via press release:
NBCUNIVERSAL’S TELEMUNDO MEDIA PARTNERS WITH WOODCRAFT RANGERS ON AFTER-SCHOOL FILM AND TV PROGRAM AS PART OF ‘EL PODER DE SABER’ EDUCATION INITIATIVE
Select Los Angeles High School Students Offered the Opportunity To Create Their Own Version of Upcoming Series From FLUENCY Studios
Participants to Appear in New Series ‘ISA’
LOS ANGELES – October 8, 2014 – As part of its ongoing commitment to promoting the educational advancement of Hispanics through its initiative “El Poder de Saber” (The Power of Knowing), Telemundo Media, the largest producer of Spanish- language prime time content in the U.S. and for audiences around the world, and Woodcraft Rangers, a youth development agency specializing in peer mentoring, expanded learning, and enrichment programs, have launched a new education initiative that offers after-school film and television production courses and the chance to appear in a new series from Telemundo’s multiplatform FLUENCY studios to students in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area. The classes, accessible to young adults from Manual Arts, South East and West Adams High Schools, will run from September to November 2013.
Participating students will attend workshops on everything from acting to camera operation and will be tasked with shooting their own version of a script for “ISA,” an upcoming sci-fi mystery produced by FLUENCY studio. As an additional incentive, the students will get to appear as extras in the high school scenes within the for-broadcast version of “ISA.”
“Telemundo Media is a better, more creative company when it works with Hispanic youth to provide educational opportunities that can open up career paths in the television and film industry, said Jose Marquez, VP Digital Production and Development, FLUENCY. “We are proud to offer these insightful, ambitious TV and film talents of tomorrow an opportunity to acquire not just skills but the understanding that they are very much a part of our industry’s creative future.”
“This is a great opportunity for Telemundo Media to further develop its relationship with the communities it serves, give a diverse group of students a look into a fascinating industry, and kick start the careers of the next generation of broadcasters,” commented Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal.
“Woodcraft Rangers welcomes the generosity of Telemundo Media and all their team in this exciting partnership” said Chris Johnson, Woodcraft Rangers Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal is to engage and inspire, and working alongside the television production professionals and supporting ‘El Poder de Saber’ provide the ideal forum for enhancing our mission.”
The short films will be screened at an event for family, friends and the stars of “ISA” in spring 2014.
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