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LATINO LOOP for the week of April 29, 2016

Univision Communications Inc. announced the formation of the Fusion Media Group (FMG). FMG will be built on the platform created by Fusion and will include interest in El Rey as well as The Root, The Onion, A.V. Club, Clickhole, Starwipe, Flama, Univision Digital and Univision Music. In a related step, Univision Communications Inc. has reached an agreement with ABC to become the sole owner of Fusion. 

The Rolling Stones’ América Latina Olé Tour topped last week’s Billboard Hot Tours tally with $46.9 million in ticket sales. 

Luis Dousdebes, CFO of the Latin Recording Academy and other good samaritans, have put together a fundraiser to help the victims of the recent earthquake in Ecuador that killed more than 272 people and injured 2,527 others. The event will take place on May 11th at UM Bank United Center at the University of Miami.

Univision Los Angeles' KMEX 34 has been awarded two Edward R. Murrow Awards and seven APTRA Awards. The Associated Press Television and Radio Association’s awards are for KMEX’s live coverage in Spanish of the San Bernardino mass shootings and for the professionalism of the Live Breaking News assignment team. The Regional Edward R. Murrow award is for its 11 p.m. newscast special dedicated to the San Bernardino tragedy and for its sports-related special “La Sirena de La Paz”.

José Miguel Fernández Sastrón has been named President of the Spanish Society of Authors and Editors, SGAE.  Fernandez Sastron was previously Vice President and replaces Jose Luis Acosta Salmeron, who resigned as President last month. 

General Motors was among this year's DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity. DiversityInc’s annual survey tracks hiring, the retention and promotion of women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT individuals and veterans. It’s the most rigorous, data-driven survey of its kind that gauges detailed demographics based on race/ethnicity and gender for some of the largest U.S. employers.

The 8th edition of the annual Hola Mexico Film Festival will take place on May 13th through 22nd in Los Angeles. The festival will be opened by La Delgada Linea Amarilla (Thin Yellow Line), which was nominated for 14 premios Ariel (the equivalent to the Oscars in Mexico), and will be closed by Panoramas, a documentary about the band Zoe. For the first time, this year's programming has extended to include non-Mexican films and it will screen two Chilean films. 

The Paley Center for Media in NYC has announced the initial lineup and guest list for its Tribute to Hispanic Achievements in Television, which will take place on May 18th in Manhattan. Guests and presenters of this year's tribute include Bobby Cannavale, Oscar De La Hoya, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, America Ferrera, Don Francisco and George Lopez, among others. The celebration will acknowledge the contributions and the evolution of portrayals by Latinos over the last seventy years, as well as the many producers, writers, and directors who were creative pioneers in the industry over that time. 

Paramount Pictures and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way have have acquired the rights to develop and produce The Corporation, a film based on T.J. English’s book The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban-American Underworld, from Tony Gonzalez’s Rock The Moon Productions. The film will star Benicio Del Toro as Cuban mob boss Jose Miguel Battle Sr. 

Austin-based LatinWorks has created the new Spanish-language Snickers Crispier campaign which includes a play on words based on the idea that "growing up Hispanic in the U.S. means people are likely to encounter different dialects of Spanish on a daily basis, and therefore different definitions of the same word.” Watch one of the spots here: https://youtu.be/wHPuFjo7AMU

Penelope Cruz stars in Julio Medem’s “ma ma”, following a woman battling with breast cancer who finds love in an unlikely encounter with a grieving husband and father.   The film will have a limited release in theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Miami on May 20th.

Natalia Lafourcade and Aloe Blacc have joined the lineup for the Recording Academy’s inaugural GRAMMY Park concert series taking place May 5-8th in Brooklyn.  Lafourcade will perform alongside Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and Alex Cuba at the series’ “Latin Mix” on Friday, May 6th.    Aloe Blacc joins Robin Thicke on May 7th.  

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