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Atlanta Will Be The Site Of The First Latino-Owned And Operated Production Studio

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Areu Bros is set to be first major Latino-owned and operated movie production studio in the United States and it’ll be located in Atlanta, Georgia. Ozzie and Will Areu, both brothers, will head the production studio in hopes of opening the door for a string of new Latino-produced content. Ozzie Areu was the long-time president of Tyler Perry Studios but left the position in hopes of starting his own company. The new studio is huge news in terms of representation that the company will have in giving Latinos roles and positions in production.

The Peach State is one of the most popular locations to film so it comes as no surprise it’ll be the site of the new Latino-owned production studio.

The location was once home to filmmaker Tyler Perry’s film studio until he moved locations in early 2018. Ozzie bought the location right after for an estimated $18.5 million. The 56-acre studio is located in southwest Atlanta and includes a backlot with a suburban neighborhood with 11 homes that can be used during filming. Ozzie says when he drove by the old studios in January 2018 he knew he had to buy the location.

“The studio was for sale for a while, and I was obviously still working for Tyler,” Ozzie told WABE Atlanta. “And I just had that moment, that overwhelming, ‘You have to buy this.”

The new production studio is expected to also give economic boost according to Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Santiago Marquez. He told WABE Atlanta that he sees many opportunities for the studio in terms of jobs and Latino representation. “The vision that they have of creating Areu Bros., a Warner Bros. for Hispanics,” Marquez said. “It’s that American dream of dreaming big and then going for it.”

Ozzie began his work in the entertainment industry as a security guard at Warner Bros. studios.

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Both Areu brothers grew up in Orlando, Florida and were brought up in a Cuban household. At the age 14, Ozzie moved to Los Angeles to get into the entertainment industry. After getting a job as a security guard at Warner. Bros studios, he worked as a producer on the television show “Friends” and alongside names like Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Ozzie’s position as Tyler Perry’s executive assistant in Atlanta is what launched him into the limelight. Shortly after he was promoted to president of Tyler Perry Studios where he was behind some of his most successful films like the “Madea” films. Will would eventually join his brother as a producer in Perry’s films that would position them both at the top of the company. The Areu brothers now want to follow Perry’s movie formula and create their own films that showcase Latinos and other minorities.

The studio gained a valuable new partner last year who will help with content and music, Gloria Estefan.

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Last JuneEstefan, a Grammy Award-winning singer and actress, joined Areu Bros. as a partner and member of the executive leadership team. Estefan will help with creating content for the company across various platforms including music, television, film and short form content.

“Gloria has always been a strong and empowering voice for the female and Latino communities, and we can’t wait for her to use that voice to find new voices,” Will, told Variety. “As first-generation Cuban Americans, my family and I have been fortunate to travel on the trail that Gloria blazed, showing us that there is no ceiling to human potential.”

The recently launched studio will try to outdo Hollywood by bringing Latinos to the forefront of the entertainment industry.

Latino characters made up only 6.2 percent of speaking characters in the top 100 movies in 2017 and the Areu brothers are hoping to change that poor statistic. The studio will focus on finding and developing talent in front of the camera and behind it. Ozzie says he wants to help more Latinos in Georgia break into the entertainment industry, he feels this is a step in that direction.

“Latinos and minorities, they’re a big presence at the box office, however, they don’t normally get to see themselves in specific roles, outside of stereotypical roles,” Ozzie told WABE Atlanta. “Being in the industry for a long time and having friends in the industry who are Latinos or women, I’ve heard a lot about it. I’ve seen some things. I felt like this was a great opportunity for me to be different and to really put my money where my mouth is. And go all in.”


READ: Latinos Are Still Waiting For Their Own Movie Moment As Hollywood Tries Casting More Diverse Films

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Thanks To Lin-Manuel Miranda, Barack Obama Now Has A Hit On Billboard's Hot R&B Songs Chart

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Thanks To Lin-Manuel Miranda, Barack Obama Now Has A Hit On Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs Chart

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We know that former President Barack Obama can sing. He’s been showing off his singing chops since he was in the White House, which why it’s no surprise that he is now an official hitmaker. You read that right. The former president of the United States is featured on a song from “Hamilton” called “One Last Time (44 Remix)” and it is blowing up the charts.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has released a new track titled “One Last Time (44 Remix)” from his Broadway show “Hamilton” featuring Barack Obama, and the song has made its debut on the Billboard charts.

The song also features Christopher Jackson and gospel star BeBe Winans. The track has the former president delivering George Washington’s farewell address. It’s pretty impressive.

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart this week at No. 22, and the song already has 307,000 on-demand U.S. streams and 9,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 27, according to Nielsen Music.

Miranda included a cool picture of the former president in the recording studio.

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People are clearly in shock by this addition of the former president on a “Hamilton” song track. @Koribaby tweeted: “I’m screaming. I’m crying. I’M IN CHURCH! When Barry O did the Farewell Address. Help me, Jesus. And Chris took it home with the choir. Praise be. I am not ready to say goodbye. Lin knew what he was doing. He dropped this thing like a hot potato and SHOOK for the rest of the year, leaving US SHOOK for the rest of the year. Omg.”

Check out the track below:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Obama has been on the Billboard charts before. “A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama” made it to the Billboard DVD charts at No. 6 and “Pop Off” by JX Cannon featuring Obama hit at No. 10 on Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists in December 2015.

Since we’re talking about Obama’s extraordinary talents on the mic, let’s take a look back at some of his greatest hits with this awesome playlist.

Life post-presidency is doing Obama well.


READ: Here Are Just A Few Of The Top Moments From President Obama’s Farewell Speech That Filled Americans With Pride

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  1. Joaquin says:

    Do some research pendejos. Robert Rodriguez has had his studios for a while now.
    https://www.robert-rodriguez.info/tag/troublemaker-studios/

  2. Carlos A. says:

    Desi Arnaz founded the first Latino owned studio (Desilu)*** created with his wife Lucy to produce their classic sitcoms and various hit shows of the 50s and 60s – Sadly, no other Latino-owned production studios were founded afterwards.