CARLOS PONCE TO HOST EMMY AWARDS HONORING FERNANDO ARAU, SAUL LISAZO, JESSI LOSADA, LUCERO, MARIA ELENA SALINAS AND CRISTINA SARALEGUI; ALFONSO ARAU, PATTY CHAPOY, MARIA ANTONIETA COLLINS, ERICK ELIAS, “DON FRANCISCO” TO BE PRESENTER AT NEW TORK CITY GALA

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CARLOS PONCE TO HOST EMMY AWARDS HONORING FERNANDO ARAU, SAUL LISAZO, JESSI LOSADA, LUCERO, MARIA ELENA SALINAS AND CRISTINA SARALEGUI

Alfonso Arau, Patty Chapoy, Maria Antonieta Collins, Erick Elias, “Don Francisco” To Be Presenters at New York City Gala

          New York, N.Y. – October 11, 2006 – Multitalented Carlos Ponce, popular television host (“Miss Universe” in Spanish and English), actor and award-winning singer and songwriter, will host the Leaders of Spanish Language Television Awards, to be held at New York City’s Time-Life Building on Thursday, October 19 (6:30pm). In addition, Mexican Film Director Alfonso Arau (“Like Water for Chocolate,” “Zapata: The Dream of a Hero”), television producer and talk show host Patty Chapoy (Azteca America’s “Ventaneando”), talk show host Maria Antonieta Collins (Telemundo’s “Cada Dia Con Maria Antonieta”), telenovela actor Erick Elias (“El Cuerpo del Deseo”) talk show host Mario “Don Francisco” Kreutzberger (“Sabado Gigante”) Ray Rodriguez, President & COO, Univision Communications, and Jorge Hildalgo, Sr. Executive Vice President of News & Sports, Telemundo, will be among the presenters at the awards ceremony, which for the first time will be held in New York City, the country’s largest media market.

          The Trustees of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have selected six Spanish television stars who represent the best in Spanish language television to receive the coveted Emmy® Awards. This year’s honorees will be: Fernando Arau, popular morning show host of Univision’s “Despierta America”; Saul Lisazo, a veteran star of novelas, currently seen in Telemundo’s “Tierra de Pasiones”; Telemundo’s highly rated sports anchor Jessi Losada; Lucero, star of the Televisa’s telenovela, “Alborada”; Maria Elena Salinas, co-anchor of the most watched Spanish language nightly newscast “Noticiero Univision,” and Cristina Saralegui, host of Univision’s popular primetime talk show, “Cristina.”

          The 2006 Leaders of Spanish Language Television Awards is being sponsored by AT&T, Moet Hennessy and People En Español.

          “Spanish language television is an important part of the television landscape, with close to 40 million viewers nationwide and growing,” says Peter Price, President/CEO, National Television Academy. “And these honorees represent the best in Spanish language talk shows (the legendary Cristina Saralegui) news (the widely respected Maria Elena Salinas), sports (the remarkable Jessi Losada), morning programs (the multi-talented Fernando Arau), and the popular genre created by Spanish language television, telenovelas (the incomparable Saul Lisazo and Lucero).”

          At a recent press conference at New York’s City Hall, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said, “We are proud to host these international television stars that represent the best in Spanish language programming. New York is the home to the world’s biggest media companies, the nation’s second largest Spanish language television market and the most diverse Latin population of any City in the world. Bringing the ‘Latin Emmys’ to the world’s biggest stage will help us to continue to make our City the epicenter of Latin media and entertainment.”

          Television executives from across the United States are expected to attend the event in New York City. Last year, the inaugural salute to Leaders of Spanish Language Television was held in San Antonio, Texas.

          The National Television Academy is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award forNews & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, Creative Arts, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering/Advanced Media and Business & Financial Reporting. Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.   Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, the National Television Academy has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.  For more information, please visit the website atwww.emmyonline.tv.