Calling all Latinx creators looking to break into the film and television industry! The Latinx List for TV is currently accepting submissions of one-hour and half-hour pilot episodes that feature a prominent Latinx character and have at least one Latinx writer on board. There’s no wrong or right story or perspective that the open call is seeking; simply, the initiative is looking to address the stark lack of Latino representation within the industry by encouraging and engaging with work made by Latinos in the U.S. You have until March 18th to submit the script to your pilot episode to blcklst.com in order to be in the running for the first ever Latinx List for TV.
The Latinx List for TV is an offshoot of the Black List, an annual survey that collects feedback from people within the industry and creates a sort of chest sheet for producers who are on the hunt for a script for their next project. The Black List has previously amplified the stories of Latinx talent in the film industry through last year’s Latinx List for screenplays, which was its inaugural run in highlighting the 10 most promising scripts on the market by Latinx writers, with the intention of bringing these scripts to the attention of producers. The Latinx List for TV is also partnered with NALIP, Remezcla, The Latin Tracking Board, and The Untitled Latinx Project.
The announcement of this survey coincides with what is a relatively big year for Latinx storytellers in TV. The beginning of the year saw the reboot of Party of Five; One Day at a Time kicks off its debut with Pop in March; and last week we were binge-watching the new Netflix series Gentefied — executive produced by America Ferrera — which has garnered early critical acclaim. Well-liked and well-written shows like these at the kinds of scripts that producers will hope to see in one place with the Latinx TV List.
What you won’t see on this list are shows that perpetuate tired stereotypes of what it means to be a Latino in America. “Every show or every film that’s been done about us for the longest time were only told through this poverty-porn mentality,” said Marvin Lemus, who co-created Gentefied alongside Linda Yvette Chávez, when talking about their show in a recent interview with The New York Times. “It’s always like, we’re riding down a dusty road in the back of a truck. And I’m like, we’re American. We wanted to make something American.”