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HITN donates toys to children in celebration of Three Kings Day

By COMMUNITY

January 6 marks Three Kings Day, also known as “Día de los Reyes Magos.” The holiday commemorates the three wise men who traveled from afar bearing gifts for baby Jesus.  It is one of the most important Latin American and Caribbean holidays of the year. This year, HITN celebrated the 37th Annual Three Kings Day in partnership with Councilwoman Darma Diaz (D-37), Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, NYPD Community Affairs-Chief Maddrey, and the NYPD 75th Precinct at the North Brooklyn YMCA .  HITN donated $2,500 to provide a cultural celebration at the YMCA,  bringing 100’s of toys, smiles and joy to the neighboring Latino families. Families also received PPE equipment in an effort to provide additional protection and support.

About HITN

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.

HITN Begins The Year With “Around The World” Watch And Win Marathon And Travel Contest

By TV & DIGITAL

HITN kicks off the New Year with a watch and win marathon sweepstakes, ‘Vuelta al Mundo’ where viewers can win an all-inclusive trip to a European destination in 2022

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Brooklyn, NY – HITN, offers its viewers the chance to win an all-inclusive trip to a European destination with a one day marathon sweepstakes,Vuelta al Mundo’ on New Year’s Day. Viewers can enter the contest by watching HITN’s Tu Planeta nature programming marathon and entering special codes revealed every hour, starting the first minute of January 1, 2022 through midnight.  The viewer who is first to collect the most codes wins the grand prize.  The contest will also award second and third prizes which include a 40” Television set and Premium HITN Swag bag, respectively.

“We are starting the year with a big bang, knowing that there is a massive appetite for nature programming among Hispanic audiences. HITN’s nature programs are not only exciting and fun to watch, but also allow Spanish speaking parents an opportunity to spend quality time co-viewing with their children,” said Erika Vogt-Lowell, HITN’s Director of Programming and Acquisitions.  This special on-air contest, ‘Vuelta Al Mundo’, is comprised of wildlife content that, spans the globe, featuring episodes from the most popular titles in the Tu Planeta  block including, Africa Salvaje, Tesoros de Asia, Europa Salvaje and Al Descubierto series.

For more information and to register for the sweepstakes visit www.hitn.org/concurso

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 United States and Puerto Rico through 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 wired subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

HITN Broadcasts “Vacúnalos” A Special Program Addressing Vaccine Concerns and questions from Hispanic Parents

By TV & DIGITAL

Dr. Aliza Lifshitz, ‘Vida Y Saluds’ Editor in Chief; Dr. Marcos Mestre, Nicklaus Children Hospital’s Vice President and Chief Medical Officer; and the distinguished professor, Dr. Carlos del Rio, from Emory University’s School of Medicine will provide information on the recently approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, and will answer questions from a group of parents and children on Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific).

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the leading Spanish language network that provides educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households in the United States, will broadcast Vacúnalos on December 9 at 7 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific Times), a special program that will provide comprehensive information on the recently approved (and recommended by the CDC) BioNTech/Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

In this important conversation, the moderator Gaby Quiroga will connect experts located in Los Angeles, Miami and Atlanta, who will offer updated information and will chat live with a group of parents and children to address their concerns, doubts and disperse myths about vaccination in children. Some of the questions that will be addressed include: how is the dose for infants from 5 to 11 years old different than for those who are over 12 years of age? How are doses determined when vaccinating children? Can the COVID-19 vaccine affect the growth or development of children?

The group of specialists who will be part of the program is composed of Dr. Aliza Lifshitz, editorial director of Vida y Salud, recognized by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics; Dr. Marcos Mestre, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami; and Dr. Carlos del Rio, professor at Emory University in Atlanta in the division of infectious diseases, who during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a leader locally and nationally, doing research, developing policies, writing scientific publications and making media appearances.

HITN will broadcast the one-hour special on Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific Times), featuring a rerun on Sunday December 12 at 11 a.m. (Eastern and Pacific Times). During the program’s broadcasts, Vida y Salud‘s team of medical advisors will be online to answer questions from the public via text chat.

For more information about Vacúnalos, visit: https://hitn.tv/vacunalos/

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 United States and Puerto Rico through 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 wired subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

HITN Wins 2021 Disruptors in Healthcare Sharecare Awards

By HITN

‘Fauci: The Virus Hunter’ is a one-hour documentary coproduced in partnership with The Associated Press and South Florida PBS’ Health Channel.

BROOKLYN, NY – Fauci: the Virus Hunter was recognized by the 2021 Sharecare Awards as a winner in the Disruptors in Healthcare category. The Sharecare Awards, in association with The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter (NY NATAS), honors excellence in documentaries, series, shorts, web/online programming related to health and well-being. The organization aims to elevate individuals and organizations whose programming is empowering people to live healthier.

The documentary explores the life and career of the scientist who has become the advisor to seven U.S. presidents, Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci. The film follows him from his early beginnings to becoming a groundbreaking clinical investigator and his critical role in the fight of viruses such as HIV, SARS, Avian Flu, H1N1 (aka the Swine Flu), Zika, Ebola, and most recently, Covid-19.

“Dr. Fauci’s story will greatly inspire young people interested in pursuing careers in science to make a difference in people’s lives. HITN is committed to promoting stories like Dr. Fauci’s among Hispanic families to encourage and empower the next generations”, said Guillermo Sierra, HITN’s Head of Television and Digital Services.

“It is an honor for South Florida PBS to receive the 2021 Sharecare Award for Fauci: The Virus Hunter, which SFPBS’ 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. It is gratifying to have our work recognized by such a notable organization” stated Dolores Sukhdeo, president and CEO for South Florida PBS.

“The Associated Press and AP Productions are honored to have joined together with South Florida PBS and HITN to tell this impactful story. To be recognized by NY NATAS for strength in storytelling and production furthers the mission of AP and our partners”, commented Michael Fabiano, AP Vice President and General Manager for Americas Media, as well as head of AP Productions.

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 United States and Puerto Rico through 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 wired 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 award-winning programs focused on kids, education, arts and culture, health, environment, science, and civic engagement.

About AP

The Associated Press is a global non-profit 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

¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest Announces 2021 Award Winners

By TV & DIGITAL

Month-long festival celebrating emerging Latinx filmmakers concludes with ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest Awards Show

BROOKLYN, NY¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest, a month-long virtual film festival presented during Hispanic Heritage Month and launched by HITN-TV to celebrate and support emerging Latinx filmmakers, announced this year’s award-winning films at an online event hosted on cineyouthfest.org.

“I Am Soil Breaking Off,” produced and directed by Paloma Sierra, a Puerto Rican writer, educator, and curator from San Juan, Puerto Rico, won the festival’s $5000 grand prize. The short film based on a poem written by Sierra shares a metaphor about national identity and migration presented through a mangrove seed and its journey through the ocean. Sierra’s work combines music, lyricism, and translation; and often centers on the Hispanic population in the United States.

“As a born-and-raised Puerto Rican who has also lived in the diaspora, I am well aware of the tensions between those who live on the island and outside of it. As Puerto Ricans, we often sing our lungs out, saying “Yo sería borincano aunque naciera en la luna,” yet fail to put this belief into practice,” Sierra said. “I wrote, directed, and produced the video poem “I Am Soil Breaking Off” in response to this reality. It is my hope that, in the future, we can acknowledge that Puerto Ricans can exist, thrive, and grow both in our beautiful island and outside of it.”

“Doble Cultura,” chosen as the student prize winner, is directed by 22-year-old Chicana filmmaker from Windsor, California, Yessenia Sanchez, who received a $2,000 scholarship. This film centers on Marisol, a 12-year-old serving as a translator for her family because of her status as the sole English speaker in her household. It highlights the responsibility and psychological impact endured by children who are forced into adult spaces to mediate for their family members.

According to Sanchez, her film is intended to create greater awareness regarding the marginalization of disabled working-class immigrants. “Seeing your parent(s) live through these immense misinterpretations and misunderstandings while you are also being exposed to these stigmas can leave detrimental effects on how you will grow and develop later on,” Sanchez said.

“Through my short film, I hope to convey the pressures, the anxieties, and the level of professionalism a child has to take on while being the sole source of communication for their parents.”

“Our young Latinx creators have lived a diverse set of experiences and developed unique viewpoints on what it means to grow up, live, and work in American culture,” said Lina Sands, Director of Marketing at HITN. “We want those experiences and their voices to be represented in film and shared across the country to empower and inspire other Latinx people – students and adults alike – and to effect broader change across society. That’s why we’re delighted to provide these talented creators with the opportunity to share their work through HITN’s multiple platforms.”

In addition to the two winning films selected by the festival’s judges, “Nuestro Rostro,” directed by Damaris Calderon, was the public’s favorite, receiving the Voters’ Choice Award. The winner of My Pandemic Year was Amanda Hunter, a film student from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, who participated in the Cine Youth Fest Young Filmmakers Conference.

Films that received an Honorable Mention Award include “The Williamsburg Italian Feast” by Erica Star Domena; “Hirviendo” by Wendy Medina Herrera; “Miracle of Love” by Jose Vera; “It Happened in East L.A.” by Victor R. Aguilar; “Señora Océano” by Omar De Leon; “Pandemates” by Devin Redmond; “Amor Encerrado” by Nory Gonzalez and “Oda a Las Frijoles/Ode to the Beans” by Karolina Esqueda.

The winning films and the selection of other notable works from the festival were recognized during the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest Awards Show livestreamed on Oct. 24 and hosted by comedian and actor Lorena Russi and activist and educator Jessie Fuentes. The awards show is available on the HITN GO app and the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest website and YouTube channel.

In addition to the opportunity to compete in the film festival and broadcast their work on HITN, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest has exposed young filmmakers to leading Latinx professionals in their fields. The festival’s series of virtual events, Conversations Among “X,” and the Cine Youth Fest Young Filmmakers Conference connected aspiring filmmakers with award-winning industry experts for educational workshops and panel discussions.

“Through the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest, we’ve been able to create opportunities and connections for a host of bright and promising young filmmakers and artists,” said Luis Alejandro Molina, ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest Director. “Our filmmakers produced exceptional, thought-provoking content, and the judges and panelists who supported the event gave their time and talents to inform and inspire the next generation of Latinx creatives.”

The inaugural ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest was presented in collaboration with educational institutions across the United States, including in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Pennsylvania, Miami, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. An independent jury evaluated the projects, and winners were selected based on criteria including awareness of the subject matter, creativity in the approach of the subject matter, technical aspects (such as directing, acting, cinematography and editing), originality, and inspirational and storytelling impact of the piece.

For more information about the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest and to watch the top 20 films from the festival, visit https://cineyouthfest.org/.

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 United States and Puerto Rico through 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 wired subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

Edye Receives Certification from KidSAFE Seal Program

By TV & DIGITAL

Brooklyn, NY, Monday, September 20, 2021 – HITN proudly announced that EDYE, its premium SVOD preschool service has officially been certified by the KidSAFE + COPPA Seal Program. The KidSAFE Seal Program is an independent safety certification service and seal-of-approval program designed exclusively for children-friendly websites and technologies, including kid-targeted game sites, educational services, virtual worlds, social networks, mobile apps, tablet devices, and other similar interactive services and technologies. The KidSafe Seal program www.kidsafeseal.com as an FTC approved COPPA certification is one of the highest standards of online safety and privacy certifications that prioritizes the safety children. EDYE is a premium SVOD service that offers smart entertainment for children ages 2 to 6 and provides access to a mix of carefully curated content from the most important preschool programming producers from around the world.

“We are incredibly proud of the recognition EDYE has received with the KidSAFE+/COPPA certification. This reinforces our commitment to provide a children’s service with meaningful entertainment that parents in the United States and Latin America can trust”, said Maximiliano Vaccaro, VP of Digital Services at HITN.

Since its launch in 2019, EDYE has filled an important void of high-quality content provided in a safe environment. EDYE provides parents and preschool-age kids with opportunities to learn in a fun and unique way alongside their most beloved characters anytime, anywhere. With more than 2,500 episodes from over 70 preschool series, EDYE has created a dedicated educational parent guide for every single series, giving caregivers the opportunity to accompany children on their journey of discovery, transforming a passive watching experience, into a more engaging family moment. Children and parents can spend quality time together with their favorite characters such as Heidi, Sarah & Duck, Mölang, Maya the Bee, Sid the Science Kid, Pocoyo, Polly Pocket, and many more. In addition to the robust video content, the service also includes games, activities, and books through its apps and a parent guides section.

About EDYE

EDYE is the first Spanish language premium SVOD/OTT service designed for preschool children and their parents. EDYE is certified by kidSAFE Seal Program and committed to creating a safe space for children to experience high-quality content carefully selected from the most well- known content studios around the globe. Children and parents can find over 70 preschool series from top animated content producers from around the world, bringing together more than 2,500 episodes along with interactive games, books, and parent guides. EDYE is available in the US on the App Store, Google Play, Apple TV, and ROKU. EDYE is available on Claro Video throughout Latin America and in Mexico on Megacable. For more information, visit: https://edye.com/ Follow EDYE on Instagram, Facebook.

New York State Senator presents a proclamation to HITN for its mission of service to the Hispanic community

By COMMUNITY

Brooklyn, New York – New York State Senator Luis Sepulveda (D-32) presents HITN’s CEO & President Mike Nieves with a Proclamation honoring HITN’s mission to advance the educational, cultural and socio-economic aspirations of Spanish Speaking communities in New York State. This award exemplifies HITN-TV’s dedicated efforts and initiatives to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves.

This special award also recognized HITN:

HITN-TV utilizing its reach and capacities, offers community based initiatives that include health & Wellness events, early education initiatives, informative educational seminars, and apprenticeship programs promoting the use of technology to provide opportunity and career pathways to Latino Populations.

HITN recently enacted a strategic push in the e-sports industry by organizing tournaments and boot camps across New York State and Chicago, building partnerships with sports and tech organizations as a model for innovation and education for children in underserved communities and whereas HITN-TV plans to continue its esports investment with plans to expand its tournaments and training program boot camps across the United States.

HITN-TV’s digital and technology services include a robust social media presence, apps for preschoolers, and streamed programming for on demand education and entertainment, providing a safe environment for children and families to spend quality time together and whereas HITN-TV with the power to leverage its technical and creative assets, HITN-TV’s viewer base continues to grow and evolve, as the stations’ reach expands on the air, online and on the ground in the communities it serves, its positive impact increases as well.

About HITN

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.

HITN’s Commitment to Local Community Recognized by City and State Magazine

By COMMUNITY

Brooklyn, New York – Understanding that local communities play a significant role in shaping policy and driving social change, the City & State’s inaugural Community Engagement Power 50 list features a diverse array of philanthropic leaders, government officials and community members who have led initiatives to advocate and bring much-needed attention to some of today’s most pressing issues impacting New Yorkers. HITN’s Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, Angel Audiffred, has been recognized as one of New York’s most influential and impactful community leaders in the first edition of City & State’s Community Engagement Power 50 list.

This recognition reinforces HITN’s on-going commitment to local communities in areas of Health, Education and socio-economic growth, where HITN has provided much needed educational resources and technical guidance during the pandemic. HITN secured WiFi enabled tablets for students from urban schools in NYC as they transitioned into remote learning. HITN participated in Back to school events in partnership with NYC schools and elected officials, ensuring all children begin their school year with new backpacks fully loaded with supplies. The pandemic also presented opportunities where  ITN helped community based organizations launch their annual events virtually, such as the Virtual Puerto Rican Day Parade, NHCSL’s 18th Annual Summit, and the annual SOMOS Virtual Gala. A major initiative earlier in the year where HITN collaborated with CENSUS 2020 in a city-wide Essay writing contest, drew participation of over 300 students in a major effort to raise awareness to accurate counts in hard-to-count communities.

About HITN

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.

HITN participates in virtual kickoff to the Smithsonian’s 175th Birthday Commemoration

By COMMUNITY

HITN’s President and CEO Mike Nieves congratulates Smithsonian Museum on their 175th Anniversary.

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 United States and Puerto Rico through 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 wired subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

Faces of The Future at Citi Field

By COMMUNITY

BROOKLYN, N.Y.— NYC Democratic Mayoral nominee Eric Adams and President & CEO of HITN Mike Nieves at Citi Field with their son and daughter Jordan Coleman and Daniela Nieves, respectively, after a memorable first pitch thrown by Jordan during the New York Mets game on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

“Every Mets fan dreams of throwing a first pitch at @CitiField (and Shea Stadium before that, for those of us who are OG fans). I never dreamed big enough to envision my son Jordan throwing a first pitch to ME.” Said Eric Adams on his latest tweet.

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 United States and Puerto Rico through 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 wired subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.