August 2017

  • NLMC & CBS Agree to Record Commitments for Latinos at the Network
  • Honorees Announced for the 15th Annual Los Angeles Impact Awards Luncheon
  • 2017 Latino Scene Showcase
  • Pasadena Latino Coalition Update
  • D.C. Policy Update
  • NHMC Releases Statement on President Trump's Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio
  • Alex Nogales Featured on CBS 2's Confronting Hate
  • NHMC TV Writers Program Update
  • Alex Nogales on Roadtrip Nation
  • ¡GAYTINO! Made in America
  • NHMC Staff Anniversaries
  • New Addition to the NHMC Familia
  • NHMC Launches New Website

  • NLMC & CBS Agree to Record Commitments for Latinos at the Network

    new 1On August 17th, Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF and chair of the National Latino Media Council (NLMC), and Alex Nogales, secretariat of NLMC and President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, met with the Chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation, Leslie Moonves, and other top executives at the network, to take immediate action to increase Latino diversity and inclusion at the network.

    After looking at the new data with CBS, it was evident that they had made great efforts in increasing Latino diversity at their network. "In a short amount of time, CBS made substantial changes that have catapulted the network to a leader in the field when it comes to the inclusion of Latinos," said Alex Nogales. CBS had done the following:
    • Doubled the number of Latino regular actors from 2016
    • Doubled the number of Latino writers since 2016
    • Agreed to order scripts from Latino content creators, or create shows with Latin themes
    • Agreed to hear an additional 10 pitches from ten Latino writers/producers
    To learn more about the meeting with CBS, read the NLMC press release by clicking here. The CBS meeting was covered by multiple outlets, including:

    Honorees Announced for the 15th Annual Los Angeles Impact Awards Luncheon

    new 2 NHMC's 15th annual Los Angeles Impact Awards Luncheon will be held on September 7th at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. Laura Diaz, Emmy award-winning anchor, reporter and producer at Fox 11 News and Rick Garcia, Emmy award-winning anchor for CBS 2, will emcee the luncheon and awards presentation. Honorees include:
    • Elsa Ramon, reporter and anchor for CBS2 and KCAL9 - Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
    • Julio Vaqueiro, anchor for Telemundo 52 - Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
    • Michelle Valles, reporter and anchor at NBC 4 - Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
    • Antonio Valverde, reporter and anchor at Univision 34 Los Angeles - Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
    • Fernando Valenzuela, 17-year Major League veteran, Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame inductee, SportsNet LA broadcaster and Dodger broadcaster - Sports Legend Award
    The luncheon gathers over 220 industry leaders to recognize talent and community leaders in Los Angeles, the second largest designated market area (DMA) in the country. Past award recipients include: Art Laboe, Ruben Luengas, Jaime Jarrín, Sam Rubin, Ana Garcia, Big Boy, Laura Diaz and Vikki Vargas. To see last year's award recipients, click here.

    2017 Latino Scene Showcase

    new 3 On August 9th, NHMC and the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) hosted the 5th annual Latino Scene Showcase at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, California. The Showcase is a private event for entertainment industry executives, talent managers, agents, and casting directors to watch the performance of original scripts written, directed and performed by graduates of NHMC's Latino TV Writers Program and Latino directors and actors selected by the LATC. The purpose of the event is to provide more opportunities for Latino writers, directors and actors in the entertainment industry. For more information on the Latino Scene Showcase, visit

    To view photos of the event, click here. The scenes can be seen here.

    Event Sponsors:

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    Pasadena Latino Coalition Update

    new 9 [caption id="attachment_12594" align="alignright" width="200"]new 10 Brenda Rivas, SVP, HR and              Operations, NHMC[/caption] The Pasadena Latino Coalition (PLC) named Roberta Martinez, Executive Director at Latino Heritage as its new Chair. Juliana Serrano, Senior Associate for Peace & Justice and Office for Creative Connections at All Saints Church, and Brenda Rivas, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Operations at NHMC were named Vice-Chairs. The PLC is a coalition of non-profit organizations serving the Latino community to inform Pasadena constituents and allies about the resources that are available to them, their right to be heard in the public policy debate, and advocate on their behalf for policy change in education, jobs, and housing. PLC does this by hosting town halls, helping to coordinate the PUSD Latino Recognition Ceremony, holding candidate forums, supporting events like the Latino Heritage Parade & Jamaica Festival, and by meeting with elected and appointed officials. PLC member organizations include:
    • Community Health Alliance of Pasadena-CHAPCare
    • Community Organization of Pasadena for Advancement in Education
    • Jericho Road Pasadena
    • Latino Heritage
    • Mothers' Club Family Learning Center
    • National Hispanic Media Coalition
    • Office for Creative Connections/All Saints Church
    • Peace Over Violence
    • Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley
    To learn more about the Pasadena Latino Coalition, visit their website at

    D.C. Policy Update

    new 11 NHMC Joins the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in Comments to the FCC to Strongly Oppose Any Proposal that Delays or Eliminates Broadcast Diversity Reporting Obligations On August 17th, NHMC joined ten other civil rights organization and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in comments filed at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to strongly oppose proposals to delay or eliminate the broadcast diversity reporting obligations. The comment highlighted the most recent broadcast diversity data released by the FCC which confirms the continued and severe underrepresentation of women and people of color in broadcasting. NHMC Opposes FCC Proposals to Reduce Station Ownership Reporting and Public Inspection File Requirements On August 4th, NHMC joined the Georgetown Law Institute for Public Representation (IPR) and partner organizations in two letters to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The first is a reply comment to oppose proposals to reduce station ownership reporting requirements at the FCC. In the second letter, NHMC and other civil rights organizations opposed proposals to reduce or eliminate the FCC's public inspection file requirements. "This information helps ensure that broadcasters and MVPDs are serving their communities and meeting public interest obligations under the Communications Act."

    NHMC Releases Statement on President Trump's Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    Following President Trump's decision to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Alex Nogales released the following statement: "This President has no shame. Two weeks ago he equated the Nazis, KKK and White Supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville armed with clubs, knives and fire arms to the counter demonstrators protesting their hate filled racism." To read the rest of the statement, click here.

    Alex Nogales Featured on CBS 2's Confronting Hate

    new 12 Alex Nogales sat down with CBS 2's Rick Garcia on a segment called Confronting Hate, where they discussed the recent protests in our country as well as the hate speech against Latinos.

    NHMC TV Writers Program Update

    NHMC is proud to announce that NHMC TV Writers Program alumni, Rob Sudduth, is working on a brand new ABC comedy about a Mexican-American family. Learn more about the show, here. To learn more about Rob, click on this 2014 blog post about his time in the writers room on the Fox series Red Band Society.

    Congratulations Rob!

    Alex Nogales on Roadtrip Nation

    new 13 In early August, Alex Nogales filmed a segment for the series Roadtrip Nation, to air on PBS sometime next year. The show follows a group of young individuals, who travel the country meeting a variety of inspirational leaders. To learn more about the project, click here.

    ¡GAYTINO! Made in America

    [caption id="attachment_12598" align="aligncenter" width="186"]Photo Credit: LACMA Photo Credit: LACMA[/caption] In the Los Angeles area? Check out ¡GAYTINO! Made in America at LACMA on September 17th. ¡GAYTINO! is an autobiographical play by Dan Guerrero about his life and friendship with artist Carlos Almaraz, as well as reflections about his father, Chicano musician Lalo Guerrero. To learn about the performance, visit the LACMA website here!

    NHMC Staff Anniversaries

    In the month of August, NHMC celebrated two work anniversaries for our staff members:
    • Andy Lomeli, Director, Funds Development, celebrated two years with the organization. Before his recent move back to Los Angeles, Andy was NHMC's Policy Associate in our Washington, D.C. office.
    • Jordan Rubio, Executive Assistant, marked his first year with the organization. Before NHMC, Jordan assisted on a variety of film and television projects, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the documentary Tickling Giants.

    Thank you to the NHMC team for your dedication and passion!

    New Addition to the NHMC Familia

    new 15 Join us in welcoming Lucía Leonor to the world! NHMC's Vice President, Special Programs Nilda Muhr welcomed her beautiful daughter to the family early last month. We can't wait to meet her!

    NHMC Launches New Website

    NHMC for wufoo You may have noticed a few months back, we unveiled our brand new logo! After many months of planning, the National Hispanic Media Coalition has officially launched its brand new website! Make sure to check it out for yourself by visiting Make sure to visit the Media Tree, created to clearly organize the major conglomerates in the film and television industry, each of which have multiple subsidiaries.  ]]>

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