NALIP honored Spanish International Network (SIN) co-founder Emilio Nicolás, Sr. with the Pioneer award at its gala event this past Saturday, June 7.
Nicolás, who, along with his father-in-law Raúl Cortez, started San Antonio’s KCOR-TV, Channel 41 (later KWEX) and helped build what is now Univision network, was one of several award recipients.
Actor Andy García received a Lifetime Achievement award. Actor and screenwriter Raul Castillo (HBO’s Looking) was honored with The Lupe Award in honor of actress, Lupe Ontiveros.
Under the theme “We Move Forward,” the conference, helmed by newly appointed executive director Axel Caballero, celebrated its 15th anniversary, attracting more than 700 aspiring and established Latino filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, speakers and other media personalities this past weekend in Los Angeles.
During several of the sessions, speakers stressed that Latinos should have a bigger place in the future of the industry.
Many hopefuls came looking for answers on how to reach studio and television execs to pitch their projects. Speakers had some advice, but no specific answers. Some pointed out that as the industry evolves, more opportunities are sprouting up in the digital sphere, where aspiring filmmakers can create, promote their content and develop a following – a way to catch the eye of those executives.