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San Jose, Costa Rica based, Grupo Cerca has had a somewhat pioneering development. It can be said that the company founded 11 years ago by Argentinean entrepreneurs Marcelo Burman and Damian Szafirsztein, introduced modern magazine publishing on a regional level into Central America. We talked to Damián Szafirsztein, VP Grupo Cerca, about recent developments Grupo Cerca.

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With the start of the Copa America 2015,  June 11 until July 14 in Chile and one of the most anticipated sports events of the year, soccer passion and emotion will be running high throughout Latin America. While the popularity of soccer is very widespread throughout the Southern continent, what soccer means to fans and how they live their passion is very different. Havas Sports & Entertainment  has published the study: “Fans, Passions and Brands”, which surveyed 21,000 fans across 16 countries, and aims to understand the motivations and behaviors of soccer fans and their relationship with brand sponsors.

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Cisneros Interactive, a division that encompasses all of Cisneros’ digital initiatives, has signed up an advertising representation deal with PERFORM Group, the digital sports content group. Following this agreement, Cisneros Interactive’s mobile and online ad networks for the Americas, Adsmovil and RedMas, respectively, will commercialize PERFORM’s advertising inventory and products in certain Latin American markets.

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Mobile advertising platform Opera Mediaworks, part of Norway’s Opera Software, is acquiring Hunt Mobile Ads, a Buenos Aires Argentina headquartered mobile advertising company with presence in Latin America (Mexico City, San Jose, Costa Rica; Bogota, Colombia; and Sao Paulo, Brazil)and in the U.S. Hispanic market (Miami). The amount of the transaction has not been disclosed.

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