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Cine Youth Fest Launches Panel Series, as Lead up to Film Festival

By TV & DIGITAL

Conversations Among “X” Series launches with Focus on the Role of Imagination and Storytelling in Times of Pandemic

Brooklyn, NY — HITN TV announced a series of virtual panels leading up to the premier of the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest. The events include discussions with Latinx content creators in a variety of mediums, as well as visibility and representation of Latinx across the creative spectrum.

These events will be livestreamed on a monthly basis leading up to the Cine Youth Fest to take place Sept. 18 – Oct. 16, 2021. The first panel planned for March 17, is entitled “Imagination in the Time of the Pandemic: Stories by Latinx Creatives” and will feature a panel discussion moderated by writer/director/filmmaker Lorena Russi.

Panelists for the conversation about how the pandemic has shifted art and creativity include:

  • Chris Yong-Garcia, Peruvian designer, cultural producer and founder of LatinLover Food & Travel Magazine
  • Carmen Febo-San Miguel, executive director of Taller Puertorriqueño, Inc., a Philadelphia organization promoting Puerto Rican arts and culture and empowering the community.
  • Kristian Mercado Figueroa, Puerto Rican filmmaker, screenwriter and director.
  • Ivelisse “Bombera de Corazon” Diaz, dancer, vocalist and leader within Chicago’s Bomba community.

“By bringing together Latinx creative leaders and practitioners in the arts field, we are showing young filmmakers a path to share their voice, to elevating their visibility in their communities and in the film industry,” said Cynthia Rivera, Director of Festival Operations, Cine Youth Fest. “Representation matters, and we want to empower these youth filmmakers by exposing them to the knowledge and experience gained by other Latinx professionals who’ve achieved success in the arts.”

This first virtual panel, along with the rest of the series of virtual conversations to be held monthly, are designed to support and inspire young creatives leading up to the inaugural ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed from its initial 2020 launch, and will instead take place during the fall of 2021. The new submission period will be July 19 – Aug. 30, 2021.

“During the past year, many of us have spent more time apart and isolated. Through this series of virtual panels and through the Cine Youth Fest, we’re excited to bring people close together again and using technology to continue building a stronger connection within our Latinx creative community,” said Caitlin Agrón, Cine Youth Fest Social Media Strategy & Publishing

The Conversations Among “X” virtual series will be livestreamed across YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitch social media channels. For more information about the first event and details about how to join the conversation, visit https://hitn.tv/cyflive/. To learn more about the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest and how to participate or submit a film, visit http://cineyouthfest.org/.

Upcoming events:

April 7, 2021. Evolving Visions of the Future: Stories by Latinx creatives. Participants: Richard Santiago (Artist), Melissa Duprey (Actress), Nydia Castillo (Actress), and Vico Ortiz (Actor).

April 28, 2021. Addressing Latinx Invisibility: A discussion from the trenches. Participants: Adrian Roman (Artist), Dr. Raquel M. Ortiz (Children’s book author), Rhina Valentin (Actress), and Waldo Cabrera (Journalist).

Check the website for a full list of events and dates: cineyouthfest.

The ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest will be presented in collaboration with educational institutions across New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Pennsylvania, Miami and Puerto Rico. A grand prize winner will be selected to receive a cash prize of $5000. An additional student scholarship of $2,000.00 will be awarded to the outstanding work submitted by a student. Additional virtual learning courses will be awarded.

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere App available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a cable subscription. For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

HITN PREMIERES IN-DEPTH DOCUMENTARY ON DR. FAUCI’S LIFE AND WORK

By TV & DIGITAL

HITN, in collaboration with The Associated Press and South Florida PBS, produced an original hour-long documentary on Dr. Anthony Fauci. ‘Fauci: The Virus Hunter’ spans through his humble early beginnings in Brooklyn to becoming a leading voice among global health experts.

Brooklyn, NY – HITN TV partnered with The Associated Press and South Florida PBS to produce this special one-hour long documentary, ‘Fauci: The Virus Hunter,’ premiering exclusively in Spanish language on HITN TV on Monday, March 15th at 10pm EST/7pm PST with repeat broadcasts on Thursday, March 18 8pm EST/5pm PST, and Sunday, March 20, 11am EST/8am PST. HITN GO users will have the opportunity to watch it ahead of time starting on Wednesday, March 10th.

‘Fauci: The Virus Hunter’ features an in-depth look into the life of Doctor Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease expert and one of the main figures in the ongoing extraordinary battle against COVID-19. During his career, Dr. Fauci has advised seven consecutive presidents, including current President Joe Biden. Dr. Anthony Fauci has been at the forefront of major epidemics since 1984.

Fauci’s research publications and studies played a major role in uncovering the importance of AIDS and its various ramifications in society. A relentless pursuer of scientific truth and factual information, Fauci extensively investigated subsequent virus outbreaks such as SARS, Avian influenza, H1N1 (also known as the Swine Flu), Zika, Ebola, and most recently, COVID-19.

‘Fauci: The Virus Hunter’ dives into Fauci’s professional facet, through the words of those who have been close to him all these years, including renowned experts like Dr. John I. Gallin, Chief Scientific Officer and Scientific Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center; Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), and Victoria Harden, retired Director of the Office of NIH History and the Stetten Museum at the NIH.

The documentary also examines Fauci’s personal life with unique interviews that offer a glimpse of the man behind the work: from the early days growing up in the apartment above his father’s pharmacy, delivering prescriptions to ill customers and realizing his calling in the medical field to eventually graduating first in class at Cornell Medical College, and performing as a clinical doctor, nurturing his quest for perfectionism. A committed family man, Fauci always made it a point to return home for dinner with his wife and children albeit facing 80+ hour weeks.

“Fauci: The Virus Hunter is a remarkable production which South Florida PBS’ Health Channel was able to bring to fruition thanks to our Board and strong partnerships such as the ones with The Associated Press and HITN. We could not be more excited about the premiere and about the interest we have received from PBS stations across the country,” said Dolores Sukhdeo, President and CEO of South Florida PBS.

“We are very pleased to partner with South Florida PBS and HITN on this project,” said Michael Fabiano, Vice President AP Productions. “Dr. Fauci has had a remarkable life, now serving his seventh president and his public service impact has been significant.”

At 80 years old, Doctor Anthony Fauci is regarded as a source of inspiration, especially in the younger communities, to follow into the same footsteps and become the great doctors and researchers of tomorrow.

“We are delighted to have created this amazing partnership among iconic brands to bring the incredible life and career of Dr. Fauci to Spanish speaking families. We believe this important documentary will inspire and contribute a lasting impact to the next generation of scientists and innovators” said Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN.

‘Fauci: The Virus Hunter’ is among HITN TV’s most anticipated original productions of the year as part of its on-going educational content, and continuous recognition of the most influential figures and voices making an impact in the communities it serves.

‘Fauci: The Virus Hunter’ is produced by HITN in partnership with The Associated Press and South Florida PBS. It will broadcast nationally in the United States through HITN in Spanish-language and PBS affiliate stations. In addition the program is available for international distribution.

To learn more about this exclusive premiere, please visit https://hitn.tv/fauci

About HITN

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T Uverse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere App available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a cable subscription. For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

About South Florida PBS:
SOUTH FLORIDA PBS is Florida’s largest public media company, including Public Broadcasting stations WXEL-TV, serving the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast and WPBT2, serving Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and the Health Channel, the only 24/7 channel dedicated to health in the nation. SOUTH FLORIDA PBS connects organizations and institutions across our region and preserves South Florida’s history. Leading the way in this global society, SOUTH FLORIDA PBS is committed to creating and presenting unique arts, education and cultural heritage programming, and tells different local, regional and national stories across a variety of digital media platforms. Some of our award-winning productions
include James Patterson’s Kid Stew, Changing Seas, Art Loft and Your South Florida. For more information, visit www.southfloridapbs.org

About The Associated Press
The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. More than half the world’s population sees AP journalism every day. Online: www.ap.org

HITN TRANSMITS LIVE LANDING OF NASA’S PERSEVERANCE ROVER ON MARS

By TV & DIGITAL

HITN broadcasts Live transmission of Nasa’s Perseverance Rover landing on Mars premiering on HITN-TV and the HITN GO App

Brooklyn, New York – HITN has partnered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to broadcast live coverage of the Perseverance Rover landing on Mars on Thursday, February 18, 2021. This momentous event will begin at 2:30PM EST/11:30 PST and will be available in Spanish language on HITN-TV and on the HITN GO App.

The live transmission will allow viewers to watch the final descent after a 7-month circuit, 300-million-mile voyage through the solar system that launched on July 30, 2020 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Part of NASA’s latest expedition to the Red Planet, the Mars 2020 mission is designed to seek signs of ancient life at the Jezero Crater, with plans to collect rock and soil samples for a possible future return and study on Earth.

Perseverance Rover is the fifth consecutive rover named by 13-year-old Alexander Mather from Virginia following a 28,000 initial K-12 entries student essay competition as part of Nasa’s continuous efforts to make space discovery an inclusive, educational opportunity.

“At HITN, we are excited to bring this great educational content and experience to the US Hispanic communities. We hope it will help support and encourage young Latinos to think about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math said, Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN.

“I’m so proud of NASA’s efforts to better share the excitement of the Perseverance rover landing with the nearly half a billion Spanish speakers around the world. ‘Juntos perseveramos’ (Together we persevere) is NASA’s first Spanish-language show for a historic landing on another planet and will showcase the diversity of the NASA team behind Mars 2020,” said Bhayva Lal, acting NASA chief of staff. “The name of the show recognizes that perseverance and diversity are critical to NASA’s successful undertaking of ambitious missions like next week’s Perseverance landing.”

HITN TV has also created a dedicated segment on the channel’s website featuring a Mars 2020 digital countdown to closely follow the landing of Perseverance Rover from any device, together with 3D graphically optimized games, fun facts about the rover, and a comprehensive image gallery featuring educational videos and possible paths to provide a fully immersive experience for Spanish speaking families. For more information, visit: https://hitn.tv/marte

The program will be available for all U.S. audiences through the HITN GO App, which can be downloaded on the App Store, Google Play, Apple TV and Roku devices.

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T Uverse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere App available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a cable subscription. For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

HITN BROADCASTS LIVE COVERAGE OF INAUGURATION DAY 2021

By TV & DIGITAL

HITN TV’s host Gerson Borrero will keep the Hispanic community informed in real time, on the proceedings of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration ceremony as the 46th President of the United States.

Brooklyn, NY –– As part of its mission to keep the Hispanic community informed about political developments, HITN-TV will broadcast the inauguration ceremony on January 20 that will make Joseph R. Biden Jr. the 46th president of the United States. Gerson Borrero will inform the audience about the historic event delivering ceremony details starting from 11am ET, followed by the live coverage at noon. This year’s inaugural theme, “America United” aims to restore the “soul of America,” by bringing the country together to create “a path to a brighter future.” Viewers will also be able to stream the live coverage through the HITN Go app.

Gerson Borrero acclaimed political commentator, award winning journalist and host of ‘Estudio DC’, will be broadcasting from the HITN’s production studios in Brooklyn, New York, where he will be accompanied virtually by analysts such as Sandra Lilley, Editor at NBC News Latino, Jerry Goldfeder, special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, Hernan Molina, political analyst and special counsel, Marili Cancio Johnson, attorney at Marili Cancio Johnson PA, Larry Cosme, the National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, and Jose Arango, Hudson County GOP Chairman. These experts will provide the viewers with interesting commentary about the ceremony’s proceedings and their significance.

“Our commitment has always been to provide our audience with resources that keep them informed about what is happening in the political arena. At HITN, we believe that, through high-quality content, we are contributing to the promotion of civic engagement of the Hispanic community in the United States”, said Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN.

Due to the pandemic, the ceremony had to be adapted and scaled-back to comply with Covid-19 measures. The traditional swearing in on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington DC will be kept, where Biden will deliver a public address after taking the inaugural oath. However, the inaugural parade and the traditional balls will be held virtually with limited in-person attendance. Instead, there will be televised and virtual events so that viewers can be part of the celebrations.

“The nation and the world will be witnessing what so many have taken for granted: a peaceful transfer of power. Concerns for the security of those present at the ceremony are heightened to unprecedented levels. This is truly historical. And as a journalist I along with our HITN team will give our viewers an interesting and informative special broadcast,” Gerson Borrero commented.

Viewers will be able to get the full coverage of Borrero’s pre-show and the inauguration ceremony at HITN-TV, as well as through the HITN Go app: https://hitn.tv/go/

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere App available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a cable subscription. For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

Remembering Armando Manzanero

By COMMUNITY

More than a singer-songwriter, a humble and profound man

HITN, in co-production with VME, present an interview featuring beloved Mexican singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero by renowned Leila Cobo, Executive Director for Latin content and programming at Billboard Magazine. This tribute to the maestro will air on Sunday, January 3rd, 9:00 East/West Time on HITN-TV.

Brooklyn, New York – HITN, in co-production with VMETV, through HITN TV, have the honor of presenting a special program where Leila Cobo allows audiences to get to know the Mexican composer, musician, and artist Armando Manzanero who, through an interesting conversation and music, talks about his life, his motivations, the romanticism that runs through his veins and his successes that reveal with mischievous simplicity, the real Manzanero. The special program will be broadcasted on January 3rd at 9:00 p.m. East/West Time on HITN-TV.

After the sad loss of maestro Armando Manzanero at the age of 85 on December 28th, in Mexico City, HITN TV will air a special program as a tribute to one of the most important exponents of Latin music and modern bolero, who during his seven-decade career, composed over 400 memorable songs that were performed by the world’s greatest singers such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Andrea Bocelli, José, Alejandro Fernández and Luis Miguel, many of which have stood the test of time and the language barrier.

The journalist, writer, novelist, pianist, and TV presenter, Leila Cobo, allows us to see beyond the great singer-songwriter and witness a passionate of the piano, music, and good food, and a lover of love, a humble and engaging man, who enjoyed a good life with mischief and good humor.

Leila Cobo, Executive Director for Latin content and programming at Billboard Magazine commented, “Perhaps the most prolific and well-known composer of our Latin music, Armando Manzanero wrote some of the most emblematic and renowned songs of our continent and the world. In this interview, along with his piano, he told us about love, the stories behind the songs and always, his commitment to music and musicians”.

“For HITN it is an honor to be able to remember Armando Manzanero through his own words. Our audience has a deep emotional connection with his songs and his career”, said Erika Vogt-Lowell, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at HITN.

“VME has a significant programming archive and this interview with maestro Manzanero by Leila Cobo is an excellent example of the quality of our content. We are very pleased to be able to broadcast it at this important time to remember one of the great leaders of the Latin music industry”, said Doris Vogelmann, VP of Programming and Operations at VME.

Manzanero was born in Merida, Yucatan in 1935, and won first place in the 1st edition of the Miami Song Festival. In 1993, he was recognized with the Billboard Magazine Award of Excellence. In 2010 he received the Latin Grammy Award for his career and the Latin Grammy Award for best pop vocal album in a duo/group. He also chaired the Board of Directors of the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico. He was the anchor-man of the program “El estudio de Manzanero” on Channel 22. In 2014, the Recording Academy recognized him with the Grammy Award for Artistic Trajectory. Finally, in 2020 he won the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award.

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is the leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Altice. Edye users can learn more about the platform at www.edye.com and download the Edye app through the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information visit www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

Festival Reyes Magos de Vieques promotes Commemorative Plate for 2021

By COMMUNITY

Recently, the non-profit group “Festival de los Reyes Magos de Vieques” promoted their annual campaign to raise school resources for the children of Vieques. HITN joined this campaign, producing a commercial for this benefit.

With great pride, they announced that Ada Rosa Rivera Negrón had designed the 2021 Festival of the Reyes Magos’ commemorative plate in Vieques. This outstanding exponent of Puerto Rican printmaking, a native of San Juan, produces works characterized by her patriotic ideology and women’s theme, from her workshop “Divino Engrabado.”

The plate “Reyes 2021” is a beautiful engraving of our Three Wise Men, made in black and white with touches of red. The wise men appear surrounded by leaves of the typical beach grape, with the symbols of the Vieques flag, the island’s silhouette, and one of the Kings carrying the emblematic word: “Peace”. This plate uses a technique different from all the others in the collection, engraving. The engraving adds another touch of creativity and individuality in the interpretation of the Kings. The Magi who come from the East and who, by geographical accident, inevitably arrive first in Vieques.

Professor and artist Rivera Negrón teaches at the Interamerican University, Bayamón Campus, at the San Juan School of Plastic Arts (where she began her studies), and at the Puerto Rico Art Museum, where she offers workshops and conferences. She has a Master’s degree in Visual Arts from the Autonomous University of Mexico.

Without fear of what awaits us and full of hope for the future. We thank Ada Rosa for being the brave and for bringing her art and talent to the children of Vieques, to the Puerto Rican tradition, and to the art that unites us so much.

For more information and to get your commemorative plate:
https://reyesmagosdevieques.org/plato-de-reyes-2021/
787-644-1131

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T TV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Altice. For more information, please visit www.hitn.org.

HITN Broadcasts Live Coverage of the 2020 US Presidential Election

By TV & DIGITAL

HITN TV’s ‘Estudio DC’ host Gerson Borrero and Neida Sandoval, host of HITN-TV’s ‘En Foco con Neida Sandoval’ provide real time coverage of this year’s presidential election to inform the Hispanic community.

Brooklyn, NYHITN TV will provide hourly updated information in real time of the United States presidential election to air from 7pm to 2am ET. The coverage will have a special focus on bringing audiences extensive reporting and important information on the impact and power of the Latino vote. Gerson Borrero, acclaimed political commentator, award winning journalist and host of ‘Estudio DC,’ will be joined by Neida Sandoval, an Emmy Award-winning journalist to keep the HITN audience informed through real-time updates.

Gerson Borrero and Neida Sandoval will provide the most complete and reliable information throughout the night, with multiplatform coverage and analysis from both the Democratic and Republican headquarters. The coverage expands online with robust digital content reporting and interactive analysis. Borrero and Sandoval will be broadcasting from HITN’s corporate headquarters in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in Brooklyn, New York, and Media Pro Studios in Miami, Florida, respectively.

“Latinos are one of the fastest growing voter demographics in the United States and will have more of an impact in the 2020 election than ever before. Therefore, we at HITN feel a deep sense of responsibility to keep the Spanish speaking Hispanic community informed on the impact of their vote and to provide the Hispanic community with up to date election information and analysis on November 3rd.”, commented Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN.

During the Election coverage, Borrero and Sandoval will be accompanied by expert political analysts, journalists, and academics to provide insights and forecasts about the importance of the Latino vote in this year’s election. The channel’s coverage will also include live information and digital updates of election results, vote count, and balance of power in the White House, the states, and Congress.

Gerson Borrero affirms, “I feel satisfied with the informative work that we have been carrying out in this years’ challenging electoral process. I can say that we have achieved our goal to the Latino community getting to the elections with enough knowledge and wisdom to exercise their vote in an informed manner.”

According to the nonpartisan think tank Pew Research Center, 2020 will mark the first time Latinos surpass African Americans as the largest racial or ethnic minority in a presidential election. With over 32 million potential voters, they account for 13.3 percent of all eligible voters in the United States. It is an increase compared with 11.9 percent of Latino voters in 2016.

As a Spanish-language non for profit media organization, HITN has an ongoing commitment to provide reliable and timely content to service the Hispanic community. For more information and updates about the 2020 US presidential election visit: https://hitn.tv/2020/.

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is the leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 40 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. Edye users can learn more about the platform at www.edye.com and download the Edye app through the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information visit www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

Estudio DC Podcast: A One-Stop Shop to Political Education

By TV & DIGITAL

The new project from the Spanish media company starts with an interview with Congressman José Serrano

As a contribution aimed at educating Hispanic voters towards the 2020 general elections to be held in just a few weeks, HITN recently launched a new podcast aimed at keeping them informed about key aspects of the process and the current, most relevant moments, like the response to COVID-19.

HITN produces a Sunday morning television show called “Estudio DC,” and now the project is to transform each episode of the program into a compressed 35-minute podcast.

“We started the podcast with José Serrano, the iconic congressman from The Bronx, who was approached by HITN through Gerson Borrero, in the only interview that he granted after announcing his retirement from the political arena, after four decades in Washington,” said HITN President and CEO Michael D. Nieves.

Nieves added that, Congressman Serrano talks in the interview with no filters about the disease that made him leave Congress, and his achievements.

“We are trying to offer our audience, the Latino audience, something specific for them, mostly in Spanish. We think that there are enough people throughout the country that would be interested in listening to what our most experienced members of Congress have to say, and the podcast would be a way to do it,” added Nieves.

Nieves explained later that HITN has other episodes about other elected public officials that have been interviewed in the “Estudio DC” program. He cited, for example, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and Congressmen Xavier Becerra, Luis Gutiérrez, and “Chuy” García from Chicago.

Meanwhile, Gerson Borrero emphasized the historical value of Congressman Serrano as a representative of The Bronx.“In the interview, you will listen to a man who speaks openly about his political life. You will also discover a new aspect of Gerson Borrero, a curious person that unravels what people want to know. In this experience Serrano offers, with no limits, all of the possible answers,” expressed the controversial interviewer.

HITN hopes that the format contributes to attracting and involving younger listeners and others not subscribed to HITN. For politicians from New York and other places where Spanish is not spoken, the podcast will also be translated into English.

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. For more information, please visit www.hitn.org.

HITN launches its digital platform, Edye, featuring smart and safe entertainment for preschool children in the US Hispanic Market

By TV & DIGITAL

Created for children with parents in mind, the app provides a safe space where children can learn alongside their favorite characters anytime, anywhere.

Brooklyn, NY –– Building on HITN’s long-standing commitment to provide high-quality, educational and entertaining content for Hispanic families across the United States, HITN today announced the launch of Edye, the only Spanish-language, premium SVOD (subscription video-on-demand service) that offers smart and safe entertainment for preschool-aged children.

Available in the United States starting September 25, Edye has been created for children between the ages of two and six years old. The continuously growing library of content boasts over 2,500 episodes from more than 70 world-renowned preschool series provided by some of the most important content producers around the globe, including Sesame Workshop, BBC, The Jim Henson Company, Studio 100, Nine Story, WildBrain, and many more.

Edye focuses on placing characters children love in a setting parents trust. Entertainment that transforms “watch time” into “smart time” within a safe and secure environment is what parents want for their children.

Edye’s content offering showcases some of children’s most beloved characters, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Daniel Tiger, Mölang, Sid the Science Kid, Sarah and Duck, Dinosaur Train, Maya the Bee, Heidi, and Pocoyo, among many others. In addition to video content, Edye offers e-books, games, and interactive activities within its state-of-the-art app that provide children with a unique experience.

“We are tremendously proud to be able to offer Edye to Hispanic families all over the United States,” said Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN. “Children’s video consumption habits have changed to center on services that provide content on-demand, and they are doing it, primarily, on portable devices. Screen time, content selection, and safety have become top concerns for parents in this new landscape. Edye offers the type of entertainment parents want for their children: content that promotes formative and educational values within a safe and protected environment. For over three years, Edye has been carefully designed and curated by a team of professionals who are also parents themselves.”

To help parents participate in their children’s experience, Edye’s educational experts have created guides that offer tips and ideas on using the content to have fun with their children apart from the screen.

App availability:
Edye is currently available on Apple and Android mobile devices. The app will be available on other platforms, including Apple TV, Roku, and Android TV soon.

Apple iOS: Download here
Android: Download here

Subscription Price: $2.99 USD / month

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. Edye users can learn more about the platform at www.edye.com and download the Edye app through the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information visit www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

New podcast targets Latinos ahead of 2020 elections

By TV & DIGITAL

HITN’s “Estudio DC” features interviews with members of Congress and other experts.

With the 2020 general election just weeks away, Latinos are poised to play a role in key races – and there’s a new podcast aimed at keeping them informed on the biggest issues.

On Tuesday, HITN is launching a weekly podcast featuring members of Congress talking about politics and policy experts discussing pressing matters like the COVID-19 response. The New York-based Spanish-language media company, which already produces a Washington-oriented Sunday morning TV show called “Estudio DC,” will convert each episode of that show into a slimmed down 35-minute podcast. The company hopes the format will help attract and engage younger listeners and others who aren’t HITN subscribers. And for political insiders in New York and elsewhere who don’t speak Spanish, there’ll be an English translation posted as well.

City & State spoke with HITN President and CEO Michael Nieves about the new “Estudio DC” podcast, the highlights of the inaugural episode with Rep. José E. Serrano, and more. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

So tell me about your new podcast.

We’re launching the podcast (on Tuesday). It’s a podcast that translates our talk show that we have on Sundays, “Estudio DC,” which is hosted by Gerson Borrero. Our first episode is the exclusive interview that Gerson had with Congressman José Serrano, who’s retiring. He had only agreed to be interviewed by HITN and Borrero – that’s the only interview he’s given since he announced that he’s leaving Congress because of his illness. So we’re very lucky to be the ones he agreed to talk to. So now we’re going to translate that and put it out in English, but our channel is a Spanish-language channel.

Any highlights from your first episode with Serrano?

He goes into the reason why he’s leaving Congress. He talks about his major achievements, what he’s most proud of. People will be interested in hearing about the machinations behind the scenes as chair of his committee. He’s frank and upfront about the illness, which is what most people are going to be curious about. That’s what’s going to sell that particular episode. We have other episodes about other electeds that we’ve interviewed over the years, and we’re in the process now of translating a bunch of them. We have Nydia Velázquez. We have Luis Gutiérrez. We have “Chuy” Garcia from Chicago. We’re trying to offer our viewing audience, which is the Latino audience, most of it Spanish language, something that is particular to them. But we believe that there are enough people across the country who are interested in this growing demographic of Hispanics that they would be interested in hearing what our more senior people in Congress have to say, and it’ll be a way for them to not figure out what Nydia is saying – they can actually hear her in these interviews.

So this will include New York elected officials, but also members of Congress from around the country?

Yes. It’s a Washington-based talk show program on Sundays. It’s geared more to the Washington world, but because of the consequence of who we are, and we’re in New York, we do have New York electeds who will also be interviewed. It’s a twofer for us. You’ll be able to hear from some of our electeds. If we can get the governor on, that would be a real plus for us. He’s known across the country now because of the pandemic and what he’s been doing, so we’re targeting those kinds of electeds who can share the New York story with the rest of the country.

So not just members of Congress.

Not necessarily. Last week’s program was on COVID and we didn’t have any electeds. They were all professionals and academics who got together to discuss how this affects the Latino community, healthwise and mental healthwise. What we’re trying to do between now and the election is to bring up issues that are relevant to the Latino population across the country, and therefore sometimes we have to bring in other people than electeds to help expand on what the pandemic really is, and they’re better prepared to speak about it. Our electeds are more partisan. Republicans are going to give you the Republican spin, and Democrats are going to give you the Democratic spin. But academics and people that are not politically oriented, the conversation is less political, and we’re trying to do that to help our viewers understand what the issues of the day are rather than changing them one way or the other.

Jon Lentz is City & State’s editor-in-chief.

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