Montoya Races to Win

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Published on LatinoLA: March 8, 2007

Montoya Races to Win

Juan Pablo Montoya became the first Latin-American racer to win a NASCAR race this week in Mexico City.

Cheerios has launched the Angeles de mi Coraz??n nationwide search to award 5 individuals working hard to fight heart disease. Winners will received a $5,000 grant to fund activities to fight heart disease. www.cheeriosangel.com

Leading independent Chilean label La Oreja and major retail chain Feria del Disco have joined forces to create La Oreja/Feria Music.

President Bush will visit Brazil this week as part of a series of visits in Latin America including stops in Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico. Bush plans to roll out a shift in policies and plans in the region. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is planning a counter-tour coinciding with Bush‘«÷s visits.

Nickelodeon premiered its newest cartoon series ‘«£El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera‘«ō on March 3rd. The premiere was the network's best premiere performance ever with around 3 million viewers tuning in to the back-to-back episodes. The series, the brainchild of husband and wife team Jorge R. Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua, airs Saturdays at 10:30 am.

Auditions for the new Menudo kick off in Southern California on March 31st, and MTV Tr3s will be on the scene to document the process for ‘«£Road to Menudo‘«ō airing May 12th. The new boy band, once formed, already has a deal in place with Epic Records for a December release.

Latin Grammy-winning reggaeton duo Calle 13 will release its new album Residente o Visitante on April 24th. The first single is ‘«£Tango del Pecado‘«ō.

Televisa announced its intent to sell its shares in Univision after Univision's announcement last week that Joe Uva will take over as CEO when the sale of the network is finalized.

Palladium Equity Partners LLC announced its investment in Todobeb?ģ, Inc. this week. Todobeb?ģ is a multimedia company that provides Hispanic parenting information through TV, radio, print publications, digital media, grassroots events, DVDs and children's music.

Franco De Vita will receive ASCAP‘«÷s Latin Heritage Award at this year‘«÷s ASCAP Latin music awards on March 21st in New York.

RBD‘«÷s Christian Chavez came out via a letter sent to the media last week. The letter came in response to pictures posted on the internet of the pop singer with a male friend.

LATV has appointed Howard Bolter as President and COO. Bolter was formerly Executive Vice President of Wobo Media and SVP of Network and Production Operations at E! Networks. LATV also appointed award-winning writer/producer Rick Najera as Head of Current Programming and Development. Najera is the writer/director/producer and creator of the comedy ‘«£Latinologues‘«ō.

Thalia has a new radio show called ‘«£Conexion Thalia‘«ō, a program about Latino culture, lifestyle, fashion and celebrities. The two-hour syndicated show will air weekly on ABC Radio.

SBS‘«÷ Mega TV is celebrating its one-year anniversary this week. Felicidades!

The SXSW Music Festival kicks off in Austin next week. Among this year‘«÷s Latino performers are Allison, The Pinker Tones, Mexican Institute of Sound, Ceci Bastida, Mezklah, Austin TV, La Gusana Ciega, Zoe, Hummersqueal, Rodrigo and Gabriela, Ozomatli and Jumbo.

Hyundai has dropped its Hispanic Agency, Del Rivero Messianu and will put its $30 million account into review for a new agency.

Ricardo Bonilla of Miami-based rock band Diestra passed away last week in a car accident. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

MTV Networks announced another 250 layoffs among its international operations staff as part of the network‘«÷s restructuring efforts. Part of the plan includes moving some of its Latin American personnel from Miami to Buenos Aires.

Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Entercom Communications Corp. and Citadel Broadcasting Corp. have all agreed to pay the FCC $12.5 million and provide 8400 half-hour segments of airtime for indie labels. The agreement is an attempt to stop payola in the radio industry.

Tu Ciudad magazine‘«÷s March issue is now on newsstands. This month‘«÷s issue features a Spring fashion guide featuring actress Dania Ramirez modeling looks from Eduardo Lucero and Emiliano Moreno.

Heineken Light will celebrate Los Angeles Latinos at a private event next week. Among the honorees are cinematographer Carlos Bolado, KCRW DJ Raul Campos, TV personality Alysha del Valle and chef Josef Centeno.

New data released by the Pew Hispanic Center analyzes Latino workers in the construction industry. According to the study, Hispanic workers got two out of every three new construction jobs in 2006. Hispanic employment in general increased by almost 1 million between 2005 and 2006.

Publicis Groupe‘«÷s multicultural media buying agency Tapestry is being restructured so that Starcom and MediaVest (Publicis‘«÷ general market companies) each have their own multicultural media unit. Tapestry‘«÷s New York office will be renamed 42 Degrees MediaVest while the Chicago and Miami offices will still be called Tapestry and will now form part of Starcom.

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