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LATINO LOOP for the week of January 20, 2017

In his final days in office, President Obama this week commuted the sentence of Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been in jail for 35 years.

Venezuela introduced three new banknotes into circulation this week, ranging from 500 to 20,000 bolivars. The move follows the government’s decision to remove certain bolivar notes from circulation back in December. The largest of the new bills is worth less than $6 U.S. on the black market.  

Neilsen released the report, “Multicultural Millenials: The Multiplier Effect”.  Multicultural millenials consist of almost half of the Millennial generation (42%) and represent local markets that drive 47% of the total U.S. gross domestic product.  Download the report here.

Just one day after a shooting during a music festival in Playa del Carmen killed five people and injured several others, another shooting at a government office in Cancun left at least four people dead this week. 

According to a new report by Oxfam, just eight people own as much combined wealth as 3.6 billion people, or half of the people on the planet. Using data from the Forbes’ billionaires list to make this claim, the eight billionaires include Amancio Ortega, Spanish founder of fashion house Inditex (Zara) and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu. 

Secretary of Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross admitted during a Senate confirmation hearing today that he had recently fired an employee in his household who he discovered was an undocumented immigrant.  

Univision will work with Pedro Torres and Curiousity Media to create a series based on the life of Luis Miguel.  

GoFundMe page has been set up for Latina makeup instagrammer Amanda Ramirez as she battles cancer.   The 22-year-old beauty blogger from Compton, CA has amassed over 30,000 instagram followers with her makeup and beauty tutorials and has been sharing images from her cancer treatments to inspire other women fighting similar health battles. 

Univision and UniMás Networks’ back-to-back simulcast premieres of  “Su nombre era Dolores: la Jenn que yo conocí” , the story of Jenni Rivera, and “Blue Demon”,  reached 8.3 million Total Viewers 2+, who tuned in to all or part of the three-hour block on Sunday, January 15th.   "Su nombre era Dolores” delivered 2.1 million total viewers, making Univision the #3 broadcast network during the 8-10 PM time slot, outperforming ABC and CBS among adults 18-34.  

Director Carlos Hurtado’s “Dear Dad” has been selected by CINEQUEST, an Oscar-qualifying film festival.  Hurtado describes the film as a thank you letter from a cancer survivor to his father whose words and life lessons taught him the value of never giving up. The film was originally created for PADRES Contra El Cancer, an organization committed to improving the quality of life for children with cancer and their families. Click here to watch Dear Dad.

18-year-old Colorado woman, Alejandra Villanueva Ibarra, was among the five victims that died after gunfire broke out at the BPM music festival in Playa del Carmen this week.   Villanueva was not shot in the incident, but was trampled to death as she attempted to flee the club.  

Univision and Televisa announced a move to unify their content development and production efforts by creating a single, integrated focus on the Hispanic audience in the United States and the domestic Mexican audience, as well as from potential cost synergies from aligned content initiatives.  The News and all other operations of both companies will remain independent, and the current terms and conditions of the existing programming license agreement between Univision and Televisa remain unchanged.  

Coors Banquet unveiled it’s first-ever Spanish-language TV commercials.  The ads are a take on the brand’s “How It’s Done” campaign, and began airing this week on Spanish-language networks.  Click here to view the spots.

Cristela Alonzo will debut her first Netflix comedy special “Lower Classy” on January 24th.  In the special, Alonzo talks about life as the daughter of an immigrant, social class, breaking the glass ceiling and how she can’t get the hang of Zumba.  Watch the trailer here.

Sounds From Spain announced its lineup for this year’s SXSW, where the organization will celebrate 10 years at the festival.   The Spanish bands that will make the trek to Austin to perform this year are Izal, Joana Serrat, Novedades Carminha, Ramírez Exposure, Triángulo de Amor Bizarro and Yung Beef.

Eagle Rock Entertainment continues its partnership with Universal Music Latin America with the filming of a yet-to-be titled concert film with J Balvin, the second project to come of the partnership following the release of the Enrique Bunbury concert/documentary film “El Camino Mas Largo”.   

PR agency and talent management firm Chic Influence has been selected as the agency of record for new makeup brand Reina Rebelde.  The brand joins the agencies current client roster with includes  Being Latino, a social media marketing company targeting Hispanic millennials, Celebrity Hairstylist and Makeup Artist Gabriel Samra, Celebrity Fashion Stylist Irma Martinez, and Fashion Designer Cenia Paredes.

Dax Shepard has written and directed a remake of the classic 70s/early 80s sitcom “CHiPs”.  The reboot opens in theaters on March 24th and stars Shepard alongside Michael Peña, Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Hispanicize has partnered with the Latino Filmmakers Network and SAG-AFTRA to present the panel discussion, Latino Horizons: Sustaining Your Career After the Festivals, during the Sundance Film Festival next week in Park City, Utah. 

Univision News has partnered with Propublica’s “Documenting Hate” coalition to create the first national database of reported hate crimes and bias incidents.  The project can be viewed at Documenting Hate and in Spanish at El Reporte Del Odio.

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