National Hispanic Media Coalition to Honor Colman Domingo at This Year’s Impact Awards Gala

Colman Domingo is makin’ an impact…

The National Hispanic Media Coalition has announced its honorees for this year’s Impact Awards gala, with the 52-year-old Belizean-Guatemalan American actor and social justice activist among those being feted.

Colman DomingoDomingo is part of a roster of honorees that includes Francia RaisaGeorge Lopez, Mayan Lopez and Yvett Merino.

On My Block star Jessica Marie Garcia will serve as host of the festivities; U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro will make a special appearance.

Returning to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel after last year’s virtual celebration, the Impact Awards celebrate the outstanding individuals dedicating themselves to creating a more inclusive entertainment industry through the positive portrayal of the Latinx community, both in front of and behind the camera.

“This year’s honorees have helped push the industry forward and have been instrumental in the movement for an increased and accurate representation of Latinos in Hollywood from the very start of their careers,” said Brenda Victoria Castillo, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition in a statement. “NHMC is thrilled to be returning to an in-person celebration after a year, and what better way to make our return than by honoring some of Hollywood’s most illustrious movers and shakers.”

The Impact Awards Gala is just one part of the NHMC’s overall mission to spotlight the importance of accurate, fair, and positive representation in media, including advocating for an increased number of Latino writers on major networks, the increased representation of diverse talent on major television and film sets, and educating media and industry executives on the variances of Latino culture.

The Impact Awards gala will take place on September 9.

Netflix Releases Trailer for Jason Genao’s YA Comedy Limited Series ” Boo, Bitch”

It’s a Bitchin’ new project for Jason Genao

Netflix has released the official trailer for Boo, Bitchan eight-episode live-action YA comedy limited series starring Lana Condor and the 25-year-old Dominican-American actor and On My Block star.

Jason GenaoHailing from Erin Ehrlich and Lauren Iungerich, the series stars Condor as Erica Vu, a high school senior who’s lived her life safely under the radar. Over the course of one night, she seizes the opportunity to change her narrative and start living an epic life, only to find out the next morning… she’s a motherf*%king ghost.

In addition to Condor and Genao, the cast also includes Zoe Colletti, Mason Versaw, Aparna Brielle and Tenzing Norgay Trainor.

Writers Ehrlich and Iungerich created a new take on an original script optioned from newcomers and co-creators Tim Schauer and Kuba Soltysiak.

Boo, Bitch premieres on July 8 on Netflix.

Keyla Monterroso Mejia Signs with United Talent Agency (UTA)

Keyla Monterroso Mejia has new representation.

The Guatemalan and Mexican American actress and Curb Your Enthusiasm star has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA).

Keyla Monterroso Mejia Monterroso Mejia rose to acclaim as Maria Sofia Estrada, a short-order cook turned actress, on the 11th season of the Larry David comedy.

Although Maria Sofia’s acting skills leave much to be desired, it’s her dance moves and hilarious banter with Cheryl Hines (and tussle with Ted Danson) that solidifies Monterroso Mejia’s status as an up-and-comer to watch.

She previously starred in the Disney+ short Growing Fangs and the HBO Max short The 90 Day Plan.

Up next, Monterroso Mejia will star as a series regular in Netflix’s On My Block spin-off, Freeridge.

Bryana Salaz to Star in Netflix’s “On My Block” Spinoff, “Freeridge”

Bryana Salaz is part of the Core Four

The 24-year-old Latina actress/singer has been cast in Netflix’s On My Block spinoff, YA comedy series Freeridge

Bryana Salaz

Salaz, who starred on Team Kaylie, is part of the core cast that includes Keyla Monterroso Mejia (Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 11, Growing Fangs), Ciara Riley Wilson (LA’s Finest, Kim Possible) and Shiv Pai (Iron Fist, Uncut Gems).

The spinoff hails from On My Block co-creators Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, On My Block writer Jamie Uyeshiro and Jamie Dooner.

In the spinoff, the stories of Freeridge continue, following a new crew of friends who may
or may not have unleashed a deadly curse kicking off an unforgettable adventure.

The fourth and final season of On My Block premiered October 4 on Netflix. Salaz, Mejia, Wilson and Pai appear in the series finale as a segue to the upcoming spinoff.

Uyeshiro, Gonzalez and Haft will serve as co-creators, co-showrunners and executive producers of Freeridge. Iungerich and Dooner are co-creators and executive producers.

Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray, Diego Tinoco, Jessica Marie Garcia and Julio Macias star in On My Block, a coming-of-age comedy about four bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high school set in the rough inner city.

Salaz appeared on the seventh season of NBC’s The Voice as part of Gwen Stefani‘s team.

Netflix Releases Trailer for Fourth & Final Season of Diego Tinoco’s “On My Block”

It’s one last trip around the block for Diego Tinoco

Netflix has unveiled the trailer for the fourth and final season of On My Block, starring the 23-year-old Colombian, Mexican and Ecuadorian American actor.

Diego Tinoco

The clip sets the scene for more partying, drinking and fighting two years after the previous chapter.

Co-created by Lauren Iungerich and Eddie Gonzalez & Jeremy HaftOn My Block is a coming of age comedy about four bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high-school set in the rough inner city.

On My Block

In the teaser, Monse (Sierra Capri) and Cesar (Tinoco) contemplate their next steps, and those of their closest friends.

“You’re gonna go off and be a famous writer someday. Ruby’s gonna follow his brother and go to some fancy college. Jamal – he’s going to figure things out and get out,” Cesar tells Monse. “But this life – it’s my destiny. My family crest is, and will always be, a gang sign.”

The clip picks up years later with the central friend reunited to deal with the secrets of their past. Despite their different paths in lives, they quickly learn they can’t run from the past and need to stick together to survive.

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On My Block Season 4 will premiere on Netflix on Monday, October 4. Iungerich executive produces alongside Gonzalez, Haft and Jamie Dooner.

Danny Ramirez to Star in the Thriller “No Exit”

There’s no exit for Danny Ramirez.

The 28-year-old Colombian and Mexican American actor will star in No Exit, a thriller for 20th Century Studios.

Danny Ramirez

Directed by Damien Power, the film will also star Havana Rose Liu and Dennis Haysbert.

David Rysdahl, Dale Dickey and Mila Harris are also starring in the thriller, which just wrapped production in New Zealand.

Scott Frank is producing the film that will stream in 2022 as a Disney direct-to-consumer original feature on Hulu in the U.S. and internationally on Disney+ as a Star feature.

Written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the script tells of a young woman (Liu) stuck with a group of people at a mountain rest stop during a blizzard. Things take a turn for the dangerous when the young woman discovers a kidnapped child in a car belonging to one of the people inside, setting in motion a terrifying life-or-death struggle to discover who among them is the kidnapper.

Best known for his role in The Gifted, he has also starred in the series On My Block and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. He will be in the upcoming movie Top Gun: Maverick.

Netflix Renews Jason Genao’s “On My Block” for Fourth & Final Season

It’s one last trip around the block for Jason Genao

Netflix has renewed On My Block, starring the 24-year-old Dominican American actor, for a fourth and final season.

On My Block

The series will return with 10 episodes with stars Genao, Sierra Capri, Brett Gray, Diego Tinoco, Jessica Marie Garcia and Julio Macias back alongside co-creator Lauren Iungerich.

The series is a coming-of-age comedy about four bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high school set in the rough inner city.

Its third season, which consisted of eight episodes, premiered in March 2020.

Iungerich remains showrunner and executive producer, the renewal coming after she signed a multiyear overall deal with the streamer last year to develop new projects. She’ll exec produce alongside co-creators Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft. Jamie Dooner has been upped to executive producer.

It brings an end to the show, which was named by the streamer as its No. 1 most binged show in 2018, beating the likes of Making a Murderer, 13 Reasons Why and The Haunting of Hill House.

Jason Genao to Star in the Vietnam War Thriller “Ambush”

Jason Genao is getting ambushed

The 24-year-old Dominican American actor and On My Block star has been cast in the Vietnam War action thriller Ambush, starring Aaron Echkart.

Jason Genao

Genao joins a roster of new cast additions that includes Cody Christian and Dermot Mulroney. The film will be directed by Mark Earl Burman, who co-wrote the screenplay with Michael McClung.

Ambush, based on a true story, follows a group of elite commandos, led by Captain Drummond (Eckhart), tasked with collecting classified information that can change the fate of the war. On the edge of the jungle, the team is attacked by an overwhelming invisible force of the enemy army and must follow it into the complex labyrinth of Cu Chi tunnels, with the enemy and traps at every turn.

Principal photography is now set to begin in the fall in Colombia amid compliance with COVID-19 health guidelines.

Saban Films has acquired the North American rights to Ambush, with a release plan currently in the works.

Genao previously starred in Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine film Logan.

Julio Macias Upped to Series Regular on Netflix’s “On My Block”

Julio Maciaswill be spending more time on the Block

The Mexican American actor, who has recurred for the past two seasons of On My Block as Oscar “Spooky” Diaz, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming third season of the Netflix series.

Julio Macias

Macias’ Oscar Diaz is a gang leader in the Santos Gang. He has appeared in 13 episodes since season 1.

On My Block, from Awkward creator Lauren IungerichEddie Gonzalezand Jeremy Haft, is a coming-of-age comedy about bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high school in LA’s South Central neighborhood.

During the first two seasons, we learned that before Oscar joined the gang, he was an intelligent student who was planning to attend college and culinary school. Instead of following his dream, Oscar decided to stay in Freeridge to look after his younger brother Cesar and keep him safe in their gang-ridden neighborhood.

Sierra CapriJason GenaoBrett Gray, Diego Tinoco and Jessica Marie Garcia will reprise their roles in Season 3.

Macia’s previous credits include appearances on Jane the Virgin and S.W.A.T.

Jason Genao & His “On My Block” Castmates Complete Salary Renegotiation Talks with Netflix

Jason Genaois back on the Block

Netflixhas posted a video with the cast of On My Block, including the 23-year-old Dominican American actor, marking the start of production on Season 3 of the coming-of-age comedy.

On My Block

In addition to Genoa, the video features the series’ other leads Sierra CapriBrett Grayand Diego Tinoco.

On My Block, from Awkward creator Lauren IungerichEddie Gonzalezand Jeremy Haft, is a coming-of-age comedy about bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high school in LA’s South Central neighborhood. The series’ writers have been working since April, churning out scripts for the upcoming third season.

The quartet had been embroiled in salary renegotiation talks with Netflix. The negotiations had stretched well into July, with the impasse threatening to impact the start of production.

As was the case of 13 Reasons Why last summer,it got down to the wire, but Deadline.com reports the core cast has successfully completed salary renegotiations, scoring significant salary increases.

Genoa, Capri, Gray and Tinoco, who each made $20,000 an episode in the first two seasons, went into the negotiations with an opening salvo of $250,000 an episode. Netflix countered with an offer for $40,000 an episode, leading to a $225,000 an episode response from the actors’ camp.

The actors all reportedly got substantial raises, tripling or more their previous paychecks.

No official word from Netflix on the exact amount.