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The National Hispanic Media Coalition has announced the 10 graduates who have completed the org’s Series Scriptwriters Program.
The program, which has served more than 160 alumni that have gone on to write for series like The Flash, Umbrella Academy, Riverdale, High School Musical: The Series and One Day At A Time, went virtual for the first time in its 20-year history to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am immensely enthusiastic about this year’s writers and their culturally diverse stories,” said Brenda Victoria Castillo, president and CEO of NHMC. “What you see on the screen begins with the writer’s words and those who tell these stories must reflect the diversity in America.”
The lab was mentored and guided by Geoff Harris, former vp of script development at NBC. Fellows were able to pitch their projects in front of industry professionals including Donna Michelle Anderson (Walt Disney Television), Alex Tse (Wu Tang: An American Saga), Peter Murrieta (Mr. Iglesias), Erika Kennair (Berlanti Prods.), Emily Furutani (Universal Television), among others. NBCUniversal, the Walt Disney Co., Univision and T-Mobile served as sponsors.
The graduates and their projects include:
Yasmine Campbell’s Against the Odds, about an upwardly mobile, Afro-Latina with a blended family who boasts she’s “with the times.” When her daughter decides to rock their perfectly curated world by starting high school as a male, the entire family must undergo a transition of their own.
Carmen Corral’s Crushing It!, about a painfully shy 12-year-old who navigates the social pressures of middle-school with the imaginary advice of her teen celebrity crush.
Keenan Duke’s On-Deck, about a down and out ex-high school baseball player who gives his dream of playing in the Major Leagues one last shot after receiving some devastating family news.
Meredith Garcia-Painter’s Untethered, a dark family comedy about a young woman who must give up her college life to raise her two younger siblings after her mentally unstable mother abandons them.
Henry Alexander Kelly’s Theme Perk, centering on a naïve tour guide at the world’s leading theme park as he navigates grumpy guests, cutthroat coworkers, and X-rated activities as he comes to the realization that his magical job is very different from its public-facing façade.
Solange Morales’s Queen of the Misfits, about a popular 14-year-old high schooler in Miami Beach who is forced to move against her will by her newly-reconciled parents. When she lands in a white-washed school in a small town, she’s determined to get through the next four years on her own terms – even if she’s crowned a misfit.
Luis Ramón Quintero’s Resurge, about a depressed therapist who discovers he is able to astral project. He then must navigate an unearthly realm in order to save his dying wife.
Jorge Rivera’s Let It Bleed, a crime drama that follows a true crime TV producer who is obsessed with solving the mystery of his own wife’s murder while navigating the life-threatening perils of producing the show within the show.
Paola Tapia-Limon’s Paquita, about a narcissistic ex-ballerina who is forced to leave Tijuana after her husband goes to jail for money laundering. She then goes to work for an old rival’s dance company teaching underprivileged kids, not knowing that her past is out to get her.
Jorge Thomson’s Miscast, about an emotionally detached actor who gets pulled home to help raise his autistic nephew and takes on his biggest role yet: father figure.
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