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LATINO LOOP for the week of January 19, 2018

Pope Francis continues his Latin America trip this week arriving in Chile earlier this week - his first visit to the country since becoming Pope. Following Chile, he will visit Peru. He will not visit his native Argentina, which he has not yet visited as Pope.

Jennifer Lopez will appear in an upcoming episode of “Will & Grace” playing both herself and her Shades of Blue character Detective Harlee Santos.

Jorge Garcia, a married father of two, was deported back to Mexico this week after living in Detroit for 30 years. Garcia was brought to the U.S. when he was 10 years old.

Cardi B, Brunos Mars, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are all scheduled to perform at the GRAMMY Awards, taking place in New York City on January 28th.

Raze, the digital media company founded by Emiliano Calemzuk in partnership with Sofia Vergara and Luis Balaguer, celebrates its one year anniversary with the announcement of production and development deals with Netflix, Hulu and TNT. Production has already started on “Catrina, la Santa Muerte” for Netflix. Raze also appointed Mari Urdaneta as SVP and Chief Content Officer.  

U.S. ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, resigned last week citing due to his inability to serve under the Trump administration.

Google honored Mexican actress Katy Jurado with a Google Doodle this week on what would have been her 94th birthday.  The doodle was created by artist Ana Ramirez. See the Google Doodle here.

Ozzie Areu announced his departure from Tyler Perry Studios, where he served as president and executive producer for the last decade, to launch a new venture with his brother, Will Areu. The siblings will start a new production company based in Atlanta focused on Latino producers, directors and talent.

According to comments made this week by Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen, “Dreamers” who have registered under the DACA program will not be a top target for ICE officials. She stated: "If you are a DACA that's compliant with your registration - meaning you haven't committed a crime and you in fact are registered - you are not a priority of enforcement for ICE should the program end."

Maluma performed at the finale of Dolce & Gabbana’s recent Fall/Winter 2018/18 Milan Fashion Week Show, performing"Corazón" and "Felices Los 4". To watch the fashion show including Maluma's performance visit:  http://www.dolcegabbana.com/man/fashion-show/fall-winter-2018-19/ 

ABC will partner with Campanario Entertainment and SB Projects to produce an English-language pilot for a family drama series inspired by Selena.

Billboard confirmed that Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef have married.

DIRECTV NOW customers in the Los Angeles  now have access to Univision (KMEX) programming.  A variety of video packages are available on DIRECTV NOW, nationwide, providing access to more than 120 national channels, over 25,000 OnDemand titles, live sports, premium channels, shows and movies.

Hispanicize announced that it will host the first Diversity Marketing and Communications Career Fair during the Hispanicize conference in Miami April 17-19th www.hispanicizeevent.com.

Marcos Santana has been tapped to head the newly created Telemundo Global Studios, joiningTelemundo’s domestic and international scripted production units under one division. Santana previously headed Telemundo International and Telemundo International Studios.

Following accusations of sexual misconduct published in the New York Times this past weekend involving Mario Testino, Burberry, Michael Kors, Stuart Weitzman and Vogue have all cut ties with the fashion photographer.

Venezuelan police pilot Oscar Perez was killed this week during what President Nicolas Maduro described as an operation against the “terrorist group that attacked the Supreme Court”. Perez, leader of a group called Equilibrio Nacional, was accused of stealing a helicopter and trying to attack Venezuela’s Supreme Court back in June.

Enrique Iglesias shared on social media the first pic of one of the twins he and Anna Kournikova recently welcomed in December.

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias returned to the stage this month after spending 10 months battling depression, health problems and a drinking problem that drove him to a nervous breakdown and the cancellation of several dates in 2017. His One Show Fits All Tour kicked off in Las Vegas recently.

Journalist Carlos Dominguez was stabbed to death this weekend in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico while stopped at a traffic light with his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren in the car. Dominguez was 77 years old and wrote an opinion column that often criticized local and national politics and politicians and organized crime.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife donated $33 million to TheDream.US towards scholarships for DACA high school graduates to attend college. TheDream.US offers individual students $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help them cover the cost of tuition, fees and books.

Julian Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past several years, became an Ecuadorian citizen last week.

Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” will be available digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on February 13th and in 4k Ultra HD and Blu-ray on February 27th.

Artist Edel Rodriguez has once again created a new Trump image for the cover of TIME magazine. The image, which appears on the January 22nd issue of the magazine, features a faceless graphic depicting Trump with his yellow hair creating the look of flames. The only text on the image (aside from the magazine’s name logo), simply states “Year One”. Rodriguez is the creator of the “Meltdown” cover for TIME which also featured artwork depicting Trump’s head in the process of melting.

Endemol Shine Boomdog has signed a deal with film and music video director Jessy Terrero. Terrero and his production company Cinema Giants, will develop both original scripted and unscripted content with Endemol Shine Boomdog for the Latin TV marketplace. Terrero is currently serving as Executive Producer and Director on Endemol Shine Boomdog’s upcoming drama series “Nicky Jam: El Ganador,” which has been sold to Telemundo and Netflix. Terrero and Endemol Shine Boomdog are developing a documentary series on Reggaeton entitled, “Under.”.  

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