Canela Media Originals Recognized as Winners in the 44th Annual Telly Awards

New York, NY, May 25, 2023 – Canela Media, a leading, female and minority-owned technology driven company committed to redefining digital media experiences for the Latino community, announced that three Canela Originals, Mi Vida, SúperEllas, and Secretos de Villanas have been recognized as winners in the 44th Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies.  It was a record-breaking year for entries with more than 13,000 entries from across the globe.

Mi Vida:  Silver Telly Winner in Online Series: Documentary

Canela Media’s original documentary series Mi Vida features celebrities firsthand accounts of their lives.  In the series, icons from the world of Latin entertainment share pivotal and life-changing moments that have shaped their careers and chronicle their stories through never-before-seen photos, home videos, and archival footage.  The docu-series was produced by Canela Media in partnership with JK Media Group, Sebastián Jiménez, Executive Producer and Gabriela Guimarey, Showrunner.

SúperEllas:  Silver Telly Winner in Online Series: Animation

Canela Media’s original animated and educational series SúperEllas follows Nelly and Lucia, two best friends who embark on a colorful storytelling historical journey exploring the lives of inspirational Latinas who have changed the world.  The stories feature their lives, work and accomplishments and inspire little girls to reach new heights and be proud of their heritage.  The series was produced by Canela Media in partnership with Upstairs Miami, Anabella Sosa-Dovarganes, Showrunner and Melissa Escobar, Writer.

Secretos De Villanas:  Bronze Telly Winner in Online Series: Reality

Canela Media’s groundbreaking unscripted original series, Secretos De Villanas, brought together for the first time in the history of Hispanic television, six of the most iconic telenovela villains of all time.  The show became a pop culture phenomenon with audiences and the entertainment industry falling in love with the Villanas, which is why they’re coming back for season two later this year with a spinoff premiering this Summer, Secretos de Las Indomables. Secretos de Villanas was produced by Canela Media in partnership with River Waves Productions, Enrique Sapene as Executive Producer and Rubén Consuegra as Showrunner and Executive Producer.

“This is a tremendous honor and validation that the content we are producing at Canela Media is not only resonating with our audience, it is being recognized by our industry peers”  commented Isabel Rafferty Zavala, Founder and CEO of Canela Media.  “We set out to create content that is authentic, relevant and entertaining for our audience while generating more opportunities for representation for talent and creators.  We continue on this path with Canela Media’s commitment to produce 2,000 hours of original content for the next year.”

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“The caliber of the work this season coming from creators such as Canela Media truly has reflected the theme of breaking out and standing out,” said Tellys Executive Director Sabrina Dridje. “Our industry is experimenting with new technologies like never before, crafting truly compelling stories to draw attention to some of the world’s most pressing issues, and companies big and small are turning to more sustainable practices to break the cycle of past production processes.”

The full list of the 44th Annual Telly Awards winners can be found at

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About Canela Media

Canela Media is a leading, minority-owned technology driven company offering brands a complete ecosystem to connect with multicultural audiences starting with its free streaming platform service, Canela.TV, which enriches the new generation of U.S. Latinos with free access to unique, culturally relevant content. In addition to TV content, Canela Media offers a unique blend of music programming through Canela Music featuring emerging and established Latino artists, Spanish-language Children’s content through Canela Kids and sports programming through Canela Deportes.

Canela Media’s large scale in premium Spanish-language sites, combined with the company’s proprietary data, provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of how to establish meaningful and culturally relevant connections with the new mainstream – Hispanics across the U.S. and Latin America.

Headquartered in New York, Canela Media is ranked as the fifth largest Hispanic ad-focused company and the only female and minority-owned certified digital company.

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About The Telly Awards

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include Green The Bid, SeriesFest, Video Consortium, Ghetto Film School, We Are Parable, Future of Film, NAB, Stash, NYWIFT, Production Hub with support from The Commercial Director’s Diversity Program.

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