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Rick Najera
Rick Najera by Dano Perez Photography ©Rick Najera

RICK NAJERA

Screenwriter, Playwright, Director, Author

Rick Najera is an American screenwriter, director, producer, actor, comedian, author, playwright, coach and national speaker with an expansive portfolio of credits in all forms of entertainment. He has received numerous industry awards for his work.

From starring in films with George Clooney to directing Perez Hilton in Britney Spears World Tour to writing for Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx, Najera is best known for starring on Broadway in his award-winning, self-penned stageplay, Latinologues, directed by comedy legend Cheech Marin. Najera is only one of three Latinos to ever write and star in their own play on Broadway.

As a screenwriter, Najera has written for television, film, new media and theatre including Broadway, from Hulu’s Emmy-nominated series East Los High, MADTV and In Living Color, to the feature film Nothing Like the Holidays starring Debra Messing, Alfred Molina, John Leguizamo and Luis Guzman, which won him an ALMA Award.

Najera is a national motivational speaker and coach (Google, The World Bank, CNN, Harvard, UCLA +) addressing themes such as diversity, entertainment, Hispanic market, politics and comedy. He is the host of Latino Thought Makers, a live leadership-celebrity-interview series interviewing his network of industry friends and community leaders such as Edward James Olmos, Danny Trejo, Dolores Huerta and dozens more. 

Najera is an award-winning author of four books: Latins Anonymous, Pain of the Macho, Latinologues on Broadwayand and Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood.

Najera has been nominated for numerous industry awards including two WGA awards for Best Writing for a Comedy/Variety Television Series on MADTV.

Najera is repped by Daryn Simons at CEG, Cohesive Entertainment Group, 310-990-4707.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

  • Visionary Award – Latino Leadership Annual Summit
  • Most Powerful & Influential Latinos in Entertainment Award- Imagen Foundation
  • Top 13 in Diversity – L.A. Times Readers Poll
  • Exemplar in Humanity-Centered Media & Community Engagement by Media Done Responsibly
  • 1st Place – ‘Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Book’ for Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood, International Latino Book Awards
  • 2nd Place, ‘Best Biography’ International Latino Book Awards (2014)
  • ‘Most Influential Industry Executive’ LISTA: Latinos in Science & Technology Assoc.
  • Authored his fourth book, ALMOST WHITE: Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood
  • Humanitarian Award Winner – LISTA -Latinos in Science and Technology Association
  • ALMA Award winner, Best Writer, Special Achievement, Nothing Like The Holidays
  • Imagen Award nomination, Best Live Theatrical Performance, DADDY DIARIES
  • ‘Jerry Lester Award’ for Theatrical Performance, Sweet 15
  • ‘Hispanic Pioneer of America’ – Discovery Channel en Español
  • ‘Top 10 Celebrities to Watch’, San Diego Latino Film Festival
  • ‘100 Most Influential Latinos in America’ – HISPANIC Business Magazine 
  • Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award Nomination, Television Writing Achievement for Outstanding Script in a Comedy / Variety Series
  • Image Award, Best Live Theatrical Production, Rick Najera’s LATINOLOGUES™
  • Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award Nomination, Television Writing Achievement for Outstanding Script in a Comedy / Variety Series
  • ALMA Award Nominee, Best Writer for a Television Drama, ABC
  • Nosotros Golden Eagle Award, Best Writer, Latino Laugh Festival for Showtime
  • ‘50 Most Influential in Hollywood’ – VARIETY
  • 100 Most Influential Latinos in America’ – HISPANIC Business Magazine 

Najera is repped by Daryn Simons at CEG, Cohesive Entertainment Group, 310-990-4707.

For more information on Rick Najera visit www.ricknajera.com.

View Rick’s work on IMDB