Universal Pictures and The Arenas Group have formed Arenas Entertainment, a new Universal-based film label that will acquire, produce, finance, market and distribute films tailored to Hispanic audiences worldwide.

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) will reach its third year as a major advocacy voice for nearly 400 Latino producers nationwide in December 2001.

Popular Latin actor Danny De La Paz will star in an upcoming film entitled "Suckers" to be released and distributed by Ground-Zero Entertainment.

Sony Pictures Entertainment will launch a Spanish-language production entity, to be called Columbia Films Producciones Espanolas, S.A. The new entity will be located in Madrid and headed by Iona de Macedo.

Now in its third edition, Latin Beat! is the Film Society's bi- annual survey of recent films from around Latin America.

Harvard-educated attorney Diana Derycz-Kessler, a Latina, became co-owner and chief executive officer of The Los Angeles Film School in April of this year.

Sundance Channel celebrates the richness and vitality of contemporary Latin American cinema in September with its second "Arte Latino" FilmFest.

Black, Hispanic and Asian filmmakers will compete at the 5th annual UrbanWorld Film Festival from August 1-5, 2001.

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TORTILLA SOUP is about three grown women living with their father, a master chef, who has one simple rule: Don't miss Sunday dinner.

Terra Lycos announced the launch of the Havana Film Festival 2001 site. The Havana Film Festival took place in New York City April 16-23 and in exchange for the site hosting, Terra.com received extensive brand exposure as one of the main sponsors of this event.

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Following up on its successful launch of the Latino Filmmaker Showcase, Showtime and Sí TV are pleased to announce a call for submissions for its second annual "Latino Filmmaker Showcase" program.

Just when it appeared that cigar use in movies was riding off into the sunset, it shot up again in 1999-2000, according to a study released by the American Lung Association of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails.

Digital cinema and video on-demand (VOD) are poised to outpace the Internet and change the way movies are distributed, according to a new Report by Forrester Research.

That's a Family!, Women's Educational Media's powerful new film on family diversity, was honored with the 2001 CINE Masters Series Award for Non-Broadcast film, at the 42nd CINE Golden Eagle Awards on February 24. CINE awards recognize excellence in the craft of video/film production.

With nearly $60 billion dollars at stake worldwide, more than 300 Film Commissions and production services from more than 30 countries will compete for Hollywood dollars when they exhibit at the 16th annual Association of Film Commissioners International Locations 2001 Global Expo.