Title: Dennis E. Leoni Resurrection Boulevard Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1999 - 2003
Collection number: 57
Creator: Leoni, Dennis E. 1946 -
60 linear feet
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: This collection consists of production books, schedules and call sheets, memos, correspondence, resumes, head shots, art department
materials, press kits, clippings and video cassettes related to Resurrection Boulevard, the first weekly one-hour dramatic
series to predominately feature Latinos both in front of and behind the camera. On screen, it represented the Santiagos, a
Mexican American boxing family living in East Los Angeles with an all-Latino cast. Off-screen, it employed the largest number
of Latinos to have ever worked in the television or film industries.
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Language of Material: Collection materials in English , Spanish
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[Identification of item], Dennis E. Leoni Resurrection Boulevard Papers, 57, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, University
of California, Los Angeles.
Collection donated to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Archive / Library. Deed on file at the archive office, rm.
180 Haines Hall, UCLA.
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.
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 both in 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.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
East Los Angeles
Latino family drama