'Our mission as storytellers is to continue highlighting and celebrating Latinos and our contributions.'
Ben Dejesús, founder of film and TV production studio NGL Studios, got the call Jan. 12. Executive producers Eva Longoria and Henry Muñoz wanted him to produce several segments for the official “Latino Inaugural 2021: Inheritance, Resilience and Promise Special” that aired Jan. 19 on Peacock, Telemundo and Univision.
Dejesús -- who cofounded the NGL Collective and whose partners include John Leguizamo -- has devoted 15 years to Latin storytelling, including entertainment and music. Producing material for a presidential inauguration, however, was special. All told, he produced five segments, ranging from 36 seconds to over five minutes, which show the faces and experiences of regular Latinos in the United States.
This is how it happened.