LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING CELEBRATES 16 YEARS OF IMPACT
“While commercial television is waking up to the clout of an enormous Latino population, at the other end of the programming dial, public television has continued to forge a partnership directly with Latino filmmakers. This is thanks to Latino Public Broadcasting.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), the leader in the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino Americans, today published its “16 Years of Impact” report. Following the acclaimed recent season of its signature PBS series VOCES, the report spotlights the organization’s exceptional achievements since its inception in 1998.
The report shows that, since its founding, LPB has awarded over 10 million dollars to independent filmmakers, provided more than 200 hours of programming to public broadcasting, provided professional development to an average 300 filmmakers a year, increased Latino viewership of PBS, and brought Latino arts, history and culture curriculum to schools nationwide.
LPB programs have reached an estimated 84 million viewers on television and won over 80 awards including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, the Imagen Norman Lear Legacy Award and the National Council of La Raza’s Alma Award.
“With over 85 prestigious awards racked up in the last five years alone, it’s fair to say that Latino Public Broadcasting is doing its part to share the rich diversity of the Latino experience here in the U.S., while also holding things down in the quality control department. Bottom line is, if LPB puts something out, you know it’s going to be good.” – Remezcla
In addition to VOCES, LPB programs include the multi-part series LATINO AMERICANS and LATIN MUSIC USA, documentaries broadcast on PBS’s INDEPENDENT LENS and P.O.V. series, public affairs series such as AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS WITH MARIA HINOJOSA, and specials including RUBEN SALAZAR: MAN IN THE MIDDLE.
“The success of our recent season of VOCES, which spotlighted such diverse topics as the making of the film classic Giant, the plight of struggling Latina actors in Hollywood, and a Mexican poet’s idealistic campaign against the drug war, proves that audiences are eager to see the diversity of our Latino-American experience represented on screen,” says LPB Executive Director Sandie Viquez Pedlow. “Although we’re starting to see more Latino stories on TV and more Latino talent in front of and behind the camera, we still have a long way to go.”
LPB’s Founder and Chairman of the Board, award-winning actor Edward James Olmos, has been a passionate advocate for Latino storytellers throughout his career. “This is a very exciting time for the Latino creative community,” says Olmos. “While the rest of the media is slowly waking up to the importance and diversity of our culture, we at LPB have been telling and sharing these stories for close to two decades. Our stories are an important part of our country’s cultural history and we look forward to many more decades of empowering these filmmakers and bringing their work to the widest and most diverse audience possible.”
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About Latino Public Broadcasting
Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) is the leader in the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. These programs are produced for dissemination to public broadcasting stations and other public telecommunication entities. Latino Public Broadcasting provides a voice to the diverse Latino community throughout the United States and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Latino Public Broadcasting produces the series VOCES, PBS’s signature Latino arts and culture documentary showcase and the only ongoing national television series devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience. Between 2009 and 2014, LPB programs have won 85 awards, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award as well as two Emmys, two Imagen Awards and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. In addition, LPB has been the recipient of the Norman Lear Legacy Award and the NCLR Alma Award for Special Achievement.
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