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Neida Sandoval out at Telemundo

Neida Sandoval out at Telemundo

Neida Sandoval

Neida Sandoval posted this photo on her official Facebook account prior to the start of the morning show, asking viewers to tune in.

Today was Neida Sandoval’s last day on the air at Telemundo.

According to sources, the network decided not to renew her contract as the news anchor for morning show “Un Nuevo Día.”

Sources say the move came as a surprise many staffers, including Neida, who did not get a chance to say good-bye on the air.

A company spokesman confirmed the news: “Neida Sandoval is no longer working with us. We appreciate her numerous contributions to Telemundo and wish her all the best in her future professional endeavors.”

Neida’s departure comes just shy of two years since she joined the show in June of 2014. At the time, she replaced Edgardo Del Villar, who was moved to a role as correspondent and fill-in anchor for the network’s primetime newscast.

An Emmy-award winning journalist, Neida was one of the founding members of Univision’s “Despierta América,” which she co-hosted for 15 years until 2011.

Edgardo, who in March was pulled off the weekend anchor desk in favor of Luis Carlos Vélez, returns to the morning news slot next Monday, May 9. It remains to be seen if he’ll be Neida’s permanent replacement.


* The story was updated to include that Edgardo del Villar will fill-in for Neida Sandoval.

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Telemundo attorneys seek to block Mintz from starting at Azteca

Telemundo attorneys seek to block Mintz from starting at Azteca

Joshua MintzTelemundo is pursuing a temporary injunction to prevent Joshua Mintz from starting his new job at TV Azteca in Mexico.

Mintz resigned as EVP of Scripted Programming and GM of Telemundo Studios in January and shortly after, TV Azteca’s CEO Benjamín Salinas announced he was joining the Mexican network.

Telemundo then filed for a temporary injunction to block Mintz from working for Azteca or any other network rival alleging a breach of contract for violating a noncompete clause. That request was denied.

Legal news service Law 360 reports Telemundo attorneys on Wednesday turned to Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals seeking a reversal of a lower court’s denial of its request for a temporary injunction while arbitration over his alleged contract breach continues.

According to Law 360, Mintz’s contract with Telemundo ran from January 2015 until December 2018.

No comment yet from Telemundo on the legal action.

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Rivera hired at Telemundo

Rivera hired at Telemundo

Alan_RiveraAlan Rivera has joined Telemundo network as a National Assignment Editor. Based out of the network’s Miami headquarters, he started the job this week.

He’ll be focusing on news segments for morning show “Un Nuevo Día” and the network’s weekend newscasts.

Alan, who most recently worked as Production Director for Media Vista Group in Naples, FL, previously spent 9 years as an Executive Producer and anchor for the now-defunct Independent News Network (INN) in Iowa, which produced Spanish-language “localized” newscasts for stations with budgets too small to produce news programs.

Before that, Alan spent 3 years as a reporter for Liberman Broadcasting’s KRCA 62 in Los Angeles.

Prior to his move to the United States, Alan worked as a radio and TV reporter in his native Peru.

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Veloz moves from Telemundo to People en Español

Veloz moves from Telemundo to People en Español

Paloma VelozPaloma Veloz has left her position as New York Bureau Producer for Telemundo’s morning Show “Un Nuevo Día.” She has started a new job as Digital Producer for Time Inc.’s People en Español.

In her new role, Paloma will be working closely with the company’s video and digital teams to help develop the structure and content for a new online show scheduled to debut in early May.

Prior to joining People en Español, she spent almost 7 years at NBC Universal. She joined the company right out of college, starting her career in the NBCU Page Program.

She became a Production Assistant for NBC’s weekend Today show in 2010 and a year later, took on a similar role for NBC News.

Paloma moved to Telemundo in 2013 until her departure earlier this month.

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Negrón named producer at KVEA

Negrón named producer at KVEA

William_NegronWilliam Negrón is switching jobs and markets within Telemundo. He’s moving from KTMD Telemundo Houston to KVEA 52 in Los Angeles.

A news producer for KTMD’s 10 pm newscast for the past three years, he’ll take on the role of 11 pm producer at KVEA.

William’s last day at the Houston station is May 6. He’ll be starting in L.A. a week later.

Prior to KTMD, he worked for Telemundo Puerto Rico. He previously worked as a producer, writer, editor, reporter, photographer and graphic artist for Spanish Television News, and also reported for Cumbre 1470 AM.

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Isolda Peguero out at Telemundo

Isolda Peguero out at Telemundo

Isolda_PegueroIsolda Peguero, a New York-based network news correspondent for almost 16 years, is no longer with Telemundo.

A company spokesman confirmed her exit, without giving further details.

An Emmy-award winning journalist, Isolda had been with Telemundo for the past 25 years. Prior to being a network correspondent, she spent 9 years as a reporter for local station WNJU 47.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Isolda’s entire career has been in New York. Prior to Telemundo, she was Director Public Affairs for radio station WKDM. In the late 80’s, she was a correspondent for the now defunct Spanish-language paper Noticias del Mundo.

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Telemundo hosts private Jennifer Lopez concert during upfronts

Telemundo hosts private Jennifer Lopez concert during upfronts

Jennifer_Lopez-TelemundoTelemundo may have been swallowed into NBC Universal’s upfront this year, but the Spanish-language network has found a way to shine and stand out – by hosting a private concert with superstar Jennifer Lopez.

Calling it an event “to celebrate Telemundo’s successes this past year,” the company’s Hispanic Enterprises unit is inviting its advertising clients to see J-Lo perform just for them.

The private concert will be on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6 pm at The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City – hours after NBC Universal holds its multi-network upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall.

According to the Spanish-language network, the singer’s performance “will mark the first of several collaborations by the entertainment icon in upcoming Telemundo projects to be announced.”

Lopez, currently executive producer and star on NBC’s “Shades of Blue,” has previous upfront experience. She promoted Nuvo-TV’s programming slate during the 2013 and 2014 upfronts, when she was Chief Creative Officer for the Hispanic cable network, which merged with Fuse last year.

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Rodríguez quits Telemundo, joins Univision as White House correspondent

Rodríguez quits Telemundo, joins Univision as White House correspondent

Janet RodriguezJanet Rodríguez has left her position as Telemundo network news correspondent in Chicago.

A multi Emmy-award winning journalist, she’s moving over to rival Univision to fill the newly created position of White House correspondent, based in Washington, D.C.

Sources say Janet was introduced at Univision’s Miami headquarters this week as the newest member of the network’s D.C. news team.

She is set to start the job towards the end of April.

This marks a return to D.C. for Janet, who began her broadcast career as a reporter at Telemundo affiliate WZDC-TV after graduating from American University.

In 2008, she was hired as a reporter at KTAZ, Telemundo Phoenix. She worked there for almost 5 years until getting picked up by the network in 2013, becoming Telemundo’s first Chicago-based correspondent.

No word yet on Janet’s replacement at Telemundo.

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Rodríguez joins Telemundo Arizona for investigative unit launch

Rodríguez joins Telemundo Arizona for investigative unit launch

Victor Hugo RodriguezVictor Hugo Rodríguez returns to TV news after an almost 3-year break.

He has joined KTAZ Telemundo Phoenix as lead reporter for the launch of the station’s new consumer investigation unit under the station group’s franchise “Telemundo Responde.”

KTAZ joins 9 other Telemundo-owned stations the have a dedicated consumer advocacy team looking into consumer complaints of identity fraud, theft, and other wrongdoing.

The station’s first “Telemundo Responde” segment will air on April 18 during “Noticiero Telemundo Arizona.”

Victor returns to Telemundo after working as a Public Affairs Specialist for State Farm insurance in Tempe, Arizona for the past two years.

He previously worked as a reporter for KVEA Telemundo 52 in Los Angeles. Before that, he spent 9 years as a reporter and anchor for KTVW-33, the Univision O&O in Phoenix and as a correspondent for Univision network.

Prior to his move to Phoenix, Victor worked as a segment producer for KWHY-22 in L.A. and a reporter at KUVS-19, Univision Sacramento.

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Necochea leaves Telemundo to join NBC News

Necochea leaves Telemundo to join NBC News

David NecocheaAfter a 12-year run with Telemundo, David Necochea has left his position as network news videographer in Houston to join NBC network news in New York.

He starts on Monday, April 4 as a videographer and editor for Nightly News, the Today Show, MSNBC and Peacock Productions.

A 13 Emmy-award winning videojournalist, David moved from Miami to Houston in 2014 to work with correspondent Iván Taylor, who left the network earlier this month.

He previously worked from 2006 to 2014 at WSCV Telemundo 51 in Miami. Prior to WSCV, he spent two years at at KXTX 39 Telemundo and KUVN Univision, both in Dallas.

A native of Peru, he worked in Costa Rica for “Teletica” before moving to the U.S.

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Telemundo names Arakelian SVP, Talent Management

Telemundo names Arakelian SVP, Talent Management

Mara ArakelianMara Arakelian joins Telemundo as SVP of Talent Management, taking over the vacancy left when Mario Ruiz was named SVP of Music and Entertainment Projects earlier this week.

She’ll be based in Miami and Mexico and report to Luis Silberwasser, President of the Telemundo Network.

In her role, Arakelian will oversee all talent relations and casting functions in the U.S. and international locations and facilitate strategic coordination of the promotion of talent across all NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises’ broadcast, cable and digital and social media platforms. She’ll also work closely with the NBCUniversal’s sales division to identify and coordinate talent for partnership opportunities.

Arakelian joins Telemundo from Bobo Producciones in Mexico, where she was Management Director. She previously headed the joint venture between Latin World Entertainment and Platinum Rye, based in Mexico.

Before that, she held several executive roles at Televisa in Mexico, including Licensing and Merchandising Manager, Home Entertainment Director, and General Manager.

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Telemundo names Ruiz SVP Music & Entertainment

Telemundo names Ruiz SVP Music & Entertainment

Mario Ruiz TelemundoMario Ruiz is changing roles at Telemundo. Effective immediately, he is the network’s SVP of Music and Entertainment Projects. He had been SVP, Talent Development & Strategy since joining Telemundo in 2013.

He’ll continue to report to Telemundo President Luis Silberwasser and based in Miami.

In this new position, Ruiz will harness his expertise in the music industry to leverage the network’s existing music properties and talent, and develop new music content and business opportunities across all the company’s platforms.

He’ll be leading the group tasked with discovering new musical talent and forming partnerships with the music industry with the goal of generating revenue and profit opportunities for Telemundo Network, NBC Universo, Telemundo International and the Digital platforms.

Ruiz will work closely with the network’s programming team and Telemundo Studios to create and use musical assets from Telemundo’s scripted series and bio-musical dramas.

This move reinforces Telemundo’s efforts to capitalize on the success and growth of the network’s music-centric franchises such as the “Billboard Latin Music Awards,” “Latin American Music Awards,” “La Voz Kids,” and bio-musical series such as “Celia.”

While SVP of Talent Development & Strategy, Ruiz developed and executed Telemundo’s overall on-air talent business strategy and was instrumental in attracting and signing new talent to Telemundo including Angélica Vale, Lucero, Pedro Fernández, Raul González, Laura Flores, Natalia Jiménez, Blanca Soto, and Daddy Yankee.

Ruiz joined Telemundo from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS), where he was a consultant and executive producer since 2011. He was previously VP of Talent for Univision Networks for 7 years, centralizing the main functions for major on-camera talent amongst Univision, TeleFutura and Galavisión.

Before Univision, Ruiz held several international executive posts at EMI Music Group, including President and CEO at EMI Mexico; VP, Marketing of EMI Music International in London; and Director Artist & Repertoire (A&R) and Marketing for EMI Music Latin America.

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