Cabler Si TV is jumping on the presidential bandwagon with voter registration org Voto Latino to mount a "Crash the Parties" contest to pick two Latino political junkies to serve as "embedded" reporters for the channel at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Aspiring David Gregorys and Candy Crowleys can upload short vids to www.crashtheparties08.com explaining why they outta be picked to represent the voice of young Latino America at the confabs.
Si TV, the indie entertainment outlet aimed at English-speaking Hispanics, and Voto Latino will also be hosting a series of registration events in the coming weeks in Chicago, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Jose and San Diego where hopefuls can enter the ring. Starting May 7, vids will be judged by the public and a panel including CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, actress Rosario Dawson (a co-founder of Voto Latino), Craiglist's Craig Newmark, former Texas congressman Henry Bonilla, YouTube's Steve Grove and Danny Vargas, chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. Winners, to be announced in July, will report regularly during the gatherings (Dems meet in Denver Aug. 25-28; GOP powwows in St. Paul, Minn. Sept. 1-4) for the Si TV channel and website.
....Speaking of a call for entries, the Humanitas Prize has extended its deadline for 2008 entries until Wednesday. It doesn't cost a cent and there's no limit on entries, so c'mon all you film and TV scribes out there, pick your favorite script of the past 12 months that has something to say about the human condition (and was blessed with a theatrical release or national telecast) and send it in. (Applications are a click away via the Humanitas website). It could fetch $10,000-$25,000, and add a serious dollop of prestige to any resume. This year's winners luncheon is set for Sept. 17 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.