Esparza Earns Lifetime Achievement28 Feb, 2011
Moctesuma Esparza, founder, co-chairman and CEO of Maya Entertainment, has been presented the Henry L. Lacayo Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Esparza, a producer, entrepreneur and community activist celebrated for his dedication to creating opportunities for Latinos, received the honor during the 29th annual USHLI Conference, held in Chicago Feb. 17 to 20.
In addition to his Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, Esparza previously earned an Emmy Award, a Clio Award and a Cine Golden Eagle Award. He has produced several films, including Walkout for HBO (2006), Price of Glory (2000), Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), Selma, Lord, Selma (1998), Selena (1997), The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997), The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1994) and The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), among others.
A founding member of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Esparza has also established the Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise Charter School, and co-founded the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Esparza previously served on the Motion Picture Television Fund’s corporate board of directors, as well as on the Museum of Latin American Art’s board of directors. He also was a California State University trustee and a Los Angeles City Retirement System commissioner.
Currently, Esparza serves on advisory boards for the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Latino Coalition Against Aids, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the Minority Media Telecommunications Council. He is a member of the American Film Institute’s board of trustees and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Dean’s executive board, in addition to various other organizations.