The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is hosting its 20th Annual Media Summit from July 25-28th, 2019 in Hollywood, CA. Founded in 1999, NALIP has existed for the last two decades with the purpose of assisting in the advancement of Latinx content creators, from writers and directors to producers and other industry professionals in the media. In addition to its Media Summit each year, NALIP has six other national initiatives with programs including the Latino Lens, Latino Media Resource Development, Latino Media Market, and their Diverse Women in Media Initiative. Champions for diversity, inclusion, and representation, they are a leading organization promoting and pushing forward Latinx talent, both in front of and behind the camera.
The upcoming Media Summit is a four-day event geared towards bringing together Latinos in the media, providing tools, professional networking opportunities, and information that will aid them in making progress in their respective fields or careers. Each day will be filled with workshops and seminars with featured guest speakers throughout. A total of 24 speakers will be present; each one bringing their unique perspective on their experiences in the industry. One session particularly notable is the “Signature Conversation with Franklin Leonard,” founder of the Black List.
The Black List is an annual publication that gives unknown writers a chance to be recognized and celebrated, highlighting some of Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays. Many great scripts never made it to the screen for lack of access. With the Black List, Franklin has created a space for writers all over the world to be seen and heard, giving them a chance to connect with filmmakers, have their screenplays read, and in some cases, reviewed for feedback. Of the scripts submitted to the Black List, over 325 have been produced as feature films, earning more than 250 Academy Award nominations and garnering 50 wins.
Franklin Leonard has worked tirelessly, advocating on behalf of writers and audiences who have been historically underrepresented in film and television. In the span of his career, his accolades and accomplishments have been many. He has served as a juror at Sundance, Toronto and Guanajuato Film Festivals, and for the PEN Center Literary Awards. He was named one of Hollywood Reporter’s “35 Under 35,” Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and was awarded the 2015 African-American Film Critics Association’s Special Achievement Award for career excellence. He is also a member of the Associates Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
The Black List is doing much to revolutionize the industry and NALIP is providing a front-row seat to explore the mind of its creator – a man who has pushed boundaries and broken barriers in the entertainment industry and has given diverse writers exposure and opportunity. If you’re interested in learning more, this “Signature Conversation” will be held on July 26, 2019, from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm at the Latino Lens Space. To register, visit www.nalipmediasummit.com.
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