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Univision, Televisa, NALIP & NHMC launch Latinos in media programs

Univision, Televisa, NALIP & NHMC launch Latinos in media programs

Univision, Televisa, NHMC, NALIPUnivision and Televisa, which in December announced an alliance to promote training and provide more opportunities for Latinos in media and new technologies in 2016, today expanded their reach by partnering with National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC).

The group today officially kicked off the partnership focused on developing programs that will increase diversity in media and technology.

The programs announced include:

NHMC Television Writers Graduate Program. It will serve as a continuation of NHMC’s original TV writers program. Eight writers that graduate from the program will work on original scripts over a period of four weeks. Participants in NHMC’s original writers program currently work on  ABC, NBC, CW, Disney Jr., Hulu and Netflix shows.

NHMC Writers Database. In partnership with Televisa and Univision, NHMC will expand its efforts to keep track of the more than 130 writers that have completed the program as well as facilitate their contact information and scripts to TV, film executives, talent agents and managers.

Policy Fellowship Program. Fellows from different legal institutions from across the country serve for a semester, learning about media and telecommunications policy issues from a civil rights and public interest perspective. Students will spend a week in DC or Miami observing English language production facilities at Univision.

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Mayo Azze, Ordaz, Peebles change roles at WLTV

Mayo Azze, Ordaz, Peebles change roles at WLTV

There’s a case of musical chairs at Univision 23 in Miami. Alina Mayo Azze will no longer anchor the 11 pm newscast. Gloria Ordaz leaves weekends to take over for Alina at 11 pm and Sandra Peebles returns to anchoring weekends.

Alina Mayo Azze, Gloria Ordaz, Sandra Peebles

Alina Mayo Azze, Gloria Ordaz, and Sandra Peebles.

The changes come after Alina, the station’s primetime anchor for the past 25 years, negotiated a reduction in her duties to spend more time with her family. Her request prompted a search for her replacement at 11 pm.

To fill the void, management opted to move Gloria from her weekend anchor role to weekdays. She’ll report for the 6 pm and anchor the 11 pm newscast.

Although the station made no formal announcement, the change was effective this past Monday.

The weekend vacancy will be filled by reporter Sandra Peebles, who had previously anchored for the station. Sandra starts on the weekend anchor desk on Saturday, February 6.

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Alberto Ciurana leaves top programming job at Univision

Alberto Ciurana leaves top programming job at Univision

Alberto CiuranaAccording to an internal Univision memo, Alberto “Beto” Ciurana “has decided to step down from his position as President of Programming and Content to spend more time with his family.”

Sent via email to staff late today and signed by company CEO Randy Falco, the memo says Ciurana will continue to help as a consultant during the transition period until Univision names his successor, indicating that will happen “shortly.”

Ciurana, a longtime Televisa programming executive, has worked twice for Univision – as VP of Production in 1986. He rejoined the company in his current role, overseeing programming for Univision’s broadcast and cable networks in 2012.

Ciurana also sent a tweet about his decision to leave, thanking all his colleagues and the company for allowing him to remain part of the “Univision family.”

In June of last year, Trump named Ciurana in a $500 million lawsuit filed against Univision, claiming Ciurana defamed him by posting on his Instagram account side by side photos of him and South Carolina church-shooter Dylann Roof with a caption that read “no comment.”

In December, Univision lawyers filed a motion to dismiss Trump’s lawsuit against the company and Ciurana, calling it “beyond frivolous.”

Here’s the email sent out to staff with the announcement as well as a pep message:

From: Corporate Communications
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:15 PM
Subject: Programming and Content Update / Actualización sobre Programación y Contenido

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to inform you that Alberto (Beto) Ciurana has decided to step down from his position as president of Programming and Content to spend more time with his family. Beto has agreed to be available on a consultancy basis to help us with any transition and/or longer term needs the Company may have.

Please join me in thanking Beto for his many contributions over the past few years and for his passion for our content and our audience. As you know, he has more than 35 years in the industry and this is his second time at Univision; he first worked with the team in 1986, returned to Televisa in various roles, and now has been with us since 2012.

A successor for Beto will be named shortly. In the meantime, I know the entertainment division will continue to deliver the quality content for which we are known. The tremendous work Despierta America, El Gordo y La Flaca, and Sal y Pimienta are doing on the entertainment side in covering El Chapo – in collaboration with our News teams – is just one example that brings to life why we are the best at delivering outstanding coverage, at being nimble and opportunistic, and in providing credible content. Our results speak to the outstanding professionals we have in front of and behind the cameras, and across platforms.

As we look at 2016, this is an important year for us. On the entertainment side, in addition to the award winning content we are delivering on daytime, we have important launches planned in the next few weeks on the Univision Network with El Hotel de los Secretos and Nuestra Belleza Latina, and on UniMás with La Viuda Negra 2 and Lady. We have the best in class special events team working on the upcoming Premio Lo Nuestro in February.

I am confident that we will continue to deliver on our mission and our 2016 goals.

Thank you for your continued commitment to UCI.


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Univision acquires stake in The Onion

Univision acquires stake in The Onion

Univision-The-OnionWhile its IPO continues to be in suspension mode, Univision Communications is busy continuing the diversification of its portfolio.

Today, the company announced it has become an investor in digital media company Onion Inc., most known for its satire publication The Onion.

Univision would not disclose the terms of the transaction. But several publications, citing sources with knowledge of the deal, say Univision acquired a 40% controlling stake with the right to buy the entire company at a future time. The New York Times quotes a source estimating the value of the deal at “less than $200 million.”

The acquisition means Univision will immediately grow its online presence. According to comScore data obtained by the NYT, during the month of December, Univision’s digital sites had 19.5 million unique visitors in the U.S. while Onion sites drew 19.3 million.

In a written statement, Univision’s Chief News and Digital Officer and Fusion CEO Isaac Lee states comedy is an engaging format for millennial audiences and “including Onion Inc. as part of our portfolio is a great fit for and a significant step forward in our digital strategy as we continue to expand the ways we entertain and inform millennial and multicultural audiences.”

Lee says he expects comedy to play a key part in the 2016 presidential election process through Univision’s “content offerings in Spanish and English.”

The Onion Inc. will continue to operate independently, maintaining the integrity of the brand and editorial voice, but Univision will have oversight of Onion Inc. to leverage its digital distribution and resources to expand the exposure of the brand.

Univision Digital will work with Onion Inc.’s brands to explore new content opportunities, including short- and long-form formats for each Onion brand across digital and linear mediums.

The Onion Inc.’s site portfolio includes the satire news publication The Onion, pop-culture site The A.V. Club, ClickHole, gossip site StarWipe and Onion Studios, a digital video network.

Univision acquired The Root in May last year.

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Univision pulls Sabadazo from Saturday night slot

Univision pulls Sabadazo from Saturday night slot

Univision-SabadazoIt looks like “Sabadazo,” the Televisa-produced variety show that replaced “Sábado Gigante” tanked with U.S audiences. Univision has taken it out of the 8 pm timeslot and moved it to 12 noon.

The network is replacing “Sabadazo” with a 2-hour program called “Crónicas de Sabado,” hosted by Maria Antonieta Collins and Félix de Bedout and an episode of gossip show “Sal y Pimienta.”

A request for comment from Univision on the changes and more details about the replacement show has yet to be answered.

Hosted by actors Omar Chaparro, Cecilia Galliano and Laura G, “Sabadazo” started its Saturday night run on October 17, 2015.

The show previously aired on Univision on Saturdays at 2pm ET/PT.

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Univision names Ferrari EVP, Corporate Strategy

Univision names Ferrari EVP, Corporate Strategy

Beau FerrariBeau Ferrari is changing titles at Univision Communications. The company announced today it has named him to the newly created position of executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development, effective immediately.

Ferrari will remain based in Miami and report to Frank Lopez-Balboa, Chief Financial Officer.

In this new expanded role, he’ll partner with Univision’s division leaders on strategic business initiatives, investments and merger and acquisition efforts.

Since joining Univision, Ferrari has held roles of increasing responsibility. He was most recently EVP of Operations, responsible for managing the growth and profitability of the company’s content offerings across its entertainment, news, sports and cable platforms.

He was previously interim CEO and General Manager of FUSION, interim co-head of Univision Sports and Chief of Staff and special assistant to the CEO.

Prior to joining working at Univision, Ferrari was co-founder and partner of Royal Palm Capital Partners, a private equity investment and management firm. He began his career as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York.

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Univision grabs UEFA soccer rights from ESPN

Univision grabs UEFA soccer rights from ESPN

Univision-UEFAUnivision may have lost the rights to air the World Cup to Telemundo, but today it announced it acquired the exclusive U.S. Spanish-language broadcast rights to all UEFA national team competitions from 2018 to 2022.

ESPN currently holds the rights to Euro 2016 and will air matches in Spanish on ESPN Deportes this summer.

The deal will bring European national team soccer action to Univision, which will air the games across its portfolio of networks including Univision Deportes, UniMás and Galavision, as well as streaming the properties via the Univision Deportes app.

The rights include the UEFA EURO 2020™, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Nations League Final Four and the European Qualifiers to the UEFA EURO 2020™ as well as the European Qualifiers to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. Univision Deportes will be airing the matches

Under the new rights deal, Univision Deportes will air multiple live matches on every match-day, daily match highlights on existing Univision Deportes programming and at least one match per kick-off slot for the UEFA Nations League, UEFA Nations League Final Four, the European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2020™ and the European Qualifiers to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

For the UEFA EURO 2020™, the rights deal includes airing of all matches live and daily match highlights on existing Univision Deportes programming. Univision Deportes will also have exclusive rights to live streaming and digital content.

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Disney looking to exit Fusion

Disney looking to exit Fusion

Disney-ABC Univision-FusionDisney, which partnered with Univision to launch Fusion in 2012, is apparently looking to exit the joint venture that never took off with the millennial audience they were hoping to attract, and which generated a $35 million loss in 2014.

The Wall St. Journal is reporting both companies are in talks to part ways before the end of the year – slightly more than two years after the launch of the cable channel.

One of the options being discussed is for Univision to buy Disney’s stake in the struggling cable and digital news network.

When Disney signed on for the project, the goal was for ABC News to gain more access to the growing Hispanic population in the U.S. Univision, in turn, hoped to attract a younger audience. Univision would be in charge of content, while Disney would handle distribution and sales.

But the JV veered off its initial concept of a 24-hour English-language cable-news channel geared to English-language Latinos. It dropped the Latino label and went after a general millennial audience with an unclear programming strategy, earning it the moniker of “Fusion confusion.”

Since its launch, the cable channel has laid off a significant number of its staffers as it canceled almost all of its original productions, only holding on to Jorge Ramos’ weekly show “América.”

The JV has been a money drain. Earlier this year, the companies pumped in another $30 million to the project.

Disney may be just looking to cut its losses with Fusion and focus on its $400 million investment in Vice Media, whose content is very popular with millennials. So much so, that it’s launching a cable lifestyle channel aimed at millennials.

Vice partnered with A&E Networks to launch that channel, which will take over the H2 network in 2016. Disney owns 50% of A&E Networks, so it will have a stake in the new cable channel, as well.

According to the WSJ, Univision also wants to part ways with Disney, so it can take full control of Fusion.

UPDATE 12/28/15:

While both companies have refused commenting on the story, Univision  and Fusion CEO Isaac Lee sent an internal memo to staff addressing the issue on December 23.


As some of you may have seen there is some reporting out that centers around FUSION’s ownership structure. As you can see Univision and Disney did not comment on the story.

I know it can be frustrating to read stories that are based on rumors and speculation. Unfortunately we are in an industry where rumor and speculation is the norm, and we should not allow these rumors to impact the great work we are doing in our day-to-day.​ ​

We continue to believe strongly in FUSION as an asset and in your ability to create formidable content that serves our young, diverse audience on TV, digital, and social. I am incredibly proud to see the growth we are seeing across all platforms — from FUSION’s launch on Snapchat Discover in the U.S. to the diverse audience that is coming to us on television to our digital team quadrupling the traffic of FUSION.net​.

I am thrilled that we will be kicking off the new year with the “Iowa Brown and Black Forum” on January 11. It will be the perfect embodiment of FUSION’s mission — a young, diverse panel questioning the Democratic candidates about the issues that matter most to America’s growing multicultural population.

Please keep up all the great work. I hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday!!


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Univision and Televisa to train Latinos in media & tech

Univision and Televisa to train Latinos in media & tech

Univision-TelevisaUnivision and Televisa announced they are expanding their alliance to promote training and provide more opportunities for Latinos in media and new technologies in 2016.

In order to do so, they’ll be strengthening existing efforts to “develop and educate future media leaders and professionals” by offering education, mentorship and career development programs for “writers across broadcast, film, digital and other media formats.”

Among their plans: sponsoring production projects like documentaries and short fiction pieces by students and emerging talent to air on Fusion.

Univision and Mexican media giant Televisa, which owns a stake in the U.S. broadcaster, say they’ll promote “newly-created incubator programs to allow emerging Latino media makers to showcase their production and writing skills, both at the local and national level.”

Univision will also open a technology and learning center at KDTV-14, its O&O station in San Jose, California, which will include computer coding training and other STEM related training and events.

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Domínguez upped at Univision

Domínguez upped at Univision

Jorge DominguezUnivision has promoted Jorge Domínguez from VP to SVP of Art and Design. He’ll remain based in Miami and continue to report to Jessica Rodríguez, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer.

Domínguez, who leads a team of more than 50 designers, has been with the company in several creative capacities for almost 30 years.

During that time, he has developed award-winning sets and graphics for the majority of the Univision-produced entertainment, news and sports shows, as well as digital products and music specials. Among them, Premios Juventud, Latin GRAMMY’s and Premio Lo Nuestro, for which he developed the very first logo and design when it launched 27 years ago.

In 2015, Domínguez led the design of new sets for “Despierta América,” “El Gordo y la Flaca,” and “Sal y Pimienta,” and was behind the redesign of the Univision Noticias brand, as well as the Destino 2016 election brand platform.

He has also created new graphics and a set design for the 10th season of the network’s beauty reality show, “Nuestra Belleza Latina,” to be unveiled in 2016.

Domínguez was involved in the creation of Univision’s original logo in 1990 and played a role in the conception and rollout of the logo’s 2013 redesign.

According to the company, “he has been essential in the evolution of art design” for Univision and “has been vital to the development and execution of Univision Deportes Network and UniMás Network.”

Before joining Univision, Domínguez was a freelance art director with Turner Sports.

His work has earned him 12 Emmy awards, four BDA Gold awards, six BDA Silver awards, nine BDA Bronze awards and a Telly Silver award.

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Univision promotes Salgado to Director of Integration

Univision promotes Salgado to Director of Integration

Silvia SalgadoSilvia Salgado has a new job title at Univision. She is now Director of Integration. Her promotion comes 3 years after she was named Senior Producer of Social Media for “Primer Impacto.”

In her new role, she’ll report to Borja Echevarría, VP and Editor in Chief of Univision Digital, and Patsy Loris, SVP of News.

Silvia will work in the assignment desk to leverage content for all platforms.

In an email to staff announcing her promotion,  EVP and Executive Director of News Daniel Coronell wrote:

“Thanks to her efforts, Primer Impacto’s social accounts are a reference point for all Univision. This is why we are now recognizing Silvia’s efforts with a significant promotion and at the same time taking advantage of her knowledge to replicate PI’s success in other properties. But above all, we hope Silvia will help us identify integration opportunities in our television and digital platforms.”

Silvia has held several jobs within Univision for the past 15 years. She started as Assignment Editor at Univision Chicago in 2000, before taking on the same role at the network level in Miami 5 years later.

She changed roles in 2007, becoming an entertainment producer for “Primer Impacto,” later spending two years on the assignment desk, before taking her most recent social media role with the show.

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Telemundo wins big at Suncoast Chapter Emmys

Telemundo wins big at Suncoast Chapter Emmys

Telemundo 51 Emmys 2015

Telemundo 51 won Emmys in 13 categories, including outstanding evening newscast for its 11 pm show.

Telemundo’s WSCV-51 in Miami took home 13 Emmys, including outstanding evening newscast in a large market, tying in that category with its sister station WKAQ in Puerto Rico.

Telemundo stations in Orlando and Tampa also picked up awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Human Interest category.

Univision Miami’s WLTV-23 picked up 4 Emmys. Univision Puerto Rico, which shut down news production and eliminated all of its newscasts in October of 2014, got 2 Craft Achievement Emmys for an anniversary special.

The 39th annual awards ceremony for the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) took place this past Saturday, December 5.

Here’s a breakdown of the categories and winners:

Telemundo Miami

Evening Newscast – Evening: Larger Markets: “Noticiero Telemundo 51 at 11 PM”: Helga Silva, Maria Kapetanakis, Gina Montaner, Vera Castillo, Jessica Pacheco, Israel Ugalde, Berta A. Ruiz

News Excellence: Telemundo 51 Miami: Helga Silva
Investigative Report – Single Story: “Genie Pools”: Myriam Masihy, Jorge Gastón Toledo, Patricio Muñoz, David Necochea, Luz Sánchez

Journalistic Enterprise: “Telemundo 51 Responde con Myriam Masihy”: Myriam Masihy

On-Camera Talent – Reporter – Consumer: Myriam Masihy

News Special: “Crisis En La Frontera”: José Carlos Pérez Luzardo, Daisy Ballmajó, Leana Astorga, David Rodríguez, Rafael Torrens, Israel Ugalde, Maria A. Rincón

Human Interest – News: “Biografías Personales”: Daniel Alberto, Silva Fernández

Politics/Government – Program: “Debate 2014 Gobernación De La Florida”: Jorge Carballo, Gina Montaner, María Cristina Barros, José Carlos Pérez Luzardo, Marilys Llanos, Jackie Nespral

Editor – News: “Patricio Muñoz Collage”: Patricio Muñoz

News Producer: Segment Producer, Newscast Telemundo 51: Daniel Alberto Silva Fernández

On-Camera Talent – Reporter – General Assignment: “Crisis En La Frontera”: David Rodríguez

On-Camera Talent– Reporter – General Assignment: “Alejandro Isturiz Collage,” Alejandro Isturiz

Telemundo Puerto Rico Emmy 2015

Telemundo Puerto Rico also won outstanding evening newscast.

Telemundo Puerto Rico

Evening Newscast – Evening: Larger Markets: “Telenoticias”: Dialma Santiago, Ana Hernández-Ramos, Mariette Bosch, Janet Toro, Santiago Santos, Ivonne Solla Cabrera, Jorge Rivera Nieves, Nydia Morales, Emanuel López Capo, Walter Soto León
Editor – Short Form (Promos, PSAs, Commercials, Opens, etc.): “Caminata Da Vida”: William Pagán, Tony Mojena Productions

Telemundo Orlando

Corazón Que Se Apaga
Andrea Marcial

Telemundo Tampa

Mi Vida Sobre Ruedas
Milton Lugo

Univision Miami

General Assignment Report: El Sueño Americano
Sandra Peebles, David González

Historic/Cultural – Program: Balseros: 20 Años Después de la Crisis
Norberto Perdomo, David Gonzalez

Human Interest – News: Reencuentro Mágico
Nicole Álvarez, Armando Pico, Arlena Amaro

Specialty Assignment Report – News: Elián González: Ayer y Hoy
María Valdés, María Antonieta Collins, Wilma Román, Carlos Corrales, Joaquín González

Univisión Puerto Rico

AUDIO: Atención Atención 15 Aniversario El Especial
Roberto Gomez Santiago, David Marrero
Atención Atención Inc./WLII-TV

Director – Live or Recorded Live: Atención Atención 15 Aniversario El Especial
Miguel Zayas
Atención Atención Inc./WLII-TV

Other notable mentions:

WIPR Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting

Environment – Program: Playa Vida
Rita Indiana-Hernandez
Corporacion PVC, Inc.

Human Interest: Music to Your Ears
Jaime Rosado
J Walter Thompson Puerto Rico/WIPR-TV

Informational/Instructional: Por que Conmemoramos
Ignacio Peña

NBC 6 South Florida

Education/Schools – News: “Online Diplomas Worth Noting”: Mc Nelly Torres
Education/Schools – Program: “Education on 6: Back to School Special”: Ari Odzer, Sandra Fiedler Esquivel, Teresa Joseph, Frank Adelson
Human Interest- Program: “The Changes of Zoharian Williams”: Jackie Nespral, Jawan Strader, Christopher Clark, Eric Rodriguez

You can find the complete list of winners on the Suncoast Emmy website.

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