NHMC and BabyFirst Will Announce the Winners for their Rising Creators Project Programming Competition, Hosted by Rocsi Diaz, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Latino-Inspired Winning Educational Series will Receive Two-Year Commitment to Air on BabyFirst
Los Angeles 9/24/15 - BabyFirst and The National Hispanic Media Coalition will announce the winners from their “Rising Creators Project,” a Latino-inspired programming competition which invited emerging talent including writers, musicians, animators and producers to submit their idea or existing children’s TV series for consideration.
The esteemed panel of judges was comprised of NHMC President and CEO Alex Nogales, NHMC Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jessica Gonzalez, Grey’s Anatomy
and Dora The Explorer
writer Maria Escobedo, Sprout consultant and children’s program writer Ligiah Villalobos, CEO & Chairman of BabyFirst Americas Constantino “Said” Schwarz and Dr. Todd Eller, Chief Educational Advisor of BabyFirst. The criteria for submission included educational value, entertainment value, age-appropriateness for 2-4 year-olds, ingenuity, and cultural relevance. Acceptable content included music, animation, scripts, show concepts and existing works, all embracing the Latino culture.
The three finalists included Anisa Delaluz, whose five minute bilingual animated short is titled What’s in the Box
, Zoila Amelia Galeano and Jennifer Dornbush’s Team Abuelita
, chronicling a superhero and her team of niños who save the day from situations including bullies and rival siblings, and Kimberly Lord, who is taking English language lullabies and reinventing them in various Latino musical styles in her show Estrellita
“There were so many amazing submissions covering a multitude of subjects and themes that it was very difficult to make a final decision,” said Alex Nogales, President and CEO of NHMC. “This contest has demonstrated the great depth of the Latino talent pool which is truly spectacular.”
Constantino “Said” Schwarz, CEO & Chairman of BabyFirst Americas also had congratulatory wishes for the finalists as well as all the applicants. “We congratulate our finalists and all those who participated. They are truly talented and their content and concepts were thoughtful, inspiring, entertaining, as well as educational for young minds.”
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 6th. The winning producer will then work with the network's production team to create their content or fine-tune their existing work before it premieres on BabyFirst for a two-year run. The winner will fully own the rights to the series and will be entitled to 50% of revenues the series directly generates across platforms other than the BabyFirst television network.
The “Rising Creators Project” is the result of a partnership with BabyFirst, the TV network devoted to delivering high-quality child development programming to tots and their parents which reaches more than 52 million households and the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), an advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos in all media.
“The collaboration with the National Hispanic Media Coalition has been a wonderful opportunity to cultivate unique, engaging, and meaningful content for children or toddlers during the first stages of life through interesting and high-quality programming concepts,” mentions Sharon Rechter, EVP, Business Development and Distribution of BabyFirst. “We are excited to see the winning show come to life and be a part of BabyFirst’s safe and fun world made just for toddlers.”
To learn more about the“Rising Creators Project” visit RisingCreators.com
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