In this edition of NHMC at work:
With the goal of increasing representation of people of color, NHMC along with members of the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition have begun meeting with Hollywood’s talent agencies to discuss how they can work together.
Meeting requests have gone out to many of the big agencies in the entertainment industry including Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, United Talent Agency, Paradigm, International Creative Management and The Gersh Agency.
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2015 TV Writers Program
The NHMC Television Writers Program is a direct response to the lack of diverse writers in TV, and it invites all Latino TV writers, who want to hone their skills, to apply for the five-week workshop. The workshop focuses on writing an original TV pilot or a spec episode of a current TV series, conducted in an environment that simulates a TV writers room.Read what past participants, who are now staffed since completing the program, have to say: “With NHMC’s guidance, [NHMC TV Writers Program mentor] Geoff Harris’ amazing know-how and the talented folks around the table, I discovered the confidence to focus my energy on writing from my heart and tapping into what would eventually become my voice. ” Michael Perri, 2012 “I always tell people the NHMC program is the best one in Hollywood because it challenges you to create, outline, and write a script in a 5-week period. No other program pushes you with those deadlines.” Emilia Serrano, 2008 Deadline to submit is August 3. For more information and to apply visit https://www.nhmc.org/writersprogram
Preserving Net Neutrality — That’s What We Are Fighting For!
On June 12, a long-sought battle for NHMC finally came to fruition when the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules, went into effect. The new rules will prevent providers from blocking, throttling or creating paid fast lanes within your internet connection. NHMC also is proud to report that on June 11, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a motion from a handful of Internet service providers to stay the net neutrality rules. The stay, had it been granted, would have prevented the rules from taking effect until legal challenges are resolved.
This is a huge victory for net neutrality; however, there are still pending lawsuits seeking to overturn the rules. In addition to the court actions, the new rules face push back from several Republican members of Congress, who have introduced bills seeking to overturn the rules and/or limit the FCC’s authority to enforce them.
NHMC has been active on Capitol Hill for the past few weeks and will continue to be in order to educate policymakers about their important role in ensuring an even-playing field is maintained online for Latinos and other consumers.
NHMC Is Hiring!
Attention all Policy Counsels or Policy Associates in Washington, DC, NHMC wants you. With an immediate position to fill, the Policy Counsel should be a licensed attorney, who can practice law in the U.S. and willing to waive into DC. Other non-attorney applicants will be considered for a Policy Associate position in exceptional circumstances. View the full job description and applications details here.
NHMC Welcomes New Board MemberKathryn A. Sabbeth is a tenured associate professor of law at the University of North Carolina (UNC). Her teaching and scholarship concentrate on public interest lawyers, public law litigation and access to justice. She teaches in the UNC Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, which represents clients in employment, housing and other civil rights and economic justice cases.