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Univision upfront focuses on partnerships & soccer Saturdays

Univision upfront focuses on partnerships & soccer Saturdays

Univision upfront 2016Besides presenting a slate full of novelas and partnerships with Netflix and AOL, Univision emphasized its upcoming Saturday night lineup during its upfront.

The network will be filling the “Sábado Gigante” void with “Sábado Futbolero” – six hours of Mexican League soccer.

One of the biggest announcements during Univision’s upfront was a partnership with Netflix that will allow the network to air some of its original shows and to co-produce a series about “El Chapo.”

The company also highlighted its new partnership with AOL to provide automated programmatic TV ad buying, starting in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Through the ONE by AOL: TV self-serve module, advertisers will be able to access premium TV inventory while viewing real-time audience attributes beyond traditional TV buying metrics, allowing them to better plan, purchase, and measure their TV ad investments.

Promoting its entire portfolio of networks, the company divided and presented its programming in four categories: sports, comedy, music and drama.

Univision Deportes President Juan Carlos Rodríguez announced 6-hour Liga MX block “Sábado Futbolero.” Courtesy Univision)

Univision Deportes President Juan Carlos Rodríguez announced 6-hour Liga MX block “Sábado Futbolero.” Courtesy Univision)

Here’s Univision’s 2016-17 programming line-up:


Sitcoms “40 y 20” and “Super X”


“Sábado Futbolero,” consisting of six hours of Liga MX games, as well as sports documentaries, including “La Otra Mirada,” in which Hispanic America’s most popular stars tell the stories behind their favorite sports moments.


Jenni Rivera biopic “Su Verdadero Nombre Era Dolores;” “Canción de Mujer,” a talent competition looking discover the next great female singer in the Regional Mexican music genre; and the second season of “La Banda.”


The Televisa telenovela pipeline will bring about 15 productions for the new season, including “Mujeres De Negro,” “Tres Veces Ana,” and “El Príncipe.”

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Netflix to air shows on Univision; co-produce “El Chapo” series

Netflix to air shows on Univision; co-produce “El Chapo” series

Netflix partners with UnivisionNetflix and Univision today announced they’ve struck an “unprecedented promotional and co-production agreement.”

As part of the deal, Netflix will air full seasons of two of its original series – “Narcos” and “Club de Cuervos” on Univision and Unimás.

This marks the first time Netflix partners with a U.S. broadcaster to air its original shows outside its VOD platform.

Univision has yet to announce the date “Narcos” will air on Univision and “Club de Cuervos” on Unimás, but it will be later this year leading up to the global debut of their second seasons on Netflix.

“Narcos” chronicles the story of Pablo Escobar and the law enforcement agents who battled to end to his drug empire in the late 1980’s. Comedy “Club de Cuervos” from Mexican filmmaker Gaz Alazraki (“Nosotros los Nobles”) follows a wealthy family’s power struggle to control of a professional soccer team.

Netflix and Univision’s new development and production studio Story House will also co-produce a series based on the life of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

“El Chapo” will first air on UniMás in 2017 and then be available to Netflix members in the U.S. In the rest of the world, episodes of “El Chapo” will premiere exclusively on Netflix.

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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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Univision launches L.A. production studio

Univision launches L.A. production studio

Univision Story HouseUnivision is launching a development and production studio, based out of Los Angeles.

Univision Story House will produce original English and Spanish-language long-form fiction and nonfiction content for Univision’s portfolio of owned networks as well as third party networks and platforms.

The studio will be part of the company’s recently announced Fusion Media Group.

Camila Jiménez Villa, who will be President and Chief Content Officer of the Fusion Media Group, will oversee Story House. Juan Rendón and Silvana Aguirre will be Creative Directors and Christian Gabela will assume the role of VP and General Manager, helping lead strategy and partnerships and managing the daily operations.

The team will report to Isaac Lee, Chief News and Digital Officer for Univision Communications.

Last March, Univision Story House inked a production deal with HBO for two projects: 10-part series “Outpost” and “Hate in America,” a 1-hour special that investigates hate groups and their influence in the United States.

Prior to running Story House, Gabela held business development positions at Univision Digital and the Office of the CEO. Before joining Univision, he spent five years at Telemundo Network and Studios working in programming and production finance and operations.

Rendón previously oversaw Univision’s documentary unit, which produced content for Univision and Fusion. He is the creator of “Outpost,” which will premiere on HBO. Since joining Univision in 2011, Rendón has directed and produced over 15 documentaries including “Rape in the City,” done in partnership with Frontline.

Aguirre was Creative Director for UniMás prior to joining Story House. Her films have toured more than 100 film festivals worldwide and have been honored with numerous awards.

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Univision-Wills JV named W Studios, starts production

Univision-Wills JV named W Studios, starts production

W-studiosThe Univision Communications and Patricio Wills joint venture announced earlier this year now has a name: W Studios.

The JV, created to develop and produce series for U.S. Hispanic audiences to air primarily during primetime on UniMás, has picked its first project.

The first production of the Miami-based W Studios is “La Piloto” from Jorg Hiller, writer of “Tiro de Gracia” and “Porque el Amor Manda.”

Inspired on true events, the series tells the story of a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot, but ends up moving drugs across Mexico, Colombia and Central America.

“La Piloto” is expected to air in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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Univision shuts down Flama’s editorial division

Univision shuts down Flama’s editorial division

Univision-FlamaThe members of Flama’s editorial team are out of a job. Univision has eliminated the editorial division for the two-year old site.

Alexis Tirado, Flama’s Editorial Director, emailed the news to staffers and contributors across the country.

An inside source says 5 staffers, including Tirado were laid off, as well as 11 freelancers.

According to Tirado’s email, “the brand’s videos and social media presence will still be intact.”

Described as an OTT network “made by, for and with Hispanic millennials,” Flama launched in 2014.

At least two people posted news of the demise of Flama’s editorial team.

No comment yet from Univision regarding the downsizing, what will happen with the website or what’s in store for Flama.

Here’s the email sent out:

From: Alexis Tirado <atirado@univision.net>
Subject: Please Read: Flama Editorial
Hi writers,

Univision has decided to eliminate Flama’s editorial team — the brand’s videos and social media presence will still be intact.

It’s a tough day for us but I’m proud of the great work that we accomplished in elevating Latino voices. I ask that you keep this info confidential until 5 pm ET — aka when my email account goes out!

Please keep in touch!



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Schwartz promoted at Univision

Schwartz promoted at Univision

Jonathan_SchwartzUnivision has created a new legal division and has promoted Jonathan Schwartz to lead it as Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer. He’ll remain based in New York and continue to report to President and CEO Randy Falco.

In addition to being Univision’s top lawyer, Schwartz will oversee the newly created Legal and Corporate Affairs Department, which will include Legal and Business Affairs, Corporate Compliance, Government Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility, Community Empowerment, Standards and Practices, Advertising Review and Compliance and Corporate-PLA Services.

Prior to joining Univision in 2012, Schwartz was Managing Director and General Counsel for JPMorgan’s Investment Bank. Before that, he was EVP and General Counsel at Cablevision Systems.

He has previously held roles as SVP and Deputy General Counsel of Time Warner Inc., and General Counsel of online music company Napster.

Schwartz has also worked as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Justice Department. He also served as a law clerk for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., and for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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KMEX adds González as primetime co-anchor

KMEX adds González as primetime co-anchor

Andrea GonzalezAndrea González has been named 6 and 11 pm co-anchor of Univision’s KMEX-34 in Los Angeles. Her first day on the air is next Monday, May 2.

She’ll be co-anchoring the weekday newscasts with León Krauze and work on special assignments.

Andrea replaces Felicidad Aveleyra, who left the station in September of last year to join Telemundo as a network anchor/reporter.

Univision brings Andrea from Mexico, where she has been a Mexico City correspondent for the network since 2014. She was previously anchor of TV Azteca Noreste’s morning newscast “INFO 7” in Monterrey from 2009 to 2014.

Andrea has also been a columnist for Semanario INFO 7 and Mexican newspaper El Horizonte.

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Univision launches “Al Punto Florida”

Univision launches “Al Punto Florida”

Ambrosio-Hernandez-Mariana-Atencio-AlPuntoUnivision’s local Miami station WLTV Channel 23 has launched a Sunday one-hour public affairs program. “Al Punto Florida” debuted yesterday.

Noticias 23 anchor Ambrosio Hernández and Fusion correspondent Mariana Atencio are the show’s hosts.

“Al Punto Florida” will air on WLTV-23 from 11 am to 12 noon with simultaneous broadcast on WAQI 710 AM, and will follow a similar format to the network’s public affairs show “Al Punto,” hosted by Jorge Ramos.

The local show will feature interviews and a weekly roundtable that will include special guests, regular contributors and experts who will tackle a variety of political and cultural affairs.

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Univision ends JV with ABC, launches Fusion Media Group

Univision ends JV with ABC, launches Fusion Media Group

Univision-ABC-FusionAfter months of reports that ABC was looking to exit its Fusion joint venture with Univision, both companies today announced they’ve reached an agreement to part ways.

Under the terms of the deal, which are not being disclosed, Univision will become the sole owner of Fusion.

Effective immediately, Univision will take over ABC’s role in handling distribution and ad sales functions for Fusion’s multi-platform network, in addition to having editorial control.

The transition of ownership will happen once the transaction is completed.

Univision and ABC, which teamed up in 2012 to launch Fusion, released this joint statement:

“Our companies have gained valuable knowledge from each other over the past several years and we are proud of what we have built together in a short period of time. The mutual bonds created between our teams will remain.”

As part of the changes, Univision today announced it’s forming the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a “multi-platform destination for the new, rising American mainstream.”

FMG will include Univision’s interests in cable and digital properties Fusion, El Rey, The Root, The Onion, A.V. Club, Clickhole, Starwipe, Flama, Univision Digital, as well as Univision Music.

Isaac Lee will oversee FMG in his role as Chief News and Digital Officer.


In an email sent by Univision CEO Randy Falco to staff, “the creation of this new division underscores UCI’s commitment to digital innovation and will allow for increased collaborations across our owned media networks and digital brands.”

Last year, when Univision filed its IPO plans with the SEC, the company revealed Fusion lost $35 million in 2014.

Here’s Falco’s email:

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to inform you that Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) has reached an agreement with ABC to assume full ownership of FUSION and to announce that it will be forming the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a new division that will include UCI’s interest in FUSION and El Rey as well as The Root, The Onion, Flama, Univision Digital and Univision Music.

The Fusion Media Group will enable us to deliver a differentiated offering to the new rising American mainstream – Hispanics, African-Americans, and diverse millennials – across a range of digital and linear channels. The creation of this new division underscores UCI’s commitment to digital innovation and will allow for increased collaborations across our owned media networks and digital brands. Isaac Lee will oversee FMG in his role as Chief News and Digital Officer.

Under Isaac’s leadership, FUSION was launched as UCI’s first English-language effort and it has played an influential role in shaping our long-term growth strategy. After launching its cable network in October 2013, FUSION has grown with a broad multi-platform effort that now reaches approximately 27 million people a month across TV, online, social and OTT. Over the past several years FUSION’s award-winning team has delivered high-quality, compelling journalism that gives voice to the stories that matter to its diverse audience. Check out the video here and the info sheet here for more detailed information on FUSION. 

Bringing FUSION’s diverse newsroom fully into UCI’s portfolio of brands will enrich our growing multicultural efforts in the coming months. Effective immediately UCI will take over ABC’s role in handling distribution and ad sales functions for FUSION’s network, providing us with expanded opportunities to deliver rich experiences to our audiences as well as key brand partners.

Finally, I want to thank our colleagues at Disney/ABC who joined us as we pushed past our comfort zone to serve a broader audience, irrespective of language. Their team helped us launch FUSION’s cable network and grow its distribution to nearly 40 million households over the past two years. Our companies have learned a lot from each other throughout this process and we look forward to continued collaborations in the future.

We find ourselves at the center of a new America, and we are continuing to evolve as a company to meet and exceed the demands of the cross-cultural influencers that we serve. There is no one better to do this at scale and with passion, irreverence and authenticity than FMG because it is defining and leading the zeitgeist of American youth. I am confident these moves will further propel our mission and continued growth. A press release regarding these changes is attached for your reference.


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Univision 2016 upfront set for May 17

Univision 2016 upfront set for May 17

Univision-upfront-2016Under the theme “United We Stand, Together We Grow,” Univision will hold its 2016 upfront on Tuesday, May 17.

The presentation will include key verticals across Univision’s portfolio – Comedy, Sports, Drama and Music.

The event will take place at the Lyric Theatre in New York City, starting at 11 am and is slated to last less than an hour, since the company scheduled the upfront luncheon at 12 noon.

You can view a video of Univision’s marketing campaign “United We Stand, Together We Grow,” highlighting the importance of loyalty “in a world of options and fragmentation.”

Univision’s upfront is just one day after its biggest rival pitches its programming slate.

Telemundo’s pitch to advertisers this year will be bundled within NBC Universal’s presentation. But the second largest Spanish-language network will treat advertisers to a private concert with Jennifer Lopez.

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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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