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Cine Latino Archives -

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Mack Chico


2008/12/04 at 12:00am

Pedro Almodovar films to be showcased on new Latino film channel

12.4.2008 | By |

Pedro Almodovar films to be showcased  on new Latino film channel

In an unprecedented move by a Spanish-language pay-television channel, Cine Latino has finalized deals with five of the world’s leading film distributors, acquiring more than 90 new titles that include some of the most critically-acclaimed and biggest box office hits of recent years from across the U.S., Latin America, Mexico, and Spain.

Cine Latino has acquired major film packages from Sony, Disney, MGM, Lionsgate, and Gussi — the largest movie distributor in Mexico.

In another unparalleled move, Cine Latino has assembled the largest showcase of Pedro Almodovar films ever to be presented on a Spanish-language service. Titles include ‘Volver’, a Golden Globe nominee and winner of Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival starring Penelope Cruz; ‘La Mala Educacion’ (“Bad Education”), one of Almodovar’s most serious works starring Gael Garcia Bernal; ‘Todo Sobre Mi Madre’ (“All About My Mother”), an Oscar-winning film starring Penelope Cruz; ‘Matador’ (“The Bullfighter”), an award-winning film with Antonio Banderas and Assumpta Serna; and ‘Atame!’ (“Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!”), a love drama starring Antonio Banderas and Victoria Abril. The Almodovar films will be available exclusively on Cine Latino.

Sample newly-acquired titles include:

— ‘El Crimen Del Padre Amaro’ (“The Crime of Father Amaro”), the Oscar-nominated, highest-grossing film in the history of Mexican cinema, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Ana Claudia Talancon.

— ‘American Visa’, based on the best-selling book in Bolivia, starring Damian Bichir and Kate Del Castillo (from “La Misma Luna”). Winner of Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2006 Ariel Awards in Mexico.

— ‘Ninas Mal’ (“Charm School”), one of the most popular Mexican movies of 2007 starring four of Mexico’s favorite young actresses: Camila Sodi, Martha Higareda, Ximena Sarinana, and Maria Aura.

— ‘Secuestro Express’ (“Express Kidnapping”), the critically-acclaimed, box office hit from Venezuela, starring Mia Maestro and Ruben Blades.

— ‘Bluff’, a comedic thriller from Colombia that was presented at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, starring Victor Mallarino, Veronica Orozco and Carolina Gomez. Bluff was the highest-grossing Columbian movie of 2007.

— ‘Cansada de Besar Sapos’ (“Tired of Kissing Frogs”), one of the highest-grossing Mexican films of all time starring Juan Manuel Bernal, Itati Cantoral and Pedro Damian.

Mack Chico


2008/10/13 at 12:00am

Ex-CEO of Telemundo, James M. McNamara, moves to Cine Latino

10.13.2008 | By |

Ex-CEO of Telemundo, James M. McNamara, moves to Cine Latino

Cine Latino, the leading Spanish-language premium film channel in the United States, announces the appointment of cable industry veteran James M. McNamara, former chief executive of Telemundo and founder of Panamax Films, as non-executive Chairman.

Cine Latino, co-owned by MVS Television and InterMedia Partners, offers the biggest and most current Spanish-language blockbusters and critically-acclaimed titles.  With more than 3.5 million cable and satellite subscribers, Cine Latino is the leading U.S. Spanish-language movie channel.  Cine Latino also has over 2 million subscribers throughout Latin America and Canada.

“We are very excited to have Jim on board,” says Ernesto Vargas, President of MVS Television.  “Under Jim’s leadership, Cine Latino is preparing to announce exciting and unprecedented plans to reinforce our position as the leading premium provider of Spanish-language cinema.” 

McNamara has extensive Hispanic TV experience, serving as President and CEO of Telemundo from 1999 to 2005, during which time the network sold to General Electric/NBC for $2.7 billion.

In 2005 McNamara left the top position at Telemundo to start Panamax Films, a production house aimed at producing high quality English and Spanish-language films for the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American audiences.  Panamax distributes through a distribution agreement with Lion’s Gate Entertainment.  In 2006 Panamax distributed La Mujer de Mi Hermano and in 2007 produced and distributed the hit Ladron Que Roba a Ladron.  Panamax film Sangre de mi Sangre was the first Spanish-language film to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. 

“Jim brings both his unparalleled understanding of Spanish-language television and film and a tremendous vision to Cine Latino,” says Alan Sokol, senior investment partner of InterMedia.  “Under Jim’s direction, Cine Latino will become synonymous with the best in Spanish language cinema.”

In his new role as non-executive Chairman, McNamara will be responsible for overseeing programming, distribution, marketing and finance.  The current management will remain intact in Mexico.  As part of the channel’s effort to grow the management staff in the United States, Cine Latino has appointed Sandra Austin as Chief Financial Officer.  Austin formally served as CFO of MGM Networks Latin America.  Carolina Bilbao has been named Creative Director after previous creative positions at Telemundo, MTV Networks, and Oxygen.  Katie Hamlin joins as Public Relations Director from Edelman, before which she served as Public Relations Manager of Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico. 

“I am thrilled to be leading Cine Latino’s exceptional team,” says McNamara.  “The channel is committed to providing the best, most relevant contemporary Spanish-language film titles to all Latinos living in the U.S.  I look forward to leveraging my experience in Spanish-language television and film to build upon the channel’s success and strengthen our status as the ultimate Spanish-language film destination.”

McNamara holds a Masters degree from the American Graduate School of International Management.  He earned an undergraduate degree in business administration and political science from Rollins College.  He was born and raised in the Republic of Panama and currently resides in Miami with his wife and three children.

Cine Latino was founded by MVS Television, a subsidiary of Mexico City’s Grupo MVS.  Private equity firm InterMedia Partners recently acquired a 50% interest in Cine Latino.  Movie producer and industry veteran McNamara also acquired an equity interest in the channel.

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