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Guide to the Dan Guerrero Collection on Latino Entertainment and the Arts CEMA 78
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The collection documents Latino cultural and entertainment history of recent years. Dan Guerrero's professional life in the world of entertainment as well as his personal family life is represented. It includes video and audio tapes of selected programming, scripts, publicity items and programs relating to the Latino community. There are photographs relative to Mexican American art and culture, transcripts of interviews with various members of the Latino entertainment industry. A significant amount of correspondence, audio tapes, video tapes, color slides and other items concerning his close friend, the late Carlos Almaraz, a veteran Chicano artist are in this collection. Other notable celebrities represented are Vikki Carr, Lorenzo Lamas, Cheech Marin, Ricardo Montalban, Kenny Ortega, Paul Rodriguez, Cesar Romero, Lalo Schifrin, Edward James Olmos and Jimmy Smits. The collection is of inestimable value in the study and understanding of Latino entertainment and the arts in the last decades of the 20th Century.
Dan Guerrero began his eclectic career in New York where he was a successful theatrical agent with clients in countless Broadway musicals and plays. He returned home to Los Angeles for an equally successful time as a casting director for stage and television before turning to producing. He has been widely-acclaimed as a highly creative independent producer of diverse programming for network and cable television in both English and Spanish. At the same time, he has produced, written and directed non-broadcast live events at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the House of Blues in West Hollywood and the Cite de la Musique in Paris, France. Guerrero is considered an early pioneer in the U.S. Latino market and has been twice honored by the distinguished Imagen Foundation for bringing positive Latino images to the screen. Hispanic Magazine also recognized him as "one of the 25 most powerful Hispanics in Hollywood." Guerrero began his production career in 1990 at Guber Peters Television as one of the original team that developed the weekly talk/variety program, El Show de Paul Rodriguez. The landmark show aired nationally on Univision and internationally throughout Latin America bringing the biggest U.S. and Latin American stars together in a ground-breaking bilingual format. Guerrero was brought on as head writer and was named co-producer after the first 13 shows and continued in that capacity for the three year run. He eventually headed Paul Rodriguez Productions with two El Show colleagues where the team produced four "docu-comedy" specials for FOX starring the comic actor: Paul Rodriguez: Behind Bars, Crossing Gang Lines, Back to School and Born to Ride. The highly-rated programs were a unique mix of documentary footage of gangs, bikers and multi-cultural issues inter-cut with music and comedy taped at locations from San Quentin prison to the Black Hills of South Dakota and the barrios of East LA and South Central. As a partner in There Goes the Neighborhood Productions, Guerrero produced Loco Slam, a series of half-hour Latino stand-up comedy shows for HBO and co-produced the PBS Kennedy Center Concert of the Americas for Quincy Jones/David Saltzman Entertainment. President Clinton and 34 leaders of Western Hemisphere countries attended the star-driven concert celebrating the Summit of the Americas conference in Miami. The event at the James L. Knight Convention Center boasted the biggest name artists from the U.S., Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Under his own banner, Guerrero produced the Vida Awards, an NBC nationally-aired special that honored Latinos in education, business, entertainment, sports, science/medicine and the arts. He also produced the CNBC J.D. Power Global Automotive Awards hosted by Tim Allen and taped at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. His multi-faceted career took a new direction in 1999 when he was named Vice President of Talent and Specials for the Telemundo Network under the new Sony ownership, a position especially created for his varied skills. Prior to joining Telemundo for the year on a corporate level, Guerrero was executive producer of their Al Dia con Maria Conchita, a daily talk/variety show hosted by Maria Conchita Alonso. During the same time, he produced and co-wrote the PBS national pledge special, Vikki Carr: Memories/Memorias for KCET. The bilingual concert also featured Arturo Sandoval, Pepe Aguilar and Jack Jones. The critically-acclaimed program included a CD and video release. An earlier bilingual Christmas special produced for Buena Vista International also created a best-selling CD that hit #8 on the Billboard Top 50 Latin Albums chart. Navidad en las Americas was taped at Disneyland and aired on Univision with Ricky Martin, Chayanne, Celia Cruz, Jose Feliciano, and Luis Enrique among the TV guest performers.
14.0 linear feet (7 document boxes, 5 oversize boxes, and tapes)
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