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Happy Three Kings Day

By HITN

As this year comes to an end, I want to thank our loyal viewing audience, supporters, HITN employees in the U.S. and in Puerto Rico for contributing to our successes this year, which, among others, includes the following:

  • The launch of the Cleo y Cuquin family kits and apps which are available at the App Store, Google Play, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
  • The expansion of our Brooklyn Navy Yard office from 21,000 sq. ft to 31,000 sq. ft.
  • In Puerto Rico, HITN has reached out to 26 municipalities after Hurricane Maria
    distributing water filters, solar lamps, and educational technology, as we continue to build our relationships.
  • At HITN TV, we’re ending December with our highest ratings of the year!

Thank you for your loyalty to HITN. I would like to extend my personal and deep appreciation for each and every one of your valuable contributions to our organization. We’re proud to have you all with us.

Our best wishes and happiness to you and your families as we all look forward to a successful 2019!

Happy Three Kings Day! Sincerely yours,

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

Manifest visits HITN’s Studios

Manifest visits HITN’s Studios

By HITN

HITN was proud to welcome the NBC hit Freshman series, Manifest to our studios. The series was shooting an episode nearby HITN studios and took advantage of our renovated space to welcome the crew and cast as they took a break from the frigid conditions outside. Their visit marks the first time a network television show has utilized the HITN studios.

In addition to keeping the cast and crew warm during breaks in the production, the cast and crew were able to relax with a little food and receive a touch up from their make-up artist. The cast and crew of Manifest were so pleased with the facility; they informed us they would return when they are shooting new episodes in 2019.

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

Get Your First Christmas Gift

HITN Joins the Event “Get Your First Christmas Gift”

By HITN

On Wednesday, December 12, the mayor of Comerio, the Honorable Josian Santiago accompanied by his team and the director of communications, Dianna Torres-Diaz, made it possible to give gifts to the children of Comerio during this Christmas season. Assisting in this effort were General Manager, José Hernández, Funded Initiatives Manager, Yanira Meléndez from the HITN Puerto Rico office, and L. Alejandro Molina, from the New York headquarters of the TV channel HITN. Also in attendance were the attorney, Carmen Hernández, and her sister, Evelyn Hernández, both from Chicago.

A group of children’s characters, musicians and pleneros accompanied the mayor and his guests as they visited public schools of Comerio, where toys were given to all the children. Great smiles and happiness radiated throughout the schools by the children as the toys were distributed at the following schools:

  • Oscar Porrata Doria School Specialized in Languages
  • Inés María Mendoza Elementary School Montessori Program,
  • Claudio Ferrer Cotto Elementary School,
  • Luis Muñoz Marín Middle School,
  • Ramón Alejandro Ayala Middle School,
  • Maria School del Carmen Santiago Middle School
  • The Preschool Paraíso Infantil Program, where there is also an iPad program sponsored by HITN.

Mayor Josian Santiago thanked the HITN channel and its president and CEO, Michael D. Nieves, and the Hernández sisters for supporting this tremendous municipal initiative that has been carried out for the past years for the purpose of assuring that every child from Comerio has a gift in Christmas.

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

Michael D. Nieves, HITN President and CEO, awarded the 2018 Impact Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Latino Community

Michael D. Nieves, HITN President and CEO, awarded the 2018 Impact Award

By HITN

On Tuesday, October 23rd, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) awarded its late Board Member, Angelo Falcón, Political Scientist and Co-Founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) the “Angelo Falcón Indomitable Spirit” Award. The inaugural award represented Falcón’s outspoken and relentless commitment to advocacy and increasing the visibility of the Latino community’s achievements and contributions to this country. HITN’s President and CEO Michael D. Nieves received the 2018 Impact award in the category of Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Latino Community. During his remarks, Mr. Nieves noted that representing the interests of Latinos has always been an essential part of his work. Mr. Nieves stated that while “there are other Spanish-language stations…the people in charge don’t look like me— don’t look like us,” and the importance of Latino leadership at HITN means that “[HITN] viewers see programs that impact our communities and do not depict us as stereotypical Latinos, Puerto Ricans or Mexicans.

Mr. Nieves concluded his remarks by addressing the eponym of the award: “I miss Angelo, and I miss the work he’s done. It was significant that I accept this award on the same night that Angelo’s award was given.

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

Es Todos Unidos

HITN Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Exclusive Theme Song

By HITN

Grammy Winner Fernando Osorio and his daughter, Maye, collaborate on “Es Todos Unidos,” a bilingual song that emphasizes the diversity of the Hispanic community

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to families in more than 44 million households across the United States, announced today the inclusion in its programming of  “Es Todos Unidos” a song composed and performed by Latin Grammy-winning artist Fernando Osorio and his daughter, Maye.  The song aired on HITN as part of the network’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

HITN is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with ‘Es Todos Unidos,’ an uplifting theme song that acknowledges Hispanic contributions to US culture and society,” commented Guillermo Sierra, Head of Digital Services at HITN. “The lyrics are bilingual (in Spanish and English) in order to connect with the new generation of young people with Latin roots, who communicate mostly in English.

Acclaimed Colombian-born singer-songwriter Fernando Osorio and his daughter, Maye, worked together on the production.  “We are very pleased to be part of the great team at HITN, which is airing the video of our song, ‘Es Todos Unidos,’ to underscore the value of the US Hispanic community, because, as the song says, the way to move forward is together (todos unidos).

Fernando Osorio is the composer of the hit songs “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” and “Ríe y Llora,” immortalized by Celia Cruz; “Viviendo” and “De Qué Depende,” for Marc Anthony; “Lloraré” and “Sé Mi Aire,” for Cristian Castro, and several popular songs made famous by Ricardo Montaner: “Solo con un Beso” and “Vamos a Dejarlo.” Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, Alejandra Guzmán, Sergio Dalma, Jerry Rivera, Gloria Trevi, Menudo, Malú and Alejandro Fernández are among the other artists who have performed his songs.  During his long artistic career, Osorio has shared the stage with Shakira, Juanes, Franco de Vita and other stars.  His achievements have been recognized by ASCAP and BMI awards and a Latin Grammy.

Osorio’s daughter, Maye, is an up and coming artist clearly influenced by her father’s work.  She began her career as a soloist, performing on the acoustic guitar with Mr. Pauer at venues around the world and in a live broadcast on KCRW. Her Latin roots and South Florida childhood have inspired her to write music that spans a wide range of genres, from R&B to bossa nova. Her self-produced album on the Warner Chapell label will be available soon in the US market.

HITN also produced a promotional video for ‘Es Todo Unidos’ featuring scenes of Latinos around the United States.  The song will air during HITN programming as well as on the network’s webpage, app and 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

5K Brooklyn Runs Corporate Challenge

HITN Participates in Brooklyn Runs 5k Corporate Challenge

By HITN

Keeping to its mission in promoting health and wellness, HITN took part in the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (BCC) first-ever 5K Brooklyn Runs Corporate Challenge in Prospect Park. HITN took this opportunity to participate in this fun, team-building event to promote health and wellness in the workplace and to strengthen its ties with the community in Brooklyn. In spite of the ongoing downpour, the 200+ runners present enjoyed the well-organized event, which, apart from HITN, included teams from National Grid, Just Energy, Mt. Sinai, and others. Team HITN had a great time being a part of this event sharing and running, representing HITN.

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

The National Puerto Rican Museum Honored, Celebrated and Remembered

The National Puerto Rican Museum Honored, Celebrated and Remembered

By HITN

It was an amazing evening! All of the senses were awakened by the sound of drums, and music, the sights of Puerto Rican costumes and exhibits, the smell of lechon with rice and beans, even the temperature brought recuerdos de la isla (memories of the island). It was all like a tropical evening in Puerto Rico had landed in Chicago. The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture celebrated its 5th Annual RAICES Gala on September 20th, exactly one year after Hurricane María devastated the island of Puerto Rico.

The evenings program kicked off with ChiArts students delighting the guests with a live performance of “I like it like that”, followed by the music and dance of AfriCaribe, a local community bomba group. WGN reporter, Ana Belaval was given a surprised recognition for being the events emcee for the 5th year in a row.

This year, there were three Ceiba Award recipients: legendary singer and songwriter Andy Montañez, CBS news correspondent David Begnaud, and actor Jon Seda. The people came together to recognize the incredible effort and contributions made to keep the world informed of the terrible nightmare our people went through and to keep us updated on everything that was going on in Puerto Rico during and after the storm had hit Puerto Rico. With this, one of the awardees selected for this year’s gala was National CBS Correspondent, David Begnaud, whom accepted the Ceiba award in a flow of emotions and reminded the people that this was a somber day and that “what happened in the Island of Puerto Rico cannot be overstated”. Haley Seda, the daughter of awardee Jon Seda, surprised her father by singing a song before Jon Seda humbly accepted his award. Andy Montañez accepted his award by singing.

Through it all, the celebration, the hurricanes, the multiple tragedies, and the possibilities of rebuilding, HITN was there to say “¡Presente!”. Working with community and governmental partners in Vieques, in Comerio, New York, and Chicago among other places- bringing ideas and resources to the table. HITN’s CEO and President, Michael D. Nieves, Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services, Angel Audiffred, Marketing Manager, and L. Alejandro Molina attended the evening’s celebration. In addition, Nieves was introduced as the National Museum’s newest Board member

Before ending the program 13 year-old Mia Laureano wowed the crown by singing a beautiful rendition of “Hallelujah”, kicking off the museum’s scholarship fund. Mia’s talent was discovered by the museum when she attended a performance masterclass during NMPRAC’s Barrio Art Fest.

The RAICES Gala ended with a one-hour concert by the “Godfather de la Salsa” Andy Montañez as everyone danced to his salsa music. As people were leaving a few said it was like being in Puerto Rico, you could even hear the sounds of the “coqui” in the distance.

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

Puerto Rican Agenda in Chicago

HITN and Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago continue Solidarity towards Municipality of Comerío

By HITN

Comerío: The Puerto Rican Agenda in Chicago returns with new aid for the town of Comerío. In an activity held yesterday, on August 15, in the community of La Juncia in the Río Hondo neighborhood of the town as mentioned above, the first stone was laid to start the construction of what will be the First Resilience Center in this community, of Comerío. Mayor Josian Santiago highlighted the fact that this new center is possible because of the nearly $150,000.00 investment which was was split by the Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago and the Municipality of Comerío. He explained that, during a visit to the city of Chicago at the invitation of the Mayor of the Windy City, Rahm Emanuel, the Puerto Rican Agenda Committee gave him a donation of $40,000.00 to start the first phase of this vital project. This space will serve as a center of first response to an emergency before any atmospheric eventuality like a hurricane. It will have a 15k electric generator, 2,500-gallon water tank, industrial kitchen, washing machines, food storage and other facilities for the use of the community.

On the other hand, the community that attended this activity received solar lamps from HITN, the entertainment and education channel, and the Hispanic Federation. This gift was received with all the joy of the world, since this very group of residents was over six months without light, and know in the flesh, the terrible thing of darkness. The representative for HITN, Yanira Meléndez, Manager of Funded Initiatives, said, “For HITN, it is part of our commitment to help communities in Puerto Rico. We affirm that commitment by contributing our bit to the recovery process of our country.” In addition, HITN is working on an initiative to provide training to teachers of the Comerio Day Care Center and its parents, in the integration and maximization of technological tools in the preschool. The initiative includes the donation of iPads and high-speed hotspots to the Day Care. HITN is working simultaneously with the municipalities of Loíza and San Lorenzo as part of the same project.

Just a few years ago, Early Education teachers discussed the positive and negative impact of using interactive technology with young children. This debate has now focused on how to use the power and promise of digital media to better support the interests and academic, social, physical and emotional needs of each child. That’s why we launched our initiative with the iPads and the municipalities” said Michael D. Nieves, President, and CEO, HITN.

This is great social work. It is important that we prepare for any eventuality such as the one we experience after hurricane Maria. We hope to conclude this first shelter as soon as possible and try to continue in other communities. So we will be identifying funds to achieve this, and above all, we are grateful from the depths of the help we have received from the brothers in Chicago, without them the history of Comerío would be different“said the Mayor of Comerío.

Thanks to the ties established between Chicago and Comerío over the past years and even more since the visit of Congressman Luis Gutiérrez just three days after Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico, the town of Comerío has received more than $200,000.00 in aid to address this emergency. The City of Chicago and its organizations continue with their commitment to identifying in the Puerto Rican community residing in the city of the winds more resources and funds that can continue to support this cause and raise the residents of the said town.

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

Michael D. Nieves One of Brooklyn’s 50 Most Influential

HITN Television’s C.E.O. Named One of Brooklyn’s 50 Most Influential

By HITN

A special edition of City & State magazine unveils its Brooklyn Power 50 List 

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the largest non-commercial, Spanish language television network that reaches more than 44 million households in the United States, today announced from its headquarters in Brooklyn NY, that Michael D. Nieves, the network’s president and CEO, has been named one of the 50 most influential people in Brooklyn by City & State magazine. The award was presented at a private reception on August 2nd, at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott Hotel in New York City.

This special issue of City & State magazine titled, The Brooklyn Power 50, was created to showcase the accomplishments of executives and other prominent figures and key players in the borough within the world of New York government and politics. Their editors reached out to insiders and experts in New York City politics to compile this list, ranking each person based on their accomplishments, sway in political policy matters, and philanthropic efforts. Mr. Nieves was included in the list for his contributions to city government and for his role at HITN.

Mr. Nieves came to HITN with a distinguished career in government and political consulting.  For over 25 years, Mr. Nieves has helped build the political landscape in New York by serving as a strategic and policy advisor and consultant to numerous elected officials and campaigns across New York City and New York State. Campaigns have included the elections of state and city representatives, borough presidents, members of Congress, and judicial candidates.  Among those Mr. Nieves served are Assemblyman and former Bronx Democratic leader José Rivera, Majority Leader Joel Rivera, Assemblyman Nelson Denis, former Congressman Charles Rangel, and Transit Workers Union Local 100.

Since taking the role of president and CEO of HITN, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Mr. Nieves has pushed the boundaries of the channel’s commitment to provide its viewers with educational and entertaining content by working with some of the most important producers in the world from BBC, Discovery, NatGeo, and CNET to create a carefully curated list of programs for its viewers.  Under his stewardship, HITN has added 10 million new households to its viewing audience to now reach more than 44 million households nationwide. HITN has even received three Emmy nominations in 2016 – its first time since HITN’s inception in 1981. In recent years, HITN has opened offices in Miami, reopened its office in Puerto Rico, and started expansion of its office in Washington, D.C. and its Brooklyn headquarters which will include an additional 25,000 square feet of interior space and 15,000 square feet of rooftop studio space.

Aside from being raised in Bushwick, being included to City & State’s Brooklyn Power 50 list has an important significance for me since all the recipients are helping to push Brooklyn forward,” remarked Michael D. Nieves, HITN’s president and CEO. “A lot can happen in a decade but the transformation Brooklyn has experienced these past few years could only have been possible by a group of people who know how to embrace change and use it to make Brooklyn even better. This award makes me even more proud to tell people I’m from Brooklyn.

Mr. Nieves community involvements include the boards of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture in Chicago, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, SOMOS New York, New York City Public Schools Community School Board #32, and the New York Puerto Rican Day Parade. Mr. Nieves was listed as an honoree of City and State’s 50 over Fifty and was awarded “Hero of the Month” by Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams for his relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Also, he was recognized as one of City and State’s 100 Responsible Corporate Social Responsibility figures.  He and his family are active members of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, NY.

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

Solar Lamps to Families in Puerto Rico

HITN & Hispanic Federation Deliver Solar Lamps to Families in Puerto Rico

By HITN
From left to right (front): Javier Jiménez (Alcalde San Sebastián), Keila Fontánez (Hispanic Federation), Josean Santiago (Alcalde Comerio), Julia Nazario (Alcaldesa Loíza), Lcdo. José Hernández (HITN) (Back):Luis Javier Hernádez (Alcalde Villalba), Ernesto Irizarry (Alcalde Utuado), Dr. Rafael Batista (Presidente de WIPR), Carmen Maldonado (Alcaldesa Morovis)

18,000 solar-powered lamps will help families still struggling with power outages

San Juan, PR– Today 18,000 solar panel lamps were distributed to families in fourteen municipalities in Puerto Rico still struggling with power outages. The municipalities in attendance were: Barranquitas, Bayamón, Comerío, Dorado, Las Marías, Loíza, Morovis, San Lorenzo, San Sebastián, Ponce, Utuado, Villalba, Vega Alta, Vega Baja. HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the nation, coordinated this distribution of solar lamps, which were provided by Hispanic Federation, the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization, with a focus to support Hispanic families and strengthen non-profits through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement and economic empowerment.

Last year’s devastating hurricane season left Puerto Rico in complete darkness due to sweeping power outages that lasted months before authorities restored electricity on the island. This year’s hurricane season is again proving to be a challenge. During the early weeks of April, a blackout swept the island after a single tree fell on a power line in the southeastern town of Cayey and knocked out power for 840,000 people across Puerto Rico. And a week later, an excavator hit a transmission line, which again severed power – this time for 1.4 million people. Although authorities are working hard to prevent any further power outages, people living in Puerto Rico are expressing concerns over the possibility of additional blackouts.

Since Hurricane Maria struck last year, Puerto Rico has struggled with blackouts. And if the start of this year’s hurricane season is any indication of what to expect, the people on the island are going to need a backup plan if there is an emergency such as more power outages. Addressing this issue is one of the critical steps in Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts and using solar-powered lamps as an alternative source of light is a smart and simple solution,” explained Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN who has also engaged in a variety of other hurricane relief efforts such as purchasing and installing water filters in schools, daycare centers, and cancer treatment centers located in Vieques.

Hispanic Federation President José Calderón, stated “Hispanic Federation has invested $27 million dollars through more than 70 community organizations across the island that have stepped up to lead the charge and build a more resilient and sustainable Puerto Rico. Together with our local partners, we have been distributing solar lamps to vulnerable communities, and we are grateful to be working with HITN to reach thousands of more families today.

WIPR President, Rafael Batista Cruz, expressed, “we really appreciate HITN and Hispanic Federation initiative. WIPR is an educational tool for Puerto Rico in any circumstances. For that reason, we are pleased that WIPR serves as a distribution center for these solar lamps. We are convinced that they will be very useful for the people in our communities and will be part of their emergency kits”.

After Hurricane Maria, Hispanic Federation was among the first organizations to provide emergency assistance including the distribution of over 7 million pounds of food, water, and other critical supplies in all 78 municipalities. Thus far, Hispanic Federation has committed $27 million dollars to over 70 local groups leading initiatives in agriculture, renewable energy, housing, environment, small business and workforce development, health, education and the arts. Hispanic Federation has distributed over 50 thousand solar lamps and intends to distribute 60 thousand more.

HITN managed the distribution efforts of these 18 thousand lamps by coordinating with representatives from each of fourteen municipalities to collect their allotment of 1500 lamps at the studios of WIPR, Puerto Rico’s public broadcasting corporation. The light and sleek design of the solar lamps boost a lithium polymer battery for 8-12 hours of performance. And with its innovative open and close twist action, this solar lamp is compact enough for easy storage, while also serving as a handy tool in case of emergency such as a blackout.

ABOUT HISPANIC FEDERATION

The mission of the Hispanic Federation is to empower and advance the Hispanic community. The Hispanic Federation provides grants and services to a broad network of Latino non-profit agencies serving the most vulnerable members of the Hispanic community and advocates nationally with respect to the vital issues of education, health, immigration, economic empowerment, civic engagement and the environment. For more information, please visit www.hispanicfederation.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

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