In this issue:
11th Annual Impact Awards Luncheon – 9/12/13 NHMC’s 11th Annual Impact Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Pasadena Westin Hotel in Pasadena, CA. Eleven years ago, NHMC began honoring Southern California individuals and entities whose achievements, generosity of spirit, and courage under fire have greatly benefited the Latino community here in the southland. This year’s confirmed honorees include Geoff Harris, NHMC’s TV Writers Program mentor and instructor and former NBC V.P of Script Development, who will receive an Impact Award for his Outstanding Service and Commitment to Latino Writers, and Kirk Whisler, President and CEO of Latino Print Network, will receive an Impact Award for his Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Latino Community.Washington, D.C. Impact Awards Reception – 11/14/13 NHMC’s Washington, D.C. Impact Awards Reception will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the National Association of Broadcasters. Last year Senator Robert Menendez andCongresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard were honored with Impact Awards for their Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Latino community. **This event has been organized to comply with federal rules regarding gifts.
Washington, D.C. Policy Shop Update NHMC’s policy team has been busy in DC this summer. Since NHMC’s VP of Policy & Legal Affairs, Jessica Gonzalez, testified about the Lifeline program on the Hill in April, NHMC has been tirelessly exploring ways to defend and modernize programs that bring affordable communications services to low income communities and to our schools and libraries. At the end of June, NHMC joined a number of other organizations to send a letter to Senator Claire McCaskill, urging her to cease calling for the elimination of the Lifeline program. NHMC is also tracking the FCC’s recent proposals to overhaul the E-Rate program, which brings communications services and broadband to schools and libraries at a discounted rate. Earlier this month, the FCC released a notice of proposed rulemaking that would explore ways to meet lofty connectivity goals set by FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel, Senator Rockefeller, and President Obama, amongst others. NHMC will weigh in to ensure that the children in our communities can keep up, technologically, as education evolves for the 21st century. NHMC has also been exploring ways to promote diverse ownership of media outlets and prevent further media consolidation. A few weeks ago, NHMC joined comments on a research design released by the FCC that would explore the critical information needs of communities across the country and attempt to discern whether or not those needs are being met by the current media system. NHMC also signed on to comments pointing out the shortcomings of a media ownership study prepared by BIA/Kelsey for the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council. In the comments, NHMC and others explained that the study lacked the depth or breadth needed to inform policy. Finally, NHMC joined a petition to deny the transfer of certain television licenses from Belo Corp. to Gannett Co., Inc. because the transfers, as proposed, would cause Gannett to violate media ownership restrictions in a number of markets. NHMC also filed comments on upcoming auctions of spectrum from television broadcasters to wireless service providers and Verizon’s shutdown of traditional phone systems in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In the coming months, NHMC will remain active in these issues and many others that impact the Latino community, to include online privacy, the open Internet, and much more.
NHMC Celebrates 2nd Annual #MediaCon Walter F. Ulloa and Alex Nogales The National Hispanic Media Coalition gathered 300 industry executives, celebrity talent and media insiders during the second annual MediaCon held at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 20. An excellent lineup of speakers and panelists conveyed timely information on the state of Latinos in the media and entertainment industry and the path they are carving out in the future.
Walter F. Ulloa, the Chairman and CEO of Entravision Communications Corporation, joined Alex Nogales, NHMC’s President & CEO, at Thursday’s keynote luncheon to discuss his journey to lead the largest Latino owned and operated media corporation in the nation. MediaCon assembled a stellar line-up of media experts covering all facets of the media industry from TV, filmmaking, digital content and talent management. The schedule included: