Category Archives: News

Latino-oriented, Spanish-language media conference: Extended submission deadline

A call for papers by October 31, 2012 and check out this fantastic conference in February! It’s hosted by El Centro at Texas State University.

Top Eleven Latino Films of 2011, According to Remezcla

Check out the Remezcla list of the Top Eleven Latino Films of 2011 That You Probably Didn’t See But Should (the story includes trailers for all of the films):

AOL Huffington Post Media Group launches HuffPost LatinoVoices

The AOL Huffington Post Media Group has launched HuffPost LatinoVoices, a new online community for bicultural Hispanic Americans. Gabriel Lerner, formerly News Editor of La Opinión, is Senior News Editor. Miguel Ferrer is Managing Editor. Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, made the announcement on AUgust 11, 2011.
HuffPost LatinoVoices will provide an authentic Hispanic-American perspective on current events and cultural trends in the United States, Central and South America, and the rest of the world. From politics, education, and immigration to culture, celebrity, and health, the site will feature our signature mix of original reporting, comprehensive curation, investigative journalism, and real-time opinion.
Read more here.

U.S. Spanish-language programming targets fastest-growing demographic in TV: U.S.-born, bilingual Hispanics

Variety (Sat., Jul. 9, 2011). The new cable drama “RPM Miami” is a high-octane sudser — think “Fast and the Furious” meets “Desperate Housewives.”

In the show’s first few episodes, Iraq war veteran Alejandro becomes enmeshed in Miami’s underground street racing culture and falls for the sweet but rebellious Luisa — until the return of Mike, the husband she thought was dead. The conniving Gina cajoles Ramon to help her exact revenge on a rival. The voracious Ana looks to seduce another female conquest. And the long-suffering Jonas surprises everyone by waking up from a coma… READ THE FULL STORY HERE.

Updated Interactive Maps, Data and Profiles on the Latino Population in U.S. Counties, States

The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, has updated its interactive maps and database on the Latino population in the nation’s more than 3,100 counties. The maps show the Latino population and share in U.S. counties for 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2009 and how its size and distribution across counties has changed since 1980. The population data are derived from the decennial censuses and the Census Bureau’s population estimates program. Latino population data by county for 1990, 2000 and 2009 may also be downloaded from the Pew Hispanic Center’s website.

Accompanying the county interactive maps and database are updated demographic and economic profiles of the Hispanic and non-Hispanic populations in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. These profiles are based on Pew Hispanic Center analyses of the 2009 American Community Survey.

The interactive maps, county Latino population data and state demographic profiles are available at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website,

The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

UT homepage features Latino filmmakers in the Dept of RTF

This week’s UT homepage feature is about Latino filmmakers in the Dept of RTF. A companion piece, on MFA candidate Ivete Lucas, is on the Know website. Links are included below.

Economist feature on The Hispanicisation of America

The role of Latinos in American society is growing inexorably, with big political implications for the future.

Read the full article here.

NALIP New York Launches Audiocast Show Latin Slate

Host Giovanna Aguilar conducts insightful interviews with industry professionals to celebrate and to promote NALIP filmmakers’ accomplishments while also delivering content that can help NALIP members with their productions.
Latin Slate’s first interview features publicist Soldanela Rivera who has worked on music, theatre, and films such as, El Cantante, starring Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, and Paula Mendoza and Gloria LaMorte’s Entre Nos. Rivera offers insight on the Latino press, tips on how to market your film and the importance of audience development.
To stream this audiocast visit the NALIP Audiocasts webpage.

Pew Center Report: Hispanics in the News

Hispanics in the News: An Event-Driven Narrative
(12.7.2009) A study of more than 34,000 news stories that appeared in major media outlets finds that most of what the public learns about Hispanics comes not through focused coverage of the life and times of this population group but through event-driven news stories in which Hispanics are one of many elements.
From February 9 to August 9, 2009, only a fraction of stories contained substantial references to Hispanics–just 645 out of 34,452 studied. And only a tiny number, 57 stories, focused directly on the lives of Hispanics in the U.S., according to a media content analysis done jointly by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Hispanic Center, both of which are projects of the Pew Research Center.
Read the full report from the Pew Hispanic Center.

Network Television Diversity Report Cards: 2008-2009 Primetime

We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of a national movement to change the face of television in this country. In 1999 – 2000, the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition, a group comprised of the National Latino Media Council (NLMC), the National Asian/Pacific American Media Coalition, the NAACP and the American Indians in Film and Television, persuaded the four major television networks, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, to sign unprecedented Memoranda of Understanding. Before these memoranda were signed, we saw much fewer people of color on television than we do today.
The Memoranda serve to diversify the networks’ workforce both in front and behind the camera and to open up procurement opportunities for people of color. These initiatives have incrementally increased diversity over the past ten years; however, the job is far from complete. In 1999, Greg Braxton, of the Los Angeles Times, wrote that out of the 24 new shows debuting at ABC, NBC CBS, and FOX, there was not one single person of color in a lead or regular role. Ten years later, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) reports the following breakdown of film and TV roles for 2008: 72.5% Caucasian, 13.3% African-American, 6.4% Latino-Hispanic, 3.8% Asian & Pacific Islander, .03% Native American and 3.8% other/unknown.
Read the full story on the National Association of Independent Latino Producers, NALIP, site.