Series Scriptwriters Program

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition announces its 10 graduates from it’s 2020 Series Scriptwriters Program. For the first time in nearly 20 years, NHMC held its program in an entirely virtual format. The writers program has served more than 160 diverse alumni who have gone on to write for series such as The Flash, Umbrella Academy, Riverdale, High School Musical: The Series, One Day At A Time, Santiago of the Seas, Legendary, Mr. Iglesias, Indebted, Selena: The Series, and more.

This writers’ lab was mentored and guided by former NBC V.P. of Script Development, Geoff Harris. Throughout the program, fellows were able to pitch their scripts and themselves, in front of industry leaders including DMA Anderson (Walt Disney Television), Alex Tse (Wu Tang: An American Saga), Peter Murrieta (Mr. Iglesias), Erika Kennair (Berlanti Productions), Emily Furutani (Universal Television), among others.

Meet Our Writers

YASMINE CAMPBELL, DRAMA/COMEDY WRITER

Against the Odds: Yaqueline Odd is an upwardly mobile, Afro-Latina with a blended family who boasts she’s “with the times.” So when her daughter decides to rock their perfectly curated world by starting high school as a male, the entire family must undergo a transition of their own. Based on the writer’s true life.

 Yasmine Campbell writes elevated stories that speak to her personal experiences growing up in the Bronx with a family that practiced the metaphysical art of Shamanism. As the hardened daughter of a drug lord, Yasmine’s previous exec career in Hollywood felt right at home. The proud, multilingual Afro-Latina lives in Los Angeles with her all-American, highly creative, culturally blended, LGBTQ+IA family. Her favorite pastimes include MMA, wrestling, playing the drum set, healing with reiki, yoga as well as watching and creating high stakes action and Sci-fi worlds.

 

Representation Contact:
Patti Felker, Patti@ftsllp.com

CARMEN CORRAL, COMEDY WRITER

Crushing It!: A painfully shy, “invisible” 12-year-old navigates the social pressures of middle-school with the imaginary advice of her teen celebrity crush. 

Carmen Corral is a first-generation Mexican-American writer/director raised in Chicago. In 2015, she created and directed, BFFs, a YA comedy web series about 20-something, Latinx BFFs.The series premiered on Univision’s Youtube channel, Flama, and garnered over a million views. In 2018, Carmen was a comedy finalist for the Walt Disney Television Writers’ Program and a semifinalist for the Universal Writers’ Program. Her coming-of-age comedy, Our Lady of the Nerds, was optioned by AGC Studios with Peter Murrieta (Wizards of Waverly Place, Mr. Iglesias) attached as showrunner. Carmen graduated UCLA with a BA in Acting.

Representation Contact:
Sandra Avila, sandra@inclusionmgmt.com

 

KEENAN DUKE, DRAMA WRITER

On-Deck: A down and out ex high school baseball player gives his dream of playing in the Major Leagues one last shot after receiving some devastating family news.  

Keenan Duke is an African American drama writer. He has worked in various positions on shows such as the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement, NBC’s Access Hollywood, and is currently the 1st Assistant Accountant on The Kelly Clarkson Show. His debut film project, The Road Not Taken, a short film he wrote and directed, has been selected to film festivals such as the Official Latino Film and Arts Festival and the LA Skins Fest. 

Representation Contact:
Self, keenanduke29@gmail.com

MEREDITH GARCIA-PAINTER, DRAMA WRITER

Untethered: Untethered is a dark family comedy about a young woman who must give up her college life to raise her two younger siblings after her mentally unstable mother abandons them. 

Meredith is a second generation Mexican American from Cleveland, Ohio. She spent several years working in education and the nonprofit worlds before deciding to follow her passion for film and television. In 2019, Meredith graduated from Loyola Marymount University with an MFA in Screenwriting. Most recently, she was a semifinalist for the CTDI Disney Fellowship and was selected as one of the fellows for the 2020 NHMC TV Writers Workshop, sponsored by Disney-ABC and NBC.

Representation Contact:
Self, mgarciapainter12@gmail.com

 

HENRY ALEXANDER KELLY, COMEDY WRITER

Theme Perk: A naïve tour guide at the World’s #1 Theme Park navigates grumpy guests, cutthroat coworkers, and Rated-X activities, realizing that his “magical” job is very different from its public-facing façade.

Henry Alexander Kelly is a first generation Nicaraguan-American, venti caramel comedy writer and performer. His shows have been produced at Skylight Theatre, Company of Angels, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA and MeetCute LA. He is a company member of ESTLA’s New West Playwrights, Hero Theatre and The Story Pirates (arghhh, matey). Recently, he was a semi-finalist in the Second Annual Nosotros Ya Tu Sabes Monologue Slam presented by NBC.

Representation Contact:
Tyler, ATN Entertainment, Tyler@atnentertainment.com
Miranda, Pacific Talent and Models Inc (310) 321-7670

SOLANGE MORALES, DRAMA WRITER

Queen of the Misfits: Luna, a popular 14-year-old high schooler in cosmopolitan Miami Beach, FL, is forced to move against her will by her newly-reconciled parents. When she lands in a white-washed school in a small town, she’s determined to get through the next four years on her own terms – even if she’s crowned a misfit.

 

Solange is a first-generation Peruvian-Chinese-American, born and raised in Miami Beach, FL. She transformed the seeds of her heritage into stories as a director at Columbia University’s MFA film program, where she graduated with honors. Her thesis short film Mal de Ojo, a depiction of generational and cultural clashes within a single-parent family was acquired by HBO. She has produced for ESPN and served as a writers’ assistant on shows for FOX, Starz and Hulu, having written an episode for Season 2 of Wu-Tang: An American Saga. Currently, Solange is also a writer in the 2020-21 WB Writers’ Workshop.

 

Representation Contact:

Self, solangemoralesmf@gmail.com

LUIS RAMÓN QUINTERO, DRAMA WRITER

Resurge: When a depressed therapist discovers he is able to astral project, he must navigate a new unearthly realm in order to save his dying wife.

Luis Ramón Quintero, a first-generation Mexican-American writer and director from Pacoima, California, has had his latest short film Mirage featured on Telemundo, NBC, Estrella TV, and KPFK. In 2016, another of his short films, Guiltless, was nominated for an Imagen Award in the Best Theatrical Short category by Norman Lear’s Imagen Foundation. In 2014, Quintero was an NBC Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship finalist. Most recently, he was a fellow in the 2020 NHMC TV Writers’ Workshop, sponsored by Disney/ABC and NBC.

Representation Contact:
Self, luis@lrquintero.com

JORGE RIVERA,  DRAMA WRITER

LET IT BLEED: Jorge’s NHMC pilot LET IT BLEED is a crime drama that follows a True Crime TV producer obsessed with solving the mystery of his own wife’s murder while navigating the life-threatening perils of producing the show within the show.

Jorge is a former True Crime TV producer who’s turned to writing fictionalized murders instead of producing stories about real ones. After years of traveling the U. S. interviewing cops, criminals, and killers for the Investigation Discovery Network he’s decided that navigating Hollywood as a TV writer would be a far less dangerous career path — please don’t tell him the truth.

Representation Contact:
Randy Becker, randy@level4films.com

PAOLA TAPIA-LIMON, DRAMA/DRAMEDY WRITER

PAQUITA: A narcissistic ex-ballerina, forced to leave Tijuana after her husband goes to jail for money laundering, has to work for her old rival’s dance company teaching underprivileged kids, not knowing that her past is out to get her.

 

Paola Tapia-Limon, a Mexican/Apache writer from Tijuana, is a former unscripted TV story producer and a director for comedy shorts. She was recently the Writers’ Assistant on Netflix’s family-drama Away, and is now on a comedy show for Apple set in Mexico! Also, she’s a 2019 Sundance Episodic Lab finalist.

 

Representation Contact:
Daniel Vang, dvang@3arts.com

JORGE THOMSON, COMEDY WRITER

MISCAST: An emotionally detached actor is pulled home to help raise his autistic nephew and takes on his biggest role yet: father figure. 

Jorge is a comedy writer and performer with Cuban, Puerto Rican, and New Mexican roots. He disappointed his two lawyer parents by studying acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since then, he’s trained in improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade, as well as worked as a Writers’ PA on MODERN FAMILY. Currently he works as a Development Assistant for writer Abraham Higginbotham. 

Representation Contact:
Self,  jorgitothomson@gmail.com

Your Questions Answered

Do I have to be Latino to apply?

No, the program is open to people of all races and ethnicities.

Is the NHMC Television Writers program open to all ages?

No, you must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the program.

Can citizens of other countries apply to our program?

Yes.

What kind of writing sample should be submitted? Is there a length restriction? Can I submit more than one?

We accept ANY original writing sample, but television scripts are preferred. This includes plays, pilot scripts, spec scripts, books, etc. There is no length restriction and only ONE writing sample can be submitted.

Will the judges provide feedback on the work that I submit for my application?

No, the judges will not provide feedback to individuals that are not accepted into the writers program.

Will you return my application materials that were submitted if I am not accepted?

No, any materials submitted will not be returned to the owner.

An NHMC commissioned poll national poll showed that non-Latinos primarily learn about our community from what they see on television. Currently, Latinos make up only 2.8 percent of writers staffed on TV shows. We need more Latinos behind the camera to achieve balanced and accurate portrayals of diversity in the U.S.

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