Pachanga Latino Music Festival Set

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Published on LatinoLA: May 21, 2009

Pachanga Latino Music Festival Set

The Pachanga Latino Music Festival will take place May 30th in Austin. This year's lineup includes Mexican Institute of Sound, Michael Salgado, Charanga Cakewalk, Brownout and David Garza, among others. www.pachangafest.com

Protests erupted across Guatemala this week following the death of lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg. A video surfaced in which Rosenberg himself accused President Alvaro Colom of his murder.

Uruguay announced that it would allow gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military. Peru, however passed a law that bans gays from working on the police force and also suspends police officers who cheat on their spouses, and people who organize and participate in strikes or protests.

According to new data from ICE, the number of people arrested trying to cross U.S. borders has gone down 27%.

Mun2's distribution passed the 30 million household mark this month.

Luca Bentivoglio was named COO of LATV last week, replacing Howard Bolter. Bentivoglio was previously VP of programming at the channel.

Jose Tillan was named General Manager/Executive Vice President of MTV Tr3s this week. Tillan was formerly SVP of Content and Creative for MTV/VH1 Latin America and will still be involved with the networks and continue as Executive Producer of Los Premios MTV 2009.

Emusica Entertainment Group sold its assets, including the Fania catalog to Signal Equity, a New York-based equity firm.

Harry Abraham-Castillo was appointed as COO of VIP2000.tv.

53 inmates were busted out from a prison in Zacatecas, Mexico over the weekend by suspected drug cartel members disguised as federal police.

Rep. Linda Sanchez announced the birth of her first child this week.

Univision Communications' revenues were down 12% for the first quarter of 2009 with radio revenues down 26.1%, TV revenues down 8.7% and interactive down 5%.

Enrique Gonzalez pled not guilty to forcing his 7-year-old son to get a gang tattoo. The Fresno man is accused of holding down his son while he was tattooed with a gang sign on his hip.

If elected after a July runoff, Judy Chu would be Southern California's only Asian-American in Congress and would take the 32nd Congressional District seat, a post which has been always held by a Hispanic politician since the 1980's.

Mexican music retailer Mixup will debut its digital MP3 store tomorrow.

Telemundo and mun2 unveiled their new programming for 2009-2010 this week at their upfronts. Among Telemundo's new offerings are "Ni??os Ricos, Pobres Padres", "Perro Amor", "Rosalinda y Primitivo" and "El Clon". Mun2 will debut "The mun2 Look" in first quarter 2010, a program highlighting style, the latest trends in fashion, technology, entertainment and lifestyle with an interactive platform on holamun2.com. mun2 will also debut the reality series "Los Twiins" about producing team Adolfo and Omar Valenzuela.

Jenni Rivera was arrested at the Mexico City airport this week with $52,167 in her carry-on luggage. Rivera had only reported carrying $20,000 and was later released from custody after paying a fine.

Angel Vidal Mendoza was charged with mayhem, torture and child cruelty for allegedly attacking his 4-year-old son and biting out one of his eyes and mutilating the other.

ESPN Deportes held its upfront presentation this week announcing that sports commentator Jorge Ramos will be joining the ESPN Deportes television commentary team.

Greidys Gil was crowned Nuestra Belleza Latina during the finale of the Univision show this week.

The New York International Latino Film Festival will hold its first Cinedulce Showcase this year. Cinedulce is a multi-platform film distributor founded by Elizabeth Gardner and Calixto Chinchilla.

Fox Sports en Espa??ol held its upfront presentation in New York this week announcing over 1500 hours of soccer matches in 2010 as well as its new acquisitions and programming.

The Jonas brothers visited Peru for the first time this week selling out the first of two shows in just a matter of days.

The Latin Mixx Conference and Awards will take place July 21-23rd in New York City.

Spanish Broadcasting System's net revenues fell by 24% in the first quarter of 2009 with the decline centered in its radio assets, where revenue fell by 27%. TV revenues for the company went up 6%.

Univision will debut a new music reality show called "Viva el Sue??o", a competition for up-and-coming artists to make it in the music industry.

This week's episode of "The mun2 Hook Up: Celebrity Edition" travels to Puerto Rico to pair an aspiring reggaeton performer with Calle 13.

The FCC issued a notice of inquiry on the impact of Arbitron's Portable People Meter on radio broadcasters, focusing on minority broadcasters.

Soda Stereo drummer Charly Alberti met with Al Gore at the annual directors meeting of The Climate Project in Nashville. Alberti will join the project as a board member and advisor for the project's launch in Argentina later this year.

Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti passed away this week at age 88.

AP Latin America correspondent Isaac "Nick" Levi passed away last week from pneumonia at age 76.

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