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[04/03/07 - 01:18 PM]
The 2007 Alma Awards Returns to ABC with Host and Producer Eva Longoria
Nominees will be announced at a live press conference in April while the awards themselves will be handed out on Friday, June 1 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

[via press release from ABC]

"THE 2007 ALMA AWARDS" RETURNS TO ABC WITH HOST AND PRODUCER EVA LONGORIA

All-Star Event Airs Tuesday, June 5

"The 2007 ALMA Awards," celebrating the hottest stars from the worlds of film, television and music, will air TUESDAY, JUNE 5 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Television and film superstar Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") will reprise her roles as host of the event as well as producer.

"It is an honor to return as host of the ALMA Awards and to also be working with NCLR to contribute creatively to the production of the show," said Longoria. "This year we are going to have an action packed telecast filled with surprises, as we celebrate the achievements of the Latino community."

The two-hour special is organized by The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) � the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. The annual ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) Awards recognize and celebrate Latino artistic achievement in American film, television and music.

"We are thrilled to be back on ABC and have Eva � one of the most respected, talented and acclaimed women in the entertainment industry � as our host," said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murgu�a. "With our stellar production team and support from the Latino community, we are confident that this year's telecast will be one of the most memorable television events of the year."

"The 2007 ALMA Awards" will tape on Friday, June 1 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Nominees will be announced at a live press conference in April. In addition to the nominated awards, a series of special achievement honors will also be presented.

The executive producers of "The 2007 ALMA Awards" are Michael B. Seligman, Janet Murgu�a and David Chavez. Eva Longoria returns as producer, joined by director Louis J. Horvitz, co-producer/talent Danette Herman and music producer Scott Igoe.

For more information on "The 2007 ALMA Awards," please visit www.almaawards.com.

About ABC

ABC Entertainment offers quality, award-winning programming that includes many of the most widely viewed series, specials and movies. Primetime Entertainment on ABC crosses various programming genres with hit series like "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy," "Dancing with the Stars," "Lost," "Ugly Betty," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Brothers & Sisters," "Boston Legal," "According to Jim," "George Lopez," "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in late-night.

About NCLR

Founded in 1968, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The NCLR ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) Awards Presentation is an integral part of that work: A national primetime ABC Television Network entertainment special with a mission � to show how diversity strengthens our country and how inclusion strengthens the entertainment industry.

The ALMA Awards was created in 1995 as part of NCLR's strategy to promote the diverse, accurate, and balanced portrayals of Latinos in the media and the enhancement of the Latino image in the entertainment industry. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org .





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