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Former CEO of Univision Jerry Perenchio dies at 86

Former CEO of Univision Jerry Perenchio dies at 86

Jerry Perenchio

Jerry Perenchio announced in a 2014 press conference the donation of his $500 million art collection upon his death. (Image capture of press conference video)

Billionaire media and entertainment mogul Jerry Perenchio, who bought Univision and turned the Spanish-language network into a powerhouse, has died. He was 86.

The L.A. Times reports he died yesterday at his Los Angeles home after a five month battle with lung cancer.

Perenchio, who started in the media business as a Hollywood talent agent representing A-list actors such as Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando and later enjoyed great success as a sports promoter and film and television producer, hit the jackpot when he zeroed in on what he saw was a great opportunity: a struggling Spanish-language television network.

In 1992, Perenchio partnered with Televisa’s Emilio Azcárraga Milmo and Venevision’s Gustavo Cisneros and bought Univision from Hallmark for $550 million, taking the network public four years later.

Perenchio remained Univision’s Chairman and CEO for 15 years, until the company was sold to investor group Saban Capital Group, led by billionaire Haim Saban for $13.7 billion in 2007.

Forbes estimated Perenchio netted $1.1 billion from the sale. At the time of his death his net worth was estimated at $2.8 billion.

In 2014, he bequeathed his $500 million art collection to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art upon his death.

5/25/17: A day after news of his death, Univision released the following statement:

“Jerry was a media trailblazer, true legend and inspiration to everyone who was lucky enough to meet or work with him. He played a significant role in shaping the media and entertainment industry as we know it today, bringing incredible foresight, compassion and respect for a community — Hispanic America — that sought to be represented and that had never before been served in such a meaningful way. Jerry founded and built Univision from the ground up — his imprint and visionary leadership will always be felt by so many of us at Univision, as well as our community.  He leaves a lasting legacy on our Company, and will always be part of the Univision family.  Our deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones.”


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Univision and Telemundo face $100M defamation suit

Univision and Telemundo face $100M defamation suit

Univision-TelemundoClaiming that Univision and Telemundo broadcast and published “fictitious, defamatory stories” that have damaged him and his wife, Juan Gabriel’s son Iván Aguilera has filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against the networks.

In the complaint, Aguilera and his wife Simona say the networks aired stories about Joao Aguilera, an alleged secret biological son of the late singer, riddled with unsubstantiated false claims, including that Iván was responsible for his father’s death and that the couple was robbing him of his estate.

The couple alleges that many of the claims reported in those stories could have been easily proven false if the networks would have done proper fact-checking.

The suit lists as defendants Univision Communications, Inc. and reporter Borja Voces, Telemundo Network Group LLC, Telemundo Media LLC, Joao Aguilera (Juan Gabriel’s alleged biological son), Consuelo Rosales (Joao’s mother), Alberto Gómez (alleged friend of Juan Gabriel) and attorney Annalie Alvarez, who represents Joao.

You can read more details about the couple’s accusations and see the complaint on Forbes.

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Telemundo and Univision unveil new shows at Upfronts

Telemundo and Univision unveil new shows at Upfronts

Steve Mandala and Cesar Conde

L to R: Steve Mandala, Univision EVP of Advertising Sales and César Conde, Chairman, p and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, during their respective Upfront presentations.

The battle over primetime audiences continues to intensify between rivals Telemundo and Univision, as both networks increase the stakes in original programming.

The networks unveiled their 2017-2018 programming plans to advertisers at Upfront events this week in New York, with flashy presentations and star-studded private concerts.

Although Telemundo was bundled into NBC’s Upfront, the network held a private event later in the evening on Monday, May 15 to do a more personalized pitch with Enrique Iglesias performing, while the next day, Univision called on Shakira and Becky G for its presentation entertainment.

While Telemundo holds the lead in producing original content, such as its super series, Univision revealed a slate that indicates it’s aware that Televisa telenovelas are just no longer enough for its U.S. audience.

Univision has added a several original series to its slate, including music series “Barrio Records” and an unauthorized Luis Miguel bio-series that will compete with Telemundo’s project about the Mexican superstar.

With the 2018 World Cup on the horizon, Telemundo is doubling up its promotional efforts of the soccer tournament, leaving Univision to pitch UEFA Champions League matches.

You can check out the Telemundo’s 2017-2018 programming slate and Univision’s new season line-up on Forbes.

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Univision partners with Nieman Lab

Univision partners with Nieman Lab

Univision-Nieman LabUnivision News has partnered with Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism Lab to provide Spanish-speaking journalists direct access to the latest news, trends, and innovations from the field of digital journalism.

Through this alliance, UnivisionNoticias.com will publish a weekly selection of content from the Nieman Journalism Lab, translated into Spanish.

The roundup will include articles on a variety of topics related to the practice and future of digital journalism, as well as Nieman Lab’s weekly column on the issue of fake news.

Founded in 2008 as a collaborative effort to investigate future models that could support quality journalism in the digital age, the Nieman Journalism Lab identifies and promotes innovation in how the news gets reported, shared, consumed and paid for. It is part of Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

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Univision launches Uforia on demand with 17 podcasts

Univision launches Uforia on demand with 17 podcasts

UFORIA podcastsUnivision has launched an audio on demand platform that features 17 podcasts tackling a wide range of topics, including news, politics to sports, music, and comedy.

Uforia Audio On-Demand offers podcasts that promote Univision radio and television personalities, as well as its growing stable of digital talent.

Some of the podcasts, including syndicated radio shows, were previously available on digital audio platform Uforia. Univision has now enhanced the offering as a podcast and streaming platform.

Here is a partial slate of Uforia on demand podcasts:

“Epicentro,” an analysis of the week’s current events and “En Boca de León,” politics and current affairs newsmagazine hosted by Univision 34 anchor León Krauze.

“El Show de Alberto Sardiñas,” inspirational talk show hosted by Alberto Sardiñas, author of “El Poder de Tu Historia.”

“El Show de Omar y Argelia,” morning drive show hosted by Omar Velasco and Argelia Atilano.

“Coquenetas Positivas with Karen ‘La Coqueta,’” a podcast hosted by Karen O’Brien provides uplifting and positive tips and advice for happier and healthier living.

“A Bordo Podcast” hosted by automotive experts Jaime Gabaldoni and Simón Gómez.

“Los Tres P’s,” all sports all the time program.

The full list is available here.

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Telemundo, Univision, Entravision, ZGS, KBEH, KRCA, KJLA, KWHY and KAZA score big in FCC auction

Telemundo, Univision, Entravision, ZGS, KBEH, KRCA, KJLA, KWHY and KAZA score big in FCC auction

FCC Auction stationsThe FCC today released the results of the broadcast incentive auction and NBC/Telemundo was the biggest winner with a $481.6 million payout for its New York, Chicago and Philadelphia stations.

Univision came in second with a little more than $411 million.

Entravision and ZGS also scored juicy compensation, but four stations in Los Angeles – KBEH 63, KRCA 62, KJLA 57 and KWHY 22 – were among the most lucrative bidders, all picking up over $100 million to give up their spectrum.

Another L.A. station – Azteca América’s KAZA – also fared well, scoring more than $91.1 million.

You can read a detailed description of the compensation amounts of all the Spanish-language stations that participated in the auction and what will happen with some of those stations in a more in-depth story about the FCC auction outcome on Forbes.

* Story updated to include KAZA’s winning bid.

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Univision adds “Edición Digital” noon news at local stations

Univision adds “Edición Digital” noon news at local stations

Barely a week after cutting 100 jobs at local stations nationwide, Univision is announcing the launch of local versions of its “Edición Digital” newscast in California, Texas, Florida and New York.

“Edición Digital” is touted as the first newscast conceived, designed and produced for simulcast on digital platforms and live broadcast television.

The new 30-minute midday newscasts, which aim to take a hyper-localized approach to news coverage, will air immediately following “Noticiero Univision Digital, Edición Digital” at at 12:30 p.m. ET/PT (11:30 a.m. CT).

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Local anchors in Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles and New York will host the new half-hour “Edición Digital” noon newscast.

“Edición Digital” versions in California, Dallas, Miami, and New York will premiere on local Univision stations and via streaming on local Univision websites on Monday, April 17. The Houston edition debuts May 8.

“Edición Digital” California will be anchored by Yarel Ramos and cover stories from Los Angeles, Bakersfield, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Fresno airing on Univision’s local California stations Univision 34, Univision 39, Univision 14, Univision 19, and Univision 21 respectively, and streamed on univisionca.com.

In other parts of the country, the newscasts will be anchored by Miguelangel Piñero and Johana Suarez in Dallas; José Luis Nápoles and Eileen Cardet in Miami; Rafael Bello and Patricia Fuenmayor in New York and Osvaldo Corral and Laura Sierra in Houston.

The local noon newscasts will follow the formula of “Noticiero Univision Edición Digital,” premiered at noon on September 12, 2016.

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Univision promotes Escobar and Lowry

Univision promotes Escobar and Lowry

Christine Escobar and Danny Lowry

Christine Escobar and Danny Lowry.

Christine Escobar has been promoted to VP, General Manager and Director of Sales for Univision Austin and Danny Lowry to the newly created role of VP, Radio National Sales, effective immediately.

Escobar will continue to be based in Austin and report to Luis Fernández-Rocha, SVP and GM.

Escobar will manage operations including ad sales, marketing, news, production and promotions of Univision Austin TV and radio stations: Univision 62, UniMás 31, Qué Buena 104.3 FM and 107.7 FM Más Variedad.

Since joining UCI in 2003, Escobar has worked in several capacities, most recently as Director of Sales for Univision Austin. Before Univision, she worked at the iHeart Radio cluster in Austin, focusing on sales.

Lowry will be based in Dallas and report to Dominic Fails, SVP of Local Media Sales.

In his new role, Lowry will oversee sales efforts for Univision’s radio stations across the country.

Lowry has worked 12 years at Univision. He was most recently VP and GM of Univision Austin. He was previously Director of Sales for Univision’s four-station radio cluster in Dallas overseeing local, national, new business and digital revenue.

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