Discovery U.S. Hispanic celebrates 20 years of delivering high-quality and differentiated content to Latinos

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Discovery U.S. Hispanic announced today its 2018-2019 Upfront slate, unveiling Discovery en Español’s compelling new programming lineup and providing a first look at the new Discovery Familia whose signature women and kids programming will now be complemented by the company’s acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive.

Discovery U.S. Hispanic’s portfolio of Spanish-language brands will present a programming line-up of real life entertainment genres to nourish its super-fans with the intent of inspiring and informing a growing audience of discerning Latino consumers on their screens of choice.

“Over the past two decades, we’ve become the leader in quality, Spanish-language real-life entertainment by carefully curating our content to the needs and interests of our Latino audience,” said David Tardio, vice president of advertising sales, Discovery U.S. Hispanic. “The newly-added programs and introduction of premium home and food series will not only bring more exciting content to our viewers, but will also open the doors to more innovative opportunities for clients seeking to connect with Hispanic audiences.”

Discovery en Español, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary, will build on its most popular genres of automotive, adventure, natural history and investigation, as well as expand avenues for marketers to reach Latino consumers on all platforms, including linear, digital, mobile, social and virtual reality media. Some of the notable series and specials include: Clandestino, Mexicánicos Season 6, SPEEDSHOPmx, Los Hines, Profesión peligro, Rugido vivo and Tras la tumba de Anjesenamon.

Discovery Familia will continue to feature programming dedicated to Hispanic women and the things that matter to them, including the kid-favorite Discovery Kids block. It will also premiere popular and successful home renovation and food competition programs such as Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, House Hunters, Eliminado and Derrota a Bobby Flay, which will air for the first time ever in Spanish-language for our U.S. Hispanic audience. It will also offer original content featuring Latin American personalities, such as Locos X el Asado and Un nuevo espacio.

In addition, the GO apps for both Hispanic networks have gained traction since their launch last year, more than doubling its users and increasing video views by 730 percent. According to Nielsen* both networks have also seen a year-over-year increase in viewership by women ages 25-54, with 27 percent more women watching Discovery en Español and 11 percent more viewing Discovery Familia.  Discovery en Español also retains its #2 non-sports PayTV network rank in prime time for 10 years running.

This upfront season Discovery U.S. Hispanic is creating more branded content opportunities for marketers. As part of its offering, Discovery en Español will present the following titles: Héroes al rescate, featuring Latino first responders, SPEEDSHOPmx, a classic-car customization show and a new season of Desafío x 2, the network’s successful adventure series. Discovery Familia will feature Un nuevo espacio, featuring Latina designers ready to tackle design project while growing their business. In addition, advertisers targeting auto enthusiasts will be able to create branded content through TEN (MotorTrend en Español and Lowrider) and those looking to connect with Latino millennials can do so via Group Nine’s Spanish-language brands El Dodo and NowHola.

“Discovery U.S. Hispanic is unique in that we are the only real-life entertainment media company to offer advertisers the ability to connect with the full spectrum of Hispanic viewers in English and Spanish,” remarked David Tardio. “This year we’re even better positioned to capture renewed interest from advertisers who have tried unsuccessfully to connect with Hispanic viewers via English-language buys only over the past two years.”

DISCOVERY U.S. HISPANIC 2018-19 PROGRAMMING

Discovery en Español

  • Branded Content
    • Héroes al rescate (Latino First Responders) (WT)

This fast-paced documentary series profiles Hispanic men and women who are the front lines as they perform their daily duties to serve and protect the public. Héroes al rescate follows a group of firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and police officers as they manage a variety of emergency situations.  Cameras will follow these real-life heroes around the clock, from daring rescues to off-duty hours, giving viewers a behind the scenes look at their jobs and its effect on their personal lives. Get to know these brave first responders, some of whom are military veterans, who make personal sacrifices every day in an effort to save lives.

  • SPEEDSHOPmx (WT)

Zaky Ibrahim became passionate about cars as a child in part inspired by his toy car collection.  He modified his first car at the age of 17 and today he manages the wildly successful ‘Speedshopmx’ in Mexico City, bringing together the very best in the business to customize and personalize classic American cars.

  • Desafío x 2 (Dual Survival)

Adventurers don’t let fear or the unknown hold them down. In this docu-reality series, a young Hispanic survival expert and influencer travels the United States taking on the country’s most dangerous terrains with the help of a young local guide. Swamps, staggering heights, strong river currents, and arid deserts. No place is off-limits for this road trip adventure that will inspire others to set off and explore their country.

New Series

    • Rugido vivo – (Taken by the Tiger) (WT)

This documentary travels to remote areas in Asia where tigers still roam freely. Directed by Academy® Award-winners Fisher Stevens (“The Cove”) and Ross Kauffman (“Born into Brothels”), the film highlights the sheer splendor of these fierce felines in the wild, embedding with the heroes saving these tigers from extinction, chronicling the work the work of those striving every day for their protection.  Debuting in early 2019, the special is tied to Discovery’s Project C.A.T. initiative, part of a global effort to double the population of tigers living in the wild by 2022.

  • Billonario encubierto – (Undercover Billionaire) (WT)

Financial success is the ultimate American Dream. In this all-new series, Discovery will tap the expertise of a self-made mogul to see whether it’s possible to create a million-dollar company in just 90 days with just a few dollars in his pocket. The true identity of the billionaire will remain anonymous to everyone around him as he attempts to integrate into this remote community with little means and resources. If he’s successful, at the end of the 90 days, he’ll turn over the company he built to the people who helped him out along the way. And once and for all, reveal his true identity.

  • Los Hines – (Book of Hines) (WT)

Former covert military man and intelligence officer Brett Hines and his family transition from living under the modern trappings of life in America to forming their own way of life. The Hines live off-grid using survival and security techniques Brett honed in the military. Distrusting of our modern way of life, the Hines are now two years in, and at the make or break point. The new series documents their journey (including footage they have self-shot over the years) and provides a roadmap for the rest of us to a life out of society.

  • Tras la tumba de Anjesenamon – (Valley of the Kings) (WT)

This documentary goes exclusively inside the first major excavation in a generation, in Egypt’s famed burial ground of the pharaohs, looking for one thing – the lost tomb of an ancient royal. Led by renowned Archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, the crew of more than one hundred Egyptian workers are digging in the largely untouched western portion of the valley, where leading archaeologists believe several royal tombs lie hidden. Using cutting edge technology, the series the search for the secrets buried in the sand.

  • Profesión peligro – (Hard to Kill) (WT)

Special Forces Sniper and fearless Green Beret, Tim Kennedy travels the country as he puts the spotlight on America’s toughest workers by risking his own life and attempting some of America’s most dangerous jobs. Whether he’s testing his skills as a test pilot or part of a mountain rescue team, Tim works with experts in each field to learn some of today’s most dangerous jobs. At the end of each training, Tim will put the skills he learned to the test to see if he truly has what it takes to accomplish the jobs of everyday heroes.

  • Cambio de marcha con Aaron Kaufman – (Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman)

In Shifting Gears, we delve beneath the skin of some of the most advanced machines on the planet. We visit international motor shows for the newest releases and concept vehicles; uncover new advances in technology developed both in the laboratory and on the race track; keep up to date in the race for alternative fuels, improved safety, satellite navigation, in-car entertainment and multi-media connectivity; and look ahead to the designs and trends of the future. From luxury dream machines and fantasy prototypes to the globally marketed mainstays, our access to the world’s leading race teams and automotive manufacturers ensure we have every corner covered.

Returning Series

  • Clandestino

Renowned Spanish journalist David Beriain travels around the world to visit conflict zones and gain the trust of some of the most controversial characters and investigates undercover phenomena occurring in the word today.

  • Mexicánicos

The top-rated series returns to Discovery en Español with new restorations and exclusive creations by the talented mechanic Martín Vaca. Whether it’s repairing, transforming or building a brand-new limousine, hearse or hot rod in his Guadalajara workshop, no project is too big for this authority on motor vehicles.

  • Texas Metal

The network’s highest-rated series returns for more metal miracles from the incredibly talented, visionary team at Ekstensive Metal Works in Houston. For more than two decades owner Bill Carlton and team have built a reputation for giving customers exactly what they want. Whether it’s tricked-out trucks with wild hydraulics or facelifts for classic muscle cars, Ekstensive Metal Works does restorations, rebuilds, metal work, paint, interior or accessories bigger and better.

  • Detalles de un crimen (Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall)

The Today Show host and MSNBC news anchor Tamron Hall walks viewers step by step through a series of riveting and heart wrenching murder investigations in this news magazine show. With her up-close-and-personal style, and strong investigative background, Tamron challenges expectations, interviews those most deeply affected, and visits the scene of the crime to find out what really happened and why.

  • Caso criminal (On The Case with Paula Zahn)

Led by Emmy- Award journalist Paula Zahn, CASO CRIMINAL features in-depth interviews and original reporting that go beyond the headlines in search of fascinating mysteries within our nations’ justice system. Each episode is highlighted by Zahn’s riveting exclusive interviews, which draw out different viewpoints from the people connected to tragedies that rocked their local community and the investigations that attempted to piece together the truth on CASO CRIMINAL.

  • Vidas remotas (Homestead Rescue)

For the hundreds of families who decide to move entirely off-grid, the learning curve is a steep one.  Even the most resourceful and determined families often succumb to their first winter, monsoon or drought season. In a last effort to save their homesteads, these families call in survival experts to prepare them for nature’s worst and force the ultimate decision: stay to tough out their first year, or pack it up and go back to civilization.

Specials:

  • Semana del tiburón (Shark week)

The most anticipated summer event returns to Discovery en Español with new shark programming. Semana del Tiburón has long been a pop culture juggernaut, giving online and social media even more bite each time, and it shows no signs of slowing down!

  • Nasa: mas allá del infinito (Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow) (WT)

Humankind has come to lead the planet in large part thanks to its insatiable curiosity and remarkable ability to wonder. This “need to know” lies deep within our DNA, as we seek to answer the biggest questions: Where did we come from? Where are we going? Are we alone? That quest to understand has led us to make incredible discoveries and achieve extraordinary advances. As this historic institution celebrates its 60thanniversary, Discovery once again shines a spotlight on NASA and the vital role it has to play moving forward into the coming decades.

  • El caso de Natalie Woods (An American Murder Mystery: Natalie Woods)

Cases ripped from the headlines that captivated our nation, this anthology follows experts as they reexamine evidence from the most baffling and infuriating cases of all time, using the latest technology, insights from specialists who have studied the cases for years, and interviews with new and old key players.

  • Manson: la leyenda de un culto (Manson: The Lost Tapes) (WT)

Using a treasure trove of extraordinary, intimate, and shocking footage of the Manson Family shot at their ranches and never-before-seen on TV, this unique, premium documentary project tells the exclusive inside story of the world’s most infamous cult in the run up to the fiftieth anniversary of the slayings that shocked the world.

Discovery Familia

Branded Content

    • Un nuevo espacio (WT)
      Nothing is impossible for these Latina designers and entrepreneurs who would do anything to make their clients happy while growing their business! They are strong, passionate and fully dedicated to delivering the very best in interior design, whether they are redecorating a room, designing an office or creating a new space in a school. While utilizing a small renovation budget and a large amount of imagination, the designers and clients work together to complete each makeover. This series will also explore how they manage and market their business and ultimately get the job done for their clients.

New Series

  • Flip or Flop

Flipping team Tarek and Christina have viewers on the edge of their seats as they purchase dilapidated properties for cash, sometimes sight unseen, and then renovate and flip them for resale. From the nail-biting purchase at auction, to the sometimes-exasperating renovations, discouraging showings and exhilarating sale, will they Flip or Flop.

  • Fixer Upper

Chip and Joanna Gaines help homebuyers in Waco, Texas, look past the superficial and buy the worst house in the best neighborhood. With his expertise in construction and her keen design sense, Chip and Jo transform potential-rich houses into their clients’ dream homes.

  • Chopped: Eliminado (Chopped)

Chopped is a cooking competition that’s all about skill, speed and ingenuity, where four up-and-coming chefs compete before a panel of three expert judges. Course by course, the chefs must take a basket of mystery ingredients and turn it into an extraordinary meal. Then, they must survive the Chopping Block, where the judges are waiting to be wowed and are not shy about voicing their culinary criticisms! Host Ted Allen leads the high-energy, high-pressure competition, and in the end, only one chef will make the cut and win $10,000.

  • Cutthroat Kitchen

Just how far is a chef willing to go to win a cooking competition? Cutthroat Kitchen hands four chefs $25,000 and the opportunity to spend that money on helping themselves or sabotaging their competitors. Ingredients will be thieved, utensils destroyed and valuable time on the clock lost when these chefs compete to cook delicious dishes while also having to out-plot the competition. With Alton Brown as the devilish provocateur, nothing is out of bounds when money changes hands and we see just how far one chef will go to ensure they have the winning dish.

  • Beat Bobby Flay

To Beat Bobby Flay, you’re going to have to get to him first! In this competition series, two talented chefs go head-to-head for the chance to put their culinary skills to the test against Bobby Flay. The winner moves on to the ultimate battle — facing off against Bobby Flay — but not without an advantage: our challenger chooses the dish they will both be judged on. Can Bobby come up with the winning dish with no time to prepare? In this competition, the challenger may get to call the dish, but it’s anyone’s game. Could you Beat Bobby Flay?

  • Guy’s Grocery Games

Guy Fieri sends four talented chefs running through the aisles in a high-stakes, high skills, grocery store cooking competition. The chefs are hit by real-world challenges like finding workarounds when all the essential ingredients are suddenly “out-of-stock” or having to create a masterpiece when you can only cook with “5 items or less” or on a $10 budget. In the end, the food does the talking, as the last chef standing has the chance to make some serious dough!

  • House Hunters, House Hunters International and Tiny House Hunters

These series take viewers behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide if a home is meant for them. Focusing on the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home, each episode shows the process as buyers search for a house whether it’s in their home town, across the globe or looking to downsize their living space.

  • Locos X el Asado

Locos X el Asado is dedicated to the Asado, Argentina’s world famous traditional barbecue. Hosted by “El Laucha” and his friends, the show takes place in a homie space covered with local flavors while they prepare extraordinary asados, show a variety of cooking techniques, and tell us everything about the different meat cuts, sauces, and secret tricks. The new series also takes on a tour of Buenos Aires and its surroundings, and introduces unique characters that will inspire the audience to make different kinds of barbecue.

Returning Series

  • Casados por diseño (Nate and Jeremiah)

The show follows the couple inside and outside of the home, as they juggle married life and raising their daughter while helping distressed homeowners turn a disaster into a dream home.

  • Cake Boss

Buddy Valastro, one of the most successful cake artists in the U.S, is back with a new season in which he prepares elaborate themed cakes for various occasions along with his team at Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey.

  • Vestido de novia (Say Yes to the Dress)

The SYTTD team bend over backward to make each bride’s experience unforgettable, part bridal story, part fashion makeover and part family therapy session, each episode looks at the personalities and craftsmanship that come into play as the staff goes to extreme lengths to make each bride’s dream come true.

  • Los Busby (Outdaughtered)

Danielle and Adam Busby may have thought year one of raising quintuplet baby girls was rough! But now that the little ladies are older, life in the Busby household has become more chaotic than ever!

About Discovery U.S. Hispanic
Discovery U.S. Hispanic, a division of Discovery Communications the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer, is comprised of Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia, two networks for Spanish-speaking audiences in the United States. Discovery en Español connects viewers to the world and all its wonder and possibilities through quality programming focusing on bold storytelling across core genres including adventure, ingenuity, natural, history, investigation and current affairs. Discovery Familia is dedicated to Hispanic women and what matters in their lives. During the day the network broadcast a Discovery Kids block, which provides a safe environment for children aged 2-6 with entertaining, curriculum-based programming. In the evening, the channel offers programming for women, focusing on home décor, food, health, beauty and parenting. Both networks reach audiences across screens on the ‘’Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia GO’’TV Everywhere apps. For more information, please follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/DiscoveryenESP and Facebook at www.facebook.com/discoveryenespanol

Olympic Gymnast Laurie Hernandez Is Getting Her Very Own Barbie

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Hernandez will be the newest doll in Mattel’s Barbie “Shero” line.

Calling all Laurie Hernandez fans: You will soon be able to buy a Barbie doll made in her likeness.

Barbie is creating a doll that looks like the Olympic gymnast for Mattel’s “Shero” line, which includes dolls in the likenesses of director Ava DuVernay, dancer Misty Copeland and fellow Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. Hernandez’s Barbie is fully posable (so everyone can do gymnastics with her) and comes with two leotards and a gym bag.

“Girls need more role models like Laurie, because imagining they can be anything is just the beginning, and seeing that they can makes all the difference,” a spokesperson for Mattel told HuffPost.

Hernandez, 18, told HuffPost she is honored to have her very own Barbie and to be in the company of such amazing women.

“I was so excited to know that I would have a Barbie that looks like me,” she told HuffPost.

“It’s such an honor knowing that I’m a Barbie Shero along with many other incredible women like Misty Copeland and Ashley Graham,” Hernandez continued. “I am so excited that kids are going to be able to grow up with people that I looked up to as well, and hopefully they can see me as an inspiration too.”

Hernandez competed on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where she won gold in the team event and silver on the balance beam. At just 16 years old, Hernandez became the third Latina in history to make the women’s Olympic gymnastics team, and the first U.S.-born Latina to make the team since 1984.

Aside from ensuring that the doll looked like her, Hernandez said the most important detail of the design process was her Barbie’s curly hair.

“I remember always wanting to straighten my hair as a kid, but now that I’m older I’m embracing these curls. I love how crazy and messy they are,” she said. “Now that there’s a doll that has my curls, little girls out there with curls are going to look at her too and be able to say ‘Wow she looks like me’ and find comfort in that.”

Hernandez added that she’s on “cloud nine” knowing that she’s in the company of trailblazing women like Douglas, Copeland and Muhammad.  

“I think that all of these women are big catalysts for the younger generation to watch and see how they do things and to know that we’re all so different,” she said. “I definitely see it as a responsibility as well. I recognize that I do have a platform and that people are watching what I do and I can use that for good.”

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Wilmer Valderrama Set to Produce Series About Mexican-American WWII Heroes

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With Independence Day just having passed, many reflected about how the holiday – alongside Memorial and Veterans Day – seems to solely focus on Anglo-Americans who lived and fought to make the country what it is. In 2014, author Dave Gutierrez self-published Patriots From the Barrio, a thoroughly researched story about the Mexican-American men who fought in the Thirty-Sixth Division, 141st Regiment, Second Battalion, Company E during WWII; most of whom were from El Paso.

Towards the end of 2017, Deadline reported that Venezuelan-Colombian actor Wilmer Valderrama had secured the film and TV rights to Gutierrez’s book with the intention of developing it. When asked about the project Valderrama stated, “I’m honored as a proud Latin American to amplify the courage and contribution of these incredible men.” Earlier this year, during a series of speaking engagements Gutierrez went on to promote the novel, it was revealed that the actor’s production company WV Entertainment is leaning towards turning the book into a series.

The war feature, whether it be television or film, is still an incredibly white-centric story with Latinos and African-Americans often playing cursory characters. Gutierrez’s book seeks to open up the kinds of stories we associate with war, showing us the men who sacrificed much and just happened to be Latino. Development takes time, so here’s hoping WV Entertainment is actively working on this to give audiences something new to watch in the near future.

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Marysol Castro, Mets’ first female PA announcer and MLB’s first Latina, hits it out of the park

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Marysol Castro remembers a hot and humid summer day between third and fourth grades. She was playing stickball with her brothers and neighbors in her native Bronx, New York, and she remembers some boys looking at her with disdain when she hit her first home run.

She noticed the looks, but it didn’t stop her, and it certainly hasn’t stopped her yet.

Castro, who’s about to turn 44, has spent a little over a month in her job as the first female public address (PA) announcer for the New York Mets and the first Latina PA announcer in Major League Baseball.

“This month has been incredible,” said Castro, speaking to NBC News from her new “office” in Citi Field. “The minute I open this door and look at this view, I realize how incredibly fortunate I am.”

During her two-decade career, Castro has worked in local TV news and has been a national network weather anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and on the “The Early Show” at CBS, as well as a reporter on ESPN — all positions often dominated by men.

“I’ve worked really, really hard,” said Castro.

Sporting feminine wedge sandals and bright red nail polish, Castro is petite, yet she speaks with an authoritativeness and power that shows she’s used to hanging with the guys and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.

Castro was ambitious at an early age; she recalls first wanting to be the shortstop for her hometown team, the Yankees, and then wanting to go into politics. At 12, she decided on her own that she would get a full scholarship to boarding school, and she did. Castro says she knew the world was bigger than the Bronx, and she wanted to see it and learn about it.

She taught English at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, and it’s there, Castro says, where she learned the power of real communication. After attending Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she began her career in broadcasting.

A ‘BRIDGE BUILDER’ FOR MLB’S GROWING LATINO AUDIENCE

The new PA announcer is proud of her job and of being a Latina role model.

“In almost every job I’ve had, I’ve been the only Latino,” said Castro. “We have to reflect the eyeballs that watch us.”

Both of Castro’s parents were born and raised in Puerto Rico. Her father, who passed away when she was 10, was a U.S. Navy veteran, a NYC bus driver and was active in the Young Lords, a groundbreaking civil rights group, as well as other community organizations.

Landing her new position “means everything,” said Castro, because she gets to “be a bridge builder for other Latinos” at a time when Hispanic-viewing baseball audiences are at an all-time high in the U.S.

A study showed that the addition of international players to MLB teams, many from Caribbean and Latin American countries, have resulted in a jump of millions in profits. As of last year, MLB players hailed from 19 countries, including the Dominican Republic (93 players), Venezuela (77) and Cuba (23).

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Netflix Orders Mexican Drama Series ‘Monarca’ From Salma Hayek

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Netflix has greenlit another international series.

The streaming giant has handed out a series order to Mexican drama Monarca, starring Irene Azuela (Quemar las Naves, El hotel de los secretos, Las oscuras primaveras). The new series, which will begin production this fall and will launch globally in 2019, will follow the world of wealthy Mexican elites riddled by corruption, scandal and violence.

Produced by Salma Hayek’s company Ventanarosa, along with Lemon Studios and Stearns Castle, Monarca is described as a high-stakes, multi-generational family saga about a tequila-born Mexican business empire and the battle that ensues when a member of the family decides to fight the dirty system her family helped create.

In addition to Azuela, the series will star Juan Manuel Bernal. Monarca was created by Diego Gutierrez and written by Fernando Rovzar, Julia Denis, Ana Sofia Clerici and Sandra García Velten. Michael McDonald from Stearns Castle will serve as a producer.

“I’m extremely excited to partner with Netflix, and to be working with amazing Mexican talent in front of and behind the camera,” said Hayek. “We are proud to show Mexico as a vibrant, sophisticated and culturally rich nation fighting to control its own destiny.”

Added creator and showrunner Gutierrez: “This is the definition of a passion project for me. Having been born and raised in Mexico, I’m humbled to have the opportunity to tell this story with Netflix and the incredibly talented team of people we’re assembling, both in the U.S. and Mexico.”

Continue onto The Hollywood Reporter to read the complete article.

These Are the Latinos Invited to Join the Academy of Motion Pictures This Year

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When it comes to the Oscars, we know it’s just an honor to be nominated. But we should also remember that getting invited to be part of the Academy is as rare and welcome an honor. Continuing its mission to shake up the near 100-year-old organization, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences added 928 new members from 59 countries this year. Each member gets to join one branch and vote within that branch to dictate nominations (everyone votes for winners in their branch as well as for Best Picture). 49% of the invited members are female, which will nudge the overall female membership to a record-breaking (though still cringe-worthy) 31%. The same group is made up of 38% people of color (that overall percentage is unsurprisingly bleak: it sits at a paltry 16%). It’ll take time for the Academy’s make-up to mirror anything remotely resembling the United States’ demographics but these are all moves in the right direction.

There are, thankfully, a whole lot of Latino and Latin American filmmakers making their way into the Academy’s ranks this year. We decided to spotlight our favorite ten (all actors) which include a Jane the Virgin father-daughter duo, one of Mexico’s biggest comedic stars and two of Sebastian Lelio’s muses. Check them out below, as well as an added list of other talented folks from all across AMPAS’ branches that will get to decide what will follow The Shape of Water as next year’s Best Picture.

Alice Braga, Actress

Jaime Camil, Actor

Ricardo Darín, Actor

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Gloria Estefan will play Rita Moreno’s feisty sister in Season 3 of ‘One Day at a Time’

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Estefan will play the baby sister and archnemesis to the show’s grandmother, Lydia, played by the legendary Rita Moreno.

Fans of the Netflix show “One Day at a Time” will have even more to look forward to in Season 3 — renowned singer, songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan announced on Instagram that she will be guest starring in the show.

“So excited to announce that I’ll finally be guest starring on @odaatnetflix,” Estefan said in her Instagram video caption. “I’ll be playing Mirtha, Lydia’s baby sister and archnemesis. I’m coming for you, Alvarez family!”

Estefan has previous ties to the show as the theme song’s singer.

“I’ve been waiting three seasons for this people. Oh my gosh, get ready. It’s hilarious,” Estefan said in the video she posted on Instagram.

Estefan’s future co-stars also showcased their excitement in response to her announcement.

“We are so excited and ready for you @gloriaestefan @odaatnetflix #alvarezfamily,” responded lead actress Justina Machado in an Instagram comment.

“One Day at a Time” is a reboot of the iconic ’70s show, now featuring a Cuban-American family in California. The plot revolves around a divorced military vet (Justina Machado), who lives with her mother (Rita Moreno), her two teenage children and their friend and building manager, Schneider. The show incorporates funny scenes of life in a bilingual and bicultural Latino household but also tackles serious issues like military vets’ PTSD, racism, discrimination and LGBTQ issues.

But mainly, it’s a relatable show about an American family.

“I hope that non-Latino families watching our Latino family on television can see that we are more alike than we are different,” said Machado in a previous interview with NBC News.

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Gina Rodriguez Funds College Scholarship for Latinx Student With Emmy Money

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This year, the ‘Jane the Virgin’ star decided to put her allotted FYC spend from CBS TV Studios toward paying for the education of an undocumented high school student.

Gina Rodriguez will be throwing her hat in the Emmy ring for the fourth (and penultimate) season of her CW comedy, Jane the Virgin. She just won’t be spending studio money on glam for campaign events or themed swag — though, as a recent episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt suggests, a Jane-branded pregnancy test would be quite a novelty.

“FYC is a bizarre dance,” says the star. “Whatever you do requires an insane amount of money.”

So this year, Rodriguez decided to put her allotted FYC spend from CBS TV Studios toward a college scholarship for an undocumented high school student.

“Our show has always jumped at any opportunity to help me do something for the Latinx community,” says Rodriguez. “So I asked my showrunner, Jennie [Snyder Urman], if we could do something different with the money this year.”

Rodriguez, 33, who won a 2015 Golden Globe for Jane, partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles to find the right applicant — a Princeton University-bound young woman who’ll now be able to complete all four years without financial burden.

And while Rodriguez says she’s been invigorated by her decision, she had mixed feelings about revealing it.

“It’s taboo to talk about the money being spent, but it’s the reality,” says Rodriguez. “I think sharing this might inspire other people to do something similar. You can desire recognition and, at the same time, decide to not play in the confines of the game as it’s set up.”

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Latina Director Launches Production Company to Tell Stories About Queer Women of Color

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Back in 2016, director Deborah S. Esquenazi’s documentary Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four documented the case of four Latina lesbians put on trial for assaulting two young girls. The four were convicted and served time before their case was investigated as an example of prosecutorial prejudice and the well-known homophobia that was present in their town. It remains one of the best Latino movies you should seek out, and audiences who were fortunate to see the film then were eager to find out what the Cuban Esquenazi would do next.

The director, who holds both an Emmy nomination and a Peabody award, has announced today she is starting her own production company, Myth of Monsters. The company will “focus on utilizing media and multilingual projects to upend myths about women of color and queer-identified individuals.” The first project set to debut under the Myth of Monsters banner is a scripted adaptation of Esquenazi’s own Southwest of Salem. The TV adaptation has brought on Mad Men writer Jason Grote to work on the script alongside Esquenazi.

The company is also moving forward on a bilingual coming-of-age LGBTQ drama called Queen of Wands. The film will be set in 1989 and is a semi-autobiographical look at Esquenazi’s life growing up as a lesbian in a Cuban-Sephardic household. It is said to draw from the Bible, family stories, and “gay phantasmagoria.”

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Estadio Azteca: The only stadium to have three World Cups now Mexico will co-host 2026

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A legendary football stadium, symbol of pride for Mexican fans, a gathering ground every fortnight for all walks of life: this is Estadio Azteca. A behemoth that will play host to an unprecedented third World Cup in 2026. Over the past 50 years it has been home to some of the greatest national and global sporting events.

EARLY BEGINNINGS

Designed by architects Pedro Ramirez Vazquez and Rafael Mijares, the stadium was brought to life on communal land in the suburb of Santa Ursula Coapa. Construction started in August 1962 and was completed in 1966. It took more than 800 workers, seven million hours of labour, 100 tonnes of concrete and 8,000 thousand tonnes of steel rods to erect the structure.

The title “Estadio Azteca” was given by Antonio Vazques and was also voted best name by the fans. The stadium eventually opened its doors to the public on May 29, 1966. The first event to be held at the stadium was a friendly match between local Club America and Italian side Torino. 105,000 spectators filled the stands to celebrate the first goal which was scored by Arlindo Dos Santos within the first 10 minutes.

A RICH HISTORY

Over the past five decades, millions of fans have witnessed extraordinary achievements at this venue. The stadium hosted World Cup finals in 1970 and 1986 and crowned two of the greatest footballers of all times: Pele and Maradona.

In 1970, “The King” claimed his third World Cup title with Brazil alongside Rivelino, Tostao, Gerson and Jairzinho, while 16 years later Maradona would make headlines for Argentina with his ‘”Hand of God” goal as well as the famed ‘”Goal of the Century” in the same match against England.

Some of the greatest moments in Estadio Azteca include ‘”the Match of the Century” between Italy and Germany, featuring Franz Beckenbauer with a strapped arm who made it through to the semifinals.

The Mexico national team have also seen their heroes lift trophies and create unforgettable moments. Manuel Negrete scored the best goal of 1986 with his ‘scissor-kick from the penalty spot; the team were victorious in the 1999 Confederations Cup, as well as the Gold Cup of the same year, and the under-17 team won the U17 World Cup in 2011. In addition, it was home to matches played at the 1968 Olympic Games.

It is currently the home ground of Club America, but has also been home to other clubs in the past, such as Cruz Azul, Necaxa, Atletico Espanol and Atlante. It has played host to 33 Mexican football finals, which have included some of the best matches witnessed by football fans in the stadium. The most recent of these was at the 2014 Clausura championships where Aguilas was victorious over Tigres.

A NAME CHANGE

In 1997, the stadium’s name was changed to “Guillermo Canedo,” a posthumous homage to the president of Club America and CONCACAF.

However, the original “Estadio Azteca” was very much ingrained and fans struggled to adopt the new name. So the preference of Televisa — the owners of the stadium — was shortlived, the public insisted on calling it Estadio Azteca and soon after the stadium got its original name back.

IMPACT OUTSIDE SOCCER

The Azteca is not only an inspiration to the sporting world, it has also been an inspiration to artists. Andres Calamaro was amazed and surprised by the structure and composed the song “Estadio Azteca” with these words: “When I was a boy and I met the Estadio Azteca, I was stupefied, I felt small in the presence of the giant, when I was older the same happened again…”

This inspiration was also felt by Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, who broke the attendance record in 1993 when 600,000 people came to watch his “Dangerous” world tour over the course of five days.

American football has also left its mark. After multiple preseason matches in Mexico City, Estadio Azteca eventually opened its doors on Oct. 2, 2005 to an encounter between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals. This was the first regular season NFL league match in history that was played outside of the United States and attracted a record crowd of 103,467.

Eleven years later an encounter between Houston Texans and Raiders was the first “Monday Night Football” match to be played in a foreign country in the history of the league, and the second regular season league match to be played in Mexico. 76,743 people attended the game.

In 2017, the third regular season league match was played in the Azteca when Patriots beat Raiders — the first time an NFL title holder had played in Mexico. The Azteca has also been host to other American football matches, such as the American Bowl in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 2000. The first of these matches attracted 112,000 spectators who came to see the Dallas Cowboys take on the Houston Oilers. But the greatest event to be hosted by the stadium took place on Feb. 20, 1993. The legendary Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez beat Greg Haugen from the United States in front of a record crowd of 132,274.

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How Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez Pulled Off an Ambitious Anthology Raising Money for Puerto Rico

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When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 2017, many living on the mainland struggled to connect with their loved ones. Power was knocked out across the entire island, making communication challenging. Even the hotline the Puerto Rican government set up to provide information to worried friends and family proved ineffective. People received a busy tone because of the sheer volume of callers. But as they desperately looked for news – many turning to social media, where others relayed the little information they knew – they were forced to carry on living their lives outside the island. That’s how Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez found himself at New York Comic Contwo weeks after the storm, a time when folks still had no idea about the severity of the effects. While there to talk to fans about his work and his original comic book character, La Borinqueña, an Afro-Boricua superhero, his corner of Artist’s Alley turned into a sort of therapy session.

“There was a line of like 50 people waiting for me every day, the four days of the event,” Miranda-Rodriguez tells me on the telephone. “But more than anything, the space became a very special place for people to share, ’cause up until that point, many of us still had not heard from our family or friends or anyone from Puerto Rico. Not only were people not able to communicate with one another on the island, but we weren’t able to communicate from here to the island. So many people came to the table, they saw the image of La Borinqueña; it gave them a sense of optimism. But at the same time, many of them were overwhelmed emotionally, crying, asking me about my family. I cried; there was a lot of hugging happening.”

The tearful meetups also became the genesis of one of Edgardo’s most ambitious projects: Ricanstruction: Reminiscing and Rebuilding Puerto Rico, an anthology raising money for recovery efforts, which featured about 150 collaborators. The book made its debut on May 29, 2018, but it was at NYCC that set this 192-page anthology in motion. Dan DiDio – the co-publisher of DC Comics – and S.O. Leilani Ramos Lugo lined up to get a chance to speak to Edgardo. When Dan came face to face with Edgardo, the first thing the Nuyorican creative said was, “What are we going to do for Puerto Rico?” DiDio asked Miranda-Rodriguez to put together a proposal.

“As soon as he left – within minutes – I came up with the term Ricanstruction Reminiscing and Rebuilding Puerto Rico,” he adds. Soon after, he diligently worked to make this idea a reality.

One of the most noteworthy parts of Ricanstruction is the number of famous names attached to the project. Rosario Dawson, Sonia Manzano, Javier Munoz, Ruben Blades, and more created content for the book. Some, like Rosario Dawson, he persuaded to create a comic.

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