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Univision & Televisa merge content production, name Lee Chief Content Officer

Univision & Televisa merge content production, name Lee Chief Content Officer

Univision - Televisa - Isaac LeeJust two weeks since the FCC approved an increase of Televisa’s ownership stake in Univision, both companies today announced they’re merging their content development and production efforts, benefiting from “potential cost synergies.”

As part of the restructuring, Isaac Lee, who currently serves as the Chief News, Entertainment & Digital Officer for Univision and CEO for Fusion, will assume the role of Chief Content Officer of both Univision and Televisa, effective immediately.

“With a unified leadership structure for Content, Univision and Televisa are best poised to effectively meet the needs of our evolving and sophisticated audiences who are increasingly consuming content across all platforms and in multiple languages – both in the U.S. and Mexico,” Univision CEO Randy Falco told employees in an email sent morning.

Lee will now report to both Falco and Emilio Azcárraga Jean, President of Televisa.

According to Univision, the news and all other operations of both companies will remain independent, and the current terms and conditions of the existing programming license agreement between Univision and Televisa remain unchanged.

Televisa also announced that José Bastón Patiño will assume the role of President of Televisa International, reporting directly to Azcárraga.

Bastón will be responsible for Televisa’s expansion beyond Mexico and the United States, and will remain a member of the board of directors of Televisa.

Below is Falco’s email to staff:

From: Corporate Communications
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 8:56 AM
Subject: Unified Content Development Efforts

Dear Colleagues,

As we continue to strengthen our entertainment offering and work more closely with Televisa on our pipeline of entertainment content, I am pleased to announce that Isaac Lee has been named Chief Content Officer for both Univision and Televisa, effective immediately. Attached is the press release with additional details.

I firmly believe that, with a unified leadership structure for Content, Univision and Televisa are best poised to effectively meet the needs of our evolving and sophisticated audiences who are increasingly consuming content across all platforms and in multiple languages – both in the U.S. and Mexico. Under this new aligned structure, Univision and Televisa will benefit from a single, integrated focus on entertainment options that meet the needs of today’s young audiences.

In this new role, Isaac will dual report to me and Emilio Azcárraga Jean, President of Televisa. Univision News and all other operations of both companies will remain independent, and the current terms and conditions of the existing programming license agreement between Univision and Televisa will remain unchanged.

Please join me in congratulating Isaac on this expanded and important role.

Randy

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Univision’s Falco and Lee meet with Trump

Univision’s Falco and Lee meet with Trump

Donald Trump - Randy Falco

Donald Trump met with Univision President and CEO Randy Falco.

After a contentious relationship between Univision and Donald Trump during the presidential campaign – one that included a multimillion dollar lawsuit – network execs met with the President-elect in what some see as an effort to “mend fences.”

President and CEO Randy Falco and Chief News, Entertainment and Digital Officer Isaac Lee met with Trump for about 30 minutes on Monday afternoon.

Shortly after the private meeting, the company released the following brief statement:

“We just had a productive meeting with President-elect Donald Trump about issues facing Hispanic and multicultural communities in America. We look forward to working with Mr. Trump and his administration to make our vibrant country even better. Our Univision News team will continue to cover the Trump administration with the rigor that we have brought to the coverage of every administration that preceded it. We approach this task without fear or favor and with one goal only – to ensure our audience is well-informed. Our eyes, ears and minds are wide open.”

You can read an analysis of the meeting and the history of the problems between Univision and Trump leading up to the election on Forbes.

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Univision promotes Mercedes to EVP & Chief Communications Officer

Univision promotes Mercedes to EVP & Chief Communications Officer

Rosemary MercedesRosemary Mercedes has gotten another promotion at Univision. Effective immediately, she has been upped from SVP of Corporate Communications to EVP and Chief Communications Officer, reporting to Univision President and CEO Randy Falco.

She had been interim head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations since August of 2016, when Mónica Talán left the company to join a startup.

In this expanded role, Mercedes will be responsible for defining Univision’s overall communications strategy, including the media relations approach for all corporate and business matters, industry issues, and programming and talent publicity efforts.

This is her third promotion in five years. Since joining Univision in 2006, she was promoted in 2012 – the year she was chosen to form part of the company’s inaugural Leadership Development Program – and again in 2015.

Before Univision, she was Manager of Public Information for Pace University.

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FCC approves Televisa ownership increase of Univision

FCC approves Televisa ownership increase of Univision

Televisa-UnivisionFor years, foreign ownership limits have blocked Televisa from increasing its stake in Univision.

But on Tuesday, the FCC ruled that it’s ok for Televisa to own up to 49% of Univision, claiming that the foreign investment will help bring more sources of capital to the U.S. Spanish-language network and further its “service to the Hispanic community and other minority communities and advance its empowerment initiatives.”

This ruling comes six years after Televisa made a $1.2 billion investment in Univision.

You can read more details about the Televisa-Univision ruling and its impact on Forbes.

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Suárez exits Univision; Santucho & Ferradas take lead on music special events

Suárez exits Univision; Santucho & Ferradas take lead on music special events

Cisco SuarezAfter more than 20 years at Univision, Francisco “Cisco” Suárez is out as the network’s SVP of Special Events.

Rumors of his exit first surfaced as far back as July, just before Univision’s “Premios Lo Nuestro.” At the time, Univision denied his departure.

Word started circulating again last night Suárez was leaving the company, but it was not confirmed until today, when Lourdes Díaz and Jorge “Pepo” Ferradas sent an email to staff making the announcement.

During the transition, Adrián Santucho, recently appointed EVP of Univision Studios and Jorge “Pepo” Ferradas, President of Univision Music, will be working closely with the Special Events team on music related productions, according to the email.

While at Univision, Suárez oversaw production of multiple live events such as the Latin GRAMMYs, Premios Lo Nuestro, Premios Juventud, Nuestra Belleza Latina and the music reality competition La Banda.

Univision’s SVP of Special Events for the past 12 years, he joined the company in 1993 as Telefutura’s Director of Project Development before taking on his most recent role in 2004.

From: Corporate Communications
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:02 AM
Subject: Special Events Update from Lourdes Diaz and Jorge ‘Pepo’ Ferradas

Hola,

We are writing to share with you that after many years leading our Special Events team Cisco Suarez will be leaving Univision. As many of you know, he and his team have been responsible for Univision tentpole events and other special productions. Please join us in thanking Cisco for his contributions and in wishing him well as he embarks on the next phase of his career.

In this period of transition, Adrian Santucho will work closely with the Special Events team, and with Pepo on music related productions, to ensure continuity and that innovation and creativity remain at the core of our tentpoles.

Our world-class team produces some of the most highly anticipated musical and entertainment experiences in media today and we are confident that we will continue to evolve our special events and propel Univision’s evolution as a creative powerhouse in the industry.

Gracias,
Lourdes Diaz and Jorge ‘Pepo’ Ferradas

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Ruiz resigns from Univision

Ruiz resigns from Univision

Sussy RuizBarely a week after Univision announced massive layoffs as part of a restructuring, Sussy Ruiz, Regional Manager of Broadcast and Digital News for the company’s television group (UTG), has handed in her resignation.

She sent a farewell message to colleagues announcing her departure this week, but did not indicate if she had accepted a position elsewhere. A company spokesperson confirmed Ruiz is no longer with the company.

Ruiz was based at Univision’s Newsport headquarters in Miami since she was promoted to her Regional Manager role in 2014.

Her departure marks an end to an almost 15-year career at Univision, most of which she spent at the company’s stations in Dallas and Houston, prompting some insiders to speculate she will return to Texas. There currently is an executive producer position open at Telemundo Dallas, left by Ingrid Luquetta’s sudden exit.

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Univision cuts 250 jobs in company-wide restructuring

Univision cuts 250 jobs in company-wide restructuring

Roger Borges

Univision 23 entertainment reporter Roger Borges is among the on-air casualties.

Univision today announced it is laying off about 250 people company-wide as part of a restructuring.

The cuts affect editorial, including several on-air talent from stations around the country, and business-side employees.

Among the first confirmed on-air casualties: Roger Borges, an entertainment reporter at Miami’s Univision 23.

Roger had worked at the station for the past 13 years, starting first as a news reporter before landing his own entertainment segment 8 years ago. His last day was yesterday.

In Los Angeles, Alejandro Luna, sports anchor at Univision 34 for almost 5 years, is also out of a job. He had previously worked at the station as a sports anchor from 2000 to 2008.

In New York, Sports anchor Jos Roig was let go. He had been at Univision 41 over two decades. Univision Dallas lost weather anchor Vanessa Abuchaibe in the cuts.

Names of other laid off on-air talent sources shared with Media Moves have yet to be confirmed.

At least 15 Fusion employees, who last week voted to join the union, were also given pink slips.

You can read more details about the cuts and Univision’s restructuring amid a $30.5 million third quarter loss and sagging ratings on Forbes.

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Univision election coverage reaches 10.1 million; Telemundo attracts 5.3M

Univision election coverage reaches 10.1 million; Telemundo attracts 5.3M

Univision - Telemundo electionsSpanish-language viewers flocked to Univision to watch Tuesday’s presidential election night coverage. Univision attracted a much bigger audience than Telemundo.

Univision’s coverage reached 10.1 million Total Viewers 2+, who tuned in to all or part of the three-hour live broadcast, according to Nielsen.

On average, Univision delivered an average audience of 3.3 million Total Viewers 2+, 759,000 Adults 18-34, 1.7 million Adults 18-49 and 1.8 million Adults 25-54, which was up by double-digit margins over its election night coverage in 2012 with both the key 18 to 49 (+10 percent) and 25 to 54 (+16 percent) viewers.

Univision also scored big on the network’s digital platforms. It got over four million unique visitors and more than 39 million page views on Tuesday night making Univision the No. 1 Spanish-language digital destination. Univision Noticias and Univision Política’s Facebook pages achieved an increase of 640% and 800%, respectively, in post engagement on Tuesday night in comparison to the previous day.

Univision’s Facebook Live was also one of the top three most viewed in the U.S. regardless of language drawing in 14.5 million video views.

Telemundo primetime election coverage from 7 to 11 pm was no match for Univision. Although it did very well for the night, Telemundo reached 5.3 million total viewers who tuned in to all or part of 8 to 11 pm live broadcast on election night, compared to Univision’s 10.1 million.

One distinction in the measuring of each network’s overall total viewership is that Univision bases results on 1+ minute qualified audience vs Telemundo’s 6+ minute qualified audience, which can potentially impact final numbers.

Telemundo has seen significant growth in primetime entertainment over the past year. And on November 8, it also saw an increase in viewers of election night coverage, more than doubling its 7 to 11 pm audience from 2012 election night.

According to data provided by Telemundo, the network had a +102% jump in total viewers from 913K to 1.85M  and +108% in adults 18 to 49 from 419K to 874K.

Telemundo’s site, apps and Facebook Live generated over 8.8M views for the livestream of the 2016 election results.

* 11/14/16: Story updated to correct data provided by Telemundo. Initially, the network reported 1.85 million total viewers. That number was updated to reflect overall reach of 5.3 million total viewers who watched part or all of the 8 to 11 pm coverage.

Univision Source: Nielsen, NPM, Tuesday (11/08/2016) 8pm-11pm, Live+SD. Reach based on NPM Fast Cume, Persons 2+, 1+ minute qualified audience (short term and long term visitors included). 2012 election coverage based on Tuesday (11/06/2012) 8pm-11pm.

Adobe Analytics and Facebook.

Telemundo Source: Nielsen, NPM, Tuesday (11/08/2016) Batalla Final 8pm-11pm, Primetime coverage 7pm-11pm Live+SD. Reach based on NPM Fast Cume, Persons 2+, 6+ minute qualified audience. 2012 election coverage based on Tuesday (11/06/2012) 7pm-11pm.

Facebook Insights, 11/8-11/9/16, Global Views through the morning after the debate; Site and app from Adobe Analytics, 11/8-11/9/16, US Only

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