From Latino Loop: Diego Luna's Directorial Debut

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Published on LatinoLA: January 28, 2010

From Latino Loop: Diego Luna's Directorial Debut

Diego Luna debuted his first feature film as a director, "Abel", at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo was arrested this week after the U.S. requested his extradition on charges of money-laundering during his presidency.

Paraguayan soccer star Salvador Cabanas is in serious condition after being shot in the head at a bar in Mexico City.

The Supreme Court decided to uphold the extradition of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to France, where he faces charges of money laundering.

A new government proposal in Spain threatens to ban advertising of certain beauty products and services before 10 pm in an effort to combat the growth of eating disorders and improve the mental health of young women.

Alma DDB was the only Hispanic agency included in Ad Age's Top 10 agencies of 2009.

Nydia Laner has been named as SVP of Latin sales & marketing at Universal Music Distribution. Laner was formerly a senior sales executive at Universal Music Latin Entertainment.

Celia Cruz' estate is suing Telemundo on charges that the network didn't pay the agreed-upon revenues for a televised tribute concert that was filmed months before she died.

According to new data from the Center for American Progress, over 791,000 arrests were made by U.S. Border Patrol in 2008 with an average cost of $3000 per arrest.

Mexico's National Action party is proposing legislation that will sentence artists performing songs that glorify drug trafficking to up to 3 years in prison.

Venezuela's state telecommunications agency shut down TV channel RCTV this week, sparking protests in Caracas.

Former Uruguayan military officer Maj. Juan Cordeiro Piacentini was extradited from Brazil to Argentina to face kidnapping charges related to his participation in Argentina's "Dirty War".

Univision will hold its upfront presentation on May 20th, after skipping last year's upfronts.

The Pew Hispanic Center released updated statistical profiles of the Latino and foreign-born populations in the U.S. this week. The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press also released the results of a survey showing that Hispanics are among those less familiar with the U.S. Census and are less likely to say that they will definitely participate.

Univision aired a special edition of "Sabado Gigante" last weekend to raise funds for earthquake victims in Haiti. Alejandra Guzman, Chayanne, Daddy Yankee, David Bisbal, Ricky Martin and Shakira among those that participated in "Unidos por Haiti". www.univisionhaiti.com

Waco Entertainment group purchased Univision's Waco Regional Mexican station KHCK (Que Buena).

The IFPI's Digital Music Report for 2010 states that France, Spain and Brazil are "suffering acutely" from piracy.

Jose Puig will takeover as GM of Universal Music Mexico. Puig was previously VP of Latin Artists marketing for Universal Music Latin America.

Telemundo launched it's "El Poder De Saber" campaign this week aiming to inform, empower and inspire Hispanic youth to complete their secondary education and lead a healthy lifestyle. The PSAs debuted on Monday during "Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste".

Jenni Rivera is engaged to baseball player Esteban Loaiza.

Juanes will receive BMI's President's Award at the BMI Latin Awards taking place March 4th in Las Vegas.

The NFL is gearing up its Latino marketing efforts in anticipation of the Super Bowl on February 7th. Hispanic viewers accounted for 6.7% of the NFL's total viewing audience and five games averaged over 2 million Hispanic viewers. Telemundo will air the Tazon Latino IV, a game between NFL players and Latino celebrities and the Pepsi Musica Super Bowl Fan Jam featuring Nelly Furtado and Pitbull.

The U.S. Census Bureau launched it's 2010 Spanish-language site, www.2010census.gov/espanol

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