Telemundo and Sony Pictures Television today announced a three-year agreement, under terms of which which SPT will produce one primetime series per year for Telemundo in the U.S. The Telemundo international sales division, Telemundo Internacional, will distribute the series worldwide. As part of the agreement, Sony Pictures Television’s production company Teleset will produce the series in México in association with Telemundo Studios. Production of the first series will begin in early 2015.
“We are very proud to enter this agreement with Sony Pictures Television to produce scripted content with the highest quality standards and talent selection,” said Marcos Santana, president, Telemundo International. “This agreement will provide us with appealing and attractive content at the level our international clients have come to expect from Telemundo Internacional.”
“We look forward to working with Telemundo in the coming years to bring these three new primetime series to life,” said Angélica Guerra, senior vice president and managing director of production for Latin America and U.S. Hispanic for Sony Pictures Television.
Telemundo unveiled more than 800 original hours across all platforms for its 2014-2015 programming line-up, including five new primetime novelas and a new Sunday night primetime musical competition series. Joe Uva, Chairman of Telemundo-parent, Hispanic Enterprises and Content – a division of NBCUniversal — officially announced Luis Silberwasser as the new President of Telemundo Network, to start in August. At New York’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Uva also introduced the new brand positioning and programming line-up for mun2, accompanied by its newly appointed president, Rubén Mendiola. The presentation concluded with a performance by Prince Royce, current coach of Telemundo’s highly-rated singing competition La Voz Kids. Read More »
So far, the symbiotic relationship between Telemundo and its NBCUniversal siblings had gone mainly in one direction — with Telemundo doing Spanish-language versions of programs on its English-language counterparts, like La Voz Kids (The Voice Kids), Top Chef Estrellas and Access Hollywood Al Rojo Vivo. Now the flow will start moving the other way too, with NBC committing to develop an English-language version of El Señor de los Cielos (The Lord Of The Skies), Telemundo’s highest-rated novela last season, and USA Network putting in development Telemundo’s upcoming novela Mujer de Acero (Woman Of Steel). The adaptations will be produced by Universal TV and Universal Cable Prods., respectively. This marks the first time that NBC and USA have optioned content from Telemundo. The move comes a year after the Spanish-language network was placed under the purview of NBCUniversal’s Bonnie Hammer, who also oversees USA, and Joe Uva was put in charge of it. NBC had been interested in cracking the telenovela genre. Last fall, the network inked a deal with Electus to develop three telenovelas with an eye toward airing one as a 13-episode series — with multiple episodes running each week, following telenovelas’ traditional air pattern.
Inspired by true events, the action-filled El Señor de los Cielos tells the story of Aurelio Casillas (Rafael Amaya), one of the most prominent Mexican drug lords from the ’90s, whose ambition was to become one of the richest and most powerful men in Mexico (watch the English-language trailer below.) It ranked as Telemundo’s #1 novela last year averaging 2.3 million total viewers and nearly 1.5 million adults 18-49. The season finale averaged over 3.6 million viewers and beat Univision among adults 18-49 and 18-34 in its period. Read More »
Raul Gonzalez, most recently the co-host of Univision‘s Despierta America, has jumped to Telemundo, where he will host a new variety series slated for next season. He also will contribute to multiple series and specials, the first of which will be the Billboard Latin Music Awards Presented by State Farm to be broadcast live on April 24 at 7 PM. “I am delighted to be joining the team at Telemundo and for the trust they have shown in me,” said Gonzalez. “I am a firm believer in following your dreams and for me hosting a prime time series has always been one of my major goals. We share a passion for quality television and will bring our audience the programming they want and deserve.” Gonzalez left Univision last month after 12 years as co-host of Despierta America. He also frequently co-hosted the long-running variety show Sabado Gigante.
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.
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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 by would-be robbers or kidnappers. Their 5-year-old daughter was wounded but is expected to survive. Spear starred on a pair of Telemundo telenovelas — Flor Salvaje (Savage Flower) in 2011-12 and last year’s Pasion Prohibida (Forbidden Love) — after toplining the 2010-11 Venezueian soap La Mujer Perfecta (The Perfect Woman). She also appeared on other local telenovelas starting with the remake of El Desprecio in 2006. “We are deeply saddened by the horrible crime that affected the beloved actress Monica Spears and her family,” Telemundo said today in a statement. “Monica was not only a great professional, as we saw in the two novelas she worked with us, but also an excellent person, always enthusiastic, full of strength and determination. We wish a quick recovery to her daughter and send our deepest condolences to her family.” Spear won the Miss Venezuela crown in 2004 and made the final 15 in the Miss Universe Pageant the following year.
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: Read More »
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.
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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.
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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) Read More »
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. Read 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. Read More »
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. Read More »
NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language video operation wants to be seen as a movie destination — probably a smart strategy in light of reports showing a surge in movie-going by Latino audiences. The new multi-year agreement with Lionsgate extends their relationship; the companies did not disclose financial terms. But it will bring The Hunger Games to Telemundo beginning in 2015. The agreement also includes The Last Stand, The Three Musketeers, and 16 other films. The new deal with Lionsgate “will bring blockbuster releases featuring their favorite stars, including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, directly into their living rooms.” says Telemundo VP of program planning and scheduling Maria Iregui. Telemundo says that Nielsen identified it as the top destination last year for Spanish-language TV movie viewers. Later this year her company and another NBCUniversal unit, Fandango, will launch “Fandango Cine,” a digital destination to provide movie info and ticketing for Spanish language audiences.
Telemundo Media and Powwow have signed a multiyear non-exclusive first-look and development agreement, it was announced today. “Powwow and Daniel Gutman bring a wealth of expertise in the development and production of Spanish-language television franchises,” said Telemundo Media President Emilio Romano. “This pact is in line with our mission to produce and deliver the best quality programming and to forge strategic alliances with the most talented people in our industry.” The independent production company will work on new variety, entertainment and unscripted formats to offer to the NBC Universal-owned Telemundo’s TV network.
Related: Telemundo Upfront: 40% Boost In Original Programming
The 61st Annual Miss Universe competition will air live December 19 from 8-10 PM ET on NBC with a Spanish-language simulcast set for Telemundo. The Las Vegas-set event will be hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen and E!’s Giuliana Rancic and is being billed as part of NBC’s holiday lineup. Last year, the pageant aired in September, drawing its lowest rating (1.6/4) ever and down 16% from 2010. Miss Universe, which is televised in almost 200 countries, is joint venture between Donald Trump and NBCUniversal.
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 2012 termination was 50, says in the suit she worked for the Telemundo station for nine years and alleges she was informed that she was being laid off. She says that management gave no reason for her termination but noted that and a “substantially younger woman” was immediately hired to replace her. Gutierrez also contends she was targeted because she filed workplace complaints of discrimination and harassment with her supervisor and with human resources. Gutierrez is seeking damages for back pay, lost employee benifits plus court costs and interest.