Leading Hispanic-Facing Media Company Announces Canela.TV’s Foray Into Originals and Details New Content Acquisitions; Canela Kids, New Spanish-Language Offering for Kids 2-12 To Debut August 2022; New Projects In Development at Canela Music; and Plans Revealed for the Newly Launched Innovation Labs In Silicon Valley Spearheaded by Former Pluto TV Chief Product Officer Shampa Banerjee.
Today, during a virtual IAB NewFront Presentation, Canela Media’s founder and CEO Isabel Rafferty shared news about the company’s next tier of content for Canela.TV and Canela Music, and also announced that the company will be adding to its growing portfolio of ad-supported brands with Canela Kids, a new Spanish-language AVOD destination for kids 2-12 launching August 16.
Canela Media, whose Q1 2022 revenue jumped a whopping 325% year over year, also unveiled plans for their recently launched Innovation Labs, a new division based in Silicon Valley that will use key learnings and advanced technologies to inspire innovations that make the media experience more immersive. The company will celebrate their first CincoDeFront event this evening at New York’s Paradise Club at The Times Square EDITION.
The insights we have about our passionate fans fuel all of our choices, which is what makes Canela the only real strategic AVOD player for Hispanic audiences.
Rafferty, who opened her presentation standing beside the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street, said: “At Canela, we look to elevate our compelling narrative through a distinctly Hispanic lens, and this audience is never an afterthought – they are our primary reason for being. Our approach to alliances with brands as well as our work in original content must be authentic, disruptive, and empowering – for our viewers, our creators and our marketing partners. We will deliver all of that and more in 2022.”
She added: “The insights we have about our passionate fans fuel all of our choices, which is what makes Canela the only real strategic AVOD player for Hispanic audiences. We understand that the Latin viewer comes in many flavors – and the Canela community of offerings celebrates each of those identities including Afro-Latinos, Hispanic Americans, immigrants and many more.”
In the past year, Canela Media, the only female and minority owned Hispanic-facing media company offering true reach and scale, has partnered with numerous brands including Verizon, TurboTax, Target and Nissan with new alliances set with Pizza Hut, Unilever, Sephora, Mondelez and the Department of Health and Human Services in the coming months.
Also taking part in the session was Jerry Leo, Chief Content Officer, Canela.TV; Mario Torres, VP, Canela Music; Shara Ogg, Canela Media’s VP of Marketing, Andres Rincon, Senior VP of Sales; Matt Montemayor, SVP, Sales, West and Central Region; Maggie Salas-Amaro, Director, Canela Kids; and Shampa Banerjee, former EVP at ViacomCBS and Chief Product Officer at PlutoTV, who was named Canela’s Chief Product & Technology Officer earlier this month.