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Valderrama Seeks Higher Profile for Hispanics

November 15, 2013

EFE Ingles

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Venezuelan actor Wilmer Valderram seeks a higher profile for Hispanics in U.S. culture (Eva Rinaldi, Creative Commons)

Miami, Nov 15 (EFE).- The American actor of Venezuelan descent, Wilmer Valderrama, said he has expanded the activities of his company, WV Enterprises, to secure a bigger place for Hispanic culture in the U.S. entertainment industry.

"I have just expanded my company WV Enterprises with new divisions like the music department, the studio, franchises, entertainment, animation, production and development, to offer the entertainment industry a larger, more complete platform," Valderrama said Thursday in a telephone interview with Efe.

The actor added that with this project he seeks "to create a platform that can help Hispanic culture play a bigger role in Hollywood."

The actor, known as the likeable Fez in "That 70's Show," noted that this has been an "incredible" year because of the work he's been doing behind the cameras.

"I'm really proud of everything that's going on. It has been an incredible year behind the cameras as director and producer, but it's also exciting acting in front of the cameras," Valderrama said.

The actor said he also signed a contract with Pantelion, a company founded in 2010 by the Mexican communications group Televisa, and with the movie and television production company Lionsgate, to make films and to create more content for the Hispanic market.

The actor of Colombian and Venezuelan parents was born in Miami and at age 3 moved to Venezuela. He returned to the United States when he was 13 and settled with his family in Los Angeles.

Valderamma is known for a number of performances on television - he was the voice of "Handy Manny" for Disney - and in films including "Fast Food Nation" in 2006 and "From Prada to Nada" in 2011.

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Original headline: Wilmer Valderrama out to showcase Latino culture in Hollywood



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