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Univision names Estrada VP Corporate Relations

Univision names Estrada VP Corporate Relations

Ron EstradaRon Estrada has joined Univision Communications Inc. as Vice President of Corporate Relations and Community Empowerment, based in Washington, D.C.

Ron was most recently a Vice President and member of the Executive Cabinet for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), where he had worked since February of 2008.

At NCLR, he oversaw the non-profit’s Integrated Marketing and Events Group. He was also an Associate Producer for the NCLR ALMA Awards.

His last day at NCLR was September 5 and he started at Univision on Monday, September 8.

Prior to NCLR, Ron was the Vice President of Marketing for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC.)

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Pons named Executive Producer for WLTV

Pons named Executive Producer for WLTV

Roberto PonsAfter spending 10 years as News Assignment Editor for Univision Network News, Roberto Pons is moving over to local news.

Starting today, he is the new Executive Producer for WLTV-23, Univision’s O&O in Miami. The position had been vacant since Teri Arversu left Miami in August of last year to become News Director at WGBO-66, the Univision O&O in Chicago.

In his new role, Roberto will oversee news producers and general newsroom operations. He reports to News Director Daniel Morcate, who also left network for local news management in May of this year.

During his time as Assingment Editor at Univision Network News, he also field produced for the 2008 and 2008 U.S. elections,

Before joining Univision, he was News Director at WSNS Telemundo 44 in Chicago. Before that, he was a news producer for Telemundo Network and CBS Telenoticias.

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Univision announces new programming for UVideos

Univision announces new programming for UVideos

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Top: “Durmiendo con mi jefe” and “Gritos de Muerte y Libertad.” Bottom: cast of “Despierta América.”

UVideos, Univision’s bilingual digital video network, is expanding its programming to include scripted series, reality shows and digital-only extensions of some of Univision Network’s top shows.

Starting in October, Univision will launch “Despierta América – El Reality.” UVideos’ cameras will follow the “Despierta América” hosts and producers to show the behind-the-scenes process of putting together the daily, 4-hour live morning show.

UVideos will also feature the new digital program “Más Allá de la Belleza,” which follows contestants competing to win the crown and title of Miss Venezuela. The show premiered on the digital network on August 25.

Beginning on September 8th, in coordination with Hispanic Heritage Month, UVideos will present two series: “El Encanto del Águila” and “Gritos de Muerte y Libertad.” Both scripted series highlight pivotal moments and characters of the Mexican Revolution.

UVideos is also premiering the Televisa-produced comedy series “Durmiendo Con Mi Jefe” in October.

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Programming exec changes at Univision and Unimás

Programming exec changes at Univision and Unimás

Carlos Bardasano and Andres Mendoza

Carlos Bardasano (L) and Andrés Mendoza.

Univision has announced it has made two changes in its entertainment executive ranks.

The company has named Carlos Bardasano VP of Original Content and Andrés Mendoza VP of Programming & Strategy for UniMás.

Bardasano will lead alternative content and productions for the Univision’s entertainment arm, as well as oversee all original content production from main content providers such as Televisa, Venevision, Caracol, RTI and Sony.

Until this new appointment, Bardasano was VP of Programming and Original Production for UniMás, overseeing all programming, production and strategy for that network.

He has previously held the position of  VP of Programming Development of Univision Television Networks and has also worked for Telemundo as EVP of Entertainment and VP of Programming at Telemundo.

Mendoza was appointed VP of Programming & Strategy for UniMás. He will oversee all programming, production and strategy for the former Telefutura network.

Prior to this role, Mendoza was director of Programming Planning and Strategy for the Univision Networks where he assisted the president of Programming and Content in the design and implementation of innovative and competitive tactics to increase the company’s audiences. He also led teams that developed new content for existing Univision shows, as well as new and alternative programming for UniMás.

Mendoza joined Univision in 2012 working as a Senior Analyst and Business Operations manager of Noticias Univision. He was part of the team that launched Fusion, the English-language cable network joint venture with Disney/ABC News.

 

 

 

 

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Univision lays off GMs in nationwide management restructuring

Univision lays off GMs in nationwide management restructuring

Becky Muñoz Díaz and Larry Sands, both with Univision for the past 19 years, are among those no longer with the company.

Becky Muñoz Díaz is no longer Dallas GM. Larry Sands, who has beenwith Univision for the past 19 years, will stay on until the end of the month to assist in the transition.

A major restructuring of Univision’s local media leadership has left several longtime managers out of a job, with some being reassigned, according to a source.

Univision today internally announced it was consolidating several positions as part of its new strategy and revealed the names of its new Local Media team.

As of today, Univision will have one general manager and one director of sales in each market representing all of its local media assets. That means the GM in each market will have an expanded role and oversee both TV and radio, eliminating one top level manager position.

Claudia Puig, SVP and Regional GM of Univision Radio in Miami will now lead both radio and TV, replacing Mike Rodríguez, who's no longer with Unvision.

Claudia Puig, SVP and Regional GM of Univision Radio in Miami will now lead both radio and TV, replacing Mike Rodríguez, who’s no longer with Univision.

Sources have confirmed that due to the restructuring, Mike Rodríguez, VP and GM of Univision and Telefutura in Miami since March of 2012 is no longer with the company.

Larry Sands, Regional VP of Univision Chicago since June of 2013, and a company executive for the past 19 years, will assist in the transition and leave at the end of the month. **

Becky Muñoz-Díaz, VP and GM of Univision and Telefutura Dallas, who has held that role for the last 19 years, is also assisting Kevin Cuddihy in the transition, according to a company source.**

Also as part of the leadership restructuring, Alberto Mier y Terán and Jaime Jiménez have both been named EVPs of Local Media. Lee Davis will head sales for Local Media.

Just last week, Kevin Cuddihy was named President of Local Media.

Here is the list of the new local media managers:

Univision local manager list

 

New Univision Local Media managers. Top row, from L to R: Luis Patiño, Steve Stuck, Raúl Rodríguez, LeonardoRuiz. Bottom row: Roberto Yañez, Luis Fernández Rocha, Mark Masepohl, and Doug Levy.

New Univision Local Media managers. Top row, from L to R: Luis Patiño, Steve Stuck, Raúl Rodríguez, Leonardo Ruiz. Bottom row: Roberto Yañez, Luis Fernández Rocha, Mark Masepohl, and Doug Levy.

 

**Correction: An earlier version of the story stated that Becky Muñoz Díaz and Larry Sands were no longer with the company. A Univision source assures Media Moves that Muñoz Díaz is still with the company, although no specifics were given as to her current role. Sands will remain until the end of the month to assist in the transition.

 

 

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Univision Austin hires anchor Chávez Montes

Univision Austin hires anchor Chávez Montes

Hugo_Chavez_MontesHugo Chávez Montes is the newest addition to the KAKW Univision 62 Austin news team. Hugo has been hired to anchor the station’s 5 and 10 pm weekday newscasts alongside veteran anchor Regina Rodríguez.

His first day on the air was Monday, August 11.

Hugo comes to Austin from Grupo Televisa, where he worked for eight years as a reporter and anchor of the morning show “Hoy por Hoy,” as well as anchor of the evening news “Las Noticias Televisa Monterrey.” He also worked for MVS Radio Monterrey, where he was news director since 2010.

Hugo began his broadcast career as a news editor, reporter and producer at TV Azteca Noreste in 2001.

He joins recent additions to the Noticias Univision 62 team including: Miguel Gaytán, who was named news director in April of this year; Liliana Soto, recent graduate from The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Paulina Garza, the station’s first University of Texas at Austin Fellowship recipient who joined the team this summer.

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Chiabra named weekend anchor at KUVS

Chiabra named weekend anchor at KUVS

Enrique ChiabraEnrique Chiabra is moving to Northern California to join KUVS-19 as weekend anchor/video journalist. Enrique is currently News Director and Anchor at KVER Univision in Palm Springs.

His last day at KVER is Friday, August 22 and he starts at the Univision station in Sacramento on Monday, August 25.

Enrique replaces Martha Minjárez, who after 7 years, left the station in March of this year for a reporter job in Telemundo Dallas.

Enrique, who was named KVER News Director in 2012, has been at the station since November of 2010. He previously worked as an anchor at KREN Univision Reno.

 

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Univision reassigns Cuddihy and Rodríguez within exec team

Univision reassigns Cuddihy and Rodríguez within exec team

Kevin Cuddihy and Jessica Rodriguez

Kevin Cuddihy and Jessica Rodriguez have been reassigned to new executive positions within Univision.

Univision has named Kevin Cuddihy President of Local Media and Jessica Rodríguez Chief Marketing Officer, effective immediately. Both Cuddihy and Rodríguez will be based in New York and report to Randy Falco, President and CEO of Univision Communications, Inc (UCI).

In his new role, Cuddihy will oversee a combined 130 television and radio stations with responsibility for local sales, content, digital, operations and community relations.

Cuddihy was most recently the President of the Univision Television Group (UTG). He was previously EVP of TV Advertising Sales for Univision Local Media. Prior to joining Univision in 2009, Cuddihy spent eight years at Comcast Spotlight Sales rising from VP/GM Detroit Marketlink to SVP Advertising Sales. Prior to that, he spent close to two decades with the CBS Station Group.

Rodriguez will now oversee all UCI marketing functions, including the Univision Agency, a group that oversees a media inventory of more than $500 million across all of Univision’s broadcast, cable, radio and digital properties, and is responsible for all cross-channel promotions.

Rodriguez was most recently EVP of Program Scheduling and Promotions. She also oversaw the Univision Agency and is a member of the steering committee for Univision’s Women’s Leadership Council.  She was previously SVP of Univision Cable Networks, and prior to that, VP, Special Assistant to the President of Univision Networks.

She began her career at Univision as an intern in the Los Angeles station and then moved to Puerto Rico where she served in multiple roles, most recently as VP and Station Manager of Univision’s television station in Puerto Rico.

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Univision partners with ABC in the Bay Area

Univision partners with ABC in the Bay Area

univision kgoKGO, the ABC O&O in San Francisco has struck a deal with Univision’s KDTV-14 to collaborate on stories of interest to their viewers.

Both stations are calling it a “strategic alliance” that will allow KGO and KDTV to share news content and also cross promote their newscasts.

The agreement is part of ongoing efforts between ABC and Univision to share news content. In December of last year, WUVP-TV Univision 65 and WPVI-TV 6 ABC in Philadelphia announced a similar partnership.

Disney-ABC and Univision are also partners in the cable joint venture Fusion, which launched in October of 2013.

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Ruiz promoted to Regional Manager at Univision

Ruiz promoted to Regional Manager at Univision

Sussy RuizSussy Ruiz, currently Executive Producer for KXLN-45, is leaving the Univision station in Houston.

She has been promoted to Regional Manager of Broadcast and Digital News for Univision Television Group (UTG). She’ll be moving to Univision Newsport in Miami and report to Lourdes Torres, VP Regional News and Director.

Her last day in Houston is November 15.

Sussy has been with Univision since March 2002, starting out as an Assignment Desk Manager at KUVN-23 Univision Dallas. She moved to Univision Houston in 2012, where she has been EP for the past 2 years, supervising editorial content for the station’s news platforms, as well as developing social media strategy.

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