MIAMI, FL – March 15, 2016 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Hispanicize 2016 and DiMe Media announced today that the 2016 Tecla Awards (www.TeclaAwards.com) will have major Latino and multicultural star power headlined by TELEMUNDO’s Jorge Bernal conductor of “Suelta La Sopa” and the popular reality show “La Voz Kids” along with actress/TV Personality Julissa Bermudez.

As the official media sponsor, TELEMUNDO in partnership with DiMe Media present The Tecla Awards during Hispanicize week in Miami (www.HispanicizeEvent.com) which has become the largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship. Honoring excellence in U.S. Latino online video, blogging, media, marketing and those who create it, the 2nd Annual Tecla Awards will reflect the growing state of original Latino programming native to YouTube, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, Periscope, Pinterest, Twitter and live broadcasting, blogging and virtually all types of social media platforms. The awards will be held on April 7th during Hispanicize week at the Icon on Miami Beach.

Hispanicize 2016 Week features a record-breaking 220+ speakers in 100+ sessions, workshops, fireside chats and keynotes. Hispanicize 2016 also features the first annual DiMe Summit, the 3rd annual Positive Impact Awards gala, and the 1st annual Diversity Tech Showcase.

Bernal and Bermudez will lead an ensemble of top Latino and multicultural presenters throughout a star-studded evening at the Tecla Awards. The Emmy® Award winner, also known as “Mr. Check it Out”, is one of the most beloved personalities in U.S. Hispanic television. With great charisma, passion and sense of humor, he currently hosts TELEMUNDO’s singing competition “La Voz Kids” (The Voice Kids) which is now going into its fourth season and also hosts daytime entertainment show, “Suelta La Sopa”. With more than a decade working at the Spanish-language network, Bernal became known to viewers across the nation as the entertainment anchor for “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste”. He has also co-hosted red carpet specials for “Billboard Latin Music Awards” and “Premios Tu Mundo,” as well as Miss Universe’s “Camino a la Corona,” “Ritmo y Sabor,” “Calle Ocho,” and “Ritmo Latino Music Awards”.

Veteran Host/TV Personality Julissa Bermudez has appeared on some of televisions most iconic music and pop cultures series. She broke boundaries as the first Latina to host “BET’s 106 & Park”. Then MTV came calling as Julissa hosted the wildly popular “Jersey Shore” after-hour reunion shows. With her infectious personality Julissa is currently the “go to” brand ambassador for many millennial driven brands like Steve Madden who she tours with across the country hosting live events. In an ever-growing multicultural world Julissa’s diverse beauty has made her the new “girl next door.” 

“The star power of these wonderful co-hosts, together with a line-up of award presenters and the digital creators that are about to be unveiled as finalists of this year’s Tecla Awards will create an incredibly fun and satisfying awards show for the U.S. Hispanic marketplace,” said Cristy Clavijo-Kish, DiMe Media Co-CEO and Tecla Awards chair.

The talented cast of creators who will be presenting awards alongside Bernal and Bermudez during the Teclas ranges from comedians David Lopez, Los Pichy Boys and OMG it’s Eddy G to Alejandra Rodriguez of Styled by Ale, Lamar Tyler of Black and Married with Kids and 2b-tube stars BenShorts and Eva de Metal.

About The Tecla Awards
The 2016 Tecla Awards highlight the nation’s top Latino and multicultural content creators by way of more than 23 content categories as well as recognize the best digital marketing campaigns featuring social media influencers. From the top Latino LIVE broadcast storytellers on a variety of platforms from Instagram to Periscope and YouNow to the creator of the year or the best cover songs performer using social media, the Teclas honor content creators and sets the bar higher for the exploding industry.

The finalists are determined by a tally of the nominations that were submitted by the Teclas Nominations Academy and the public nominations process concluded on March 11th. The winners of the 2016 Tecla Awards will be determined by the Tecla Judges Academy comprised of a select group of leaders shaping the future of Latino social media, entertainment and marketing. They include creators, executives, publicists, influencer network leaders and other experts in the online content development industry.

About Hispanicize and Event Sponsors
Now in its seventh year, Hispanicize 2016 Week (#Hispz16) is expected to gather more than 2,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals and is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

The event will take place in downtown Miami’s InterContinental hotel, April 4-8, 2016.

To date Tecla Award sponsors include the Official Media Partner TELEMUNDO and Toyota, Prudential Financial and Raydr. The final Hispanicize Week schedule can be accessed at http://hispanicizeevent.com/schedule/ or via the smartphone apps of iTunes, Android. To purchase a pass to attend the event REGISTER HERE. To reserve a hotel room visit http://bit.ly/20wa0iM. See the official preview video of Hispanicize 2016 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys3_h5m8V6s)

The Hispanicize event can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Hispanicize, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent), Twitter and Periscope (@Hispanicize).

In the spirit of its theme #PowerInUnity, this year’s event is being produced in collaboration with Geoscape, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Latino Startup Alliance and Black Tech Week. 

Sponsors to Date

Sponsorship information is available by contacting [email protected] or calling 203.364.4779.

In addition to Prudential Financial, as of today, announced sponsors also include: Unilever, Carnival Corporation, Toyota, Que Rica Vida, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, ViveMejor, Wells Fargo, State Farm, JetBlue Airways, KOA, Stitch Fix, Nestle’s La Lechera, Dominican Republic Tourism, MSNBC, NBC News, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, The Miami Herald Media Company, CNN en Español, Diario Las Americas, Fox News Latino, Kelley Blue Book, Savings.com, Comcast, Pinterest, Visit Philly, Alma, República, Sensis, BTL Network, IZEA, Paco Collective, BodenPR, Newlink Americas, Pinta, American Heart Association, the Calvert Foundation, Juan La Iguana, Raydr and the Jackson Health Foundation.

Additional media partners include: The Latino Startup Alliance, BlackTech Week, Hispanicize Wire, PRODU, El Sentinel, Hispanic PR Blog, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Black Enterprise, Media Moves, Geoscape, iBlog Magazine and Digital Trends en Español.