Friday, February 26, 2016

Holding Out for Latina Heroines and Filmmakers

With the Oscars 2016 around the corner and the promise of more diversity by the year 2020 including women behind and in front of the camera, a change that was long overdue and finally is being challenged, there is still a need of more conversation about it.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

'Gotham' Actor J.W. Cortés: Latinos Have 'Been Here, 'Given 'Everything'

Actor J.W. Cortés joined Cafecito host Feliciano Garcia and opened up about his acting career and Hollywood, his experiences with his autistic son, and his time in the U.S. military.

Cortés plays Detective Carlos Alvarez on FOX's 'Gotham' and is a decorated Marine veteran.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Starz Targets Latino Viewers with Hispanic-Themed Development Projects

Starz is looking to boost its profile with Latino viewers. The premium cabler has set three development prospects revolving around Hispanic themes and creative auspices that include Televisa USA and “The Blair Witch Project’s” Haxan Films.

The focus on Hispanic audiences comes after Starz has found broad success with shows rooted in African-American experiences, including the drama “Power,” which ranks as Starz’s most-watched original series, and comedy “Survivor’s Remorse.”

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Forbes 30 under 30

Presenting the Class of 2016: 600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, breakout talents and change agents in 20 different sectors.

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World’s 30 Highest Paid Musicians

The ten top earners in music combined to earn $1.4 billion pretax last year—nearly half of it courtesy of Dr. Dre. To form this year’s list, we considered income from touring, recorded music, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures. Management, agent and lawyer fees were not deducted. Earnings were calculated from June 2013 to June 2014 and based on data from Pollstar, the RIAA and Nielsen, and on interviews with managers, lawyers, executives and some artists themselves.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Gina Rodriguez launches #MovementMondays to promote Latinos on screen

The Jane the Virgin star today announced #MovementMondays, a social media campaign to promote Latinos on screen by highlighting the work of one Latino actor a week, and by encouraging Latino audiences to support films and TV shows that reflect them.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Más Mejor Latino Comedy Network Launches From Broadway Video, NBCU Telemundo

Here comes a spin on “Saturday Night Live” pitched at digitally hip Hispanic audiences.

“SNL” producer Broadway Video, together with NBCUniversal Telemundo, has launched Más Mejor, a comedy studio and network aimed at discovering new Latino talent and reaching a youthful, multicultural audience.

Más Mejor will create short-form sketch comedy content, in both English and Spanish, distributed across YouTube and social channels as well top Hispanic ad-focused sites

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Why Are Latinos More Likely to Be Happy?

Most of the people in my family are fairly cheerful people. My mom, in particular, is the most upbeat and optimistic person I've ever met.

It's a little odd, in that nobody in my family is a millionaire, and we've all had our fair share of traumas. And yet, here we are, apparently happier than your average stressed-out American.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Rio de Janeiro to welcome 2016 with Olympic theme

The traditional New Year's Eve celebration on Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Copacabana beach will have a Summer Olypics theme this year, with 2,000 samba school drummers joining the festivities, Brazil's O Globo newspaper reported Sunday.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

JOJO is back and better than ever

It’s always awkward watching grown adults cry in public, but that’s exactly what happened during JoJo’s sold-out show at New York City’s Webster Hall earlier this Fall. The singer sauntered onto the stage in a bare midriff top and see-through cover up before launching into her classic “Baby It’s You.” 

That’s when the crowd’s waterworks began — a decade of hits will do that to you. “I’ve gotta tell you. I’m not even acting right now. Genuinely, when I hear that I’m like, ‘Really?’” JoJo says after hearing about the crowd’s tears and primal screams. “That makes me feel amazing ‘cause I’m always like, ‘Was I good?’”

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

AT&T Kills Hispanic Video Channel to Start Mobile Entertainment Service

AT&T (T - Get Report) is quietly closing down the Yaveo Hispanic streaming service that its DirecTV unit launched with much hoopla in 2014 when the satellite-TV provider jumped into the industry-wide race to lure customers with Internet-based video channels.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Socorro Cruz and the Battle of the 40 Yrs old vs. the 20 Yrs old! Who wins?

ABC Developing Latino Family Comedy From ‘Accepted’ Scribe Mark Perez

ABC has bought Accidentes, a Latino family comedy pitch from Mark Perez, Eric Tannenbaum and CBS TV Studios. Written by Perez, Accidentes centers on a disgraced Wall Street lawyer who had distanced himself from his Latino roots and goes back home to work at his family’s strip-mall law firm in the heart of Little Havana.

Perez also executive produces with the Tannenbaum Company’s Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum. CBS TV Studios, where the Tannenbaum Company is based, is the studio.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mexico's Ocesa Seitrack to manage Miguel Bose's career globally

Spanish artist Miguel Bose, who has sold more than 30 million records, has formed a "strategic alliance" with Mexico's Ocesa Seitrack, which will manage his career globally, the agency, a subsidiary of Grupo Corporacion Interamericana de Entretenimiento, or CIE, said in a statement.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

'Nina's World' Star Michele Lepe Talks Children's TV, Multicultural Backgrounds And Working With Rita Moreno

Sprout's (the 24/7 kids channel) Michele Lepe talked to us about the network's new original animated series, “Nina’s World” about a 6-year old Hispanic girl and the multicultural neighborhood she grows up in. Similar to the popular show "Dora the Explorer,” “Nina's World” incorporates English, some Spanish and American Sign Language, to emphasize inclusiveness, as well as the value of communicating across multiple languages and appreciating other cultures. Lepe is the EP of the show and also lends her voice, playing Nina's mom, alongside the legendary screen and stage Hispanic actress Rita Moreno, who plays Nina's 'abuelita'. 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Star Wars creator George Lucas gave $10 million to support black, Hispanic students

NEW YORK — May the force — of diversity — be with USC.

Star Wars creator George Lucas gave $10 million to support black and Hispanic students at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Lucas made the donation with his wife, businesswoman Mellody Hobson, through the George Lucas Family Foundation. The money will give financial support to students to help boost diversity at the school.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame to Induct Emilio Estefan, Myriam Hernandez, Gustavo Santaolalla, Alvaro Torres, Diego Torres and Hector Ochoa Cardenas at the LA MUSA AWARDS. Presented by WorldArts

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 16, 2015  -- Musical giants Emilio Estefan, Myriam Hernandez, Gustavo Santaolalla, Alvaro Torres, Hector Ochoa Cardenas,  and Diego Torres will become the latest Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductees at the 3rd annual star-studded LA MUSA AWARDS to be held at The Fillmore Miami Beach Jackie Gleason Theater on Thursday October 15th, 2015.  Hosted by Carlos Ponce.  Quincy Jones, Rita Moreno, Gloria Estefan, Dionne Warwick, Paul Williams, Alejandra Guzman, Beto Cuevas, Omar Alfanno, Lena Burke, Beatriz Luengo, Fantine, Yotuel, Cristian de la Fuente as well as exciting new artists Isabela Moner and Anthony De La Torre will be on stage at this year's Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2015 LA MUSA 

AWARDS Induction Ceremony Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander and Conducted by Maestro Eduardo Marturet of the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2015 Inductees:

* Hector Ochoa Cardenas (Colombia)
* Emilio Estefan (Cuba)
* Myriam Hernandez (Chile)
* Gustavo Santaolalla (Argentina)

* Alvaro Torres (El Salvador)
* Diego Torres (Argentina)

The gala will recognize these legendary music creators and their unforgettable songs written in Spanish and Portuguese as well as feature moving tributes and musical performances by some of the industry's most important talents. Additional special honorees and presenters will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Limited number of VIP Premier La Musa Black Carpet Reception tickets (pre-show open bar, hors d'oeuvres and priority seating) are still available through LSHOF official site: 

General admission tickets can be purchased through Live Nation: 

About Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame:The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame is a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 2012 by renowned songwriter/producers Desmond Child and Rudy Pérez whose mission is to educate, honor and celebrate the lives and music of the world's greatest Latin Songwriters and composers and inspire new generations of music creators.

WorldArts is the premiere global resource for artists to connect directly with fans, brands, and industry professionals.  We offer artists live performance opportunities and an e-commerce platform to sell and license their music so they can monetize their career.  Our crowdfunding platform allows fans to share in this journey by helping artists tour and continue producing their music.  Fans are also rewarded with exclusive offers and can share content so they can be a part of finding the 'next big thing'.  Our mission is to bring the music world under one roof and make it a better place for everyone.  At WorldArts, it's all about the music.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

'Perfect Guy' elbows ahead of 'The Visit' with $26.7 million

LOS ANGELES ( - Thriller "The Perfect Guy" narrowly beat out horror film "The Visit" for first place at the weekend box office, picking up a leading $26.7 million.

"The Visit," M. Night Shyamalan's return to the shock and chills genre that made famous with "The Sixth Sense," was close behind with a sterling $25.7 million. Going into the weekend both films were expected to pull in between $15 million and $17 million.

"The Perfect Guy" has more than doubled its $12 million budget in a single weekend, putting it on a path to profitability. The story of a successful lobbyist (Sanaa Lathan) who rebounds from a breakup with a Mr. Wrong (Michael Ealy), who turns out to have a dangerous side, was backed by Sony's ScreenGems' division

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Hundreds show up to see Don Francisco as NYC street was officially named after him

The longtime Univision TV host Don Francisco got a hero’s welcome from the hundreds of fans who battled the heat in a small New York City plaza in the Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights.

“Don Francisco thank you! For so many years of smiles and great humor!” a fan poster read as the beloved Chilean waved at the crowd at Mitchel Square.

Don Francisco, whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger, was in New York Tuesday as the city was honoring him by naming a stretch of 167th Street after him. It will bear the name “Don Francisco Blvd” in honor of Kreutzberger, whose last episode of “Sabado Gigante” airs on Sept. 19 after 53 years on the air.

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Latin America Home to 110 Million Digital Buyers

Retail ecommerce in Latin America is growing at a rapid pace and will approach $50 billion in 2015. Behind that trend is a rising digital buyer base. After a robust 17.4% gain last year, the number of internet users ages 14 and older in the region who make at least one purchase via any digital channel will rise 12.9% this year to reach 110.0 million, eMarketer estimates. By 2019, the last year in our forecast period, that number will rise to 151.1 million.

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