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Telemundo lays off Rosabal, Zugasti; promotes execs in network news reorganization

Telemundo lays off Rosabal, Zugasti; promotes execs in network news reorganization

Sylvia Rosabal and Yolanda Zugasti lost their jobs in the news reorganization.

Sylvia Rosabal and Yolanda Zugasti lost their jobs in the news reorganization.

Two months after joining Telemundo as its new EPV of Network News, Luis Fernández today announced a series of changes as part of a reorganization to make the the department more “competitive.”

In an email sent in Spanish to staff, Fernández announced the departures of Sylvia Rosabal, SVP, Network News and Yolanda Zugasti, EP of “Enfoque.”

Rosabal joined Telemundo in 2012 a year after her ouster from Univision, where she had worked for 26 years. Zugasti, who also lost her job during Univision’s management changes in 2011, started at Telemundo in 2013.

Eduardo Suñol

Eduardo Suñol is promoted to VP, Telemundo News Digital.

Fernández’s email also announced several promotions:

* Eduardo Suñol has been upped from Senior Executive Producer to VP, Telemundo News Digital, in an effort to strengthen its digital news operations.
* Karen Carranza moves up from L.A. Bureau Chief to Director, Western Region, in charge of the L.A., Texas and San Jose bureaus.
* Leonor Ayala becomes Director, North Eastern Region, in charge of New York and Chicago bureaus.

Victoria Rivas-Vázquez remains in her role Noticias Telemundo Bureau Chief in Washington D.C.  Fernández emphasized the importance of giving bureaus autonomy while improving coordination with the network’s Miami headquarters.

Humberto Durán, on board since November of 2015, stays in his role as VP of News Operations and Production Management, adding Special Projects to his duties.

Fernández also announced that Edgardo del Villar officially becomes news anchor of morning show “Un Nuevo Día,” replacing Neida Sandoval, whose contract was not renewed.

Just as Media Moves reported last week, he confirmed the appointments of correspondents Edgar Muñoz in L.A. and Rubén Pereida in Chicago.

In closing, Fernández acknowledged “all changes generate concern and nervousness” and that he would hold a newsroom Town Hall tomorrow morning to answer questions and concerns.

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Don Francisco gets show; super series rule at Telemundo upfront

Don Francisco gets show; super series rule at Telemundo upfront

Don Francisco

Mario “Don Francisco” Kreutzberger arriving to the NBCUniversal upfront. (Photo: NBCUniversal)

Telemundo has unveiled its 2016-17 season programming slate and it includes new and returning original super series, as well as the television comeback of Mario “Don Francisco” Kreutzberger.

In addition to programming, Telemundo announced a development and production deal with the Jenni Rivera estate to produce a bio-musical TV series on her life and other specials.

The longtime host of Univision’s “Sábado Gigante” will be moving to Sundays.

He will host the weekly late night talk and entertainment show “Don Francisco Te Invita,” at 10 pm, closing Telemundo’s new Sunday night programming block “Domingos de Telemundo.”

Here’s Telemundo’s new programming lineup:



“El Chema,” a spin-off of the popular series “El Señor de los Cielos” starring Mauricio Ochmann.
“Hugo Chavez, El Comandante,” starring Andrés Parra, is a fictional story inspired on the life of Hugo Chavez.

“El Señor de los Cielos” (Season 5), starring Rafael Amaya, Fernanda Castillo and Carmen Aub.

“Señora Acero 3, La Coyote,” (Season 3), starring Sergio Goyri, Carolina Miranda and Luis Ernesto Franco.


“La Querida del Centauro” (Season 2), starring Humberto Zurita, Ludwika Paleta, Michel Brown and Sandra Echeverria.

“La Doña,” based on Doña Barbara, the literary work by Rómulo Gallegos, starring Aracely Arámbula and David Chocarro.

“Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso,” the sequel to Telemundo’s “Sin Senos No Hay Paraíso,” starring Fabián Ríos, Catherine Siachoque and Carolina Gaitán.

Musical Dramas & Comedies

“Guerra de Idolos” – showcases the lives of those who manage and control the Latin music business in the U.S. from coast to coast.

“La Fan,” written by Angélica Vale, is a comedy about the ultimate fan of a famous telenovela actor.

“Silvana Sin Lana,” starring Carlos Ponce, Maritza Rodríguez and Adriana Barraza, is a romantic comedy that tells the story of Silvana, a wealthy woman who loses everything.


“Los Reporteros” – 60-minute news magazine show produced by Noticias Telemundo, featuring reporter-centric investigations.

“Siempre Niños” – 8 pm series starring kids with extraordinary talents.

“ZOOMUNDO” – 9 pm animal show featuring co-host and wildlife expert Ron Magill.

“Don Francisco Te Invita” – 10 pm late celebrity interview show featuring a house band.


“El César” – follows the story of Mexico’s boxing idol Julio César Chávez.

“CORTÉS, Conquistador de México” – the story of Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortes’ journey to the new world.


Telemundo will expand its morning show “Un Nuevo Día” by an hour and a half, airing from 7 to 11:30 am ET starting in the first quarter of 2017.



“The Walking Dead” Season 3


“Zapata Justice” – Set in a Texas border town, the show follows the Mexican-American members of the small town’s Sheriff’s Department as they fight to protect their own from dangerous criminal activity.

“The Riveras” – The celeb-reality series follows the lives of the late regional Mexican music icon Jenni Rivera’s children.


The countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ continues on Telemundo, NBC Universo and NBC Deportes’s digital platforms. CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers; FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.

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Taylor starts at Univision Miami

Taylor starts at Univision Miami

Ivan TaylorIván Taylor, who resigned as Telemundo network’s Houston-based correspondent earlier this year, today started working at Univision’s WLTV 23 in Miami.

He joins Univision Local Media Miami as a special projects producer. A non-compete clause in his contract requires him to be off the air from any competitor, but when that restriction is lifted later in the year, his role is likely to change.

Univision 23’s VP of News, Roberto Vizcón, today sent staffers an internal memo welcoming Iván to the local news team.

Iván told Media Moves in March he “resigned because of a family illness to be close to my loved ones” and denied he had a job lined up.

The hire marks Ivan’s return to Miami’s local media market. He spent 12 years as an anchor/reporter at WSCV Telemundo 51, before moving to New York’s WNJU 47 and later, to Houston as a network correspondent.

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Telemundo names Muñoz, Diaz and Pereida network correspondents

Telemundo names Muñoz, Diaz and Pereida network correspondents

Telemundo has filled three of its four open network correspondent slots. Inside sources have confirmed that Edgar Muñoz joins the network and Telemundo Phoenix anchors Rebeka Diaz and Rubén Pereida are leaving the local station to take on two of the openings.


Edgar Muñoz, Rebeka Diaz and Rubén Pereida will become Telemundo network correspondents in L.A., NY and Chicago.

Rebeka will be become the New York correspondent, filling the vacancy left by Isolda Peguero, whose contract wasn’t renewed. Rebeka joined Telemundo Phoenix in February of 2015 from Efekto Noticias in Mexico City, where she spent four years as a News Anchor.

Rubén moves to Chicago to fill the void left by Janet Rodriguez’s departure to Univision network. Rubén started at Telemundo Phoenix in January of 2013, after spending 8 years as an anchor/video journalist at KTVW Univision 33 in Phoenix.

Edgar will be the Los Angeles-based correspondent, returning to Telemundo 7 months after KVEA-52 did not renew his contract as 6 and 11 pm anchor, prompting his exit from the local station. Edgar was previously a Univision network correspondent for Univision in Mexico City.

Edgar is set to start his new role later this month. Rebeka and Rubén will finish sweeps in Phoenix, before moving to their new roles. A source says their last day at KTAZ is scheduled for May 26.

Telemundo’s Houston correspondent slot, left vacant after Iván Taylor’s resignation, remains open.

Telemundo has yet to officially confirm the appointments.

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Telemundo partners with Mashable, Buzzfeed, Vox to target “Generation M”

Telemundo partners with Mashable, Buzzfeed, Vox to target “Generation M”

Telemundo-Mashable-Buzzfeed-Tastemade-Vox-WiseHoping to increase its effectiveness in reaching “Generation M – mobile, multicultural, millennials,” Telemundo today announced it has forged digital alliances with content creators Mashable, Buzzfeed, Vox, Tastemade, and Wise Entertainment.

Peter Blacker, EVP of Digital Media and Emerging Businesses for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, announced a series of digital initiatives with its new partners this morning during a pre-Upfront presentation to the press.

Among its plans:

  • Expansion of its #elPulso vertical to include a weekly Facebook Live show, hosted every Wednesday by social influencer Christian Acosta. The series will review the latest technology social chatter among Latinos and highlight the most viral trends. Telemundo teamed with Mashable to launch #elPulso in December of 2014.
  • Collaboration with Buzzfeed on the short-form English-language digital telenovela “Much Ado About Nada.” The weekly series, which aims to target “Hispanic millennials who increasingly consume media on mobile devices and social platforms,” will run on Buzzfeed and Telemundo networks.
  • In partnership with Tastemade, co-creation of DELI, a food-centric digital and social experience that will feature recipes in English and Spanish, as well as videos developed for Snapchat Stories and other social platforms.
  • Launch of mobile first sports content site in partnership with Vox. The site will use existing content from Vox-owned sports property SB Nation and Telemundo Enterprises, plus new original content that will initially focus on Russia 2018, FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and upcoming Liga MX and NFL seasons.

Additionally, Fluency Productions will be working on two new multiplatform feature films set to debut in 2017. The first, “Fat Camp,” will follow fitness enthusiast Hutch Daley as he teams up with a group of young misfits at a fat camp. The second is a co-production with Wise Entertainment, the production company responsible for the Emmy-nominated Hulu hit “East Los High.”

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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.

A source says Telemundo did not renew her contract.

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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