AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing announced a jaw-dropping addition to its already stellar 2014 conference lineup: Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox, the world's premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe, and Executive Chairman of News Corp, the largest news and information services provider in the English-speaking world. During the opening session of the conference (Monday, April 28 at 1pm ET), Mr. Murdoch will share his insights on the changing landscape of news media in the next five years and the significant business opportunity in the Hispanic market.

The Voice of Hispanic Marketing announced that Dominican-American singer-songwriter Prince Royce will join a distinguished roster of newsmakers at AHAA's 2014 “Thinking Under the Influence” Conference, taking place at the Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel in Miami from April 28-30. Hosted by Ruben Leyva, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Latin Region, Spain & Portugal at Sony Music, this insightful interview explores the creative process with this fascinating young artist. 

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) & AIRE Radio Networks and SXSW join forces to launch SXAmericas a new program focused on harnessing the collective talent, idea pool and opportunities for U.S. and LATAM audiences. Officially launched March 11, SXAmericas will offer U.S. Latino and Latin American SXSW goers a deeper networking opportunity to discuss and address the latest industry opportunities for the Americas.

Agencies across the U.S. will have the opportunity to showcase the best of their Hispanic work in front of a who's who collective of the best and most revered creative directors in the U.S. and Latin America. Círculo Creativo, in partnership with AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing, revealed a powerful list of judges for its Third Annual U.S.H. Idea Awards, which is accepting submissions through April 1st, 2014. The award, which recognizes the best creativity in U.S. Hispanic advertising, has added three new categories: public relations; branded content and entertainment; and integrated campaigns.

If you’re headed to South by Southwest Interactive this weekend, as I am, there’s a very good chance that you’re complaining about it. It’s too big and corporate. It’s full of -- shocker! -- marketers instead of geeks now. It’s been impossible to get housing downtown unless you’re willing to sell a kidney on Craigslist. The Driskill Hotel won’t be fun for late-night drinks anymore because some sports marketers have taken over the whole place. You know the drill.  I’ve been going to SXSWi for years, and I agree that some of those complaints are legit. I don’t like waiting in line for breakfast tacos, and I don’t like booking insanely overpriced hotel rooms that are a 10-minute drive from the Convention Center, either. Still, I’ll confess: I like the fact that the chaos makes us think about attention. There are some lessons for us all to learn about confronting the inconveniences of representing a brand in a chaotic space. (And why not learn these things when there are open bars everywhere?)

As brands look for new and innovative ways to meaningfully connect with consumers, entertainment, word-of-mouth marketing, and social media have never been more important. With its registration page now open, AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing has confirmed that Roberto Rodriguez, award-winning director and maverick in the entertainment business; Jonah Berger, author of best-selling Contagious: Why Things Catch On; and Christian Martinez, head of sales of U.S. Hispanic at Facebook, are joining a powerful roster of marketing elite at AHAA’s 2014 “Thinking Under the Influence” Conference, taking place at the Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel in Miami from April 28-30.

Sabor Latino, a food industry trade show, will showcase products and services from this growing food and beverage sector on May 13 and 14, 2014, at the Pasadena Convention Center in the Los Angeles market.  The trade show and symposium will provide a marketplace for grocers, restaurateurs, schools, hotels, hospitals, foodservice, and food and beverage professionals to engage with suppliers and manufacturers of Latino food products and services.  From what's trending to the authentic and healthy, the show will feature an exhibit floor, workshops, cooking demonstrations, and a symposium.

As the influence of the Hispanic demographic impacts pop culture, purchasing behavior and technology adoption, the marketing industry is evolving with brands shifting their strategies to develop innovative and creative initiatives catering to a core audience of multicultural consumers. AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is leading the charge in bringing together some of the most powerful Chief Marketing Officers for its annual conference, taking place at the Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel in Miami from April 28-30, with a theme of “Thinking Under the Influence: The Next Five Years.”

The 2014 Multicultural TV Summit & Leadership Awards, being held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, will feature leading on-air personalities as well as top advertising and TV executives in a series of three keynote discussions. The first, featuring the Rev. Al Sharpton, host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC, and Jose Diaz Balart, anchor of Noticiero Telemundo on Telemundo, will focus on the impact that television news programming will have on multicultural voters in regard to the 2014 mid-term elections. Another keynote session will feature multicultural market authority Esther “ET” Franklin, who leads the creative vision for the Human Experience Strategy Network at the Starcom Mediavest Group, on how to effectively target consumers within different multicultural segments, such as LGBT, African American and Asian TV audiences.  A third keynote session will be a candid conversation about the impact that sports fans from various multicultural segments will have on the future of sports TV. It features the legendary sports journalist Stephen A. Smith and Lino Garcia, GM of ESPN Deportes, who is a multicultural TV pioneer and has led the Spanish-language network since its launch 10 years ago.  

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced three new categories in each of its national competitions to recognize excellence in Spanish-language television programs.

Horowitz Associates announces a call for speakers and sponsors for the 14th Annual Multicultural Media for Multicultural America Forum on March 20, 2014 at New York City’s Edison Ballroom.

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals is internationally renowned to be a stage for innovation in the areas of film, music, interactive technology and more. SXSW is excited to announce its newest initiative, SXAméricas. SXAméricas is a programming track within SXSW that will bring together leaders and innovators from the U.S. and Latin America.

Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News have announced an esteemed panel of eight individual and impartial judges for the 2014 Multicultural TV Leadership Awards, being presented Tuesday, February 4, 2014 during the Multicultural TV Summit in New York City at the Grand Hyatt.

Consumer technology marketing veteran, Monica Vila, who co-founded The Online Mom, a website that provides a healthy understanding for the positive role technology can play in a family's life, will be headlining the annual Hispanic Achievement and Business Leadership Awards (HABLA) events in Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando, and Houston. The events, which are presented by Verizon and hosted by Lanza Group, LLC, will recognize the achievements of Hispanic business and community leaders in these four markets.

The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) announced the winners of the 2013 Multicultural Excellence Awards, which recognizes ANA member companies and other marketers who produced industry leading multicultural advertising campaigns between June 2012 and June 2013.