Jayro Bustamante Wins Venice Days Director Award for “La Llorona”

Jayro Bustamante is celebrating a big win…

The Guatamalan director’s genocide revenge drama La Llorona, set during the 1960s civil war in his country, has won the Venice Days Director Award, the top nod in Venice’s independently run section.

Jayro Bustamante

This is the second feature by Bustamante, who put Guatemalan cinema on the map with his debut, Ixcanul

The film takes its cue from the acquittal of a former Guatemalan general whose initial sentence is overturned on a procedural pretext. This unleashes a vengeful supernatural spirit upon his household.

La Llorona

Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz presided over the jury formed by 28 young European movie buffs. They praised the film for being “an intimate ghost story told through a vivid female character.”

The award comes with a cash prize of $22,000, which is split equally between the director and the film’s international distributor, in this case Film Factory Entertainment.

Marta Nieto Wins Horizons Best Actress Prize at the Venice Film Festival

Marta Nieto has expanded her Horizons

The 76th Venice Film Festival has drawn to a close, with the 37-year-old Spanish actress taking home one of the night’s prizes.

Marta Nieto

Nieto was named Best Actress in the Horizons competition for her performance in Madre, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

Theo Court was named Best Director in the Horizons competition.

The Chilean Spanish director won the prize for helming the film Blanco en Blanco.

Here’s a look at this year’s winners at the Venice Film Festival:

VENICE 76

Golden Lion:Joker; dir: Todd Phillips
Grand Jury Prize:An Officer And A Spy: dir: Roman Polanski
Silver Lion, Best Director:Roy Andersson; About Endlessness
Volpi Cup, Best Actress:Ariane Ascaride; Gloria Mundi
Volpi Cup, Best Actor:Luca Marinelli, Martin Eden
Best Screenplay:Yonfan; No. 7 Cherry Lane
Special Jury Prize:La Mafia Non E Più Quello Di Una Volta; dir: Franco Maresco
Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress:Toby Wallace, Babyteeth

HORIZONS

Best Film:Atlantis; dir: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Best Director:Theo Court; Blanco En Blanco
Special Jury Prize:Verdict; dir: Raymund Ribay Guttierez
Best Actress: Marta Nieto; Madre
Best Actor: Sami Bouajila; A Son
Best Screenplay: Jessica Palud, Revenir
Best Short Film:Darling; dir: Saim Sadiq

LION OF THE FUTURE — LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM:You Will Die At 20; dir: Amjad Abu Alala

VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY

Best VR:The Key; dir: Céline Tricart
Best VR Experience:A Linha; dir: Ricardo Laganaro
Best VR Story: Daughters Of Chibok; dir: Joel Kachi Benson

VENICE CLASSICS

Best Documentary on Cinema: Babenco; dir: Barbara Paz
Best Restoration: Ecstasy; Gustav Machaty

Kany Garcia to Be Honored at This Year’s La Musa Awards

Kany Garcia is seriously A-Muse-d!

The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its honorees for the 2019 La Musa Awards, with the 26-year-oldPuerto Rican singer and songwriter making the list.

Kany Garcia

Garcia, a three-time Latin Grammy winner, will be awarded the Elena Casals La Musa Award.

Garcia has penned all the songs for her albums. And she’s also written songs for other artists like Ha*AshEdnita NazarioPedro CapóFabiola and Chayanne.

José José, referred to as El Príncipe de la Canción, will receive the Living Legend Award, The 71-year-old Mexican crooner, who began his musical career in his early teens, has released more than 30 albums, his last Tenampa in 2001. 

Jesús López, chairman & CEO for Universal Music Latin Americaand the Iberian Peninsula, will receive the Desi Arnaz Pioneer Award, while music executive Nestor Casonuwill be honored with the Ralph S. Peer Publisher Award

Additional honorees will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

In addition to unveiling the first wave of honorees, LSHOF has also announced that Spotify is returning as the official title sponsor of the awards ceremony. According to an official statement, the “continuing partnership aligns with Spotify’s unparalleled commitment to supporting and highlighting Latin music and songwriters on its global platform.”

In May, Ivy QueenWillie ColónMichael SullivanChico Novarro, and Armando Larrinaga were announced as the five songwriters who will be inducted at the prestigious hall this year. 

The 2019 group of inductees, which were selected by the general public from a previously announced list of 24 nominated songwriters and composers, is comprised of some of the greatest performers, lyricists, and musicians in Latin music today.

The 2019 honorees will be officially inducted at the seventh annual La Musa Awards ceremony and gala, taking place October 24 at the James L. Knight Centerin Miami.

Tickets for the 7th annual La Musa Awards are now on sale via Ticketmaster.com.

“A Febre” Star Regis Myrupu Wins Best Actor Prize at Locarno Film Festival in Acting Debut

Regis Myrupu is making a memorable debut…

The Brazilian actor was named Best Actor at this year’s Locarno Film Festival for his beautifully understated performance as a security guard at Manaus Harbor in Brazilian filmmaker Maya Da-Rin’s The Fever.

A Febre Maya Da-Rin

“I never thought this would happen,” said Myrupu of his win for his performance in the film, which earned Da-Rin the FIPRESCI Prize.

Carlos Lenintook home the Peace Hotel Award for his film La Paloma y El Lobo. The 36-year-old Mexican filmmaker’s earned the award for his “future promise in world cinema.”

The international jury was headed by French filmmaker and novelist Catherine Breillat.

TheGolden Leopard, the Locarno Film Festival’s top honor, went to Portuguese directorPedro Costa, for his latest feature Vitalina Varelawhich had its world premiere in the Swiss festival’s international competition.

The 2020 Locarno Film Festival will be from August 5-15.

This year’s winners are below:

International competition

Golden Leopard: Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa, Portugal
Special Jury Prize: Pa-Go (Height Of The Wave) by Park Jung-Bum, South Korea
Leopard For Best Direction: Damien Manivel for Les Enfants D’isadora, France/South Korea
Leopard For Best Actress: Vitalina Varela for Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa, Portugal
Leopard For Best Actor: Regis Myrupu for A Febre by Maya Da-Rin, Brazil/France/Germany
Special Mentions: Hiruk-Pikuk Si Al-Kisah (The Science Of Fictions) by Yosep Anggi Noen, Indonesia/Malaysia/France, Maternal by Maura Delpero, Italy/Argentina

Filmmakers Of The Present Competition

Cineasti Del Presente Golden Leopard: Baamum Nafi (Nafi’s Father) by Mamadou Dia, Senegal
Best Emerging Director Award: 143 Rue Du Désert by Hassen Ferhani, Algeria/France/Qatar
Special Jury Prize: Ivana Cea Groaznica (Ivana The Terrible) by Ivana Mladenović, Romania/Serbia
Special Mention: Here For Life by Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Adrian Jackson, United Kingdom

Moving Ahead

Moving Ahead Award: The Giverny Document (Single Channel) by Ja’tovia M. Gary, Usa/France
Special Mentions: Those That, At A Distance, Resemble Another by Jessica Sarah Rinland, United Kingdom/Argentina/Spain, Shān Zhī Běi (Osmosis) by Zhou Tao.

First Feature

First Feature Award: Baamum Nafi (Nafi’s Father) by Mamadou Dia, Senegal
Peace Hotel Award: La Paloma Y El Lobo (The Dove And The Wolf) by Carlos Lenin, Mexico
Special Mentions: Instinct by Halina Reijn, Netherlands, Fi Al-Thawra (During Revolution) by Maya Khoury, Syria/Sweden

Leopards Of Tomorrow – International Competition

Pardino D’oro For The Best International Short Film: Siyah Güneş (Black Sun) by Arda Çiltepe, Turkey/Germany (Locarno Short Film Nominee For The European Film Awards 2019)
Pardino D’argento: Umbilical by Danski Tang, Usa
Pardi Di Domani Best Direction Prize: Otpusk (Leave Of Absence) by Anton Sazonov, Russia
Premio Medien Patent Verwaltung Ag Prize: White Afro by Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana/USA

Leopards Of Tomorrow – National Competition

Pardino D’oro For The Best Swiss Short Film: Mama Rosa by Dejan Barac, Switzerland
Pardino D’argento Swiss Life: Tempête Silencieuse by Anaïs Moog, Switzerland
Best Swiss Newcomer Prize: Terminal by Kim Allamand, Switzerland
Piazza Grande Award: Instinct by Halina Reijn, Netherlands

Other awards

Ecumenical Jury Prize: Maternal by Maura Delpero, Italy/Argenti
Special Mention: Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa, Portugal
FIPRESCI Prize: A Febre by Maya Da-Rin, Brazil/France/Germany
Europa Cinemas Label: Maternal by Maura Delpero, Italy/Argentina

Mj Rodriguez Wins Best Actress – Television Prize at the Imagen Awards

Mj Rodriguez is celebrating her Imagen

This year’s Imagen Awards were doled out over the weekend, with the 28-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress taking home one of the night’s awards.

MJ Rodriguez

Rodriguez was named Best Actress – Television for her role as Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista on the FX groundbreaking television drama Pose, which was named Best Primetime Program – Drama alongside CBS’ Magnum P.I.

Pose, created by Ryan MurphyBrad Falchuk and Afro-Latino television writer/producer Steven Canals, features the largest cast of transgender actors to be starring as series regulars in a scripted show. In addition to Rodriguez, the series also stars 23-year-old Dominican actor Angel Bismark Curiel.

Anthony Ramos won the Best Actor – Feature Film prize for his role in Monsters and Men, which was named Best Feature Film, while Isabela Moner was namedBest Actress – Feature Film for her role inInstant Family.

Jon Seda was named Best Actor – Television for his role in Chicago P.D., while Wilmer Valderrama was named Best Supporting Actor – Television
for his role on NCIS.

Rita Moreno was named Best Supporting Actress – Television
for One Day at a Time, while Anthony Gonzalez was named Best Young Actor – Television for HBO’s  Icebox.

Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the Imagen Awards were established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in media. The winners were judged and selected in 18 categories by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latinx community leaders.

The Imagen Foundation also honored Chairman of Endemol Shine Americasand CEO of Endemol Shine North America’s Cris Abregowith the prestigious Imagen President’s Awardand Luisa Leschinwith the Norman Lear Writer’s Award.

The complete list of winners can be read below.

Best Feature Film
Monsters and Men (NEON/Moviepass Films)

Best Director
Reinaldo Marcus Green, Monsters and Men (NEON/Moviepass Films)

Best Actor – Feature Film
Anthony Ramos, Monsters and Men (NEON/Moviepass Films)

Best Actress – Feature Film
Isabela Moner, Instant Family (Paramount Pictures)

Best Primetime Program – Drama (TIE)
Magnum P.I. (CBS; CBS Television Studios, Universal Television, Perfect Storm Entertainment, Davis Entertainment, 101st Street Productions)
Pose (FX Networks; Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)

Best Primetime Program – Comedy
One Day at a Time (Netflix; Sony Pictures Television for Netflix)

Best Primetime Program – Specials, Movies & Limited Series
Icebox (HBO; HBO Films in association with Gracie Films and Endeavor Content)

Best Actor – Television 
Jon Seda, Chicago P.D. (NBC; Wolf Entertainment in association with Universal Television)

Best Actress – Television
Mj Rodriguez, Pose (FX Networks; Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions)

Best Supporting Actor – Television
Wilmer Valderrama, NCIS (CBS; CBS Television Studios)

Best Supporting Actress – Television
Rita Moreno, One Day at a Time (Netflix; Sony Pictures Television for Netflix)

Best Young Actor – Television
Anthony Gonzalez, Icebox (HBO; HBO Films in association with Gracie Films and Endeavor Content)

Best Variety or Reality Show
Hip-Hop Houdini (Fuse; 7Beyond)

Best Children’s Programming
The Loud House (Nickelodeon)

Best Documentary – Great Performances
John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway (PBS; NGL Studios & Diamante Content Production in association with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET & Latino Public Broadcasting)

Best Informational Program
Breaking Big (PBS; Ozy Media)

Best Short-Form Non-Fiction Program
SC Featured – A Dreamer’s Path (ESPN Deportes)

Best On-Air Advertising
Sexism (Orci)

CNCO Wins Two Surfboards at This Year’s Teen Choice Awards

American teens have spoken… And, they’ve expressed their love for CNCO

The 2019 Teen Choice Awards were handed out over the weekend, with the Latin American boy band taking home two of the coveted trophy surfboards. 

CNCO

CNCO was named Choice Latin Artist, beating out the likes of Bad BunnyJ BalvinBecky GDaddy Yankee and Maluma. It’s the band’s third consecutive win in the category.

Additionally, the band took home the prize for Choice Latin Song for their hit single“Pretend,” which they performed during the awards show. 

Noah Centineo picked up his first-ever Teen Choice Awards…

The 23-year-old part-Puerto Rican actor, who had previously earned a nod in the television categories for his role on Freeform’s The Fosters, was named Choice Comedy Movie Actor for his performance in Netflix’s The Perfect DateHe was also named Choice Social Star.

Lauren Jauregui continues her winning ways… 

The 23-year-old Cuban American singer and former Fifth Harmony member, a two-time winner last year, won the award for Choice Song: Female Artist for her debut solo single “Expectations.”

Cardi B is still the teen’s Queen of R&B and Hip-Hop…

The 26-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar was named Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist for the second year in a row.

Camila Cabellois having a great summer…

The 22-year-old Cuban and Mexican singer took home the surfboard for Choice Summer Song for her insta-hit single with Shawn Mendes, “Señorita.” It’s her eight Teen Choice Award as a solo artist. She’d previously won 10 TCAsas a member of Fifth Harmony.

Jaime Camil is ending his scene-stealing run on Jane the Virgin with a bang…

The 46-year-old Mexican actor/singer was named Choice Comedy TV Actor
for his role as Rogelio De La Vegaon the CW series. It’s his second consecutive win in the category for his beloved role.

More than 55 million votes from teens came in to support their favorite teen icons in film, television, music, sports, fashion, comedy and the web. 

Hosted by Lucy Hale andDavid Dobrik, the ceremony aired live on Fox from Hermosa Beach, California.

Here’s the full list of winners:

MOVIES

Choice Action Movie
“Avengers: Endgame”

Choice Action Movie Actor
Robert Downey Jr. – “Avengers: Endgame”

Choice Action Movie Actress
Scarlett Johansson – “Avengers: Endgame”

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie
“Aladdin”

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor
Will Smith – “Aladdin”

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress
Naomi Scott – “Aladdin”

Choice Drama Movie
“After”

Choice Drama Movie Actor
Hero Fiennes Tiffin – “After”

Choice Drama Movie Actress
Josephine Langford – “After”

Choice Comedy Movie
“Crazy Rich Asians”

Choice Comedy Movie Actor
Noah Centineo – “The Perfect Date”

Choice Comedy Movie Actress
Laura Marano – “The Perfect Date”

Choice Movie Villain
Josh Brolin – “Avengers: Endgame”

Choice Summer Movie
“Spider-Man: Far From Home”

Choice Summer Movie Actor
Tom Holland – “Spider-Man: Far From Home”

Choice Summer Movie Actress
Zendaya – “Spider-Man: Far From Home”

TELEVISION

Choice Drama TV Show
“Riverdale”

Choice Drama TV Actor
Cole Sprouse – “Riverdale”

Choice Drama TV Actress
Lili Reinhart – “Riverdale”

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
“Shadowhunters”

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Jared Padalecki – “Supernatural”

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Katherine McNamara – “Shadowhunters”

Choice Action TV Show
“MacGyver”

Choice Action TV Actor
Stephen Amell – “Arrow”

Choice Action TV Actress
Gabrielle Union – “L.A.’s Finest”

Choice Comedy TV Show
“The Big Bang Theory”

Choice Comedy TV Actor
Jaime Camil – “Jane the Virgin”

Choice Comedy TV Actress
Nina Dobrev – “Fam”

Choice TV Villain
Cameron Monaghan – “Gotham”

Choice Reality TV Show
“America’s Got Talent”

Choice Throwback TV Show
“Friends”

Choice Summer TV Show
“Stranger Things”

Choice Summer TV Actor
Noah Schnapp – “Stranger Things”

Choice Summer TV Actress
Millie Bobby Brown – “Stranger Things”

MUSIC

Choice Male Artist
Shawn Mendes

Choice Female Artist
Billie Eilish

Choice Music Group
Why Don’t We

Choice Country Artist
Dan + Shay

Choice Latin Artist
CNCO

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Cardi B

Choice Rock Artist
Panic! At The Disco

Choice Song: Female Artist
Lauren Jauregui – “Expectations”

Choice Song: Male Artist
Louis Tomlinson – “Two of Us”

Choice Song: Group
BLACKPINK – “DDU-DU DDU-DU”

Choice Pop Song
Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”

Choice Country Song
Dan + Shay – “Speechless”

Choice Electronic/Dance Song
Ellie Goulding, Diplo, & Red Velvet – “Close to Me (Red Velvet Remix)”

Choice Latin Song
CNCO – “Pretend”

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road [Remix]”

Choice Rock Song
Panic! At The Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”

Choice Breakout Artist
Billie Eilish

Choice International Artist
BTS

Choice Collaboration
BTS (feat. Halsey) – “Boy With Luv”

Choice Summer Song
“Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

Choice Summer Female Artist
Halsey

Choice Summer Male Artist
Shawn Mendes

Choice Summer Group
Jonas Brothers

Choice Summer Tour
BTS – “BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour”

Choice Song From A Movie
“A Whole New World” (End Title) (from “Aladdin”) – ZAYN & Zhavia Ward

Choice Ship
Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse – “Riverdale”

Choice Comedian
Ethan & Grayson Dolan

Choice Male Athlete
Stephen Curry

Choice Female Athlete
Serena Williams

DIGITAL

Choice Female Web Star
Emma Chamberlain

Choice Male Web Star
David Dobrik

Choice Comedy Web Star
The Dolan Twins

Choice Social Star
Noah Centineo

Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star
Hannah Meloche

Choice Gamer
PewDiePie

Choice YouTuber
Sam and Colby

Choice Fandom
#BTSARMY

Choice Music Web Star
Annie LeBlanc

Teen Choice Take Note Award – Presented by Crayola
Kayva Kopparapu
Sebastian and Brandon Martinez
Marsai Martin
Leon “Kida” Burns (Kida the Great)
Celai West
Braxton Moral
Mari Copeny
Logan Guleff

Guillermo del Toro Receives Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Guillermo del Toro is a star… And he has the hardware to prove it!

The 54-year-old Oscar-winning filmmaker saw his star unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fameon Tuesday. 

Guillermo del Toro

The ceremony took place just a few days before the release of the latest film he’s written and produced, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

At the ceremony del Toro told the large crowd of fans to always celebrate their “weirdness.” He remembered coming to Hollywood as a young man and admiring the stars of Boris KarloffLon Chaney and Alfred Hitchcock.


“What I felt with those stars is there were people who were as weird as me and they were here. And it gave me hope,” said del Toro. “This star is for you, all of you who that feel weird.”

Fellow filmmaker and longtime friend J.J. Abrams celebrated del Toro at the unveiling.

“You are a mind-bendingly, brilliant creator, a curator of the most remarkable collection of art, a man who tells stories of unlikely heroes with hearts almost as large as his own,” said Abrams.


sel Toro also spoke about being an immigrant from Mexico, and encouraged everyone to believe in the possibilities in life, not the obstacles.

“Do not believe the lies they tell about us,” said del Toro. “Believe in the stories you have inside and believe that we all can make a difference.”

del Toro is known for a number of well-known films, including Pan’s LabyrinthThe Shape of Water and Hellboyamong many others. Shape of Water earned the filmmaker two Academy Awards for best picture and best director.

de Toro’s star is the 2,669th awarded on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Imagen Foundation to Honor Luisa Leschin with Writing Honor at This Year’s Imagen Awards

Luisa Leschin has the writestuff…

The 66-year-old El Salvadoran & Guatemalan television producer, actress, and voice-over artistwill be honored with the Norman Lear Writer’s Award at the 34th Annual Imagen Awards, which will be held August 10 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Luisa Leschin

Leschin is an industry veteran who has produced shows like George LopezEverybody Hates Chrisand East Los HighShe currently is the co-executive producer of the Netflixoriginal series Mr. Iglesias starring Gabriel Iglesiasand Sherri Shepherd.

“Norman Lear is a towering legend in the entertainment industry having create some of Hollywood’s most ground-breaking sitcoms,” said Leschin. “He has inspired every writer to think beyond the norm and is someone I have always looked up to. I’m beyond honored.”

Leschin has had her hand in nearly every aspect of the entertainment industry. She began her career as a ballet dancer then turned to acting, having appeared in many iconic TV series including Beverly Hills 90210Love BoatER,QuincyFalcon CrestHill St. Blues and others. On the feature side, she has appeared in Saturday Night Fever and True Confessions.

The Norman Lear Writer’s Award honors those that have exhibited efforts towards increasing diversity within all aspects of the entertainment industry. Past recipients include Gloria Calderon KellettPeter Murrieta, John LeguizamoFred Armisenand Roberto Orci.

Linda Ronstadt Among This Year’s Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

Linda Ronstadthas another career-capping feather in her cap…

The 73-year-old half-Mexican American singer has been named a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors for her lifetime artistic achievements.

Linda Ronstadt

The Kennedy Center describes Ronstadt as “the defining voice of a generation, spanning genres, languages, and continents.”

Ronstadt has earned 10 Grammys, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Musicawards, an Emmy, and an ALMA Award. Many of her albums have been certified gold, platinum or multiplatinum in the U.S. and internationally. 

She has been awarded the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by The Latin Recording Academy and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by The Recording Academy

Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

Ronstadt joins fellow honorees television program Sesame Street, actress Sally Field, R&B band Earth, Wind & Fireand conductor and San Francisco Symphony co-founder Michael Tilson Thomas.

Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein praised this year’s honorees as “icons who, through their artistry, have left an indelible stamp on our collective cultural consciousness.”

The Kennedy Center Honors Galais set for Sunday, December 8.

The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on CBSas a two-hour primetime special set for Sunday, December 15 at 8:00 pm ET. 

If Ronstadt attends, it will mark an increasingly rare appearance by the singer, who retired in 2011, later disclosing that she has Parkinson’s disease.

The singer is the subject of a new documentary, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, set for a September theatrical release by Greenwich Entertainment and 1091, with producer CNN Films acquiring TV rights for North America.

Cris Abrego to Receive the Imagen Foundation’s President’s Award

Cris Abrego is presidential…

The Imagen Foundation has announced that the Latino television producer, writer and executivewill receive this year’s Imagen President’s Awardat the 34th Annual Imagen Awards

Cris Abrego

Abrego is the chairman of Endemol Shine Americasand CEO of Endemol Shine North America.

The Imagen Awards were established in 1985 to encourage positive portrayals of Latinos in the media.

“Cris Abrego has embraced his experiences and background which have allowed him to appreciate the value of diversity and inclusion both behind the scenes and in front of the camera,” said Helen Hernandez, president & founder of the Imagen Foundation. “He has understood the importance and the power of the U.S. Latino market and has endeavored to create and inspire content that speaks to our communities.”

Abrego oversees the North American and Latin American divisions of Endemol Shine Group.

“I am truly humbled that the Imagen Foundation has selected me for this incredible honor,” said Abrego. “Norman Lear, who founded the Imagen Awards and is a pioneer of inclusion in entertainment, is someone I have always admired and been inspired by. And the list of former recipients of the President’s Awardis filled with some of the most talented and celebrated writers, producers and actors in our industry, many of whom have helped pave the way for Latinos in Hollywood.”

The 34th Annual Imagen Awards will take place on Saturday, August 10th, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotelin Beverly Hills.