Lantica Media Taps Former Univision Head as Chairman

Fred Medina_Joaquin Blaya_Split - Publicity - H 2016
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Fred Medina_Joaquin Blaya_Split - Publicity - H 2016

Joaquin Blaya will serve as executive chairman of the board for the company, which currently owns the Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios.

Caribbean top company Lantica Media on Tuesday announced the appointment of current board member and former Univision head Joaquin Blaya as its new executive chairman. Former BBC Worldwide Latin America exec vp Fred Medina also joins the company as COO, according to Lantica's release.

Lantica’s operating units include Lantica Pictures, a co-producer of the latest Zorro film Z together with Sobini Films. The movie, to be shot in the Dominican Republic and directed by Jonas Cuaron (Gravity), recently cast Gael Garcia Bernal as the lead.

Lantica Media also is the majority owner of Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios, a state-of-the-art facility operated by the U.K.’s Pinewood Studios Group. The location's main feature is an eight-acre water-effects filming space that holds the largest natural ocean horizon water tank in the world. Recent Hollywood productions shot there include Vin Diesel’s xXx: The Return of Zander Cage and 47 Meters Down, starring Mandy Moore.

“The board and I are pleased to count with Joaquin as our new executive chairman," said INICIA managing partner and Lantica Media board member Felipe Vicini. "His leadership and strategic vision will be key to guide and support Lantica Media in its next phase.” 

He continued: “As the company enters a new chapter, Joaquin and Fred’s phenomenal track record of success and experience in the international media industry will play a major role to further expand the company’s capabilities and, together with the team that has made it happen thus far, bolster growth.”