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Historic Partnership to be Established Between Grupo Televisa, Spanish-Language Media Giant, and Miami Dade College, the Largest Institution of Higher Education in the U.S.

Grupo Televisa to provide seed funding for the creation of the Televisa Centre for Film and Television Production at Miami Dade College
Televisa-MDC Partnership

MDC President Dr. Eduardo Padrón, Grupo Televisa CEO Emilio Azcárraga, and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz

Miami, March 6, 2008 - Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, President of Miami Dade College (“MDC”), today announced the establishment of an innovative educational partnership with Grupo Televisa (“Televisa”) for the creation of the new Televisa Centre for Film and Television Production at MDC (“Centre”). The landmark announcement was made during the 2008 Miami International Film Festival, an MDC event celebrating its 25th year.
 
The creation of the Centre has been made possible by an initial $1 million donation, including matching funds, from Grupo Televisa under the leadership of its CEO Emilio Azcárraga, who is a member of the MDC Foundation Board. The Centre intends to establish itself as a hub and training center for the Latin American and Caribbean television, film and entertainment industries and will benefit greatly from the ongoing collaboration and input of Televisa executives, directors, producers and artists.  Students will have the opportunity to take part in a dynamic state-of-the-art curriculum, participate in valuable study abroad and work exchange opportunities, and learn from well-known figures in the industry. The Centre will also offer a Teacher Training Institute and will establish an archive and repository for Latin American film.

The Centre will be housed within MDC’s renowned School for Entertainment and Design Technology located at its North Campus under the leadership of Dr. José A. Vicente, campus president. It is anticipated that classes in the newly established program will commence in the fall of 2008.

President Padrón, who was recently elected chair-elect of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, said, “I am most pleased that this partnership will help us establish the premier hemispheric center for training and development for the television and entertainment industry which many in our community and beyond will be able to access. This initial donation is an important step in this endeavor, and we are extremely grateful. This alliance will provide many new educational opportunities for aspiring filmmakers throughout the Americas. With Televisa being the largest media organization serving the bourgeoning Spanish-speaking world and MDC being the largest and, in my eyes, the top institution of higher education in the nation, this is a perfect match.”

Mr. Azcárraga said, “I am confident that this is the start of many great things. Miami Dade College is a premier educational institution known for its innovation, excellence and service to the Latin community.  Grupo Televisa is honored to partner with Miami Dade in this endeavor. I believe the establishment of the Centre for Film and Television Production will not only support the resurgence of Mexican cinema, but hopefully contribute to a renaissance of filmmaking in the entire hemisphere and make Miami even more essential to the world of film and entertainment.”

Grupo Televisa is the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world and a leader in the international entertainment business. Founded more than half a century ago, much of its programming airs in the United States on Univision. The global media conglomerate’s interests include television production and broadcasting, programming for pay television, international distribution of television programming, direct-to-home satellite services, publishing and publishing distribution, cable television, radio production and broadcasting, professional sports and entertainment promotions, paging services, and feature film production and distribution.

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, The Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 165,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 200 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate of arts and associate of science degrees. In 2006, MDC admitted its 1.5 millionth student.

Major television and entertainment industry talent are among the college’s alumni including Emilio Estefan, Sylvester Stallone, Andy Garcia, Nilo Cruz, Willy Chirino, Kathie Lee Gifford and Harry Wayne “KC” Casey.

The Miami International Film Festival is the gateway for International and Ibero-American film. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2008, MIFF plays a leading role in maintaining and further enriching film culture in South Florida. Miami’s unique geographical and cultural position has made MIFF a premiere venue for showcasing film and fostering film business throughout the year. Cash awards are given in four competition categories: World Features, Ibero-American Features, World & Ibero-American Documentaries, and Short Films. Knight Grand Jury prizes of $25,000 are awarded in dramatic and documentary competitions. This year, the festival has attracted the participation of more than 500 industry professionals from around the world including Kate Hudson, Michael Caine, Demi Moore, Helen Hunt, Chris Cooper, Owen Wilson, Ashton Kutcher, Gloria Estefan, Kate del Castillo, Fito Paez, Patricia Clarkson, and many others. 

Grupo Televisa contact: Juan Mora, Director of Public Relations, Page One Media (786) 351 0123 or juan.mora@page1media.com.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director




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