What: 2013 ALMA Awards
When and Where: Friday, Sept. 27, live at 10pm ET on MSNBC
About: Eva Longoria returns to co-host the ALMA Awards (American Latino Media Arts Awards) when the 2013 ALMA Awards ceremony airs as a live, one-hour special on MSNBC. Longoria, who is also an executive producer of the special, will be joined onstage by co-host Mario Lopez. The 2013 ALMA Awards will also include complementary programming on MSNBC and mun2, and on digital platforms including mun2.tv and telemundo.com.
Presented by National Council of La Raza (NCLR) as a Hispanic Heritage Month event, the ALMA Awards seek to show how diversity strengthens America and how inclusion strengthens the American entertainment industry. The awards celebrate America’s favorite Latinos in the entertainment industry, television, film and music.
The 2013 ALMA Awards will feature three new segments, including a comedic segment with Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), a social media segment with mun2’s Yarel Ramos and Crash, and a special performance segment featuring young singer Sebastien De La Cruz. A special one-hour pre-show telecast will honor actor, writer and director Tony Plana with the Ricardo Montalban Award for Lifetime Achievement, actor Wilmer Valderrama with the Outstanding Social Activism Award, and writer and producer Nancy De Los Santos Reza with the Outstanding Industry and Community Service Award.
Along with various online elements, there will be four hours of on-air programming related to the 2013 ALMA Awards:
2013 ALMA Awards — Sept. 27 at 10pm ET on MSNBC. Live broadcast of the awards special.
After the ALMAs — Sept. 27 at 11pm ET on MSNBC. Alex Wagner hosts this special live from Pasadena, Calif., immediately following the 2013 ALMA Awards. During the one-hour conversation, Wagner will explore the diverse issues affecting Latinos, including the growing Latino electorate, immigration reform and the border, education, Latino images in the media and recognizing the achievements of this 50-million-strong community. The program will feature guests such as Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson, Al Madrigal, NCLR CEO Janet Murguía, film director Robert Rodriguez and MSNBC contributor Maria Teresa Kumar, as well as behind-the-scenes award footage.
Hecho en America — Sept. 28 at 4pm on mun2. This mun2 news special features Latinos who are changing politics, culture and business in the United States. The program features Jessica Alba, Janet Murguía, Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.), Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez, George Lopez, boxer Marlene Esparza and Christina Aguilera.
2013 ALMA Awards All Access Red Carpet Special — Oct. 5 at 4pm ET on mun2. Features performers, presenters, hosts and honorees on the red carpet followed by mun2 rebroadcasts of the 2013 ALMA Awards.
The 2013 ALMA Awards honorees include:
Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence — Robert Rodriguez. Credited with reshaping the cultural landscape by integrating Latino faces, stories and themes into the mainstream with groundbreaking works such as El Mariachi, From Dusk Till Dawn and the Spy Kids franchise, Robert Rodriguez will be presented the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence by Jessica Alba (Sin City), who will be joined onstage by Machete’s Tito Larriva and Danny Trejo, and Spy Kids’ Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega as part of the special tribute. Lady Gaga, Cheech Marin and George Lopez will also take part in the presentation.
Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community Award — Carlos Santana. Music legend Carlos Santana will be recognized for his tireless advocacy for increased access to the arts, education and health care for underprivileged youth, as well as the fight against child poverty and suffering.
Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community Award — Rosario Dawson. Actress Rosario Dawson will be recognized for distinction in service, where she matches her talents on the big screen with an equal passion for activism in the Latino community. Dawson supports the Lower East Side Girls Club, Voto Latino and other causes and charities that make a difference in the lives of women, protect the environment and have global impact.
Special Achievement in Film — Filly Brown. Executive producer Edward James Olmos and director Michael D. Olmos, along with lead cast members Gina Rodriguez and Lou Diamond Phillips, will be on hand to accept this year’s honor for Special Achievement in Film for the film Filly Brown, an inspiring and gritty portrait of a young artist striving to find her voice and seize her dreams without compromising her values.
Special Achievement in Television — Cast of Dexter. Lauren Vélez, David Zayas and Aimee Garcia will be honored for their gripping portrayals of fan-favorite characters “Maria LaGuerta,” “Angel Batista” and “Jamie Batista,” respectively, on Showtime’s critically acclaimed drama Dexter, which just ended after an eight-season run.
2013 ALMA Awards presenters include: Jessica Alba, Gina Rodriguez (Filly Brown), Modern Family‘s Rico Rodriguez, Daisy Fuentes, Diego Boneta (Fruitvale Station), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station), Christina Milian, (The Voice), the cast of NBC’s new comedy Welcome to the Family (Ricardo Chavira, Justina Machado, Fabrizio Zacharee Guido and Joseph Haro), and the Latina-led cast of Lifetime’s Devious Maids (Roselyn Sanchez, Dania Ramirez, Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz and Edy Ganem).
Aloe Blacc and Latin/funk/rock group Quetzal will perform. House music will be provided by Raul Campos and Peter Michael Escovedo.