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“El Matador” Hernández joins FOX Deportes

“El Matador” Hernández joins FOX Deportes

Luis_Hernandez-smallMexican soccer star Luis “El Matador” Hernández joins FOX Deportes as an analyst for its talk show, La Última Palabra, and as a guest commentator across several of the network’s media platforms.

Hernández will be part of the opinion and analysis team alongside soccer commentators Alberto García Aspe, André Marín, Daniel “El Ruso” Brailovsky, Fabián Estay, Marion Reimers and Raúl Orvañanos.

Hernández is the all-time leading goal scorer for the Mexican National team in World Cup competition and the fourth-ranked goal scorer for El Tri.

During his 14-year career he played for a number of clubs, including Cruz Azul, Querétaro, Monterey, Club América, UANL Tigres, CD Veracruz, Necaxa, Boca Juniors in Argentina and Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.

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Telemundo turns to webisodes to bridge TV show gap

Telemundo turns to webisodes to bridge TV show gap

Telemundo is turning to the web to prep up its audience for a second season of the narco-drama “El Señor de los Cielos.” The highly successful series, which aired last year, averaged 2.3 million viewers nightly and generated more than 35 million page views on Telemundo.com.

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The finale brought in over 3.6 million viewers and beat Univision for the night, making a sequel an attractive proposition for Telemundo.  But how would the network bridge the gap between seasons? By innovating its programming strategy.

 

It created an unprecedented seven-part mid-season web series that fills in the blanks between the first season cliffhanger and the upcoming second season.

“Our goal is to continue delivering the highest quality content and go beyond traditional on-air programming, taking the viewer’s experience further,” says Borja Pérez, SVP Digital & Social Media.  “The vision is to continue this initiative with other series in the future by combining programming strategy with digital and social innovations.”

The premiere of “El Capitulo Secreto” (“The Secret Episode”), debuts today, April 22. The network will unveil two new digital chapters per week leading up to the complete full-length episode that will be available on May 9th across all Telemundo digital and social platforms including online, mobile and the novelas application.

Rafael Amaya reprises the leading role of Aurelio Casillas alongside lead actors Ximena Herrera, Carmen Villalobos, Raúl Méndez, Fernanda Castillo, Manuela González, Robinson Díaz and Mauricio Ochmann.

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SBS debuts new morning show on KLAX

SBS debuts new morning show on KLAX

show chikilinSpanish Broadcasting System (SBS) today announced the debut of its new “Vacilón de la Mañana” morning show format called “El Show de El Chikilín” on KLAX (97.9 FM), La Raza.

The show, hosted by Beto Diaz “El Chikilin” and Claudia Valenzuela “La Buchona” will air Monday through Friday from 5 to 10 am in the Los Angeles market.

The five-hour morning show, which also airs in other markets, will feature Dr. César Lozano.

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García leaves NuvoTV, joins Bruckheimer Films

García leaves NuvoTV, joins Bruckheimer Films

Julio GarciaJulio García has left NuvoTV, where he was Executive Director of Human Resources.

He has taken a new job as Vice President of Human Resources & Operations for Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Julio had been with NuvoTV for almost 6 years.  He was previously HR Manager for Hilton. Before that, he was at MTV Networks over 4 years, where he was hired as executive assistant to the SVP of HR.

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NBC & Telemundo to simulcast Juanes concert

NBC & Telemundo to simulcast Juanes concert

Today-Un nuevo díaGrammy-winning Colombian pop star Juanes will be performing live from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City – and the concert will air live on both NBC and Telemundo.

The event, scheduled for Monday, April 21 at 7 am, is part of NBC’s “Today Show” spring concert series, which will be simulcast with Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Día.”

Juanes becomes the fourth Latino performer to participate in the NBC/Telemundo morning show concert series, following Enrique Iglesias, Shakira and Pitbull.

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Sánchez Sobrino named GM at WTMO

Sánchez Sobrino named GM at WTMO

Alex Sanchez SobrinoAlejandro “Alex” Sánchez Sobrino has been named Vice President and General Manager of WTMO Telemundo Orlando effective immediately.   He’ll report to Ronald J. Gordon, CEO of ZGS.

He was most recently Executive Vice President of EPMG, a multicultural media buying and planning company. He was previously VP of Marketing and Advertising for the Houston Chronicle and General Manager and Publisher of its Spanish-language weekly La Voz . From 2007 to 2012, he was Publisher of the Dallas Morning News’ Spanish-language pub Al Día

Before that, he was VP and General Manager for LBI Media in Dallas and GM for Entravision in Monterey, CA. He was one of the first executives to join Radio Unica Inc. in 1998, holding the position of VP and GM in Houston.

Prior to joining Radio Unica, he was Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Dallas Cowboys where he hosted and produced the team’s show Cadena de Plata

 

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Univision launches Flama

Univision launches Flama

Univision Communications has officially launched Flama, its first fully dedicated over-the-top network providing English-language video programming for 15 to 30 year olds.

TheFlama.com, billed as “a network for discovering and sharing original and curated video,”  that provides “access to talent and stories made by, for and with Hispanic millennials” debuted this week with a slate of five new original shows.

Alexis Tirado, who was previously at MTV Networks, is the Managing Editor for TheFlama.com, and Yamin Segal, creator of indie web series East Willy B, is the network’s Director of Programming & Production for Flama.

The network also brought in stand-up comedian Al Madrigal (“The Daily Show”, “About A Boy“) as an early adviser.

Univision first announced the creation and launch of Flama at its Newfront in May of 2013. It partnered with digital programmer Bedrocket to form the OTT network in October of last year.

Univision Flama shows

Flama series:

“Super Accurate Soccer History” 

As a precursor to World Cup 2014 Brazil, this six-episode mockumentary style show features ridiculous made up soccer stories.

“Left Unattended with D-stroy” 

A weekly, high-energy series, featuring D-stroy Melendez, doing interviews with music’s biggest influencers.

“Drop the Mic with Becky G” 

This six part docu-series follows 17-year-old hip-hop artist Becky G through the ups and downs of making it in the music industry and rising to stardom, while staying grounded through her family and friends.

“Abuelita’s Review” 

Flama’s resident 83-year-old grandmother, Abuelita, shares her wisdom with viewers in a six part series where she reviews today’s top products, from electronics to food. The series stars Altagracia Guzman (“Raising Victor Vargas” and “I Heart Huckabees.”)

“The Johnny Sanchez Show”

Ccomedian Johnny Sanchez (“MADtv” “Happy Feet”) shares his humor and spot-on impressions in a fun, off-the-wall, short-clip series.

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Paul Stanley added to Univision’s “Despierta América”

Paul Stanley added to Univision’s “Despierta América”

Paul (with the glasses, second from right) has previously been a guest on the morning show.

Paul (with the glasses, second from right) has previously been a guest on “Despierta América.”

He’s not the KISS guitarist, he clearly points out in his Twitter profile.

This Paul Stanley is a Mexican TV host and actor and the newest addition to Univision’s “Despierta América.”

Paul will be co-hosting the morning show alongside Alan Tacher, Johnny Lozada, Ana Patricia, Ximena Cordoba, Karla Martinez, Satcha Pretto and William Valdés.

He’s presumably replacing Raúl González, who resigned in February after 12 years on the show, and joined Telemundo in March.

Paul was most recently host of “Hoy,” an entertainment show on Televisa and has acted in several telenovelas.

He is the son of  former Televisa and TV Azteca personality, Paco Stanley, gunned down in Mexico City in 1999.

Univision today took to Twitter to welcome him, as did Alberto Ciurana, Univision’s President, Programming & Content Univision Networks.

 

 

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Mettey exits MundoFox

Mettey exits MundoFox

Jorge MetteyJorge Mettey and MundoFox have parted ways. Mettey, named SVP of News in May of 2012 and who helped launch the Spanish-language Fox start up in August of that year, told staff via email that he was leaving the company, effective immediately.

In the meantime, Luis Hernández, hired in 2012 by Mettey as his Executive Producer, will be acting News Director.

In the email Mettey sent Friday, he thanked his employees, saying he was “proud of what Noticias MundoFox has accomplished” since the launch of the new network.

Hours after Mettey’s email, new network President Ibra Morales sent out a message thanking Mettey, wishing him the best and announcing his interim replacement.

Below is Mettey’s farewell email:

 

Memorandum

To:  MundoFox

From:  Jorge Mettey

RE:  Transition

After two years on the job, I have made the decision to leave my post as SVP/Noticias MundoFox effective immediately.  The news department is strong, the ratings are growing, and Noticias MundoFox is well on its way to continue changing the face of news in Spanish-language Television.  

I am proud of what Noticias MundoFox has accomplished.  In less than three months in 2012, we launched a groundbreaking news operation focused on serving U.S. Hispanics.  Since that time, Noticias MundoFox has literally been around the world, live, producing compelling stories that were well-told and skillfully presented, and content that has made a difference.  Thank you to my Noticias team for your hard and dedicated work.  

Fox and RCN are extraordinary companies.  It has been a privilege to have been involved with both of them through their partnership in MundoFox.  I will always cherish Hernan Lopez and Mr. Ardila’s leadership and vision.  

I’ll continue to be a viewer and a supporter, and wish you all the best. I have enjoyed working with each of you.  It has been a great experience.  I hope our paths will cross again.

 

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Univision preps for World Cup with new Deportes app

Univision preps for World Cup with new Deportes app

UniDepappWith the countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ underway, Univision Deportes today announced the release of its new app, although it was updated and quietly launched a few weeks ago.

Designed and powered by NeuLion, the new app offers fans access to high-quality live streaming coverage of all the games with in-match, real time highlights and stats, video highlights, schedules, individual club news, rosters and more.

The app offers fans watching live sports on PC, smartphones and tablets an interactive live soccer experience that can be personalized to the individual fan, connecting users to each other via their social networks using Twitter and Facebook.

The app can be downloaded across both iTunes and Android platforms.

 

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