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LATINO LOOP for the week of April 21, 2017


Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his jail cell, of an apparent suicide.   Hernandez was serving a life sentence for murder and was acquitted last week in a separate double murder trial.

Gina Rodriguez has signed on to voice Carmen Sandiego in the upcoming Netflix animated version of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”.  

Reinaldo de Jesus Henao was arrested at the Coachella festival this past weekend with over a hundred cellphones stolen from festival-goers.   He was caught after several of the victims used the Find My iPhone feature to locate him. 

Lopez Negrete Communications won the Advertising Research Foundation’s 2017 Silver David Ogilvy Award for it’s Hispanic “Wonder Every Day” Walmart campaign.

The USPS has launched a new line of stamps titled “Delicioso”, featured illustrations by John Parra celebrating “the influence of Central and South American, Mexican and Caribbean foods and flavors on American cuisine".  The dishes featured include tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile relleno and ceviche and the stamps will go on sale on April 20th.  

Spain’s first Netflix original, “Las chicas del cable” will debut on April 28th.  The series focuses on the lives of four women working at the National Telephone Company in 1920’s Madrid.  

Peermusic, the world’s largest independent music publisher is celebrating its 90th anniversary. The firm was founded in 1927 by Ralph S. Peer, who is widely recognized as a pioneer in the crossover of Latin Music into the mainstream.  Peer and his wife Monique signed some of the most important Latin composers of the era including, Agustin Lara, Perez Prado, Jose Alfredo Jimenez and Tito Puente among many others and continues it’s legacy in the Latin market today with writers such as Victor Manuelle, Gloria Trevi, Prince Royce, El Komander and ChocQuibTown.

Univision will premiere “La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo” on May 8th at 9 PM ET/PT (8 PM CT).  The telenovela tells the story of a single mother who comes to the United States to give her daughter a better life while also pursuing her dream of becoming a Regional Mexican singer. 

Chevrolet saw a 30% increase from 2013-2016 in Spanish-speaking drivers who pushed the OnStar button for service in Spanish and expects that number to continue to rise in 2017

Telemundo has hired Anomaly, a general market agency, to lead its strategy and creative duties around the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup in 2018. 

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez visited the Dominican Republic this week for Lopez’ concert with ex-husband Marc Anthony.  

Sofia Vergara has joined the cast of the “Emoji Movie” as the voice of the flamenco dancer emoji. The upcoming animated feature hits theaters on July 28th. 

EDF Brands recently filed a lawsuit in New York claiming that Thalia failed to promote a line of products created as part of a licensing deal with the Mexican fashion retailer.  According to Thalia, the products were not up to her standards and were made of cheap materials.  

Justin Bieber sings in Spanish on a new version of “Despacito" with Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi.  The track was YouTube’s biggest music video debut so far this year with 20 million views in its first 24 hours. 

22-year-old Argentine soccer fan Emanuel Balbo died from head injuries two days after he was pushed over the edge of the stadium stand onto concrete stairs below by angry fans who thought he was supporting the rival team.

Protests continue in Venezuela by opposition supporters who came out for the “mother of all marches” today, which has already resulted in the shooting death of an 18-year-old student. 

Univision Communications has launched Uforia Audio On-Demand, a new platform which features 17  podcasts spanning news, entertainment, sports and more. 

Kate del Castillo and Carlos Ponce will host Telemundo’s Billboard Latin Music Awards live on April 27th at 8PM/7C.    Performers at this year’s awards include Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Wisin, J Balvin, Yandel, Ozuna and more.  

Alejandro Gonzalez IƱarritu and Emmanuel Lubezki will premiere a six and a half minute VR project, “Carne y Arena”, in May at the Cannes Fillm Festival.  It is the first VR project chosen as an Official Selection at the festival. 

Argentine sculptor Adrian Villar Rojas’ “The Theater of Disappearance” is currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s rooftop in New York City through October 29th.  

The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the appeal of a group of Central American women and children who were prioritized for deportation, despite their claims for asylum, after crossing illegally into the U.S. and being apprehended in Texas.  The group sought to overturn a lower-court ruling in Philadelphia that denied their case from being reviewed by a federal judge. 

72-year-old journalist Maximino Rodriguez Palacios was shot and killed in Baja California Sur, Mexico last week - the fourth journalist to be murdered in Mexico in the last six weeks. 

Former governor of Veracruz Javier Duarte was arrested in Guatemala this week after being on the run since October.   He will be extradited to Mexico where he faces charges of money laundering, involvement with organized crime and fraud.  

Austin’s 20th annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will take place May 3-7th.  This year’s opening night will present Mexico’s “Me Estas Matando Susana” starring Gael Garcia Bernal

Entravision will debut its “El Show de Erazno y La Chokolata” on LBI Media’s La Raza 98.5/103.3 FM Houston and La Raza 93.7 FM in Dallas.  

Carlos Hurtado’s “Dear Dad” is an official selection for Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival as part of its American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase. 

AT&T announced AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, an initiative in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival that will provide funding of up to $1 million for a multicultural filmmaker to create his or her film along with mentorship from industry professionals.  AT&T will also distribute the winning film across its platforms, including DIRECTV.    The five filmmakers in the running this year are Andrew Perez Duarte, Lissette Feliciano, A. Sayeeda Moreno, Faraday Okoro and Ani Simon-Kennedy.

Azteca America will hold its Upfront in Los Angeles on May 3rd.  The presentation will feature a special sneak peak of "El Muro" (The Wall), Azteca’s upcoming new original drama series that mirrors today’s political climate on the Mexican border.

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