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TCM names Vazquez daytime host

TCM names Vazquez daytime host

Tiffany VazquezGoing after millennials, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has named 29-year-old Tiffany Vazquez host of the network’s Saturday daytime block.

Tiffany is the first woman and first Latina to join TCM’s on-air talent pool.

She’s also just the third regular on-air host hired in the network’s 22-year history, following Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz.

She starts Saturday hosting duties (12-8 p.m.) on June 4.

Currently Senior Editor in charge of all film content at GIF search engine GIPHY, Tiffany won TCM’s Ultimate Fan Contest in 2014, earning her a chance to introduce a film of her choice on-air with Robert Osborne.

She hosted the network’s Spotlight on Girlfriends In The Movies programming block in December 2015, before getting hired as “a real TCM host.”

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Jerome Parra leaves KXTV

Jerome Parra leaves KXTV

Jerome ParraJerome Parra is leaving his job as News Director at KXTV. Tomorrow is his last day at the Tegna owned ABC affiliate in Sacramento.

In an email informing staff about his departure, he wrote:

“It has been an extraordinary privilege to work with each and every one of you. I’m very proud of the work we’ve done together over the last 4 years. I know this team will grow creatively and have a bright future. The time is right for a new chapter in my career. I am looking forward to what’s next.”

No word yet on where he’s going next.

Parra, who returned to KXTV in May of 2012, previously worked at the station in the early 1990’s, where he started his career as a writer and assignment editor.

Before Sacramento, he spent almost six years as Assistant News Director at KPNX-TV in Phoenix. Prior to that that, he worked as News Director and Station Manager at KNAZ in Flagstaff.

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Santana named GSM at KAZD

Santana named GSM at KAZD

Rene SantanaAzteca América’s KAZD in Dallas has hired René Santana as its new General Sales Manager. She’ll report to General Manager Susan Kretschmar.

Santana joins KAZD from Raycom Media, where she was the GSM for KWES-TV in the Midland-Odessa Texas market since May 2015.

She was previously Digital and Marketing Specialist at the El Paso Times.

From 2006-2014, Santana was the GSM at ABC affiliate KVIA in El Paso, where she oversaw a team of 25 in the local and national sales, production and traffic departments. Before that, she spent 5 years as a marketing consultant at the station.

Santana began her media career in 1995 as an account executive at then UPN affiliate KZIA (now Telemundo’s KTDO 48 in El Paso).

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Univision promotes Martínez-Guzmán and Tristán

Univision promotes Martínez-Guzmán and Tristán

Maria Martinez Guzman and Gabriela Tristan

María Martínez Guzmán and Gabriela Tristán.

Longtime staffers María Martínez-Guzmán and Gabriela Tristán have new titles at Univision. The company today announced their promotions within the news department.

Martínez-Guzmán is now VP and Executive Producer of News Gathering. She’ll supervise and assign daily stories for all newscasts, plan and coordinate series and special news coverage, and manage correspondents and assignment editors.

Tristán becomes VP and Executive Producer of News Production. In her new role, she’ll oversee daily production and broadcast of all newscasts and plan and organize special coverage of events and breaking news. She’ll also manage Univision News anchors, producers, and writers.

Both women will report to SVP and Senior News Director Patsy Loris.

Martínez-Guzmán was most recently Managing Editor of Network News and before that, national and international assignment editor, Univision News. She was part of the team responsible for launching “Al Punto.” Prior to joining Univision News in 2002, she was News Director at KNVO Univision 48, Entravision’s affiliate television station in McAllen, Texas.

Tristán joined Univision as an intern in 1993 and worked her way up the ranks, beginning as a news segment producer for “Despierta América” and subsequently for Network News. After moving up to general producer for “Al Punto,” she was promoted to Executive Producer in 2012. She was most recently Executive Producer, Univision Network News.

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LATV debuts talk show "The Zoo"

LATV debuts talk show “The Zoo”

LATV's The ZooLATV has launched a bilingual talk show called “The Zoo,” hosted by Humberto Guida, Dennis Pastorizo, Nelly Castillo and Bruno Seros-Ulloa.

The show, taped at the LATV studios in Los Angeles, airs Monday through Thursday at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET, tackles gossip, entertainment news, and features guest interviews and man on the street segments.

“The Zoo” is produced by Andrés Palencia and directed by Daniel Vélez.

The talk show is part of LATV’s new programming lineup, announced during its New York upfront in late April.

Other shows focusing on sports, food and health, are scheduled to debut later this year.

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Fusion promotes Summa, Lansbury and Madrigal

Fusion promotes Summa, Lansbury and Madrigal

Keith Summa and Alexis Madrigal

Keith Summa and Alexis Madrigal.

Three Fusion execs are getting expanded roles and titles as of today.

Keith Summa becomes Fusion’s SVP of Content & Programming, overseeing all content for the cable network and George Lansbury is upped to SVP of Production and Programming, leading the production and operations teams.

Both will be working closely with Alexis Madrigal, who steps up to SVP and Editor-in-Chief.

Daniel Eilemberg, who was promoted in April to President and Chief Content Officer of Fusion, made the announcement to staff via email.

Summa, who joined Univision in 2012, was most recently Fusion’s SVP, Content Innovation. Prior to his promotion, Lansbury, has been VP, Programming, Production and Operations since 2013.

Madrigal, on board since 2014, was promoted last year to Editor-in-Chief of Digital.

Here’s Eilemberg’s email about the promotions:

———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Mon, May 23, 2016 at 11:13 AM
Subject: New Roles
To: All Fusion

As mentioned in our meetings earlier this month, several members of our talented team will be taking on new roles as we enter the next phase of FUSION’s growth and evolution. We will be making a few announcements in the coming days and weeks, the first of which I am excited to share today.   
Keith Summa will be taking on an expanded role as Senior Vice President of Content & Programming.  
Over the past few years Keith has assembled one of the best and most diverse investigative reporting teams I have seen — diverse by gender, ethnicity, age, experience, and background. Collectively they have produced impactful projects that have exposed injustice and led to real change. The success of these efforts led to our decision to double the size of the team and launch our new investigative franchise The Naked Truth earlier this year.  
Keith has proven time and again his commitment to innovative, cross-platform storytelling — and now he will be taking that spirit and applying it to all our original productions as well as our development and acquisition strategy. 
In his new role Keith will continue to oversee the investigative team and “The Naked Truth” while assuming executive responsibility for “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos,” news specials, documentaries/docu-series, and our topical comedy docs. In addition, he will be working closely with Mark and George as we look to bring our partner network (The Root, The Onion, and others) to a wider television audience via FUSION. I am confident he will bring a fresh and open-minded perspective to how we tell compelling stories for our audience on platforms ranging from TV and OTT. Mark Lima, Bryan Carmel, and Dax Tejera will now report to Keith.  
Beyond his honed sense for a good story, Keith also has a great eye for talent. I have watched him mentor and support so many young journalists throughout the company, challenging them to experiment and break with convention, and I can’t wait to see the broader impact he will have moving forward.  
Another FUSION original is also stepping into an expanded role. I am excited to announce that George Lansbury has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Production and Programming.  
George has been a crucial member of the FUSION family since our inception. His fingerprints are all over many key moments in FUSION’s history – from the opening of Newsport and the assembling of our launch team to the brand-defining execution of the Iowa Brown and Black Forum.   
In his expanded role George will continue to oversee third-party productions like “The Chris Gethard Show” (Funny or Die), “Drug Wars” (Paraiso), and “Traffickers” (Lightbox) among others, while adding oversight of the production management, post-production, and network engineering teams. George has a proven track record of bringing people together to find creative ways to tackle complicated problems. His ability to find creative ways to eliminate the barriers that stand in the way of creative storytelling is extremely valuable to our organization.  
What is great about George is that while he is a TV vet that has worked at places like VH1 and Cablevision/AMC Networks, he’s also eager to explore new ways of delivering content to our audience where they are (and doing so in the most efficient way). Earlier this year he was a driving force behind our efforts to expand FUSION’s ability to produce high-quality live-streams on platforms like Facebook. 
With George and Jigar working together on a series of projects I know FUSION will make great strides toward operational excellence.  
Finally, Alexis Madrigal has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Content & Editor-in-Chief. Over the past year Alexis has helped cultivate an amazing editorial team that is full of diverse, passionate voices. We have seen rapid growth in both audience and engagement on and with Alexis, Dodai, Joyce, Geraldine, Kevin and the other vertical editors continuing to focus our efforts, we will keep growing to new heights.  
I want to give a special nod to the Real Future team, who has become a great example of how we should build our editorial brands across platforms (digital, TV, social, events). Alexis and Keith will be working closely over the next several months to extend that same approach to our other verticals.   
As I mentioned in our meetings over the past few weeks, our leadership team is not complete and I look forward to sharing more exciting news soon. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Keith, George, and Alexis on their expanded roles.  

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Cárdenas named Digital Strategist at Tennessean

Cárdenas named Digital Strategist at Tennessean

Jaime CardenasJaime Cárdenas has moved to the East coast and starts a new job today as Digital Strategist for The Tennessean and tnMedia.

Until just two weeks ago, he was Sports Digital News Editor for the Los Angeles Daily News and Southern California News Group.

In his new role at The Tennessean, he’ll be guiding the newsroom’s digital, mobile and social media strategy.

“This is a terrific opportunity in a position of leadership. I will be helping oversee a team of 10 digital producers,” Jaime tells Media Moves. “I will forever be thankful to the Daily News and Digital First Media for the opportunity and fostering an environment to grow as person and a professional. Without them, I would not be in a position like this one.”

Before joining the Daily News in 2014, Jaime spent over six years as communications coordinator for the Los Angeles Galaxy, where he oversaw the launch of the soccer team’s Spanish-language website and developed the team’s social media strategy.

He was previously a staff writer for the L.A. Times and the Orange County Registered, where he covered sports.

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Marino, Marrero leave Univision Radio for SBS

Marino, Marrero leave Univision Radio for SBS

Michelle Marino and Erica Marrero

Michelle Marino and Erica Marrero

Michelle Marino and Erika Marrero have jumped ship from Univision Radio.

Both execs have moved over to AIRE Radio Networks, a division of Spanish Broadcasting System.

Marino has joined the company as SVP of Network Sales and Erika Marrero as VP of Network Sales, reporting to Elisa Torres, Head of AIRE Radio Networks.

The former Univision Radio execs will be responsible for revenue generation efforts at AIRE Radio Networks and other SBS media platforms including MegaTV, and SBS Entertainment.

Marino, who spent 10 years at Univision, was most recently VP of Corporate Sales at Univision Radio. She was previously an account executive at Katz Media Group and Infinity Broadcasting.

Marrero’s entire career in the broadcast industry has been at Univision Radio and Entravision. She was most recently a senior account executive for network sales at Univision Radio.

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Former Univision GM María Gutiérrez dies

Former Univision GM María Gutiérrez dies

Maria GutierrezMaría Gutiérrez, who retired from Univision Fresno after a 28-year career with the company, died this morning.

She had been battling cancer since late 2015, according a story in the Fresno Bee.

Originally from East Los Angeles, Gutiérrez worked at KMEX-34 before moving to KFTV Univision 21 in Fresno.

She retired from as KVTV’s SVP and Regional Director of Local Media in 2012, after spending 12 years at the station. Since then, she had been involved in several volunteer and community activities.

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South Florida Business Journal names Meléndez Editor-in-Chief

South Florida Business Journal names Meléndez Editor-in-Chief

Mel MelendezMel Meléndez has been officially promoted from Managing Editor to Editor-in-Chief of the South Florida Business Journal. He had been filling in that role on an interim basis for several months.

Since joining the Business Journal in 2013, Meléndez has been in charge of running the daily operations, supervising and editing editorial content and directing the publication’s digital strategy. He also oversaw the redesign of the weekly print edition and online website.

He previously spent 13 years at the Arizona Republic, starting as a staff writer and editor, working his way up to Assistant Business Editor and Business Engagement Editor.

Before that,Meléndez worked as a staff writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and San Diego’s North County Times.

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Entravision promotes Daboub to EVP

Entravision promotes Daboub to EVP

Donald_Daboub-2015Entravision Communications has promoted Donald Daboub from SVP of Integrated Marketing Solutions, Colorado to EVP of Integrated Marketing Solutions, Mountain Region, effective immediately.

He’ll report directly to Mario M. Carrera, Entravision’s Chief Revenue Officer.

In his newly expanded role, he’ll be in charge of leading and managing the Integrated Marketing Solutions team in the Mountain Region, which includes Entravision assets in Phoenix, Colorado Springs, Denver, Wichita, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, and Reno.

He’ll oversee all client-based marketing and sales campaigns for Entravision’s TV, radio and online platforms.

Daboub, who has been a General Sales Manager and Station Manager for Entravision’s KCEC in Denver, joined the company in 2006.

He previously held management roles at Univision and Telemundo TV stations.

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Telemundo lays off Rosabal, Zugasti; promotes execs in network news reorganization

Telemundo lays off Rosabal, Zugasti; promotes execs in network news reorganization

Sylvia Rosabal and Yolanda Zugasti lost their jobs in the news reorganization.

Sylvia Rosabal and Yolanda Zugasti lost their jobs in the news reorganization.

Two months after joining Telemundo as its new EPV of Network News, Luis Fernández today announced a series of changes as part of a reorganization to make the the department more “competitive.”

In an email sent in Spanish to staff, Fernández announced the departures of Sylvia Rosabal, SVP, Network News and Yolanda Zugasti, EP of “Enfoque.”

Rosabal joined Telemundo in 2012 a year after her ouster from Univision, where she had worked for 26 years. Zugasti, who also lost her job during Univision’s management changes in 2011, started at Telemundo in 2013.

Eduardo Suñol

Eduardo Suñol is promoted to VP, Telemundo News Digital.

Fernández’s email also announced several promotions:

* Eduardo Suñol has been upped from Senior Executive Producer to VP, Telemundo News Digital, in an effort to strengthen its digital news operations.
* Karen Carranza moves up from L.A. Bureau Chief to Director, Western Region, in charge of the L.A., Texas and San Jose bureaus.
* Leonor Ayala becomes Director, North Eastern Region, in charge of New York and Chicago bureaus.

Victoria Rivas-Vázquez remains in her role Noticias Telemundo Bureau Chief in Washington D.C.  Fernández emphasized the importance of giving bureaus autonomy while improving coordination with the network’s Miami headquarters.

Humberto Durán, on board since November of 2015, stays in his role as VP of News Operations and Production Management, adding Special Projects to his duties.

Fernández also announced that Edgardo del Villar officially becomes news anchor of morning show “Un Nuevo Día,” replacing Neida Sandoval, whose contract was not renewed.

Just as Media Moves reported last week, he confirmed the appointments of correspondents Edgar Muñoz in L.A. and Rubén Pereida in Chicago.

In closing, Fernández acknowledged “all changes generate concern and nervousness” and that he would hold a newsroom Town Hall tomorrow morning to answer questions and concerns.

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