Voto Latino debuted a new PSA directed by Wilmer Valderrama and starring Demi Lovato, Maria Menounos. Tony Plana and Rafael Amaya, among others. Check out the raw, behind-the-scenes video as Wilmer directs Demi here.
Arts and Entertainment
Pepe Aguilar received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame right by his father Antonio Aguilar's star.
U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte took home the gold medal for the 400-meter individual medley at the London games. Lochte's mom is Cuban.
Larry Hernandez' performance in Las Vegas as part of Freemont Street Experience and mun2 "Descarga" series, in partnership with KBLR-Telemundo Las Vegas, was the largest attended Latin music concert on Freemont Street with over 10,000 fans.
"ParaNorman", a new 3D stop motion film from the team behind "Coraline", debuts in theaters on August 17th. The film's creative team includes Raul Martinez, who was a model maker on the set, and storyboard artist Julian Narino.
Romeo Santos is the first Latin artist in nearly 16 years to have four consecutive #1 songs from a debut album on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.
Ricky Martin signed a deal with NBCUniversal to develop and star in his first network TV series and specials.
Actress Lupe Ontiveros died at age 69 after battling liver cancer. Ontiveros is best known for her role in "Selena" and played a maid more than 150 times in TV and film roles.
Kalimba has changed his name to "The Singer" and has started a new rock band called The Fishes.
Brazilian bronze-medal winner Felipe Kitadai will be given a new bronze medal for his win in the 60-kg judo competition after dropping his medal in the shower and denting it.
"Encanto del Caribe" will begin airing on public TV stations across the country on August 1st and will release on CD/DVD on August 21st. The TV special features Arthur Hanlon with Marc Anthony, Laura Pausini, Bernie Williams, Cheo Feliciano and more in a live concert filmed at Puerto Rico's Castillo de San Cristobal.
Puerto Rico's governor signed a new law this week increasing prison sentences for homicide, assault, kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault among other offenses.
Discovery en Español will air "Barrios En Guerra", a two-part special looking at the fight against drug trafficking in Medellin and Rio de Janeiro, on August 12th.
Marketing and Media
According to new data from eMarketer Latin America will add over 13 million online buyers this year, jumping to 63.6 million.
Venezuela's acting ambassador in Kenya, Olga Fonseca, was strangled to death at her residence in Nairobi. Fonseca started her job on July 15th.
Sofia Vergara and her castmates at "Modern Family" settled their contract dispute with a pay raise from $65,000 per episode to $175,000 per person per episode, also signing on for an eighth season of the show.
Vimeo announced that it now offers a Spanish-language translation of the site.
Telemundo announced its new awards show, "Premios Tu Mundo". Among the show's 25 competing categories are: The Perfect Couple, The Best Bad Boy, I'm Sexy and I Know It, Favorite Viral Video, Favorite Latino in Hollywood, and #MostSocial.
Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News will honor Comcast Cable with the award for Leadership in Hispanic Television at the Hispanic Television Summit on October 3rd in New York City.
Telemundo named Pilar Garibotto as Executive Producer of "Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste". Garibotto was previously Executive Producer of Estrella TV's "Alarma TV" at KRCA Channel 62 in Burbank, CA.
HPRA is now accepting entries for the 2012 PRemio Campaign of the Year Awards. The Awards will be announced at the 28th Annual PRemio Awards & Scholarship Gala on October 4th in Los Angeles. www.hpra-usa.org