MTV Latin America to Develop “Mexico Shore”

MTV Latin America is heading to the Mexican shore

The cable television aimed at residents in Hispanic American countries is developing a Mexican version of its popular reality series Jersey Shore.

Gandia Shore

MTV Latin America has ordered 13 episodes of the series, which will have its Latin America premiere in September.

The location for Mexico Shore (working title) will be announced later.

It’s MTV‘s third international edition of Jersey Shore, which made stars of the cast, including two Latinas: NicoleSnookiPolizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley.

The U.K. version, called Geordie Shore and set primarily in Newcastle, England, drew exceptionally strong ratings during its seven-season run.

MTV Spain‘s Spanish-language Gandia Shore, based in Gandia, Spain, bowed in October 2012 to nearly a million viewers and there’s a second season in the works. The first season will debut in Latin America in March.

Mexico Shore will begin casting soon.

Dulce María Singing Theme for MTV Latin America’s “Ultimo Año”

If you’ve been longing for new Dulce María music, you’re in luck

The 26-year-old Mexican singer/actress is returning to the Latin music scene in the coming weeks with the single “Es un drama,” the official  theme song for MTV Latin America‘s new novela Ultimo Año.

Dulce Maria

“Dulce María has proven to be one of the most popular Latin music performers and a favorite of MTV Latin America’s audience,” said Marc Zimet, Vice President of Music and Talent for VIMN The Americas. “’Es un drama’ is the perfect combination of original, entertaining and distinctive music for MTV’s new novela”.

Dulce María, a former member of the Mexican band RBD, will release a music video in support of “Es un drama,” which was written by Mexican singer Paty Cantu. Taped last May in Mexico City, the music clip shows Dulce María and the novela‘s cast at an after party tearing a house apart. In addition, the video reportedly includes some steamy scenes featuring Dulce Maria as never seen before.

The music video will premiere as part of El Making of special on MTV Latin America on Tuesday, August 7th at 8pm, with the video available via social media websites and online the next day.

Es un drama” is Dulce María’s triumphant return to music after the release of her successful solo debut in 2009 with Extranjera and in 2011 with Extranjera p2. This new theme song features more of a “rock” vibe than her previous work.

Currently, she’s hard at work on a new album, which will be released in late 2012.

Meanwhile, Ultimo Año—a youthful psychological thriller, which tells the story of a group of students belonging to the high class—will premiere on MTV Latin America on September 3rd, 2012 and subsequently in the US through MTV Tr3s.

The novela’s main cast includes Kendra Santa Cruz, Martín Barba, Iliana Gomez and Mauricio Henao.

Hilton to Appear in Weekly Segment on Univision’s “El Gordo y La Flaca”

He’s the most notorious gossip columnist on the internet… And, now Perez Hilton is expanding his media empire.

The 33-year-old Cuban American blogger will be joining the team on Univision’s popular program El Gordo y la Flaca.

Perez Hilton
Every Thursday, starting this week, Hilton will appear on the show in a special segment from Southern California where he’ll discuss the latest gossip and buzz surrounding Hollywood stars.

Hilton – whose real name is Mario Lavandeira – was born in Miami and has become one of the entertainment industry’s most popular bloggers. His blog, which averages 200 million visits per month, provokes all sorts of feelings from his fans.

Hilton recently landing his first acting role in Spanish, playing the part of a “paparazzo’s guru” who gives advice to the protagonist of the MTV Latin America telenovela Popland. And, his Superfan celebrity interview project was recently picked up by the CW.

Lavandeira studied drama in college and has appeared in several television and film projects, including HBO’s The Sopranos.

Juanes Releases First MTV Unplugged Track

Following last month’s taping of his MTV Unplugged special, Juanes is releasing the first single from that night’s taping.

The 39-year-old Colombian rockero released La Señal today on iTunes.  Produced by legendary Dominican singer/songwriter Juan Luis Guerra, the song has a definite tropical feel.


La Señal is the first Latin single ever released by Universal Music Latin Entertainment specially mastered for iTunes.

Starting today, fans can pre-order the full Juanes MTV Unplugged album, also mastered for iTunes, with songs “specially tuned for higher fidelity to give fans the best possible listening experience on their computers, stereo’s and all Apple devices.”

Meanwhile, Juanes MTV Unplugged will premiere on Sunday, May 27thon MTV Latin America and Monday, May 28th on MTV Tr3s, with the album released in stores and digitally the following day on Tuesday, May 29th.


Calle 13 Joins Fight to Protect Latin American Children

They’ve recently broken records at the Latin Grammy Awards. Now Calle 13’s Rene “Residente” Perez and Eduardo “Visitante” Cabra are working to end child trafficking and the exploitation of children in Latin America.

The Grammy-winning urban hip-hop duo has joined a special UNICEF campaign to raise awareness about the serious problems that youth in Latin America are facing.


“We want to cooperate on any campaign that helps the development of young people and Latin American countries,” said Perez. “For me, it’s very important. Latin America worries me because for us, we’re comfortable in the United States and Puerto Rico … (but) there it’s uncomfortable.”

The campaign includes a documentary entitled “Esclavos invisibles” that focuses on how child exploitation and trafficking is affecting Latin America. It was produced with UNICEF and directed by Calle 13.

The Puerto Rican group unveiled the campaign at UNICEF’s New York City headquarters and announced that it had donated the rights to Perez’s composition “Preparame la cena” for the music video to promote the first-of-its-kind campaign.

“We’ve traveled practically all through Latin America and we know about this and other problems,” says Perez. “So, I worked on the number ‘Cancion para un niño en la calle‘ along with Mercedes Sosa, which speaks about children who are exploited sexually, at work, who wind up addicted to drugs.”

The MTV Latin America and Tr3s networks on Tuesday will broadcast the “Esclavos invisibles” documentary.