Friday, April 17, 2015

Univision Ends "Sabado Gigante" After More than 53 Years


After more than 53 years, the popular Univision program “Sábado Gigante” will end on Saturday, September 19, 2015, the Spanish-language broadcaster announced Friday.

The variety show, which stars Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld (known on the show by his stage name, Don Francisco), first launched in 1962 on Chile’s Channel 13 and is routinely been one of the most-watched show among Hispanics.

Mario Kreutzberger Blumenfeld,
also known as Don Francisco.
Kreutzberger will continue contributing to the Univision Network with new projects and by hosting entertainment specials and campaigns such as “TeletónUSA”, which is held every year on behalf of disabled children. He will also take part in Univision’s ongoing efforts to look for and develop new on-air talent and professionals.

For more information, read Whitney Friedlander's article in Variety by clicking here.

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

A.B. Lugo was selected as Distinguished Puerto Rican Man of the Year by the Mayor of Union City, New Jersey (and New Jersey State Senator) Brian P. Stack and the Union City Board of Commissioners (Lucio Fernández, Maryury A. Martinetti, Tilo E. Rivas, and Celín Valdivia) for his achievements as an actor, writer, director, producer, and arts administrator and advocate. Television host and entrepreneur Mariluz Fontañez was selected as Distinguished Puerto Rican Woman of the Year. [Shown at right, from left to right: Fontañez, Fernández, Lugo.]

Johanna Tolentino, shown at left, was interviewed by Roger S. Maloney for the U-Front Media Insights blog, where she spoke about her career and her latest roles, including a featured role in the latest chapter in the Rocky Balboa film saga, Creed (written by Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington, based on characters created by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Coogler). The feature film stars Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, and is scheduled for release in the United States in November 2015 To read the blog, click here.

Kiki Meléndezshown at right, was highlighted in Latin Business Today, where the article mentioned her upcoming Latino sketch comedy special "Locos y Contentos" (Estrella TV), which is scheduled to premiere on Friday, April 17, 2015. To read the article, click here.

Jennica Carmona's film Millie and the Lords will be screened at El Puente Arts, located in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. The film, written and directed by Carmona (and co-produced by Joel Arandia), stars Jessica Carmona; Cedric Leiba, Jr.Mateo Gómez; Millie Tirelli; Alfredo Romeo Suárez; Alfredo Huereca; and Gabriel Castillo. For more information, click here. To buy tickets to the screening (which will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker herself), click here.

Manuel A. Morán, shown at left, was showcased in the national newspaper El Especial, where it highlighted the solo show ¡Viva Pinocho! (adapted from the Carlo Collodi tale of Pinocchio), which he adapted, directed and in which he stars. The award-winning show will be performed in April and May by Teatro SEA at its namesake space at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here. For more information about the show, click here.

Mario Golden was interviewed by Daren Jaime of the BronxNet talk show "Open", where he spoke about the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) and its 40 For 40 fundraising campaign, as well as his work in the upcoming production of El canto de Carlota (Charlotte's Song). Written by Nancy Ferragallo, the dance-theater piece is directed by Andreas Robertz and Golden, choreographed by Ferragallo and Celeste Hastings and stars Golden, Yvette Quintero and Hastings (Quintero can be seen in production photographs during the segment). This will be the piece's Spanish-language world premiere, and it will have a one-evening benefit performance for HOLA on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Flamboyán Theater in the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. To see the interview, click here or on the top photo below. In addition, Javier E. Gómez mentioned the production in his BronxNet program "Diálogo Abierto". To watch that program (which is in Spanish), click here or on the bottom photo below (Gómez speaks about it starting at 01:58 of the program). For more information, click herehere or here.




If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one? 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) TV Writers Program

2015 Submission Dates: April 6 – August 3, 2015
Program Dates: October 5 – November 6, 2015

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) Television Writers Program was created in 2003 and is an intensive scriptwriters workshop that prepares Latinos for writing jobs at major television networks. Modeled after the previously successful Hispanic Film Project, the program is a direct response to the lack of diverse writers in primetime network TV.  To take NHMC TV Writers Program graduates to the next level, NHMC has also created the NHMC Pitching Lab and the Latino Scene Showcase.


Why the NHMC TV Writers Program:
IMG_5250An NHMC-commissioned national poll showed that non-Latinos primarily learn about our community from what they see on television. For this reason,  NHMC works to get more Latinos in back of camera to achieve balanced and accurate portrayals of diversity in the U.S.
According to the “2015 WGAW TV Staffing Brief”:
  • Latinos make up only 2.8% of writers staffed on television shows
  • Although people of  color make up 37% of the U.S. population, they remain underrepresented by a factor of nearly 3 to 1 among television writers
  • Minorities make up only 5.5% of executive producers in television programming, down from 7.8% in the 2011-2012 season.

Since its inception 12 years ago:

  • 120 writers have completed the NHMC TV Writers Program
  • 28 writing careers have been launched
  • 25% of NHMC Writers have been staffed on shows at the following networks: ABC/Disney, NBC, CBS, FOX, Nickelodeon, CW, BET, LATV, VH1 and NUVOtv.

For the 2014-2015 TV season you can find our writers writing on the following shows:

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NHMC Writers are also participating in the following writers programs that serve as direct pipelines to jobs in the business:
  • NBC Writers on the Verge
  • Warner Bros. Writer’s Workshop
  • Disney/ABC Writing Program
  • CBS Writers Mentoring Program
For more information about the program and application process, click here.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Julio Ortega, shown at right, was profiled in the Ecuadorian newspaper El Comercio, where highlighted his feature film Medardo (which he wrote and starred), based on his award-winning stage play of the same name and directed by Nitsy Grau Crespo. In addition to Ortega, the film stars Lupita Ferrer, Edna Lee Figueroa, Juan Villarreal, Edison Carrera, and Inma Heredia. The film will have its New York premiere screening in May at the Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan's East Village. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here

Howard Collado is starring in the Aminta de Lara play Swallow (La Golondrina). Directed by de Lara, the Sinteatro Intimus production will have performances in April at La Mama, E.T.C., located in Manhattan's East Village. For more information, click here.

Athena Alexis will act in the Allan Yashin play Decontrolled! Directed by Phillip Filiato, the Around the Block/Al Doblar La Esquina production will run in April at the New York Public Library Grand Central Branch located in Manhattan's Murray Hill neighborhood. For more information, click here

Jason Torres has been cast as the lead in the feature film Mito (written and directed by Jeremy St. Romain and Michael Pickett). The film is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to be shot in the summer of 2015 in New York City. 

Mario Golden and Yvette Quinteroshown at right, from left to right, in character, were profiled in the industry publication Latin Heat for their work in the upcoming production of El canto de Carlota (Charlotte's Song). Written by Nancy Ferragallo, the dance-theater piece is directed by Andreas Robertz and Golden, choreographed by Ferragallo and Celeste Hastings. This will be the piece's Spanish-language world premiere, and it will have a one-evening benefit performance for the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Flamboyán Theater in the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. In addition to Golden and Quintero, the piece will also star Hastings. To read the blog, click here. For more information, click herehere or here. 

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one? 

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Kiki Meléndez, shown at right, was interviewed on the Red Carpet Crash blog, where she spoke about her upcoming Latino sketch comedy special "Locos y Contentos" (Estrella TV), which is scheduled to premiere on Friday, April 17, 2015. For more information, and to listen to the interview, click here.

Rina Mejía booked a co-starring role in the upcoming feature film Money Monster (written by Alan DiFiore, Jim Kouf, and Jamie Linden, and directed by Jodie Foster). The film stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Dominic West and Giancarlo Esposito. For more information, click here. In addition, she booked a role in the webseries "The Block" (written by Gamal Batista and Sixx Desjardins and directed by Batista). For more information, click here and here.

The film Medardo (written by Julio Ortega and directed by Nitsy Grau Crespo) will have its premiere in New York on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Anthology Film Archives, located in Manhattan's East Village. The film stars Ortega, Edna Lee Figueroa, Juan Villarreal, Inma Heredia and Edison Carrera. For more information, click here and here.

Luis Salgado, shown at left, is mentioned in Broadway World, where he is listed among the cast members of the upcoming musical On Your Feet!: The Story of Gloria & Emilio Estefan, written by Alexander Dinelaris with music by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The musical will be directed by Jerry Mitchell, choreographed by Sergio Trujillo and open in October 2015 at Broadway's Marquis Theatre (after an out-of-town tryout in June and July at Chicago's Oriental Theatre). Ana Villafañe and Josh Segarra will play the title roles of the Estefans. To read the article, click here. For more information on the show, which boasts a mostly Latino cast, click here.

Javier E. Gómez recently guest-hosted an episode of the talk show "Open" (BronxNet). He can also be seen hosting his own talk show on the same network, "Diálogo Abierto". To see him guest hosting on "Open", either click here or on the image below.



If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Imagen Awards – Call For Entries


Deadline for submissions: May 4, 2015

The Imagen Foundation announces the Call For Entries!  Now accepting submissions for the annual Imagen (Spanish for “image”) Awards – the 30th Anniversary of the awards, honoring excellence in the portrayal of Latinos and celebrating Latino culture in entertainment. Entries accepted for all categories including lead and supporting actors in television and film, webseries, shorts, documentaries, student films and more. Submissions must have aired or have been released between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015.


Winners are selected by an independent panel of industry executives and Latino community leaders and announced during the Awards Ceremony. Submission details, as well as Call for Entry Forms are available at the Imagen Foundation website. For more information, contact the Imagen office at (626) 376-9751 or by e-mail by clicking here.

Sergio Trujillo Wins the Olivier Award for Choreography

The Laurence Olivier Awards (or simply the Olivier Award) are presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to recognize excellence in professional theatre. Originally known as the Society of West End Theatre Awards, they were renamed in honour of the British actor Laurence Olivier in 1984.

The awards are given to those involved in West End shows and other leading non-commercial theatres based in London. The Olivier Awards are recognised internationally as the highest honour in British theatre they are the British equivalent of Broadway's Tony Awards and France's Molière Award.
This year, Sergio Trujillo won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for his work on the Broadway import Memphis The Musical, currently playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the borough of Camden in London, United Kingdom. He beat such luminaries as Jerry Mitchell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical at Savoy Theatre), Annie-B Parson (Here Lies Love at National Theatre, Dorfman), and Josh Prince (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Aldwych Theatre).

To read Mark Shelton's Playbill Online article about the 2015 Olivier Awards, click here.

Sergio Trujillo's work will next be seen on Broadway in the upcoming musical On Your Feet!: The Story of Gloria & Emilio Estefan (music by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, book by Alexander Dinelaris), which will open in November 2015.