Chicano Studies Research Center Library
Title: Dennis E. Leoni Resurrection Blvd. Papers
Leoni, Dennis E. 1946 -
Identifier/Call Number: CSRC.0057
60 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1998-2003
Abstract: Dennis E. Leoni is the creator and producer of
Resurrection Blvd., a dramatic television series that ran on Showtime for three seasons from 2000-2002. This collection consists of scripts,
production books, schedules and call sheets, memos, correspondence, resumes, head shots, art department materials, press kits,
clippings and video cassettes related to the program.
Physical Location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library
and Archive for paging information.
Language of Material:
, Spanish; Castilian
Open for research.
Collection donated to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Archive / Library. Deed on file at the archive office, rm.
180 Haines Hall, UCLA.
The materials are arranged in the order determined by the initial archivist. Presumably, the material is in its original order,
as no other organizing principle can be divined. The collection is arranged in the following series:
- Series 1. Scripts and production books
- Series 2. Schedules and call sheets
- Series 3. Memos and correspondence
- Series 4. Resumes and head shots
- Series 5. Production and art department
- Series 6. Proposals and treatments
- Series 7. Publicity
- Series 8. Videocassettes
Dennis Leoni is the creator and executive producer of the Showtime dramatic series
Resurrection Blvd. 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
Covington Cross and
The Commish. In addition to
Resurrection Blvd. Leoni's television and film credits include
Almost a Woman,
Hull Street High,
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 has served 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.
Resurrection Blvd. was the first weekly one-hour dramatic series to predominately feature Latinos both in front of and behind the camera. Premium
cable network Showtime premiered the series on Monday, June 26, 2000 at 10pm and it aired for three seasons until its cancellation
in September 2002.
Resurrection Blvd. was a family drama focusing 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 father's gym; Carlos (Michael DeLorenzo),
the middleweight champion; Alex (Nicholas Gonzalez), the medical student turned boxer; Victoria (Marisol Nichols), a high
school student; Ruben, the uncle and Vietnam veteran and Bibi (Elizabeth Peña), Roberto's sister-in-law.
The series 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.
[Identification of item], Dennis E. Leoni Resurrection Blvd. Papers, 57, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, University
of California, Los Angeles.
The collection was processed by the CSRC in 2016. The finding aid was revised by Doug Johnson in 2020. The revision was done
during the COVID-19 pandemic, so no materials were physically available for review.
Episodes and film elements in a variety of formats were transferred to the UCLA Film and Televsion Archive.
These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user
must assume full responsibility for any use of materials, including but not limited to infringement of copyright and publication
rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.
The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Mexican Americans on television