In honor of Latin American Heritage Month, the White House Office of Public Engagement in partnership with members of the Latin American Parliament in Congress today hosted a series of discussions on Latin American contributions to the media and how the Latin American story is shaped through culture and media. Three virtual panels were held from 1-2:30 pm EST, focusing on television and film, music and industry, all of which you can watch here:
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The first panel, entirely related to film and television, hosted Representative Joaquin Castro and included Chris Abrego, President of Banijay Americas and President of the Television Academy Foundation; Tanya Saracho, creator and host of shows; Felix Sanchez, President of the Spanish National Foundation for the Arts; and Stephen Canals, screenwriter and producer.
The second panel, discussing music, hosted Cedric Richmond, a senior adviser to the president, and introduced Manuel Aboud, chief executive of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts; Jackie Biato, executive vice president of operations at Live Nation; writer, producer and rapper Residente; and musician and producer Emilio Estefan.
The third and final panel focused on the entertainment industry, hosted by the Republic of Linda Sanchez. Participants in the discussion were Dr. Ana-Christina Ramon, Director of Research and Civic Engagement in UCLA’s Department of Social Sciences; John Gibson, Vice President of Foreign and Multicultural Affairs at the Film Association; and the director of the original Netflix series, Pete Corona.
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