The convergence of media has brought endless opportunities for Latino content creators. Last year’s summit focused on creating tomorrow together and well, tomorrow has approached rather quickly. The 2016 edition of the NALIP Media Summit invites all content creators to create with us and celebrate the accomplishments and innovations of this exciting and ever changing industry. As we push past the boundaries, we challenge Latino creatives to create with us now and redefine the future of media and storytelling.
Len Amato is president, HBO Films, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the development and production of original HBO Films for the network. With Amato at the helm since October 2008, HBO Films has garnered numerous awards and accolades. The 2009-2015 awards seasons produced 43 Emmy® Awards and 12 Golden Globes® for HBO Films overall. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded HBO Films the Outstanding Made For Television Movie Emmy® in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (Grey Gardens, Temple Grandin, Game Change, Behind the Candelabra, The Normal Heart and Bessie, respectively), for a total of 20 Best Movie Emmys® since 1993. Behind the Candelabra, with 11 wins and 15 nominations, was the most-honored program at the 2013 Emmys®.
Before becoming president, Amato served as HBO program executive and executive producer on 2008’s multiple Emmy®-winning film Recount, starring Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey and Oscar® nominee Tom Wilkinson. Recount garnered 3 Emmy® Awards including Best Made for Television movie, which resulted in an Emmy® for Amato as Executive Producer. The film began Amato’s association with director Jay Roach and writer Danny Strong who would later repeat their creative collaboration on Game Change.
Amato joined HBO in March 2007 as senior vice president, HBO Films, continuing his long relationship with the network which began in 1997 in New York when he produced Charles Dutton's directorial debut First Time Felon, starring Omar Epps and Delroy Lindo, and executive produced Iron Jawed Angels, starring Academy Award® winners Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston in 2004. Amato appeared on the fourth season of the HBO series Project Greenlight.
Prior to joining HBO, Amato was president, Spring Creek Productions. His producer/executive producer credits include: Analyze This and Analyze That, starring Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro; Possession, featuring Oscar® winner Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart; Deliver Us From Eva, with LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union; Rumor Has It, featuring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner and Oscar® winner Shirley MacLaine; as well as the Golden Globe® and Oscar®-nominated Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly; and The Astronaut Farmer, with Academy Award® winner Billy Bob Thornton.
Earlier, Amato was Story Editor for Robert De Niro’s newly formed Tribeca Productions in New York where he worked on such films as Michael Apted’s Thunderheart and Irwin Winkler’s Night in the City. Amato began his film career in New York as a story analyst for various independent producers and studios.
Prior to his career in the film industry, Amato was a musician and actor, performing at such renowned downtown venues as CBGB’s and La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York City.
He is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
Amato is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2015.
The “Conversation with the Cast and Creators of the new One Day At A Time”, is a reimagining of the classic Norman Lear comedy. Speakers: Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, Gloria Calderon
Octogenarian Rita Moreno still remains one of the busiest stars in show business and is currently working on the Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, “One Day at a Time” for Netflix.
Rita belongs to an elite group of only eight living performers who have won entertainment’s grand slam of the industry's most prestigious awards: The Oscar, The Emmy, The Tony and The Grammy. Her Oscar win came in 1962 as Latina spitfire Anita in the film version of “West Side Story” for which she also won The Golden Globe. The Tony was for her 1975 comedic triumph as Googie Gomez in Broadway's “The Ritz.” The Grammy was for her 1972 performance on The Electric Company Album, based on the long-running children's television series. She won not one, but two Emmys--the first for a 1977 variety appearance on “The Muppet Show” and the following year for a dramatic turn on “The Rockford Files.”
Ms. Moreno has served on The National Endowment for the Arts and as a Commissioner for The President’s White House Fellowships. Rita was also recently honored by her peers as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
José Bastón is President of Content and Television of Grupo Televisa, the largest media company of the Spanish-speaking world and a prominent force in the international entertainment industry.
Mr. Bastón has been a part of Grupo Televisa for 25 years. He joined in 1989 as Marketing Manager for Channel 12 of Tijuana. Later, he occupied executive positions in Televisa’s key areas, such as programming, acquisitions, strategic planning and content development, till he reached the Corporate Vice Presidency of Television.
He was appointed President of Content and Television in 2008. The businesses for which he is responsible generate more than 50% of the group’s consolidated revenues and operating income.
With Mr. Bastón as President, Televisa has maintained its leadership in Mexico’s Broadcast TV market and made an efficient transition into digital convergence and the company’s internationalization. Today, Televisa is present in 80 countries around the world and produces content in five languages. Televisa’s programs are translated into 30 languages and unfold across every platform: four broadcast TV channels, 25 pay-TV signals, 44 local channels, one of the most visited web portals in Spanish, a platform for video on demand (OTT), cinema, and digital content for mobile devices and the Internet.
Mr. Bastón is also a member of the company’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee and a member of the boards of Cablevisión, SKY and Univision Communications.
With more than 18 years as a stand-up comedian, Al Madrigal has found success as an actor, correspondent and podcaster as well as on the live stage. He has been on numerous shows including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and NBC's About A Boy co-starring David Walton and Minnie Driver. In 2013, Madrigal starred in his first hour-long stand-up special Why Is the Rabbit Crying on Comedy Central and in 2015 he released his award-winning and critically acclaimed docu-comedy Half Like Me. Now, Madrigal is involved with the All Things Comedy network (ATC) that has 6 million downloads per month, and soon he will begin production on the Jim Carrey produced Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here where he will star as a series regular and serve as a consulting producer.
Juan José Campanella is an Argentine film and television director with international prestige. He is also a well renowned writer, producer and editor. He developed his film career in the United States, working as a director on television series such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, House, 30 Rock, Halt and Catch Fire, and Colony.
Back in Argentina he already had made several films that won him numerous awards, including “El Mismo Amor, La Misma Lluvia” (1999), “El Hijo de la Novia” (2001), “Luna de Avellaneda” (2004) , and ”El Secreto de Sus Ojos” (2009), winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2010 and “Metegol” (2013).
Among other works in television, he directed, produced and wrote the mini series “Vientos de Agua” (2006), which won 5 Martin Fierro awards (the Argentine Emmys), and in 2012 returned to the small screen with another mini series called “El Hombre de tu Vida”, followed by “Entre Caníbales” in 2015.
In 2013 he made his debut in stage direction with “Parque Lezama”, fulfilling one of his long life dreams, which continues its success in Argentina.
Patricia Riggen was born in Mexico. She began her film career as a writer for television documentaries and as an executive director for the Mexican Film Institute.
She studied a master’s degree in Directing at Columbia University. Her first short film, La Milpa, received 20 international awards; among them the Student Academy Award. Her documentary film, Family Portrait, won the Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival ‘05.
Patricia directed and produced her first full-length feature, Under the Same Moon, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was quickly acquired for worldwide distribution by Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company. It opened to weekend record numbers for a Spanish language film.
Patricia then directed the Lionsgate/Pantelion’s Girl in Progress, a coming-of-age comedy and the musical Lemonade Mouth for the Disney Channel, which received a DGA nomination and garnered 12.5 million viewers in its first two airings.
In 2015 Patricia released the Chilean mining drama The 33, with leading stars Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche.
Patricia’s latest movie is the box office hit Miracles from Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Jonathan Jakubowicz completed in 2016 the epic movie about the legendary boxer Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran starring Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin, Ruben Blades, John Turturro and Usher.
Hands of Stone was Written, Directed and Produced by Jakubowicz through his Company Epicentral Studios, which he owns with his wife and Producing Partner Claudine Jakubowicz. Hands of Stone will have it's world premier on May 16th as part of the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2016 and will be released by The Weinstein Company in the United States in 2600 screens on August 26th , making it the widest release in history for a Latin movie.
Jakubowicz jumped to international recognition in 2005 after he wrote, directed and produced Secuestro Express; the frightening story of one young couple's ordeal as they career through the underbelly of Caracas in the hands of three thugs who've made them their latest payday. The thriller became Venezuela's highest-grossing film, eclipsing such movies as "Titanic" and "The Passion of the Christ."
Cris Abrego serves as Co-Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas and Co-CEO, Endemol Shine North America.
Abrego, alongside colleague Charlie Corwin, leads the North American division of Endemol Shine Group, the newly merged global independent content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world including “Big Brother,” “MasterChef” and “The Biggest Loser."
In January, both Abrego and Corwin added oversight of Endemol Shine’s Latin American operations to their current North American responsibilities.The former co-founder and chief executive of Endemol Shine-owned 51 Minds Entertainment (“Flavor of Love”), Abrego is one of the leading creators and producers of reality television in the U.S., recognized globally for pioneering a new genre of unscripted programming with the breakout celeb-reality series “The Surreal Life.”
NOTE: This Signature Conversation session is part of the overall NALIP Media Summit 2016 schedule. It is not a luncheon and it is open to ALL Summit pass holders on a first come first serve basis.
Thirteen time Emmy Award-winning journalist Teresa Rodríguez is co-anchor of Univision’s primetime award-winning weekly newsmagazine program, “Aquí y Ahora,” (Here and Now), which features investigative and consumer stories on a number of important issues facing U.S. Hispanics, as well as interviews with leading newsmakers, politicians and celebrities.
Rodríguez joined Univision in 1982 as co-anchor of the national newscast, becoming the first woman ever to host a national primetime Spanish language newscast in the U.S.
She is the recipient of a Silver Angel Award for Excellence in Media and a George Foster Peabody Award, and was recognized by The Hollywood Reporter for having one of the top 10 highest Q scores for Spanish-speaking U.S. Latinos.
Additionally, Rodríguez is the best-selling author of the book, “The Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border” and a contributing author of “Count on Me: Tales of Sisterhood and Fierce Friendships,” a collection of essays.
A strong supporter of empowering girls and young women, Rodríguez has served as the Spanish-language national spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign and is a key proponent of Univision’s health and education initiatives. She is also a Steering Committee Member of Univision’s Women’s Leadership Council.
Rodríguez has two sons and resides in Key Biscayne, Florida with her husband.
Lucas Akoskin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been working in the film industry for over two decades. Lucas' latest producing endeavor, On The Milky Road, directed by two time Palme d'Or winner, Emir Kusturica starring Kusturica and Monica Bellucci is currently in post production.
Lucas’ producing credits include the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated HBO film Nightingale, starring David Oyelowo; The Automatic Hate, staring Richard Schiff, Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens and Debora Ann Woll; Captive, starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo, distributed by Paramount Pictures; and the international shorts compilation Words With Gods, featuring world renowned directors Bahman Ghobadi, Hideo Nakata, Mira Nair, Álex de la Iglesia, Hector Babenco, Guillermo Arriaga, and others. Lucas has produced films in locations throughout the world, including Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Spain. Lucas resides in Malibu, CA with his wife Leonor Varela and their two children.
Alex Fumero is Vice President, HBO Programming, for Home Box Office, responsible for the development and production of original alternative and comedy programming, as well as digital and non-linear programming for HBO Now and HBO Go. He joined HBO in this role in January 2016.
Fumero’s current projects include Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, After the Thrones and the Untitled Jon Stewart Project for HBO Now.
Prior to joining HBO, Fumero was senior director of Programming & Development for Fusion, a joint venture between Disney/ABC Television and Univision, targeting millennials. A member of the founding launch team at Fusion, he co-created F-Comedy, a digital news satire studio. There, he was responsible for Paul F. Tompkins’ No, You Shut Up!, Mondo Media’s animated series Like, Share, Die and the national debut of The Chris Gethard Show, executive produced by Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Adam McKay and produced by Funny Or Die. Fumero has a diverse background including production, writing and performance in film, TV and theater, with his work has appeared at the Sundance Film Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival. Fumero holds a BFA in Theatre from New York University.
Davy Perez is currently a writer on the long-standing fan favorite series SUPERNATURAL for CW. Prior to this, Davy was on the Emmy Award Winning series AMERICAN CRIME on ABC where he wrote and also produced episodes of the groundbreaking series. Born on Halloween night in East Los Angeles, performing for his siblings and classmates inspired Davy to attend the Playhouse West Repertory School to study acting. Davy has taught drama at the Los Angeles Music & Arts School, played guitar with local garage punk bands, and worked in Creative Development at ABC Studios and Universal Cable Productions. In 2013, Davy was selected for a NALIP/HBO Latino Writer Fellowship and was a participant in the 2014 Disney ABC Writing Program. Davy is married to producer Amanda Hernandez Perez and they share a lovely home in Studio City with their feisty yet faithful dog, a Chihuahua named Pablo.
Helen was born in Beijing, China and immigrated to the Silicon Valley when she was six. Her interest in writing for TV sparked in middle school, after she fell in love with The X-Files and felt inspired to write her own episodes. Helen graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in English, and moved out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in TV screenwriting. She was a member of the CBS Diversity Writers Program in 2009 and a fellow in the CAPE New Writer’s Fellowship in 2014. Her first writing staff job was on Hannibal (NBC), where she co-wrote her first episode of TV with a former writer of The X-Files. Helen has just started as a story editor on Hawaii Five-0 (CBS).
Don’t be daunted by the long name (Judalina Zoila Neira) or the unusual upbringing (raised on Navy military bases in Virginia, Maryland and Hawaii), Judalina is very much like the other Puerto-Rican, yoga-aficionados you may know and love. After earning her B.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College, Judalina spent four years club-hopping the Lower East Side as a music business talent scout before settings her sights westward. In LA, she segued into TV as a Writers’ Assistant on the NBC drama, “Do No Harm.” Judalina is a graduate of ABC/NBC’s National Hispanic Media Coalition television writing program and a 2012-2013 NBC Writer on the Verge. She recently developed an hour-long drama for NBC with Lionsgate TV Studios and Christina Aguilera. Previously, she worked on the VH1 dance drama, “Hit the Floor.” Judalina is currently an Executive Story Editor on CW’s The Flash.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Natalie Chaidez is the Executive Producer of 12 MONKEYS and HUNTERS, a series for Gale Anne Hurd/SyFy. Best known for TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES and HEROES, Ms. Chaidez is currently the only Latina working as a creator/showrunner in US television.
Ms. Chaidez is known for her edgy female characters, hard-hitting action and genre-pushing story-telling. Her parents’ jail time and heroin addiction shaped a voice that is dark, infused with compassion and fascinated with exploring a world just beyond our own. After graduating from UCLA film school, she was a participant in the prestigious Disney Writers’ Fellowship.
She is a proud parent to Julian, a Math PhD student, and Chloe, lead singer of the band “Kitten”. In her spare time she takes to the track as a member of California’s premiere roller derby league, L.A. Derby Dolls.