LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) today announced that its thirteenth annual NALIP Conference will be held April 13 - 15, 2012 in Universal City, California with a new special edition of the NALIP ActorSummit on April 12. Online registration is available now at http://www.conference2012.nalip.org/.
NALIP 2012: Diverse Voices, Universal Content is presented by Time Warner and the National Latino Media Council. Co-chairs Frank B. Gonzalez of The Disney/ABC Television Group and Juan Carlos Zaldivar of Phonograph Films will host the annual, premier Latino nonprofit gathering of top level Latino executives, content makers and game changers in the Latino media field. This dynamic and star-studded weekend includes keynotes, plenaries, 'Conversations With,' workshops and networking events. The conference begins Friday, with keynote speaker, film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor and musician, Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez's films, which range from sleeper hit EL MARIACHI to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and SIN CITY as well as the SPY KIDS franchise, exemplify how he embodies expressing a diverse voice while creating content that is universal. Saturday's keynote speaker will be Universal Studios' President and COO Ron Meyer. Meyer, the longest-running Studio Chief, is dedicated to creating a corporate culture of stability and consistency that drives a successful business.
In addition to engaging Hollywood's elite, NALIP also brings together the industry's current trendsetters. This will be exemplified in two very special sneak preview screenings during the conference. Friday night, the Sundance smash hit FILLY BROWN will be shown at Universal City's AMC Theatres. Following the screening, directors Youssef Delara and Michael T. Olmos, producer Amir Delara, and cast members Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Chrissie Fit, Emilo Rivera and Danny Mora will participate in a Q&A session. The second private screening and Q&A will be held Saturday afternoon for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie of the week "Firelight." "Firelight" is directed by Darnell Martin and written by NALIP mentor and executive producer/ writer of the highly acclaimed LA MISA LUNA, Ligiah Villalobos.
Furthering the tradition of celebrating Latino visionaries, NALIP will host a red carpet gala honoring one of only eight living performers who has won entertainment's grand slam of the industry's most prestigious awards: The Oscar, The Emmy, The Tony and The Grammy -- the inspirational and magnanimous, Rita Moreno. Ms. Moreno will receive NALIP's highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Additional media luminaries being honored at the annual gala include former Nosotros President and current Velasco & Associates President, Jerry Velasco who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy and the Estela "Rising Star" Award winners Patricia Martinez de Velasco, Erin McGinnis and Ari Palos, who will be awarded a $7,500 grant endowed by the McDonald's Corporation.
The Conference will also include NALIP's annual Latino Media Market, inviting top industry executives to help attendees bring their authentic, unique and diverse voices to the international market place. Executives from Time Warner, HBO, You Tube, Google, Sony, ABC/Disney, NBC, CBS, PBS, Fox, SAG, WGA, CNN, HGTV, Travel Channel, TruTV, Mun2 and many others are scheduled to attend this unique event. For a list of speakers, panels and keynotes please visit http://conference2012.nalip.org/conference/keynotes-speakers/.
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