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Martínez named News Director at Univision Austin

Martínez named News Director at Univision Austin

Ismael MartinezIsmael Martínez returns to KAKW 62 Univision Austin as the station’s News Director.

He replaces Miguel Gaytán, who left Univision in June to become News Director of Telemundo Phoenix.

Martínez rejoins the station from KWEX 41 Univision San Antonio, where he was News and Operations Supervisor since 2014, organizing day-to-day workflow and special projects for the news team,  and coordinating coverage of major events.

He previously spent 11 years KAKW 62 in various roles, including Assignment Director, Executive Producer and News Director.

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López leaves Univision LA for Telemundo Philly

López leaves Univision LA for Telemundo Philly

Mario LopezKMEX 34 morning producer Mario López is saying good-bye to mornings, Los Angeles and Univision. Today is his last day at the station.

He has accepted a position as a weekday Content Producer at WWSI Telemundo 62 in Philadelphia.

He’ll be moving after Labor Day and is scheduled to start on Monday, September 12.

“I will forever be thankful to Univision. It was my school, where I learned everything,” he says.

Mario spent his 18-year journalism career at Univision, starting as an assignment editor and producer at KFTV 21 in Fresno in 1999.

He moved to WXTV 41 in New York in January of 2004 to take on a news producer role for two years, before returning to his home town of Los Angeles in 2006, where he was morning show producer at KMEX, winning his first Emmy for Best Morning Newscast in 2015.

Mario is excited about the next phase in his career. Telemundo 62 is housed with NBC 10 in Philadelphia, so he says he will also be collaborating with the English-language news team, which is what really attracted him to make the jump to Univision’s rival network.

“I just couldn’t say no to the opportunity.”

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Molina leaves Fox News Channel to pursue PhD

Molina leaves Fox News Channel to pursue PhD

Maria MolinaMeteorologist María Molina announced this morning on “Fox and Friends” that she’s leaving Fox News Channel to pursue a PhD at Central Michigan University.

“As a Nicaraguan refugee, who became an American citizen, one of the other achievements that I hope to reach in this great country is reaching my PhD in a field that I love and having research to call my own,” she said on the air.

She leaves Fox News to start as a full time PhD student at Central Michigan University next Monday, August 29.

“It’s been very tough to make this decision. It took many, many months of thinking about it,” she shared.

She plans to return to on-air work in the future and expressed interest in freelancing for a local station in Michigan while she pursues her degree.

Maria joined FNC as a meteorologist in October of 2010, appearing regularly on “FOX & Friends.”

She previously worked as a bilingual television meteorologist for AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania, where she presented local and national weather forecasts in both English and Spanish.

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Univision promotes Loris

Univision promotes Loris

Patsy LoriPatsy Loris has been promoted to Executive Vice President of News and Executive News Director at Univision.

She will now oversee of all of the network news programs, including the weekday and weekend editions of Noticiero Univision, Primer Impacto, Aquí y Ahora, “Crónicas de Sábado,” and Sunday morning political show “Al Punto.”

The executive producers of the network’s news shows will report to Loris, who continues to report to Univision News President Daniel Coronell.

Loris, who joined Univision in 1988, was named VP News in 2013 and was promoted to SVP, News and Senior News Director last year.

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Telemundo ups Domenech to VP of Creative Strategy

Telemundo ups Domenech to VP of Creative Strategy

Angel DomenechTelemundo has promoted Angel Domenech from Senior Creative Director of Digital Marketing to Vice President of Creative Strategy.

In his new role, he’ll oversee the strategic creative development and execution of the network’s high profile launches and overall branding initiatives.

He’ll also be responsible for creative consistency across on-air, off–air and multi-platform, as well as lead the creative approach for all Upfront related activities, including trailers, messaging, invitations and events.

Domenech will report to Aileen Angulo-Merciel, Telemundo’s SVP of Marketing and Creative.

Domenech joined Telemundo in 2007, holding several creative roles of increasing importance. In his most recent position as Senior Creative Director of Digital Marketing, he led the digital content and innovation team in creating multi-platform marketing efforts for Telemundo’s programming. Prior to that, he was the Senior Creative Director for On Air/Off Air Brand Promotions at Telemundo.

Before joining the network, Domenech operated his own design and production studio in Puerto Rico, where he collaborated with ad agencies and television networks to shoot, direct and produce commercials, television movies, mini-series, novelas and documentaries.

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Nina Tassler returns to TV

Nina Tassler returns to TV

Nina TasslerFormer CBS Entertainment chairwoman Nina Tassler, who left her executive role last year to pursue “other creative interests,” is doing just that.

She will develop a series for Showtime – the premium cable network owned by her former employer CBS corp.

During her tenure at CBS, she oversaw more than 200 programs, including some of the network’s biggest hit series.

According to THR, her newest project, “The Middlesteins,” is based on a NYT best-selling book about a couple who splits up after 30 years, after the wife becomes obsessed with food.

Earlier this year, Tassler published the book ”What I Told My Daughter,” which details the roles mothers play in empowering their daughters.

When Tassler announced her departure in September of 2015 after almost 20 years at CBS, she was the highest-ranking Latina in network television.

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Bayona and Garza named anchors of KSTS’ 5 pm newscast

Bayona and Garza named anchors of KSTS’ 5 pm newscast

Cesar Bayona and Blanca Garza

César Bayona and Blanca Garza will co-anchor the 5 pm, as well as the 5:30 pm newscast.

Longtime Telemundo 48 co-anchors César Bayona and Blanca Garza have been chosen to anchor the station’s new 5 pm weekday newscast when it debuts on Monday, September 26.

Both currently co-anchor Noticiero Telemundo 48 at 5:30 pm. They previously also shared the desk Monday-Friday at 6 and 11 pm.

That changed on June 27 when Lorena Domínguez started co-anchoring the 6 and 11 pm newscasts with César. She had previously anchored KSTS’ morning newscasts, which were canceled effective that day.

The anchor swap was initially announced in February, but was postponed until June.

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Univision to pay Gawker’s Nick Denton $400,000 in non-compete

Univision to pay Gawker’s Nick Denton $400,000 in non-compete

Univision - Nick DentonMore details are surfacing in Univision’s $135 million acquisition of Gawker Media.

As part of the deal, Univision will pay Nick Denton $16,666 a month for the next two years – a total of $400,000 – to keep him from working in any business similar to Gawker in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Hungary.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the amount was listed in noncompete pact filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York.

Although the content for Gawker Media’s websites was created in New York, a subsidiary in Hungary handled most of the web development and technical work. Hungary is also where Gawker was initially incorporated.

Politico reported last week the Spanish-language network picked up the leases for Gawker’s NY and Hungary offices, which may explain why Univision included Hungary in the non-compete.

Gawker.com officially shut down yesterday, after Univision refused to include and operate the site once the acquisition is finalized.

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