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Reyes Magos de Viques

HITN President and CEO To Be Special Guest At The XIX Festival De Los Reyes Magos de Vieques, Puerto Rico

By HITN

Michael D. Nieves will be honored as a special guest member of the board of directors of the XIX Festival de los Reyes Magos de Vieques for his activism and humanitarian work in support of Puerto Ricans in mainland United States

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the country, confirmed the attendance of Michael D. Nieves, the network’s President and CEO, as a special guest member of the board of directors of the XIX Festival de los Reyes Magos de Vieques. Nieves was invited in recognition of his tireless efforts to defend the rights of Puerto Ricans on the mainland. The festival will take place on Sunday, January 7, 2018 in Esperanza Park in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

“It will be an honor to attend the XIX Festival de los Reyes Magos de Vieques this year on behalf of all of the Puerto Ricans who strive to uphold Puerto Rican values and traditions outside of the island,” Nieves remarked. “It is important to start 2018 with the certainty that we are capable of facing misfortune with the cheerfulness and persistence that characterize our people. Puerto Rico is reinventing itself in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria by doing what it does best: celebrating life through its music, values and traditions.”

Nieves was one of two boricuas unanimously chosen as honorees by the festival’s board of directors this year for their dedication to promoting the rights of Puerto Ricans in the mainland US. The organizers cited Nieves’s activism and humanitarian work.

“Ever since the Festival de los Reyes Magos de Vieques was founded in 2000, Michael has given us his unconditional support in the form of his participation and sponsorship,” noted Ramón Figuero Sorrintin, President and Founder of the Festival de los Reyes Magos de Vieques. “He supports the Vieques community in other ways as well through his collaboration with ‘Vieques en Rescate,’ a nonprofit organization that assists cancer patients on the island. For all of these reasons, we felt he deserved to
have the festival dedicated to him this year.”

Michael D. Nieves currently leads HITN’s general operations, making sure its programming is in line with the network’s vision and mission. These include educating viewers by providing relevant content that helps them understand their civic duties and responsibilities as useful members of society. Before joining HITN, Nieves held a number of city government positions in New York City, where he is known for his political activism and humanitarian work.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

A New Video On Demand Service

HITN Presents “Avanza”, a New Video On Demand Service

By TV & DIGITAL

The multi-platform service offers HITN subscribers free access to network content, with premium program available by subscription.

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that brings smart television to Hispanic families in more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the launch of AVANZA, a service that gives HITN subscribers free access to all of the network’s content wherever and whenever they want, on the device of their choice. The new service also offers access to AVANZA Kids, the United States’ first educational SVOD platform in Spanish that features Premium entertainment content.


AVANZA puts our company at the forefront of the market with an innovative digital option that offers the quality content for which our network is known free to subscribers, as well as a subscription-based Premium service with educational children’s programming, all on a top-level technological platform,” says Mike Nieves, President and CEO of HITN.  “The new service expands our mission by offering our viewers relevant programming designed to help improve their quality of life, available on any screen, anytime. At the same time, it strengthens the offering of our distributors and the Pay TV system as a whole,” added Mr. Nieves.

“We created AVANZA in response to demand from Hispanic parents in the United States who are looking for smart programming for the entire family. Younger generations already consume most of their content on digital platforms, and HITN is staying in the vanguard by offering a service that allows users to access content from any device, wherever they are,” added Maximiliano Vaccaro, HITN’s Director of Digital Services.

AVANZA gives Hispanic audiences the option to enjoy a wide variety of HITN content, ranging from nature programming to science and technology, lifestyle and health, current events and preschool education. The service will be available initially as an app for iOS and Android phones and tablets, as well as Apple TV. AVANZA is a free service for HITN subscribers, pending authentication with their cable operators.

Once registered through their cable / satellite or provider, AVANZA users will have the option to add AVANZA Kids, the first SVOD service in the United States providing premium children’s content for a monthly fee of $3.99. The service will also feature articles and teaching guides, making AVANZA a powerful tool for parents and educators. Users will be able to share segments from their favorite programs in real time with their friends on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information about HITN, please visit: www.hitn.tv

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

cleo cuquin

‘Cleo & Cuquin’ to participate in HITN Learning US Early Literacy Initiative

By LEARNING

Madrid, November 2017

HITN   (Hispanic   Information   and   Telecommunications   Network),   the   US-­‐based,   Spanish-­‐ language television network accessible in 44 million households, has reached an agreement with producer Ánima Kitchent to include Cleo & Cuquinin an early literacy initiative to help ensure kids from trans-cultural homes enter kindergarten on equitable footing with their peers.

The initiative will be managed by HITN Learning, the network’s early learning division that produces educational products. It’s based on a transmedia approach to promote early literacy among children aged four and five. HITN pioneered the transmedia approach for bilingual preschool education earlier this decade as lead partner of the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC), recipient of a $30 million Ready to Learn Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

In this successor enterprise, Cleo & Cuquin will star in a series of mobile apps and hands-­‐on kits  featuring Spanish/English bilingual educational content whose purpose is  to develop the parallel acquisition of two languages, and take first steps towards the math and literacy skills expected in kindergarten.

A variety of physical and digital educational formats will be launched in the US targeting public and private schools, day care and community centers, and will be available in stores beginning the second half of 2018.

Among the many positive messages conveyed, Cleo & Cuquin,’ teaches young viewers about the importance of play and a healthy lifestyle. It shows children that creativity is the best way to resolve conflict and models a step by step approach to problem solving, which is why this particular transmedia brand was selected to form part of this important educational initiative.

‘Cleo  &  Cuquin’  (52×7’  television  series)  is  targeted  at  pre‐schoolers  ages  four  and  five  and features the Telerin brothers and sisters, especially big sister Cleo and the baby of the family, Cuquin. Each episode sees the little kids tackle a big adventure as Cuquin’s mischief causes conflicts or gets Cleo and her brothers and sisters into trouble, and they come up with solutions the only way kids know how: by playing! They pretend to be astronauts, gardeners, detectives, monsters or whatever they need to be to get the job done. Best of all, at the end of every episode, Cleo figures out what she wants to be when she grows up -­‐ at least for that day! These demonstrations of positive social emotional interactions and problem solving skills will serve as key underpinnings for HITN Learning’s educational products.

Familia Telerin was a brief cartoon aired in Spain and Latin America in the late 60s. It proved hugely popular, as it featured a catchy song telling kids it was time to turn off the TV and head for bed, helping parents with the tricky task of settling them down for the night. The clip aired for two decades in Spain and was also broadcast in Latin America, where it featured in TV programming for many years.

With a view to rekindling this success and a clear international approach, Televisa joined forces a  year  ago  with  Ánima  Kitchent,  Famosa,  MAI  and  Selecta  Visión  to  co-­produce  the  new transmedia brand based on the Familia Telerin.

Cleo & Cuquinhas brand new scripts, updated characters and a meticulous design. As well as the TV show, the brand boasts apps like the “El Acostador” bedtime app, web content and music video clips. Cleo & Cuquin launched on the Familia Telerin’s YouTube channel, and after just a year and a half its 17 music video clips have chalked up over 600 million views and 1.5 million subscribers.

HITN Learning’s product plans for ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ include a series of Family Fun Kits focusing on math and literacy concepts. The kits will offer learning concepts disguised as fun. Fun Kit components will spark learning in young minds.  A series of mobile apps, inspired by the award-­‐ winning (Parent’s Choice, Kidscreen) “Pocoyo Playsets” developed under the ELC grant, will provide a range of gaming, recording, and augmented reality experiences.

Toy maker Mattel recently announced that it had been awarded the worldwide Toy Master License for ‘Cleo & Cuquin’. The first line of products is set to be rolled out in Mexico in time for Christmas 2018, following the TV broadcast of the show in the North American country. This initial expansion into the international market will be underpinned by broadcasting agreements in a range of markets in the coming months, which will position Cleo & Cuquin’ firmly as a strong global brand.

Ánima Kitchent CEO Víctor M. López said: “HITN, which has outstanding experience and prestige in the field of education, rounds out Cleo & Cuquin’s global strategy by further developing the edutainment component of our brand in the world’s largest market.

We are very excited to be working with Ánima Kitchent,” said Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “This partnership is a prime example of how HITN keeps pushing the boundaries to provide educational and entertaining content. Cleo & Cuquin will play a major role in the launch of HITN Learning’s next line of educational products.

For further information:

Ánima Kitchent S.L Paula Martín

paula.martin@animakitchent.com Calle Anzuola, 9

28002 Madrid

+34 916315084

 

HITN

Angel Audiffred aaudiffred@hitn.org Brookly, New York (646) 483-­‐0730

 

Notes to editors: About Ánima Kitchent:

Ánima Kitchent creates, produces and markets entertainment brands based on transmedia content which are aimed mainly at children and young audiences. It was incorporated in Spain by Mexico’s Ánima Estudios, which boasts over 15 years’ experience in the animation sector, and part of the management team from Vodka Capital. As well as PINY, it currently produces Cleo&Cuquin, a TV show and transmedia content based on the iconic Familia Telerin, and manages the Vodka Capital brands Jelly Jamm and Bugsted. For further information, visit www.animakitchent.com.

Meet Cleo & Cuquin

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Watching HITN’s 48 Hour Top Gear Marathon Can Win You a Trip to the Biggest Auto Show in the World!

Watching HITN’s 48 Hour ‘Top Gear’ Marathon Can Win You a Trip to the Biggest Auto Show in the World!

By TV & DIGITAL

Brooklyn, New YorkHITN, the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the country, will be sending a lucky viewer and a guest to Detroit, Michigan on an all-expense-paid trip to attend the country’s biggest car show. And in order to win, viewers only have to tune-in to HITN’s 48-hour marathon of the best car show in the world, Top Gear!

On November 11th and 12th, HITN will air a 48-hour Top Gear marathon. Over the course of these two days, the network will share a total of 48 codes (one per episode) that fans will need in order to win a trip to the automotive industry’s biggest event in the United States, the legendary North American International Auto Show.

HITN is the only network in the United States that airs Top Gear subtitled into Spanish as part of our educational and entertaining program lineup we’ve assembled for our Hispanic viewers,” said Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “To entice our viewers to experience the iconic and international phenomenon known as Top Gear, we’re launching a 48-hour Top Gear marathon that can earn a lucky viewer and a guest a trip to the largest auto show in the country.

To participate in the contest, Top Gear marathon viewers must:

  • Register at TV
  • Enter a minimum of five (5) codes that will only be shared during the Top Gear marathon
  • Answer the question: “Why do you want to attend the North American International Auto Show?

As part of this special Top Gear marathon, HITN has organized an event at Miami’s Dadeland Mall also on November 11th and 12th so viewers can come to the HITN booth to register for the contest while also enjoying games and activities inspired by the series. HITN will announce the winner of contest will be announced on November 27, 2017. Winner of the contest will attend the January 2018 North American International Auto Show.

Top Gear has become an iconic program among international audiences who enjoy watching its hosts push the world’s most fabulous cars to extremes in remote corners of the globe. Starring the irreverent Jeremy Clarkson, with Richard Hammond and James May, the series features the newest super vehicles attempting extreme maneuvers and challenges, as well as exclusive celebrity interviews and automobile reviews.  Reaching more than 350 million viewers in 214 territories around the world, Top Gear holds the Guinness Record for the most watched automotive series on television.

For more information about the contest, HITN or Top Gear on HITN, please visit: www.hitn.tv

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

Vida y Salud TV Ask Doctor Nandi

Emmy® Award-winning Physician And Talk Show Host ‘Doctor Nandi’ Set To Join The HITN TV Family On Vida Y Salud

By TV & DIGITAL

The star of the award-winning TV show, Ask Dr. Nandi, which reaches over ninety million US households, will now be included in HITN’s ‘Vida y Salud TV’ program block.


Brooklyn, NY
HITN, the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States that offers educational and entertaining content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the addition of ‘Ask Doctor Nandi’ to its ‘Vida y Salud Television program block, a unique space devoted to improving the health of the US Hispanic community.

‘Ask Doctor Nandi’ is an award-winning, hour-long talk show created and hosted by Doctor Nandi, the charismatic physician with a mission to improve the health of America and the world with compassion, empathy and integrity.

During the show, the charismatic physician will interview special guests, asking them insightful questions that promote a discussion about health topics as varied as prostate cancer, breast cancer treatment and senior care.

‘Ask Doctor Nandi’ will broadcast with Spanish subtitles weekdays at 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Pacific starting Monday, November 6th

‘Ask Doctor Nandi’ is an International Emmy Award-winning program that helps audiences identify health problems, offering viewers and their families practical and realistic solutions to conditions common among the US Hispanic community,” remarked Erika Vogt-Lowell, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at HITN. “Dr. Nandi’s approach to discussing wellness, fitness, and nutrition by incorporating compassion with a sense of community makes his show a perfect fit for the Vida y Salud Television program block.

Having access to the right information at the right time is very important, and we at HITN are certain the addition of ‘Ask Doctor Nandi’ to our ‘Vida y Salud’ program block will continue to inspire our viewers to adopt healthy habits that improve their health and general well-being,” added Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN.

I am excited to collaborate on this project with HITN and to reach millions of Spanish-speakers in the United States, inspiring them to become their own ‘#HealthHeroes,’Doctor Nandi said. “Prevention is the most effective way to combat many of the health problems common among Hispanics, including obesity and diabetes, and it starts with modifying nutrition and lifestyle habits.”

HITN’s ‘Vida y Salud Television’ is a health and wellness program block designed to be informative programming for US Hispanics. Vida y Salud Television’ is committed to helping its viewers adopt healthy habits that will result in a healthier lifestyle. In addition, HITN offers a wide range of content online on its VidaySalud.TV website where  viewers can sign up for free personalized health bulletins via email and links to VidaySalud.com’s extensive library of medical topics, as well as special live events.

For more information about HITN, please visit: www.hitn.tv

ABOUT DR. NANDI

Doctor Nandi is the creator and host of the International Emmy Award-winning show ‘Ask Dr. Nandi,’ which reaches millions of homes in the US and 90 other countries, and the best-selling author of Ask Dr Nandi: 5 Steps to Becoming Your Own #HealthHero for Longevity, Well-Being, and a Joyful Life.

As a child, Dr. Nandi immigrated with his family to the US from India. After many years of hard work and dedication, he achieved his dream of becoming a doctor and a self-proclaimed ‘Health Hero.’  Since then, he has worked tirelessly to inspire patients and medical professionals to reach their goals and put into practice the best medical care.

A contributor to top medical publications, Dr. Nandi has been an invited speaker for the World Health Organization and worked with the Ministries of Health of India and Jamaica. He graduated with honors in medicine from Wayne State University and has worked as a gastroenterologist for more than 20 years in Detroit, Michigan, where he lives with his family.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

new interactive website

HITN Broadens Its Mission To Benefit The Hispanic Community With A New Interactive Website

By TV & DIGITAL

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the launch of its new interactive website, www.HITN.tv. The Spanish-language site offers Hispanic audiences access to a wide variety of practical information along with entertainment content oriented toward improving their quality of life in the United States.

“US Hispanics’ consumption of information and entertainment content has migrated toward digital platforms. To serve this community efficiently, we need to complement our linear television services with an aggressive multi-screen offering,” explained Maximiliano Vaccaro, HITN’s Director of Digital Services.

The new HITN TV website reflects the latest trends in digital communications and provides a better user experience and graphic interface.  The modern design is easy to access and navigate, with images and video taking precedence over text boxes.

“The new website is dynamic, functional and highly intuitive, and we have no doubt that it will find wide acceptance among US Hispanic audiences,” commented Maximiliano Vaccaro, HITN’s Director of Digital Services. “The site was designed by leading international experts in the field who have worked for major US and Latin American networks.  Some of its biggest advances include its response speed and ability to adapt to mobile devices, which is important given audience studies showing that Hispanics prefer to access their favorite content this way.”

Among other improvements, the new HITN website provides direct access to the network’s social media pages, a search feature by operator and market, an interactive programming guide, photo galleries for each show and, above all, a wide variety of videos that load quickly and easily.

Users will also find it easy to navigate among the company’s different divisions, including HITN.org and HITNLearning.com.  According to Vaccaro, “this new functionality allows us to present all of the different areas of our organization under a single brand image.

For more information about HITN TV’s new interactive website, please visit: www.hitn.tv.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

HITN and Cnet Join Forces To Promote Interest In Technology Among Hispanic Youth

HITN and CNET Join Forces To Promote Interest In Technology Among Hispanic Youth

By TV & DIGITAL

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the launch of ‘Mundo CNET,’ a new original production that explores advances in technology.

Mundo CNET’ (13×22) will air Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific starting September 26.

“In the United States, young Hispanics are not well represented in careers in technology, innovation and science in general.  In response to this problem, we decided to partner with CNET, a leading consumer technology brand, to create a program to stimulate interest in technology and its applications among this demographic,” explained Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN. “‘Mundo CNET’ fits perfectly with HITN’s programming strategy to offer Hispanic audiences high-quality content about a broad range of practical issues that affect their lives on a daily basis.”

Mundo CNET’ is an entertainment program that examines the world of new technology.  In the process, it traces the history of important technological discoveries and their evolution over time, showcasing some of the innovations that have shaped modern life.  It explores the impact of technology on the lifestyle and habits of US Hispanics and the way it has changed communications and interactions in the workplace and at home.

CNET en Español is the best Spanish-language technology website in the US,” Editorial Director Gabriel Sama affirmed.  “It features new advances and information, including product analysis and the latest tech news.  ‘Mundo CNET’ will give HITN audiences a better understanding of progress in this area, allowing them to be better informed about the devices and platforms they use every day.”

Mundo CNET’ will also present first-person biographies of Latinos whose talent and hard work have earned them prominent positions at world-class technology companies.  In addition to highlighting the latest breakthroughs in technology, the program will review new applications, devices and accessories and see what’s trending in social media.

Veteran presenter Poncho de Anda will be the host of ‘Mundo CNET,’ with the collaboration of CNET en Español editors.

For more information about HITN, please visit: www.hitn.tv

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

oin Forces To Protect Endangered Species

HITN and Wildlife Conservation Network Join Forces To Protect Endangered Species

By COMMUNITY

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced a partnership with Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN), an organization that helps protect endangered species and their natural habitats, to include educational capsules on this topic as part of its programming.

The two-minute long capsules are part of HITN’s “Tu Planeta” block, which airs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern / 3:00 a.m. Pacific.  Each installment features information provided by WCN about at-risk animals, such as the African elephant, cotton-top tamarins in Colombia, Andean bears, and Ethiopian wolves.

HITN’s audience has a strong interest in nature programming and we have made it an integral part of our lineup.  We are pleased to join forces with WCN to generate this content, which, in addition to informing viewers, identifies concrete actions they can take to help protect endangered species and the future of our wildlife,” remarked Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN.

“We are excited to collaborate with HITN in this initiative to reach and educate the Spanish-speaking community about different species that are at risk,” said Stephanie Carnow, Director of Marketing and Communications at WCN. “Together we can raise awareness and educate people about the steps we can take to address the threats facing endangered wildlife around the world.”

WCN is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting independent conservationists around the world by providing them with strategic services and training in areas such as fundraising, marketing, accounting and strategic planning so they can work with communities to protect endangered species.

According to the most recent information from WCN, the planet’s wildlife face numerous threats; from climate change to human-wildlife conflict to illegal wildlife trafficking. Wildlife conservation is tremendously important not only for protecting endangered species, but also for protecting entire ecosystems which thousands of animals, plants, and people rely on. The global community must take immediate action to protect wildlife so that these incredible and important animals will be here for generations to come.

For more information, please visit HITN visit: www.hitn.tv

ABOUT WILDLIFE CONSERVATION NETWORK

The Wildlife Conservation Network’s (WCN) mission is to protect endangered species and preserve their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. WCN invests technically and financially in a select network of conservation partners to ensure their mission success, and creates large-scale, range-wide Crisis and Recovery Funds to support the best ideas to end extinction crises and bring wildlife back from the brink. Learn more about WCN’s unique approach to saving wildlife, or learn more about WCN’s conservation partners and their most compelling initiatives. The Wildlife Conservation Network is proud to have a number one rating for wildlife conservation organizations on Charity Navigator—with four stars and a perfect 100 score—and platinum status with Guidestar. Please visit: www.wildnet.org.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

POCOYO PLAYSET: LETS MOVE AWARDED BEST LEARNING APP FOR TABLETS

HITN Educational App “Pocoyo Playset: Lets Move” Finalist For The 2017 Kids Imagination Awards

By LEARNING

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the non-profit, Spanish-language media network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million American households across the country, announced today that its educational App ‘Pocoyo PlaySet’: Let’s Move has been honored as finalist for the 2017 Kids Imagination Awards, an annual awards program celebrating the best in children’s, teen and family programming across platforms, technology, marketing and pro-social campaigns.

Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move

Is part of HITN Learning division’s suite of products that help preschoolers develop English-language skills needed for a successful start in Kindergarten. HITN’s educational app was nominated by the 6th Annual Cynopsis Kids Imagination Awards in the following categories: Mobile App Preschool, Mobile App (educational), Tablet-Based App.  The winners will be announced at the 6th Annual Awards Breakfast, held on September 19 at the Yale Club in NYC.

Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move app is a creation of the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) led by HITN and including Zinkia Entertainment, the creator of the animated series, Pocoyo and the Michael Cohen Group, a leading evaluator of educational programs, funded by the Federal Government. HITN’s creative design and focus on solid academic and social-emotional skills were brought to life through the Pocoyo characters, the most beloved preschool characters in the Spanish-speaking world, and through the support of a $30 million Ready-to-Learn grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

“We’re excited that our educational app made it to the finalists’ list for the 2017 Kids Imagination Awards,” said David Rust, General Manager for HITN Learning. “We have collaborated with the industry’s best partners to develop this application, and are grateful that the judges were impressed with the richness and power of the learning experiences in the  Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move app.”

Let’s Move, also a recent recipient of the 2017 Kidscreen Award for Best Preschool Learning App-Tablet, creates a fun and engaging educational experience, cultivating preschoolers’ learning abilities through body movements and pedagogical games and activities, while encouraging kids to be physically active, following Pocoyo’s lead. Through Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move, preschoolers build fluency in spoken English and expand their English vocabulary learning words, while also sharpening their listening skills and ability to follow directions. These integrated suites of educational resources have been proven effective through studies and pilot implementations in the USA and Puerto Rico.
All 15 Pocoyo PlaySets are available on the Apple App Store and GooglePlay.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv

New York’s City’s First And Only Film Critics Boot Camp Is Based In Brooklyn

By COMMUNITY

Brooklyn, NY – For the third consecutive year, HITN/ KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp, a week-long summer program designed to teach young teens the skills to critique and review films, has once again come to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And in the coming months, some of these young participants will graduate and will start critiquing major motion pictures and hitting the red carpets to interview A-list celebrities.

This highly interactive program provides young teens from the boroughs of the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn with an experience in a professional setting of real master control rooms, working studios and digital media equipment. These aspiring film critics develop critical thinking skills while learning the art of writing and recording their film reviews. They also gain confidence while practicing on-camera interview skills. As part of the camp activities, the students meet with special guests from the entertainment industry including actors, film critics and producers.

Once the young participants complete the week-long camp, they have the opportunity to join the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team. This group of national youth reporters attend press screenings, interview talent on the red carpet, and review new film releases rated up to PG-13. These young film critics— ages 9 to 15 years old— and their reviews are seen, read or listened to by more than 7 million people every month. “The summer is the time for kids to enjoy themselves, but they shouldn’t stop learning,” says Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “This program successfully accomplishes both by creating an environment where the kids can enjoy themselves by watching movies, while also learning how to combine the art of critical thinking and communicating through the use of technology. HITN is proud to offer this experience to these future film critics.”

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp

Is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, a national, nonprofit (501-c-3) organization founded in 1991 whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children’s media. For more information, visit www.kidsfirst.org.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv