Edward James Olmos was on hand Friday night for the presentation of the 26th Annual Imagen Awards, which honor "positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment." Held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the awards were hosted by actress Maria Canals-Barrera and attracted approximately 500 attendees, including Mr. Olmos, Kenny Ortega, Esai Morales, Mark Ballas, Cote de Pablo, Eva La Rue, Lupe Ontiveros, Victoria Justice, Alexa Vega, among others. The U.S. Secretary of Labor and PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger were also in attendance.

In a press release released today, Helen Hernandez, president of The Imagen Foundation, was quoted as saying, "We are proud of all the accomplishments that Latinos have achieved thus far throughout all facets of the entertainment industry; however, we must strive for continued progress of inclusion, particularly in decision-making and creative roles throughout the industry.  I would like to personally thank all our corporate sponsors as well as Latino community leaders for their continued support of The Imagen Foundation and our mission."

The press release stated that "winners were selected in 19 different categories from film, television and the internet, and judged by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders.  Special recognition went to Latino Public Broadcasting, who received the Norman Lear Award, named for the veteran television producer who conceived the Imagen Awards program, and Walt Disney 'Imagineer' Alfredo M. Ayala, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award."

Latino Public Broadcasting was founded by Mr. Olmos, who also chairs LPB.

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