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Finding Aid for the Dennis E. Leoni Resurrection Boulevard Papers 1999 - 2003
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Description
This collection consists of production books, schedules and call sheets, memos, correspondence, resumes, head shots, art department materials, press kits, clippings and video cassettes.



Resurrection Boulevard was the first weekly one-hour dramatic series to predominately feature Latinos in both the front of and behind the screen. On screen, it represented the first television series to premiere a Latino family drama with an all-Latino cast. Off-screen, it employed the largest number of Latinos to have ever worked in the history of both the television and film industries. Premium cable network, Showtime, premiered Resurrection Boulevard, on Monday, June 26, 2001 at 10pm. The series aired for three seasons from June 2001 to its cancellation in September 2002. The series was created and produced by Dennis Leoni. The series featured an ensemble cast of both seasoned performers including Tony Plana, Michael DeLorenzo, and Elizabeth Peña and newcomers Nicholas Gonzalez, Ruth Livier, Marisol Nichols and Mauricio Mendoza.



Resurrection Boulevard was a family drama based on the Santiagos, a Mexican American boxing family living in East Los Angeles. The family consisted of patriarch, Roberto Santiago (Tony Plana), a widower and former boxer; Yolanda (Ruth Livier), the eldest daughter who attended USC Law School; Miguel (Mauricio Mendoza), the eldest son who trained boxers at his fathers gym; Carlos (Michael DeLorenzo), the middleweight champion; Alex (Nicholas Gonzalez), the medical student turned boxer; Victoria (Marisol Nichols), high school student; Ruben, the uncle and Vietnam veteran and Bibi (Elizabeth Peña), Roberto's sister-in-law.



Resurrection Boulevard was filmed on location in East Los Angeles with interiors shot at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood. It was produced as a joint venture of Showtime Networks Inc., Viacom Productions and Patagonia House.



Throughout its series run, Resurrection Boulevard received multiple awards including the Nosotros The Golden Eagle, the National Council of La Raza Alma Award for Outstanding Dramatic Series and the LEMI Vision Award. Moreover, in recognition of its historic significance, Resurrection Boulevard was strongly supported by prominent Latino organizations such as The National Organization of Hispanic Journalists, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the League of United Latin American Citizens and the National Council of La Raza.



Background
Dennis Leoni is the creator and executive producer of the Showtime dramatic series Resurrection Boulevard. He also shares writing credits for various episodes of the series. Leoni was born in Tucson, Arizona. After attending the University of Arizona, Leoni began his career in the film and television industry as an actor and stunt man. Later, he worked his way into production via the hit television series Hawaii Five-O. While in Hawaii, he wrote his first screenplay, which led to various writing assignments for several popular television series including Covington Cross and The Commish. Leoni's television and film credits include Resurrection Boulevard, Almost a Woman, Untombed, McKenna, Raven, Hull Street High, Bordertown, The Madness of Hanna Louise, and The Hunted White House. He has received numerous awards including the 2001 National Council of La Raza Alma Award for Outstanding Dramatic Series, the Nosotros Golden Eagle Award, the LEMI Vision Award, and the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award. Leoni was also the recipient of the Imagen Foundation's 2002 Norman Lear Writer's Award which honors the outstanding achievements of a Latino writer. He is currently on the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latino/Latina independent producers. Leoni continues to write for television and is in the process of developing his own feature length film.
Extent
60 linear feet
Restrictions
For students and faculty researchers of UCLA, all others by permission only. Copyright has not been assigned to the Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and/or the Librarian at the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
Access is available by appointment for UCLA student and faculty researchers as well as independent researchers. To view the collection or any part of it, please contact the archivist at archivist@chicano.ucla.edu or the librarian at yretter@chicano.ucla.edu