[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In this edition of NHMC Updates
News Briefs: Advocating for Latinos in Media
NHMC Media/Telecommunications Policy Shop Update
As DC starts to cool down for the fall, the policy team is preparing for an end-of-the-year push on a number of important issues. But it has been our steadfast protection of the Open Internet that has kept NHMC DC busy in September.
As the FCC continues to contemplate new Open Internet rules, NHMC and others have been busy urging the FCC to treat Internet Service Providers as common carriers and prevent blocking, discrimination, and paid fast lanes online. NHMC et al. also urged the FCC to issue the same protections to consumers, regardless of whether they access the Internet from a home computer or a mobile device. The FCC’s current proposal would exempt mobile Internet access from most rules.
On September 10, NHMCparticipated in the much-talked-about Internet Slowdown. TheInternet Slowdown was a day of action where dozens of participating companies, including Netflix and reddit, and organizations displayed an icon representing a slow-loading Internet on their websites. The Internet Slowdown generated hundreds of thousands of calls to Congress and millions of comments filed at the FCC all in support of strong Open Internet rules.
On September 15, NHMC filed reply comments on behalf of Voices for Internet Freedom and many more, rebutting a number of arguments made by parties opposing common carrier regulations in the first round of comments. Specifically, NHMC explained why common carrier regs, under Title II of the Communications Act, wouldn’t harm investment or broadband adoption rates. To read the full comments, click here.
And, finally, we’d be remiss not to recognize the tremendous testimony given by friend-of-NHMC Ruth Livier before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ruth, an actress, producer, and writer, explained to the Committee that, without an Open Internet, she would have never been able to launch her award-winning and stereotype-defying web series, Ylse. To view Ruth’s full testimony, click here.
There is still time to make your voice heard on this important issue! To share with the FCC why an Open Internet devoid of discrimination is important to you, click here.
2014 NHMC Local Impact Awards Luncheon
NHMC honored seven media professionals at the 12th Annual NHMC Local Impact Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Universal City in Los Angeles on September 11. FOX 11 news anchor Laura Diaz and CBS2 news anchor Rick Garcia were the event’s masters of ceremonies.
This year’s honorees were José “Pepe” Mantilla, the Spanish-language radio commentator for the Los Angeles Lakers; Mekahlo Medina from NBC4 Southern California; Talaya Trigueros from 94.7 The WAVE, A Martínez andAlex Cohen from 89.3 KPCC; Norma Roque from Univision 34; and Alysha Del Valle from ABC7.
Read more about the honorees here. To view pictures of the event, click here.
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2nd Annual Latino Scene Showcase
On September 3, the 2nd annual Latino Scene Showcase, presented by NHMC and the Los Angeles Theatre Center, featured seven scenes written by NHMC TV Writers Program alumni and performed by Latino actors before an audience of television network executives, agents and managers. The annual event aims to infuse more Latino talent into the Hollywood pipeline.
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Latino Premiere Club Recommends ABC’s Cristela and CW’s Jane the Virgin
The Latino Premiere Club, a new partnership between the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) and the LatinHeat Media Institute, held two screenings in September.
On September 16, the Latino Premiere Club held a screening at ABC/Disney Studios of the network’s upcoming sitcom Cristela. The pilot episode introduces Cristela, played by breakout comedienne Cristela Alonzo, who stars as a woman laughing her way to the new American dream in a family comedy loosely based on her life and stand-up routine. Alonzo breaks new ground with Cristela as the first and only Latina to have a TV show in which she not only stars, but is also co-creator, co-executive producer, and writer. Cristela premieres Monday, October 10 at 8:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. central.
Read more here.
The National Latino Media Council (NLMC) released the 2014 NLMC Television Network Diversity Report. The report rates Latino inclusion and diversity performance of ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC in the 2013-2014 television season, based on the employment of Latino actors, writers, producers, directors, and entertainment executives; program development; procurement; and commitment to diversity and transparency.Read our press release.
To view the full report, which includes summaries of diversity performance and recommendations for improvement for the four networks, click here .
For the 2013-2014 television season, NLMC assigned “Good,” “Mediocre” and “Bad” ratings for each of the above eight categories for Latino inclusion, which provided the basis for overall scores for each network:
NHMC Television Writers Program
Congratulations to the ten participants selected from among more than 350 applicants from throughout the nation for NHMC’s 2014 Television Writers Program. The writers are: LauraAlexander, Sabrina Almeida, Alexander Felix, Zayre Ferrer, Valen Hernandez, Frank Nestor, Edlin Ortiz, Daniel Perez, Jorge Perez,and Claudia Restrepo.