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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.

Inaugural ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Announces Call for Entries

By COMMUNITY

HITN invites filmmakers to participate in inaugural film festival empowering young Latinx creatives

Brooklyn, NY – ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is now accepting submissions for its first annual festival, set to debut from Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, 2021. Previously scheduled to take place on April 2020, the online film festival had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Presented by HITN TV, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is designed to support emerging Latinx filmmakers and creatives in their endeavors. It informs, inspires, and elevates the voices of those who struggle for visibility on screen and behind the camera by providing a platform for young changemakers to express themselves through art, creativity, and innovation.

“This initiative aims to shine a light on compelling, untold Latinx stories. We want to showcase the talents, vision, history, and culture of historically marginalized and underrepresented communities; in this way, the festival gives young Latinos a platform to express their perspectives through film,” said Lina Sands, Director of Marketing at HITN.

“We’re excited to be back and look forward to welcoming submissions for our rescheduled 2021 inaugural edition,” added Luis Alejandro Molina, ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Director. “This festival’s theme speaks to what brought us to this moment in time and invites us to imagine a future where we are all seen, heard, and most importantly, counted. Beyond promoting diversity and inclusion, the festival and its series of “Conversations Among X” virtual panels are designed to invite discussion and reflection among the larger Latinx content-creating community about the issues that affect us today. Whether you are an amateur filmmaker in college or a high school student who aspires to make movies one day, we want to hear your story.”

Beyond the film festival, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival presents a tri-weekly series of networking and entertaining virtual panels featuring well-known, award-winning filmmakers, artists, and creatives – all sharing their stories, experiences, and insights to help young Latinx looking to grow in the industry. Find out about upcoming “Conversations Among X” panels at CineYouthFest.org.

The ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival hosts short films that feature a Latinx in a creative lead position either in front or behind the camera. High school and college students are invited to direct, shoot and create their films to enter the festival. English or Spanish-language works of fiction or nonfiction are welcome. Films must be 30 minutes or less in length.

Qualified filmmakers can submit their entries on CineYouthFest.org or through Film Freeway.

Submission fees are structured as follows:

  • • Early Bird Entry: Free from July 19, 2021 to Aug. 2, 2021.
  • Standard Entry: $20 submission fee from Aug. 3, 2021 to Aug. 16, 2021.
  • Late Entry: $25 submission fee from Aug. 17, 2021 to Aug. 30, 2021.

Special fees apply for student films:

  • Early Bird Entry: Free from July 19, 2021 to Aug. 2, 2021.
  • Standard Entry: $10 submission fee from Aug. 3, 2021 to Aug. 16, 2021.
  • Late Entry: $15 submission fee from Aug. 17, 2021 to Aug. 30, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

Entries will be selected by submission only. Films must be 30 minutes or less in length.

All film genres, including documentary, drama, animation, comedy, and narrative, are eligible.

Filmmakers must be 16 years of age or older to be eligible to enter, or if younger, submit parental / guardian permission.

Only films completed between Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 31, 2021 are eligible for this festival. Visit CineYouthFest.org for a complete list of rules and eligibility criteria.

Awards

The selection of films for the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival will be announced on September 13 and the selection will be screened on CineYouthFest.org from Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, 2021.

An independent jury will evaluate all entries based on a variety of factors, 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. Judges will select two winners from a pool of finalists. A grand prize winner will be chosen to receive a cash prize of $5000. An additional student scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to the outstanding work submitted by a student. Certificates for e-learning courses will be given to recipients of honorable mentions to continue mastering their craft. Winners will be announced at the end of October on HITN GO and on the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival website.

To date, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is being presented in collaboration with Northeastern Illinois University, Roberto Clemente Community Academy, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, Centro – Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, NALIP, Frank Sinatra High School, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, St. Francis College, and the University of Houston.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Lina Sands, director of marketing, at LSands@hitn.org.

About HITN-TV

HITN-TV es una empresa líder de medios en español que ofrece programación educativa y cultural para toda la familia. Llega a más de 44 millones de hogares en los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico a través de DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Prism y Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Descargue la aplicación “HITN GO” Everywhere disponible en Apple, Android, Apple TV y Roku® con una suscripción por cable. Para obtener más información, visite: www.hitn.org y siga a @HITNtv en las plataformas sociales.

EDYE surpasses 1 million paying subscribers in the United States and Latin America

By TV & DIGITAL

Brooklyn, NY, July 13, 2021 – HITN announced today that EDYE, its premium SVOD preschool service in Spanish, has surpassed a major milestone, reaching more than 1 million subscribers in the United States and Latin America.

EDYE has a growing distribution through pay TV operators Claro Video (pan regionally) and Megacable (Mexico) and is also available throughout the Americas on Apple mobile devices and Apple TV, Google Play for Android devices and Android TV, ROKU and Amazon Fire.

Edye is an SVOD platform 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 globe.

Since its launch in 2019, EDYE has filled an important void of high-quality content provided in a safe environment that offers preschool-age kids opportunities to learn in a fun and unique way alongside their most beloved characters like Heidi, Sarah & Duck, Mölang, Maya the Bee, Sid the Science Kid, Pocoyo, Polly Pocket, and many, many more. In addition to video content, the service includes games, activities, and books through its apps.

EDYE offers more than 2,500 episodes of over 70 preschool series and has created educational parent guide for each one of them, allowing caregivers to get involved, break the passive watching experience, create meaningful family moments, and accompany the children in their discovery journey.

“As a non-profit organization, with over 40 years of experience providing educational services to the Hispanic community, HITN was perfectly positioned to create EDYE and to offer parents in the United States and Latin America with a service they can trust to provide their children with meaningful entertainment. We are very excited to know that over a million families can now enjoy it” said Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN.

For more information, visit edye.com and follow EDYE on facebook, twitter, Youtube and Instagram

About EDYE

EDYE is the first Spanish language premium SVOD/OTT service designed for preschool children and their parents. EDYE is committed to creating a safe space for children to experience high-quality content carefully selected and developed by distinguished psychologists, pediatricians, and educators. 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

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.

Empowering Latinos in Media with HITN & NALIP

By TV & DIGITAL

Brooklyn, New York – In an on-going effort to raise awareness to the underrepresentation of Latinos in the media industry, Cine Youth Fest (cineyouthfest.org) and NALIP (https://www.nalip.org/programs) joined forces to promote and bring together a diverse community of creatives to share stories, network, provide resources and reinforce a more inclusive culture both on and off screen. CYF will be featured in NALIP’s Virtual Annual 2021 Media Summit (https://virtual.nalipmediasummit.com/home). The NALIP Media Summit will take place July 19-21 as they aim to educate and boost diverse voices and help creatives, like yourselves, grow within the entertainment industry!

Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest, powered by HITN-TV, America’s only Spanish language television network, invites filmmakers to participate in its virtual film festival. Submission period opens July 19! Films submitted from 1 minute to 30 minutes are officially accepted for the first edition of the Cine Youth Fest to debut from Sept. 18 to Oct. 16, 2021 during Hispanic Heritage month online. Top 5 films will be featured on HITN-TV and on HITN GO – HITN’s entertainment digital APP.

Don’t miss these amazing learning opportunities and send us your story for the chance to win! Prizes: $5,000 GRAND Prize, $2,000 Student Prize and 20 virtual learning courses.

And there’s more! Stay tuned for more information on CYF Young Filmmakers Conference taking place at St. Francis College on September 29, 2021! cineyouthfest.org

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). For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.

Megacable welcomes EDYE, the first spanish language premium SVOD service for preschoolers

By TV & DIGITAL

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– HITN-TV announced an agreement with Megacable, one of the largest telecommunications companies in Mexico and Latin America to include its new premium Pre-school SVOD service EDYE as part of their XView VOD service. This agreement will allow all Megacable subscribers to access, without additional cost, more than 2,500 episodes of high quality entertaining educational content, 70+ well-known preschool series, along with parent guides and engaging activities targeted for preschoolers ages 2 – 6 starting on July 1, 2021.

EDYE is a safe space for children to engage with high quality content, carefully selected, where they can find more than 70 top preschool series such as Pocoyo, Daniel Tiger, Heidi, Maya the Bee, Sarah and Duck, Polly Pocket, Molang, Sid the Science Kid and more, that bring together more than 2,500 episodes, in addition to hundreds of games and activity books for parents and children to enjoy having fun together. Edye has developed extensive guides for parents, which offer detailed information to better understand what their children are learning by watching the content, as well as activities related to the programs to create memorable family moments and quality time with children.

“We are delighted that EDYE is now included as part of Megacable’s Xview service, which will allow all of their subscribers to enjoy EDYE’s extraordinary educational and entertainment content,” said Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN. “Through this partnership, we are strengthening our growing presence in Latin America, as we celebrate EDYE’s second anniversary,” Sierra added.

“At Megacable we are committed to bringing the best entertainment experience to our subscribers by bringing valuable content to their homes for the whole family and EDYE is no exception. Parents will be able to enjoy guides that guide them to support the areas of development they want to strengthen in their little ones with the series that this service offers,” said Gerardo Seifert Arriola, Director of Marketing for Megacable.

For more information, visit edye.com and follow EDYE on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram.

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.

About MEGACABLE

Megacable Holdings, S.A.B. de C.V., is one of the largest Cable Telecommunications operators in Mexico and LatAm. The Company has presence in 26 states and more than 360 municipalities. As of March 2021, Megacable has more than 3.9 million unique subscribers, including more than 3.5 million broadband subscribers, more than 3.4 million paid TV subscribers, and more than 2.7 million for telephony. Our network extends to more than 63.7 thousand kilometers covering more than 9.0 million homes passed. Megacable has more than 23 thousand employees.

About EDYE

EDYE is the first Spanish language premium SVOD/OTT service designed for preschool children and their parents. EDYE is committed to creating a safe space for children to experience high quality content carefully selected and developed by distinguished psychologists, pediatricians and educators. 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 and Twitter.

New York is officially Open!

By COMMUNITY

HITN Celebrated the reopening of New York with families and neighbors at the Larimar Community Center in the Bronx on Saturday, June 12, 2021.  Governor Andrew  M. Cuomo announced Covid-19 restrictions lifted as 70% of Adult New Yorkers have received first Dose of the Vaccine.

This celebratory event, “Welcome Back – Community Day” was hosted in partnership with NYS Assemblyman Jose Rivera and made possible with collaboration from Emblem Health, North Central Bronx Hospital and NYC Parks and Recreation.  Larimar Community Center is located on 2668 Decatur Avenue between 194/195 Streets.

The Event included FREE popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, balloon twisters, fun games and prizes for the entire family.  The event brought a renewed sense of energy and hope to the families in this community.

Don’t miss out on our next event in your community!

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.

Conversaciones Among “X”. Film Festivals and Latinx Filmmakers: How to submit the winning entry

By TV & DIGITAL

Want to know the secrets of entering and winning film festivals?
Join Cine Youth Fest on Wednesday, June 30th @ 4PM ET to hear how your work can be the next winning film!

Don’t miss “How to submit the winning entry” and tune in wherever you are to ask questions and hear industry experts share tips on how their creative process has won them numerous awards, and hear them breakdown the film submission process with tips on distribution, promotion and taking home the PRIZE!

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 Broadcasts “Vacunate Por Todos” Exclusive Program Addressing Common Vaccine Concerns and Questions Among the Latino Community

By COMMUNITY

The one-hour special program “Vacúnate Por Todos” will be presented by internationally recognized news anchor and award-winning journalist Maria Elena Salinas and Vida Y Salud’s Editor in Chief Dr. Aliza Lifshitz joined by health expert and investigator Dr. Carlos del Rio and Public Information Officer for California’s Task force, Yurina Melara on Thursday, June 24 at 7pm ET/PT

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that provides educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million U.S. households, will air “Vacunate Por Todos” during primetime on HITN-TV on Thursday, June 24 at 7 PM ET/PT. This special program will address Covid-19 vaccine inaccuracies and current distrust in the Latino community; providing the most up to date information about the importance of getting vaccinated and examine which vaccines are available in the US along with the safety of each vaccine.

María Elena Salinas, one of the most recognized Hispanic female journalists in the United States, with a close to 40-year trajectory and winner of Emmy and Peabody awards for her excellence in coverage of elections, natural disasters, armed conflicts and interviews with acclaimed international artists and personalities, kicks off “Vacunate Por Todos” alongside Dr. Aliza A. Lifshitz, Editorial Director of HITN’s Health and Wellness Program ‘Vida y Salud’ and recognized as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics by the Hispanic Business Magazine. Amid the current ongoing hesitance in the Latino Community to access the COVID-19 vaccine, the program aims to arm Spanish speaking families with accurate information and supported research data to calm fears and doubts regarding Covid-19 vaccine myths and distrust. The panel will feature Dr. Carlos Del Rio, chief expert in the medical investigation field who is presently centerstage in the research area of the pandemic to discuss the differences between the vaccines available in the United States and share the latest data on Covid-19 vaccination rates among the Latino community.

According to the COVID Data Tracker by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 57% of those vaccinated shared their race/ethnicity. Out of said number, only 15% were Latino. However, in the last two weeks, 3 out of 10 vaccinations have gone to Latino residents in an effort to raise the numbers. Some of the obstacles that prevented the Latino community from getting vaccinated include fear of missing work due to side effects, the possible cost of vaccinations, immigration status, and unsolved questions around the vaccination program and individual vaccines. Some of the most recurrent questions raised around vaccines that the panel covers in the one-hour special are, “Why are the numbers of Latinos vaccinated so low? Is it out of fear or information? How long does immunity last? Will people need a third dose? Is it safe to vaccinate our children? Do the available vaccines protect against all variants of the virus?”

As leading expert in the field, Dr. Carlos del Rio is a distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine and Executive Associate Dean for Emory at Grady. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Del Rio has led in research, developed policies, wrote scientific publications, and made countless media appearances as well as advising municipal, state, and national leaders on best practices and steps.

Lastly, Yurina Melara, the lead Spanish spokesperson and Public Information Officer II for California’s Vaccination Task Force focuses on sharing precise statistics that concern the Latino community to understand the relevance of the population’s vaccination.

Hosting “Vacunate Por Todos” from the city of Miami, Maria Elena Salinas and Dr. Aliza A. Lifshitz will connect with Dr. Carlos del Rio and Yurina Melara Valiulis, situated in the hubs of Atlanta and Los Angeles, as well as show public surveys conducted with Latino residents concerning vaccination knowledge and continuing circling myths around it on the streets of New York and LA.

HITN will broadcast the one-hour special on Thursday, June 24 at primetime 7 pm ET/4 pm PT, and feature a rerun on Thursday, June 24 at 10 pm/PT.

To learn more about “Vacunate Por Todos”, visit https://hitn.tv/vacunate

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, 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.