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Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Andy Garcia honored with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ 

‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ actor Wilmer Valderrama and showrunner, Carlos Coto, and Canana Film Founding Partner, Pablo Cruz, to keynote

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 14, 2014) The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) celebrates its fifteenth annual Media Summit with an impressive line up of Hollywood stars, producers and executives.  The four-day conference will be held June 5-8 in Universal City. The NALIP Media Summit 2014: We Move You Forward is presented by HBO.  Register today: #NALIPmediasummit2014 #WeMoveYouForward.

Co-Chairs Jimmy Mendiola (Pretty Vacant) and Alex Rivera (Sleep Dealer) will host the premier Latino Media gathering of top-level Latino industry professionals, content creators and visionaries to examine new trends in media making, development, distribution and production.  Following are Summit highlights:

Thursday, June 5th -   Sneak preview double screening: Tom Cruise’s newest sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow, with a Q&A with Warner Bros. SVP, Target Marketing Rick Ramirez and Eva Longoria’s documentary Food Chains, which reveals the abuse of farm laborers in the United States, followed by a Q&A with the films director and producers.

Friday, June 6th - Presented by HBO, Keynote Speeches by feature producer and founding partner of CANANA, Pablo Cruz; Maker Studio’s executive producer, Alejandro Trevino; and New York City’s new Film Czar, Cynthia LopezLa Santa Cecilia, the 2014 Grammy Award winners for ‘Best Latin Rock Album,’ will perform at the welcome reception.

Saturday, June 7th - Keynote lunch speech by actor Wilmer Valderrama and showrunner Carlos Coto of El Rey Network‘s “From Dusk ‘Till Dawn: The Series.” 

A red carpet gala on Saturday night rounds out the robust weekend, during which NALIP will honor Hollywood’s most notable Latino luminaries. Legendary actor and producer Andy Garcia will be awarded NALIP’s highest honor with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Raul Castillo, from HBO’s “Looking,” will be awarded the 'Lupe Award' in honor of the spirited and beloved Lupe Ontiveros. Media mogul, Emilio Nicolas will be honored with the Pioneer Award and Pantelion Films, a division of Lionsgate and Grupo TV, will take home the Outstanding Achievement Award for their record breaking successful year at the box office. Ambulante | CANANA, with their Film Festival in Mexico that promotes documentary film as a tool for change as well as the production of Latino interest films such as Cesar Chavez, will be honored with the Media Advocacy Award; this award will be presented by legendary activist Dolores Huerta,. Comedienne, Jill Michele Melean will MC the evening.

NALIP Media Summit 2014 will present an A-list lineup of ‘Conversations With’ and studio sessions, zeroed in on film, TV and the digital space. Highlights include producer Gaz Alazraki,who is set to direct Netflix’s first Spanish-language original series, Marco Ramirez, writer of the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” Buzzfeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo, Richard Ray Perez, Director and Producer of Cesar’s Last Fast and co-founder of the MiTU Network Beatriz Acevedo. Top level industry executives and influencers lead panels such as ‘Latino Writers on Mainstream Media Platforms,’ conversations with critically acclaimed writers from the hit show “Girls” and the upcoming FOX premiere of “Gang Related,” who also penned Fast & Furious and “The Shield.”

Digital panels, featuring producers, writers and executives from Crackle, YouTube and Netflix - which are revamping and redesigning the way content is produced, distributed and consumed -include ‘How to Develop a Successful Digital Series,’ ‘Digital Production Simplified,’ and ‘How to Market Your Content Digitally to Gain Maximum Exposure.’ 

For 15 years NALIP has been at the forefront in shepherding sensitive issues such as how Latinos have achieved media justice, and what strategies need to be adopted in order to make additional progress for Latinos in the entertainment industry. Latinos comprise a mere 1% of executives in Hollywood. The percentage of minority industry writers in film and television has been frozen at 6% since 1999, and the percentage of minority directors is lower still. NALIP provides tools that are essential to succeeding in Hollywood, and has been the integral force in spotlighting esteemed and emerging Latino talent in front of and behind the camera in Hollywood.

NALIP will honor and feature 15 extraordinary NALIP members in celebration of their 15th anniversary, these members include, Maria Agui Carter (filmmaker), Natalia Almada (director), Richard Perez(director/producer), Cristina Ibarra (producer/director), Youssef Delara (director), Carolina Paiz(writer/producer), Aurora Guerrero (writer/director), Sergio Guerrero (writer/director/producer), Julia Ahumada Grob(actor/writer/producer), Adrian Martinez (actor/director), JaimeEscallon (writer/director/producer), Nicolas Entel (director), Rodrigo Reyes (director), Tery Lopez (WGA) and Gina Rodriguez (actor).

About NALIP:

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) seeks to inspire, promote, and advocate for Latino content creators in media. As an established non-profit organization, NALIP advances the development of Latino content creation through its programs focusing on narrative,documentary, TV, and digital formats. For more information, please visit