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LATINO LOOP for the week of December 15, 2017

A judge in Argentina has ordered the arrest of former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on charges of treason and other charges related to an alleged cover up of Iran’s involvement in a Jewish community center bombing in Buenos Aires in 1994.

Avocados from Mexico returns to the Super Bowl and will run a spot during the big game for the fourth year in a row.

Nominees for the Golden Globes were announced this week.  This year’s contenders include Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” for Best Foreign Language Film, Alfred Molina for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Feud: Bette & Joan”, “Coco” for Best Animated Feature Film and the film’s “Remember Me” for Best Original Song- Motion Picture.   Guillermo del Toro  also has two nominations for for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture and Best Director for “The Shape of Water”.

“Despacito” is Billboard’s Top Latin Song of 2017, spending 35 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.  Daddy Yankee is Billboard’s Top Latin Artist of the Year with a dozen songs appearing on the Hot Latin Songs chart this year.

The 2017 World Travel Awards named Peru as the World’s Leading Culinary Destination and Machu Picchu, the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction. Chile was the World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination, Bolivia was named the World’s Leading Cultural Destination and Ecuador was the World’s Leading Green Destination.

New Balance just released the Ricardo Seco x New Balance 574 sneaker which feature designs inspired by Mexican Huichol art.   Seco will donate half of his percentage of the proceeds from sales of the collection to the Wixárika community.

According to new analysis from the Pew Research Center, between 2007 and 2015, the number of immigrants in the U.S. from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras rose by 25%.  The number of Mexican immigrants to the U.S. during the same period was down 6%.

McCann Lima created a billboard for client Calidda, in which a message about the city’s air pollution is slowly revealed on a blank canvas by a device that converts CO2 pollution from the atmosphere into a powder which gradually acts as an ink.

Mexican content agency Cultura Colectiva will open an office in New York with plans to hire a 20-person staff.  The firm will create social media content geared to English-speaking U.S. Hispanics as well as sell advertising for its English-language website and social media accounts.

Fusion Media Group announced a multi-platform deal with Grupo Televisa with plans to license content from Fusion’s digital publications for Mexico as well as announcing the launch of a Fusion-branded 24-hour cable network in Spanish, Fusion MX.  The channel will feature locally-produced Spanish-language programming for a young Mexican audience as well as local versions of shows originally developed for FUSION in the U.S.

“One Day at a Time” will return to Netflix with the launch of a second season on Friday, January 26th.  The series, which stars Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Stephen Tobolowsky, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz, features three generations of a Cuban-American family and is a remake of the original 1975-1984 series of the same name.

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Gifted Tuition Scholarships and the Tuition Assistance Scholarships.  A total of $700,000 is available for 43 music students with financial need who are interested in Latin music. More info at:  LatinGRAMMYCulturalFoundation.com.

Carlos Vives and Sony Music won an Effective Mobile Marketing Award at a ceremony in London last month as the Most Effective Messaging Campaign for the launch of his music video for “Robarte un Beso”.

Juanes performed this week on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, the first Spanish-language music performance in the show’s history.  Watch his performance of “Es Tarde” here.

Univision will begin auditions this weekend for the new family game show “Al Final Todo Queda en Familia”.  Auditions begin December 17th in New York and continue on to Puerto Rico and Miami.   The network will also hold auditions for the next season of “Pequeños Gigantes”, on December 16th in New York and in Puerto Rico and Miami in January.

Telemundo’s Spanish-language multicast network, TelXitos, is now available on Spectrum, increasing its reach into markets including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Boston.

Amy Gomez was named North American SVP, Cross-Cultural Marketing at Geometry.  Amy joins the agency with 20 years of experience as a strategist and client partner helping Fortune 500 clients communicate effectively with diverse consumers.

E Arenas of Chicano Batman will release his first solo project, the foodie-inspired cumbia navideña “Buñuelos Monton”, this Friday, December 15th.

Univision Communications and Frontier Communications renewed their distribution agreement and will continue to carry Univision stations and networks in its service area, which span 29 states.

Naya Rivera filed for divorce from husband Ryan Dorsey following her recent arrest for misdemeanor battery in which she allegedly assaulted her husband.  This is the second time Rivera has filed for divorce from Dorsey.

Pandora announced its 2018 Latin Artists to Watch list.  Among this coming year’s artists to watch are A. Chal, Arsenal Efectivo, Christian Nava, COASTCITY, Cuco, Jesse Baez and Rosalia, among others.

Post Malone plans to release a remix of “Rockstar” featuring Nicky Jam and Ozuna.

A jury in Texas convicted 85-year-old former Rev. John Feit for the murder of Irene Garza in McAllen, TX back in 1960.  Garza was 25 at the time and disappeared after  Rev. Feit had heard her confession.   Her body was later found in an irrigation canal and showed that she had been beaten, suffocated and raped.

David Ortiz joins Mitu to lead a newly restructured long-form development, production and talent team.  Ortiz most recently worked at Endemol Shine North America.

 Univision debuted the biblical-themed “El Rey David” this week, the story of King David and Goliath.  The series airs Mondays through Fridays at 8 PM ET/PT and 7 PM CT.

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