Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Lochte, Robert Rodriguez, Zoë Saldana, Natalie Morales, Andy Garcia and Rafael Amaya Named Presenters of 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards
LOCHTE TO BE HONORED ALONG WITH FIVE OTHER LATINO MEDAL WINNERS IN MOVING OLYMPIC TRIBUTE.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – September 13, 2012 – Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Lochte, Robert Rodriguez, Zoë Saldana, Natalie Morales, Andy Garcia and Rafael Amaya will be presenters at the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards®, along with “Devious Maids” cast members Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez and Edy Ganem. The star-studded special kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month airs Friday, September 21 (8-9 p.m. ET) on NBC.
Rap sensation Flo Rida will perform with Roselyn Sanchez during the high-energy show, which will feature theme music written and performed by music powerhouse Pitbull.
In addition to serving as a presenter, Olympic Gold medalist Ryan Lochte will also be one of six Latino Olympic medal winners from this summer’s London Games saluted in a special Olympic tribute.
Also honored will be Brenda Villa and Jessica Steffens (water polo), Danell Leyva (men’s gymnastics), Leonel Manzano (track and field) and Marlen Esparza (boxing).
As previously announced, Eva Longoria and George Lopez will return as co hosts of the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards®, and five-time Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera (NBC’s “The Voice”) will receive the 2012 NCLR Special Achievement Award for her incredible career and exceptional work in philanthropy. America Ferrera, Michael Peña, Nicole Richie and Wilmer Valderrama will also be on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the most prolific Latinos in the entertainment industry, spanning music, television and film.
Hispanic cable network mun2 will present the ALMA Awards red carpet special and Telemundo will host the official bilingual ALMA Awards website at http://www.telemundo.com/almaawards and stream the pre-show online. Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers will have access to the show on demand.
Viewers can also watch the entire special online after it airs via http://telemundo.com/almaawards.
The 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards® are produced by dick clark productions’ executive producers Orly Adelson and Barry Adelman, along with Eva Longoria and Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR.
For additional information, including announcements
about the presenters and performers at this year’s show, please visit www.almaawards.com and follow the show on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/AlmaAwards. Information is also available on
Sources: The Lippin Group, NBC Publicity, The National Council of La Raza (NCLR).
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Eva Longoria and George Lopez Return as Co-Hosts of the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards airing Friday, September 21st on NBC
America Ferrera, Michael Peña, Nicole Richie, and Wilmer Valderrama confirmed as presenters. Hispanic Cable Network mun2 to Present ALMA Awards Red Carpet Special; Spanish-language Telemundo to Host Official ALMA Awards Website and Comcast’s Xfinity TV Customers to Have Access to the Show on Demand.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.—On August 27, 2012 it was announced that; Popular performers Eva Longoria and George Lopez will return as co-hosts of the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards, a star-studded kickoff to Hispanic Heritage Month that will air Friday, September 21 from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. EDT on NBC. Christina Aguilera, a five-time Grammy winner and popular coach on NBC’s Emmy-nominated hit series The Voice, will receive the 2012 NCLR Special Achievement Award for her incredible career and exceptional work in philanthropy. America Ferrera, Michael Peña, Nicole Richie, and Wilmer Valderrama will be among the many presenters on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the most prolific Latinos in the entertainment industry, spanning music, television, and film.
This year marks the third time that Longoria and Lopez will co-host the NCLR ALMA Awards after sharing the stage in 2009 and 2011. Longoria, the Golden Globe–nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award– and ALMA Award–winning actress, producer, businesswoman, and philanthropist, is executive producer of the upcoming NBC dating series Ready for Love and just finished her eighth and final season of Desperate Housewives. The film and television star won a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Female TV Star,” has been named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” and was selected three years in a row to the prestigious Forbes Celebrity 100, as well as being named “Philanthropist of the Year” by the Hollywood Reporter.
Lopez is a multitalented entertainer whose career spans film, television, stand-up comedy, and late-night television. He hosted the late-night talk show Lopez Tonight for two seasons, after co-creating, writing, producing, and starring in the ground-breaking sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons and remains a hit with viewers in syndication. This summer, he hosted the dating series Take Me Outand debuted his third solo stand-up special. Lopez has been named one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Time Magazine, and the Harris Poll named him one of the Top Ten Favorite Television Personalities.
One of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, Aguilera has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and won five Grammy Awards. She has released seven albums, with pop hits that include “Beautiful,” “Genie in a Bottle,” and “Dirrty,” and recently began her third season mentoring music talent as a coach on NBC’s Emmy-nominated series The Voice. No stranger to the ALMA Awards, Aguilera has received 10 nominations and taken home three ALMAs. She has served as global spokesperson for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort since 2009 where her participation has helped raise nearly $80 million for the World Food Programme (WFP) and other hunger relief agencies. She also serves as an Ambassador Against Hunger for WFP and has traveled on relief trips with the organization to Haiti and Guatemala. Aguilera continues to also fight for gay and lesbian rights as well as helping victims of domestic violence, a cause close to her heart.
Fans can cast their votes for their favorite nominees for the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards online at www.ALMAAwards.com through September 7, 2012. Those who vote will be entered for a chance to win a VIP experience for two at the NCLR ALMA Awards, including airfare, hotel, VIP tickets to the show, and an invitation to the VIP Post-Party.
Winners of the NCLR ALMA Awards will be determined by evaluating votes cast as well as box office, Nielsen, and Billboard rankings, and in consultation with the NCLR ALMA Awards Production Leadership Team. Selection rules and eligibility are posted at www.almaawards.com. Not all awards will be presented on-air during the NBC special. However, viewers can watch the remaining award presentations during the preshow streamed online via www.telemundo.com/almaawards. Viewers can also watch the entire special online after it airs via http://telemundo.com/
The 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards will be produced by dick clark productions’ executive producers Orly Adelson and Barry Adelman, along with Eva Longoria and Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. NBC will air the initial broadcast and mun2 will present the ALMA Awards Red Carpet special and rebroadcast the show. Telemundo will host the official bilingual ALMA Awards website atwww.telemundo.com/almaawards, with social media playing an integral role in the star-studded crossover show, managing the fan conversations and curating exclusive content and behind-the-scenes interviews. Comcast will leverage its cable outlets to both promote and provide the show to viewers via video on demand. Pepsi will return as the show’s Presenting Sponsor.
For additional information, including announcements about the presenters and performers at this year’s ceremony, please visit www.almaawards.com or follow the show on Twitter at @almaawards. Information is also available at www.nbc.com/alma-awards/.
Source: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR).
Photo credit to: Mitchell Haaseth, NBC
Graphic credit to: ALMA Awards Facebook
On Wednesday, April 18, 2012 FOX announced that multi-talented entertainer George Lopez will host TAKE ME OUT, the provocative and unpredictable new dating series premiering Thursday, June 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. TAKE ME OUT, based on the hugely successful international format, is a fast-paced, dynamic new series featuring 30 single women searching for a match and several brave bachelors who must make the ultimate first impression.
With an extensive career that encompasses television series, film, and standup comedy, Lopez will play matchmaker between the 30 female contestants and the men hoping for the chance to take one lucky lady out on an ultimate dream date.
“I am thrilled to be hosting such an entertaining new series,” said Lopez. “Anything can happen on a show like TAKE ME OUT and I’m looking forward to the excitement.”
“George’s amazing energy, spirit and incredible comedic timing make him the perfect host for TAKE ME OUT,” said executive producer Jeff Apploff.
Filmed in front of a studio audience and comprised of four rounds, TAKE ME OUT begins with a group of 30 beautiful, single women in search of finding a match made in heaven. Every week, the women are introduced to several bachelors one by one. Each woman stands at a lighted podium with a switch that controls her fate for a date: if she thinks it’s a match, she keeps her light on; if her attraction has been short-circuited, then it’s lights out and she waits for the next potential Mr. Right.
As the hopeful mate reveals more and more about himself, the women continue to turn their lights out as they lose interest—leaving only the flirty females still fascinated by him. At this point, the gentleman takes control of the game and eliminates the ladies by turning out the lights of those women he’s just not into. During the last round, the bachelor will pose one final question to the two remaining women and will choose a winner to join him on a romantic fantasy date. Meanwhile, the remaining 29, plus one new woman, return during the next game for another chance at finding the guy who will light up their lives.
About George Lopez:
Lopez is currently on a national stand-up comedy tour after hosting the late-night cable talk show “Lopez Tonight.” He co-created, wrote, produced, and starred in the groundbreaking sitcom “George Lopez,” which ran for six seasons. The show remains a hit with viewers in syndication, ranking among the Top Five comedies and Top 20 weekly programs in syndication. Lopez recently voiced the character “Rafael” in the animated blockbuster “Rio” and “Grouchy Smurf” in “The Smurfs.” His other film credits include the box-office hit “Valentine’s Day”; “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”; “Swing Vote”; “Henry Poole Is Here”; and “Balls of Fury.”
In addition to his work in film and television, Lopez has an impressive career in stand-up comedy, with comedy specials “Tall Dark and Chicano” and “America’s Mexican.” His stand-up albums “El Mas Chingon” and “Team Leader” were both nominated for Grammy Awards in the category of Best Comedy Album. Lopez also published an autobiography, “Why You Crying?,” that entered the Top 20 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Time magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and the Harris Poll named him one of the Top 10 Favorite Television Personalities. Lopez has made more than 200 television comedy, talk show and hosting appearances, including co-hosting the Emmy Awards and twice hosting the Latin Grammys. Lopez also created The Lopez Foundation to foster positive, permanent change for underprivileged children and adults confronting challenges in education and health.
TAKE ME OUT is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Jeff Apploff (“Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” “Million Dollar Money Drop”) serves as executive producer. Jack Martin and Kevin Williams are co-executive producers.
Source & Graphic credit to: FOX
Photo credit to: Robert Sebree, Fox Broadcasting Company
On Saturday, September 10, 2011 The 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) ALMA Awards taped a star-studded event at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, delivering the biggest night on television showcasing Latinos.
The awards program aired on Friday, September 16, 8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT on NBC.
The NCLR ALMA Awards show is dedicated to honoring the spirit and accomplishments of some of the most prolific Latinos in the entertainment industry, spanning music, television, and film. Co-hosted by Eva Longoria and George Lopez, the telecast celebrated the entertainers who have upheld and promoted a fair, positive, and accurate image of Hispanic culture in today’s media.
The executive producers of the NCLR ALMA Awards are Bob Bain, Eva Longoria, and Janet Murguía. NBCUniversal and its parent company, Comcast, which has had a national partnership with NCLR since 2006, played a key role as creative partners and investors in the production of the awards show.
PepsiCo was this year’s Presenting Sponsor. Additional sponsors include Target, McDonald’s, State Farm, Chevrolet, and Comcast.
For additional information please visit www.almaawards.com.
The 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) ALMA Awards Winners List:
A Better Life
Favorite Movie Actor
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Favorite Movie Actress—Drama/Adventure
Favorite Movie Actress—Comedy/Musical
From Prada to Nada
Favorite TV Series
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Favorite TV Actor—Leading Role
CSI: Miami (CBS)
Favorite TV Actress—Leading Role in a Drama
Cote de Pablo
Favorite TV Actress—Leading Role in a Comedy
Sonny with a Chance (Disney Channel)
Favorite TV Actress—Supporting Role
Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)
Favorite TV Actor—Supporting Role
Modern Family (ABC)
Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act
Lopez Tonight (TBS)
Favorite Male Music Artist
Favorite Female Music Artist
Outstanding Career Achievement (Documentarian)
Outstanding Career Achievement (Writer)
Outstanding Career Achievement (Director)
The 2011 PepsiCo ALMA Adelante Award
AltaMed Health Services Corporation