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Latin Media and Entertainment Commission Joins the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment

LMEC logo September 4, 2012 - The Latin Media and Entertainment Commission is now a part of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. The Commission, which advises the City of New York on business development and retention strategies for the Latin media and entertainment industry, aims to expand Latin productions, media businesses and jobs in New York City. As part of the new arrangement, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will share its resources, which includes the “Made in NY” Marketing Credit and career panels like “Made in NY” Industry Series, in helping to promote Latin media and entertainment and attract new business to the City.

“At the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, we’re proud to team up with the Latin Media and Entertainment Commission to continue its work of enriching New York City by promoting the growth of the Latin media industry,” said Commissioner Katherine Oliver, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “We look forward to working with the Commission and exploring new ways to support its mission.”

“The resources of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will be an asset to continuing the work of the Latin Media and Entertainment Commission in its efforts to make New York City the Latin media capital of the world,” said Deputy Mayor Carol Robles-Román. “Under the leadership of Commissioner Katherine Oliver and Jorge Hernandez, the Commission will be even better suited to bring the best in Latin media and entertainment productions, businesses and jobs to New York City.”

“This is an exciting new development for the LMEC as it will now be directly connected to a City agency whose sole purpose is to promote entertainment and media in New York City with the sensibilities that are unique to realizing this shared goal,” said Lino Garcia, general manager of ESPN Desportes. “The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will also provide an infrastructure that the LMEC can more efficiently tap resources from and help it grow.”

Returning this year in October will be Latin Media and Entertainment Week, a weeklong celebration with activities that include cultural events, art music, networking and businesses functions. The celebration runs October 4-14.

The Commission is made up of leaders from the Latin and English-language media industry, community leaders from the nonprofit and cultural sectors and leading executives from the financial, advertising, publishing, new media and real estate industries. Since the Commission’s creation in 2003, 23 LMEC-endorsed events had a combined economic impact of approximately $90 million with over 300,000 participants.

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment also consists of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting; NYC Digital; and NYC Media, the official TV, radio and online network of the City of New York. The agency’s mission is to streamline government communications by making information accessible, leveraging technology to aid in the transparency of government and by supporting relevant media and entertainment industries in New York City.
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