National Association of Latino Independent Producers Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Variety | 7/23/2019 | James Patrick Herman
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Ben Lopez has seen the future of the entertainment industry, and says it is the Latinx community.

“In the next 20 years, we’re going to be prioritized — because not only will we have the numbers demographic-wise, we’ll have the spending power,” says Lopez, the executive director of the National Assn. of Latino Independent Producers, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. “Our content creators will be repped because [Latinx] executives are going to be in power at some point. I see us becoming — finally — visible.”

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Lopez envisions a time when there is no need for NALIP. But as a 16-year veteran of the advocacy organization, he knows better than anyone how much work needs to be done to achieve parity for people of color in Hollywood.

To that end, NALIP’s 20th annual Media Summit will take place July 25-28. The event, held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, will feature 42 sessions overall from panels and workshops to the Latino Media Awards Gala, at which honorees include such actors as Mj Rodriguez (“Pose”).

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“This is one of the biggest celebrations of Latinx talent attended by everyone in the industry and we want to celebrate in style,” says Lopez.

Although the foundation has been based in Los Angeles since 2002, it began in New York, where a core group of activists and academics gathered in 1999.

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“They decided to incorporate a 501(c)(3) and that was essentially the birth of NALIP,” says Lopez. “They moved to California not only to include other perspectives of the Latino experience but also to engage with the studios and the networks. In the beginning it was a lot of documentarians and independent filmmakers, then we added in television writers, producers and directors.”

The organization has since diversified in more ways than one.

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“NALIP achieved a lot of geographic representation in the following years, so...
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