SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- During the recent VSDA (Video Software Dealers Association) trade show in Las Vegas, Mexican production conglomerate TELEVISA was declared the leader in Spanish-language home entertainment following the presentation of a commemorative plaque by their exclusive U.S. distributor Xenon Pictures, Inc., in recognition of sales exceeding 600,000 copies of the CHAVO DEL 8 DVD collection.
For over three generations, "El Chavo del 8" has charmed Spanish-speaking audiences the world over with his wildly zany antics, and continues to do so in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico and far beyond, delighting millions of viewers across the globe. A Mexican television landmark, the series' winning formula of slapstick comedy and social commentary is reminiscent of the classic "Little Rascals" films. "El Chavo del 8" centers on an eight-year-old boy (played by adult actor/writer/producer Roberto Gomez Bolanos) who lives inside a barrel in the courtyard of a neighborhood filled with loony but lovable characters.
During the ceremony, Xenon Pictures founder, president and CEO Leigh Savidge said, "The Televisa name and logo is hardwired into the consciousness of all Spanish-speaking citizens in the U.S. and all countries where Spanish is spoken ... classic Televisa programs such as 'El Chavo del 8' and 'Chespirito' carry the same nostalgic weight as 'I Love Lucy' and 'Saturday Night Live' for English-speaking Americans. The power of Televisa cannot be underestimated."
Xenon Pictures' recent releases include a string of successful English- subtitled telenovelas (Mexican soap operas) on DVD, including RUBI and AMOR REAL, two of the most watched programs in the history of Spanish-language TV. Also on DVD is MI VERDAD, the uncut, uncensored tale of love, lust and deceit, written by renowned telenovela producer Juan Osorio, detailing the scandal that almost destroyed his career.
Other titles now available on DVD include the telenovelas "La Usurpadora," "Nina ... Amada Mia," "El Manantial" and "Abrazame Muy Fuerte" (all featuring casts of Mexico's biggest stars), the acclaimed documentary "Juan Pablo II: Testigo de Esperanza" (English title: "John Paul II: Witness to Hope"), and the hit series "Juana La Iguana," "El Chavo del Ocho" and "Chespirito," among a host of other classics.
Just in time for the Fiestas Patrias and Mexican Independence Day, Xenon Pictures has announced the release on August 23rd of LA ANTORCHA ENCENDIDA, the epic miniseries chronicling the Mexican War for Independence, with an elite cast featuring Leticia Calderon, Humberto Zurrita, Ernesto Laguardia, Christian Bach, Angelica Maria and Juan Ferrara, produced by the legendary Ernesto Alonso.
Xenon Pictures, Inc., established in 1986 and based in Santa Monica, CA, is the leading distributor of Urban, Spanish-language and alternative programming in the United States, and the exclusive U.S. distributor for Mexican media powerhouse Grupo Televisa under the Televisa Home Entertainment label, with distribution through Visual Entertainment, a division of Universal Music Group, the world's largest music wholesaler.
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