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Doc U Point of View: Leveraging the Expanding Latino Market

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NBCUniversal and Telemundo, ABC and Univision, Fox and Colombia’s RCN; major networks recognize the opportunities in providing content to the growing U.S. Latino and Hispanic population, including 2nd generation viewers who want content in English and Spanish. The demand for content is as diverse as the viewership and includes the spectrum of non-fiction programming, from news to lifestyle programming to documentary series.

How can you leverage the opportunities available with this new demand for content? What stories are programmers seeking, and how does your doc fit into the picture? How can you incorporate these new outlets into your distribution plan?

Join Moises Velez, IDA Board Member and Peabody award-winning Director of Development & Current Programming for NBC Universal-owned cable network mun2, and a panel of content creators, programmers, and industry influencers, for a discussion of the new programming outlets and how you can participate in the opportunities to be found. Panelists include Luis Ortiz, Managing Director, Latino Public Broadcasting and filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor (New Muslim Cool, Home Front).


Moises Velez, Moderator
Moises VelezMoises Velez, IDA Secretary, is a Peabody award winning producer and Director of Development & Current Programming for NBC Universal owned cable network mun2. He is responsible for series development, alternative programming and identifying films and series for acquisition. Moises has produced documentary, music and brand projects for companies from Warner Bros. to Universal Music Group to Nike. Additional work includes collaborations with the LA Philharmonic and new project development with Universal Studios Theme Parks. He was senior business analyst for MTV west coast development and new series programming. In addition he developed projects for national PBS carriage for the NLCC, a consortium for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Moises Velez currently is on the board of directors for the International Documentary Association.

Luis Ortiz
Luis OrtizAs Managing Director, Mr. Ortiz oversees the development, financing and production of Latino-themed programming which is distributed for broadcast on public television. He manages the operations of the organization, headquartered in Burbank, CA, and maintains the West Coast presence for LPB. He also administers LPB’s Public Media Content Fund process and supervises the distribution of LPB funded programs to PBS. Mr. Ortiz also serves as Series Producer for their signature Latino anthology series Voces, a showcase of documentaries that highlights the rich spectrum of Latino-American culture.

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Jennifer Maytorena TaylorJennifer makes colorful, character-based films about real people with extraordinary stories, often with Latino themes and Spanish-language content. She is currently in post-production on Street Knowledge 2 College, a web-based series of documentary shorts commissioned by Latino Public Broadcasting for CPB’s American Graduate initiative.

Jennifer’s long-form films include the award-winning feature documentaries New Muslim Cool and Special Circumstances, both broadcast nationally on PBS and around the world. Other films include Paulina, which premiered at Sundance and was broadcast by the Sundance Channel; the Emmy-winning Home Front, Immigration Calculations; Ramadan Primetime; and many short films and tv programs. Jennifer recently worked as a research fellow and instructor at the USC Annenberg School, and now teaches in the Social Documentation program at UC Santa Cruz.

The evening’s on-stage conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A, and a reception on the Cinefamily’s backyard Spanish patio!

For more information on IDA’s Doc U: documentary.org/doc-u

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