by Tracie Morales
QUE SABR0S0: Colombian chef Ingrid Hoffman will spice up the Food Network with a yet-to-be named series focused on Latin cuisine. It will air later this year. The culinary artist extraordinaire has signed a multi-year contract with the network. Her Spanish-language cooking show, Delicioso airs on Univisión/Galavisi6n and is in its second season.
EMMY BATTLE: A dispute over Emmy Awards 5given to Spanish language programming has landed in court. The Los Angeles based Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has taken steps to prevent its New York counterpart, the National Academy of Television Arts and Science’ from awarding Emmys En Español. According to a 1973 pact, the two organizations must agree on offering Emmys in additional formats.
“I urge the Academy members in Los Angeles to open their eyes and ears to the huge population in their own backyard and get out of their protective caves. Yes, Spanish speakers park your cars and clear your tables, but they also run the number one television station in Los Angeles and also happen to run L.A. City Hall,” stated Raúl Mateu, chairman of the Organizing Committee of Emmys en Español.
Among members of the 2007 Emmys En Español Committee: Maria Celeste Arrarás, host and editor, Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste”; Jackie Hernández-Fallous’ publisher’ People en Español; María Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos, co-anchors, Noticiero Univisión; Cristina Saralegui, host and producer, Cristina.
MUSIC AND POLITICS: Members of the Mexican rock band Maná recently voiced their concerns over immigration and environmental issues in a meeting with Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), according to an interview by El Nuevo Día. Band leader and vocalist Fher said it was ironic how the United States opposed the Berlin Wall in Germany but now supports creating a cement divide on its southern border.
Another issue covered was the Kyoto Treaty’ an environmental agreement that the United States has refused to sign. Clinton said she would engage China and India to come on board.
“We had the opportunity to meet with the woman who could become the next president of the United States—someone with great power in the U.S. Senate—to discuss environmental issues, looking her in the eye,” Fher said in the interview. It was a productive meeting and we hope that something positive comes out from this.”