NATPE Briefs: Bunim/Murray’s BMP Latin Sets Development Deals With Lauren Sanchez, Adam Rodriguez; Telemundo, Spain’s Reset TV Partner On Musical Competition Series
Bunim/Murray Productions’ BMP Latin is partnering with Emmy-winning journalist Lauren Sanchez (Extra) and CSI: Miami‘s Adam Rodriguez on a slate of development deals for unscripted projects. Sanchez will exec produce and host syndicated talk show Generations (working title), featuring a multi-generational panel of Latin women discussing everything from personal issues to social and pop culture topics. Rodriguez has been slated to develop and exec produce numerous unscripted series, some of which will highlight his personal interest in social and philanthropic issues. BMP Latin is currently producing Combate Americas, the first Spanish language Mixed Martial Arts competition reality series for mun2. The company also has development deals with multi-platinum Latin Urban recording artist Daddy Yankee and the Leonardo Lopez family, a successful Mexican-American family living the dream in Encino, CA. Bunim/Murray produces The Real World, Project Runway and Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
The telenovela star and former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband were shot to death last night on a highway near Puerto Cabello. Monica Spear was 29. The couple’s car had broken down, and Venezuelan authorities believe they were killed …
Emilio Romano: the latest to pass through the NBCUniversal revolving door. Romano, president of NBCU’s Spanish-language Telemundo operations, had overseen Telemundo network, its O&O stations, international operations, and mun2, and production facilities for two years. His exit was announced this morning by Joe Uva, NBCU’s chairman of Hispanic enterprises and content since February, when Lauren Zalaznick gave up oversight of the network as part of the crowning of Bonnie Hammer as queen of the NBCU Cable kingdom. Zalaznick, who’d been moved over to ditigal “monetization” and emerging technology, resigned last month after 12 years with the company.
“I am writing to you today to let you know about an important management change. After a successful two years, Emilio Romano has decided to leave the company,” Uva said this morning in a memo to staff:
2ND UPDATE, 5:07 PM: Well, Univision got what it wanted from President Obama…sort of. Almost a week after the network and its marquee anchor Jorge Ramos took President Obama to task for omitting Spanish-language news divisions from his Syria whistle-stop network news tour, rival Telemundo said today it has landed an exclusive interview with Obama. The NBCUniversal-owned network is claiming its Obama’s “first interview to a Spanish-language television network since asking for congressional approval for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria”. Excerpts of the sit-down, to be conducted by news anchor José Díaz-Balart, will be broadcast on Noticiero Telemundo on Tuesday at 6:30 PM ET. The interview, expected to focus on immigration reform, Obamacare, the latest on the Syrian crisis and other subjects of interest to the Hispanic community, will air in its entirety on Enfoque Con José Díaz-Balart on Sunday at noon.
UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 9 PM: Now the network itself has chimed in. Earlier today Univision’s Jorge Ramos posted some displeased tweets over not being one of the anchors interviewing Barack Obama about possible military action in Syria. Calling the lack of an interview “disappointing,” Univision has expanded on that view with the statement below.
What happens in Syria is important to Univision News’ audience. As the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. the decisions that are made by our government on issues like this one have a direct impact in their lives and their future. The U.S. Hispanic community has the right to be well informed and receive all the news and information they need from the news source they trust the most. It’s disappointing to see the lack of interest to reach our audience on this important issue.
It was a face-off today between Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg on Telemundo‘s morning show Un Nuevo Dia and Matt Damon on Univision‘s Despierta America. Washington and Wahlberg promo’ed their new Universal pic 2 Guns on Un Nuevo Dia‘s sister Today with Savannah Guthrie. That was followed by an interview for Telemundo that was broadcast live on Un Nuevo Dia from the Today show plaza. At the same time, Matt Damon appeared on Univision’s Despierta America promoting Sony’s Elysium by participating in a live “guess that movie” game of charades with hosts. It’s a sign of the increasing competition among studios for the growing Latino market and the heated battle among Spanish-language TV broadcasters for that all-important morning space. Who fared better? Check out the videos: (beware auto play)
Fox Rebrands Sports Channels In The Netherlands
Fox International Channels is rebranding the home of the Dutch national soccer leagues, Eredivisie Live, to Fox Sports Eredivisie and also is launching Fox Sports in the Netherlands. The switch to Fox Sports Eredivisie goes live on August 1 followed by the launch of Fox Sports on August 17. Fox Sports, will become the Dutch destination of top international soccer, including the Premier League, Série A, the FA Cup, the League Cup, Coppa Italia and the UEFA Europa League. The Fox Sports launch in the Netherlands follows a recent announcement of FIC’s plans to launch Fox Sports in Italy.
Mendes’ ‘Charlie’ Adds Six Months To Run
Sam Mendes’ Charlie And The Chocolate Factory just opened Tuesday night on London’s West End, but it’s already adding six months to its run. The adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s story will be performed until May 31, 2014, The Guardian reports. Reviews have been somewhat mixed, but already the show was seen by more than 70,000 during previews. Tony and Olivier Award winner Douglas Hodge plays Willy Wonka with songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. A New York transfer for the Warner Bros. Theatrical Ventures production is still uncertain.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Charlotte Moore Close To BBC One Job; Lau Kar-leung Dies; NBCU Launching Telemundo Africa; More
BBC Docs Veteran Charlotte Moore Tipped For BBC One Controller Job
UPDATE, Wednesday AM: The BBC has officially announced the appointment of Commissioning Editor for Documentaries Charlotte Moore to the post of Controller of BBC One. The exec had been acting as interim Controller since Danny Cohen moved up to Director of Television in April. Among BBC One’s hit shows are Call The Midwife, Last Tango In Halifax and Strictly Come Dancing; Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary later this year and returns for an eighth season in 2014. Moore, who joined the BBC in 2006, will be charged with revamping The Voice, which just closed its second season this weekend after trailing ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in the ratings. On the appointment, she said, “BBC One has a unique role to play in this country and I’m looking forward to working with many talented people. I’m incredibly excited by Danny’s vision for BBC Television and what the future holds in the digital age.”
Lau Kar-leung Dies; Martial Arts Actor, Director And Action Choreographer
Lau Kar-leung, a veteran director and award-winning martial arts action choreographer who had a two-decade association with Shaw Brothers Studio, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 76. In 1975, Lau became the first action choreographer to segue into directing with Shaw Brothers’ The Spiritual Boxer. He went on to helm more than two dozen films including 36th Chamber of Shaolin and Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master II (released in the US as The Legend Of Drunken Master). He began his career in film in 1950 as an extra and stuntman in the popular Wong Fei-Hung movies. His most recent credit was as an actor and action coordinator on Tsui Hark’s Seven Swords, which opened the 2005 Venice Film Festival. Lau received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Hong Kong Film Awards.
Telemundo Unveils Slate Including 5 Telenovelas, Seacrest-Produced ‘Superstar Showdown’, Jenni Rivera Special
NBC Universal-owned Telemundo will unveil an ambitious slate of programming at its Tuesday Upfronts: Five telenovelas, two new daytime series, the second season of the hit competition series La Voz Kids, and a new musical variety show produced in association with Ryan Seacrest Productions. The Spanish-language network is the #6 broadcast network of any language and notched its highest-rated quarter in Q1 2013, boasting an 8 share point growth to date. Its new primetime novelas are Dama y Obrero (Lady and The Worker), La Impostora (The Imposter), Reina de Corazones (Queen of Hearts), Santa Diabla (Holy Devil) and Camelia la Tejana (Camelia The Texan). Suelta La Sopa (Tell Me More) and game show “Entre Grandes Y Chicos” (Kids vs Grownups) join Telemundo’s daytime lineup while Telemundo’s weekly sports show, “Titulares y Mas,” moves to weekdays at 11:30 AM ET. Additionally, concert special “La Gran Señora” stars late superstar Jenni Rivera in a concert taped at LA’s Nokia Theater.
MIAMI/LOS ANGELES – February 25, 2013 – Telemundo Media, the largest producer of Spanish Language prime time content in the U.S. and audiences around the world; and Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination representing more than 70% of U.S. screens online, today launched Fandango Cine, www.fandangocine.com the most comprehensive web and mobile movie site specifically geared toward Hispanic movie fans. Fandango Cine’s launch partners are Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious 6” and Sprint.
Former TV newswoman Vicky Gutierrez has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against KVEA Telemundo and NBCUniversal alleging wrongful termination, age discrimination and breach of employment agreement. Gutierrez, who at the time of her March …
Telemundo Media lays claim to being the fastest-growing broadcast network in primetime among adults 18-49. At its programming upfront presentation this morning in New York, the Spanish-language service said it is seeking to build on that success significantly, with more than 800 hours of new content in the 2012-13 season — a nearly 40% increase in original programming. That will encompass six new primetime novelas, new daytime programs and the network’s first foray into unscripted and reality competition shows. As part of Telemundo’s multi-platform strategy, it also announced it will roll out a new logo and branding campaign in the fall, and Telemundo Digital unveiled a new entertainment app.
UPDATE: Fox Steals World Cup TV Rights From ESPN & Telemundo Scores Too; Total Deal Could Exceed $1B
UPDATE: 12:45 PM: The Sports Business Daily is reporting that Fox will pay $450 million-$500 million for rights to the next two World Cups, and Telemundo will pay $600 million. If true, those are massive markups from …