Friday, October 3, 2014

2014 HOLA Awards Honorees: CYNTHIA LÓPEZ

Cynthia López (HOLA Advocacy Award) is the Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. López joined the City of New York from American Documentary | POV, where she had worked since 2000. Previously, she served as executive vice president and co-executive producer of the award winning “POV” (Point of View) documentary series, where she was responsible for all aspects of the organization's development, working with key stakeholders in education, public policy and community development. Her ability to forge strategic partnerships among corporate and public interest media has been a signature of her work. During López's tenure, POV earned numerous awards. In 2013 alone, it was one of only 13 nonprofit organizations worldwide to receive a $1 million MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Among its other honors are a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, two IDA Awards for Best Continuing Series, 32 additional Emmy Awards, 17 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards, the Prix Italia and the Webby. López is the recipient of eight News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Prior to joining POV, she served as acting executive director of the Deep Dish Satellite TV Network and executive producer of Hunter College's Satellite TV Network, which included university, municipal, and public access channels that distributed Latino public interest programming. López is the founding chair of the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). She also serves on the board of directors for Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB). In 2013, the Imagen Foundation cited her as one of the top 20 most influential Latinos in entertainment.

The 2014 HOLA Awards will take place on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the Battery Gardens, in Battery Park, overlooking New York Harbor at the southernmost tip of Manhattan. For more information, click here.

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