Skip to main content
All Posts By

Kosta Costopoulos

HITN TV BRINGS LAURA MASNATTA ON BOARD AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Laura Masnatta On Board As Executive Producer

By HITN

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertaining programming to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the hiring of Laura Masnatta as Executive Producer. Masnatta, who will be based in Miami, will lead various production projects for HITN and report to Guillermo Sierra, who leads the Television and Digital Services team at HITN.

“Incorporating well-known and experienced professionals such as Laura is key to HITN’s success,” Sierra remarked. “Her addition to our team is in line with network strategy and will contribute to our efforts to expand our offering of high-quality educational and entertainment content, to the benefit of US Hispanic audiences.”

In her new position, Masnatta will be responsible for driving production of original promotional capsules for HITN’s different programming blocks, such as Nature, Lifestyle and Health, and a new documentary series the network plans to add.  She will also lead production of a new interview show hosted by political commentator Gerson Borrero featuring exclusive conversations with well-known US political figures in Washington, D.C.

“Laura has collaborated with HITN before with exceptional results. A case in point is ‘Vive tu Momento,’ the campaign we aired last year to inform Hispanic audiences about important issues in the electoral process,” said Mike Nieves, President, and CEO, HITN. “Laura has also produced capsules for our Lifestyle and Health section, so we are familiar with her style, her understanding of the Hispanic market and the high standards she expects, all of which have helped build her reputation in the television production industry.”

Masnatta has extensive experience as an independent producer.  Before joining HITN, she led her own production house, People Project Film, collaborating with leading industry players such as Univision and Freemantle Media.  Her background also includes collaborative projects with Discovery Channel, Telemundo, Vme, Mega TV and Fox International Channels Italy.

HITN was recently named “Social Good Leader of the Year” by Cynopsis magazine for Laura’s work on “Tu Momento 2016,” an educational campaign about the US presidential elections.  In 2006, she was nominated for an Emmy for “22 Minutos” Everglades, which aired on Mega TV.

Masnatta holds a BA in Film Directing from the National Institute of Cinematography (CERC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has completed television production seminars at Channel +Plus, France.

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

TOP GEAR US HISPANIC TELEVISION

HITN Makes History By Bringing “Top Gear” To U.S. Hispanic Television

By TV & DIGITAL

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the Spanish-language network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million households across the United States, will make history in May as the first Spanish-language network in the United States to air Top Gear to the US Hispanic Television, the world’s most popular and acclaimed automotive series.   Across the country, fans of all things motorized will be able to enjoy Seasons 14 through 16 of Top Gear in English with Spanish subtitles on HITN starting May 2.

Hosted by the famously irreverent Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, Top Gear showcases super vehicles, extreme stunts and challenges on wheels along with exclusive celebrity interviews and critiques of the latest car models.  Despite being a classic in its genre for more than two decades, with fans around the world, the show has never aired on a Spanish-language network in the US.  All that is about to change with HITN’s inclusion of Top Gear as part of a new block designed to spark viewers’ interest in science and technology programming.

HITN is proving once again that it fills a gap in US Hispanic television by becoming the first Spanish-language network in the country to offer Top Gear, one of the world’s best-known and established automotive series,” commented Erika Vogt Lowell, Programming and Acquisitions Director at HITN. “We are confident that the series will captivate Hispanic viewers, allowing us to continue our rapid audience growth in response to the quality and variety of our programming.

HITN will launch a major campaign to promote the series,” added Angel Audiffred, HITN’s Marketing Director. “We are organizing events in different cities to give Hispanic audiences a unique experience of the show.

Top Gear Season 14 is comprised of seven action-packed episodes full of challenges and car races, ranging from a tarmac in Romania to a special filmed in Bolivia.  The six episodes in Season 15 include tribute to the withdrawal from the market of the Chevrolet Lacetti, a rare visit to the Top Gear track to test the Porsche 911, and a road trip across the south of England. Lastly, series 16 has of a total of seven episodes, including a special traversing the Middle East on a journey to Bethlehem, this season is packed with serious cars and power, culminating in a race against time to beat the sun to land’s end in a Jaguar XJ.

HITN BRINGS TOP GEAR TO US HISPANIC TELEVISION

Top Gear’ will make its debut on HITN starting May 2 and will air Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. EST/PST, with a re-transmission at 10:00 p.m. EST/PST, Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. EST/PST and a retransmission at 12:00 p.m.
EST/PST, and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST/PST.

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

MAXIMILIANO VACCARO DIRECTOR DIGITAL SERVICES

HITN TV Names Maximiliano Vaccaro Director Of Digital Services

By HITN

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertaining programming to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced the appointment of Maximiliano Vaccaro as Director of Digital Services.  Vaccaro, who will be based in Miami, will join the company as of Monday, May 1 and report directly to Television and Digital Services Head Guillermo Sierra.

Maximiliano is known as one of the most creative and talented professionals in the Pay TV industry in Latin America and the US Hispanic market,Sierra commented. “He will play a crucial role in our efforts to bring our growing audience a competitive offering of products and services in the increasingly important digital arena.

“We are pleased to incorporate an executive with Maximiliano’s professional background and experience into the HITN team,” HITN’s Marketing Director, Angel Audiffred, added. “His addition to our company will help us develop new tools to strengthen our marketing initiatives and allow audiences to access our content on a variety of different platforms.

Vaccaro will be responsible for implementing HITN’s strategy to complement its television offering with cutting-edge digital services. In addition to launching an OTT platform, the network is working to expand its online content and services.

Vaccaro has extensive experience as a strategist and developer of digital products and services.  Before joining HITN, he spent more than 10 years at Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic, where he conceived and implemented new platforms and social media initiatives for all of the company’s networks and led the launch of its digital products and services in Latin America, Brazil and the US Hispanic market.  Previously, he developed and executed BTL campaigns in his native Argentina for clients including Procter & Gamble, Citibank, Clarin Media Group, Danone and Microsoft Argentina.  Recently he has been involved in project development for companies such as Netflix, PlayStation and Marriott.

For the last four years, Vaccaro has been a member of the judging panel for the International Digital Emmy Awards.  He has been nominated for a number of industry accolades, including a Webby and CableFAX Best of the Web Award for developing the Discovery Kids Latin America website. He received a Promax Gold Award for Doki’s Laboratory Game and nominations for Digital Emmy and Webby awards for his work on Huella Latente Interactive.

Vaccaro has a degree in graphic design from Universidad de Buenos Aires.  He is fluent in Spanish and English.

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

HISPANICS IN NEW YORK CITY

HITN Brings Innovation to Hispanics in New York City

By COMMUNITY

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, a non-profit Spanish-language media network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million households around the United States, brings innovation to Hispanics in New York City by co-hosting SMART CITIES NYC ’17, a three-day event to showcase the advancements in technology through an interactive trade show and exhibition of hundreds of local, national and global organizations representing the government, academic, public and private sectors featuring speakers from around the world who are pioneering technological and innovative solutions to urban problems.

HITN is the vehicle for Smart Cities 17’ to bridge the Spanish speaking community with its mission to bring innovation to neighborhoods where the Hispanics reside. In efforts to continuously inform the Hispanic communities on the new and upcoming proposals from the most innovative minds from all over the world, HITN encourages its communities in becoming central patrons in promoting forward thinking to find the best ways to serve the public. Smart Cities initiatives focus on making the city better, safer, and smarter like reducing traffic congestion with self-driven automobiles and improving pedestrian safety. Smart Cities continues to provide access to Wi-Fi, adding solar panels, increasing LED street lighting in city neighborhoods, improving emergency response with the use of drones in fire operations, and enhancing customer service through the use of 311 and Parks mobile apps, and community kiosks.

HITN is proud to partner with Smart Cities NYC ’17 as it is our mission to provide a wide array of educational information to the Hispanic communities,” says Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “These upcoming events will provide ways for our communities to better serve and improve our way of living and providing the necessary resources to help take better care of our planet.”

Launched in 2012, the Smart Cities Council is the author of the internationally recognized Smart Cities Readiness Guide, which provides guiding principles and best practices for an integrated, cross-cutting smart city. The Readiness Guide is the framework used to produce Readiness Workshops, which are delivered all over the world to help cities create their smart city roadmaps. With regional councils in North America, Europe, India and Australia/New Zealand, the Council is comprised of more than 120 partners and advisors who generate $2.7 trillion in annual revenue and who have worked on more than 10,000 smart city projects past and present. To learn more, visit www.smartcitiescouncil.com.

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

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media

By COMMUNITY

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the non-profit, Spanish-language media network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million households across the United States, has helped its viewers for decades to live healthier lives by offering programming on how to prepare nutritious meals for their families, how to incorporate fitness into their busy everyday schedule and why mental health is so important. So as technology and media have become a necessary factor in our daily lives, HITN now wants also to focus on helping its viewers keep a ‘Healthy Media Diet’ together with Common Sense Media.

The ‘Healthy Media Diet’ initiative, in partnership with Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization which provides parents with resources that teach children how to properly incorporate technology and media in their lives, will provide resources that will help parents deal with the common concerns associated with excessive use of technology and media. In a study conducted by Common Sense Media, most families do not feel connected as they would like to be and and feel addicted to their devices. The interactions and bonds built within familiars are critical for children’s social and intellectual development. By embracing a ‘Healthy Media Diet’, parents can teach children and themselves how to keep a healthy balance that we should all incorporate into our daily lives.

HITN understands that eliminating technology and media completely from the lives of children is not the solution or option,” says Ed Greene, Vice President of Community and Partnerships at HITN. “HITN recognizes that every day the immediate and exciting changes, which create new opportunities and pitfalls can also present new challenges and concerns for parents and kids alike. And in conjunction with the existing tools shared by Common Sense Media and through our partnership, we will be able to provide parents with educational resources and activities that parents can use to implement within their families.”

HITN will also be participate in Common Sense Media’s national campaign #DeviceFreeDinner. Common Sense is the nation’s leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a powerful voice for kids and families in the 21st century. Millions of families, educators, and policymakers turn to Common Sense every day to access our independent rating systems, unbiased research, and trusted tools and advice that help them navigate a rapidly changing digital landscape at home and at school. Learn more at www.commonsense.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

film critics boot camp

HITN Hosts Open House for Brooklyn’s Only Film Critics Boot Camp For Teens

By COMMUNITY

Brooklyn, NYHITN, the non-profit Spanish-language media network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million households in the United States, will host an open house at its studio located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for parents interested in learning more about the Summer 2017 HITN/KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp. The HITN/KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp is a highly interactive program that provides young teens from Brooklyn and the surrounding boroughs with an introduction to the world of film and media in a professional studio. The boot camp is designed to offer local youth, ages 9-15, the opportunity to learn the skills to critique and review films, present their reviews on-camera and conduct interviews. “KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Boot Camps is an opportunity for children to build confidence, skills in journalism.

The HITN/KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp for Teens is a highly interactive program that provides young teens from Brooklyn and the surrounding boroughs with an introduction to the world of film and media in a professional studio. The boot camp is designed to offer local youth, ages 9-15, the opportunity to learn the skills to critique and review films, present their reviews on-camera and conduct interviews. “KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Boot Camps is an opportunity for children to build confidence, skills in journalism, in “KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Boot Camps is an opportunity for children to build confidence, skills in journalism, in film, and to build friendships and memories,” says Ranny Levy, Founder and President of Coalition for Quality Children’s Media. “We are so happy that we were able to do this again with HITN and to add an additional third week for beginners.”

The boot camp will offer four (4) one-week sessions. The first three (3) will be for beginners and the last one-week session will be for advanced students. All campers will watch the latest films, write critiques, produce video reviews, and learn interview techniques while meeting actual film critics, producers and actors. “We are so excited to host an open house for our 2017 KIDS FIRST! boot camp”, says Ed Greene, Vice President of Partnerships and Community Development of HITN. “This reception will provide an opportunity for kids and families to hear from our KIDS FIRST! graduates.

“We are so excited to host an open house for our 2017 KIDS FIRST! boot camp”, says Ed Greene, Vice President of Partnerships and Community Development of HITN. “This reception will provide an opportunity for kids and families to hear from our KIDS FIRST! graduates and learn of the educational and instructional elements of the boot camp experience.”

All campers who complete the program have the opportunity to join the national team of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics. These select few will review new film releases, interview talent and share their views on entertainment. On a national platform, every month, reviews and coverage of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics reach more than 7 million people.

Open house event will take place on April 5, 2017. Guests must RSVP by March 31, 2017 by e-mailing filmcritics@hitn.org. For more information, visit www.hitn.org/kidsfirst.KIDS FIRST! a project of the 25-year-old Coalition for Quality Children’s Media whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children’s media. KIDS FIRST! is supported by major entertainment industry leaders, teachers, librarians, media professionals, lobbyists, policymakers, child advocates, educators, parents, and families nationwide with a cumulative membership of over 17 million.

KIDS FIRST! a project of the 25-year-old Coalition for Quality Children’s Media whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children’s media. KIDS FIRST! is supported by major entertainment industry leaders, teachers, librarians, media professionals, lobbyists, policymakers, child advocates, educators, parents, and families nationwide with a cumulative membership of over 17 million.

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 New Programming Strategy

HITN Launches New Programming Strategy With A Healthy Living Block for Hispanics

By TV & DIGITAL

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the Spanish-language network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million households in the United States, announced the launch of an HITN new programming strategy based on thematic blocks dedicated to topics such as health, science and technology, natural history and children’s content, all designed to be enjoyed by the entire family.

The network will roll out its new content strategy this week with Vida y Salud TV, a daily block designed to promote good health and well-being among US Hispanic audiences, hosted by Dr. Aliza, creator of the popular website VidaySalud.com.

The new programming block is a unique space with the potential to have a positive impact on health in our community. At HITN, we understand that Hispanic audiences need access to information to improve their health and well-being. We are proud of this initiative and confident that it will be well received by our viewers,” commented Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN.

“The US Hispanic population suffers disproportionately from chronic ailments such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. In all too many cases, these problems lead to early death and take a terrible toll on families and society. The most effective way to combat them is through prevention, by modifying certain lifestyle habits. Access to practical and timely information is a vital part of this effort.”

Dr. Aliza said.

Vida y Salud TV will start every morning with a yoga and exercise segment led by Patti Quintero and produced for HITN by the prestigious national chain of yoga studios MyYogaWorks, followed by “En Forma” a vigorous cardiovascular workout. The block will also showcase carefully curated medical content, including “Centro Médico,” a docudrama that features recreations of real hospital cases. Viewers are drawn into the stories while learning about common illnesses, diagnostics, and treatments.

Other segments will offer healthful lifestyle tips, among them “La Buena Vida,” in which experts offer advice for leading a fuller, more healthy life, and “Al Natural,” starring renowned Mexican chef Alfredo Oropeza, who shares healthy recipes that are low in fat, sugar, and carbs without sacrificing flavor.

Senior citizens will also enjoy the first-ever program on US television dedicated entirely to their well-being. “Canitas al Aire,” hosted by Ángela Markovich, will feature helpful exercise, nutrition and recreational tips designed to help older viewers feel better and enjoy their lives. And “Primer Paso” will showcase couples working together to lose weight, a challenge that affects a disproportionate number of Hispanics in this country.

Finally, the block will present informative capsules with experts and celebrities on topics such as parenting (“Consejos para Padres,” with con Susy Rosado), cooking (“Consejos Gastronómicos,” with the world-famous chef and entrepreneur Lidia Bastianich), and nutrition (“Consejos Nutricionales,” with Alfredo Oropeza).

Vida y Salud TV is a 360-degree campaign that includes access to an extensive library of television content on the VidaySalud.TV web page, free personalized email bulletins, links to a broad catalog of medical titles at VidaySalud.com, and live events, in addition to the new programming block on HITN.

About Dr. Aliza

Dr. Aliza A. Lifshitz, the founder and editorial director of VidaySalud.com, is a well-known doctor, writer, and health columnist. For more than 20 years, she has been a health and medical consultant for leading Hispanic media outlets such as Univisión, People en Español and impreMedia. She is the author of “Mamá Sana, Bebé Sano,” the first bilingual guide for pregnancy and birth.

In addition to her media appearances, Dr. Lifshitz practices internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was vice president of the board of directors of Blue Shield of California and president of its foundation and served an unprecedented four terms as president of the California Hispanic American Medical Association (CHAMA). She has been honored by countless organizations, including the American Medical Association, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association and March of Dimes.

VidaySalud.com™ is the largest permanent online source of science-based health information in Spanish. It includes Salud de A a Z, Harvard Medical School’s database of symptoms, illnesses and treatments, and original content created especially for the Hispanic community, updated daily. Every month, it has more than 2.5 million unique users, sends 6 million plus emails to its subscribers, and interacts with more than 600,000 followers on social media.

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

best preschool childrens learning app

HITN Educational App Wins Kidscreen Award for Best Preschool Children’s Learning App

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 it was awarded the 2017 Kidscreen Award for Best Preschool Learning App. The winning app, Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move, helps preschoolers develop English-language skills needed for a successful start in Kindergarten. Kidscreen Award winners were announced during the Kidscreen Summit 2017 in Miami at a special presentation February 14th.

The Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move is a creation of the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) between HITN and Zinkia Entertainment, the creator of the award-winning animated series, Pocoyo. HITN’s creative design and focus on solid academic and social-emotional skills were brought to life through the renowned and revered Pocoyo brand, and through the support of a $30 million Ready-to-Learn grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The resulting Pocoyo PlaySets provide unlimited opportunities for young children to engage in a powerful learning experience. These integrated suites of educational resources have been proven effective through summative studies and pilot implementations across the USA and Puerto Rico.

“We are honored to win a Kidscreen Award and would like to extend our congratulations to all the television and digital media nominees and winners,” said Erica Branch-Ridley, Vice President and Executive Producer of HITN’s Creative Development & Production. “We are pleased to have collaborated with the industry’s best television partners, and are grateful to Kidscreen for seeing the value and creative energy behind our Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move app.”

The app creates a fun and engaging educational experience, cultivating preschoolers’ learning abilities through body movements and pedagogical games and activities, while encouraging children 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.

All 15 Pocoyo PlaySets are now available on the Apple Store and GooglePlay.

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

FILM CRITICS BOOT CAMP SUMMER APPLICATIONS

Brooklyn’s Only Film Critics Boot Camp For Teens Is Now Taking Applications for Summer 2017

By TV & DIGITAL

Even before graduating high school, young teens can learn how to critique major motion pictures.

Brooklyn, NY – HITN, the Spanish-language media company that delivers educational programming to more than 44 million homes nationwide, partners for its third year with the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media to present the Summer 2017 HITN/KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp.

FILM CRITICS BOOT CAMP SUMMER APPLICATIONS

The Boot Camps are designed to offer local youth, ages 9-15, the opportunity to learn the skills to critique and review films, present their reviews on-camera and interview celebrities. This summer, HITN is offering four one-week sessions beginning July 17, 2017, at its Brooklyn Navy Yard media complex. The first three one-week sessions are for beginners and the additional one-week session is for advanced students. In all the camps, campers watch the latest films, write critiques, produce video reviews, learn interview techniques and meet actual film critics, producers and actors.

“All of us at HITN are thrilled to welcome KIDS FIRST! back to our studios as we co-host the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp this summer for kids throughout Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn,” says President and CEO, Michael D. Nieves.

This highly interactive program provides young people 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. For the campers and their families, a half-day Family Media Workshop takes place on every Saturday of the camp.

An advanced camp will be held on August 14-18 for those kids currently active as KIDS FIRST! Film Critics or who attend a performing arts school. All campers who complete the program have the opportunity to join the national team of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics where they will review new film releases, interview talent and share their views on entertainment. Reviews and coverage of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic reaches more than 7 million people every month.

“When we learned that HITN was again opening its doors to the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp we were so grateful to Michael Nieves and his amazing team at HITN studios,” adds Ranny Levy, Founder and President Coalition for Quality Children’s Media/ KIDS FIRST! “For the past two years, we been greatly impressed with the HITN team and their ability to work with us to create a space where kids from the community learn and have fun while getting to better understand the film and entertainment business, not only through the camp activities but also through the exploration of the HITN studios.”

For more information, visit www.hitn.org/kidsfirst

KIDS FIRST! a project of the 25-year-old Coalition for Quality Children’s Media whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children’s media. KIDS FIRST! is supported by major entertainment industry leaders, teachers, librarians, media professionals, lobbyists, policymakers, child advocates, educators, parents, and families nationwide with a cumulative membership of over 17 million.

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

Kidscreen Awards Nominates HITN Educational App for Best Learning App for Tablets

By TV & DIGITAL

Tablet-based Pocoyo Playsets project is a partnership between HITN, Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) and Zinkia Entertainment

Brooklyn, N.Y. – HITN, a Spanish-language media company that delivers educational programming to more than 44 million homes nationwide, announced that its tablet-based Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move, has been nominated for the 2017 Kidscreen Awards as Best Learning App for Tablets. This award recognizes and honors the television network for their best work in children’s programming and digital media. The shortlisted entries for 2017 Kidscreen Awards were released by Kidscreen Magazine on December 5, 2016. Winners will be announced during the Kidscreen Summit 2017 in Miami, Florida on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 during a special evening presentation.

Best Learning App for Tablets

The Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move was a creation of the Early Learning Collaborative led by HITN, including Zinkia Entertainment, creator of the Spanish-speaking world’s best-known animated characters for preschoolers, Pocoyo, and his friends. At HITN, the project was led by Erica Branch-Ridley, an Emmy award-winning, transmedia executive producer. The apps principal goals are to create a fun and engaging educational application cultivating preschoolers’ learning abilities through body movements and pedagogical games and activities while encouraging children to be physically active, following Pocoyo’s lead. Through Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move, children build fluency in oral English and expand their vocabulary, while also sharpening their listening skills and ability to follow directions.

We are honored to be shortlisted for the KidScreen Awards and would like to extend our congratulations to all the television and digital media nominees,” said Erica Branch-Ridley, Vice President and Executive Producer of HITN’s Creative Development & Production. “We are pleased to have collaborated with the industry’s best television partners, and are grateful to Kidscreen for seeing the value and creative energy behind Pocoyo PlaySet: Let’s Move app.

HITN’s Early Learning Collaborative including Zinkia Entertainment has developed 15 Pocoyo PlaySets, now available on iTunes, designed to provide fun and engaging experiences for young children as they improve their understanding of the English language, and develop integral reading and math skills. The project’s mission is to provide preschoolers with experiences that will help close the achievement gap between economically advantaged and disenfranchised children. Featuring Pocoyo, the internationally-recognized preschool character, the Pocoyo PlaySets are currently available on for tablet devices on the App Store and Google Play.

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