YouTube launched its Spanish-language version this week. YouTube will expand to 9 different countries and seven different languages. The Spanish-language portal can be accessed here.
AIM TV is launching The American Latino TV Network, an online video-on-the-web network featuring programming from American LatinoTV, LatiNation and the American Latino Presents Specials. www.ALTVNetwork.com <http://www.ALTVNetwork.com>
The 8th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival takes place July 24-29th. Among this year's featured films are Trade and El Cantante.
Argentine golfer Angel "El Pato" Cabrera defeated Tiger Woods to win the U.S. Open this weekend. Cabrera is the first South American to win the U.S. Open.
Magazine Publishers of America released a new edition of its Hispanic/Latino Market Profile. According to the data, 75% of Hispanic adults read over 11 magazine issues a month.
The Imagen Awards will celebrate its 22nd edition on July 28th. This year's President's Award will go to Disney-ABC Television Group and the Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Entravision CEO & Chairman Walter Ulloa. America Ferrera will receive the Creative Achievement Award and Cynthia Cidre, writer of the upcoming CBS series "Cane" will receive the Norman Lear Writer's Award.
The Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off this week. Among this year's films are Ethan Hawke's "The Hottest State" starring Catalina Sandino Moreno, the Walter Salles produced "Love for Sale", "Fighting Cholitas" from Bolivia, "August Evening", "Made in L.A.", "La Santa Muerte" and "El Puño de Hierro", a silent film featuring a special live performance of an original score by Nortec Collective.
The 5th Annual Latin Rap Conference will take place at the Hyatt on Sunset in Los Angeles on September 12-14th . For more information visit: www.latinrapconference.com. <http://www.latinrapconference.com>
Telemundo announced that it will begin accepting applications this week for "Taller Telemundo: Actores", an educational training program for actors. This year's program will be directed by Adriana Barraza, recent Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee for her role in "Babel". www.yahootelemundo.com/tv .
Renan Almendarez Coello, "El Cucuy", took his radio show on the road this week forming the caravan for "Dreams Across America" in support of immigration reform. The caravan traveled cross-country picking up 100 supporters along the way, arriving in Washington DC yesterday to campaign in front of Congress.
Voto Latino's Public Service Announcements won top honors at the Promax Awards, taking home the Gold Award. The PSAs, produced in conjunction with mun2, were written by Voto Latino and directed by mun2 Creative Director Ricardo de Montreuil. Mun2 picked up several Promax Awards, nine in total, with gold medals for Funniest Promotion, the Voto Latino PSA and Daypart Packaging Promotion.
Jessica Alba made some interesting remarks about her Latino heritage last week stating that: "Alba is my last name and I'm proud of that. But that's it. My grandparents were born in California, the same as my parents, and though I may be proud of my last name, I'm American. Throughout my whole life, I've never felt connected to one particular race or heritage, nor did I feel accepted by any. If you break it down, I'm less Latina than Cameron Diaz, whose father is Cuban. But people don't call her Latina because she's blonde."
Daniel Mireles, ex-VP of promotion at Fonovisa, filed a lawsuit against Univision Music, claiming that he was fired after refusing to participate in payola.
LATV Live's lineup this week includes in-studio performances from Daddy Yankee, Jennifer Peña and Kinto Sol. Rokamole on Friday will feature an interview with Manu Chao, who chatted with Giovanny at his recent show in Los Angeles.
Gustavo Cerati will let one of his fans direct his next video for "Lago en el Cielo" off his latest album Ahi Vamos. Fans are invited to send in their entries to the website: www.cerati.com/lagoenelcielo.
A 6.8 earthquake shook Guatemala this week. Luckily there was no major damage or injuries caused by the quake whose epicenter was 70 miles southwest of Guatemala City in the Pacific Ocean.
TV Azteca reporter David Cuelllar Montero was shot in Mexico City this weekend. Cuellar was approached and shot by two men as he came home from work and is currently recovering in the hospital. The men reportedly said, "This is from Ofelia", David's ex-wife. The couple is currently locked in a custody battle.
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