American Airlines, Founding Member of the Oneworld® Alliance, Joins BlackBerry as Exclusive Category Sponsor
LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 19, 2011 – Paving the way for its worldwide television debut in the first quarter of 2012, Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Jamie King, in collaboration with BlackBerry®, today announced the first three of 21 broadcast network deals with Univision in the U.S., Televisa in Mexico, and Caracol TV in Colombia for ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN. Other broadcast partners will be announced soon. Additionally, American Airlines, founding member of the oneworld® alliance, has signed on as an exclusive category sponsor.
¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN, which is currently being filmed in English, Spanish and Portuguese, will air simultaneously in 21 countries on the most important networks throughout the Americas.
“¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN will be a spectacular showcase of Latin music and performance arts,” said Simon Fuller of XIX Entertainment. “We are bringing together all the most powerful brands and networks throughout the Americas to broadcast ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN in a unique collaboration where each country will programme the show simultaneously. It will be a powerful statement confirming the growing importance of Latin culture.”
As part of the landmark agreements, Univision, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the only broadcaster to grow in the 2010-2011 season, has signed on to air ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN in one-hour weekly episodes in Spanish.
“Univision is known as the home for Hispanic America, which is why we are thrilled to bring ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN to our audiences in the U.S.,” said Ronald Day, Senior Vice President of Programming for Univision Networks. “This acquisition builds on our legacy of engaging our audiences with the best entertainment available in the industry and further demonstrates the strength of our partnership with Televisa.”
In Mexico, XIX production and distribution partner Endemol has locked in Televisa, the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world, to air ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN. Televisa will air weekly 1-hour episodes of the show via its flagship network Canal de las Estrellas, which has 258 affiliates across the country.
“We are excited to have ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN on one of our channels and strengthen our relationship with producers such as Simon Fuller,” said Eduardo Clemesha, General Manager of New Content for Televisa.
For the Colombia market, XIX and Endemol have secured Caracol TV, one of the leading networks in Colombia, which has been the leader in tune-in market share and daily ratings since it began operations as a private network in 1998.
“This is a great way for Caracol TV to bring the best talent in the world to Colombians. Jennifer López and Marc Anthony are without doubt successful stars in their own right, and that coupled with Caracol’s experience in this programming format will make ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN an unforgettable event,” said Camilo Acuña, Senior Director of Programming at Caracol TV.
Philippe Maigret at Endemol who brokered the production and distribution partnership with XIX for ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN says: “The commitment from these leading broadcasters underlines the international appeal of ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN. It is extremely exciting to have such significant pick up at this early stage and we look forward to making further announcements from Latin America and the rest of the world in the near future.”
American Airlines, the official airline of ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN, will showcase its variety of products and services in several episodes of the series. American’s integrations will occur organically at various airports throughout the U.S. and Latin America where the three hosts will be traveling in search for talent.
“American Airlines has proudly served Latin America for more than 20 years, and today we are the premier airline for the region – serving 46 destinations in 17 countries,” said Rob Friedman, American’s Vice President of Marketing. “Our commitment to ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN gives us the opportunity to fly the show to the many destinations we serve as they uncover the remarkable talent that lives in this region, and we can demonstrate to our customers and employees how much we value these markets and their diverse cultures.”
Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Jamie King are proud to announce that they are shooting ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN from October 2011 to January 2012, and traveling throughout Latin America to meet the most outstanding Latin singers, dancers, musicians, and performers that they have discovered via their personal networks, grassroots efforts, and an unprecedented social media campaign on YouTube and Facebook. The groundbreaking series will document their extraordinary transcontinental road trip to bring viewers the drama and intense emotions of the incredible stories and personal journeys that they will uncover.
“Very soon the world’s heart will beat to the tune of Latin rhythms and we’re looking forward to experiencing history in the making,” said Jennifer Lopez. “It is with great pride that we embark on this amazing and very personal mission to discover and celebrate the most captivating talent the world has ever seen.”
Marc Anthony added: “I am thrilled to have these partners on board as I head to the region and excitement for ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN continues to grow. These alliances will ensure that the beauty of Latin music, artistry, and dance is seen by millions and will open doors for the next generation of Latin superstars.”
“There’s never been a show that is both global and local in scope,” said show director Jamie King. “When ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN airs on these networks millions of people in each country will not only see something unique to their region but will also be unified by the experience.”
The international talent search for ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN is well underway. Since June 1st the public has been nominating their country’s best singers, dancers, musicians, and performers on Facebook (facebook.com/qvivathechosen), and talented people across the Americas have been uploading their video auditions on YouTube (youtube.com/qviva). Nominations and submissions are being meticulously reviewed each week leading up to Marc and Jennifer’s visits to the various countries.
“Marc and Jennifer’s commitment to celebrating their cultural roots with ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN has been truly impressive. They are passionate about this project and excited by the opportunity to put together an incredible array of talented artists for a spectacular live show to be directed by acclaimed show director and series co-star Jamie King, who most recently directed Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale tour, Rihanna’s Loud tour, and the Michael Jackson Immortal Tour by Cirque du Soleil,” said Fuller.
Official show sponsor BlackBerry has launched a ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN online content hub at www.blackberry.com/qviva, which will be the official home of all show information, photos, videos, applications, highlights and more. This is also part of the exclusive entertainment content that will be offered on the ultra portable BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet, which is already available in Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Panama, Puerto Rico and Peru, and is expected to reach other Latin American countries soon.
Additionally, ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN and BlackBerry will bring auditioning to the streets in select markets across Latin America to give those without access to technology the opportunity to video record their auditions on a BlackBerry PlayBook and upload them directly to the official YouTube page. Specific information will be announced soon.
“We are proud to sponsor ¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN and to share in its mission to discover and bring the best Latin American talent to the world,” said David Añón, Sr. Director of Marketing, Latin America at Research In Motion, the company behind the BlackBerry wireless solution. “Together we are bringing the audition booths as well as our BlackBerry PlayBooks to the streets to help those who may not otherwise have the necessary resources to participate.”
For more information on ¡Q’ VIVA! THE CHOSEN, please visit www.qvivathechosen.com. For more information about the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and BlackBerry® smartphones, please visit: www.blackberry.com. For broadcast footage and high-resolution photography, please visit www.epk.tv/view/#/campaign/q-viva/
NOTES TO EDITOR:
About Simon Fuller:
Simon Fuller is one of the most influential forces at work in the entertainment business today. With a 25 year career marked by innovation and No.1 hits in TV, film, music, sport and fashion, Fuller has accumulated a formidable reputation for his work with the most successful girl group of all time (Spice Girls), dreaming up the world’s biggest TV franchise (American Idol) and developing the world’s most iconic talent brand (Beckhams). Simon Fuller has been certified by Billboard as the most successful British manager of all time, selling 360 million albums by stars that include Annie Lennox, Kelly Clarkson, Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, David Cook, Adam Lambert and No.1 hit songwriter Cathy Dennis. In 2010 Apple and itunes publicly recognized Fuller for his achievement in selling over 250 million downloads on itunes, making him the biggest music manager of the digital age. American Idol, the multi-billion dollar TV format created by Simon Fuller, has aired in over 120 countries and established new records in audience size and interaction. So You Think You Can Dance has mirrored Idol’s success, becoming Fox’s No.1 rating summer show. Fuller’s business XIX Entertainment houses partnerships with iconic sportsmen including David Beckham, tennis player Andy Murray and F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, as well as fashion businesses with designers Roland Mouret and Victoria Beckham. In movies, Simon Fuller is the Executive Producer of Bel Ami, starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricca and Kristen Scott Thomas, which is set for late 2011 release. Simon Fuller has an association with several charitable initiatives, including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Save The Children, Keep A Child Alive, The Muhammad Ali Center, The Prince’s Trust, Malaria No More, the United Nations Foundation and Comic Relief. In launching XIX Simon Fuller has built upon twenty five years of unparalleled success to create a new form of business enterprise focused on entertainment, technology and consumer brands.
About Jennifer Lopez:
International icon, Jennifer Lopez is an actress, entertainer, recording artist, film & TV producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Lopez has sold over 55 million records worldwide and has starred in multiple # 1 box office films including The Wedding Planner and Monster-In-Law. 2011 was a milestone year in her lustrous career. The juggernaut TV series American Idol named her as one of the celebrity judges. She launched worldwide campaigns as the ambassador of L’Oreal and Venus Gillette. Lopez also recently launched an exclusive collection with Kohl’s, the first ever for the retailer, and has been named the spokeswoman of the Boys & Girls Club of America. Lopez set the standard for celebrity branding in fragrance, apparel and accessories. Her recent fragrance Love and Glamour marks 17 successful launches taking in over $1 billion combined.
Jennifer Lopez’s, eighth album, Love? was simultaneously released around the world on May 3 by Island/Def Jam Group. The first single from the album, and her best selling digital single of her career, “On The Floor” (featuring Pitbull) was # 1 in 17 countries and is the highest debut single for any female in UK this year. The music video has received more than an astounding 120 million views online. “On the Floor” was co-written and produced by the red hot, RedOne. The Love? Album brings together a stellar line-up of producers, artists and songwriters, including Lady Gaga, RedOne, Lil’ Wayne, Pitbull, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Tiao Cruz, Danja, D-Mile and Radio.
In 2001, The Wedding Planner was the nation’s top grossing film while her album, JLO, was #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. These two simultaneous #1 honors made Lopez the first woman in history to have a #1 movie and album in the same week. Lopez made her feature debut in the highly acclaimed film Mi Familia, which garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role as the young mother ‘Maria Sanchez.’ Lopez has earned widespread acclaim for her work in the title role of “Selena”, which brought her a Golden Globe nomination. The National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino advocacy group in the nation named her ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the American Latino Media Arts Awards (ALMA) for TV and film. Lopez’s production company, Nuyorican, is in development on several film and TV productions that includes a partnership with 20th Century FOX and projects with ABC and TruTV. She founded The Maribel Foundation along with her sister, Lynda, with a mission dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children and raising the level of medical care available to them. The Foundation is currently working with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on a Telemedicine program that will help underserved communities by providing technology and top-notch doctor resources. The first Telemedicine center opened in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2010.
About Marc Anthony:
Marc Anthony is a singer, actor, songwriter and philanthropist who is widely recognized as one of the most influential and successful artists today. He has sold over 12 million albums worldwide. The five-time Grammy winner has received gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in multiple occasions. He has set records by receiving a total of 18 “Lo Nuestro Awards” and numerous “Billboard Latin Music Awards. Other recognitions include: being named by New York Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential New Yorkers” and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington D.C. In 2009 Anthony became a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins.
Marc has also established a highly credible acting résumé and may be seen in Martin Scorsese’s “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999); opposite Salma Hayek in the Showtime original film, “In the Time of the Butterflies” (2001); and appears with Denzel Washington and Christopher Walken in director Tony Scott’s “Man On Fire” (2004). He also appeared in the 1997 Paul Simon musical, “The Capeman.” Marc Anthony starred as the Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Héctor Lavoe, with Jennifer Lopez as Puchi, in the biopic, “El Cantante,” directed by Leon Ichaso. May 2010 marked the release of his new production titled “Iconos” (Icons), an all ballad Spanish album produced by Marc Anthony and Julio Reyes including eight titles of his favorite balladeers. This summer he returned to the hit TV series Hawthorne on TNT.
About Jamie King:
Jamie King is the leading concert director in the world of pop music today. In July of 2011, Variety published a special tribute issue celebrating King’s career as “Billion Dollar Show Director.” In 2006, Variety named King as one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the music industry, branding him the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours”. Most recently, King wrote and directed the just-launched critically acclaimed Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson Immortal Tour, and directed Rihanna’s Loud Tour and Britney Spears’ Femme Fatal Tour. King also directed Rihanna’s Last Girl On Earth tour, Britney Spears’ Circus tour, Celine Dion’s Taking Chances tour, and The Return of the Spice Girls reunion tour. For the past thirteen years, Jamie King has served as Madonna’s creative director, having directed her 2008 Sticky & Sweet world tour, and her 2006 record-breaking Confessions world tour. He also directed & choreographed Madonna’s Re-Invention and Drowned World Tours, and directed her hit music video, “Sorry”. An Emmy Award ® and MTV Video Music Award ® nominee, and greatly influenced by his early years working for both Prince and Michael Jackson, King has worked with an array of superstars including Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez and even Ellen DeGeneres. In 2005, his strong caché in the pop music world and his athletic dance moves caught the attention of athletic gear powerhouse Nike who tapped him to be their global spokesperson and to create the Nike Rockstar Workout ® (taught in gyms worldwide). Fitness publishing giant Rodale thereafter released his hip-hop inspired dance fitness best selling DVD and book, Rock Your Body ®. www.jamiekingofficial.com <http://www.jamiekingofficial.com>
About Univision Communications:
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the premier media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching 97% of U.S. Hispanic households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 86% of U.S. Hispanic households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, and a suite of six cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Clásico TV; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company’s platforms; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations and 70 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive Media, a network of national and local online and mobile sites including Univision.com, which continues to be the #1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Móvil, a longstanding industry-leader with unique, relevant mobile products and services, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.univision.net.
Grupo Televisa, S.A.B., is the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world based on its market capitalization and a major participant in the international entertainment business. It has interests in television production and broadcasting, production of pay-television networks, international distribution of television programming, direct-to-home satellite services, cable television and telecommunication services, magazine publishing and distribution, radio production and broadcasting, professional sports and live entertainment, feature-film production and distribution, the operation of a horizontal internet portal, and gaming.
About Caracol Televisión:
Caracol Televisión is a privately owned and operated national TV network in Colombia, and is responsible for producing some of the most innovative and successful programs on Colombian television. Today Caracol TV is a major content producer that has expanded its influence globally through its international TV network and distribution channels. Caracol’s products have transcended cultural and language barriers and have garnered global recognition for their production values and outstanding results in the markets where they have been broadcast. With fifty years of experience in the television industry, Caracol produces 5,200 hours of video material every year, has an original library with over 10,000 hours, and its programs have been televised in nearly 80 countries in five continents. Additionally, Caracol owns 11 production studios in Colombia, ranging in size from 2,798-8,611 square feet, with a total capacity of 215,000 square feet, which provide co-production and custom-made production services.
Endemol is a global leader in entertainment programming and the largest independent television production company in the world. Endemol was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It comprises a global network of over 80 companies in 31 countries
Each year the company produces more than 10,000 hours of programming and partners with over 300 broadcasters and licensees worldwide. Endemol is also one of the largest independent distributors of formats and finished programming in the world, with a growing library of over 2,300 formats and more than 24,000 hours of content across genres, including entertainment, reality TV, game shows, comedy, drama, sport, docu-dramas, animation, features and feature films.
Endemol’s credits include international blockbusters such as Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 1 vs. 100, Star Academy, Wipeout and The Money Drop. Its growing drama portfolio includes Hell on Wheels, Hot in Cleveland, Happily Divorced, The Exes, Home and Away, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Rush and Nini.
Endemol is owned by Goldman Sachs, Mediacinco and Cyrte, which acquired the company in May 2007.
About American Airlines:
American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American’s award-winning website, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members and members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than 10,000 daily flights to 149 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).
About Research In Motion:
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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