Saturday, June 24

Saturday Schedule

Schedule of Events

8:00 — 10:00am

Energize Coffee Break

Creator's Lounge

Creators! Get your day started off right as there is a jam packed, event-filled on this second day of the NALIP Media Summit. This will be located at the Creators Lounge in the Ray Dolby Ballroom. Interact, network, and re-energize in our Creator's Lounge and enjoy some coffee refreshments.

8:00 — 4:00pm

Registration Day 3

Pre-Function Terrace

All badge holders must pick up their summit pass at the Pre-Function Terrace located on the 5th Level of the Hollywood & Highland center. The registration booth will be located just outside The Ray Dolby Ballroom.

9:00 — 10:00am

Latino Innovators disrupting Hollywood

Creators Studio 3

There has been a significant rise of Latinos in the ever-growing Technology Sector! Join Manos Accelerator, showcasing a powerful Latina technologist, creator of a social-registry platform for discovering, favoriting, buying or gifting products from your favorite TV Shows. Also featuring two Latino innovators: one in virtual reality crafting a solution to alleviate stress and anxiety in the workplace and another taking you one step closer to reality through 3D animation. Come see for yourself the disruptive innovations altering the evolution of Hollywood. 

Speakers: Ana Bermudez (CEO,, Francisco Barros (CEO, Creation Engine), Wang - Tsi (CXO,

Moderator: Sylvia Flores (Co-Founder & CEO, Manos Accelerator)

9:00 — 3:00pm

Latino Media Market: Executive Meetings (Restricted Access. By Invitation Only) (Restricted Access. By Invitation Only)

Latino Media Market

Day Two of the Latino Media Market: Industry executives take meetings from selected participants to pitch their documentary, low-budget feature, TV or digital web series idea in order to secure completion funds or distribution.

9:00 — 10:00am

STEAM & Storytelling “Speed Dating” Engagement Co-Presented by Google

Creators Studio 1

A special STEAM & Storytelling “Speed Dating” event hosted by Google to bring STEAM and diversity inspiration to filmmakers at the NALIP Media Summit. Six (6) Google engineers will speak for seven (7) minutes to groups of 5-10 people about the most cutting-edge, interesting aspects of their fields. Fields/topics include: Virtual Reality, Data Visualization, Chrome, X's moonshots such as drone delivery, computer science, and more. After their time is up, the speakers will rotate to a new group and give a similar talk. After the rotations conclude, the speakers and audience will reconvene, for a spirited Q&A session, moderated by Daraiha Greene, Multicultural Strategy Lead for Google's Computer Science in Media Team. Filmmakers will learn how engineers were first inspired to pursue their respective fields, as well as which TV & film characters they looked up to growing up.

 Speakers: Elisabeth Morant (Product Manager, Google VR), Anthony D. Mays (Software Engineer, Data Visualization), Kim Swennen (Software Engineer, YouTube Channel Subscriptions), Champika Fernando (Product Manager, Kids & Families), Rachel Blum (Team Lead Chrome LA), Karishma Shah (Chief Catalyst, X)



9:00 — 10:00am

Docs on-the-go: Convergence Of Media

Creators Studio 2

During a time of fast-paced media consumption, this session will focus on the hybrid between journalism, documentary and new platforms that allow Latinx voices to be heard. As we maneuver the next four years under a new presidential administration, we want to empower our members to share compassion and empathy through the many stories begging to be told within our nation and our world.

Speakers: Loira Limbal (Vice President and Documentary Lab Director, Firelight Media), Gabe Ramirez, Sara Sidner, Mike Porath

Moderator: Veronica Villafañe (Publisher, Media Moves and Contributor, Forbes)

10:00 — 4:00pm

Creators Lounge Day 3

Creators Lounge

Summit attendees will network with Summit sponsors and exhibitors who will display career opportunities, diversity programs, and initiatives. You will also enjoy special announcements and sponsor highlights! This space is meant for all creators to mingle and create ideas to build on!

The Creator's Lounge is open to all Summit pass holders, NALIP members and non-pass holders!

10:30 — 11:30am

The Dealmakers: Brokering the Path to Success

Creators Studio 2

We know the deal. Agents and managers represent talent. This session will go beyond representation and focus on their day to day as agents and managers. These industry experts will share their thoughts and experience from working in this space and discuss the power behind their roles, similarities, differences and take a deep dive into packaging, intellectual property, building brands and worlds.

Speakers: Andrew Coles (Founder & CEO, The Mission Entertainment), Stuart Manashil, Daniel Vang

10:30 — 11:30am

An Authentic Brand Story

Creators Studio 3

Branded Content Panelists share their experience and thoughts on new trends and innovative ideas to keep audiences engaged with creative branded content initiatives. Panelists present specific cases in which original branded content formulas were successful as they share the best ways to resonate with digitally savvy consumers.

Speakers: Blanca Gonzalez (VP/GM North America, West Region), Angel Gracia (Director), Leo Gomez (EVP/Head of Brand Innovations, mitú), Bernadette Rivero (Founder & President, The Cortez Brothers)

Moderator: Bricia Lopez (Restauranteur, Entrepreneur, and Content Creator)

10:30 — 11:30am

The Power of Originals

Creators Studio 1

In a time where digital platforms are succeeding and growing their audience, panelists will discuss the value of buying and producing original content. Join the discussion as panelists reveal the challenges of developing original stories, what type of content they’re looking for and how does a diverse cast contribute to build the global appeal.

Speakers: Margie Moreno (Head of Spanish Content for YouTube Red Originals), Diego Avalos (Director International Originals, Netflix), Mara Lopez (Vice President, Post Production, HBO)

Moderator: Marcos Vergara (Entertainment Lawyer, Sheppard Mullin)

10:30 — 11:30am

A Day in the Writer's Room: One Day At A Time

Latino Lens Space

This panel brings a closer look to life behind the scenes.Panelists will share their experience in the writer’s room and discuss topics such as what inspires them to create content, and why incorporating diversity and personal experience in the creative process is key when it comes to altering the current media landscape and telling new stories from different perspectives. Find out what it’s like collaborating on projects like, “One Day at A Time”, and learn about the thought process behind the creation of original series and programs.

Speakers: Michelle Badillo (Story Editor/ Writer), Debby Wolfe (Writer / Director), Dan Hernandez (Supervising Producer, "One Day at a Time") 

Moderator: Gloria Calderon (Executive Producer / Co-showrunner, "One Day At A Time")

12:00 — 1:30pm

Saturday Keynote Luncheon

The Ray Ballroom Salon 1 + 2
12:00 — 1:30pm

NALIP Official Selection

Creators Studio 1

NALIP Official Selection is a unique showcase of short form content by NALIP members. Together, these works feature a variety of subjects, voices and viewpoints that attest to the rich and talented diversity of the NALIP community. The top submissions will be added to our NALIP Official Selection YouTube playlist. The Official Selection will be screened during NALIP Media Summit on June 24th, 2017 from 12 - 2pm! Make sure to purchase your summit pass to enjoy this screening and the variety of events we have at the 2017 NALIP Media Summit!

2:00 — 2:30pm

Networking Coffee Break

Creator's Lounge

The home stretch! Re-energize with coffee as you will not want to miss out the last sessions. Interact, network, and re-energize in our Creators Lounge and enjoy some coffee refreshments.

2:30 — 4:00pm

Crush the Narrative – Creatives Talk PBS Factual Presented by PBS

Creators Studio 1

PBS Factual Content is a window to the world, reaching millions each month in genres covering the arts, science, history, culture, and public affairs. Join media creatives in a conversation on how to think outside the box and make multi-platform, non-fiction content that breaks boundaries, challenges ideas, and offers a fresh perspective. Now’s your time to Crush the Narrative and explore a universe of stories waiting to be revealed.

Speakers: Cameo George (Head of Video and TV at, David Alvarado (Independent Producer/Director), Anna Lee Strachan (Producer, NOVA Wonders), Pamela A. Aguilar (Senior Director of Programming & Development for PBS)

Moderator: Sonya Childress (Director of Partnerships & Engagement for Firelight Media)

+Followed by a Mixer hosted by PBS


2:30 — 3:30pm

Through the Eyes of a Cinematographer: Master Class Cinematography Master Class

Creators Studio 2

This session is one of a kind, featuring cinematography master, Dana Gonzales. Known for his work on successful productions such as Legion, Fargo and Southland, Gonzales will use this session as an interactive case study. Join us as he demonstrates the creative aspect of imagining an artistic look, and actually making it happen. Find out why Gonzales has earned the title master by heading camera and lighting departments, as he breaks down his role of director of photography through engaging, and interactive strategies and demonstrations.

Speaker: Dana Gonzalez (Cinematographer)

2:30 — 3:30pm

Triple Threat: Latino, Gay and A Writer! Presented by WGA-W

Latino Lens Space

A conversation with WGAW writers breaking through the Hollywood system. Join us as they discuss the art form, stereotypes sometimes imposed on Latinos and the LGBTQ community, and learn from the journeys they have taken to become the writers they are today.  

Speakers: Jorge Ramirez-Martinez (Staff Writer, "The Blacklist: Redemption"), Michelle Badillo (Story Editor / Writer), Steven Canals (Co-Executive Producer, "Pose")

Moderator: Marcos Najera (Actor/Producer/Journalist)


2:30 — 3:30pm

Don't Wait for Hollywood: The Future is Indie

Creators Studio 3

Panelists will highlight experiences in marrying ‘auteur’ filmmaking with a box office draw.

Speakers: Rodo Sayagues (Writer / Producer), Ben Browning (Co-President of Production and Acquisitions, FilmNation Entertainment), Eduardo Cisneros (Writer / Producer), Zahra Phillips (Coordinator, Development)

Moderator: Alex Zahn (Director, Acquisitions, SONY Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions)


4:00 — 5:00pm

Animation Master Class Presented by Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

Latino Lens Space

Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios will host NALIP’s Animation Master Class, welcoming Moana producer Osnat Shurer, Cars 3 co-producer Andrea Warren, and Coco co-director/screenwriter Adrian Molina. The filmmakers will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an animated feature, sharing some of the secrets of their storytelling and revealing details about the process of finding and building unique stories that are relatable to audiences worldwide.

Speakers: Adrian Molina (Co-Director,"Coco"), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer, "Cars 3"), Osnat Schurer (Producer, "Moana")

Moderator: Francisco Caceres(TV Host & Producer)


NOTE: No phones allowed during session. Please be advised that cell phones will be collected prior to entering the room. 

4:00 — 5:00pm


Creators Studio 2

We’ll talk about how to make your spec script sing; strategies to get decision makers attention; directors’ calling cards; and balancing Cultural Relevance with Commercial Appeal.

Speakers: Alejandra Villalta , Brett King (Vice President, Creative Programming, Diversity & Inclusion, Sony Pictures Entertainment)

7:00 — 8:00pm

Awards Pre-Reception Presented by Hennessy

Pre-Function Terrace

The mixer is a prelude to our Latino Media Awards and Gala. Reminder that only attendees who have purchased Latino Media Awards and Gala tickets may enter Pre-Reception Mixer.

NALIP Media Summit registration pass does not guarantee admission into the awards and gala ceremony. Must purchase Latino Media Awards and Gala ticket to enter.



8:00 — 10:30pm

The 2017 Latino Media Awards + Gala

The Ray Dolby Ballroom

The Saturday night Gala Awards Dinner is when NALIP presents its annual Lifetime Achievement, Estela, and Lupe Awards, which celebrate outstanding and historic achievements in Latino Media. Past Award winners include: Moctezuma Esparza, Edward James Olmos, Kenny Ortega, Rita Moreno, Lupe Ontiveros, Andy Garcia, Danny Trejo, Gina Rodriguez, Raul Castillo, Dascha Polanco, Raquel Welch and Eugenio Derbez!

11:00 — 12:00am

Summit Closing Reception

Pre-Function Terrace

Attendees must purchase a Latino Media Awards and Gala pass in order to attend the Summit Closing Night Reception! Do not miss out!



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