Fresh News 8/12/21

Posted by on August 13, 2021

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Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network Cable Channel to Be Rebooted for Streaming With Cinedigm

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Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has taken El Rey Network and revived the Latino-focused brand for the streaming era in partnership with Cinedigm. In partnership with Cinedigm, El Rey Network will relaunch as a free-to-watch over-the-top streaming service available on platforms including connected TVs, digital set-top boxes, media-streaming devices and the web. 

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NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Forms Hispanic Streaming Division, Promoting Romina Rosado To Lead It

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NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has formed a new Hispanic Streaming business division, which will look to spur growth of Latinos on Peacock and across other Telemundo and NBCU platforms. The new division will be responsible for developing a content slate with more than 50 projects, the first of which will arrive in 2022. 

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Matt Lopez Latinx Family Drama ‘Promised Land’ Gets ABC Series Order

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ABC has picked up its second drama series for the 2021-22 season. The network has given a series order to pilot "Promised Land", a Latinx family drama starring John Ortiz and Christina Ochoa.

Written by Matt Lopez and directed by Michael Cuesta, Promised Land is an epic, generation-spanning drama about two Latinx families vying for wealth and power in California’s Sonoma Valley.

Read more on Deadline.

Latin American Animation Powerhouse Ánima Launches Adult-YA Division, Unveils ‘El Santos’ Series Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

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Leading Latin American animation studio Ánima has launched a dedicated adult-young adult division and announced that later this year it will begin production on “El Santos,” a serialized version of the company’s 2012 comic book-inspired feature “El Santos vs la Tetona Mendoza.”

The star-studded, landmark film established Ánima as not only a regional powerhouse of Mexican animation, but a leading creator of cartoon content internationally, and was the company’s first production to screen at France’s prestigious Annecy Animation Festival.

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Fonda Anita Joins Dick Clark Productions As Head Of Production

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Dick Clark Productions and Fonda Anita, veteran ViacomCBS executive, have joined together. Fonda Anita will be taking over as EVP of Production. She will be responsible for physical production for all of dcp, including the company’s vast portfolio of live televised entertainment events.

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Aardman Teams With ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ Director Gurinder Chadha on Bollywood-Inspired Animated Feature – Global Bulletin

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Legendary U.K. animation studio Aardman is teaming with filmmaker Gurinder Chadha on a new feature film project for family audiences. Described by the company as an “exuberant, warm-hearted musical,” the currently untitled Bollywood-inspired feature will follow Bodhi, a young Indian elephant from Kerala who dreams of becoming a famous Bollywood dancer.

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‘La Fortuna’ Trailer: First Look At Stanley Tucci & Clarke Peters In Alejandro Amenábar’s AMC+ Series

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In La Fortuna, Álex Ventura (Mel), a young and inexperienced diplomat, unintentionally becomes the leader of a mission that will put all his convictions to the test: to recover the sunken treasure stolen by Frank Wild (Tucci), an adventurer who travels the world plundering items of common heritage from the depths of the sea.

Now available is a look at the first footage of La Fortuna.

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Netflix’s ‘Vivo’ Takes Visual Inspiration From Vibrancy of Cuban Music

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Netflix’s new animated film, Vivo, takes strong inspiration from Cuban music like reggae and mambo. Production designer Carlos Zaragoza kept those lively sounds in mind as he created  the visuals.

Premiering Aug. 6, “Vivo” follows a one-of-a-kind kinkajou who spends his days in Havana performing in the town square alongside his owner, Andrés. Their love of music takes Vivo on a journey as he sets out to deliver a message from Andrés: a love song to the famous Marta Sandoval in time for her farewell concert in Miami.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’ to Open AFI Fest

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AFI Fest 2021 will be the event that premier’s Lin Manuel Miranda’s highly anticipated film, Tick, Tick...Boom! This film marks Miranda’s feature directorial debut, as the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner brings the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, who revolutionized theater as the creator of “Rent,” to the big screen.

The 35th edition of AFI Fest runs from November 10 to November 14. 

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Netflix Acquires Tatiana Huezo’s Cannes Prize-Winning ‘Prayers for the Stolen’ For Most European Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

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Netflix has acquired Tatiana Huezo’s “Prayers for the Stolen” (Noche de la Fuego), a critically acclaimed Mexican drama which world premiered at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section and won a special mention.

The film follows three friends in their journey into adolescence. In a town where there are only women and poppy planting has enforced violence, these girls cut their hair like boys and have underground hiding places to survive; but in their own world, magic and joy still prevail.

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National Hispanic Media Coalition Reveals 2021 Series Latinx Scriptwriters Program Cohorts

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National Hispanic Media Coalition welcomes 10 new Latinx writers to its 2021 Series Scriptwriters Program: Linzy Beltran, April M. Sanchez, Diego Moreno, Michel Lichand, Eli Vazquez, Ana Defillo, Rolando Gomez, Desiree Carcamo, Samantha Renee Cordero, and Linda Dillon Moya. The program is part of NHMC’s commitment to making Hollywood a more inclusive industry by supporting Latinx creatives to navigate in a competitive market.

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Jennifer Hudson on Why She Thinks Aretha Franklin Chose Her to Star in Biopic ‘Respect’

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It is said that the legendary singer Aretha Franklin thought long and hard about which multi-talented performer could play her in the biopic of her rise to stardom, Respect. After many years of deciding, she handpicked Jennifer Hudson for the role.

Jennifer Hudson has received various accolades for both music and acting, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and two Grammy Awards. Now, Hudson depicts why she believes Franklin chose her.

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