Fusion Media Group Announces Production Deal with 25-Time Grammy-Winning Artist Residente
The Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) that serves the rising American mainstream, today announced that it has reached a creative and multi-platform production deal with 25-time Grammy Award winning recording artist Residente. The groundbreaking five-year agreement will include the development of new multimedia content spanning music, television and digital content as well as merchandising, endorsements and sponsorships opportunities.
Residente (aka René Perez Joglar) is a Puerto Rican rapper, writer, producer and the co-founder of alternative rap duo 'Calle 13.' He is the recipient of a Nobel Peace Summit Award and 25 Latin Grammys - the most ever awarded to a Latin artist.
With music and live shows at the center of the partnership, Residente will release a new album and embark on a world tour early next year, marking his first solo project since his departure from 'Calle 13.' The multi-platform deal also includes the production of a feature-length documentary and a range of social and digital content, including a new experiential website.
This portfolio of content will be distributed and promoted across the television, radio and digital platforms of both FMG and UCI providing an unprecedented 360° cross-platform, cross-cultural arrangement. FMG has reached a licensing agreement with Sony Music Entertainment to distribute Residente's new album.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with an artist of Residente's caliber - whose unique voice, unparalleled art and commitment to social justice deserve a far-reaching platform, now more than ever," said Jorge 'Pepo' Ferradas, President of Music for Univision Communications Inc.
"In a system that cannibalizes true art, this partnership is a real oasis it places art and creative freedom at its center, and I can't wait to start sharing my first pieces over the coming weeks," said Residente.
Residente (born René Pérez Joglar; February 23, 1978) is a Puerto Rican rapper, writer, producer and co-founder of the alternative rap group Calle 13. He has won 25 Grammy awards, the most Grammys ever awarded to a Latin artist. He studied fine art for 8 years, before launching an independent career as a lyricist, performer and director of many of his own music videos. His lyrics have been lauded by critics and studied by academics at universities around the world. He is most recognized for his commitment to social justice, championing civil rights across Latin America. In November 2015, Residente received the Nobel Peace Summit Award for his commitment to social awareness and promoting peace. He has also served as the spokesperson for several UNICEF and Amnesty International campaigns.
About Univision Communications Inc.
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