Diego Nájera is an LA-based creative producer from Guadalajara, Mexico.
He has experience in film curation, development, and financing. Diego currently works at AG Capital, the U.S. division of Mexico’s AG Studios which has produced over 100 films globally. In the U.S., AG recently financed Rob Siegel’s feature film CRUISE, as well as the Hulu Original Series “The First” created by Beau Willimon and starring Sean Penn.
Since 2017, Diego serves as Board Member for the Latin Tracking Board (LATB), an entertainment industry networking group that he co-founded with the mission to support and develop Latinx talent in the executive ranks through an online community and a monthly speaker series (recent guests include: Charles King, Kim Yutani, and Franklin Leonard).
Diego launched his career at the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) where he served as Screenings Manager, Producer, and Film Programmer for six editions. After relocating to Los Angeles, Diego had stints working at Amazon Studios Original Films; 20th Century Fox Television; and Gaumont International Television where he participated in the pre-production of the second season of the Netflix series ‘Narcos.’
Diego holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program. He is a USC International Artist Fellow (2014-2016), a recipient of the Producers Guild of America Debra Hill Fellowship (2016), a Film Independent Project Involve & Turner Fellow (2018) and a Film Independent Producers Lab Fellow (2019). Diego has developed & produced award-winning projects including SPARK (Dir. Juan Martinez Vera, 2016), recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant, nominated for a BAFTA Student Film Award and distributed by HBO. His latest short film, LIBERTY (Dir. Faren Humes, 2019), was produced as part of Film Independent Project Involve and premiered at Berlinale Generation were it received the Special Jury Prize and went on to win as Best Narrative Short at SXSW, Chicago Film Festival, and the Champs Elysées Film Festival. His work has been featured at the Atlanta Film Festival, Chicago Latino Film Festival, FICViña, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Miami Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortfest, and the Seattle Film Festival, among many others.
Currently, Diego is producing the crime-thriller BOLICHICOS, a feature film by Venezuelan filmmaker Juan Avella. The project is a recipient of the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Tribeca Film Institute, and was showcased at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. BOLICHICOS was recently named as one of the 10 best Latinx unproduced screenplays on the Latinx List, curated by The Black List.