"Q'VIVA! THE CHOSEN" TO PREMIERE SATURDAY, MARCH 3 ON FOX
Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jamie King Travel Across North, South and Central America in Search of Undiscovered Latin Performers
Q'VIVA! THE CHOSEN, the first-of-its-kind docu-journey series showcasing Latin music and dance, and featuring entertainment icon Jennifer Lopez, international music star Marc Anthony and world-renowned concert director Jamie King, will premiere Saturday, March 3 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, and will continue with two-hour episodes for five weeks until its grand finale Saturday, April 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
In Q'VIVA! THE CHOSEN, Lopez, Anthony and King will travel through 20 countries to find and showcase the most outstanding Latin singers, dancers, musicians and other amazing performers. The transcontinental journey, which includes stops in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela and the United States will also feature the incredible stories and personal journeys of the performers they discover.
After travelling the globe, and reviewing talent through the BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) tablet, Lopez, Anthony and King will bring the chosen ones to the U.S. to prepare for what is sure to be the most important performance of their lives in a spectacular show that will be the greatest celebration of Latin music and performance arts ever produced.
"Q'VIVA is a passion project on so many levels," said Lopez. "It's really our dream to see it come together. This is about creating a live visual experience about Latin culture, rhythm and dance. I believe that people will be so enlightened, so enriched by this experience."
"I am thrilled about our new association with FOX and to have their support in introducing Q'VIVA to a global audience," Anthony added.
"The beauty of Q'VIVA is that talent and artistry transcend language," King remarked. "We've found some of the most captivating performers from all over the region and just as I've experienced, despite not speaking Spanish or Portuguese, their stories will resonate with everyone."
"Q'VIVA is a celebration of the Americas, the diversity, the optimism and the extraordinary richness of the culture," executive producer Simon Fuller noted. "It's an incredibly ambitious and challenging undertaking. Searching out exceptional talent from every country in the region took months of planning and preparation. Every time I have travelled in the region, I have been blown away by its beauty and the potential of the people. Music and dance runs through the veins of everyone. Q'VIVA will reveal to the world just how much exquisite and pure talent exists in every corner of every country."
Previously announced sponsors include global wireless leader BlackBerry(R), American Airlines, founding member of the oneworld(R) alliance, and Kohl's Department Stores.
Q'VIVA! THE CHOSEN is a joint production from Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment, Jennifer Lopez 's NuYoRican, Marc Anthony and Jamie King.
For more information on Q'VIVA! THE CHOSEN, please visit www.qvivathechosen.com.
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About Simon Fuller:
Simon Fuller is one of the most influential forces at work in the entertainment business today. With a 25-year career marked by innovation and No.1 hits in TV, film, music, sports and fashion, Fuller has accumulated a formidable reputation for his work with the most successful girl group of all time (Spice Girls), dreaming up the world's biggest TV franchise (AMERICAN IDOL) and developing the world's most iconic talent brand (Beckhams).
Fuller has been certified by Billboard as the most successful British manager of all time, selling 360 million albums by stars that include Annie Lennox, Kelly Clarkson, Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, David Cook, Adam Lambert and No.1 hit songwriter Cathy Dennis. In 2010, Apple and iTunes publicly recognized Fuller for his achievement in selling over 250 million downloads on iTunes, making him the biggest music manager of the digital age. AMERICAN IDOL, the multi-billion dollar TV format created by Simon Fuller, has aired in over 120 countries and established new records in audience size and interaction. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has mirrored IDOL's success, becoming one of FOX's top-rated summer shows.
Fuller's business, XIX Entertainment, houses partnerships with iconic sportsmen including David Beckham, tennis player Andy Murray and F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, as well as fashion businesses with designers Roland Mouret and Victoria Beckham. In movies, Fuller is the executive producer of "Bel Ami," starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristen Scott Thomas, which is scheduled for release in 2012. Fuller has an association with several charitable initiatives, including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Save The Children, Keep A Child Alive, The Muhammad Ali Center, The Prince's Trust, Malaria No More, the United Nations Foundation and Comic Relief. In launching XIX, Fuller has built upon 25 years of unparalleled success to create a new form of business enterprise focused on entertainment, technology and consumer brands.
About Jennifer Lopez:
International icon Jennifer Lopez is an actress, entertainer, recording artist, film and TV producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Lopez has sold over 55 million records worldwide and has starred in a number of top-ranked films at the box office, including "The Wedding Planner" and "Monster-In-Law." 2011 was a milestone year in her lustrous career. FOX's juggernaut TV series AMERICAN IDOL named her as one of the show's celebrity judges. She launched worldwide campaigns as the ambassador of L'Oreal and Venus Gillette. Lopez also recently launched an exclusive collection with Kohl's, the first ever for the retailer, and has been named the spokeswoman of the Boys & Girls Club of America. Lopez set the standard for celebrity branding in fragrance, apparel and accessories. Her recent fragrance, Love and Glamour, marks 17 successful launches which have taken in more than $1 billion combined.
Lopez's eighth album, "Love?," was simultaneously released around the world on May 3, 2011 by Island/Def Jam Group. The first single from the album, and the best-selling digital single of her career, "On The Floor" (featuring Pitbull), was No. 1 in 17 countries, and was the highest debut single for any female in the U.K. that year. The music video has received more than an astounding 120 million views online. "On the Floor" was co-written and produced by the red-hot RedOne. The "Love?" album brought together a stellar lineup of producers, artists and songwriters, including Lady Gaga, RedOne, Lil' Wayne, Pitbull, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Tiao Cruz, Danja, D-Mile and Radio.
In 2001, "The Wedding Planner" was the nation's top-grossing film while her album, "JLO," was No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. These simultaneous No. 1 honors made Lopez the first woman in history to have a No. 1 movie and album in the same week. Lopez made her feature debut in the highly acclaimed film "Mi Familia," which garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role as the young mother, "Maria Sanchez." Lopez earned widespread acclaim for her work in the title role of "Selena", which brought her a Golden Globe nomination. The National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino advocacy group in the nation named her Entertainer of the Year at the American Latino Media Arts Awards (ALMA) for TV and film. Lopez's production company, Nuyorican, is in development on several film and TV productions that include a partnership with FOX and projects with ABC and TruTV.
Lopez founded The Maribel Foundation along with her sister, Lynda, with a mission dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children, and to raising the level of medical care available to them. The foundation is currently working with Children's Hospital Los Angeles on a Telemedicine program that will help underserved communities by providing technology and top-notch medical resources. The first Telemedicine center opened in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2010.
About Marc Anthony:
Marc Anthony is a singer, actor, songwriter and philanthropist who is widely recognized as one of the most influential and successful artists today. He has sold over 12 million albums worldwide. The five-time Grammy Award winner has received gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on multiple occasions. He has set records by receiving a total of 18 Lo Nuestro Awards and numerous Billboard Latin Music Awards. Other recognitions include being named by New York magazine as one of the Top 10 Most Influential New Yorkers and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington D.C. In 2009, Anthony became a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins.
Anthony has also established a highly credible acting resumé and can be seen in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead" (1999); opposite Salma Hayek in the Showtime original film "In the Time of the Butterflies" (2001); and with Denzel Washington and Christopher Walken in director Tony Scott's "Man On Fire" (2004). He appeared in Paul Simon's 1997 musical, "The Capeman." In the 2006 biopic "El Cantante," directed by Leon Ichaso, Anthony starred as Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Héctor Lavoe, with Jennifer Lopez as Puchi. May 2010 marked the release of Anthony's "Iconos" ("Icons"), an all-ballad Spanish album produced by Anthony and Julio Reyes, which featured eight titles by Anthony's favorite balladeers. This past summer, he returned to the TV series "Hawthorne" on TNT.
About Jamie King:
Jamie King is the leading concert director in the world of pop music today. In July of 2011, Variety published a special tribute issue celebrating King's career as "Billion Dollar Show Director." In 2006, Variety named King as one of the most influential "movers and shakers" in the music industry, branding him the "Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours."
Most recently, King wrote and directed Cirque du Soleil's now-touring and critically acclaimed "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour." Last year, he directed Rihanna's Loud Tour and Britney Spears' Femme Fatal Tour. Previously, King directed Rihanna's Last Girl On Earth Tour, The Circus Starring Britney Spears tour, Celine Dion's Taking Chances World Tour, and The Return of the Spice Girls reunion tour, among others.
For the past sixteen years, King has served as Madonna's creative director, and most recently directed her acclaimed 2012 Super Bowl halftime show. King directed Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour and her record-breaking Confessions Tour. He also directed and choreographed her Re-Invention and Drowned world tours, and directed her hit music video "Sorry." An Emmy Award and MTV Video Music Award nominee, King was greatly influenced by his early years working both for Prince and Michael Jackson. Since then, King has worked with an array of superstars including Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez and Ellen DeGeneres.
In 2005, King's strong caché in the pop music world and his athletic dance moves caught the attention of top athletic gear brand Nike, which tapped him to be its global spokesperson and to create the Nike Rockstar Workout(R) (taught in gyms worldwide). Fitness publishing giant Rodale thereafter released his hip hop-inspired dance fitness best-selling DVD and book, "Rock Your Body." For more information, go to www.jamiekingofficial.com.