Mayan Lopez Signs with Agency for the Performing Arts (APA)

Mayan Lopez has new representation…

The 26-year-old Mexican American actress, writer and producer has signed with the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA).

George Lopez & Mayan LopezLopez is the co-creator, writer, producer, and star of the NBC comedy series Lopez vs Lopez.

She and her real-life father George Lopez, who also co-created the series with Debby Wolfe, play fictionalized versions of themselves on the show, which airs Friday nights at 8:00 pm.

Lopez vs. Lopez is a working-class family comedy about dysfunction, reconnection and all the pain and joy in between. It follows a working-class, old-school Latino (George Lopez) who moves in with his modern Gen Z daughter (Mayan Lopez) as they rebuild their dysfunctional relationship one argument at a time.

In December, NBC announced that it gave the freshman series a full-season, 22-episode. The series does well on broadcast for a Friday primetime spot.

Season 1 is averaging about 2M same-day viewers per episode, which leads nicely into the rest of NBC’s Friday lineup.

Lopez has been honored as part of the LA Times’ inaugural LA Vanguardia class.

Rosa Salazar Signs with Agency for the Performing Arts (APA)

Rosa Salazar has new representation…

The 37-year-old half-Peruvian actress has signed with the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA).

Rosa SalazarSalazar rose to prominence with turns on the film side in The Divergent Series: Insurgent for Lionsgate, the Maze Runner franchise for 20th Century Fox and Robert Rodriguez’s sci-fi actioner Alita: Battle Angel.

She more recently appeared in Dean Fleischer-Camp’s hit animated film Marcel the Shell with Shoes On for A24, and will next be seen starring alongside Michael Peña in Prime Video’s A Million Miles Away, an astronaut drama inspired by the true story of Jose Hernandez, who defied insurmountable odds to become the first migrant farmworker to travel to space.

Her other notable credits include Bird Box and The Kindergarten Teacher for Netflix and Night Owls for MGM’s Orion Pictures.

Salazar currently stars in the series Wedding Season for Hulu and Disney+, and has also starred on series including Brand New Cherry Flavor for Netflix and the beautifully rotoscoped Undone for Prime Video. Additional small-screen credits include Big Mouth on NetflixMan Seeking Woman on FXX and Parenthood on NBC.

Salazar produces Undone, co-produces Brand New Cherry Flavor and also previously wrote and directed the short film Good Crazy, which premiered in competition at Sundance in 2017.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Wins Audie Award for Best Male Narrator for “Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World”

It’s a special recitation honor for Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican talent is among the winners for the 2022 Audie Awards, which recognize work in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment.

Lin-Manuel Miranda The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced the winners in a virtual ceremony hosted by Kal Penn.

Miranda won for best male narrator for the production of Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World, which was written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and published by Simon & Schuster Audio.    

Gloria Muñoz, Elena González, Rebeca Hernando, Carmen Mayordomo, Marta Poveda, Sol de la Barreda, Beatriz Melgares, Cristina Arias and Antonio Martínez Asensio won in the Spanish Language category for their narration of Federico García Lorca’s La casa de Bernarda Alba.

Tony Medina won alongside Jaime Lincoln Smith in the Young Readers category for I and I Bob Marley, which he wrote.

Here’s a look at this year’s Audie Awards winners:

Project Hail Mary       
Written by Andy Weir
Narrated by Ray Porter
Published by Audible Studios

Sherlock Holmes – The Seamstress of Peckham Rye
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Performed by Nicholas Briggs, Richard Earl, Lucy Briggs-Owen, India Fisher, James Joyce, Anjella MacKintosh, Glen McCready, and Mark Elstob
Published by Big Finish Productions

Somebody’s Daughter
Written and narrated by Ashley C. Ford
Published by Macmillan Audio

Deepti Gupta
The Parted Earth
Written by Anjali Enjeti
Published by Novel Audio

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World
Written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Machiavelli for Women
Written and narrated by Stacey Vanek Smith
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

La casa de Bernarda Alba
Written by Federico García Lorca
Narrated by Gloria Muñoz, Elena González, Rebeca Hernando, Carmen Mayordomo, Marta Poveda, Sol de la Barreda, Beatriz Melgares, Cristina Arias, and Antonio Martínez Asensio
Published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

The Gift of Black Folk
Written by W.E.B. Du Bois
Narrated by Arnell Powell
Published by Brilliance Publishing

Rhythm of War
Written by Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading
Published by Macmillan Audio

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev       
Written by Dawnie Walton
Narrated by Janina Edwards, Bahni Turpin, James Langton, André De Shields, Dennis Boutsikaris, Steve West, Gabra Zackman, Robin Miles, and a full cast
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other
Written and narrated by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish (with a foreword written and narrated by Diana Gabaldon)
Published by Hodder & Stoughton

How Y’all Doing?
Written and narrated by Leslie Jordan
Published by HarperAudio

All Creatures Great and Small
Written by James Herriot
Narrated by Nicholas Ralph
Published by Macmillan Audio

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt
Written by Varian Johnson
Narrated by Dion Graham
Published by Scholastic Audio

Written by Melissa Lenhardt
Narrated by Barrie Kreinik, Bailey Carr, Ella Turenne, Nikki Massoud, Natalie Naudus, Imani Jade Powers, and James Fouhey
Published by Hachette Audio

Written by Stephen King
Narrated by Seth Numrich
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

A Promised Land
Written and narrated by Barack Obama
Published by Penguin Random House Audio

The Joy of Sweat
Written by Sarah Everts
Narrated by Sophie Amoss
Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Written and narrated by Mary Jane Wells
Published by Author’s Republic

Reel: Hollywood Renaissance, Book 1
Written by Kennedy Ryan
Narrated by Eboni Flowers, Jakobi Diem, Nicole Small, and April Christina
Published by Scribechick Media LLC, Produced by Lyric Audiobooks

Project Hail Mary
Written by Andy Weir
Narrated by Ray Porter
Published by Audible Studios

Written by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon
Narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Dion Graham, Imani Parks, Jordan Cobb, Shayna Small, A.J. Beckles, and Bahni Turpin
Published by HarperAudio

Local Woman Missing
Written by Mary Kubica
Narrated by Brittany Pressley, Jennifer Jill Araya, Gary Tiedemann, and Jesse Vilinsky Published by HarperAudio

Be Dazzled
Written by Ryan La Sala
Narrated by Pete Cross
Published by Dreamscape Media

I and I Bob Marley
Written by Tony Medina
Narrated by Jaime Lincoln Smith and Tony Medina
Published by Live Oak Media

Audrey Esparza Signs with APA

Audrey Esparza has new representation…

The 34-year-old Latina actress has signed with APA.

Audrey Esparza

Esparza, who has appeared as Tasha Zapata in the NBC crime drama Blindspot, has a number of television and film credits to her name. Additional titles include Blue Bloods, The Americans, Black Box, Public Morals and Amateurs.

Esparza, a New York Tisch graudate, also acted in the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production of Underneath My Bed.

Maurice Compte Signs with APA

Maurice Compte has new representation…

The Cuban American actor, best known for his role as tough Colombian cop Carillo on the first two seasons of Netflix’s Narcos, has signed with APA (Agency for the Performing Arts) in all areas.

Maurice Compte

Compte, who stars as Kevin on Mayans MC, has also starred as high-level drug dealer Diego on the hit Starz series Power, and a season-long arc on From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.

He’s also appeared on Kevin Can WaitThe Last ShipCSI24Burn NoticeLie To MeSouthland and most recently on the CW’s In The Dark.

On the film side, Compte also recently starred in Den Of Thieves opposite Gerard Butler, and appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. 

Other feature credits include The Dream CatcherBefore Night FallsAll The Real GirlsEnd Of Watch and A Walk Among The Tombstones.

Justina Machado Signs with United Talent Agency (UTA)

Justina Machado has new representation…

The 46-year-old Puerto Rican actress, who stars on Netflix’s rebooted Norman Lear series One Day at a Time, has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA).

Justina Machado 

Machado, who scored a SAG Award in 2004 as part of the ensemble cast of HBO’s Six Feet Under, has appeared on Season 4 of CW’s Jane the Virgin and USA Network’s Queen of the South, and she voices Carmen on Disney Junior’s Elena of Avalor.

Her big-screen credits include The Purge: Anarchy and The Accidental Husband. On the stage, she made her Broadwaydebut in In the Heights and also appeared in A Free Man of Color.

On One Day at a Time, which follows three generations of a Cuban-American family, Machado stars as Penelope Alvarez, a single mom and military veteran raising two strong-willed, mega-millennial children, all the while enlisting the “help” of her old-school mother and her building manager-turned-confidante. Rita Moreno, Todd GrinnellStephen ToblowskyIsabella Gomezand Marcel Ruiz co-star.

The series from Lear and Sony Television is underway on shooting its third season, which will air in 2019.

She had been with APA and continues to be repped by D2 Management.

Gina Rodriguez Receives Bill of Rights Award from the ACLU of Southern California 

Gina Rodriguez fits the bill

The 33-year-old Puerto Rican actress and Jane the Virgin star was honored Sunday by the ACLU of Southern California at the group’s annual Bill of Rights dinner.

Gina Rodriguez

Rodriguez received the Bill of Rights award for her the tireless efforts she puts toward women’s rights and support for immigration as part of her work.

Throughout her career, Rodriguez has been backed up her beliefs in her professional work, with socially-conscious projects like Jane the Virgin, which earned her a Golden Globe, and upcoming shows like Femme, dealing with millennial feminists; and Illegal, dealing with the current climate surrounding immigrant families.

Last month, she fired both her agency and management company, APA and Primary Wave Entertainment, with both linked in the wave of sexual harassment and abuse scandals plaguing Hollywood, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Rodriguez was tearful in detailing what the ACLU recognition meant to her as a Latino representative.

“For those of us who make our living in Hollywood, the images that affect our fellow humans are our responsibility. So I accept this award and in doing so accept my responsibility to present a positive image to all those who look to me for inspiration. I will never stop trying to make this country a place where people of all races and ethnicities can feel accepted,”  she said.

Others on hand lauded for their outspoken social advocacy included Oscar-winning actresses Viola Davis and Jane Fonda; producers Judd Apatow and Reginald Hudlin; and famed labor leader Dolores Huerta, who was given the Lifetime Advocate for Justice Award.

Cabral Signs with the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA)

José María Cabral has new representation…

The 28-year-old Dominican filmmaker,who just debuted his film Carpinteros at the Sundance Film Festival, has signed with APA (Agency for the Performing Arts) for agency representation.

José María Cabral

Carpinteros, which Cabral wrote and directed, was one of the 12 films chosen to premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

Shot in an actual jail with real inmates and prison guards, the film follows Julián (Jean Jean), who finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic’s Najayo Prison. His romance with fellow prisoner Yanelly (Judith Rodriguez Perez) must develop through sign language and without the knowledge of dozens of guards.

Cabral’s 2012 drama Jaque Mate! was selected that year as the Dominican Republic’s Oscar entry for the foreign language film.

Navedo Signs with Agency for the Performing Arts (APA)

Andrea Navedo has new representation…

The 38-year-old Puerto Rican actress has signed with the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA).

Andrea Navedo

Navedo portrays Gina Rodriguez’s mom Xiomara on the beloved CW series.

She earned her this year’s Imagen Award for best supporting actress as well as HOLA’s Elizabeth Pena Breakthrough Artist Award for her breakthrough role.

She previously recurred as a detective for three seasons of Law & Order and appeared in half of How to Make It in America’s series run on HBO.

Her film credits include Remember Me, Once Upon a Time in Queens and the Fast and Furious parody Superfast! (as the Michelle Rodriguez analogue).

Navedo continues to be represented by LEG Management and Morris Yorn.