Carla Morrison to Take Part in Special Panel at This Year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference

Carla Morrison is opening up about being creative while in quarantime…

The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) has announced the panelists and performers for their 2021 virtual event, including the 34-year-old Mexican singer and composer.

Carla Morrison

Morrison is scheduled to appear in a panel entitled “The Creative Process in Pandemic Times.” She’ll appear alongside Guaynaa, Eduardo Cabra, Alizzz, Aureo Baqueiro and Universal Music Latin‘s Aldo González.

 

For the second edition of its “Wonder Women of Latin Music” event, this year’s honorees and panelists include Sony Music‘s Maria Fernández, ASCAP‘s Gabriela González, Universal Music Spain‘s Alicia Arauzo, YouTube‘s Sandra Jimenez, Warner Music Latin‘s Gabriela Martinez and The Orchard‘s Laura Tesoriero.

Other panels include “Afro-Latino!” The panel includes producer Sergio George and artists Mabiland, Fidel Nadal, Carlos Alomar, La Dame Blanche and Akapellah.

The touring panel will focus on the topic of “Post Pandemic Touring” with CMN‘s Henry Cardenas, OCESA‘s Andrés Sánchez, WME‘s Richard Lom, Seitrack‘s Javier Montemayor, PopArt Music‘s Diego Sáenz and Electric Feel Entertainment‘s Austin Barmak. Other panels set to take place are “Publishing and Opportunities,” “Rompan Todo Y Ahora Qué?,” “Streaming Strategies,” “Digital Marketing and Promotions” and “Exploring Alternative Revenue Sources.”

Showcasing performers for this year include Vanessa Zamora, Silvana Estrada, Los Master Plus, KHEA, YENDRY, Niña Dioz, among many others.

Like last year, the 22nd annual LAMC will offer free registration for panels, workshops and showcases. For the latest on the LAMC’s schedule and to register, click here.

Wisin Launches Own Record Label, La Base Music

Wisin is set to help new Latin artists… 

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton rapper, singer and record producer, one half of the Wisin & Yandel, has launched his own record label, La Base Music, in an effort to support up-and-coming Latin talent.

Wisin

Wisin says he was inspired to become a resource for young talent and help foster their careers following his stints as a coach on reality television shows La Voz and La Banda.

“There is so much talent out on the streets and there are artists who don’t have the tools to achieve great things or don’t have any direction in their career,” says Wisin. “It was just a matter of time for me to do something like this and I have been working on creating a top-level studio that can compete with any other studio around the world.”

Headquartered in Wisin’s native Puerto Rico, La Base Music launches with new signees Chris Andrew and Abdiel Larralde, who will soon release new music under the label.

“Our new artists have potential and the hunger to grow,” adds Wisin. “That’s the most important thing for us here at La Base. Attitude is everything. I’m looking for people who want to grow but also listen. We are here with the intention of making good music. And it’s not just new artists we are collaborating with. We actually just finished Ozuna‘salbum at La Base and we’re almost done with Wisin & Yandel’sforthcoming album.”

La Base Music’s resident engineer and award-winning producers include Hyde Quimico and Los Legendarios who have worked with Latin superstars like Daddy Yankee, Ozuna and Reik.

Although La Base Music will be distributed by The Orchard via WK RecordsWalter Kolm‘s recently-launched imprint (Kolm’s WK Entertainment manages Wisin), all artistic decisions will be taken independently.

“All the decisions and everything that has to do with our artists, I will be in charge of that,” Wisin explains.

Wisin says he doesn’t take this new venture lightly as it comes with great responsibility. “I’m grateful that life has given me the opportunity to become a resource for artists who maybe in three or four years will be great musicians. It’s very fulfilling and it makes me proud that I can still contribute to music in that way.

Carlos Vives’ Label Partners with Sony & The Orchard to Launch Three New Artists

Carlos Vives is expanding his efforts to help the next generation of Colombian artists and musicians…

Carlos Vives

The 58-year-old Colombian singer, who launched his own record label—Gaira Local Music—in the early 1990s to support emerging talent from his country and put all aspects of Colombian music on the radar, has now partnered with Sony Musicand The Orchard, which specializes in media distribution, marketing and sales, to present three new artists signed under the label: Pacific BrodersDistrito Especial, and Esteban Nieto.

“Gaira Musica Local has been avant-garde and has been in the genesis of the new Colombian sounds. We have a history that reflects our identity and that is why today we want to deliver the brand with new proposals,” Vives said in an official statement. “We started with Pacific Broders, Distrito Especial, and Esteban Nieto because they represent part of our identity, they go from the Pacific, through national rock to the Caribbean with the tropical and vallenato.”

Marking each artist’s first single, the three tracks were recorded at the GML Studiosin Colombia. 

Distrito Especial

Esteban Nieto

Pacific Broders

Gaira Local Music was born in 1993 with the release of Vives’ Clásicos de La Provincia album.

Jenni Rivera Enterprises Agrees to Worldwide Distribution Deal with Sony Music Latin & The Orchard

The music of the late Jenni Rivera has a new home…

Jenni Rivera Enterprises has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Sony Music Latin and The Orchard to cover the late singer’s catalog.

Jenni Rivera

Rivera, a legend of Regional Mexican music through her career, died in a plane crash in December 2012, at the age of 43.

“In Sony Music Latin and The Orchard, we found exceptional partners for the next era of Jenni’s music,” said Jenni Rivera Enterprises CEO and Rivera’s sister, Rosie Rivera, in a statement. “Her music meant everything to her, and still does to so many people. Our commitment and highest responsibility is to maintain its integrity and impact. The Orchard and Sony Music Latin feel the exact same way.”

Between 1999 and 2012, Rivera released 12 studio albums and four live albums, five of which reached the top two slots on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart.

After her death, her popularity grew exponentially; two compilation albums and four additional live albums that were released in the four years following her passing all reached No. 1 on the Top Albums chart as well.

“Jenni Rivera’s contributions to the Regional Mexican genre are unparalleled,” The Orchard COO Colleen Theis said in a statement. “We are honored and excited to team up with Sony Music Latin and Jenni Rivera Enterprises to leverage our global network and bring her music to the world in a new way.”

As part of the deal, a “multi-tiered global marketing campaign” will be rolled out in order to push Rivera’s music and give it a new shine, according to a press release accompanying the announcement. Her music and catalog was previously distributed by Universal/Fonovisa, though, unusually, she had retained control of her masters throughout her career.

“We’re humbled and honored to be able to work alongside Rosie and [brother] Juan Rivera on Jenni’s legacy,” Sony Music U.S. Latin president Nir Seroussi said in a statement. “It’s an opportunity for her music to reach new audiences and for us to pay homage to a generation-defining superstar. She’s going to continue making history.”

Ciro Guerra’s “Birds of Passage” Selected as Colombia’s Official Entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar Race

Ciro Guerra is hoping for Oscar passage again…  

The 37-year-oldColombian film director and screenwriter’s Birds of Passage, a sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, has been selected as Colombia’s official entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar race, according to distributor The Orchard.

Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego

The film is directed by Cristina Gallego and Guerra — the respective producer and director of 2015’s Embrace of the Serpent, the first Colombian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Birds of Passage premiered as the opening-night selection of the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Tracing the origins of the Colombian drug trade as it slowly corrupts a native Wayúu family, Birds of Passage stars Jose Acosta, Carmiña Martínez and Natalia Reyes (the upcoming Terminator reboot).

The film will screen at the Toronto Film Festival and is set for release by The Orchard on Wednesday, February 13th in New York and Los Angeles, with a national rollout to follow.

“We are incredibly humbled and honored to again be the Colombian selection for entry to the Academy Awards, especially with a film that is so personal to our country’s history and narrative,” said Gallego and Guerra. “We are very grateful to La Academia Colombiana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas, which has supported us throughout our careers. It is with great pride that we bring this film to a global audience.”

The Orchard Picks Up North American Rights to Ciro Guerra & Cristina Gallego’s “Birds of Passage”

Ciro Guerra’s latest film is migrating to the United States…

The Orchard has picked up North American rights to the 37-year-old Colombian filmmaker and screenwriter’s latest film Birds of Passage, co-directed by Cristina Gallego.

Ciro Guerra

The family saga details the impact of drug trafficking on an indigenous family and its culture starting in the 1970s.

“This film was always conceived as a theatrical experience, and there’s really no better way to appreciate it than in the cinema,” said co-directors Gallego, Guerra and producer Katrin Pors. “We are very happy that audiences will have the opportunity to see it the way it was intended, and that we have found a passionate distributor that loves and defends the art of cinema as much as we do.”

Birds of Passage swept us up immediately into an engrossing familial drama surrounded by a world bursting with stunning color and sound,” added Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP of Film and Television. “Cristina and Ciro have delivered something altogether special and unique that we are honored to be a part of.”

The company has yet to set a theatrical release for the film.

Guerra previously produced and directed Embrace of the Serpent, the first Colombian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Trailer Released for Louis C.K.’s Latest Film “I Love You, Daddy”

Louis C.K.’s latest project may be a little too timely…

“A girl that age is getting into trouble, and if she loves her daddy, that means you’re doing nothing,” says the first trailer for I Love You, Daddy, the new film from the 50-year-old Mexican American comedian, filmmaker and television creator that is likely to be looked at quite differently now than when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Louis C.K.

The potentially jarring dark comedy is directed by Louis C.K., who also stars as Glen, a successful TV writer-producer-father who panics when his 17-year-old daughter China (Chloë Grace Moretz) starts spending time with a legendary movie director (John Malkovich) — who is sixtysomething and well known for dating “really young women.”

“She is a child — she knows nothing,” Glen says of his progeny. “She’s like a Disney princess on estrogen.

Conceived in 1940s Hollywood style and resplendent in vintage black-and-white, the film also features Helen Hunt as Glen’s combative ex-wife, Better ThingsPamela Adlon as his feisty ex-girlfriend, Edie Falco as his long-suffering production partner and Charlie Day as his brash TV actor buddy Ralph.

The Orchard swooped in with a distribution deal after the film’s well-received TIFF premiere screening last month and will release I Love You, Daddy on November 17.

 

 

Campos In Talks to Direct “The Omen” Prequel

It may turn out to be a scary First for Antonio Campos

The half-Brazilian American filmmaker is in talks to direct the supernatural horror thriller The First Omen for 20th Century Fox.

Antonio Campos

It’s a prequel to The Omen, which is being planned for release some forty years after the original was first released.

Campos most recently directed the Sundance Film Festival movie Christine.

The original movie starred the great Gregory Peck as an ambassador who comes to believe that his 5-year-old son may be the living embodiment of the Antichrist.

The movie, directed by Richard Donner, was one of the biggest hits of the year and considered one of the scariest movies of the decade. It introduced Damien, the name of the son, into the pop culture lexicon, and preyed on fears of baby swapping and evil nannies.

Omen spawned two sequels and a series of novels. Fox remade the movie once before, in a 2006 iteration directed by John Moore and starring Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles.

Fox is currently airing a TV version of The Omen titled Damien, helmed by The Walking Dead‘s Glen Mazzara.

Ben Jacoby wrote the script for the prequel.

Campos is a player in the indie sphere and was a producer on movies such as Martha Marcy May Marlene. He previously directed 2012’s Simon Killer. His drama Christine starred Rebecca Hall and Michael C. Hall and premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where distribution outfit The Orchard snapped up domestic rights.