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LATINO LOOP for the week of April 20, 2018

Puerto Rico’s blackout is the second-largest worldwide, according to a report by the Rhodium Group. It is also the longest blackout in US history at triple the amount of customer-hours lost of electricity service compared to the second largest blackout in the US.

Executive producer Brad Silberling has confirmed that the upcoming fifth season of “Jane The Virgin” will be the show’s last.

The Supreme Court overturned the deportation order against James Garcia Dimaya. Trump justice appointee Neil Gorsuch sided with four justices, casting the deciding vote, and citing a definition within the Immigration and Nationality Act as too vague.

Cardi B will launch a clothing line in October this year through a partnership with Fashion Nova.

Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. have signed a two-year partnership with Mastercard as iconic sports ambassadors. The two will help promote the company’s #JuntosSomos10 campaign that combats malnutrition and child hunger.

EstrellaTV saw a 12% increase in the Prime daypart in Q1 2018, according to Nielsen. The network attributes the gains to the popularity of its talent competition show “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento” and bio series “Tarde Lo Conocí.”

Anthony Nardolillo makes his directorial debut with SHINE, a drama set to a classic salsa soundtrack that is slated to open in theaters in late Summer.  The film was Kickstarter’s highest-funded Latino narrative film. Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/9EUs0eh_js8           

Comic book writer Stan Lee is suing his ex-manager Jerardo Olivarez for fraud, financial abuse of an elder, misappropriation of his name and likeness and other counts. The suit alleges millions of dollars in misappropriated funds as well as a “diabolical and ghoulish scheme” by Olivarez to sell Lee’s blood.

Last week Pope Francis acknowledged the “grave errors” he made in the handling of a sex abuse crisis in Chile after he defended Bishop Juan Barros Madrid during a trip last year to Latin America, despite the fact that several accusers testified that he covered up abuse by his mentor, Rev. Fernando Karadima. He also invited representatives of abuse victims to Rome to offer a personal apology.

Netflix’ “On My Block” has been renewed for a second season. The coming-of-age comedy, which features actors such as Emilio Rivera, Paula Garces, Julio Macias, and Jessica Marie Garcia, debuted on March 16th.

Latino event ticketing service Tickeri has expanded its partnership with Bandsintown order to offer in-app ticket purchases directly through the Bandsintown app.

Crime-thriller “Bad Samaritan” arrives in theaters May 4th  starring former Menudo member Carlito Olivero.

A study by the Culture Marketing Council titled Digital Lives 2018: A World of Digital “Everything” through a Cultural Lens found that culture drives how digital behavior is shared and consumed. Among the findings of the study are that 60% - 64% of Hispanics are more likely to buy from brands that advertise in their cultural space and that Spanish-language ads create more engagement with Hispanics including third generation and above Hispanics.

Pandora has launched El Pulso, a bilingual urban music station and playlist. El Pulso will include music from Bad Bunny, Karol G, Leslie Grace, and Sebastian Yatra as well as featuring emerging artists.

Ultra Worldwide has announced Resistance, a three-day festival taking place May 25th-28th near Mexico’s Teotihuacan archaeological ruins.

The Tribeca Film Institute has announced its support for 16 new features projects from Latin America and the Caribbean. 12 of the scripted projects will receive grants worth up to $10,000 as well as mentoring and workshops.

User-generated content and media company Hitsbook Group has launched a U.S. division that will serve the U.S. and Pan Regional Latin American Markets. Ruben Mendiola will serve as the division’s Chief Regional Officer.

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