Mayor Garcetti and Entertainment Industry Leaders Launch ‘LA Collab’ Initiative To Increase Latinx Representation in Hollywood

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First-of-its-kind effort will work to open doors to Latino creatives in
television, film, and digital media

Mayor Eric Garcetti has launched LA Collab, an unprecedented effort to connect Latinx talent, executives, and creators to opportunities in the entertainment industry — and double Latino representation in Hollywood by 2030.

“Latinos are a powerful force in L.A.’s culture and economy, and our trademark industry should tap into the diverse pool of talent in our own backyard,” said Mayor Garcetti. “On big screens or small, in front of the camera or behind it, our studios, actors, directors, and producers inspire the world with the power of their creativity and imagination — and LA Collab will elevate new voices and empower the next generation of Latinx creatives.”

According to a report by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Latinos represent nearly 25% of the box office. Yet a recent study by USC Annenberg showed that Latino representation has been stagnant over the past dozen years, averaging roughly 3% of all leads and co-leads in motion pictures.

In 2020, LA Collab will focus on reversing this trend by helping Latinx talent develop their skill sets and promoting collaborations with Latinx creators and top producers, filmmakers, buyers, showrunners, and industry allies.

Mayor Garcetti co-founded LA Collab alongside Beatriz Acevedo, founder of mitú and president of Acevedo Foundation, and Ivette Rodriguez, president of AEM. Together, they kicked off the initiative with support from more than 50 leaders and organizations, including Eva Longoria, J.J. Abrams, Eli Roth, DeVon Franklin, Jason Blum, and Zoe Saldana. Initial funders include the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, Annenberg Foundation, WarnerMedia, and Endeavor Content.

“The near invisibility of Latinos in Hollywood was the catalyst to rally Hollywood behind this crisis to create change together,” said Beatriz Acevedo, co-founder of LA Collab. “By facilitating unprecedented collaborations between the creative community, studios, buyers and other influential allies, LA Collab will ultimately drive exponential growth for the industry and our community.”

“As a Latina, I want to see more actors who look like me onscreen and behind the camera,” said actor, director, and producer Eva Longoria. “I started my own production company to create content from our community, and I became a director/producer to be in a position to hire people who look like me. With LA Collab, I want to open the door for many more Latinx creators and fuel the emergence of a better entertainment industry that elevates and celebrates the diversity and richness of my culture.”

Several other entertainment leaders from the founding coalition are supporting LA Collab’s mission by providing access and hands-on experience to emerging Latinx creative talent, including Eli Roth, who will support Latinx horror filmmakers via his digital platform, Crypt TV; and Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films and Pantaya, which will actively search for new bilingual voices for their scripted OTT and studio projects.

LA Collab has also secured the following deals for the Latinx creative community:

A finance development deal for a feature script with Endeavor Content
A scripted proof of concept deal with WarnerMedia’s 150
A development deal for a documentary with Shine Global
A podcast development/pilot deal with Southern California Public Radio’s LAist Studios
A blind digital pilot deal with pocket.watch

LA Collab has partnered with The Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC) to complete a report summarizing the group’s achievements over the course of its first year, and track the progress of Latino representation with the development of a first-of-its-kind Database of Latino Working Talent in Hollywood as a master tool for LA Collab’s success.

The LA Collab advisory committee will serve to support and amplify the initiative’s mission and projects. Members include:

  • Axel Caballero, WarnerMedia, VP, Talent Incubation and Artistic and Cultural Innovations
  • Deputy Mayor William Chun, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development
  • DeVon Franklin, Franklin Entertainment, President and CEO
  • Alexis Garcia, Endeavor Content, Partner
  • Ruben Garcia, Creative Artists Agency, Executive
  • Lorenza Munoz, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Managing Director of Member Relations and Awards
  • Marlis Pujol, Producer
  • Genna Terranova, Amazon Studios, Head of Programming and Audience Development
  • Mary Vernieu, Betty Mae Casting, President

Other LA Collab supporters include:

  • Blumhouse Productions
  • Bad Robot
  • FREE THE WORK
  • Hello Sunshine
  • Hispanic Heritage Foundation
  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)
  • National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
  • Sundance Institute
  • United Talent Agency
  • Women in Film

For more information on LA Collab and a full list of partners, please visit lacollab.org.

About Evolve Entertainment:

LA Collab builds on Mayor Garcetti’s Evolve Entertainment Fund, a trailblazing effort led by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to create opportunities for young Angelenos that have been historically excluded from the entertainment industry. In partnership with more than 100 entertainment companies and 23 community pipeline organizations, Evolve opens up professional pathways into film, television, music, and digital media by connecting Angelenos to paid internships and full-time positions, matching youth with industry mentors, and hosting panels, workshops, and events focused on professional development and education. Since its launch in 2018, Evolve has placed students into 364 paid internships and 33 full-time positions, and linked over 80 students with mentors.

 

 

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD | Available on Digital 11/5 and on Blu-ray & DVD 11/19

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Blu-ray Combo Pack Arrives November 19, Just in Time for Thanksgiving Family Time, with Deleted & Extended Scenes, Hilarious Bloopers, and More!

img_1521Explore a new world of family-friendly adventure when DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD debuts on Digital November 5, 2019 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand November 19 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The Digital* and Blu-ray releases boast a wealth of fun-filled bonus features, including hilarious bloopers, deleted and extended scenes, a look at Isabela Moner’s transformation into Dora,  a tour of Dora’s Jungle House, and more! Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD is the perfect film to enjoy over Thanksgiving and “a treasure for the whole family” (Greg Russell, NBC Detroit).

SYNOPSIS: Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner, Instant Family) for her biggest challenge yet – high school. When her parents mysteriously disappear while searching for the Lost City of Gold, Dora must swing into action and lead a group of ill-equipped high schoolers on a wild quest to save them. Hold on for a high stakes mission as Dora and her new friends navigate the jungle, outrun treasure hunters, and solve ancient puzzles to unlock the mystery of the fabled city. 

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD also stars Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, and Danny Trejo.

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY COMBO & DIGITAL*

  • Bloopers – Take a trip to the wild side with hilarious bloopers of the cast’s funniest on-set mishaps.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes – Journey deeper into the jungle to find the “lost” scenes not shown in theaters.
  • All About Dora – Discover how Isabela Moner transformed Dora into a jungle-savvy teenage adventurer for a new generation.
  • Can You Say Pelicula? – Unlock the mystery of underwater stunts and surviving quicksand with Eugenio Derbez.
  • Dora In Flower Vision – Explore the movie’s playful animated sequence, a treasure trove of nods to Dora’s cartoon origins.
  • Dora’s Jungle House – The adventure continues with this behind-the-scenes tour of Dora’s jungle house, part museum, part laboratory, and always a place for family.

 

The DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD DVD includes the feature film
in standard definition.

 

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD | Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon | iTunes

 

 

Enter to Win! OVERBOARD | DVD #Giveaway | Available on Digital 7/17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD 7/31

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Bring the family together for the “heartwarming comedy” (Miami New Times) Overboard, arriving on Digital July 17 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 31 from Lionsgate.

From Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) and Pantelion Films, Eugenio Derbez (How to Be a Latin Lover, Instructions Not Included), Anna Faris (The House Bunny, TV’s “Mom”),  and Golden Globe® nominee Eva Longoria (Best Actress, TV’s “Desperate Housewives,” 2006) star in this hilarious fresh take on the iconic romantic comedy. Directed by three-time Primetime Emmy® award winner Rob Greenberg (Jigsaw, Predestination), who teamed up to write the screenplay with Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers, We’re the Millers) and Leslie Dixon based on Dixon’s story, Overboard reverses the roles from the original film, featuring Derbez as a spoiled wealthy yacht owner who becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee played by Faris.

In a splashy new twist, Overboard focuses on Leonardo (Derbez), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico’s richest family and Kate (Faris), a working-class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo’s luxury yacht. After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast — with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work — for the first time in his life. At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually he earns the respect of his new “family” and coworkers. But with Leonardo’s billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good?​

Take home Overboard, Pantelion Film’s highest grossing film to date, and go behind the scenes with the cast and crew with three featurettes and an audio commentary exclusive to the home entertainment release. The Overboard Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Chemistry Is Comedy” Featurette
  • “Culture Clash” Featurette
  • “Captains of the Ship: Bob & Rob” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Rob Greenberg, Writer-Producer Bob Fisher, and Producer Benjamin Odell

I have 3 copies to give away and here’s what you have to do to enter…

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND/OR FACEBOOK & MESSAGE ME ON THE RESPECTIVE PLATFORM(S) WITH THE HASHTAG #A2Koverboard

Hint: The more places you follow, the better your chances at winning! & as an added bonus, get two friends to follow and message me with your name.  😉

Yes, that’s all you have to do!

 

This promotion will end Friday, August 3 at 10:00 AM (eastern time). Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. U.S. residents are eligible to enter. Winners will be contacted via email. AccordingtoKristin.com and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.


OVERBOARD Official Channels:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | #OverboardMovie

DOG DAYS | Official Teaser Posters

The official teaser posters for DOG DAYS are here! Check out the posters below and see DOG DAYS starring Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Finn Wolfhard, Adam Pally and more IN THEATERS August 10th!

SYNOPSIS: From acclaimed production company LD Entertainment (The Zookeeper’s Wife, Jackie, and Megan Leavey) and Director Ken Marino comes Dog Days. Dog Days is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals around sunny Los Angeles. When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.

DOG DAYS

Genre: Comedy
Release: August 10, 2018
Director: Ken Marino
Writers: Elissa Matsueda
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria, Finn Wolfhard, Adam Pally
Distributor: LD Entertainment

DOG DAYS Official Channels:

Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | #DogDaysTheFilm

 

OVERBOARD | Debut Trailer Released! | #OverboardMovie

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) / Pantelion Films / 3 PAS Studios have released the debut trailer of OVERBOARD, a fresh take on the iconic romantic comedy.

SYNOPSIS: In a splashy new twist, Overboard focuses on “Leonardo” (EUGENIO DERBEZ), a selfish, spoiled, rich playboy from Mexico’s richest family and “Kate” (ANNA FARIS), a working class single mom of three hired to clean Leonardo’s luxury yacht. After unjustly firing Kate and refusing to pay her, Leonardo falls overboard when partying too hard and wakes up on the Oregon coast with amnesia. Kate shows up at the hospital and, to get payback, convinces Leonardo he is her husband and puts him to work – for the first time in his life. At first miserable and inept, Leonardo slowly settles in. Eventually he earns the respect of his new “family” and co-workers. But, with Leonardo’s billionaire family hot on their trail and the possibility of his memory returning at any moment, will their new family last or will Leonardo finally put the clues together and leave them for good?

OVERBOARD is available in theaters everywhere on April 13, 2018!

OVERBOARD Official Channels:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #OverboardMovie