July 17, 2007 11:54 ET

First Ever American Latino TV Awards Debuts This Weekend!

Over 26,000 Viewers Cast Votes to Voice Their Favorites

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 17, 2007) - The Aim Tell-A-Vision Group, pioneering producers of English language, culturally relevant TV for U.S. born Latinos (American Latinos), announced that the first annual American Latino TV Awards will debut in national broadcast syndication on stations in over 75 cities all over the U.S. The syndicated run kicks off this weekend in several cities including a primetime broadcast in the nation's largest market (New York) on WWOR-My9 Sunday, July 22nd @ 7PM (for more dates & times visit

The awards show's unique format generated over 26,000 online votes in just a few weeks as viewers voiced their opinions by voting for their favorite American Latino in six categories.

The nominees for each category include:

--  FAVORITE AMERICAN LATINO ATHLETE (Presented by McDonald's): Luis
    Castillo (NFL-San Diego Chargers), Mary Joe Fernandez (Pioneering Tennis
    Pro), Carlos Arroyo (NBS-Orlando Magic), Ray Mendez (Professional In-Line
    Guillermo del Toro ("Hellboy," "Pan's Labyrinth"), Andy Garcia ("Lost
    City"), Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu ("Babel," "Amores Perros"), Rosie Perez
    ("Yo Soy Boricua").
--  FAVORITE AMERICAN LATINO ACTOR (Presented by Gael García
    Bernal ("Babel," "Motorcycle Diaries"), America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty,"
    "Real Women Have Curves"), Judy Reyes ("Scrubs"), Eva Longoria ("Desperate
    Housewives," "The Sentinal")
--  FAVORITE INDIE MUSICAL ARTIST(S) (Presented by Saturn): Go Betty Go
    (Punk Pop), KHZ (Heavy Rock), Pistolera (Latin-Alt Folklorico), Tapon
    (Reggae in Spanish).
--  FAVORITE AMERICAN LATINO COMEDIAN (Presented by Budweiser Select):
    George Lopez ("The George Lopez Show"), Carlos Mencia ("Mind of Mencia"),
    Kiki Melendez ("Hot Tamales") and Ruperto Vanderpool (Stand Up Comedian).
--  MOST INSPIRING AMERICAN LATINO (Presented by U.S. Army): Francisco
    Patio (young inventor), Peggy Stamp (interior designer), Hank Cervantes (WW
    II Pilot and Author), Sal Rojas (Photographer and Entrepreneur).

"We were pleasantly surprised by the viral nature of the viewer voting, thanks to the nominees' grassroots efforts and our loyal audience, who clearly want their voice represented in the media. The voting, advertiser and affiliates who gave the special excellent timeslots is encouraging and indicates a need for this type of format. Hopefully this is the first of many," says Robert G. Rose, CEO & Executive Producer.

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