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Ruiz named VP and GM of KUTH

Ruiz named VP and GM of KUTH

Leonardo Ruiz UnivisionLeonardo Ruiz is taking on an expanded role within the Univision Station Group. He has been named VP and General Manager of KUTH Univision 32 in Salt Lake City, effective immediately.

Ruiz will oversee all aspects of station operations including ad sales, marketing, news, production and promotions for the Univision O&O.

He’ll also remain GM of the Univision stations in Bakersfield: KABE Univision 39, KBTF UniMás 31, and KUVI MyTV 45, a position he’s held since 2013. He’ll report to Lee Davis, EVP, Univision Local Media.

Ruiz joined Univision Radio as an account executive in 2007, becoming the Local Sales Manager for the group’s L.A. Radio stations a year later.

In 2010, he was named the Retail Direct Manager for Univision Los Angeles media group, managing local sales for TV, radio and digital properties. Before moving to Bakersfield, he was the National Account Manager for KMEX 34 and KFTR 46.

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Univision promotes Widmann-Hernandez

Univision promotes Widmann-Hernandez

Sabina Widmann-HernandezSabina Widmann-Hernandez has been promoted to VP, General Manager and Director of Sales of Univision’s radio stations in San Diego. The appointment is effective immediately.

She’ll continue to be based in San Diego and report to Jaime Jiménez, EVP of Univision Local Media.

In her new role, Widmann-Hernandez will oversee all aspects of station operations including ad sales, marketing, production and promotions for the two Univision owned and operated radio stations in San Diego: KLNV-FM 106.5 and KLQV-FM 102.9.

Widmann-Hernandez joined Univision in 2005 as an account executive for Univision’s radio stations in San Diego. In 2012, she was promoted to Director of Sales.

Before Univision, she was an account executive at Clear Channel Communications.

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Univision sets “La Banda” debut date

Univision sets “La Banda” debut date

La Banda judges

Alejandro Sanz, Laura Pausini and Ricky Martin.

More than a year after Univision announced plans for a new music reality-competition at its 2014 Upfront, “La Banda” has got a launch date. The search for the “ultimate boy band” begins Sunday, September 13th.

Developed by Univision Communications and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Entertainment, the weekly show will air at 8 pm.

“La Banda” is executive produced by Simon Cowell and Ricky Martin, who also serves as a judge alongside Laura Pausini and Alejandro Sanz.

Auditions were held nationwide in major cities including Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Chicago, Miami and in Puerto Rico, as well as via the show’s official online site, LaBandaOficial.com.

Contestants will compete for their place in “La Banda” and for a coveted recording contract with Sony Music Latin. Ricky Martin will manage the winning band.

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Univision hires Mancini from Time Warner Cable

Univision hires Mancini from Time Warner Cable

Laraine ManciniUnivision has named Laraine Mancini as SVP, Finance – Head of Investor Relations, effective immediately. She’ll be based in New York and report to CFO Francisco J. López-Balboa.

Mancini joins Univision from Time Warner Cable, where she held multiple roles over the past 6 years. Most recently VP, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Mancini was previously VP and Senior Director of Investor Relations.

Before Time Warner Cable, Mancini was an equity research analyst covering the media industry for nearly 10 years, serving as VP and lead equity research analyst for the broadcast sector at Merrill Lynch and as an equity research associate at Lehman Brothers and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette before that.

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Telemundo to honor Univision’s “Don Francisco”

Telemundo to honor Univision’s “Don Francisco”

DonFrancisco-TelemundoIn an interesting turn of events, Telemundo today announced it will honor Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco, for his lifelong contributions to Spanish-language television during its live broadcast of this year’s “Premios Tu Mundo.”

The announcement comes just one day after Univision said it would pay tribute to the man who has been the host of “Sábado Gigante” for the past 53 years during a special event at The Paley Center for Media in September.

Univision pulled the plug on “Sábado Gigante” in April of this year. The final episode will air September 19.

That means that despite ongoing commitments with Univision, Don Francisco will be on Telemundo’s air on August 20, during the “Premios Tu Mundo” awards show – something previously unheard of in the Univision-Telemundo universe where on-air talent appearances in the rival networks was prohibited.

Telemundo reps would not comment on whether recognizing such a high-profile Univision personality on their awards show means there may be a future for Don Francisco in the NBCUniversal family when “Sábado Gigante” comes to an  end next month.

“This is about celebrating Don Francisco’s lifelong contribution to Spanish language television and popular culture around the world. No individual in television in any language has had the impact Mario Kreutzberger has had,” Alfredo Richard, SVP of Corporate Communications for NBC’s Hispanic Enterprises and Content, tells Media Moves. “We thank him for his lifelong commitment to our community, not only as Don Francisco, but also as a tremendous humanitarian.”

When Univision announced the cancellation of “Sábado Gigante,” network reps said the 74 year-old would continue to host entertainment specials, participate in the “TeletónUSA,” and help the network look for and develop new on-air talent and professionals, indicating there was still a role for him to play in the network, despite the end of his show.

Don Francisco is the creator and host of the longest running variety show in television history, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. He started the show in his native Chile in 1962 and brought it to the U.S., where it has aired on Univision network since 1986 (at the time, Spanish International Network – SIN).

The Univision network and The Paley Center for Media event honoring Mario Kreutzberger will take place Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in New York, during which the host will participate in a Q&A reflecting on his career.  Don Francisco and Univision will also present The Paley Center for Media with a selection of classic episodes for its publicly-accessible Paley Archive collection.

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Galván tapped to cover Bermudo on Primer Impacto

Galván tapped to cover Bermudo on Primer Impacto

Michelle GalvanStarting today, Univision Houston anchor Michelle Galván will be co-hosting the network’s news magazine “Primer Impacto,” alongside Pamela Silva Conde.

Michelle will be filling in for Barbara Bermudo for the next two months while she is on maternity leave.

During that time, Michelle will continue to contribute to Univision Houston’s 5 pm newscast, anchoring daily anchor segments from Miami, tossing back to her co-anchor Osvaldo Corral in Houston.

Raúl Peimbert will anchor solo during Michelle’s network stay in Miami.

Correction: When first published, this story incorrectly included Barbara Bermudo’s name as Bermúdez.

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Sesame Street returns to Univision

Sesame Street returns to Univision

Sesame_Amigos

Sesame Amigos debuts August 1.

Elmo, the Cookie Monster, and other Sesame Street characters are headed to Univision in a new version of the children’s educational show produced exclusively for the Spanish-language network.

Called “Sesame Amigos,”  the 30-minute series produced by the Sesame Workshop debuts August 1  at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT.

The show is part of Planeta U, Univision’s Saturday morning children’s programming block.

Season 1 consists of 26 episodes that will feature a segment where the “Sesame Amigos” interact with a Univision personality or celebrities, such as Diego Luna.

Sesame Amigos

“Sesame Amigos” will feature Univision talent and celebrities like Diego Luna.

Univision previously aired “Plaza Sésamo” in 1995, co-produced in Spanish by Televisa and the Children’s Television Workshop.

In 2008, Univision launched Planeta U, its educational and informational (E/I) programming block – one year after the FCC fined the network $24 million dollars for failing to comply with a requirement to air 3 hours of children’s educational programming each week.

At the time, Univision tried to pass off several telenovelas as children’s programming. But complaints from non-profits led to the FCC accusing the network of falsely labeling the programs as E/I shows. Univision settled the fine and agreed to detail a plan that would “ensure future compliance with the Children’s Television Act.”

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Univision sweeps July ratings in top local markets

Univision sweeps July ratings in top local markets

Univision logoUnivision is celebrating ratings wins at its stations in Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Dallas, which closed the July 2015 sweep with the most-watched early and late local newscasts among Adults 18-49, regardless of language.

Univision stations in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix also ranked No. 1 in Total Day viewing among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34, regardless of language.

With the exception of Phoenix, the stations were No.1 in primetime among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34.

Here’s the complete ratings wrap up:

Early Local News
Univision stations delivered the No. 1 Early Local News among:
·         Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix
·         Adults 25-54 in Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix

Univision stations delivered the No. 2 Early Local News among:
·         Adults 18-49 in Miami, Chicago and Sacramento
·         Adults 25-54 in New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago and Sacramento
·         Adults 18+ and Households in Los Angeles and Miami

Late Local News
Univision stations delivered the No. 1 Late Local News among:
·         Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Dallas
·         Adults 25-54 in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix
·         Adults 18+ and Households in Los Angeles

Univision stations delivered the No. 2 Late Local News among:
·         Adults 18-49 in Miami, San Francisco and Sacramento
·         Adults 25-54 in New York and San Francisco
·         Adults 18+ in Miami and Houston
·         Households in Miami

Total Day
During the July 2015 sweep period, Univision was the No. 1 broadcast station in Total Day viewing (Monday-Sunday 6 a.m.-2 a.m.) among:
·         Total Viewers 2+ in Los Angeles
·         Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix
·         Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix

Univision was the No. 2 broadcast station in Total Day viewing among:
·         Total Viewers 2+ in Miami
·         Adults 18-49 in New York
·         Adults 18+ in Los Angeles and Miami
·         Households in Los Angeles and Miami

Primetime
During the July 2015 sweep period, Univision was the No. 1 broadcast station in primetime among:
·         Total Viewers 2+ in Los Angeles and Houston
·         Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, Houston, and Dallas
·         Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix
·         Adults 18+ in Los Angeles and Houston
·         Households in Los Angeles

Univision was the No. 2 broadcast station in primetime viewing among:
·         Total Viewers 2+ in Miami
·         Adults 18-49 in New York, Miami, Phoenix and Sacramento
·         Adults 18+ in Miami
·         Households in Miami and Houston

Source: Nielsen, NSI, July15 (27 of 28 days), (07/02/15-07/28/15). Early local news is defined as local newscasts with a Mon-Fri 6 p.m. ET/PT start time; Mon-Fri 5 p.m. CT/MT start time.  Late Local News is defined as local newscasts with a Mon-Fri 10/11 p.m. ET/PT start time; Mon-Fri 9/10 p.m. CT/MT.  Includes regular newscasts only.  Primetime is defined as ABC/CBS/NBC/IND/UNI/UMA/TEL/AZA/MFZ/ETV Mon-Sat 8-11 p.m./Sun 7-11 p.m. ET/PT (Mon-Sat 7-10 p.m./Sun 6-10 p.m. CT/MT) and FOX/CW Mon-Sat 8-10 p.m./Sun 7-10 p.m. ET/PT (Mon-Sat 7-9 p.m./Sun 6-9 p.m. CT/MT).  Total day defined as Mon-Sun 6 a.m.-2 a.m.  Rankings based on average impressions.  Univision Late News includes simulcast on UniMas stations in the markets. Most watched station in the country based on average impressions across all LPM markets.  Live +SD.

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Maldonado out at Univision

Maldonado out at Univision

Jessica MaldonadoJessica Maldonado, a Los Angeles-based entertainment correspondent for Univision’s “El Gordo y La Flaca” for the past 16 years, is out of a job.

A Univision spokesperson confirmed her exit from the network, but would not give any specifics.

According to a source, her contract was not renewed.

Prior to joining gossip show “El Gordo y la Flaca,” Jessica spent 4 years as host of “Hola Los Angeles,” a local morning show produced and taped at Telemundo’s KVEA 52.

She began her broadcast career in 1993 as a production assistant at KVEA’s promotions department.

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Univision, Telemundo win top honors at LA Emmys

Univision, Telemundo win top honors at LA Emmys

Univision’s KMEX 34 and Telemundo’s KVEA 52 shut out all other English-language L.A. area stations in the Emmy awards ceremony this year, winning best newscast honors in the morning, afternoon and late evening categories.

The KMEX picked up best daily morning newscast for “Primera Edición” among its 9 awards. KVEA, which won in 7 categories, picked up best daily evening newscast for “Noticiero Telemundo 52 A Las 11 PM.”

Both stations tied for regularly scheduled daily daytime newscast – KMEX for its 6 pm and KVEA for its 5:30 pm newscast.

The Spanish-language stations led the number of wins among 17 outlets that received awards for excellence in local programming in the L.A. Area.

Univision Emmys 2015

The KMEX team celebrate its 9 Emmy wins, including best morning and afternoon newscasts.

Here’s the list of the wins:

KMEX

Regularly Scheduled Daily Morning Newscast 4 to 11 am
“Primera Edición”

Regularly Scheduled Daily Daytime Newscast 11 am to 7 pm
NOTICIAS 34 A LAS SEIS

Outstanding Editor – Programming
Antonio Camberos

Outstanding Director – News
Horacio Cervantes

Outstanding Sports Reporting
Diana Alvarado

Investigative Reporting – News
“Frontera Millonaria”
(Noticias 34 Solo a las Seis)
Andrés Bonilla, Camera
Leon Krauze, Reporter
Andres Pruna, Editor, Producer

Outstanding Hard News Reporting
Antonio Valverde

Light News Story – Multi-Part Report
“Barro Negro”
(Noticias 34 Solo a las Seis)
Erika Flores, Reporter

Serious News Story – Mutli-Part Report
“Cada Gota Cuesta”
(Noticias 34 Solo a las Seis)
Hugo Olguín, Camera
Andrés Pruna, Editor, Producer
Gabriela Teissier, Anchor

Telemundo Emmys 2015

The KVEA team celebrates its 7 Emmys, including best afternoon and late evening newscasts.

KVEA

Regularly Scheduled Daily Daytime Newscast 11 am to 7 pm
Noticiero 52 a las 5:30 pm

Regularly Scheduled Daily Evening Newscast
Noticiero 52 a las 11 pm

Outstanding Editor – News
Jaime Sánchez

Outstanding Videographer
News: Richard Huerta

Information / Public Affairs Series
Enfoque Los Angeles

Sports Series – News:
“Atleta de la Semana”

Medical News Story – Single Report
“Bebes a la Carta”
(Noticiero Telemundo 52 a las 11pm)
Nelson Castillo, Camera
Claudia Forestieri, Producer
Azálea Iníguez, Reporter
Jaime Sánchez, Editor

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Univision partners with Snapchat

Univision partners with Snapchat

Snapchat-UnivisionUnivision announced today it has struck a partnership deal with photo and video sharing app Snapchat to create unique Live Stories around Univision events.

The partnership, one of the first between Snapchat and a television network, kicks off with the Gold Cup Final on Sunday, July 26th.

Snapchat and Univision are exploring a Live Story tied to the Copa América Centenario next summer.

Live Stories allow Snapchat users attending events to share photos and video, which is curated by Snapchat and compiled to a single, collective story, available to view for 24 hours.

Univision Deportes and Snapchat previously partnered for the USA versus Mexico soccer friendly via a Live Story in April of this year.

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Telemundo beats Univision in primetime

Telemundo beats Univision in primetime

Telemundo’s original programming strategy is gaining ground on longtime leader Univision network.

For the first time in its history, Telemundo has edged ahead of Univision in weekday prime with its regular program line-up.

Telemundo was the #1 Spanish-language network among adults 18-49 from 7 to 11 pm on two consecutive nights. It remains to be seen if the two-night win was a fluke, or a trend.

On Tuesday, July 21, the NBCU-owned network beat Univision by +3%. Telemundo averaged 969,000 adults 18-49 compared to Univision’s 943,000.

On Wednesday, Telemundo widened the gap, leading Univision in that same demo and time period by +6% (843K vs. 793K).

Senor de los Cielos season 3

Telemundo’s super series “El Señor de los Cielos” has been a huge hit for the network.

Telemundo also scored a ratings win at 10 pm Tuesday, ranking #1 among all broadcast and cable networks regardless of language in adults 18-49.

The network’s hit series, “El Señor de los Cielos,” which airs in that time slot, attracted 1.8 million viewers. On Wednesday, the show dropped to #2 among all broadcast and cable networks regardless of language among adults 18-49 with 1.5 million viewers, dropping behind NBC.

Telemundo has seen tremendous growth in its primetime in the past year. During the second quarter of 2015, the network’s Monday-Friday primetime programming delivered a 32% share among all Spanish-language broadcast networks, up six share points vs. last year among adults 18-49.  Telemundo also saw a 12% spike in its weekday primetime, averaging 758,000 adults 18-49 in the second quarter of 2015.

Primetime ratings were driven by the success of Telemundo’s Super Series, “El Señor De Los Cielos.” The third season premiere reached over 3.3 million total viewers, 2.1 million adults 18-49, and averaged 1.46 million viewers among adults 18-49 and 731,000 viewers among adults 18-34, from April 21 to the end of June.

Telemundo previously topped Univision during weeknight prime only 4 other times – but with sports and special programming, not its regular entertainment lineup.

These are Telemundo’s other wins:

9/9/09 – A RUMBO AL MUNDIAL game delivered a 3367K (Mexico vs Honduras)
11/24/11 – Airing of 2 Cantiflas movies (802K), while Univision aired the grand finale of “Mira Quien Baila” and Gran Estreno (586 avg)
10/15/13 – A RUMBO AL MUNDIAL game that delivered a 2812K (Mexico vs Costa Rica)
4/30/15 – Airing of awards show PREMIOS BILLBOARD, which delivered a 1461K

Source:  
Nielsen NPM, Live+SD, 7/22/15. Prime based on M-F 7-11 pm strict daypart.  El Señor de los Cielos #3 based on 10-11 pm strict daypart.
Nielsen NPM, Live+SD, 7/21/15. Prime based on M-F 7-11 pm strict daypart. El Señor de los Cielos #1 based on 10-11 pm strict daypart.
Nielsen, NPM, Live+SD, 3/30/15-6/28/15 and comparable 2Q periods since 2006. Prime based on M-F 7-11pm strict daypart.  
Nielsen, NPM, Live+SD, M-F 10-11pm strict daypart excluding specials, 4/21/15-6/26/15.

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I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter in Spanish and English-language television news. I've worked for Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español and Los Angeles Fox and UPN stations before diving into a convergence model at the San Jose Mercury News. I was president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2004 to 2006. As an online news manager, I was West Coast Web Editor for impreMedia and Managing Editor of IntersectionsSouthLA.org. I am also a freelance writer, reporter and producer. I founded Media Moves in June of 2007.