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Diego Luna Leads Honorees at Hispanic TV Summit

Diego Luna (Image credit: Future)

NEW YORK—Diego Luna, the Mexican actor, director and producer for film and television, will be the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television presented by Future PLC's Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News magazines during the Hispanic Television Summit.

The Hispanic Television Summit will be presented as a virtual event for the first-time as part of Fall TV 2020 this coming September. The Summit will be presented over a series of four consecutive days, beginning with the Awards Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 21, and running through Thursday, Sept. 24. Keynote interviews, presentations and panel discussions occupy the agenda of the remaining three days.

Other luminaries set to be honored at the event are: Karina Dobarro, senior vice president, Multicultural, Horizon Media, who will receive the Executive Leadership in Hispanic Television Award (Media Category), and Julio Vaqueiro, anchor, “Noticias Telemundo Fin de Semana,” who is to receive the CultureX Leadership Award. The Rafael Eli Pioneer in Hispanic TV Awards will be presented in different categories. Gene Bryan, CEO, Hispanic Media Sales, will receive the recognition as the Pioneer in Hispanic Media, while the Pioneers in Hispanic Creative Advertising are the team at d expósito & Partners, including Daisy Expósito-Ulla, chairman, CEO; Jorge Ulla, Partner, chief ideation officer; Fernando Fernández, partner, chief client officer; Gloria Constanza, partner, chief contact strategist; Louis Maldonado, partner, managing director; John Ross, partner, chief financial officer; and Paco Olavarrieta, chief creative officer.

The Pioneer in Hispanic TV Awards are named for the late Rafael Eli, who was the co-producer with Joe Schramm of the Hispanic Television Summit, and a pioneer in Hispanic TV, himself. Eli passed of COVID-19 in April. Those in this first class are not only pioneers, but were close business and personal acquaintances of Eli.

The Awards will be presented in a total of 10 different categories at this year’s virtual ceremony on Monday, Sept. 21, at noon ET. 

Diego Luna most recently starred in Netflix’s worldwide hit “Narcos: Mexico” and has appeared in multiple telenovelas as a child star and as an adult. He has contributed many noteworthy performances in outstanding films including “Y tu mamá también,” “Open Range,” “Milk,” “Rudo y Cursi,” “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” “The Terminal” and 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” He has also produced documentaries including the highly-acclaimed “Cesar Chavez.” Luna will be starring in “Pan y Circo,” an original series from Amazon Prime Video, and “La Corriente del Golfo,” which launches in August.

“We are thrilled Diego Luna will accept this honor. He is one of the most recognizable TV and film stars as well as a highly creative producer and director,” said Joe Schramm, the Summit’s producer for 18 years. Schramm added, “Luna’s performances always reflect the Latino voice. We believe that Hispanic TV is where Latino voices matter most, and that’s why Diego Luna is the ideal recipient of this legacy award at the Hispanic Television Summit.”

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television will be presented to Luna by Isaac Lee, from Exile Content. The award is one of a series of awards that will be presented during the Hispanic Television & Video Awards Ceremony. Additional award recipients will be announced soon.

The Hispanic Television Summit is the premier event for those in the business of television and video for Hispanic viewers, worldwide. “We are excited to continue this great tradition of providing a platform for business discussions about TV and video for Hispanics,” said Bill Gannon, vice president & global editor-in-chief at Future plc. Gannon continued, “This summit is where leading executives in Hispanic media come together for unparalleled collaboration that doesn’t happen anywhere else.”

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