Charo Does Vegas

Lots of A&E and Comunidad news from Latino Loop, 6.17.09

Published on LatinoLA: June 17, 2009

Charo Does Vegas

Charo has signed on to present "Charo in Concert: A Musical Sensation" at Las Vegas' Riviera Hotel & Casino starting in July.

MTV Tr3s will debut the teen telenovela sensation "Isa TKM (Te Quiero Mucho)" on June 22nd. The show, acquired from Sony Pictures Television, has already premiered in over 22 countries in Latin America and was the #1 show among Pay TV viewers 12-17 in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.
A former State Department employee and his wife, 72-year-old Walter Kendall and 71-year-old Gwendolyn Kendall, are being held without bond on charges of spying for Cuba over the past 30 years. The couple face up to 17 years in prison.

The Today show is focusing on U.S. Hispanics this week with its "WeThe People" coverage reporting on census bureau data, immigration, pop culture, bilingual education and an in-studio performance this morning by Ozomatli.

According to the AARP report "Hispanic Workers 50 Plus", 76% of Hispanic workers over 50 in the U.S. work force are immigrants and 62% are U.S.-born. The average yearly salary among Hispanic workers 50 and up is $30,357.

Venezuela's government banned Coke Zero from the country this week citing unspecified health dangers.

Universal Latin label head, Walter Kolm is featured as one of the Source magazine's "Power 30" honoring the top 30 power players in Urban music, culture, business, politics, entertainment and lifestyle.

Mercury Mambo released its first Hispanic Shopper & Retailer study recently assessing the effectiveness of Hispanic experiential and promotional marketing. Among the findings is that 78% of consumers purchased a featured product after having participated in both a price promotion and store event and 72% of retailers felt that store promotions with entertainment were very effective in reaching consumers.

Selena's murderer, Yolanda Saldivar, was denied parole this week. Saldivar will not be up for parole again until 2025.

The legal battle over the licensing agreement between Televisa and Univision continued last week with Televisa executives testifiying about the right to stream some of the shows it has licensed to Univision on its website.

A tape was leaked in which Monterrey, Mexico mayoral candidate Mauricio Fernandez describes to a group of supporters how drug traffickers have reached out to all the political candidates seeking their support ahead of the elections next month. Fernandez also reveals on the tape that the Beltran Leyva cartel controls drug smuggling in the suburb of San Pedro Garza and that Fernandez would not interfere with the cartel in order to maintain peace.

Dole is threatening Swedish documentary filmmaker Fredrik Gertten with a defamation lawsuit if his latest project "Bananas!" screens at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday calling the film a "phony story". The documentary depicts a trial between Nicaraguan banana plantation workers and a powerful multinational agribusiness regarding the use of pesticides.

Texas A&M President, Elsa Murano, the school's first female and first Hispanic President, resigned this week, the day before a meeting of the school regents to evaluate her job performance.

The Vive Tu Musica with 5 Gum Grand finale will take place on June 18th in Los Angeles. Camila will headline the event with a celebrity panel of judges including Camila, Beto Cuevas and Natalia Lafourcade choosing the contest winning band.

Telemundo and mun2 will kick off this year's "Descarga" free summer concert series on July 12th at CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood with La Internacional Sonora Show and Sonoclip. The series continues every Sunday through the end of August including performances from Shaila Durcal, Fanny Lu, Flex and others.

OCESA and FameCast have teamed up to creat Amplifica, an online entertainment platform. The first program will be Tu Pase al Vive, a competition where bands can win a chance to perform at Mexico City's Vive Latino festival. www.amplifica.tv

ESPN Deportes Radio will offer exclusive coverage of the SuperLiga 2009 soccer tournament which kicks off June 20th.

Univision amended its credit facility to allow time for the U.S. advertising market to bounce back.

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