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Olmos to Keynote DVD En Español

11 Feb, 2004 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Edward James Olmos, the actor and activist best known for his Oscar-nominated performance in Stand and Deliver, will deliver the keynote address — and accept a Lifetime Achievement Award — at DVD En Español, a one-day conference on the latino market.

Scheduled for March 9 at the Wyndham Bel Age in West Hollywood, Calif., the conference is being produced by Video Store Magazine in cooperation with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Hollywood Reporter.

“Edward James Olmos is a legend in Hollywood and one of the best role models for young people in entertainment,” said Thomas K. Arnold, conference director for Video Store Magazine and executive producer of DVD En Español. “We are honored to have him participate in our conference.”

Considered by many to be the voice of Latin America in Hollywood, Olmos has more than 50 films and TV shows to his credit. His first big role was as Lt. Martin Castillo in “Miami Vice,” which won him an Emmy. In 1988, he was nominated for a best actor Academy Award for his compelling portrayal of Jaime A. Escalante in Stand and Deliver.

Throughout his career, Olmos also has been on the forefront of social activism. He regularly visit reservations, prisons, high schools and colleges to give motivational speeches. For his efforts after the 1992 Los Angeles riots, he was awarded the John Anson Ford Award by the Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations.

DVD En Español is expected to attract more than 300 attendees, including top executives with major Hollywood studios, key Spanish-language video suppliers and importers, Spanish-language media from all over the country, and other industry leaders.

For more information, visit dvdconferences.com.

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