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America Ferrera to Host Documentary Series

August 19, 2014

Staff Reports -- HispanicBusiness.com

America Ferrera (Varity Twitter post)
America Ferrera (Varity Twitter post)

LOS ANGELES and MIAMI – Emmy and Golden Globe winner America Ferrera is hosting Panoramica, a new documentary series, the Pivot television network announced Tuesday. The films were produced or acquired by Pivot and Univision News.

Ms. Ferrera will provide context for the films, which explore issues of special interest to Hispanic audiences.

The documentaries include Cesar's Last Fast, which aired on Univision and Pivot in May, and Marmato, scheduled to air on UCI's UniMás network and simulcast on Pivot on Aug. 23.

Marmato chronicles the struggles of the residents of a small mining town in Colombia as they confront a Canadian company trying to extract $20 billion in gold from underneath their homes.

Isaac Lee, president of Univision News and CEO of Fusion, said he was "delighted" that Ms. Ferrera is hosting the series. "We know that she will connect with our viewers and create the perfect lead-in for the outstanding films that will follow her introduction," he said in a news release.

"America has a proven passion for films that unearth the root of social and eco-political issues in the Latino community," added Evan Shapiro, president of Pivot.

"I'm excited and inspired by Panoramica's mission to bring these important films to a wider audience," Ms. Ferrera said.

Upcoming documentaries in the series will air in Spanish on Univision or UniMás and be simulcast in English or with English subtitles on Pivot.

Participant Media's television network Pivot serves up a diverse mix of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries targeting millennials.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) includes Univision Network, UniMás, Galavisión and Univision Deportes Network.

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3BL Media contributed.


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