Tommy Mottola exec producing Latin music doc for HBO

Due to premiere on HBO in November, The Latin Explosion: A New America looks at the influence of Latin musicians on American pop culture, politics and economics over six decades. (Pictured: Jennifer Lopez)
August 25, 2015

A documentary about Latinos’ influence on mainstream American music and culture will premiere on HBO on November 16.

The Latin Explosion: A New America was produced by HBO Documentary Films and created and executive produced by veteran music executive Tommy Mottola. Interviewees featured in the film include Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez (pictured), Ricky Martin, Pitbull, Sofía Vergara, Cheech Marin, Los Lobos, Shakira and Rita Moreno. Actor John Leguizamo narrates.

The doc, which was directed by Matthew O’Neill and Jon Alpert, will also air on HBO Latino and be simulcast in Latin America and the Caribbean via HBO Latin America.

“We have assembled the largest array of Latino superstars ever in a film telling a powerful story of their history and immigration, politics and rise from a small minority population to the most critical demographic in the United States,” Mottola said in a statement.

The Latin Explosion looks at the influence of Latin musicians on American culture, politics and economics from the cha-cha and mambo crazes of the 1950s and Carlos Santana and Jose Feliciano’s successes in the 1960s, to Gloria Estefan’s break-out in the 1980s and the Latino pop boom of the 1990s.

Sheila Nevins also served as executive producer for the network.

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