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Co-Chairs & Host Committee

Co-Chairs: Jimmy Mendiola & Alex Rivera

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Jim Mendiola is a filmmaker and writer based in Texas. Mendiola's films have screened in numerous festivals, museums, and colleges in the U.S., Mexico and Europe, public television and cable. He is working on a new documentary about the making of the movie Viva Max, and is artist-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin Center for Mexican American Studies where he is writing a book on the history of U.S. Chicano/Latino independent film. He is the chief programmer for the San Antonio CineFestival, the nation's longest running Latino film festival, and is the co-director of the Latino Screenwriting Project, a screenwriting lab organized with the Sundance Institute. @jim_mendiola

 

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Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who, for the past fifteen years, has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science-fiction feature set on the U.S./Mexico border, won awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, was screened at the Museum of Modern Art, and had a commercial release in the U.S, France, Japan, and other countries. Alex is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Fellow, and was named one of Variety Magazine’s 10 Directors to Watch. His recent collaborations have included work with Manu Chao, La Santa Cecilia and Aloe Blacc. @Alex_Rivera

 

Host Committee

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Beatriz Acevedo is a founding partner and president of MiTú Network & HIP Entertainment Group. She is a digital pioneer, Latin media expert and network approved showrunner who brings over 20 years of entertainment experience to both companies, having created, developed and produced original, primetime television programming and numerous digital series in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Her productions, which have earned her three Emmy awards, have aired on Food Network, MTV, USA Networks, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, Travel Channel, E!, Fox Sports, Televisa, TV Azteca, among many others. Beatriz is a proud and passionate Mexican native, as well as a modern mom, who juggles her two kids in addition to her two companies.

Gonzalez_Inez.jpgInez Gonzalez is director of the Latino Communications Initiative (LCI) at Cal State University, Fullerton. The LCI supports communication students and professionals to develop cultural competency in the U.S. Latino market through relevant courses, research and a broad spectrum of educational opportunities. Inez gained her media expertise during her nine-year tenure at the National Hispanic Media Coalition, a leading Latino media advocacy organization. Her last years there she served as the executive vice president. She is a fellow of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Leadership Training Institute and a board of director for the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), among other prestigious affiliations.

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Edward James Olmos is a Mexican American actor and director. Among his most memorable roles are William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, patriarch Abraham Quintanilla in the film Selena, Detective Gaff in Blade Runner, and narrator El Pachuco in both the stage and film versions of Zoot Suit. In 1988, Olmos was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film Stand and Deliver. He has also been a longtime pioneer for more diversified roles and images of Hispanics in the U.S. media.

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Julio Ricardo Varela is a pioneer in digital media and founder of Latino Rebels, a collective of like-minded friends since 2011 dedicated to honest commentary about U.S. Latinos. Today, the site is a required destination for followers of Latino media. Recently, Julio was digital producer for Al Jazeera America’s “The Stream”, an award-winning community-driven news program. He also wrote regularly for NBC Latino, becoming the site’s top opinion writer. A Harvard graduate and native of Puerto Rico (and El Bronx), Julio and the Rebeldes have been featured in several outlets, including The New York Times, NPR, Le Monde, “Face the Nation”, Fusion, Univision and Telemundo. He calls Boston home. @julito77

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Ligiah Villalobos is a writer and producer, known for Go, Diego! Go! (2005), Ed (2000) and Under the Same Moon (2007)

 

 

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Gabriel Reyes is a leading Hollywood public relations and Hispanic marketing expert who is founder and president of Reyes Entertainment, an award-winning, Hispanic public relations and marketing agency recently re-branded to include general market PR and marketing as well as digital content and mobile solutions. Through a new association with GAMAGI, an Austin-based start-up, Reyes Entertainment now offers its clients AugTag™, a new augmented reality mobile application that supports new and exciting consumer engagement campaigns. Click here to watch a demo.

Reyes has built a sterling reputation by delivering excellent results and customer service for an always impressive client roster, which includes Coca-Cola’s The Adelante Movement, The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF), WWE, PBS Primetime, The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Disney-ABC Television Group, Latina Magazine, the L.A. Intl. Latino Film Festival and Fox Home Entertainment, among many others.

Reyes was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 50 Most Powerful Latinos in Hollywood and won awards including HPRA’s PRemio Award for Best Digital PR Campaign, two PRSA PRism Awards for Excellence in Multicultural PR Campaigns for “George Lopez” and PBS’ “American Family.” Reyes also won five MarCom Creative Awards for FOX’s “The Swan,” ABC’s “George Lopez” and “Ugly Betty.”

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Jesús Salvador Treviño is writer/director whose television directing credits include LAW & ORDER CRIMINAL INTENT, PRISON BREAK, ER, BONES, CROSSING JORDAN, THIRD WATCH, NYPD BLUE,THE O.C.,DAWSON’S CREEK, NASH BRIDGES, STAR TREK VOYAGER, BABYLON FIVE and many others. His national PBS documentaries about Latinos include YO SOY CHICANO, AMÉRICA TROPICAL, LA RAZA UNIDA, CHICANO MORATORIUM and THE SALAZAR INQUEST. He was Co-Executive Producer of the PBS documentary series, CHICANO! HISTORY OF THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT and Co-Executive Producer of the RESURRECION BLVD. drama series on SHOWTIME.

Mr. Treviño’s collection of short stories, THE FABULOUS SINKHOLE AND OTHER STORIES was published in 1995. A memoir of his experiences as an activist filmmaker during the turbulent 1960s, EYEWITNESS: A FILMMAKER’S MEMOIR OF THE CHICANO MOVEMENT was published in 2001. A second collection of short stories, THE SKYSCRAPER THAT FLEW, was published in 2005.

Mr. Treviño’s latest venture is www.Latinopia.com, a video-driven website on Latino history, art, music, theater, literature, cinema and food.

 

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Ana Roca Castro is an Education Tech Developer. CEO of Plaza Família, LATISM Founder, Social Entrepreneur, Proud Latina, Mother and Wife.

 

 

Presburger_Paul.jpgPaul Presburger is the Chief Executive Officer of Pantelion Films and the Managing Director of Televisa USA. He brings a rich and successful history of catering to niche audiences across Europe, Asia and Latin America as well as the US Hispanic market.

Presburger was the architect of the Pantelion Films joint venture formally announced by Grupo Televisa’s Chairman Emilio Azcarraga Jean and Lionsgate’s CEO and Co-Chairman, Jon Feltheimer in September 2010. Pantelion launched its theatrical slate with From Prada to Nada in January 2011. Some of its other notable releases include the biopic Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna and starring Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich, as well as the highest grossing Spanish language picture of all time in the U.S., Instructions not Included.

Presburger launched Televisa USA in 2012 to produce English language television series for the U.S. market leveraging on the Televisa library, Latino talent relationships, and deep understanding of the U.S. Hispanic market. Televisa USA launched with Hollywood Heights, an 80 episode co-production with Sony Pictures Television for Nickelodeon, based on the Televisa format, Alcanzar una Estrella. In 2013, Lifetime premiered Marc Cherry’s Devious Maids, an ABC Studios and Televisa USA co-production based on the Televisa format, Ellas Son La Alegria del Hogar. It is the fastest growing drama in Lifetime’s history over indexing with Latino viewers. Devious Maids was picked up for a second season on August 13, 2013. Expected to air January 2014, Chasing Life is a Televisa USA, Lionsgate Television, ABC Family and Kapital Entertainment co-production, based on the popular Televisa format, Terminales.

In January 2012, Lionsgate and Televisa joined forces once again to form a Television joint-venture to focus on scripted and unscripted English language original programming as well as format adaptations from Televisa's vast library. The deal was orchestrated by Paul Presburger on behalf of Televisa USA.

Presburger also was a founder of Tiger Gate Entertainment, a pan-Asian two television channel business he co-founded in 2008 in conjunction with Lionsgate. After bringing in Saban Capital Group in 2010, Presburger was instrumental in the December 2011 merger of Tiger Gate with Celestial Pictures to form Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), an independent Asian media company focused on branded pay TV channels, content creation and distribution across Asia. He currently serves as an advisor for the newly formed entity.

Prior to this, Presburger was EVP of International Business Development for Lionsgate until May 2009. He joined Lionsgate in 2007 to help orchestrate its growth into international markets and develop strategic partnerships with Televisa in the U.S. and Latin America, StudioCanal in the U.K., Hoyts and Sony in Australia and Eros International in India.

Presburger previously worked with SES Global, the world’s leading global communications satellite company to develop its IPTV programming offerings. He co-founded the leading US instructional Video-On-Demand programming company, Studio 4 Networks.

In 2000, Paul Presburger was a Founding Partner in the Digital Media Practice at The McKenna Group, Regis McKenna’s Silicon Valley-based strategy consulting firm.

From 1996 to 2000 Paul was head of programming and acquisitions for Columbia TriStar International Television. There, he launched several themed cable/satellite channels in Europe, Asia and Latin America including AXN, and Animax. For Animax, Paul was responsible for acquiring and negotiating distribution agreements for over 8,000 hours of programming across all of Sony’s channels. Prior to 1996, he worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment as an attorney and business affairs executive in the Home Video and Film Groups.

Paul Presburger began his career in 1987 practicing law in Los Angeles. He has an MBA from INSEAD in France, a JD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.