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Univision renames Gawker Media, hires Narisetti as its CEO

Univision renames Gawker Media, hires Narisetti as its CEO

Raju NarisettiUnivision has decided to change the name of Gawker Media to Gizmodo Media Group (GMG) and has hired Raju Narisetti to run all the unit’s sites as its Chief Executive Officer.

Narisetti, currently SVP of Strategy for News Corp., will join the company at the end of October.

Based at GMG headquarters in New York, Narisetti will report to Isaac Lee, Univision’s Digital News Chief and Entertainment Officer and Felipe Holguín, President and Chief Operating Officer of Fusion Media Group (FMG).

The GMG sites, which include Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker, and Kotaku, will be a unit with the FMG.

Narisetti was previously Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. He was Managing Editor of The Washington Post from 2009 to 2012, overseeing digital journalism products, as well as managing editing, design, photo, video, engagement and social media teams. Before that, he was Founder & Editor of India’s Mint newspaper (www.livemint.com).

You can read more about how Univision is using the Gizmodo Media Group content for Univision.com in my Forbes story.

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Telemundo tops Univision in primetime for 9 consecutive weeks

Telemundo tops Univision in primetime for 9 consecutive weeks

Telemundo-UnivisionTelemundo continues to ride its historic primetime winning streak over Univision for a 9th week in a row, dispelling any notion that its ranking as the #1 Spanish-language television network in the key adults 18-49 demo was a fluke.

When Telemundo first toppled Univision from its perch as the #1 network in primetime back in July, many thought it would be a one time feat attributed it to the finale of the powerhouse series “El Señor de los Cielos.”

But today, Telemundo celebrated not only a 9th consecutive week win in primetime among adults 18-49, but a win among total viewers for the season, according to Nielsen.

“Our success in primetime is really the result of a lot of work our entire team has done over the past 24 to 36 months,” Telemundo President Luis Silberwasser tells Media Moves. “We are redefining Hispanic television,” he says, referring to the new slate of edgier, original programming the network is producing.

For the first time ever, Telemundo outperformed Univision and Unimás combined during Monday-Friday 8-11 pm among adults 18-49 (953,000 vs. 882,000) during the week of September 12.

Telemundo also delivered its highest-rated season ever in Monday-Friday primetime, with 1.7 million total viewers, up 4% from last year.

Telemundo’s 10 pm timeslot has been a huge success for the network, fueled by intense narco-drama series. This marks Telemundo’s second consecutive season as the #1 Spanish-language television network Monday-Friday at 10 pm among adults 18-49.

This season, Telemundo had the smallest gap ever with a 66% reduction vs last year among total viewers (379,000) and adults 18-49 (164,000), coming closer than ever to Univision in Monday-Friday 7-11pm.

* You can read a more in-depth article I wrote on Forbes about the significance of Telemundo’s historic extended ratings win, which includes an interview with the network’s president Luis Silberwasser

Source: Nielsen, 9/21/15-9/16/16 vs. 9/22/14-9/20/15, strict dayparts used for M-F 7-11pm, M-Su 7-11pm and M-F 8-11pm. Season average based on Most Current, L+7. 3Q’16, weekly and daily ratings based on L+SD.

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Univision and Lionsgate to launch Spanish-language movie streaming service

Univision and Lionsgate to launch Spanish-language movie streaming service

Univision - LionsgateUnivision has teamed up with Lionsgate to launch a premium subscription video on demand (SVOD) service targeting the Hispanic movie-going audience in the U.S.

Scheduled to debut in early 2017, the yet-to-be-named venture will include Spanish-language box office hits, with many available on the same date as their theatrical release in Latin American markets.

It will also include titles from Pantelion Films, Lionsgate’s joint venture with Televisa, and Hollywood films from Lionsgate’s 16,000-title library and other catalogs dubbed into Spanish.

Pantelion Films has rights to more than 70% of the top-grossing films from Mexico over the past five years, including blockbusters such as “Instructions Not Included,” the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S., “Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos,” and “No Manches Frida.”

Univision will offer the new service individually to cable and satellite operators, as well as through its own Univision NOW subscription service for its broadcast networks Univision and UniMás. Univision will also license titles from its classic Latino cinema library to the new service.

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Univision deletes Gawker posts

Univision deletes Gawker posts

Univision Gawker Media

The posts Univision deleted had appeared on Gizmodo, Deadspin and Jezebel.

Univision has removed six posts published on Gawker Media sites it purchased last month for $135 million to avoid legal liability.

In a statement, the company defended the post removals, which happened over the weekend, saying the articles in question were “subject of pending litigation against the prior owners” and that “the decision was based on a desire to have a clean slate” as it looks to grow its recently acquired brands.

Gizmodo’s J.K. Trotter broke the story shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, reporting that Univision executives made the decision “just hours before the close of Univision’s purchase of Gawker Media’s assets.”

The six posts, which appeared on Gizmodo, Jezebel and Deadpan, feature stories about individuals who have sued Gawker Media for defamation over the content in those articles.

The deleted posts were replaced with a note to readers: “This story is no longer available as it is the subject of pending litigation against the prior owners of this site.”

Univision - Gawker post message

A provision in Gawker’s existing collective bargaining agreement states that a post can only be removed by a majority vote of the Executive Editor, the CEO, and the General Counsel, unless required by law.

In an email, John Cook, the executive editor of Gawker Media, told staff he voted to keep all the posts, but Felipe Holguín, COO of Fusion Media Group and interim CEO of Gawker Media, and interim general counsel Jay Grant voted to remove them.

Archived screenshots of the deleted posts are found in the links below:

1. The Inventor of Email Did Not Invent Email? (via Mario Aguilar, Gizmodo)

2. Corruption, Lies, and Death Threats: The Crazy Story of the Man Who Pretended To Invent Email (via Sam Biddle, Gizmodo)

3. Acquitted Rapist Sues Blog For Calling Him Serial Rapist (via Irin Carmon, Jezebel)

4. Wait, Did Clowntroll Blogger Chuck Johnson Shit On The Floor One Time? (via Greg Howard, Deadspin)

5. Mitch Williams Ejected from Child’s Baseball Game for Arguing, Cursing (via Timothy Burke, Deadspin)

6. Witnesses: Mitch Williams Called Child ‘A Pussy,’ Ordered Beanball (via Timothy Burke, Deadspin)

In an email to staffers, Isaac Lee, Univision’s Chief News, Entertainment & Digital Officer, explained the decision to remove the posts “was a necessary condition” to acquire Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Jalopnik, Kotaku, and Lifehacker. He insisted it wasn’t a measure they would take again:

“Should there be threats in the future related to stories published on our Gawker Media Group sites, no matter the date of publication, we will defend them as vigorously as we would defend stories published by Univision News, Fusion, The Root, or any of our other properties. The only difference between these six posts and all of the other posts that will remain up is that these six were the subject of current litigation, no matter the merits of the individual cases. It was a decision unique to the bankruptcy acquisition where assets, not litigation liabilities were purchased, and it is not a precedent for the future.”

The editors of Gizmodo and Deadspin expressed their displeasure over the post removals on Twitter.

You can find the full emails from John Cook and Isaac Lee on Politico.

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Univision launches digital newscast

Univision launches digital newscast

Univision continues its push for a stronger digital presence with the launch of the first network newscast conceived, designed and produced for live simulcast on digital/social platforms and broadcast television.

“Noticiero Univision Edición Digital,” which will also be the only noon network newscast in the United States, debuts Monday, September 12.

Noticiero Univision Digital Carolina Sarassa Javiier Olivares

Carolina Sarassa and Javier Olivares will anchor the new digital newscast that will be broadcast live on the Univision Network and streamed live on Univision.com, Facebook Live, YouTube, and Periscope, Monday-Friday at 12:00 pm ET/PT (11:00 am CT).

The newscast won’t be live on the West Coast, which will air the the 3-hour old show at 12 pm PT.

Univision describes “Edición Digital” as a “bold, out-of-the-box format,” in which Carolina and Javier will present the day’s most relevant stories from the floor of the Univision newsroom “while staying connected with viewers via social media throughout the broadcast.”

The half-hour show will also take viewers behind the scenes to see how the news reporting process works. It will actively engage its audience through the new #reporterodigital, which will enable users to become part of the news team by reporting breaking stories.

Javier, a radio and TV host in Chile, joined Univision in August for the launch of the digital newscast.

Carolina has been with Univision since February. In addition to her new anchor role, she will continue to be a correspondent for “Aquí y Ahora.”

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Atencio leaves Univision, joins MSNBC

Atencio leaves Univision, joins MSNBC

Mariana AtencioMariana Atencio is leaving Univision and Fusion to become a Miami-based correspondent at MSNBC. She starts the new job in September.

A memo sent out today by NBC’s SVP of editorial Janelle Rodríguez says Mariana will “split her first few months between New York and Los Angeles before settling down in Miami.”

In her Facebook page, Mariana wrote this about her career move: “I really enjoyed the past 5 years at Univision and Fusion, and a lot of my professional dreams came true alongside you, but it’s time to take on new challenges. I’m forever grateful for the teams that helped me grow and for the amazing stories we got to tell.”

Mariana first joined Univision as a correspondent in 2011 and was an anchor for Fusion when it launched in 2013. Her morning show was revamped and rebranded to “Fusion Live,” but it was eventually canceled in December of 2014.

Earlier this year, Mariana was named co-anchor of Univision 23’s public affairs program “Al Punto Florida.”

Here is the full memo announcing her hire:


I’m pleased to announce that Mariana Atencio will join MSNBC as a correspondent beginning in September. She will split her first few months between New York and Los Angeles before settling down in Miami, where she will be based.

Mariana comes to us from Univision and Fusion Networks, where she has worked as an anchor and correspondent. She co-anchored Univision’s 2016 Democratic debate, as well as a Sunday public affairs show for the state of Florida. She has also covered a diverse range of national and international stories such as Latino voters in the 2016 election, the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, protests in Hong Kong, the search for 43 missing students in Mexico, the anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, and Pope Francis’ election — including a virtual town hall with the Pontiff ahead of his visit to the U.S.

Her investigative and documentary work has received numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, an IRE Award, and a Gracie Award.

Mariana, a native of Venezuela, graduated from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Her distinctive experience and passion for journalism will be a terrific fit with MSNBC’s roster of enterprising reporters, and we can expect to see her contribute across the many broadcasts and platforms of NBC News and MSNBC.

Please join me in welcoming Mariana to MSNBC.


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Univision promotes Loris

Univision promotes Loris

Patsy LoriPatsy Loris has been promoted to Executive Vice President of News and Executive News Director at Univision.

She will now oversee of all of the network news programs, including the weekday and weekend editions of Noticiero Univision, Primer Impacto, Aquí y Ahora, “Crónicas de Sábado,” and Sunday morning political show “Al Punto.”

The executive producers of the network’s news shows will report to Loris, who continues to report to Univision News President Daniel Coronell.

Loris, who joined Univision in 1988, was named VP News in 2013 and was promoted to SVP, News and Senior News Director last year.

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Univision to pay Gawker’s Nick Denton $400,000 in non-compete

Univision to pay Gawker’s Nick Denton $400,000 in non-compete

Univision - Nick DentonMore details are surfacing in Univision’s $135 million acquisition of Gawker Media.

As part of the deal, Univision will pay Nick Denton $16,666 a month for the next two years – a total of $400,000 – to keep him from working in any business similar to Gawker in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Hungary.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the amount was listed in noncompete pact filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York.

Although the content for Gawker Media’s websites was created in New York, a subsidiary in Hungary handled most of the web development and technical work. Hungary is also where Gawker was initially incorporated.

Politico reported last week the Spanish-language network picked up the leases for Gawker’s NY and Hungary offices, which may explain why Univision included Hungary in the non-compete.

Gawker.com officially shut down yesterday, after Univision refused to include and operate the site once the acquisition is finalized.

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