Lyra is an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. She is later joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds.
A Oscuras Pero Encendidos was the first late night variety show produced for the Hispanic market in the United States. The "live" show, produced by Astracanada Productions Inc, launched in 1995 in Miami, Florida on WJAN-CA, and was a combination of celebrity guests, games, practical jokes, and audience participation. It differed from traditional American late night shows, incorporating sexy co-hostesses, interactive phone games, and a variety of vaudeville acts. For its six-year run, the nightly show was hosted by its creator and producer Paul Bouche. In 1997, the show won an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Entertainment Series category. A Oscuras Pero Encendidos generated ratings results attracting a substantial share of the young 18-35 demographic. The show developed a cult following in Miami and in 1997, Univision owned Galavisión started transmitting the series via cable television, allowing it to reach all Spanish-speaking markets in the United States. In 2000, Telemundo picked up the program for national broadcast in open-air stations reaching all the United States and Puerto Rico. The show was the first to experiment with both "late night", a time period seldom exploited by the Spanish-language television networks, and the production of local Spanish language entertainment television for audiences of diverse Hispanic origins. Until 1995, all entertainment offerings were geared to an audience of Mexican descent, which resided predominantly on the West Coast. From 1995 until the year 2001, A Oscuras Pero Encendidos was the only dayly local Spanish Language entertainment production in South Florida. Currently there are five local Spanish-language stations in the city of Miami producing over 30 shows.