Longtime Univision Star Raul Gonzalez To Host Telemundo Variety Series

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 4:04pm PDT

Raul Gonzalez, most recentlyraul1 the co-host of Univision‘s Despierta America, has jumped to Telemundo, where he will host a new telemundo_logo_detailvariety series slated for next season. He also will … Read More »

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Bounce TV To Switch To Univision Stations From Fox In NYC, LA, Dallas, Orlando, And Phoenix

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 12:16pm PST

Bounce_logoThe change will take place in 2015 and will help to solidify the relationship between Univision and Bounce, which describes itself as the first broadcast TV network for African Americans. In addition to the new carriage arrangement, Bounce renewed its deal … Read More »

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Univision Launches Digital Content Arm La Fabrica UCI

By | Saturday February 15, 2014 @ 4:00pm PST

new Univision logoUnivision Communications Inc.‘s La Fabrica UCI will create new Spanish and English-language content for the company’s digital platforms. La Fabrica UCI joins previous Univision digital ventures UVideos, Uforia, Flama, and Univision.com and will operate a network of producers, … Read More »

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Sundance: Participant Media, Univision Team For Deal On Chavez Docu ‘Cesar’s Last Fast’

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cesarUPDATE: Participant Media has confirmed Deadline’s scoop on the Cesar Chavez pic. Release appears below the original story.

EXCLUSIVE: In a mid-six figure deal, Participant Media’s TV network Pivot is teaming with Univision to acquire Cesar’s Last Fast, the documentary about Cesar Chavez that will make its Sundance premiere tomorrow in the U.S. Feature Documentary category. The deal is the first major one after Participant and Univision last year formed a venture to acquire smart properties to air on both networks.

SundanceThe film covers the 36-day fast undertaken by Cesar Chavez to bring attention around the world to the dangers of the liberal use of pesticides on farm workers, their families and communities. The 1988 fast, in which Chavez only consumed water, was captured on film by filmmakers James Chressanthis, Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee. It was one of the courageous acts that made Chavez an iconic advocate for farm workers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Nikita’ Flat In Finale, Univision Tops English-Language Networks

By | Saturday December 28, 2013 @ 9:24am PST
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CanceledYou can’t have high expectations when you schedule a series finale on Friday night between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In that context, the series closer of the CW drama Nikita did as well as could have … Read More »

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Bring It On – Aereo Says It’ll Fight Broadcasters In Supreme Court

By and | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 11:52am PST

DJP LEGAL BADGEJust more than two months to the day after broadcasters petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn a denied injunction against the Barry Diller-backed streaming service, Aereo today responded with an unexpected battle cry of “bring it on”. “We have decided to not oppose the broadcasters’ petition for certiorari before the United States Supreme Court. While the law is clear and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and two different Aereo-logo__130126232434-200x206__131008001115federal courts have ruled in favor of Aereo, broadcasters appear determined to keep litigating the same issues against Aereo in every jurisdiction that we enter”,  said Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia today as the company filed a brief (read it here) with the Court. “We want this resolved on the merits rather than through a wasteful war of attrition”. Since Aereo’s 2011 launch, broadcasters have insisted in various jurisdictions and legal actions that the company is breaking the law by transmitting their shows to its Internet subscribers without paying a license fee. Today’s 31-page response and lack of objection to the broadcaster’s petition now raises the stakes to a winner-take-all proposition.

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Fusion Launches With Corporate Dance Video & Obama Interview: Video

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 4:28pm PDT

Interviews today with President Obama and controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio officially launched Fusion with a special edition of the new America With Jorge Ramos. Actually, Fusion kicked off three minutes beforehand at 3:57 PM PT with a hip swiveling music video featuring actors playing CEO Isaac Lee and other senior executives plus various real hosts from the network. Amidst the dancing around the office and cameos by Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, the Fusion employees lyrically proclaimed themselves “the corporate godchild of ABC-Disney and Univision” that will “offer world class reporting with a pop culture theme.” Still, the dance video aside, ABC and Univision’s Fusion was very traditional in its first hour for a joint venture aimed at young English-speaking Hispanics and millennials. The dance routine was followed with a more sober intro by Ramos promising to “challenge the people that make the news” and asking “Why is the government spying on us and foreign leaders?” Then Fusion went straight into a traditional cable news show with interviews, produced segments, talking heads and a taped interview with Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Related: Fusion Unveils Plans For Nightly Sports Talk Show
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Fusion Unveils Plans For Nightly Sports Talk Show

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 10:28am PDT

Where do you set a sports talk show if you’re launching a pop-culture/satire network targeting young viewers? In a tricked-out suburban basement, silly! Fusion, the new ABC/Univision joint venture debuting Monday, announced this morning its … Read More »

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‘GMA’s Lara Spencer And Sam Champion To Help Launch ABC-Univision Network Fusion Next Week

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 1:09pm PDT

Good Morning America will lend its ratings muscle to the October 28 launch of Fusion network, the news/pop culture/satire network from ABC and Univision. That morning, GMA’s Lara Spencer and Sam ChampionRead More »

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Time Warner Cable Reaches Distribution Deal With Univision That Includes El Rey Network And Local News

The agreement will make the No. 2 cable operator and Bright House Networks among the first distributors to have filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s English-language entertainment channel, El Rey Network, when it launches this year. “Time Warner Cable’s … Read More »

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Fusion Taps Univision News President Isaac Lee As CEO

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 11:51am PDT

Fusion, ABC and Univision’s new network aimed at young English-speaking Hispanics in the U.S., has named veteran journalist Isaac Lee Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. In his new role, Lee will be responsible for all programming and … Read More »

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Will An FCC Proposal Slow The Pace Of TV Station Deals?

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 2:54pm PDT

Regulators voted today to consider a change in its media ownership rules in a way that has irked station owners, but cheered public interest activists. In a 2-to-1 vote, the FCC approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that might scrap a 30-year-old provision called the UHF discount. It relates to the law Congress passed in 2004 that bars a company from controlling stations that reach more than 39% of all households. For the purpose of that calculation, the discount requires the agency to just count half of the audience reached by UHF stations. The outlets used to transmit weaker signals than other stations on the VHF band, which included channels 2-to-13. That distinction became virtually meaningless after 2009 when stations replaced their analog signals with digital ones. So, a simple change? Nope. Broadcasters including Univision and ION feared that they might find themselves over the 39% cap — or so close that they couldn’t participate in the torrid deal market for TV stations. The FCC appears to have addressed their biggest concerns by grandfathering station groups that might find themselves above the cap, and those that applied to the FCC for approval of a deal before today’s vote. ”The Commission and the television industry have anticipated the elimination of this discount for well over a decade,” Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn says. “It is our task as regulators to ensure that our rules reflect current market realities.” Read More »

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UPDATE: Sorry Univision, Telemundo Gets Exclusive Obama Interview Following Syria Snub

By | Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 5:07pm PDT

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.

Related: Fox News Tops Rivals In Ratings For Obama’s Syria Speech

UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 9 PMNow 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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Univision Shuffles Management After President Leaves For NBCU

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 2:25pm PDT

Three senior executives at the Spanish-language networks company now will report directly to CEO Randy Falco following the news today that former president Cesar Conde has joined NBCUniversal as an EVP. President of Programming and Content Alberto … Read More »

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Univision Networks Boss Cesar Conde Joins NBCUniversal As EVP

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 8:03am PDT

Related: Univision Shuffles Management After President Leaves For NBCU

NEW YORK – September 13, 2013 – NBCUniversal announced today that Cesar Conde will join the company as an Executive Vice President reporting to Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal. Conde comes to NBCUniversal from Univision, where he served as President since 2009.

In this newly created role, Conde will focus on business development, strategic priorities and special business projects across the NBCUniversal portfolio of assets. He also will oversee the International Group led by the newly appointed Chairman Kevin MacLellan. Conde will be a member of the NBCUniversal Executive Committee.

“Cesar is an impressive business executive with both traditional and emerging media expertise,” said Burke. “His experience leading multiple domestic and international businesses will be instrumental in maximizing all the opportunities to grow our portfolio.”

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Telemundo & Univision Battle It Out With Hollywood A-Listers (Video)

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 7:30pm PDT

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 »

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Univision Chief Says His Viewers Are More Loyal Than CBS’

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 12:34pm PDT

With television’s No. 1 network, CBS chief Les Moonves is one of the most confident-sounding execs in media. But Univision CEO Randy Falco sounded even more assured about his network’s popularity in a conference call with investors today. Read More »

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Univision Set to Finish July Sweep In First Place In Demos

By | Monday July 22, 2013 @ 2:32pm PDT

Univision will finish the July 2013 sweep ratings derby at No. 1 in both the 18-49 and 18-34 demographic groups, beating all of the English-language broadcast networks – a sweep first for the Spanish-language network. During the sweep, Univision is delivering an average audience of nearly 3.6 million total viewers, 1.8 million Adults 18-49, 874,000 Adults 18-34, and 1.1 million Persons 12-34 in primetime. Those stats also put Univision in first place for the sweep among 12-34 year olds — with a 30 percent lead over nearest competitor, Fox. While fourth placed among viewers of all ages (ahead of Fox), Univision leaps to the top of the pack with 18-49-ers, who are the currency of most scripted entertainment programming ad sales. In that age bracket,  Univision will wrap the sweep 21 percent ahead of second place broadcaster, Fox.

Univision’s Los Angeles and New York stations are key to the win — the country’s No. 1 and 2 most watched in the country, respectively, during primetime among 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54, during the ratings derby.

Fueling those wins, Univision’s variety show Sabo Gigante (Giant Saturday) is up 16 percent in 18-49 year to year, and its highest rated primetime novella, Amores Verdaderos (True Love) outstrips first-run airings of many English-lanugage programs in key demos. Read More »

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Univision Awards Show ‘Premios Juventud’ Tops Networks In Key Demo

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 4:33pm PDT

This often happens in the summer, when Univision runs original programming. Still, it’s a significant victory for the Spanish-language network with the annual Premios Juventud youth awards show with stars including Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull drawing an average audience of nearly 5M. That … Read More »

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