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With Eye On Live Events Growth, Endeavor Unveils Latino-Focused Consumer Report (Exclusive)

Endeavor is looking to take the Latino market seriously. Its in-house data insights firm, Endeavor Analytics, presented a report on recent U.S. Hispanic and Latino entertainment consumer trends during a Hispanic Heritage Month-themed Endeavor Impact session on Thursday. Titled “Movers of Culture,” the report makes the case for why brands and marketers should be mindful […]

Culture Shift: Why Is Hollywood Ignoring the Data When It Comes to Latino Representation? (Guest Column)

As a Latino, I have the privilege of understanding the rich tapestry of our culture, one woven with vibrant threads of heritage, resilience and passion. Latino culture is as diverse as the U.S. itself, a beautiful kaleidoscope of traditions, flavors, sounds and histories. We run the multicultural/multiracial gamut, including Indigenous, Afro Latinos, Asian Latinos, those […]

With ‘American Fiction,’ Cord Jefferson Scorches the Entertainment Machine — But “Never Wanted to Police Blackness or Art”

[This story contains spoilers from American Fiction.] It’s not often that a filmmaker gets to premiere their project to an audience they’ve set their hyperspecific comedic sights on. But it’s an experience first-time director Cord Jefferson can now claim after his new film, American Fiction, made its east coast debut at the Hamptons International Film […]

“There’s Always a New Battlefront”: How NewFest, New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival, Is Still Surviving

When the 2023 edition of NewFest kicks off on Thursday in New York, the LGBTQ film festival will proudly mark a historic milestone: 35 years of serving LGBTQ audiences and filmmakers. That anniversary will begin with the Oct. 12 opening night premiere featuring Netflix’s Rustin, followed by 14 days of virtual and in-person programming across […]

Disney, Universal Host Second Cohort of MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law and Policy Fellowship (Exclusive)

Disney and Universal are the next two studios to participate in the MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law and Policy Fellowship, aimed at diversifying those industry pipelines. Now in its second year, the paid program – a partnership between the Motion Picture Association and the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program – offers two recent law school graduates the […]

‘Here Lies Love’ Teams With Gold House, The Asian American Foundation for Broadway Ticket Initiative

Broadway’s Here Lies Love, the disco-pop musical from David Byrne and Fatboy Slim about the infamous former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos, is launching a new ticket initiative tied to Filipino American Heritage Month. In an effort to increase access to the historic musical, which features Broadway’s first all-Filipino cast, Here Lies Love‘s producers have partnered with Gold House and The Asian […]

The Demographics of Movie Stardom: Who Sells the Most Tickets, Gets the Best Reviews

What makes a box office winner? Conventional wisdom, inferred by the business decisions of studios and distributors, is that movies starring white male protagonists — the most relatable of human beings — are the most reliable guarantor of high ticket grosses. As such, those are the films in which companies place the lion’s share of […]

Sterlin Harjo and Jhane Myers Among Honorees at IllumiNative’s First Indigenous House: LA (Exclusive)

IllumiNative is honoring Native American leaders and artists at the inaugural Los Angeles edition of its Indigenous House. Reservation Dogs showrunner Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muscogee Creek) and Prey producer Jhane Myers (Comanche/Blackfeet) are among the recipients of the first Native Power Builder Awards, alongside NDN Collective director of policy and advocacy Jade Begay (Diné/Tesuque Pueblo), U.S. […]

Culture Shift: I’m a Writer Facing Eviction. Do I Regret the Strike? (Guest Column)

For over five months, I’ve stood shoulder-to-shoulder with my union, the Writers Guild of America. Our protest has brought a flawed industry reliant on our creativity to its knees. Our fight, and that of the performers of SAG-AFTRA, wasn’t just about insulating ourselves from AI and other disruptive technologies; we demanded recognition and fair compensation […]

After Years of Increased Latin Presence in TV, Film, New Study Finds Representation Is Declining (Exclusive)

A new diversity report shows that there have only been minor increases in Latin representation in television and film over the last six years. According to the Latino Donor Collaborative’s 2023 Latinos in Media report, Latin representation in front of and behind the camera briefly increased from 2018 — the first year the LDC put […]

Participant Launches Education Fund Inspired By Eugenio Derbez’s Upcoming Film ‘Radical’

Participant continues to work at the intersection of film and social impact. In honor of its upcoming release Radical, based on the true story of Mexican schoolteacher Sergio Juárez Correa, who used immersive education techniques to help elevate his students from mostly failing to among the top in the nation, the studio is launching a […]

Culture Shift: A Recent Wave of Biopics Puts Latino Achievement Front and Center

As the ongoing battles in state legislatures over classroom curricula indicate, history – or at least the curation of which stories to teach, and from which perspectives – is subjective. So too is Hollywood’s rich tradition of biopics, which imply to audiences whose lives are worthy of immortalizing on film. Whether in textbooks or onscreen, […]