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SOURCE Veracruz Media LLC
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Veracruz Media LLC, a Los Angeles-based production and licensing company, announced that it has secured a broad range of exclusive rights to the legendary animated character, Cantinflas, for global distribution and licensing everywhere outside of Mexico. These rights include but are not limited to all merchandise and apparel licensing, TV broadcasting, and Internet distribution of the entire animated series "Cantinflas Show" and "Amigo and Friends." Veracruz also has the exclusive rights to develop, produce, and distribute new episodes of these enduring and enormously popular children's shows.
In his time, Cantinflas came to represent the national identity of Mexico and is still a beloved icon of the common man throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Originally debuting in 1972 and re-animated by Hanna-Barbera a decade later, both animated Cantinflas series continue to have wide multi-generational appeal today, as nostalgic Latino parents who grew up with the shows are now introducing Cantinflas to their own children. Translated into several languages when they were first released, the Cantinflas cartoons delve into a wide range of educational topics and are a huge draw to children of all cultures.
"We are looking forward to bringing this timeless series to a major broadcaster here in the U.S. and to others around the globe," commented Jay Rifkin, a founder of Veracruz Media. "We are especially excited about producing new episodes and the vast array of distribution and merchandising opportunities that they will present."
"We will also make the classic series available to Walmart, Target, iTunes and other major retailers," said Yolanda Machado, also a founder of Veracruz. "Cantinflas has a tremendous following among Latinos, and our exclusive licensing rights will introduce Cantinflas merchandise and apparel to the U.S. for the first time, finally addressing the pent-up demand for these products from America's fastest growing consumer group."
About Veracruz Media LLC
Veracruz Media is a Los Angeles-based production and licensing company focused on promoting and expanding the Cantinflas brand by leveraging the broad appeal of media to drive successful retail opportunities. Two experts in Latino programming founded the company: Jay Rifkin, an award-winning music and film producer, and Yolanda Machado, a leading authority on the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.
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