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Univision exec Beau Ferrari named EVP of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Univision exec Beau Ferrari named EVP of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Beau FerrariBeau Ferrari has left Univision to join rival Telemundo. He is now Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.

Ferrari will continue to be based in Miami and report to César Conde, Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, whom he previously worked with at Univision.

In this role, Ferrari will oversee finance, operations, corporate strategy and development to manage growth and profitability for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.

He will also support the company’s business units, including the broadcast and cable networks, digital, sports division, news division, international distribution groups, and corporate functions, as well as partner across NBCUniversal’s platforms to identify new opportunities in the marketplace.

Ferrari, who was promoted last year to EVP Corporate Strategy and Development, held multiple senior leadership roles at Univision during his eight years with the company, including EVP of Operations, interim co-head of Univision Sports and Chief of Staff and special assistant to the CEO.

He was also the first CEO and General Manager of FUSION.

Prior to joining Univision, Ferrari was co-founder and partner at Royal Palm Capital Partners, a private equity investment and management firm.

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Portela joins Univision as Director of News Operations

Portela joins Univision as Director of News Operations

Christine Portela has left NBC and Telemundo to take on the position of Director of News Operations for the Univision Station Group, reporting to Chris Peña. She continues to be based in Miami.

She starts at Univision on Monday, March 20.

Although she is coming in with a different title, Portela essentially takes over the role left vacant by Sussy Ruiz, when she resigned in November of last year for a job as Assistant News Director at Telemundo Houston.

In her new role, she’ll work closely with Univision station local news directors and executive producers in the planning and execution of group-wide news gathering and production initiatives and will play a lead role in coverage of breaking news.

Prior to joining Univision, Portela was a Senior Producer for José Diaz Balart’s daily MSNBC show since 2014. When Balart’s cable news show was cancelled, Portela continued to work for the NBC Miami bureau, also working for Telemundo news.

With the exception of spending one year as a line producer at Fusion, Portela had mostly worked in multiple producer capacities for WTVJ 6, NBC’s O&O in Miami, since 2005.

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Valle joins Cirque du Soleil as VP of Sales

Valle joins Cirque du Soleil as VP of Sales

Jose ValleFormer Univision executive José Valle is leaving the media industry.

Starting April 4, Valle will be the VP of sales for Cirque du Soleil based out of Las Vegas. He’ll oversee sales for Cirque’s resident shows in Las Vegas and Orlando.

“Cirque du Soleil is a best in class worldwide brand that continues to grow and expand. I look forward to learning, partnering and contributing with their talented team,” he tells Media Moves. “I’ve also always wanted to learn how to do a standing backflip – safely,” he jokes.

Valle previously spent five years at Univision, joining the company in 2011 as VP and GM of Univision Radio in Los Angeles, promoted to President of the division soon after. After an internal restructuring, Valle was reassigned in 2015 to a new role as President of Political & Advocacy Sales, quietly exiting Univision last year.

Before Univision Radio, Valle spent two years as President and GM of KVEA Telemundo 52, overseeing operations for KWHY-22. From 2002 to 2008 he was VP and GM of Telemundo 39 in Dallas.

“I was blessed to spend decades in Spanish-language media,” he says. “The best part, is that I was able to work with and learn from talented, devoted and caring people that I now consider my extended family.”

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Smester ousted as Univision cuts jobs in restructuring

Smester ousted as Univision cuts jobs in restructuring

Sandra SmesterUnivision has done another round of layoffs, trimming personnel as part of what it says is a company restructuring.

Univision’s programming and special events department have been combined into one unit that will now be called the Entertainment Group.

Lourdes Diaz, named President of Entertainment in October of 2016, will oversee the combined department.

As part of the restructuring, several positions were eliminated, including that of Univision veteran Sandra Smester, EVP of Programming since 2015.

The positions of longtime Univision staffers Tony Miro, Senior Director of Programming Administration and Sara Millán, a network Production Manager, were also eliminated.

A source indicated at least a dozen employees lost their jobs. A company spokesperson would not confirm the number of layoffs.

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Luis Jimenez returns to Univision Radio's 96.3 FM

Luis Jimenez returns to Univision Radio’s 96.3 FM

Luis Jiménez is back at Univision. The radio DJ will be kicking off a new morning drive show on Univision New York’s La X 96.3 FM.

His new show, “El Show de Luis Jimenez,” starts Monday, March 13 and will air weekdays from 6 to 10 am ET. 

Jiménez launched his own online radio network, the Luis Network in 2015, after leaving SBS 93.1 FM.

His SBS morning show, “Sin Censura con Luis Jiménez,” only lasted six months.  

Jiménez will continue to produce his online radio talk show, which airs live from 12 to 3 pm ET.

He returns to the very same station that cancelled his show back in 2014.

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NAB to induct María Elena Salinas to its Hall of Fame

NAB to induct María Elena Salinas to its Hall of Fame

Maria Elena SalinasAward-winning journalist María Elena Salinas is getting another recognition. This time, it’s from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

The Univision network news anchor will be inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame during the organization’s 2017 Television Luncheon on Monday, April 24 in Las Vegas.

Salinas, who began her journalism career in 1981 as a reporter and anchor at KMEX-34 in Los Angeles, has been anchor of Univision’s network newscast since 1987.

She is the longest running female network news anchor in the country.

She is also an Emmy, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. Among her many accolades, she is the 2016 recipient of the Mickey Leland Humanitarian award, became the first Latina to receive an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2012.

She has also been inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’s Hall of Fame and was honored with the “Broadcast Legend” award by the Radio and Television News Association (RTNA).

Previous NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame television inductees include Ted Koppel, Shonda Rhimes and Betty White.

Later this year, she will debut as host and co-executive producer of her first English-language program The Real Story with María Elena Salinas on
Discovery ID.

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Michelle Galván named Co-Anchor for “Primer Impacto”

Michelle Galván named Co-Anchor for “Primer Impacto”

Michelle GalvanUnivision Houston anchor Michelle Galván is stepping in as the new co-host for  “Primer Impacto.”

She will be hosting the Univision network newsmagazine alongside Pamela Silva Conde.

Her first day will be March 13.

Galván replaces Bárbara Bermudo. Univision opted to not renew Bermudo’s contract in January.

Galván previously guest co-hosted “Primer Impacto” for two months in 2015, filling in for Bermudo.

Prior to joining Univision Houston, Galván presented the international news segment for “Primero Noticias,” a daily morning news program from Mexico’s Televisa Network.

She previously worked as an anchor on Televisa-owned cable news network Foro TV.

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Univision will get $376 million in FCC spectrum auction; sees higher 4Q earnings

Univision will get $376 million in FCC spectrum auction; sees higher 4Q earnings

Univision logoUnivision’s piece of the the FCC spectrum auction pie will be about $376 million, President and CEO Randy Falco announced today during the company’s earnings call wrapping up 2016.

Univision reported higher fourth-quarter earnings and full year revenue growth.

Falco celebrated “strong financial results” with last year’s “revenue crossing the $3 billion threshold for the first time ever,” making the company “well positioned for continued growth in 2017.”

Univision stated it generated nearly $219 million in net income and reduced net debt by $400 million. Falco said Univision will use the spectrum proceeds to continue to pay down debt.

Total revenue for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016 increased 15% to $846.5 million compared to $735.9 million for the same period in 2015.

Total revenue for the full year ended December 31, 2016, increased 6.4% to $3,042.0 million compared to $2,858.4 million for the same period in 2015.

During the call, Falco also addressed the network’s programming strategy, pointing out to the strengthened relationship with Televisa and Isaac Lee’s new appointment, now overseeing content across Univision and Televisa.

Univision experienced a major setback in prime time ratings in 2016, with many of its Televisa telenovelas underperforming among adults 18-49 against Telemundo’s super series.

Falco emphasized the company’s commitment to invest in non-Televisa content. Starting in 2017, Univision will begin airing content in prime time from its W Studios partnership with Patricio Wills and launch the Story House-Netflix original “El Chapo” miniseries.

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