Thursday, March 21, 2013

Report: Prime Latino Media Salon - Webisodes (March 2013)

From left to right: Grob, Verduga,
Nieves-Powell, Perego Moreno.
On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, NALIP New York, Tío Louie and the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) presented the March edition of the Prime Latino Media Salon. This edition took place at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) El Barrio Firehouse Media Center in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood and was filmed for posterity and later airing. The topic of the salon was "Webisodes: The Future of Content is Now". Moderated by Louis Perego Moreno (Tío Louie), the panelists included Julia Ahumada Grob, creator-showrunner-star of the webseries "East WillyB"; Vanessa Verduga, creator-producer-writer-star of the webseries "Justice Woman"; and Linda Nieves-Powell, producer of the webseries "Happy Cancer Chick".

Prior to the live recording, as is common at a Prime Latino Media Salon event, there was time to network and reconnect with other Latino multimedia-makers. Once the recording began, Tío Louie spoke with Grob, Verduga and Nieves-Powell individually, and showed clips of the respective project of each producer. He then had a roundtable discussion with all of them and then posed previously-prepared questions from the audience.

The big question of the evening was how can one monetize through making webisodes. While all the panelists agreed that (a little bit) of money could be made from making webisodes, one shouldn't go into the business of making web content if one's desire is to make money. The panelists also spoke of being women in power and the pluses and minuses that go with it, as well as the unique position of being the star and the boss at the same time.
After wrapping up the taping, Tío Louie fielded a few more questions from the audience before closing off the studio and leading everyone outside into the lobby where people had an extended networking session. HOLA would like to thank so many people for making the event a success– including Iris Morales, Betsy Salas and the staff of the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Media Center; Laura Riveros; Raúl Brunet, Jr.; and especially all the Latino multimedia-makers in attendance.

[Photos on this blog by Alphabeta Photography. Additional photos can be seen on the HOLA Facebook page by clicking here.]

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