February 2017

In this Edition of NHMC at Work:

  • 2017 NHMC Impact Awards Gala
  • Alex Nogales on “Nuestra Gente Extraordinaria” Segment on Telemundo’s Enfoque
  • NHMC TV Writers Updates
  • NHMC Welcomes Spring 2017 Univision Policy Fellow
  • Alex Nogales Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  • D.C. Policy Update
  • NHMC is Hiring!
  • Attention TV Writers!
  • Don’t Miss Zoot Suit
  • Gloria Tristani Joins NHMC as Special Policy Advisor
  • Everybody Loves Somebody

2017 NHMC Impact Awards Gala


L to R: Craig Gerber, Justina Machado, Silvia Olivas, & Jaime Camil

On February 24th, NHMC hosted its 20th Annual Impact Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA. The NHMC Impact Awards was created to honor outstanding contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media, including film and television. “Though the Oscars this year once again failed to recognize the tremendous Latino talent in entertainment today, NHMC’s Impact Awards Gala seeks to give these creatives the accolades they deserve and excite a new generation of young people,” said Alex Nogales, NHMC’s president and CEO.  

[Top Row L-R: Silvia Olivas & Craig Gerber, Jaime Camil, Mike Royce & Gloria Calderón Kellett & Norman Lear. Bottom Row L-R: Catherine Tambini, Karla Souza, Roberto Orci & Roberto Orci Sr.]

This year’s honorees were:
  • Elena of Avalor – Outstanding Animated Series
  • Jaime Camil – Outstanding Performance in a Television Series
  • One Day at a Time – Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Hate Rising – Outstanding Documentary
  • Karla Souza – Outstanding Performance in a Television Series
  • Roberto Orci – Visionary Impact Award
The legendary Norman Lear was surprised with the Media Icon Award by Ligiah Villalobos prior to him presenting One Day at a Time their award. Actresses Christina Vidal and Lisa Vidal served as emcees for the night. NHMC also had a special social media correspondent, RaqC, who conducted exclusive interviews with honorees and guests. To view her interviews, click here. Check out the honoree acceptance videos here. If you would like to view the photos from the evening, visit the NHMC Flickr page by clicking here. Title Sponsors:
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Alex Nogales on “Nuestra Gente Extraordinaria” Segment on Telemundo’s Enfoque

In February, Telemundo’s Enfoque featured Alex Nogales in the segment “Nuestra Gente Extraordinaria.” The segment covered his life, career, and the work of NHMC. To watch the segment, click on the video above or here.

NHMC TV Writers Updates

NHMC is proud to announce the following exciting updates from our TV Writers Program graduates who are doing great work in the industry:
  • Christopher Encell has been staffed on NBC’s The Good Place.
  • Maria Escobedo was a 2017 Humanitas Prize Finalist for her writing of an episode of Sprout’s Nina’s World.

NHMC Welcomes Spring 2017 Univision Policy Fellow

7-300x289 NHMC recently welcomed Eduardo Osorio, a second year law student from UC Davis School of Law, as its Spring 2017 Univision Policy Fellow. The paid fellowship program, housed at NHMC, allows one law student per semester to learn about media and telecommunications policy issues from a civil rights and public interest perspective. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Eduardo was raised in a Latino neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley. Growing up, Eduardo saw how laws and policies, such as Proposition 187, affected the people around him. Wishing to serve as a voice for his community, Eduardo pursued a career in law. To read more about Eduardo, visit the NHMC blog here. Policy Fellowship Program sponsored by:

Alex Nogales Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Katie McGill, CSUF College of Communications, Director of Development, with Alex Nogales

NHMC would like to congratulate President & CEO Alex Nogales for being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hispanic Latino Media and Marketing Conference! The Univision-sponsored conference was held at California State University, Fullerton on February 16th through the 18th. For more details on the conference, visit their website here.

D.C. Policy Update

privacy-300x200 NHMC Co-Hosts Net Neutrality Briefing on Capitol Hill On February 27th, the Voices for Internet Freedom, led by NHMC, Free Press, the Center for Media Justice, and Color of Change, co-hosted a congressional briefing marking the 2-year anniversary of the Federal Communication Commission’s adoption of Net Neutrality rules. NHMC’s Special Policy Advisor, and former FCC Commissioner, Gloria Tristani made opening remarks at the briefing. FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Representative Maxine Waters (CA-43) also delivered opening remarks. NHMC Responds to Chairman Pai’s Attacks on Lifeline In early February, the FCC released an order revoking nine lifeline broadband provider designations that had already been approved to offer internet service to low-income consumers. NHMC joined a group of public interest organizations that same day blasting the FCC’s actions. Later in the month, NHMC also joined 36 other organizations in asking the FCC to swiftly move forward with implementing the modernization order. NHMC specifically asked the FCC to overturn the revocation of nine carriers and reject further efforts to undermine the modernization to include broadband. NHMC Responds to Privacy Intrusions at U.S. Border NHMC joined numerous human rights and civil liberties organizations, as well as law and technology experts, in denouncing the U.S. government’s questionable data collection practices of non-citizens entering the country. In a joint statement, NHMC and other organizations condemned Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s suggestion that DHS could require non-citizens to provide passwords to social media accounts. This proposal would fail to increase citizens’ security and unfairly invade privacy of anyone attempting to enter the U.S. Such a practice could also have a chilling domino effect, encouraging other countries to adopt similar policies and discouraging travelers from using online services. Similarly, NHMC joined several groups in asking United Nations experts to investigate reported U.S. practices of investigating electronic devices and requiring passwords from people entering the country. NHMC Opposes Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination to Supreme Court On February 15th, NHMC joined 107 other civil and human rights organizations in urging the U.S. Senate to oppose President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 107 national organizations cited Judge Gorsuch’s troubling record on discrimination claims, workers’ rights, immigration, womens’ health, LGBT rights, police misconduct, disabilities, voting rights, and environmental protection, among other civil rights issues.

NHMC is Hiring!

Hiring-Promo Join the fight for responsible and inclusive media! Policy Counsel NHMC seeks a Policy Counsel to work closely with NHMC’s DC-based Director of Policy & Legal Affairs to advance NHMC’s agenda. The Policy Counsel will work on complex legal and policy issues and will attend meetings with decision makers at the FCC and in Congress, as well as meetings with media reform and civil rights activists. Click here to read the full job description and application details for the Policy Counsel position.

Attention TV Writers!

Interested in joining the 2017 NHMC TV Writers Program? We will be opening up the application process on April 3rd. Make sure to follow NHMC on Twitter for updates on the program, including how to apply.

Don’t Miss Zoot Suit


        Photo Credit: Ignacio Gomez

Now playing in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum – Zoot Suit, starring NHMC Impact Awards Gala honoree Demian Bichir. The revival of the classic production has been met with great reviews in outlets such as The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Deadline. The production also features previous NHMC Scene Showcase actor Matias Ponce. To buy tickets, click here.  

Gloria Tristani Joins NHMC as Special Policy Advisor

Tristani, Gloria In early February, NHMC announced that former FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani would be joining the coalition as a Special Policy Advisor. In this role, Tristani will further NHMC’s work to bridge the digital divide and advocate for responsible media that is inclusive of Latino voices. To read the press release announcing Tristani’s new position, visit the NHMC website.  

Everybody Loves Somebody

13-195x300 In theaters now – Everybody Loves Somebody, starring 2017 NHMC Impact Awards Gala honoree Karla Souza! The bilingual rom-com, set in both Los Angeles and Mexico, follows OB-GYN Clara, played by Souza, in her journey in dealing with a past love, a potential new love, and her family. To purchase tickets from Fandango, click here.]]>

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