Manuel Vega Signs with CESD Talent Agency

Manuel Vega has new representation…

The Spanish actor has signed with CESD Talent Agency.

Manuel Vega

Quickly establishing himself as an actor to watch in Spanish and Latin American film and television, Vega starred in Telecinco drama Secretos de Estados, as well as MGM International Television’s hit comedy series, Herederos Por Accidente, among other projects.

Most recently, he appeared in a co-lead role in Netflix’s Spanish-language remake of Big Bad Wolves, which wrapped principal photography in March.

He also starred opposite Ron Perlman in the short film The Caddy, directed by Gabriel Beristain and executive produced by Frank Ariza.

Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Surges in NASDAQ Trading Debut

Jessica Alba is rolling in the dough…

The 40-year-old half-Mexican American actress and entrepreneur’s eco-friendly personal care products brand Honest Co. (HNST) surged 44% in its trading debut on the Nasdaq.

Jessica Alba

Shares of Honest Co. sold for $16 in their initial public offering to close at $23 per share in trading Wednesday, giving the company a market value of about $2.1 billion.

Honest CEO Nick Vlahos told Yahoo Finance Live that the successful IPO was a “validation” of the company’s strategy.

“We’re a mission driven brand. We are at the forefront of this kind of clean movement as it pertains to how consumers are looking at products from an ingredient perspective, around sustainability, around social responsibility.”

That produced a hefty return for Alba, whose stake in the company she founded a decade ago is worth about $130 million — at least on paper. Alba didn’t plan to sell her shares in the offering, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Though she has stepped down as chair of the board, Alba remains a director of the board and is also the company’s chief creative officer.

Alba founded Honest Co. in 2011 as a direct-to-consumer brand built on a commitment to healthy products, free of harmful toxins and chemicals. The Fantastic Four actress has said she got the idea for the company after breaking out in a rash from detergent that she touched while washing her baby’s clothes.

Since then, Honest has grown into a national brand and has partnerships with retail giants including Amazon, Costco, Target and Walgreens.

In addition to baby products like wipes, diapers and shampoos, the company also sells skincare and cosmetics. During the pandemic, Honest expanded its product line to include cleaning supplies, and it paid off. Vlahos said its household and wellness business grew 111% in 2020.

David “Leche” Ruiz Signs with Cavalry Media

David “Leche” Ruiz is joining the cavalry

Following the success of Netflix’s Who Killed Sara?which the streamer has reported as its most-watched foreign language series at 55-million subscribers, Cavalry Media has signed the Mexican director and screenwriter, the show’s director.

David “Leche” Ruiz

Ruiz, who is based in Mexico City, Mexico, began his career directing music videos, before quickly becoming one of the most prolific filmmakers in his field.

Ruiz directed six episodes of Who Killed Sara?, including the pilot and the finale.

The series stars Manolo Cardona as Alex Guzman, a man hell-bent on getting revenge on the Lazcano family and finding out who killed his sister Sara after spending 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The series launched on March 24 and Netflix revealed viewership figures as part of its first quarter financial results on April 20.

Ruiz will be the showrunner, as well as direct multiple episodes of season 2, which hit Netflix on May 16. Other episodic directing credits include Claro Video’s La Negociadora and Televisa’s La Piloto

Juan Antonio Signs with Untitled Entertainment for Management

Juan Antonio is under new management… 

The Afro-Latino actor has signed with Untitled Entertainment for management.

Juan Antonio

Antonio is currently filming the first season of BET+’s upcoming series Sacrifice, adapted from the 2019 BET+ film in which he starred. Antonio reprises his role of Dom Mayfield, opposite Paula Patton, in the series.

On the film side, Antonio most recently appeared in Good Joe Bell, starring Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton. He also recently recurred as Marcus on Freeform’s Good Trouble and played Phillip on the third season of Fox’s Empire.

In addition to the film and TV projects he has in the works, Antonio’s upcoming focus will be in the production arena. His Umbrella Z production company is currently creating and pitching content, as well as continuing to curate original music for special projects, including for the BET+ series Sacrifice.

Lissette Feliciano Signs with Verve

Lissette Feliciano has new representation…

The 31-year-old Latina  writer, director and actress has signed with Verve following the success of her SXSW debut feature, Women Is Losers, which she wrote, directed, and produced.

Lissette Feliciano

Set during the 1960s in San Francisco, Women Is Losers follows bright and talented Catholic school girl Celina Guerrera (Lorenza Izzo), who survives a difficult home life by following the rules. That is until an indiscretion creates a series of devastating consequences. As Celina faces the compounded obstacles of being young and alone, she sets out to rise above the oppression of poverty and invest in a future that sets new precedents for the time.

The film is inspired by real women and the Janis Joplin song of the same title.

Simu Liu, Chrissie Fit and Liza Weil (How to Get also star.

A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Feliciano is a Tribeca Film Institute AT&T Untold Stories grant recipient, and was named as one of Shoot Magazine’s new directors to watch.

Her production company, Look at the Moon Pictures, develops original content that shines a lens on underrepresented groups, joining the ranks of creators filling the market gap in storytelling for a new young, multicultural audience.

Under Feliciano’s leadership, Look at the Moon was among the first production companies to mandate 50 percent BIPOC representation across leadership positions on and off-camera.

Feliciano joins Verve’s growing roster of Latin filmmakers including Gigi Saul Guerrero, Peter Murrieta, Cristina Gallego, David Blue Garcia, Aitch Alberto, Marvin Lemus and Aurora Guerrero.

Nicky Jam Launches New Restaurant, La Industria Bakery and Cafe

Nicky Jam is adding bread to his jam(s)…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican & Dominican American Latin trap and reggaeton singer/songwriter has officially inaugurated La Industria Bakery and Cafe in Bayside Marketplace.

Nicky Jam

Named after his management company, the brunch spot offers sweet treats, signature pancakes and baked goods, to name a few.

“I went to a Venezuelan restaurant and I really loved what they did and they gave me an idea. I wanted to do a restaurant where people go and take photos of their breakfast and it’s going to be so incredible, and so nice, and so delicious that people are gonna go crazy. I’m going to take a bunch of artists over there. Bayside is going to be a hit no matter what,” he previously told Billboard.

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Carmelo Anthony Launches Content Company ‘Creative7’

Carmelo Anthony is getting creative

The 36-year-old half-Puerto Rican professional baseball player, a 10-time NBA All-Star, and his longtime business partner Asani Swann have launched Creative7, a multi-platform content company that will develop and produce original, premium content spanning documentaries, scripted television, feature film, animation, podcasts, and more.Carmelo AnthonyAnthony and Swann’s goal? To champion the narratives and voices of the underserved and they are partnering with Will Packer, Plan B Entertainment on a limited narrative series, Hock Films, Shaun Redick and Yvette Yates on Jersey 4, based on a racial profiling case, and more.

The company has quietly produced and is currently producing a number of previously-announced projects as well, including Blood Brothers, a limited series in partnership with A+E Studios, Executive Producer Charles Murray, and Narrative Film Group that examines the friendship between two of the most dynamic and iconic figures in history: Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X; “Un Sueño Real”, a recently launched docuseries with HBO España, Exile Content Studio, and Newtral that gives an inside look at the women’s Real Madrid soccer team; and Universe, an IDA Award-winning documentary about Miles Davis’ protégé, Wallace Roney, who recently passed but lives on through his inspiring journey to uphold his mentor’s legacy and record The Universe Compositions.

“In addition to collaborating with legendary filmmakers and paramount creative minds in the industry, we are excited to also be working with and championing emerging talent who are positioned to be the next great generation of filmmakers,” said Swann. “At the core, our goal is to amplify unheard voices and groundbreaking stories that push the envelope and will leave a profound impact. As a Black woman, I am proud to co-found a company like Creative 7 that celebrates diversity and inclusion and will strive to push representation in this industry forward.”

Miguel Signs with Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Miguel has new representation…

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has signed the 35-year-old half-Mexican American Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor in all areas, worldwide.

Miguel

Miguel has landed 12 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including the double platinum track “Adorn.” He has one Grammy and 10 total nominations — his last two albums Wildheart (2015) and War & Leisure (2017) debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums Chart. He’s planning to release new music throughout 2021, starting with his new EP Art Dealer Chic Vol. 4 in April 2021, which follows the re-release of Art Dealer Chic Vol. 1-3 on March 26.

The Los Angeles native is also an accomplished director and directed many of his own music videos, and has acted in feature films, including Detroit and Live By Night. He will also be focusing his efforts on his sustainable clothing company S1C, developing a feature film concept, and on various acting roles.

Chris Jeday & Gaby Music Launch New Record Label ‘La Familia’

Chris Jeday is expanding his Familia

The 31-year-old Puerto Rican record producer has joined forces with Gaby Music to launch a a new record label.

Chris Jedi & Gaby Music

Jedi and the 31-year-old Puerto Rican music composer/producer, known for their work with Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Anuel AA, Lunay and, most recently, the Bad Bunny/Rosalía smash “La Noche de Anoche,” will run La Familia.

The new label will be home to Lunay, as well as newly signed Puerto Rican acts Chanell and Julito and a roster of producers that includes Dímelo Ninow and Dulce Como Candy.

The company also includes both Jedi’s and Gaby Music’s state of the art recording studios in Puerto Rico, which they see as ground zero both for production and for talent development.

“The term ‘family’ is a big deal for us and it’s a word that truly represents us,” says Jedi. “We feel that everyone in this operation is a true family, and we want everybody to feel the same and equally supported.”

“This is a vision we’ve had for years,” says Gaby music. “Beyond being successful producers, we wanted our own label and the ability to sign new talent. We have great plans with our artists and are looking forward to growing our family.”

Jedi and Gaby Music have, for several years, owned and operated record label Star Island, to which Lunay is signed, and distributed via Ingrooves. Lunay will now shift to La Familia with Star Island remaining as a sort of holding company or “mothership,” in its founders’ words.

The launch of La Familia is part of a growing group of independent labels launched by prominent executives and artists; most recently manager Walter Kolm launched his WK Records and one of his artists, reggaetón star Wisin, launched La Base Music.

But La Familia stands out because Chris Jedi and Gaby Music are perhaps the top production duo in the reggaetón realm today, and also, because their operation is fully self-financed and is currently not a joint venture with a major label or distributor. Although Lunay is distributed through a longstanding deal with Ingrooves, upcoming La Familia releases will be negotiated on a track by track basis.

“The fact that we’re producers is key,” says Jedi. “We worked in this for years and realized there was a need. We sign artists not because they have a hot single, but because we’re interested in developing the artist or the producer. To sign good talent, you need to produce or to have good taste. That’s our biggest asset. And we’ve learned how to delegate in other aspects.”

Lunay, for example, was initially managed by Jedi and Gaby Music. When his career began to take off, they tapped star manager Rebeca León, whose select roster includes Rosalía (and formerly J Balvin).

“It’s amazing to work with Chris and Gaby because they not only have incredible visión and business acumen but are also the biggest hitmakers in Latin music today,” says León. “It’s a fierce and winning combination. Lunay is in such a privileged position to be part of La Familia.”

Jedi and Gaby Music met as teenagers when they were sound engineering students in Puerto Rico. They met again in 2013, working with hitmakers Wisin & Yandel, and have been together since, working with virtually every name in the genre as both producers and songwriters.

La Familia’s staff includes label manager Sam Allison. Max Perez of Buena Vibra Group will be in charge of marketing and Normaris Cruz of The Wall Group will head PR.

Linda Ronstadt Sells Recorded Music Assets to Iconic Artists Group

Linda Ronstadt is selling her music…

The 74-year-old half-Mexican American Grammy-winning singer has sold her recorded music assets to Iconic Artists Group for an undisclosed amount.

Linda Ronstadt 

The deal is for the masters Ronstadt owns and the royalties from the ones she does not. It’s not clear which masters from the five decades long career Ronstadt may own.

Publishing rights are, however, not included in the deal; the overwhelming majority of Ronstadt’s hits, like the Eagles’ “Desperado,” and The Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved,” are covers.

Although Ronstadt’s name and likeness are not included in the deal, the company, which is owned by Irving Azoff, may use them to promote the catalog.

“I’m very pleased about this partnership,” said Ronstadt. “It’s extremely gratifying to be in the company of Irving Azoff, his team, and his family of great artists, many of whom have been my friends and colleagues for years. It feels like home.”

Azoff commented on the sale by crediting Ronstadt for helping him create his career, and stated that without “Linda Ronstadt and John Boylan, there would have never been an Eagles.”

“The countless tours together with the Eagles and Linda and their collaborations are the backbone of the history of Southern California music,” Azoff continued. “For Linda and John to entrust us with the honor of furthering her work is one of the most satisfying moments of my career. Linda’s talent is unparalleled, but her courage and commitment to make important music of many genres is her legacy. We will preserve that legacy for her at all costs. Thank you, Linda and John. We won’t let you down.”

Ronstadt had her first hit in 1967 as the lead singer of the Stone Poneys, debuted a Spanish language album (before it was popular) in the 80s, and officially retired from singing in 2011. Just a month ago (February), she won her 11th Grammy Award for Best Music Film for her documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.