Latin & Anglo Press Specialists and Career Crossover Consultants
She's been quoted in TIME Magazine, featured in numerous publications and listed as one of Performance Magazine's (1987) Top 100 Women in Music in their Music Industry Issue. With over 30 years experience in the business, ANGELA RODRIGUEZ is owner and operator of AR ENTERTAINMENT. Before forming AR ENTERTAINMENT in 1998, Angela worked for ten years as LATIN MARKETING MANAGER for BILLBOARD MAGAZINE .
Having lived in Brazil, Cuban-American Angela speaks three languages fluently, and specializes in Anglo and Latin Press in the United States, and Latin American media including Puerto Rico. She toured Latin America extensively with several major Anglo and Latin Rock and Pop acts, and helped pioneer the "Latin Explosion" through her efforts at placing Latin acts at the forefront of American and Hispanic press.
Angela got her start working as assistant producer for TV Globo of Brazil (1981) and their location filming in Miami, Florida by coordinating location scouting, permits, among others. Two of her most important projects with Globo was the highly acclaimed Brazilian soap opera “Agua Viva” and interview with JULIO IGLESIAS for the top variety show during the 80’s “Show Fantastico”. The job with Globo and Julio Iglesias would become serendipity as Julio came calling and hired her as his personal assistant, in 1982, which took her to exotic locations all over the world.
Angela was one of the co-founders of the original BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC CONFERENCE and co-producer of the BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS , (1994-1997) organizing the conference, awards and festivities for ten years. Through personal and professional contacts, Angela and the other co-founders were able to encourage Latin Music pioneers like GLORIA and EMILIO ESTEFAN, SELENA and JON SECADA to participate, raising the Latin Music presence by providing a before-unknown platform for showcasing new talent and trends and recognizing established acts. Through the conference and awards, Angela and the conference co-founders created an effective and colorful central meeting ground for press, record label producers, artists, and industry professionals to share ideas and bring about change.
Angela also helped pioneer the Latin Rock scene, having organized Billboard showcases in the early stages of the careers of CAFÉ TACUBA, CAIFANES , SORAYA and SHAKIRA , among others. She coordinated and created panel discussions on Latin Rock throughout the annual conference, creating a greater level of awareness. Participants in these panels included luminaries such as JORGE SANTANA, PHIL MANZANERA (Roxy Music), LA LEY, and DESMOND CHILD.
In 1992 she was assistant press coordinator to the first Latin American tour of Guns N Roses when the band was at their peak.
She also worked and toured with Rock Promoter Phil Rodriguez of WATER BROTHER PRODUCTIONS, touring internationally and working with mega bands such as BON JOVI, STING, UB40, THE FIXX, FLOCK OF SEAGULLS, THE SCORPIONS, IAN GILLAN, JON ANDERSON (from the fame rock group YES), OZZY OSBOURNE, and many more .
"The ultimate choice for media relations."
ANGELA RODRIGUEZ and her staff have extensive personal and professional contacts throughout the entertainment and music industry. The contacts not only include radio, television and print media, but also a cadre of record label executives, music producers, artists and writers across the country and around the globe.
Now, as head of her own Publicity, Promotions and Media Relations firm, Angela has worked local show promotions, press and publicity for EROS RAMAZOTTI, RICKY MARTIN (1998,) ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, MANA, LA LEY, ALEXANDRE PIRES, among others. As well as the 2003 Kellogg's Tour which included promotions in New York, California, Illinois, Texas and Florida for major acts such as OLGA TAÑON, BACILOS, ALICIA VILLARREAL, JENNIFER PENA, MARISELA and Colombian native Cabas.
The promoters of the Caracas Pop Festival contracted AR Entertainment (March 2002) to coordinate international press. Acts that performed in this mega event were ALANIS MORISSETTE, NO DOUBT, PAPA ROACH, KORN, PAULINA RUBIO, LA LEY, RUBEN BLADES and ROGER WATERS, among others.
Viacom property, WESTWOOD ONE hired the company to do pre-Grammy press and coordinate radio interviews with Latin Celebrities during the years 2001, 2002 and 2003 for the Latin Grammy Event. Such artists included SANTANA, JAMIE LYNN SIGLER (The Sopranos), JIMMY SMITS, JON SECADA, THALIA, JUANES and ROSELYN SANCHEZ (Universal), among others. Westwood One provides over 150 news, sports, music, talk and entertainment program features and content to over 7,500 radio stations across the country.
During 2003 the company did the publicity for the Puerto Rican based label VI Music and their reggaeton artists being the first publicists for Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Hector y Tito.
In 2008 the organizers of Rock in Rio Lisbon hired the company to coordinate press in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The internationally acclaimed event featured PAUL Mc CARTNEY, PETER GABRIEL, STING, METALLICA, BRITNEY SPEARS, ALICIA KEYS, BLACK EYED PEAS, FOO FIGHTERS and ALEJANDRO SANZ among many others.
The company was chosen to join the Public Relations team for the 2004 Dalai Lama's visit to South Florida. This brought the company’s exposure to a whole different level as the coordination of the press also included working along side with State department and the security check of all the media who attended His Holiness lectures.
AR Entertainment served as talent consultant in the booking of the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 Orange Bowl's FedEx half-time show acts that include Colombian rocker, JUANES; Puerto Rican sensation, OLGA TAÑON; Canadian rock band, DEFAULT; hot Latin singer and actress ROSELYN SANCHEZ and Puerto Rican hip-hop king TEGO CALDERON. The company also worked for all the special events surrounding this special celebration such as the Beach Bash and Patch Parties.
AR Entertainment did publicity and promotion for GOLD STAR Music, the label propriety of Hector El Father and ROCK LA FAMILIA, the Latin urban division of well known rapper JAY Z 's label.
The company also worked with UBO (Urban Box Office) and their successful and unique new project series REGGAETON NIÑOS .
In October 1999, following the destruction of Hurricane Hugo in the Caribbean, Angela served as Talent Coordinator for the benefit TV show "HOPE FOR THE HEMISPHERE" alongside well-known Hollywood Director Dick Arlett (Bob Hope Television Specials, etc.)
AR ENTERTAINMENT was contracted by NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences,) to coordinate the Miami-based judging for the Latin American entries to the 1999, 2000 and 2001 International Emmys, co-sponsored by ABC, Alliance Artists, NBC, MIDEM, Universal and Variety, in New York City.
The company was also contracted for press and publicity services by CFA for their "First Ever Hispanic and Latin American Sports and Sponsorship Conference," which was held in Miami (Nov.2000) and successfully organized by CFA and SFX Sports Group.
In 2007 AR Entertainment coordinated the press and publicity for the farewell tour of the legendary Latin rock band SODA STEREO.
AR Entertainment was also the publicist for Latin pop sensation and multiple award winner LUIS FONSI having orchestrated his participation as opening act for Britney Spears tour in July 2002 and strongly focusing on and achieving visibility in the Anglo market such as NBC's "Extra".
Angela Rodríguez is the Vice-Chairperson of Media and Public Relations for the LATIN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME.