least one half-hour comedy or one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. The program will take place in Burbank, CA from October 8th to November 11th. Each participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the idea of placing them on a show. A stipend of $250 per week will be given to each participant. Flight, housing, and meals will be provided. The NLMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. This project is modeled after the previously successful Hispanic Film Project. The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. This five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris. The workshop is conducted in Burbank, CA and a total of 10 writers are recruited nationwide from established network of NHMC chapters, other non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The goal is that the writers garner the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry. The NLMC Writers Program was created in accordance to part of NHMC’s mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry. The program directly responds to the lack of diverse writers in primetime network TV with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV. For more information please visithttps://nhmc.org/writersprogram or email Tatiana Arizaga at tarizaga@nhmc.org.

NHMC’s Policy Blog

Visit our blog Follow NHMC’s Policy Blog to get the latest updates on the continuous work that is being generated by NHMC’s policy team.

NHMC Introduces Google Policy Fellow: Fabiola Rivas

Google announced its 2011 class of Policy Fellows. For the past four years, the Google Policy Fellowship program has provided stipends to students to work on internet and technology issues at non-profit organizations for ten weeks during the summer. For the second consecutive summer, NHMC is proud to be one of sixteen host organizations. Last year we hosted an outstanding student from Santa Clara Law School, Monica Guzman. This year, NHMC welcomes Fabiola Rivas to the team, who was one of sixteen students chosen from a pool of over 900 candidates.So, you may ask, who IS this Fabiola Rivas? This fall "Faby" will enter her final year at American University Washington College of Law. She is an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley and has also studied at the University of Bologna, Italy, law school….To read more go to NHMC’s policy blog.

Latino Cinema at 12th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival

On Sunday, May 1, 2011 the Newport Beach Film Festival will present its 12th annual Latino Showcase, an evening celebration of Latino cinema and culture. The event will feature premiere screenings of Latino films, followed by a festive post screening gala. With the countries of Mexico, Chile and Brazil represented, the Latino Showcase will give filmgoers an opportunity to experience Latino film and culture at its finest. The Latino Showcase will feature the regional premieres of the Mexican Spotlight, The Cinema Holdup, the Chilean Spotlight, Life of Fish, and the Brazilian Spotlight, Besouro. For more information go to www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com.

NBC Universal Casting Apprentice Program

The NBC Universal Casting Apprentice Program is a career development opportunity for those individuals pursuing a career in casting. This is a rotational program designed for individuals with diverse backgrounds who aspire to join a Casting office. Apprentice will be given opportunity to work in both a Network and Freelance Casting Office. Through rotational assignments, Apprentice will be exposed to working in both a Network and Freelance Casting Office. Apprentice will assist casting executives or Directors with the day to day management of casting activities for a television or film production. This will include review/uploading auditions, assist in diversity initiatives and programs, and attend casting sessions. The Apprentice will get exposure to top level programming executives and be expected to attend various departmental meetings. Apprentice will also attend talent showcase, comedy clubs and other venues where talent is showcased. You may apply online beginning April 15, 2011 through May 15, 2011. To apply go to https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_jobdetail.asp?partnerid=25354&siteid=5108&areq=1609br. The National Hispanic Media Coalition is a non-profit, media advocacy organization established in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Our mission is to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media, increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry, and advocate for media and telecommunications policies that benefit the Latino community.]]>

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