Giselle Fernandez
  Latina Activist

  2014 Imagen Award Winner:
            Best Web Series


                        August 6, 2014

   Hi Everyone,

     I have some truly great news to share: The Web series "BIG SHOTS with Giselle Fernandez," which is featured on, won an Imagen Award for Best Web Series: Reality or Informational. This is a huge honor! If you're not familiar with these prestigious awards, they aim "to recognize and reward positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as to encourage and recognize the achievements of Latinos in the entertainment and communications industries. The Imagen Foundation works to create, promote, and enhance opportunities for all Latinos in front of and behind the camera and throughout the entertainment industry, and serve as a liaison between the industry and the Latino community by providing access, education and resources."

     An arm of our web site's CityThink initiative, BIG SHOTS is hosted by Giselle Fernandez, an Emmy winner who has spearheaded this series and secured terrific, insightful, and news-breaking interviews with such leaders as Telecom titan Carlos Slim, California Congressman Xavier Becerra, developer Rick Caruso, former AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke, and former President of Mexico Vicente Fox. We are so proud to host it on our site, and even more proud that Giselle's efforts were recognized by peers in the industry. Bravo! It follows on the heels of Giselle's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California at the 64th annual Golden Mike Awards earlier this year. The Imagen Awards will air as a one-hour special on Saturday, September 27th at 10 p.m. on PBS SoCal.

     I also want to thank Donna, Marielle, Shayna, and Israel, all of whom work behind-the-scenes on Big Shots to edit it, promote it, and format the video for our site. It's a group effort and indicative of the herculean efforts that go into the site every day. It also continues to validate our role as offering a strong and diverse voice in the larger civic dialogue around Los Angeles and its future.

     Please join me in congratulating Giselle and the BIG SHOTS team.

Mary Melton
Editor-in-Chief | Los Angeles magazine
Editorial Director | Emmis Publishing


           Click HERE for a list of all the 2014 Imagine Award winners.