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Indie Produced ‘The Damid Damian Show’ & Latin Heat Media Partnership is Just the Tip of the OTT Iceberg

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 4, 2019 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) - TV Producer David Damian Figueroa and Latin Heat Media (LHM) announced an exclusive multi-year content creation partnership that includes the production of his talk show, The David Damian Show (TDDS) and a first-look streaming of one the episodes on latinheatcinema.com, Latin Heat Media’s OTT platform.

Executive produced, and hosted by Figueroa, The David Damian Show (TDDS) presents unique profiles of thought and creative leaders; entertainment professionals, sports figures and trendsetters in technology, social media, arts, culture and social movements. The Dolores Huerta episode, an in-depth interview of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, will premiere on LatinHeatCinema.com in time to coincide with the celebration of her upcoming 89th birthday on April 10th.

Figueroa is readily recognized as influential in shaping Latina and Latino popular arts through his work in film, television, music production, and publicity. “I have made meaningful relationships throughout my decades-long career and I’d like to give my audience the same opportunity to learn and be inspired from these amazing folks I have met along the way,” Figueroa stated.

Both Figueroa and Bel Hernandez, President/CEO of Latin Heat Media, LLC understand that digitization has permanently reshaped the global TV and film distribution platforms. Latinheatcinema.com was created to meet the demands of the revenue stream revolution with relatable content which targets U.S. Latinos.

“It is exciting and rewarding to partner with David Damian. We are both like-minded individuals that believe that to see shows that highlight our community, we need to create them,” said Hernandez. “We have the ability to cultivate our audience base — U.S. Latinos — who are a $1.5 trillion dollar consumer market, with relatable content on our LatinHeatCinema streaming platform.”

According to a study by The Latino Donor Collaborative, the U.S. Latino gross domestic product (GDP) represents $2.13 trillion — larger than the GDPs of Italy, Brazil, India and Canada. If U.S. Latinos were a country, they’d be the seventh largest economy in the world. With this in mind, Latin Heat Media is looking to target the most contextually-relevant brands for its OTT content, which is a perfect fit for brands in auto, banking, beverage, retail, confectionary, electronics, telecom, airline, fashion, sports, game developer, and the telecommunication industries.

“The TV and film landscape is changing in a Latino way. It makes sense to partner with Latin Heat,” said Figueroa . “I truly believe that it’s just a matter of time before a TV, film or streaming studio discovers that Latin Heat has not only the credibility, but the ability to create content, stream it, and recruit talent.”

The genesis for The David Damian Show originated from Figueroa’s Facebook Live which launched in 2016. He produced 39 live episodes which include interviews with Eva Longoria (ABC’s Desperate Housewives), civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, actor Nicholas Gonzalez of (ABC’s The Good Doctor), Edy Ganem (Devious Maids), artist Yolanda Gonzalez, and Jordi Vilasuso (Young and the Restless) which have garnered over 200 thousand views.

In addition to The David Damian Show, Figueroa is developing two more shows with Latin Heat Media. ThriftStore Score, a show about the treasure troves to found at the local thrift store; and I Was there, an interview show which documents historic movements in our country’s history by the person who mobilized hundreds, if not thousands of people to create social change.

About David Damian
The host of The David Damian Show is known in the entertainment industry for his important contributions in philanthropy, social activism, pop culture, arts, entertainment, civil rights in communities throughout the United States. He has been mentored by iconic thought leaders who have helped shape his character and have inspired him to become a social impact change agent. His life’s journey has spanned from that of child farmworker in Arizona to a respected national leader. For over a decade he worked in the entertainment industry and was successful in bridging meaningful relationships between celebrities, non-profit organizations, and social movements. He was the associate producer of the documentary film, The Harvest/La Cosecha and executive producer of the critically acclaimed documentary, Food Changes, which premiered at The Berlin Film Festival in 2014. Both films were in collaboration with Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation). The Archives of UCLA/CSCR maintain the David Damian Figueroa Collection/Papers, which documents his social impact work throughout our country.

11About Bel Hernandez
Bel Hernandez is President/CEO of Latin Heat Media, LLC a multi-media company that creates content about Latinos, by Latinos for universal audiences. She co-founded the first printed entertainment trade publication in 1992 focused on Latinos, Latin Heat (www.LatinHeat.com). She executive produced the talk shows Let’s Talk, KCBS’s HOLA LA! and currently TheTrendTalk TV. She is currently executive producing The David Damian Show. She one of the authors of the anthology, “8 Ways to Say I Love My Life,” published in 2009. The book was later adapted into a theatrical production and is the recipient of an Imagen Award for Best Theatrical Presentation.

Ms. Hernandez served on the George Foster Peabody Award board for six years; she received an ALMA Award from UNIDOS US (formally NCLR) for her Journalistic coverage of Latinos in Hollywood; and is currently on the Business Board of the NHMC