Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) is a non-profit organization funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. LPB’s mission is to support the development, production, post-production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. These programs are produced for dissemination to the public broadcasting stations, and other public telecommunication entities. By acting as a minority consortium, LPB provides a voice to the diverse Latino community throughout the United States.
This organization was created in 1998 by Edward James Olmos and Marlene Dermer. Ms. Dermer served as Executive Director until 2002 and now sits on the Board of Directors. Mr. Olmos is presently LPB’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and is actively involved in the organization’s efforts to increase the presence of Latino films and programs on public television in the United States.
LPB is part of the National Minority Consortia (NMC). The NMC is made up of Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), and Native American Service to Public Broadcasting (NAPT) and Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC). These organizations are each aimed at bringing diversity to public television with respect to their individual cultures. The National Minority Consortia supports film and video that celebrates and highlights the cultural heritage of America’s diverse populations. This works and voices help to strengthen the value of public television, and enhance public television’s ability to connect with a broad-base audience. LPB also works closely with PBS, APT, ITVS and POV to maximize its presence on public television.
Part of LPB’s outreach initiative is organizing theatrical screenings to increase awareness and expand the support base for independent films into public television. Through its newsletter VOZ and its website, LPB works to increase its visibility among filmmakers, distributors, broadcasters, industry leaders and the community at large. Workshops are conducted on a regular basis throughout the year to provide guidance, training and information to independent producers across the United States.
For applications and guidelines, please look at the funding page by clicking here or contact our office at (818) 847-9656. Fax. (818) 847-9663.
Our address is:
2550 N Hollywood Way. Suite 301
Burbank, CA 91505.
LPB funds television programs including dramas, documentaries, comedies, satire and animation. These may be single programs or limited series, new productions or works-in-progress. LPB is especially interested in programs that provide thoughtful dialogue and impact-full stories, giving voice to
those not normally heard or seen.
Programs should bring new audiences to public television and have a recognizable impact on a broad range of viewers, presenting a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms from a variety of Latino producers across the country that complement and challenge existing public television offerings. Final programs must be delivered in standard public television lengths (i.e. 26:40, 56:40, 86:40) and in accordance with PBS broadcast specifications. An LPB funded television program must be the only version of the program.
Latino Public Broadcasting funds projects through a competitive grant proposal process called, Open Call, that takes place once a year. Our deadline is usually held in the first week of June, giving interested parties ample opportunity to file their proposals, as we begin to advertise the Open Call early in the year.
Once proposals are submitted, they are sent to a set of readers composed of professionals working in public television and independent film. These individuals have several years of experience with public television, either as producers themselves, or in various management positions with television
stations and funding organizations.
An independent panel of Television and film professionals make final Open Call decisions about which projects are selected for funding.
Proposals are reviewed by the panel against the following criteria:
- Ability to shed light on the Latino American experience.
- Quality of the project idea as demonstrated by a well-conceived and appropriate
approach to the material (making it accessible and compelling)
- The extent to which the treatment clearly describes the visuals, structure, and style.
- The extent to which the proposal takes into account the television medium, and the
needs and interests of the program’s target audience, as well as the national
- The producer’s ability to successfully complete the program on budget and on schedule,
given the experience of the producer and proposed production team.
- Soundness of the production and fund-raising plans
- Overall, the extent to which the project fulfills the LPB mission and programming goals.
An independent producer or production entity (a partnership or organization of the individual producer or producers) which are creating their proposed programs independent of the support of a film studio or public or commercial broadcast entity (whether on a for hire, commission or employment basis) are eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories, and have previous film or television experience.
- Thesis projects or student films.
- Producers or production entities which are foreign based, owned or controlled.
- Industrial or promotional projects.
- Projects for which the exclusive domestic television broadcast rights are not available.
- Projects with a primarily commercial interest.
- Current signatories of LPB Contracts who have not completed delivery.