HITN New Programming Strategy

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

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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

FILM CRITICS BOOT CAMP SUMMER APPLICATIONS

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

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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

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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

Vive tu momento contest

HITN-TV Announces “Vive Tu Momento” Contest Winner

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Vive Tu Momento Contest Winner

Grand Prize is a trip for two to 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Brooklyn, NY HITN-TV, the leading Spanish-language network that delivers educational and entertaining programming to over 42 million households across the country, announced Mrs. Leticia Parra Ibarra from Waukegan, Illinois as the winner of its national Vive Tu Momento (Live Your Moment) contest. Mrs. Ibarra and her husband will attend the 2017 presidential inauguration on a 3-day trip to Washington, D.C. in January.

The contest was not a game of luck, but rather a test of knowledge since participants were challenged to utilize their grasp of the presidential election and their understanding of the Electoral College to predict which states each presidential candidate would win on Election Day. HITN-TV carefully examined hundreds of entries and in the end found one contestant to be the most politically astute: Mrs. Leticia Ibarra became the contest winner after being the first to accurately predict the voting results for 46 states.

The Vive Tu Momento contest was the final component of HITN-TV’s Tu Momento 2016 campaign, a national educational campaign aimed at educating U.S. Hispanics on the presidential election process and at increasing the Hispanic voter turnout rate.

Born in Michoacán, Mexico, the politically astute, 33-year-old Mrs. Ibarra works for a tech company in Chicago, where she lives with her husband, who together had been following the developments of the presidential election through HITN-TV’s Tu Momento 2016 segments.

Mrs. Ibarra’s interest in politics began after she and her equally-astute husband began the tradition of debating U.S. and Mexican politics during dinner. “When we started following the (2016) presidential election, I thought it might be fun to test my knowledge, but I did not think I would win [the contest],” Mrs. Ibarra said of her win.

Mrs. Ibarra’s contest win is a true testament to her inquisitive nature, as the Vive Tu Momento contest encourages participants to do their research on each state as they complete the Vive Tu Momento contest form. It was her commitment to a thorough search and a sound analysis that has earned this intelligent and diligent Latina a trip to Washington, D.C. next month.

I’m proud and I feel so blessed to go to Washington, D.C. with my husband. I would never have been given this privilege if I didn’t take a chance and do the work.

This year marks two milestones for our grand winner, as it will be the first time Mrs. Ibarra has exercised her right to vote and she will, for the first time, take a trip with her husband.

Audiences can learn more about both the Tu Momento 2016 campaign and Vive Tu Momento contest by visiting www.hitn.org, as well as by joining the conversation online on Facebook and Twitter using the handle @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

dessert recipes

There’s Always Room for Dessert at HITN-TV Pastry Chef, Amanda Laporte Brings Her Homemade Family Dessert Recipes to HITN’s Lineup

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Brooklyn, N.Y. – HITN-TV, the network that offers educational and entertaining programming to U.S. Hispanic audiences, is announcing the addition of celebrity pastry chef, food stylist, and cookbook author Amanda Laporte. Amanda’s show, Postres Caseros (Homemade Desserts) spotlights her family recipes along with her unmistakable aesthetic touch to help viewers recreate gourmet desserts, providing the dessert recipes in their very own kitchens. Episodes will start airing on November 16th, 2016.

“It’s a distinct pleasure to welcome pastry chef and renowned food stylist, Amanda Laporte to our growing lineup of health and lifestyle programming this fall,” said Eric Turpin, HITN-TV General Manager. “With the holiday season around the corner, HITN-TV is committed to offering our viewers healthy options for their holiday table, but since there’s always room for the traditional family dessert recipe, we’ve added tartas, trufas and galletas to the holiday menu with our new show, Postres Caseros. We believe it’s the perfect addition to complement our commitment to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.”

Amanda’s love of desserts and food art, coupled with a genuine connection to her Hispanic community, is one she   inherited from her mother and grandmother. This is how she has captured the interest of so many Hispanic households throughout the years. In Postres Caseros, the curious combination of her sweet tone and the simplicity of her words envelop her audience in a fluid and open conversation. HITN-TV viewers across the country will be treated to an array of homemade sweet recipes to brighten up every Hispanic dinner table this holiday season. And viewers who thought of replicating their abuelita’s traditional recipes as a daunting task will now enjoy Amanda’s culinary creativity as she turns gourmet sweets into simple, yet sophisticated delicacies. From ice cream and rice pudding, to tartas and petit fours, viewers are in for a fruitful treat.

“I’m pleased to be sharing my love for dessert-making and food styling with my fellow Hispanic community,” said Amanda Laporte, celebrity host of Postres Caseros. “Brightening up one’s holiday table is really simple. A delicious and perfect dessert is nothing more than several flavors, aromas and textures, coupled with a delicate and caring technique. It’s simple – all desserts need is a little bit of love and care.”

In addition to the culinary simplicity and practicality Amanda brings to Postres Caseros, this pastry chef delivers her food styling expertise with a delicate touch. Guests will satisfy their sweet cravings and indulge in the most succulent of desserts, fit to please the eye and the palate. Amanda offers viewers her sweet weapons, including shards of brittle and clouds of fluffy meringue to add drama, style, texture and glorious flavor. To elevate the intelligent recreation of our abuelitas’ homemade postres, Amanda’s decorating tips will be sure to take your holiday desserts to the next level.

Postres Caseros airs on November 16th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. EST/ 12:00 p.m. PST. To watch HITN-TV, please visit www.hitn.org/operadores.

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

Witnessing History

Join HITN-TV In Witnessing History

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Witnessing History With HITN Can Get  You A  Chance to Experience the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. Win a 3-Day All-Inclusive Trip to Washington, DC!

Brooklyn, NYHITN-TV, the network that provides educational and entertaining programming to over 42 million households across the country, is offering viewers a chance to experience the 2017 presidential inauguration in person. HITN-TV will be sending one contestant and a guest of their choice on a historic 2-day, all-inclusive trip to attend the 2017 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

The contest is not a game of luck, but rather a test of knowledge. Participants are challenged to utilize their grasp of the current presidential election and their understanding of the Electoral College to present an analysis of how each state will vote on election night: Tuesday, November 8th. The successful contestant will win the trip to Washington, D.C. if they can accurately predict the winner of the most states.

The contest is part of HITN-TV’s educational campaign, Tu Momento 2016 (Your Moment 2016). The campaign features a series of television segments and online vignettes designed to promote a better understanding of the presidential election process for the 27 million U.S. Hispanics who are eligible to vote. The campaign covers the important components that make up the presidential election process, while highlighting the importance of voting and being politically engaged.

We are honored to present our Hispanic audience with an opportunity to showcase their understanding of the presidential election process. As our community becomes more informed with national politics, it develops a deeper appreciation for the electoral process and are thus more likely to vote on Election Day,” explained Mike Nieves, President and CEO of HITN. “By studying the process by which a U.S. President is elected, better-informed voters are not only engaged in the political process, but they also increase their chances of winning our Tu Momento 2016 contest, which earns them a trip to Washington, DC to experience American history on an entirely new level!”

Participants can enter for a chance to win by submitting the “Vive Tu Momento” Registration Form on www.HITN.org. The submission process will take no longer than 5 minutes. HITN-TV will announce the winner on Election Day on Tuesday, November 8th during HITN-TV Live Election Night coverage.  Viewers can join the conversation online by submitting questions and comments on Facebook and Twitter using the handle @HITN.

To understand how the Electoral College Works watch this video below

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

Chef Lidia Bastianich

Chef Lidia Bastianich Joins the HITN Family

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HITN-TV is the First US Spanish-Language Network to Broadcast Bastianich’s Cooking Shows

Brooklyn, N.Y. – HITN-TV, the network that offers educational and entertaining programming to U.S. Hispanic audiences, is announcing the addition of celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich and her Emmy award-winning cooking shows, La Italia de Lidia” (Lidia in Italy) and La Italia de Lidia en América” (Lidia’s Italy in America) to its growing line-up of health and lifestyle programming. The episodes will be adapted for Spanish-language viewers and will, for the first time, be broadcasted to the U.S. Hispanic market.

We are proud to introduce our viewers to Lidia Bastianich,” said Eric Turpin, HITN-TV General Manager. “Mrs. Bastianich is one of the most cherished chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author and a renown restaurateur. Yet despite her very demanding schedule, Mrs. Bastianich still manages to prioritize her Italian family and culture. And we believe these valuable qualities – the love for her children and the pride she has for her heritage – are traits that will resonate with our Hispanic audience.

Keeping to HITN-TV’s commitment to providing educational and entertaining programming, viewers who tune in to “La Italia de Lidia en América” will learn interesting facts about the influence of the Italian culture in various facets of American culture, including food, music and art. In “La Italia de Lidia,” viewers are introduced to Italy through a series of episodes featuring local specialties from Rome, Naples, Padua, Sicily, Trieste and Istria. Throughout the program, Mrs. Bastianich’s friends and family join the food fiesta; Lidia’s daughter Tanya shares some of her Italian cooking secrets and her brother Joseph serves as Lidia’s very own wine connoisseur.

La Italia de Lidia” airs on Saturdays, at 4:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm PT Pacific, and “La Italia de Lidia en América” airs on Saturdays at 4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm PT Pacific. Please visit www.hitn.org/operadores to find out where you can watch HITN-TV.

Open your appetite for watching Lidia’s Italy in America with the following video

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-TV to Present Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 39th Annual Public Policy Conference and Awards Gala

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The Largest Latino Gala in the Country to Welcome President Obama and Secretary Clinton on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 39th Annual Public Policy Conference and Awards Gala

Brooklyn, NY – HITN-TV, the television network that offers educational programing that also entertains Hispanic audiences across the United States, will present the 39thAnnual Public Policy Conference and Awards Gala of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). The event, which is the largest Hispanic gala in the county, will welcome President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton as its special guests.

CHCI’s Annual Awards Gala is the signature event in its Hispanic Heritage Month list of events. The gala will also present CHCI’s highest honors – The CHCI Medallion of Excellence award – to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of two Latino leaders who have kept the promise to their communities through their extraordinary efforts:

Cheech Marin – Medallion of Excellence in the Arts, Entertainment

Anna Maria Chavez – American Dream Medallion of Excellence in Education

HITN will air re-caps of the CHCI 2016 Public Policy Conference coverage during primetime programming starting on Tuesday, September 13th through Thursday, September 15th. To conclude the coverage of the event HITN will air a one-hour special of CHCI Public Conference on Sunday, September 18th at 8pm / ET with an encore airing at 11pm / ET.

WHAT: HITN-TV to present the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 39th Annual Public Policy Conference and Awards Gala

WHEN:  Sunday, September 18th at 8pm / ET

WHO: President Obama, Secretary Clinton and  Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

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 NatGeo and Fox Partnership

HITN-TV Partners with Nat Geo and Fox to Bring New Programming in September

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Acquisitions of New Content will Expand HITN’s New Programming StrategyHITN NatGeo and Fox Partnership

Brooklyn, NY – HITN-TV, the television network that offers educational programing that also and entertains Hispanic audiences across the United States, is announcing today a content agreement with NatGeo and Fox Networks Group to acquire new programming. These latest acquisitions will start to air the week of September 5th, 2016.

The new programing will include a series by the popular dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. In Cesar Millan’s Leader of the Pack, the popular dog trainer searches for the perfect candidates to adopt rescued dogs. In Cesar to the Rescue, Millan goes into neighborhoods terrorized by misbehaving dogs, and by using his unmatched ‘dog whispering’ skills, he brings balance to dogs and humans alike.

“These new programs are important additions to HITN-TV’s programming,” said Eric Turpin, HITN-TV’s General Manager. “They include factual productions, featuring a number of new titles that are part of our ongoing programming strategy to provide exciting and fresh new content that continues to grow our audience in 2016.

Also premiering on HITN-TV in September is Dr. Vet, L.A., which features three of LA’s best-known Hispanic veterinary physicians, solving complicated cases and offering tips for animal safety and human-pet relations.

As one of HITN-TV’s strongest content line-up so far, we are planning to push these new shows hard; I believe the new programming for September has the potential to be a big hit among our audience,” said Florentina Almonte, Programming Director of HITN-TV.

The fall lineup will also includes two new programs: Aquiles in Houston, the adventures of Chef Aquiles Chaves and his family as they move to the U.S. to open a Mexican restaurant; and Nuestra Mirada (Our Look), a four-part special profiling Hispanic immigrants struggling to succeed in the United States, narrated by journalist and producer, Rolando Nichols.

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

Young Film Critics

New York City’s First Boot Camp for Young Film Critics Makes it to Prime Time

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Sandy Kenyon, ABC Entertainment Reporter and movie critic visits the camp for young film critics!

Brooklyn, NY – For the second consecutive year, the HITN-TV / KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp has graduated another class of future movie critics. And in the coming months, many of these new graduates will start critiquing major motion pictures – but they’ll have to finish their homework first since these up-and-coming film reviewers are all school-age!

In early August, a group of young participants were invited to the studios of HITN-TV – which are located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard – to learn the art of writing and videotaping their film reviews, to develop critical thinking skills and to practice on-camera interview skills. 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 PG-13 and younger. These young film critics – ages 8 to 18 – and their reviews are seen, read or listened to by more than 7 million people every month.

The weeklong camp is designed and administered by KIDS FIRST!, the developer of the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics program. Many of the campers this year were awarded a scholarship by HITN-TV to cover the full cost participating in the camp. At the completion of the Boot Camp, participants will have developed their critical writing skills, learned advanced communications skills and explored media as a career option. The Film Critics Boot Camp is a first of its kind in New York City and is the result of partnership between HITN-TV and KIDS FIRST!.

After a successful inaugural year, the HITN-TV / KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp added a second week-long camp designed for youth who have already participated as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic or have extensive media experience. As part of the camp activities, the students meet with special guests from the entertainment industry including actors, film critics and producers. This year Sandy Kenyon, the venerable Entertainment Reporter and movie critic for ABC Eyewitness News in New York City visited the camp. Mr. Kenyon spoke to the group about entertainment reporting and offered tips such as the importance of not becoming friends with famous celebrities since that makes its harder to later critique their role in a film. Mr. Kenyon also graciously invited the group to tour ABC Studios in Manhattan and to appear on-air as guest film critics the same day he reviewed the amazing reboot of Disney’s cherished family film, Pete’s Dragon.

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