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Univision/ABC JV targets September launch

Univision-ABC2013The highly anticipated launch of the Univision/ABC joint venture is now scheduled for launch in September – a year and a half after plans for the new network were first announced.

The new channel doesn’t have a name or a CEO yet and its Miami headquarters are under construction.

A Univision spokesman says CEO candidates are currently being interviewed.  Once chosen, the CEO will report to a 6-member board of directors – 3 from ABC and 3 Univision.

Apparently, the two networks will divide responsibilities as follows:

ABC will handle distribution and commercialization and Univision will be mostly in charge of the content, with both networks pitching in their international and domestic news bureaus talent and resources.

Although there is no official head count yet, hiring has already begun.  The most prominent hires were done last year:

Keith Summa and Miguel Ferrer

Keith Summa and Miguel Ferrer

Keith Summa was the first. The former head of the CBS News Investigative Unit, Summa was named Vice President of News Partnerships in August of 2012.

Next was former AOL Latino exec and HuffPo Latino Managing Editor Miguel Ferrer, who was hired to be the first Executive Producer, Digital of the JV.

More recent hires include former “Dateline” producer Rayner Ramirez, who is now an Executive Producer for the JV, and former NBC news producer Dax Tejera, as Senior Coordinating Producer.

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Summa to lead Univision’s efforts in news partnership with ABC

Univision News today announced it has appointed Keith Summa as Vice President of News Partnerships, effectively immediately. He’ll be based in New York and report to Univision News President Isaac Lee.

In this newly created position, Summa will work with journalists in both Univision News and within the Univision/ABC joint venture to support and expand investigative and enterprise reporting in both organizations.  He will also serve as Univision News’ liaison with ABC News in the joint venture, and work with and develop other journalism partnerships.

Prior to joining Univision, Summa was head of the CBS News Investigative Unit since 2007.  He previously spent 15 years as a producer for ABC News and Peter Jennings Productions.

Summa’s documentaries for “Peter Jennings Reporting” include Jennings’ last documentary, “Breakdown: America’s Health Insurance Crisis,” which revealed the dangers of rising health care costs, as well as “From the Tobacco Files,” exposing failures of the public health community; and “How To Get Fat Without Really Trying,” examining how agriculture policies and excessive marketing to children contribute to obesity.

Before starting his career in journalism, Summa was the Advocacy Director for the Coalition for the Homeless.

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Veronica Villafañe, Editor and Publisher

I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter in Spanish and English-language television news. I've worked for Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español and Los Angeles Fox and UPN stations before diving into a convergence model at the San Jose Mercury News. I was president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2004 to 2006. As an online news manager, I was West Coast Web Editor for impreMedia and Managing Editor of IntersectionsSouthLA.org. I am also a freelance writer, reporter and producer. I founded Media Moves in June of 2007.