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Friday, October 18

2:00pm PDT

Pero Like Celebrates Quinceañeras on Facebook Watch (sponsored by Facebook)
Facebook Watch and BuzzFeed’s Pero Like are teaming up to bring to life young girls’ dreams with Mi Quinceañera Come True. The series follows Curly, Maya, Gadiel and Claudia of BuzzFeed Pero Like as they enter the lives of underserved families, elevate Latinx voices and celebrate the local communities. It’s a feel-good experience — even if the party only lasts a day, the impact lasts a lifetime. Streaming only on Facebook Watch, a place uniquely positioned to connect audiences and celebrate these milestones, the fiesta starts October 5 and continues every Saturday.

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Cat Coddington

Cat has 20 years of experience as a digital and partnerships leader at some of the world’s largest companies. She is currently managing Strategic Partnerships in Entertainment at Facebook. In her current role, she is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and driving... Read More →

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Gadiel del Orbe

Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Gadiel Del Orbe grew up in Harlem, NY. A Naval Veteran who served 4.5 years onboard the USS Ronald Reagan, he started producing videos for Being Latino and became one of their top producers. He’s been producing videos for BuzzFeed’s Pero Like... Read More →
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Maya Murillo

At the age of 16, Maya Murillo started her blog mayainthemoment.com, which featured crafts, skits, and ukulele covers. She established a following through her quirky six-second videos on Vine, and customized love songs on YouTube. She was once nominated as an Influencer by Latina magazine for #Latina30Under30 awards and considered one of "6 Latina... Read More →
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Alexis Garcia

Alexis Garcia is a writer, director and proud Puerto Rican hailing from the Bronx, NY. Her work has spanned both TV and digital, and she has been the “voice of Pero Like” as its Social Media Strategist for the past 2.5 years. Through her previous work at Univision’s Flama and... Read More →
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Curly Velasquez

Curly Velasquez is a Los Angeles-based artist who celebrates all things Latinx culture. He began his career in fashion working for celebrity photographer David LaChapelle, and design icon Jeremy Scott before starting his own line. By the age of 25, he was celebrated as one of the... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
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3:00pm PDT

Behind The Latinx Hollywood Lens
Hear what goes on behind the scenes from top executives, casting directors and writers leading the way in Latinx Hollywood, and setting the foundation for a more inclusive future.

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Karla Pita Loor

Karla Pita Loor is the Television Academy Foundation’s Chief Development Officer, bringing to that role two decades of experience in strategic partnerships, philanthropy, and non-profit management. She leads the Foundation’s strategic development efforts and oversees partnered... Read More →

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Jaime Dávila

In the five years since he founded Campanario Entertainment, Jaime Dávila has established the company as a prolific source of multilingual content and a production bridge between the U.S. and Latin America. Fulfilling his goal of making opportunities for Latinx creators and inclusive... Read More →
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Claudia Lyon

Claudia Lyon was named Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting, CBS Entertainment in July 2019. In her role, Ms. Lyon oversees all talent and casting operations for CBS Entertainment’s primetime and daytime programming, limited series, alternative programs and specials. Most... Read More →

Carla Hool

CARLA HOOL began her career as a casting director on the film MAN ON FIRE for director Tony Scott.  Since then she has been responsible for casting such notable films as, MISS BALA, ICEBOX, COCO, LOS INFILTRADOS, SERGIO, THE 33, A BETTER LIFE, BLESS ME ULTIMA, DESPICABLE ME 2, CHE... Read More →
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Jenniffer Gómez

Jenniffer Gómez is a Queer Latinx writer who has come up through scripted television. Born in San Juan, PR, she spent her first white winter in Boston, where she received a BA in English from Boston College. She later ran as far away from all that snow as possible, and landed in... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
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Saturday, October 19

11:00am PDT

Nickelodeon Presents: Hispanic Representation in Animation. Come screen an episode and meet the makers of Casagrandes.
Come meet the people (or cast of characters) behind Nickelodeon’s Casagrandes and screen a new episode of the animated series. Learn more about how what Hispanics are doing to break down barriers in animation and what’s on the horizon. From creating culturally relevant storytelling to voice-over talent, the future is bright for LatinX in Hollywood animation!

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Alex Cazares

Alex Cazares voices “Carl Casagrande,” who is 8 going on 30, and thinks of himself as a suave businessman in Nickelodeon’s The Casagrandes.Cazares is a voice actress from Southern California, where as a child Cazares knew she wanted to grow up and make cartoons. While studying... Read More →
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Rosemary Contreras

Rosemary Contreras is a staff writer for the Nickelodeon animated series The Casagrandes. She started her professional career as a staff writer on the pre-school series Go, Diego, Go. Following her success on that show, she transitioned to be the story editor of Dora the Explorer... Read More →
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Michael Rubiner

Michael Rubiner is the executive producer of Nickelodeon’s hit animated series The Loud House and its spinoff series The Casagrandes, which he also helped to develop. He has worked on The Loud House since it began production in 2014, starting out as story editor/head writer, and... Read More →
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Lalo Alcaraz

Lalo Alcaraz is an award winning visual/media artist and television/film writer based in Los Angeles who has been chronicling the ascendancy of Latinos in the US for a quarter century. This Chicano artist is the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip, "La Cucaracha" as seen in... Read More →
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Miguel Puga

Miguel Puga is the supervising director for Nickelodeon’s animated series, The Casagrandes, an all-new spinoff of the Emmy Award-winning series, The Loud House.Puga is a graduate of the Art Institute of Los Angeles, and has worked on Nick’s hit animated series The Loud House since... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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1:00pm PDT

Latinas in Hollywood
Hear from some of the most successful Latinas in Hollywood, and gain insight into their stories, their struggles and their many achievements amidst the obstacles posed by the industry. Our all star Latina panel will delve deeply into their personal journeys, while sharing the secrets to their success and plans for the future while continuing to blaze new trails for Latinas in the Entertainment Industry.

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Karla Pita Loor

Karla Pita Loor is the Television Academy Foundation’s Chief Development Officer, bringing to that role two decades of experience in strategic partnerships, philanthropy, and non-profit management. She leads the Foundation’s strategic development efforts and oversees partnered... Read More →

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Paula Garces

The Colombian-American actress and producer, Paula Garces has been breaking down barriers and opening doors for Latinos in Hollywood for many years. Paula's big return to the small screen after a 3 yr hiatus landed her a recurring arc on TNT’s season 6 series "Major Crimes,“ starring... Read More →
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Melissa Barrera

Melissa Barrera stars as Lyn in the STARZ Original series “Vida.” Barrera began her career starring in popular telenovelas in her native country of Mexico, including "La Mujer de Judas" and "La Otra Cara del Alma" as well as the renowned "Siempre Tuya Acapulco" and "Tanto Amor... Read More →
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Danay Garcia

Danay Garcia is an actress, writer and producer. She is currently a series regular in the AMC hit television show “Fear the Walking Dead.” Garcia has been working steadily in film and television since arriving in the United States from Cuba in 2003.Television audiences first got... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
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2:00pm PDT

Out of the Box
Come and learn how these content creators made the jump and created content outside of Social Media, and how you can, too.

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Carlos Santos

Carlos Santos is an actor and comedian based out of Los Angeles. His recent television credits include “Last Man on Earth” (FOX), “2 Broke Girls” (CBS) and the upcoming Netflix series “Gentefied”. Carlos also performs regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade. He co-hosts... Read More →

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Julissa Calderon

JULISSA CALDERON is an Afro-Latina actress, writer, and comedy producer/director from Miami. She recently completed a two-year talent residency at Buzzfeed's Pero Like channel where her videos have garnered, roughly 100 million views across digital platforms. She recently appeared on the Awesome... Read More →
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Leli Hernandez

Whether it’s dancing to her favorite Reggaeton song led by none other than Nicky Jam himself, relaying why she gave up on shooting the perfect selfie, or a skit questioning why her boyfriend never, ever removes his baseball cap, Leli Hernandez's dynamic personality resonates throughout... Read More →
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Mimi Davila

Mimi Davila is a Cuban/Bulgarian actress, comedian and writer raised in Miami. Mimi and her best friend Laura's viral video Chongalicious marked the start of LatinX content creation back in 2007, bringing to light a new subculture and starting a nationwide conversation. Their show... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
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4:00pm PDT

Hollywood & Latinx - We know the “talk.” Now, what’s the “walk"?
Join industry veteran Ivette Rodriguez (AEM), USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D, The Academy’s Lorenza Muñoz and Mitú Co-founder Beatriz Acevedo as they discuss working solutions for Hollywood’s Latinx problem.

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Ivette Rodriguez

Veteran entertainment strategist with 25+ years experience specializing in PR & marketing campaigns for feature films, television series, and documentaries. Experience working on a diverse slate from major studio films to independents and prestige titles in both English and Spanish.Ivette... Read More →

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Beatriz Acevedo

Beatriz Acevedo is one of the leading inspirational voices and Latina entrepreneurs in the United States. She has dedicated her career to creating opportunities for the voices of diverse youth, in an effort to influence authentic and positive depictions of Latinos in society.Beatriz... Read More →
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Lorenza Muñoz

Lorenza is the Managing Director of Member Relations and Awards of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. At the Academy, she has led the effort to bring in the largest and most diverse member classes in the organization's history. She manages a department that oversees... Read More →
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Stacy Smith

Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D. is the Founder of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (AII), the leading global think tank studying inequality in entertainment. Dr. Smith’s groundbreaking research examines inclusion (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, the LGBT community, people with disabilities... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
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