LATINO LOOP for the week of March 24, 2017


Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos the Jackal, appeared in a French court last week to face charges related to a 1974 terrorist attack on a shopping center that killed two and injured dozens more.   If convicted, Ramirez faces a third life term in prison, where he is currently serving time for the murders of two French intellegence agents and a Lebanese informant, among other crimes.
  Peru’s President declared a state of emergency following rain and devastating floods and mudslides which have left thousands homeless and killed dozens over the last week.
  CNN en Español celebrated 20 years on the air last week.
  Cheech Marin has published a new memoir, “Cheech Is Not My Real Name… But Don’t Call Me Chong!”
  Telemundo announced that it will produce two new biopic series based on the lives of Nicky Jam (“El Ganador”) and Jose Jose (“El Príncipe de la Canción”).
  Eugenio Derbez stars in “How to Be a Latin Lover”, which opens in theaters on April 28th.  Derbez plays an ageing lothario, who’s made a living out of seducing rich, older women. When he’s dumped by his wealthy 80-year old wife for a younger stud, he’s forced to move in with his estranged sister, played by Salma Hayek, and her son.  The cast includes Derbez and Hayek, alongside Raquel Welch, Rob Lowe and Kristen Bell.
Dr. Lourdes I. Ramos, Ph.D., was named President and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA).  Ramos was most recently Director and Chief Curator at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.
  Telemundo performers recently voted to join SAG-AFTRA.  The union will cover actors, stunt performers, singers and dancers working on telenovelas produced in the U.S.
  Horacio Palencia took home BMI Latin Awards for Regional Mexican Song of the Year and Regional Mexican Songwriter of the Year at last night’s BMI Latin Awards in Beverly Hills.  J Balvin won for Contemporary Song of the Year for “Ginza”, while Gocho and Motiff won for Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year.  Los Lobos were honored with the BMI Icon Award and Sony/ATV Music Publishing was named Latin Publisher of the Year.
  Juan Gabriel’s Palm Springs compound, a former boutique hotel that the singer purchased and turned into a mansion, has sold for $1.63 million.
  Grammy award-winning flautist Dave Valentin passed away last week in the Bronx at age 64.
Laura Esquivel’s “Like Water for Chocolate” is being developed into an English-language TV series by Endemol Shine North America
According to new Pew Research Center data, immigrants and their U.S.-born children are expected to drive growth in the U.S. working-age population through 2035.  The number of working-age immigrants is projected to increase from 33.9 million in 2015 to 38.5 million by 2035 and the number of U.S. born working-age people with immigrant parents is expected to go up from 11.1 million in 2015 to 24.6 million in 2035.
  “Don’t Breathe” director Fede Alvarez is slated to direct “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”, sequel to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”.   The film is set for release in October 2018.
  Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced last week that the number of undocumented immigrants crossing into the U.S. from Mexico decreased by 40% from January to February.
Estrella TV’s Los Angeles flagship station, KRCA 62, surpassed both Univision and Telemundo among males 25-54 and tied for #1 with Univision among males 18-49 in Prime Time during February Sweeps in the Los Angeles market.
  Tamara Holder received a $2.5 million settlement from Fox News after the former Fox News contributor accused an ex-Fox News Latino VP of trying to force her into performing oral sex while in his office.
  Cristela Alonzo will star in the ABC pilot, “The Gospel of Kevin”.
  Mexico’s telecom regulator has imposed new regulations on Televisa including increased accounting transparency, requiring the company to hand over detailed information about its advertising prices.
  BMI has partnered with the Apollo Theater to present “How I Wrote That Song: La Historia Detrás de una Cancion”.  The panel, taking place April 4th in New York City, includes 24 Horas, El Dusty, Xtassy, David Escobar and moderator Ana Isabel.
  The Association of Latino Professionals for America has published its list of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in 2017.  This year’s list includes Geisha Williams, CEO and President of PG&E, Ofelia Melendrez-Kumpf, U.S. VP and General Manager, Southern California Region McDonald’s USA, Cynthia Hudson, SVP, General Manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic Strategy CNN, Jacqueline Hernandez, CMO, Hispanic Enterprises & Content NBCUniversal (Comcast) and Monica Lozano, Former CEO of La Opinión and ImpreMedia, among others.
  The family of Cruz Velazquez Acevedo, a 16-year-old teen that died while in U.S. Customs & Border Protection custody, was awarded $1 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.  Velazquez was apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing from Tijuana to San Ysidro when he claimed that two bottles of liquid he was carrying were apple juice.  The border agents told him to drink it to prove he wasn’t lying and Velazquez died after drinking the liquid methamphetamine
  Univision Digital has launched “3,2,1 Clarissa!” a new web series starring Clarissa Molina, social media host for “El Gordo y La Flaca” and “Nuestra Belleza Latina” season 10 winner.
Beau Ferrari has joined NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises as EVP.  Ferrari was previously EVP of Corporate Strategy and Development for Univision Communications.
  Denny’s has selected Conill as its Hispanic agency of record.
  The new Netflix series “Ingobernable” starring Kate del Castillo, Erik Hayser and Alberto Guerra, celebrated it’s U.S. premiere last week in Miami.   The series launches this Friday, March 24th.
  Roy Rodriguez, the father of “Modern Family” star Rico Rodriguez, died last week at age 52.

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