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Pantelion’s McNamara to Keynote NALIP 2011 Confab

30 Mar, 2011 By: Angelique Flores

Actor Benjamin Bratt (left) and his brother, filmmaker Peter Bratt, flank actress Lupe Ontivero at last year’s NALIP conference.

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers is hosting its 12th annual conference April 14 to 17 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif.

With the theme “New Now: Defining the Future Together,” the conference will look at the ever-growing bilingual, bicultural market and how it can be courted by Latino content creators.

This year’s confab, presented by Time Warner Inc. and the National Latino Media Council, presents a keynoter James McNamara, CEO of Pantelion Films, who will discuss the impact of the studio’s new partnership with Lionsgate.

MTV3’s general manager Jose Tillan will lead the opening plenary April 16, a session that will address the impact of new metrics and markets, and how to monetize content that targets Latino audiences. Speakers include Albert Cheng, Walt Disney EVP of digital media, Mark Lopez, Google’s head of U.S. Hispanic audience, and Guy Garcia, award-winning journalist and author (The New Mainstream).

NALIP will present its Outstanding Achievement Award to actress Sofia Vergara for her success on ABC’s “Modern Family.” This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Advocacy will go to retired Gov. Bill Richardson, who helped build a thriving film industry in New Mexico. The 2011 Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity will go to PBS series “POV,” produced by American Documentary Inc.

Founded in 1999, NALIP’s mission is to promote the advancement, development and funding of Latino film and media arts in all genres.

Among the panel topics are distribution for independent films, mobile apps and online series and a conversation with HBO Latin America.

Online registration is available at www.nalip.org/thenewnow.

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