PASADENA, CA – The National Hispanic Media Coalition (“NHMC”) would like to congratulate 2006 NLMC/NHMC Television Writers Program alum- Leslie Valdes for his selection as an honoree for the 2013 Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) Writer Access Project.
The WGAW Writer Access Project is designed to identify excellent, diverse writers with television staffing experience. Every year qualified WGAW members are invited to submit their work in one of five diversity categories.The scripts are read and scored by other WGAW members with extensive television writing experience.
This year ten writers were selected and Leslie Valdes an NLMC/NHMC Writers Program alum was one of them. He has written for many popular animated series, including the first four seasons ofDora the Explorer, Backyardigans and Handy Manny, as well as for foreign television (Pop Up, Olive; Shapes) and film (Fei). Leslie co-developed and served as head writer/producer for Disney Jr.’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and in addition, has developed TV pilots for Disney Playhouse (Shin Shin), Nickelodeon and Funline Animation. He’s also written 10 children’s books for Simon & Schuster and Simon Spotlight, including six Dora the Explorer titles.
Leslie Valdes had this to say about being honored, “I’m truly honored to be among this year’s Writers Access Project honorees. I’m hoping the recognition will help open doors in the industry for me and for other Latino writers. In fact, it was through the NHMC Television Writers Program that I learned how to write a professional-level television script, which in turn led to my writing a script that got me into the Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship, subsequently launching my TV writing career.”
The National Hispanic Media Coalition is a non-partisan, non-profit, media advocacy and civil rights organization established in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Its mission is to educate and influence media corporations on the importance of including U.S. Latinos at all levels of employment. It augments the pool of Latino talent with its professional development programs. It challenges media that carelessly exploit negative Latino stereotypes. It scrutinizes and opines on media and telecommunications policy issues. Learn more at http://www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on Facebook and twitter @NHMC.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a 35-year-old non-profit organization that builds bridges, creates opportunities, resources, and connects Latinx talent with the entertainment industry.