Friday, August 28, 2015

Dascha Polanco, Jencarlos Canela and Adriana Vargas Also To Be Honored at the 2015 HOLA Awards

Contact: A.B. Lugo (212) 253-1015

Dascha Polanco, Jencarlos Canela and
Adriana Vargas added to honorees 
of the 2015 HOLA Awards

 jetBlue Airways announced as official airline 
sponsor for the 2015 HOLA Awards; other sponsors
include Flyte Tyme Worldwide Transportation and
the Millenium Hilton Hotel

Will join Academy Award winners 
BENICIO DEL TORO (Traffic, Guardians of the Galaxy) and ALEXANDER DINELARIS (screenwriter, Birdman); 
SELENIS LEYVA (“Orange is the New Black”), ANDREA NAVEDO (“Jane The Virgin”), MARISA RAMÍREZ (“Blue Bloods”), and others 

 The 2015 HOLA Awards will take place on Monday, October 12, 2015 
at the Battery Gardens in NYC

August 28, 2015 (New York, New York) — The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), the nation’s longest running active arts advocacy organization for Latino actors, is pleased to announce that it will honor "Orange is the New Black" star Dascha Polanco, actor/singer Jencarlos Canela, and television journalist Adriana Vargas at the 2015 HOLA Awards. They join previously announced honorees such as Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris, “Orange is the New Black” star Selenis Leyva, “Jane The Virgin” star Andrea Navedo, “Blue Bloods” star Marisa Ramírez, and others at the Sixteenth Annual HOLA Awards Gala and Benefit

The HOLA Awards will take place on Monday, October 12, 2015 at 6pm at The Battery Gardens, located on the waterfront overlooking New York Harbor in Battery Park (opposite 17 State Street in lower Manhattan). Sponsorship opportunities are still available. A limited number of individual tickets are available at $150 (if purchased before August 31, 2015) and $175 (if purchased from September 1, 2015 onward).

HOLA is also pleased to announce that jetBlue Airways will serve as the official airline for the 2015 HOLA Awards. Ground transportation and hotel accommodations will be provided by Flyte Tyme Worldwide Transportation and the Millenium Hilton Hotel, respectively. 

Benicio Del Toro will receive the 2015 Raúl Juliá HOLA Founders AwardDel Toro won the Academy Award for his role in Traffic. Other film credits include CheThe Usual SuspectsGuardians of the Galaxy and Escobar: Paradise Lost. Upcoming films include The Little PrinceSicarioWeightless, and A Perfect Day.

Selenis Leyva will receive the 2015 José Ferrer HOLA Tespis Award. Leyva, a former HOLA Award theater winner, is a veteran of stage and screen. She is best known for playing Gloria Mendoza on the award-winning hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”, for which she won a SAG Award.  

Andrea Navedo will receive the inaugural 2015 HOLA Elizabeth Peña Breakthrough Artist Award. The award is named after HOLA founding member Elizabeth Peña, who passed away in October 2014. Navedo, an HOLA member, is a veteran of television and film. She is currently playing Xiomara Villanueva in The CW’s critically acclaimed, award-winning hit series “Jane The Virgin”.

Marisa Ramírez will receive the 2015 HOLA Excellence in Television AwardA veteran of television, Ramírez previously played the recurring role of Officer Riley Dunn in the ABC series "Body of Proof". She can currently be seen playing Detective María Báez in the hit CBS series “Blue Bloods”.  

Adriana Vargas will receive the 2015 HOLA Excellence in Media Award. She is the news anchor "Noticiero Univision 41" for WXTV New York at 6pm and 11pm, alongside Jorge Viera. One of the most renowned newscasters in Colombian television, she joined WXTV in 2011. Before Univision, she worked for Productora RTVC, Caracol TV and RCN Television.

HOLA is collaborating with R.Evolución Latina on the Dare To Go Beyond Award, an honor for one who is an inspiration to the Latino community and who gives back to it. This year’s inaugural honoree is director, playwright, producer, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman). In addition to winning the Oscar for Birdman, Dinelaris wrote the book for the Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical On Your Feet!, opening in Broadway this fall. He is also the Co-Executive Director of the Oberon Theatre Ensemble.

Jencarlos Canela will receive the HOLA Excellence in the Telenovela Genre Award. His telenovela credits include "Más sabe el diablo", "Mi corazón insiste en Lola Volcán", and "Pasión prohibida". He was also a judge on the reality competition series "Nuestra belleza latina" and "Va por ti". As a singer-songwriter, his albums include Búscame, Un nuevo día, and Jen. He is signed to Universal Music Latin Entertainment. He will soon be seen in the upcoming Eva Longoria-produced NBC television series "Hot & Bothered".

Dascha Polanco will receive the HOLA Inovadora Award. She can be seen as Dayanara "Daya" Díaz in the critically-acclaimed, award-winning series "Orange is the New Black". Other credits include the films Gimme Shelter and The Cobbler. She will soon be seen in the new David O. Russell film Joy.

Special citations will be given to filmmakers Ana María Estrada (for the feature film La novia del libertador), and Julio Ortega and Nitsy Grau (for their feature film Medardo). 

In addition to the above awards HOLA will also continue its annual tradition of honoring the best of Latino theater in New York with noncompetitive awards encompassing multiple winners in each category. HOLA is at the forefront in recognizing the high caliber work being offered across New York’s growing and thriving Latino theatrical stages. A list of the 2014-2015 theater awardees is listed below.

Plus, for the first time in history, HOLA will present the HOLA Performer's Choice Awards. The HOLA Performer's Choice Awards will honor Outstanding Production (of a cast larger than one person) and Outstanding Solo Production. To vote for the HOLA Performer's Choice Awards, visit (or click on the Performer's Choice link on the HOLA website ( Voting closes at 6pm on Friday, September 25, 2015. Winners will be announced on the night of the awards gala.

Individual tickets are $150 (or $175 if purchased on September 1, 2015 or later). Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (212) 253-1015 or by going to Sponsorships are also available and can be purchased by calling A.B. Lugo at (212) 253-1015 or via e-mail at

The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) is an arts service/advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the presence of Hispanic artists in entertainment and media through the cultivation, education and recognition of emerging artists. HOLA strives for an accurate, informed and non-stereotyped portrayal of the full spectrum of Latino culture and heritage in the entertainment and media industries.                                                    

2015 HOLA Awards Honors

Benicio del Toro

Selenis Leyva

Andrea Navedo

Marisa Ramírez

Alexander Dinelaris

Dascha Polanco

Jencarlos Canela

Adriana Vargas

Ana María Estrada, for the production of the feature film La novia del libertador
Nitsy Grau and Julio Ortega, for their feature film Medardo

2015 HOLA Awards for Excellence in Theater 
(producer[s] shown in parentheses)

Francisco FuertesAbuse/Abuso (Thalía Hispanic Theatre)
Alejandro GilLas pericas (Havanafama Theatrical Company/Festival de Teatro Hispano Del Comisionado)
Germán JaramilloHierba mala nunca muere (Repertorio Español)

Zulema ClaresAire frío (Repertorio Español)
Alicita LoraEl malentendido (ArtSpoken Performing Arts Center/Festival de Teatro Hispano Del Comisionado)
Adriana SananesSueño (Teatro SEA/The Clemente/Teatro LATEA)

Edward AzcorraEl barco ébrio (Teatro Vanguardia)
Daniel OjedaLa reina virgen (TEBA/Teatro del Aire)
Juan VillarrealDías eternos (Teatro LATEA)

Liza Colón-ZayasBetween Riverside and Crazy (Atlantic Theater & Second Stage Theatre)
Idalmis GarcíaHierba mala nunca muere (Repertorio Español)
Laura SpaldingEl barco ébrio (Teatro Vanguardia)

Mariela BritoTriunfadela (El Ciervo Encantado/Festival de Teatro Hispano Del Comisionado)
Josean OrtizBola de nieve (Amigos del Corralón/Festival de Teatro Hispano Del Comisionado)
Ricardo Santana OrtizEl gran final (Teatro Círculo)

Pablo AndradeAnnia BuZulema ClaresIdalmis GarcíaErick GonzálezSandor JuanAna Margarita Martínez-CasadoMario MatteiFrank RoblesAire frío (Repertorio Español)
Natalia Ivana EscobarJorge Luis FigueroaFranco GonzálezAileene Pérez, San Salvador después del eclipse (United Productions/Festival de Teatro Hispano Del Comisionado)
Sully BonnellyModesto JiménezMathia VargasYoleros (Teátrica)

José López (puppet and scenic design), Sueño (Teatro SEA/The Clemente/Teatro LATEA) 

Alex Moore (lighting design), Comida de P*ta [F#&king Lousy Food] (MultiStages)
George Riverón and Antonio Reyes (costume design), La reina virgen (TEBA/Teatro del Aire)

Julie de Grandy, Genios: Lorca y Dalí (Teatro del Aire)
Pablo García GámezLas damas de Atenea (TEBA)
Antonio Muñoz de MesaAbuse/Abuso (Thalía Hispanic Theatre)

Beatriz CórdobaDías eternos (Teatro LATEA)
Leyma LópezAire frío (Repertorio Español)
Yoshvani MedinaEl malentendido (ArtSpoken Performing Arts Center/Festival de Teatro Hispano Del Comisionado)

Dimas González, for his performance in El rey de Francia (Corezón Productions/Festival de Teatro Hispano Del Comisionado) 
Soledad López
, for 35 years of performing in New York City
OneHeart Productions, for its production of El canto de Carlota
Héctor Luis Rivera, for 40 years of acting, directing and producing
Sebastian Stimmanfor the breadth of his performances during the 2014-2015 theater season

El malentendido (ArtSpoken Performing Arts Center/Festival de Teatro Hispano Del Comisionado)
Las pericas (Havanafama Theatrical Company/Festival de Teatro Hispano Del Comisionado)
Julia de Burgos: criatura del agua (Angelbello Productions)

Betsy! (Pregones Theater-Puerto Rican Traveling Theater)
El apagón (Pregones Theater-Puerto Rican Traveling Theater)
Sueño (Teatro SEA/The Clemente/Teatro LATEA)

Abuse/Abuso (Thalía Hispanic Theatre)
Aire frío (Repertorio Español)
El barco ébrio (Teatro Vanguardia)

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SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With Recording Industry

SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative three-year successor deal with the recording industry, covering session singers, royalty artists, announcers, actors, comedians, narrators and sound effects artists.

The deal covers work by performers for Sony Music Entertainment, affiliates of Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Capitol Records LLC and Hollywood Records for recordings in all new and traditional media and all music formats, along with audiobooks, comedy albums and cast albums.

The deal now goes to SAG-AFTRA members for ratification.

The new deal includes a payment formula for online streaming and non-permanent digital downloads for revenues generated outside the United States through platforms such as Spotify, Tidal and Rdio. It’s the first time that the labels have included revenue generated outside the U.S. in any payment streams under the union’s contract.

The agreement is the first new contract covering sound recordings since the 2012 merger of SAG and AFTRA and will be known as the SAG-AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings. The previous agreement expired December 31, 2015 and the new contract is retroactive to January 1, 2015  and runs through December 31, 2017.

For more information, click here.

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

2015 HOLA Awards recipient Sebastian Stimman, shown at right, will be playing Romeo in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: In Concert. A concert version of the play featuring ballet music by Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, it will be produced by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), adapted and directed by Edward Berkeley and conducted by BSO musical director Marin Alsop. The performances will take place in October at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Music Center of Strathmore in Bethesda, Marlyland. For more information, click here.

Francisco Fuertes is co-starring in and co-produced the short film Tú. Yo. Baño. Sexo. Ahora. (You. Me. Bathroom. Sex. Now.) Written and directed by Francisco Lupini Basagoiti, the film has been hitting the film festival hard, winning several awards along the way. Its next stop will be in August at the Reel Affirmations Film Festival, where it will screen at the Tivoli Theatre in Washington, District of Columbia. For more information, click here or here.

Luis Salgado, shown at left, was profiled in Broadway World Mexico, where he talked of his life and career as an actor-singer-dancer-choreographer-director-producer, and of his recent directing project (the Puerto Rico premiere of David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow, known as Jala-la-pala in Spanish), and his upcoming role in the upcoming musical On Your Feet!: The Story of Gloria & Emilio Estefan, written by 2015 HOLA Awards honoree Alexander Dinelaris with music by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. To read the article, which is in Spanish, click here.

Carlo Lorenzo García's comedy webseries "Under Covers", which he produces, co-writes, and in which he stars as Detective Jimmy Cortez, is now an official selection for the San José International Short Film Festival (scheduled to take place in August in San José, California), and the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (in Los Angeles, California). For more information, click here or here.

Maite Uzal will be performing in American Gumbo. A showcase, presented by Rebel Theater Company, it is produced by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj and Adam Mace and will perform in August at Ripley-Grier Studios, located in the fashion district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here.

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PRIME LATINO MEDIA SALÓN: Hispanic Heritage – Celebrating Our Roots (September 2015)

Metropolitan New York’s only monthly series for 
Latino multimedia-makers and actors

Join us at the

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 • 6-10pm
A support network to advocate, promote & advance 
mainstream & Latino projects in English & Spanish.

Hispanic Heritage: Celebrating Our Roots
Where we come from– the U.S., Latin America and Spain. It shapes our music, content and the passions we champion. Join us for a monthly network interviewing proven Latino multimedia-makers and actors, as well as indulging in conversation, drink, food and music with community. Interviews feature three artists who share their strategic plan for sustained success while aiming for greater heights. But more importantly, come for an earthy exchange and to be inspired– that’s Hispanic Heritage.

6-8pm: Networking
8-9pmTÍO LOUIE Reporta: Interviews with Actor/Producers & Musician
9-9:30pm: Musical Interview & acoustic performance, “Salón Unplugged”
9:30-10pm: Networking

Moderator: TÍO LOUIE/Louis E. Perego Moreno, President, Skyline Features
      Interview #1: Elaine Del Valle, Writer/Producer/Casting Director/Actor: HBO Latino webseries, casting Latinos at Comedy Central & "The Bodega Series"
    Interview #2: Arian Blanco, Program Director of NYSCA, co-founder Hudson Exploited Theater Company and creator of NJ-based pilot, "West of the City"
     Interview #3: Edwin Vázquez, Puerto Rican-born Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Guitarist and pioneer of Gypsy Soul


New location: RAYMI Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar, 43 West 24th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues, NYC (F or M trains to 23 Street; N, Q, or R trains to 23 Street) 
Dinner Reservations: (212) 929-1200

Next PRIME LATINO MEDIA Salón: October 2015 (Hispanic Heritage Month Part II)

Elaine Del Valle                 @brownsvillebred
The award-winning actor is a leading producer and casting director. Propelling her career was an autobiographical one-woman show that she wrote and starred in, Brownsville Bred. No stranger to HBO Latino, having played a “tía” (aunt) in the English-language narrative film Elliot Loves, she negotiated a first of its kind deal for interstitial programming with HBO Latino, "Gran’pa Knows Best", a webseries she produces with director-creator, William D. Caballero. She recently cast Comedy Central’s "Alternatino", the first Latino-centric sketch for their digital channel. She also wrote, cast and produced, "The Bodega Series", a pilot about gentrification in Brooklyn through the eyes of the Rivera family who own a Bushwick bodega. Be the first to see the HBO Latino premiere episode, as well as a sneak preview of "The Bodega Series", only at PRIME LATINO MEDIA Salón.

Arian Blanco
Born and bred in New Jersey, he is a Penn State University graduate from where he earned a B.S. in Business Management and a B.A. in Theatre Arts. For the last 16 years he has worked for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) as a Program Director benefitting culture and artists in 62 counties. Arian co-founded the Hudson Exploited Theater Company (HExTC) in 1990 and serves as its Artistic Producing Director, enhancing theater on both sides of the Hudson in New York and New Jersey. He directed a film short, Reigniting Hope, and made another short, Mo(u)rning (an excerpt), as well as a film short that he wrote and directed, Winter Guayabera. Due to relationships developed in theater over decades he has drawn some of the most seasoned talent (i.e., "The Sopranos", "OZ", "Weeds", "House of Cards") to create a TV pilot, "West of the City". 

Edwin Vázquez          @edwinvazquezmus

He is a master at fusing rumba, flamenco, jazz, bolero, R&B, bossa nova and a whole lot of rhythm as singer, songwriter, composer, guitarist and percussionist. In 2013 Edwin released his debut album Faith, dedicated to his father, the gifted bolero artist Roberto Vázquez. Throughout his career he has played and recorded with Paul Simon; Marc Anthony; Tony Vega; and Tito Puente, Jr.; and has shared the stage with Willie Colón, George Lamond, Judy Torres, and Frankie Negrón. He was selected as Artist of the Week by Best Buy. Edwin recently opened up for the legendary merenguero Johnny Ventura. Watch Edwin’s captivating music video, "Bailarina". 

Louis Perego Moreno     (Tío Louie) @tiolouie
Founder & Executive Producer of PRIME LATINO MEDIA, the largest network on the East Coast of bilingual Latino multimedia-makers and actors that hosts the PRIME LATINO MEDIA SALÓN, metropolitan New York's only monthly network gathering in which over 60 narrative & documentary filmmakers, programmers, casting agents, TV & digital media producers, actors and journalist/authors have been interviewed. An interactive content producer and educator who for the past 34 years has owned Skyline Features, a bilingual (English- and Spanish-language) multimedia and educational production company developing documentaries, television programming and advertising commercials featuring Latinos, Blacks, Women, Urban Youth and LGBT. Created a non-profit video training program that over the course of ten years produced 70 documentary shorts with 1,500 Latino and Black Youth. Producer/Director/Writer of documentary feature, "Latina Confessions (What does it mean to be Latina in the USA?)" and on the PBS documentary feature as co-producer of American Dreams Deferred.

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Twitter: @PLMSalon

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