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Ramon starts as anchor at KCBS/KCAL

Ramon starts as anchor at KCBS/KCAL

Elsa RamonAfter a 7-month break off the air, Elsa Ramon has started a new job as weekend anchor/reporter at KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles.

Elsa left WOAI in San Antonio in December, to follow her husband, who landed a job in their hometown of L.A.

She started the new job a couple of weeks ago, co-anchoring all the evening weekend broadcasts for both CBS2 and KCAL9. She’ll also be reporting weekdays for both stations.

Prior to her move to L.A., she spent 5 years at WOAI.

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Maria Carrillo named Senior Editor at Houston Chronicle

Maria Carrillo named Senior Editor at Houston Chronicle

Maria CarrilloMaría Carrillo, Managing Editor of the Virginian-Pilot since 2005, is leaving the paper. She has been with The Pilot for the past 16 years. Today is her last day.

In exactly one month – on September 29, she starts her new job as Senior Editor for Sunday and enterprise at the Houston Chronicle.

“I’ve loved working at The Pilot, and I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished over the years. It’s an exceptional newsroom,” María tells Media Moves. “But this opportunity in Houston came along at a good time, personally and professionally, and I’m looking forward to spending more of my time working on stories.”

María joined The Pilot in 1998, starting out in features, moving her way up the paper in several leadership roles before becoming Managing Editor.

She previously spent 13 years as a reporter/editor at The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg.

In an email to staff announcing her departure, Virginian-Pilot editor Denis Finley, who has worked with Maria for the past 9 years sang her praises:

“Maria’s talent, work ethic, love of craft, peacemaking ability and search for perfection in everything she does is unparalleled. Every day she has been here has made us better…. The Chronicle is lucky. In fact, I don’t think they have any idea just how lucky they are to have Maria on its staff now.”

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Telemundo teams up with NBC for special Hispanic Heritage series

Telemundo teams up with NBC for special Hispanic Heritage series

VIVA todayTelemundo is teaming up with the NBC’s TODAY show for “Viva TODAY,” a special week-long series to celebrate the diversity of Hispanic culture before the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

All next week, beginning Monday, September 1, “Viva Today” will highlight the positive impact Hispanic and Latino Americans have had on society.

Throughout the week, TODAY will feature guest co-hosts including Telemundo and MSNBC news anchor José Díaz Balart, Telemundo anchor María Celeste Arrarás and host Jorge Bernal, as well as other special appearances by other TV personalities and telenovela actors.

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WAPA America signs deal with Nielsen

WAPA America signs deal with Nielsen

nielsen-wapa verticalWAPA America, the U.S. sister cable network of WAPA – Puerto Rico, has reached an agreement with Nielsen to be rated by the measurement company.

WAPA America will be reported in Nielsen’s national data beginning as of August 2014. The first data will be available on September 28.

Launched in the U.S. in 2004, WAPA America is seen in more than five million homes and is distributed by all major cable, satellite and telco providers.

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Pando named GM of Martí Noticias

Pando named GM of Martí Noticias

Alberto PandoFormer Univision, Telemundo and Televisa exec Alberto Pando has joined the Office of Cuba broadcasting as the General Manager of Martí Noticias.

In his new role, he oversees the US-government run radio, TV and digital platforms of the division.

Alberto’s career, which has spanned three decades in English and Spanish-language TV, has included stints in news, sports, and entertainment.

One of the founding members of Univision Noticias, he also helped launch the Sports Division at Univision.

He has also worked as an Executive Producer for Voice of America and Telemundo Network. He most recently spent 12 years as Managing Director of Televisa’s U.S. operations, directing the company’s efforts to produce English-language TV and feature films for the North American marketplace.

He joined Televisa after launching the news operation at their FOX affiliate in San Diego.

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Univision announces new programming for UVideos

Univision announces new programming for UVideos

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Top: “Durmiendo con mi jefe” and “Gritos de Muerte y Libertad.” Bottom: cast of “Despierta América.”

UVideos, Univision’s bilingual digital video network, is expanding its programming to include scripted series, reality shows and digital-only extensions of some of Univision Network’s top shows.

Starting in October, Univision will launch “Despierta América – El Reality.” UVideos’ cameras will follow the “Despierta América” hosts and producers to show the behind-the-scenes process of putting together the daily, 4-hour live morning show.

UVideos will also feature the new digital program “Más Allá de la Belleza,” which follows contestants competing to win the crown and title of Miss Venezuela. The show premiered on the digital network on August 25.

Beginning on September 8th, in coordination with Hispanic Heritage Month, UVideos will present two series: “El Encanto del Águila” and “Gritos de Muerte y Libertad.” Both scripted series highlight pivotal moments and characters of the Mexican Revolution.

UVideos is also premiering the Televisa-produced comedy series “Durmiendo Con Mi Jefe” in October.

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Tonazzi leaves KDEN for communications job

Tonazzi leaves KDEN for communications job

Sebastian_Tonazzi-2013Sebastián Tonazzi has left his job as Marketing and Promotions Manager for KDEN, Telemundo’s O&O in Denver. He is now Public Engagement Officer for Denver’s Adams County School District. His first day on the job was last Monday, August 18.

Sebastián, who has previously worked as Creative Services Director and Executive Producer for a weekend show on Univision Arizona, says he isn’t leaving the TV industry.

“I will be involved in the district’s Channel 8 (Denver) special features and will be available for interviews in English and Spanish to discuss the district,” he says. “I am also in charge of media relations with television, radio, and print.”

Sebastián began his career as a promotions coordinator with Telemundo Arizona.

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Pitbull gets own channel on Sirius XM

Pitbull gets own channel on Sirius XM

Pitbull-SiriusArmando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, is getting his own radio channel on Sirius XM.

The channel, which will be curated and presented by the pop star, will also feaure a weekly show hosted by Pittbull.

The channel is scheduled to debut in early 2015.

The musician, performer, entrepreneur, and actor has had a career with sales of over 5 million albums and over 60 million singles worldwide.

Pitbull has had #1 hits in more than 15 countries. His videos have over 5 billion views and his social reach exceeds 78 million followers.

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Eva Rodríguez named Senior Editor at Politico

Eva Rodríguez named Senior Editor at Politico

Eva RodriguezEditorial writer Eva Rodríguez has left the Washington Post to become Senior Editor at Politico magazine. She had been at the Post for the last 7 years in several roles.

Her first day on the new job was this past Monday, August 18.

She joined the Post in 2007 as an editorial writer, responsible for legal affairs and was named Deputy Editor of the Style section in 2012. In June of this year, she became Europe and Americas editor, overseeing coverage from the paper’s bureaus in London, Berlin, Moscow, Mexico and Rio de Janeiro.

Eva was previously Washington bureau chief for BusinessWeek. She began her career with the Miami Daily Business Review, where she covered courts and business. She previously spent 10 years with the Washington-based weekly Legal Times, as a Supreme Court and federal courts reporter, later becoming executive editor and then editor-in-chief.

She has also worked for the Miami Herald, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

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Programming exec changes at Univision and Unimás

Programming exec changes at Univision and Unimás

Carlos Bardasano and Andres Mendoza

Carlos Bardasano (L) and Andrés Mendoza.

Univision has announced it has made two changes in its entertainment executive ranks.

The company has named Carlos Bardasano VP of Original Content and Andrés Mendoza VP of Programming & Strategy for UniMás.

Bardasano will lead alternative content and productions for the Univision’s entertainment arm, as well as oversee all original content production from main content providers such as Televisa, Venevision, Caracol, RTI and Sony.

Until this new appointment, Bardasano was VP of Programming and Original Production for UniMás, overseeing all programming, production and strategy for that network.

He has previously held the position of  VP of Programming Development of Univision Television Networks and has also worked for Telemundo as EVP of Entertainment and VP of Programming at Telemundo.

Mendoza was appointed VP of Programming & Strategy for UniMás. He will oversee all programming, production and strategy for the former Telefutura network.

Prior to this role, Mendoza was director of Programming Planning and Strategy for the Univision Networks where he assisted the president of Programming and Content in the design and implementation of innovative and competitive tactics to increase the company’s audiences. He also led teams that developed new content for existing Univision shows, as well as new and alternative programming for UniMás.

Mendoza joined Univision in 2012 working as a Senior Analyst and Business Operations manager of Noticias Univision. He was part of the team that launched Fusion, the English-language cable network joint venture with Disney/ABC News.

 

 

 

 

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