On Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) hosted the Children’s Media Association’s annual summer mixer. HITN is CMA’s newest corporate sponsor, providing resources needed to keep delivering great events throughout the year. The mixer, held at HITN’s offices at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, boasted indoor and outdoor fun for everyone, and boy did it deliver. CMA members and HITN staff were treated to a casual evening of delicious snacks, games, and music. The evening was topped off with amazing weather and lots of laughter. I couldn’t think of a better environment under which to mix and mingle with so many new faces.
To kick off the occasion, HITN’s own Erica Branch-Ridley introduced newcomers to the space and announced some of the exciting new projects coming up for the network. This included announcing HITN’s proud sponsorship of CMA and its ongoing mission to connect children’s media creatives and furthering innovative thinking in the industry. In addition to HITN’s sponsorship announcement, Branch-Ridley shared news of new things to come for the network’s Ready to Learn program in 2018, the continuation of their Kids First! Film Critic Boot Camp (too cute), and the network’s plan for forthcoming Over-the-Top (OTT) services that will allow HITN’s online content to expand across multiple platforms.
With the sun setting over the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Latin children’s performer Sonia De Los Santos took the stage with her band to play songs inspired by her experiences growing up in Latin America. Many people enjoyed bopping about to De Los Santos’ cover of “This Land is Your Land” (Esta es Tu Tierra), which included a special visit from HITN’s own Pocoyo. The blue-clad (not-so-little) boy joined in on the fun with some pretty impressive salsa moves. The night continued with tours of the studio, mingling at the multiple booths set up throughout the event space, and playing games in the picnic area outside the studio. Additional fun was supplied by Ogosport, who offered up their catch and toss Ogodisks for attendees to enjoy between games of Jenga and taking selfies with Pocoyo.
The event made for an overall exciting experience inside HITN and an adventure within the Brooklyn Navy Yards. We couldn’t ask for a better kick off to the summer, fostering exciting new and old relationships within the industry.