PREMIERING LIVE SUNDAY, JUNE 12
9 P.M.-MIDNIGHT ET/6 P.M.-9 P.M. PT
20th Anniversary of the Star-Making Reality Series Season to Air Live Saturday and Sunday Nights
9 p.m. to Midnight ET/6 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT
Ana Bárbara, Lolita Cortés, Arturo López Gavito, and Horacio Villalobos Named As Panel of Critics
May 23, 2022 – EstrellaTV, the national broadcast television network of leading Spanish-language multiplatform media company Estrella Media, will premiere TV Azteca’s influential and leading Latin music competition series La Academia starting Sunday, June 12. The series is a co-production with TV Azteca will air Saturday and Sunday nights from 9 p.m.-Midnight ET/6 p.m.-9 p.m. PT. The series will be simulcast on EstrellaTV in the U.S. and Azteca Uno in Mexico, as well as on the EstrellaTV app and FAST channel.
“La Academia is the most successful and influential music competition reality series for Latin music,” said Ivan Stoilkovich, EVP, TV Content, Estrella Media. “This is the series’ 20th anniversary season, and we are excited to bring it to EstrellaTV. The
panel of critics is phenomenal, and TV Azteca has put together a star-maker team of critics, musical mentor, and director who will coach and drive the contestants. This fan-favorite, celebrated series will continue to showcase talent from the U.S., Mexico, and Latin America and highlight how the series develops superstars.”
Critics for the 20th Anniversary season will be Ana Bárbara, Lolita Cortés, Arturo López Gavito, and Horacio Villalobos. The musical mentor will be Aleks Syntek, and the Academia director will be Alexander Acha. The digital reporters will be Vanessa Claudio and William Valdés. There will be live voting throughout the week, and the audience will be able to save their favorite contestant after the final Sunday episode, giving the audience the power to determine which contestants move through to the finals.
14 participants from Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, the United States, and Mexico will compete to pursue their dreams and become the winner of La Academia in its 20th year.
To follow La Academia use @LaAcademiaTV, @CanalEstrellaTV, @Azteca, and @AztecaUno, #LaAcademia20años or #LaAcademiaEstrellaTV.
About Estrella Media, Inc.
Estrella Media is a leading Spanish-language media company and one of the largest U.S. producers of Spanish-language video and audio content for multiplatform distribution worldwide, with a library of over 20,000 hours of original video content.
Estrella Media’s content studio feeds all its digital and linear media platforms, including EstrellaTV, its national broadcast television network that is seen on 16 owned or operated stations and over 33 affiliated stations, as well as through cable and satellite providers and digital streaming platforms; Estrella News, the first 24/7 Spanish-language multiplatform digital news network in the U.S.; and Estrella
Games, the first 24/7 curated Spanish-language game show channel in the U.S. In 2021, Estrella Media’s digital content surpassed one billion viewership minutes.
Estrella Media also owns and operates 14 radio stations and the Don Cheto Radio Network, airing on 33 affiliated stations throughout the U.S., featuring one of the nation’s most popular radio talents, Don Cheto. Estrella Media also produces large-scale music festivals, concerts, and special events throughout the U.S.
To learn more about Estrella Media and see company updates, please visit Estrella Media at estrellamedia.com, and follow us on Twitter @Estrellamedia_, Facebook @Estrellamediainc, and LinkedIn @Estrella Media, Inc.
Contacts for Estrella Media:
Hanna Bolte, HBolte@EstrellaMedia.com, 310-497-5586
Dina White, DWhite@EstrellaMedia.com, 917-226-8366