Guatemalan Crime Thriller ‘Cadejo Blanco’ Headed to DVD and Digital Sept. 12 From Film Movement

Film Movement will release the Guatemalan crime thriller Cadejo Blanco on DVD and digital Sept. 12.

In the film, Sarita lives with her sister Bea in a working-class neighborhood in Guatemala City. One night, she goes out dancing at the insistence of her free-spirited sister and she heads home alone when the party drags on too late. The next morning, after calling friends and neighbors, Sarita begins to panic when she realizes that Bea never made it home. The police are indifferent and unhelpful, but Sarita suspects that Bea’s disappearance has something to do with Andrés, her sister’s dangerous ex. Realizing she must take matters into her own hands, Sarita manages to befriend him and infiltrate the crime-laden underbelly of Guatemala. Narrowly avoiding death at every turn, and with an unwavering determination in the face of the men who underestimate her, Sarita becomes increasingly involved with Andrés and the ruthless, violent world of his gang. As she searches for answers about what happened to her sister, she realizes that the truth is a lot more complicated than she could have imagined.

Cast with almost entirely non-professional actors, Cadejo Blanco is a thriller in the vein of Sin Nombre and Maria Full of Grace, digging deep into the underbelly of gang culture.

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Bonus features include commentary with director Justin Lerner (The Automatic Hate) and producer Mauricio Escobar; a video chat with Lerner and star Karen Martínez; screen tests; and a bonus Guatemalan short film Trópico, directed by Pedro H. Murcia, which follows 17-year-old Axel, who finds out his girlfriend is pregnant and takes a dangerous “job” to build a better future for them.

The Roku Channel Launches Spanish-Language Format

Roku June 6 announced the launch of “Espacio Latino,” a new destination for U.S. Hispanic audiences, offering a wide collection of programming geared at Spanish speakers on ad-supported The Roku Channel.

Roku says user appetite for Spanish-language content on The Roku Channel is strong; nearly 70% of Spanish-language viewing households watching The Roku Channel do not have pay-TV and they use the AVOD service more than three days per week.

“Espacio Latino” will feature thousands of hours of free movies and TV shows in Spanish, some of which are original and exclusive, plus English titles dubbed and subtitled in Spanish. The format will include more than 50 Spanish-language Live TV channels, of which more than 25 are brand new to The Roku Channel. Users will also have the ability to add Spanish-language subscription services. Additionally, Roku Original titles will be available, including the recently released series “Mamas,” narrated in Spanish by Zoë Saldaña. An all-new, Spanish-language Roku original, “Natural Born Narco,” will debut on July 8.

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“The launch of Espacio Latino marks an exciting step forward in our efforts to create a unified Spanish language experience for millions of streamers,” Ashley Hovey, head of The Roku Channel AVOD, said in a statement. “Our team worked diligently with some of the most renowned content providers in the Spanish language space to create a robust lineup of top tier telenovelas, sports, news, movies and TV series.”

NBCUniversal Telemundo, Hemisphere Media Group, Cisneros Media, Canela.TV, The Weather Channel en Español and Eurochannel are among new partners that The Roku Channel is working with to bring Spanish language content to users. Additional content providers include Lionsgate, Cinedigm, A+E Networks, BBC Studios, Sony Pictures Television, Film Movement, Pantaya, EstrellaTV, TelevisaUnivision and beIN SPORTS, among others.

Select programing includes Hernan, starring Oscar Jaenada and Michel Brown (A+E Networks); Hunting Ava Bravo, starring Kate del Castillo (Wild Sheep Content, Top Dead Center Films, Chollawood Productions); A la Mala, starring Aislinn Derbez and Mauricio Ochman (Lionsgate); Enamorada, starring Gaby Espino and Rene Lavan (Cisneros); and Amor Comprado, starring Elizabeth Gutierrez and Marjorie de Sousa (Cisneros).

Series include seasons 1-3 of “El Señor de los Cielos” (NBCUniversal Telemundo), starring Rafael Amaya and featuring Fernanda Castillo, “El Chema: Edición Especial” (NBCUniversal Telemundo) starring Mauricio Ochmann, and seasons 1-2 of “Señora Acero” (NBCUniversal Telemundo) starring Blanca Soto.

Netflix Ups Spanish-Language Content Releases

Netflix April 28 announced an extensive list of Spanish-language premieres produced in Latin America. Fans of all genres will be able to stream stories created by and starring talent from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

Mexican productions include “Belascoarán,” based on the adventures of detective Héctor Belascoarán Shayne, written by Paco Ignacio Taibo ll, starring Luis Gerardo Méndez, Paulina Gaitán and Irene Azuela, among others; “La flor más bella,” inspired by the story of Michelle Rodríguez, who is an executive producer on the series; and “Donde hubo fuego,” created by José Ignacio Valenzuela, a story that pays tribute to the women and men firefighters who risk their lives daily.

From Argentina, “Divisón Palermo,” about an inclusive urban police division designed as a marketing operation to improve the image of the force, which discovers something it shouldn’t. Colombian series “La primera mujer” is set in 1976 when the first female student enrolls at the José María Root school alongside 500 male students whose lives will forever change; and the Chilean series “42 días en la oscuridad,” produced by Juan de Dios Larraín and Pablo Larraín, and directed by Gaspar Antillo and Claudia Huaiquimilla.

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Among the true stories coming to the screen are bio-series like the Argentine production El amor después del  del amor, based on the life of Fito Páez, one of the most important rock musicians in Latin America for the past 30 years, starring Iván Hochman, Gaspar Offenhenden, Micaela Riera, Andrés Fejerman (aka Andy Chango), Julián Kartún and executive produced by Páez; El Rey, Vicente Fernández, about the life of this Mexican music icon with a stellar performance by Jaime Camil, accompanied by Sebastian Dante, Sebastian García, Kaled Acab, Marcela Guirado and Regina Pavón among others; Goles en contra, the Colombian limited series about the rise and fall of soccer in Colombia between 1987 and 1994, which shows how the most emblematic team of local heroes faced difficult situations and decisions which, intertwined with the collective dream of a country, became a nightmare; and  the Peruvian series Contigo Capitán, about the difficult legal battle between Peruvian soccer player Paolo Guerrero and the World Anti-Doping Agency after his disqualification from the 2018 World Cup in Russia that would lead to the modification of  anti-doping protocols worldwide.

Upcoming Latin American films include the Argentinian productions La ira de Dios, based on the novel La muerte lenta de Luciana B by Guillermo Martínez and starring Juan Minujín, Diego Peretti, and Macarena Achaga in a story full of mystery and drama; Pipa, starring Luisana Lopilato, Mauricio Paniagua and Inés Estévez among others, directed by Alejandro Montiel and based on the novels by Florencia Etcheves about Detective Manuela Pipa Pelari (La corazonada, Perdida), a retired police officer who returns to the job after the appearance of a lifeless body in northern Argentina; and Matrimillas, directed by Sebastián De Caro and starring Luisana Lopilato and Juan Minujín as a young couple who decide to use an app that adds or subtracts points according to their merits with one another, sending their lives spinning out of control.

Additionally, the Chilean film Ardiente Paciencia, based on the successful homonymous novel by Antonio Skármeta is coming soon. Adapted by Guillermo Calderón and directed by Rodrigo Sepúlveda, it tells the story of Mario (Andrew Bargsted), a young fisherman who dreams of being a poet and becoming Neruda’s next postman (Claudio Arredondo), whose verses help him win over the woman of his dreams, Beatriz (Vivianne Dietz); and finally Togo, the first film produced in Uruguay, directed by Adrián Caetano and with the performances of Diego Alonso, Catalina Arrillaga, Néstor ‘Tito’ Prieto, Luis Alberto Acosta, Marcos Da Costa, JoelAlva13, José Pagano, Federico Morosini, Sabrina Valiente, among others, which follows a boy from Montevideo who refuses to work for local organized crime, and faces  the consequences to protect his hometown and neighbors from violence.

As for competition shows, there is “Iron Chef México,” the Mexican version of the legendary world-renowned culinary competition that began in Japan, in which the best chefs face off against resident Iron Chefs in a duel against time around a very peculiar ingredient. Poncho Cadena and Paty Cantú will host. For music fans, there’s “La Firma,” an in-the-works musical competition in which global superstars Rauw Alejandro, Yandel, Nicki Nicole, Tainy, and Lex Borrero come together to search for the next talent. The winner will sign with the powerful talent incubator NEON16, one of the music industry’s most innovative companies.

For laughs, the Colombian stand-up specials deliver with Adulto promedio, Liss Pereira’s second show on Netflix in which she invites the public to literally step into her closet to share her deepest secrets about relationships, family and motherhood, and Mañana será peor, Ricardo Quevedo’s third special, recorded at the iconic Teatro Faenza in Bogotá, where he celebrates 20 years in comedy and talks about his life, his marriage, and the pandemic.

In the world of unscripted, we have the Mexican docuseries Mi encuentro con el mal, which narrates real cases of demonic possessions and exorcisms in Mexico; and América vs América, which reveals a behind-the-scenes peek at this popular Mexican soccer team. There’s also the Argentinean documentary feature film directed by Alejandro Hartmann, El fotógrafo y el cartero: el crimen de Cabezas, which examines the murder of photographer José Luis Cabezas in 1997, which shocked the entire country and brought to light a mafia network within political and economic powers; and the reality show Siempre reinas, starring Mexican divas Lorena Herrera, Lucía Méndez, Sylvia Pasquel and Laura Zapata.

Netflix is also streaming new seasons of fan-favorite series like the Mexican productions Rebelde (Season 2), Daughter from Another Mother (Season 3), Control Z and Who Killed Sara?, (third and final seasons for both), as well as the Argentinean productions El Reino (Season 2 coming soon) and El Marginal (Season 5).

AVOD Streamer DistroTV to Debut Original Feature Film ‘Escandalo Secreto’

DistroTV Feb. 1 claimed it would be the first free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) platform to debut an original feature film with the Spanish-language comedy Escándalo Secreto: En Plena Cuarentena (Secret Scandal: In Quarantine).

The comedy, directed and written by Jorge Cano, begins streaming on DistroTV Feb. 25. This marks the latest installment in DistroTV’s new, free-to-stream DistroTV Español channel bundle and comes on the heels of DistroTV’s recent expansion of its global distribution footprint, which now includes Latin American audiences.

The movie, set in Bogata, Columbia, bows on DistroTV Español, and will be available to all DistroTV audiences globally, including 17 countries in Latin America and in the U.S. The comedy’s cast includes Alejandro Gutierrez, Danny Trejo, Ninel Conde, Lina Castrillon, Platanito, Nanis Ochoa, Armando Hernandez, Lorena Herrera, Reykon, Margarita Reyes, Alexander Ospina, Valentina Lizcano, Nitzia Chama, Ricardo Hill, Isabella Santiago and Pancho Moler.

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DistroTV’s 200+ channel library includes a mix of films and television shows, such Bloomberg, EuroNews, People TV, Magellan TV and TD Ameritrade network, as well as independent channels like Black Enterprise, as well as Kweli TV, which spotlights the history and global diversity of the Black community; and DistroTV Desi, its free-to-stream South Asian channel bundle.

Spanish-Language Series ‘The Envoys’ to Premiere on Paramount+ Jan. 20

Paramount+ will premiere the Spanish-language series “The Envoys” (“Los Enviados”) in the United States Jan. 20.

All eight episodes will be available to binge exclusively on Paramount+.

The original series stars Luis Gerardo Méndez (“Narcos: Mexico,” Charlie’s Angels), Miguel Ángel Silvestre (“Narcos,” “Sense8”), Irene Azuela (“Sense8”), and Miguel Rodarte (“Narcos: Mexico”). Oscar winner Juan José Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes) serves as showrunner, producer and director. 

“The Envoys” follows two priests from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Vatican team in charge of verifying and studying miracles of potential saints, who are sent to Mexico to verify alleged miraculous healings of another clergyman known for performing them in a mental institution. As soon as they arrive in Mexico City, they receive the news that the priest they are looking for has disappeared without a trace. Their lives and their faith are taken to the limit when they discover a psychiatric colony, located on the suburbs of the town, that seems to hide more than one secret: a mystery buried for decades that underlies each inhabitant of the town. Méndez stars as Pedro Salinas, a methodical priest who never breaks the rules and believes in routine, whose greatest desire is to be able to prove his own miracle. Silvestre plays Salinas’s companion and fellow priest Simón Antequera, who has great ambitions within the church and, unlike Salinas, is intuitive and always offers a different point of view. Cortés, played by Irene Azuela, will be a key piece in the search for the truth as she witnessed the first two miracles attributed to the clergyman. Cortés takes an active role in finding the location of the man the priests are looking for, whom she considers a brother.

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“It’s a dream come true for ‘Los Enviados’ to premiere outside of Spanish-speaking countries for global audiences on Paramount+,” Campanella said in a statement. “It’s the perfect place to showcase the series and the effort of everyone involved in this project, just as it deserves.”

“I feel honored to carry out this project under the gaze of a director like Campanella and with colleagues like Miguel Ángel Silvestre and Irene Azuela,” Méndez said in a statement.

“I’m very proud of working for VIS in a production of such dimensions. I’m very happy to belong to this project and that this content is part of Paramount+,” Silvestre said in a statement.

“Working with Juan José Campanella was a delight. His knowledge is tremendous, and I’m sure the audience will want to see the story from beginning to end,” Azuela said in a statement.

The series will also be available on Paramount+ in Australia, Canada and the Nordics on Jan. 20.

ViacomCBS to Acquire Stake in Spanish-Language Content Producer

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in the Spanish-language content producer Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico from The Walt Disney Co. and the founding family of Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico.

ViacomCBS International Studios’ VIS, a division of VCNI, will operate Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico as a collaborative partnership with the founding family. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.

Through this transaction, VCNI will gain access to Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico’s studio operations in both Colombia and Mexico, as well as many hours of library content, including premium series, telenovelas, films, documentaries, unscripted, kids and family, branded and digital content, and live sports shows produced for various audiences. This content will fuel ViacomCBS’s global streaming platforms including Paramount+ and Pluto TV, and its linear networks around the world, according to the company. Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico will also bolster ViacomCBS’ Spanish-language content production capabilities to capitalize on significant content demand in the region and worldwide, the company noted.

“The acquisition of Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico, combined with ViacomCBS’s existing Spanish-language portfolio including Telefe and Chilevisión, reinforces the company’s position as a leading worldwide producer of Spanish-language content,” Raffaele Annecchino, president and CEO, ViacomCBS Networks International, said in a statement. “This content will fuel ViacomCBS’ global ecosystem across Paramount+, Pluto TV and its linear networks.”

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“This announcement is very fulfilling and I feel very honored that Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico will continue its expansion and growth in the hands of such an amazing company as ViacomCBS and its talented and visionary executives,” Samuel Duque Rozo, founder and CEO of Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico, said in a statement. “The extraordinary work that our team has made during all these years, combined with ViacomCBS’s vision, iconic brands, experience, professionalism, creativity among much more, will bring nothing less but the best for both businesses.”

Rozo will continue to exclusively support the business from a creative and strategic advisory position, and Samuel Duque Duque, current president, will lead the business. Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico will fall under the remit of Juan “JC” Acosta, President of ViacomCBS International Studios and Networks Americas.

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Kartoon Channel! Gets New Spanish-Language Content

Genius Brands International has announced a new Spanish-language content service for children — ¡KC! En Español — on its streaming platform Kartoon Channel!

Kartoon Channel! also announced Oct. 5 that it is now available on Pluto TV.

With ¡KC! En Español, Kartoon Channel! expands its current  platform to serve the Latino children’s community in North America. The new Spanish-language children’s program service will reside on the main Kartoon Channel! platform and function as a sub-brand of Kartoon Channel!, similar to Kartoon Classroom!, which premiered in September 2020. The offering will launch with Genius Brands’ “Rainbow Rangers,” in addition to “Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab,” “Mi Perro Chocolo,” YouTube’s “Spanish Tree TV” and “Stan Lee’s Mighty Seven.”

“Not only is this the right entertainment and cultural move for Kartoon Channel!, but it also makes good business sense too,” Jon Ollwerther, president of Kartoon Channel!, said in statement. “Today, 26% of kids in the U.S. under the age of five are of Latinx heritage, a number that is only expected to grow. Further, 83% of Latinx audiences are streamers, versus 73% of non-Latinx audiences. Finally, digital ad-spend focused on the Latinx audience in the United States has more than doubled from 2015 to 2020 and the market today is estimated at over $1.5 billion. We look forward to this becoming an important and growing contributor to the business of Kartoon Channel!”

“Following the success of our educational sub-brand Kartoon Classroom!, ¡KC! En Español was the obvious next step for us,” Michael Riley, Genius Brands International’s chief diversity officer, said in a statement. “We’re proud to announce this new offering during Hispanic Heritage Month and to better serve the Latinx community, now in English and en Español.”

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Genius Brands International’s digital network Kartoon Channel! is a family entertainment destination. Kartoon Channel! delivers  content across multiple platforms, including Comcast, Cox, Dish, Sling TV, Amazon Prime, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Android TV, Android Mobile, Google Play, Xumo, Roku, Tubi, Samsung Smart TVs and LGTVs. Kartoon Channel! can also be streamed on TVs and mobiles device by downloading the app, or on desktops by visiting

Nearly Two-Thirds of U.S. Latino Spanish-Language Content Viewers Stream

A recent Horowitz Research survey found 80% of U.S. Latino TV content viewers are streamers, including nearly two-thirds (64%) of Latino Spanish-language content viewers.

Eight out of 10 (80%) subscribe to at least one SVOD service. On average, Latino streamers pay for four streaming services.

According to Horowitz, half of Latino households (49%) subscribe to both a traditional MVPD and at least one streaming service, with younger, multilingual, bicultural, family households the most likely to leverage both MVPD and SVOD platforms to meet their households’ needs, which includes demand for both English and Spanish content.

Six in 10 Latinos watch Spanish-language content at least occasionally, according to the study. Notably, viewing of Spanish-language content is as high among bilingual, bicultural Latinos as it is among their Spanish-dominant counterparts. And, almost one in three (29%) English-oriented, highly acculturated Latinos watch in Spanish at least occasionally, according to the study.

While traditional (broadcast and cable) used to be the main source for Spanish-language content, the Spanish-language TV landscape is transforming, according to Horowitz. The past couple of years have ushered in an explosion of Spanish and Latinxo-themed streamed content, starting with the success of Netflix’s “Narcos,” “La Casa de Papel,” “Elite,” “La Reina del Sur” (a Telemundo series) and other popular shows.

Horowitz noted Latino audiences can now access Spanish-language and Latinx-themed content across a wide variety of free and paid services: Peacock, with a selection of Telemundo content; Amazon Prime Video, which is making substantial investments in Spanish and Latino-themed content; FuboTV, offering Spanish-language sports programming; Discovery, which offers various Spanish-language mobile apps; Pluto TV, with free programming and channel surfing in English and Spanish; Pantaya; OnDemandLatino; and the new Univision/Televisa venture Prende TV, among many others.

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“Latinx consumers have long been underserved in the streaming space, but this is completely changing now,” Horowitz’s Adriana Waterston, SVP of insights and strategy, said in a statement. “There is a market for all sorts of streamed Spanish and Latino-themed content, ranging from traditional telenovelas to content that speaks to the sensibilities of younger, bilingual, bicultural U.S. Latinos. Importantly, much of this content will not only appeal to Latino consumers but other audiences as well.”

Latino audiences continue to value the benefits of traditional MVPD services when making their subscription decisions, such as accessing live TV content, watching television episodes the day they air, and having access to local, national and international up-to-date news coverage.

However, two in three Latino consumers surveyed perceive that the quality and variety of Spanish content available in the streaming ecosystem is as good or surpasses that which is available through MVPD services, which could lead to more Latino households becoming cord-cutters, according to Horowitz. The Horowitz survey shows that already 22% of Latino TV homes have cut the cord in the last three years.

“Latino households have been some of the most loyal customers of MVPD services, driven by the desire to have access to the most robust selection of both English and Spanish content,” Waterston said in a statement. “As streaming services amp up their Latino-oriented offerings, traditional players will need to find new ways to retain their value proposition among this audience.”

Paraguayan Horror Film ‘Morgue’ Arises on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD May 11 From Well Go

The Paraguayan horror film Morgue will come out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD May 11 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the supernatural thriller, after a harrowing accident, a down-on-his-luck security guard accepts a promising new gig at the local morgue. He gets locked in and eerie occurrences (and a not-quite-lifeless body) leave him to wonder: how much otherworldly rage does it take to wake the dead?

A huge breakout hit in its home country, the film is — according to first-time writer/director Hugo Cardozo — based on real events.

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The cast of newcomers includes Pablo Martínez, María del Mar Fernández, Willi Villalba, Abel Martínez, Dr. Aldo Von Knobloch, Raúl Rotela and Francisco Ayala.

Canela Media Launches Free, Live Streaming News Platform for U.S. Latino Market

Canela Media Feb. 9 announced the launch of Canela News, what it claims is the first free live-streaming newscast for the U.S. Latino market. The Spanish-language daily newscast will cover topics most relevant to U.S. Latinos, including breaking news, sports, immigration, and more.

On March 8, Canela News will begin broadcasting daily live 30-minute segments Monday-Friday at 6 p.m. ET and repeats at 9 p.m. ET on the advertiser-supported streaming service Canela.TV, which will also be distributed on free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) channels. There will also be a daily segment focused completely on sports. On Fridays, it will air a special five-minute segment called “Buenas Noticias,” bringing inspirational good news.

“Viewing habits of U.S. Latinos are rapidly changing as more of this audience shifts to digital platforms and abandons traditional TV,” founder/CEO Isabel Rafferty said in a statement.

Rafferty said that U.S. Latino cord cutters have heretofore been unable to get streaming access to the Spanish-language, U.S.-centric news.

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“There was a void in the market which presented an opportunity for [us] to fulfill,” she said.

According to eMarketer, in 2021 more than 6 million U.S. households will cut the cord with pay-TV, bringing the total number of cord-cutter households to 31.2 million. However, most streaming services are geared towards English-speaking audiences and tastes, with a smattering of content gathered from around the Spanish-speaking world.

Canela News is made with a team of producers and anchors delivering culturally relevant content led by Alejandro Medina, who previously ran the TV Azteca national newscast. Journalist and TV host Jimena Duarte will be the anchor for the Daily Newscast. René Romero, an international sports commentator and journalist with over 10 years of experience, will anchor the Daily Sportscast.

“We will continue to forge meaningful connections with our audience through our growing variety of high-quality content options,” Rafferty said.

Launched in May 2020, Canela.TV is a streaming service with more than 10,000 hours of entertainment for adults and children, including comedies, docuseries, novelas, cartoons, dramas and action films. The app is available for download on the App Store and Google PlayRokuApple TVAndroid TVAmazon Fire TV and smart TVs.