26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards Airs on MundoFox, Sept 15th

Save-The-Date: MundoFox, Sunday, September 15th at 6PM (EST) 

Hispanic Heritage Awards

One-Hour Special to Honor Latino Leaders in Music, Sports, Education, Vision, STEM, Inspira, and Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announces the 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards (HHA) will be broadcast on MundoFox, Sunday, September 15, at 6:00 p.m. EST/PST.  The entertainment special will tape on September 5at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  The Awards will once again celebrate Hispanic cultural pride, contributions, and accomplishments.  Honorees will be announced later this month.

 MundoFox“We are thrilled to have this MundoFox partnership to further our reach in America and beyond to share our rich history of recognizing Latino leadership, accomplishment, and cultural pride.  We look forward to working within the FOX family to promote and recognize role models and the great promise of the Latino community going forward,” said Antonio Tijerino, President & CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Since that time, the Hispanic Heritage Awards have honored top Latino leaders in various categories for their impact on America and the world.

After more than 10 years of being broadcast on TV, this will mark the first time the Awards will be on MundoFox.

 “We launched MundoFox as a direct response to the massive growth of the Hispanic market in the United States,” said Emiliano Saccone, President of MundoFox.  “It is our honor to be part of an event that recognizes the important societal contributions that our community makes every day.   We look forward to an exciting and memorable broadcast.”

For the past 25 years the HHA’s have honored Latino leaders who have made a positive impact on America, and globally, in various fields including the Arts, Sports, Business, Education, Media, Innovation, Science, Public Service, Youth and other categories.  The Awards are unique in that celebrities take the stage along with educators, innovators, community and business leaders, elected officials, and physicians, among others.  Past Honorees, presenters and performers have included Alejandro Sanz, Juanes, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Placido Domingo, Juan Luis Guerra, US Reps Ileana Ros Lehtinen and Xavier Becerra, Oscar de la Hoya, Mana, Rosario Dawson, Pitbull, Los Tigres Del Norte, America Ferrera, Olga Tañon, and Rita Moreno, to name a few. Performers and presenters will be announced later this summer.  The Awards serve as a launch of HHF’s year-round programs focusing on youth.

Executive producers of the Awards and TV special are David Chavez, Otto Padron and Antonio Tijerino. Chavez is a founder and past executive producer of the network TV specials ALMA Awards and Premios Deportes.  Padron, President and COO of Meruelo Media Holdings Inc., was Executive in Charge of all domestically produced specials including key award events Premio Lo NuestroLatin Grammy’s and Premios Juventud. He conceptualized, developed and produced the highest rated Hispanic television’s special program, “¡Selena Vive!” Live Musical Tribute.  The Awards and TV special will be produced by Meruelo Media and LatinPointe Brands.

 “This is our Kennedy Center Honors! The Awards are considered the “highest honor by Latinos for Latinos” in America.  It’s a privilege to be able to create and produce a first class production worthy of the honorees and the growing influence of the Latino community nationwide.” said David Chavez, HHA Executive Producer & LatinPointe CEO.

About MundoFox

MundoFox is a joint venture between Fox International Channels (FIC), 21st Century Fox’s international multimedia business, and RCN, the leading Latin American television network and production company belonging to Organización Ardila Lülle (OAL).   Together FIC and RCN currently reach over 1.6 billion subscribers worldwide with original series, novelas, dramas, game shows, reality, news and lifestyle programming.  MundoFox is broadcast over-the-air on the network’s affiliate stations as well as through cable, satellite and telco providers in markets representing nearly 80% of U.S. Hispanic households.  MundoFox, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, launched in fall 2012.

About The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF)

The Hispanic Heritage Awards is the signature event of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and serves as the kick-off to their award-winning mission to inspire, identify, prepare and position Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  HHF is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and all support is tax deductable.  For more information on the programs and work of HHF visit www.hispanicheritage.org.

About The Meruelo Group

The Meruelo Group is a diversified holding and investment company owned and controlled by prominent U.S. Latino business executive Alex Meruelo.  Meruelo Media is the media division of The Meruelo Group; they currently operate three television stations in Los Angeles, Houston, Santa Barbara, and a Super Station on its digital KWHY-TV 22.2 stream with carriage on Time Warner Cable. The Los Angeles station KWHY-Channel 22 is the local affiliate station for the MundoFOX Television Network.  With roots dating to 1986, The Meruelo Group has diverse holdings in media, banking and financial services, food services, construction and engineering, real estate, hotel and casino operations, and private equity. For more information please visit www.meruelogroup.com.


About LatinPointe Brands

LatinPointe (LP) is the premier company specializing in “building, connecting, and creating high-profile brands” in the Hispanic marketplace. Through its core work in branded content, signature program development, event marketing platforms, strategic relationship-building and cause campaigns, LP has become the go to strategic partner for companies, organizations and celebrities desiring innovative communication vehicles.


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