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Latinos Unidos

The Official Team

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founder | festival director
Danny Hastings
Danny Hastings CEO, Director, Editor, Photographer, Actor, Writer
With over 20+ years experience in the arena of professional photography, with an impressive portfolio of A-List Celebrities, Album Art, Music Videos, Advertising Campaigns and Live Events. A red-hot member of the creative and media industry, Hastings has captured the changing American landscape through his unique and insightful point of view.  He founded the festival in response to the 2015 Oscar’s lack of Latino representation in film.
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Christine Maggiore-Escribano
Christine Maggiore-Escribano
Senior Vice President, Client Solutions, NBCUniversal Hispanic Group

Christine Maggiore-Escribano was named Senior Vice President, Client Solutions, NBCUniversal Hispanic Group in July 2012 and previously worked as Vice President of Integrated Marketing Solutions since 2009.

Escribano is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of strategic marketing initiatives for advertising clients across NBCUniversal, which consists of the Telemundo Network, NBC Universo cable network, Digital, social and mobile.  By working with cross-channel and cross-platform sales teams, she creates, develops and executes marketing solutions to drive top-line revenue and operating income growth for NBCUniversal Hispanic Group as a whole, which concurrently provides measurable results for advertising clients.

festival technical director
Mark Santana
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Alma Tilghman
Alma Tilghman
Prinicpal, Paper Planes Collective


Owner of marketing and events agency, Paper Planes Collective, Alma works with brands seeking to create experiences that highlight diversity in entertainment and the arts.
Recently, Alma partnered with The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) to secure sponsorships for their annual Media Awards, and she was instrumental in producing the nationally televised ALMA Awards, the annual excellence awards of The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization.

Furthermore, she has collaborated with Apple to create Campus MovieFest Mexico, the first and world’s largest student film festival in Mexico.
A native Angeleno and graduate of New Yorks’ Fordham University, Alma serves on the advisory board for Latino Reel, a non-profit championing Latino film at the Sundance Film Festival. Her current projects include a partnership with Chinese film producers promoting the rapidly growing film business in China, as well as producing “Next Up”, an annual event celebrating diverse film and television change makers.

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Joe Bernard
In his current role as Senior Vice President, Business Development, Joe A. Bernard is responsible for developing advertiser relationships across NBC Universal’s Hispanic Group portfolio including Telemundo Network, NBC Universo, and Telemundo Digital properties.  He also oversees a nationally focused Client Development team, working alongside five national sales offices, plus cross network teams at NBC Universal.
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J.W. Cortés
J.W. Cortés is an award-winning Marine-combat-veteran-NY-cop-turned-actor-singer-filmmaker. He is currently originating the recurring role of “Detective Carlos Alvarez” on FOX’s hit prime-time series GOTHAM.

He can be seen in a range of projects that include NBC’s “THE BLACKLIST” & “THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA,” CBS’s “BLUE BLOODS,” and the films “SUGARFIELDS”, “AS GOOD AS DEAD ” and the Sundance Film Festival premiered films “BLUE CAPRICE” & “STOP”.

Cortés studied acting at the renowned William Esper Studio, under Terry Knickerbocker, while he still worked as a Police Officer in New York City. He is the proud father of two boys, a lucky husband and loving owner of an American-Bulldog named “Blue.”

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William Keys
William Keys has worked in film for 25 years. He has worked on set of Spike Lee joints, big budget Hollywood films and indies. He has also worked at a number of studios and as an acquisitions executive for an indie distributor. William has been a judge for the Tribeca and Urbanworld film festivals. He currently advises filmmakers and works as a producer.
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Edwin "El Miedo" Pagán

Edwin “El Miedo” Pagán is a life-long horror aficionado, filmmaker, cinematographer, and producer. He is the founder of LATIN HORROR (www.latinhorror.com), a niche website launched on Halloween 2008 specializing in the genre of Latin horror and the Latinos/as whose work is grounded in horror, the macabre, and Gothic arts. Pagán has been the leading proponent in establishing the “Latin horror” moniker as a recognized genre in the U.S. and abroad. He’s also been instrumental in creating a network among this bloc of horror filmmakers that has promoted substantial cross-collaborations that have led to numerous successful partnerships and productions. In 2012, he established Miedo Marketing, the publicity arm of the brand that provides horror properties with tailored promotional efforts geared toward reaching the vast Latino horror fanbase.

He curates the brand’s ongoing ‘The HORRORphiles’ screening series, as well as its annual Cinco de Miedo (Fifth of Fear) showcase that features cutting-edge horror from Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. Pagán is currently penning a book on the subject entitled “MIEDO: The History of Latin Horror.” He is noted for ending his written correspondence with the offbeat salutation ‘There will be SANGRE!’ He resides in New York City.

guest speaker
Victor Cruz
Victor Cruz was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in the heart of the South Bronx. At the tender age of sixteen he performed stand-up comedy for the first time in New York City. He studied in the Acting Conservatory at SUNY Purchase College and the day before graduation, booked his first role on HBO’s The Sopranos. Some of TV & film credits include: Annie (2014), The Other Woman (2014), The Humbling, Gotham, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, and NBC’s The Blacklist. Check out his latest project, feature-length comedy The Stockroom, directed by Victor Cruz and Guru Enlightment.
panel moderator
Louis E. Perego Moreno
Founder & Executive Producer of PRIME LATINO MEDIA, the largest East Coast network of Latino multimedia-makers, actors and musicians in bilingual Latino and mainstream media and entertainment. An interactive content producer and educator who for the past 34 years has owned Skyline Features, a bilingual multimedia and educational production company developing documentaries, television programming and advertising commercials featuring Latinos, Blacks, Women, Urban Youth and LGBT.
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Danny Hastings
founder | festival director
Christine Maggiore-Escribano
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Mark Santana
festival technical director
Alma Tilghman
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Joe Bernard
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J.W. Cortés
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William Keys
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Edwin "El Miedo" Pagán
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Victor Cruz
guest speaker
Louis E. Perego Moreno
panel moderator