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Aveleyra leaves anchor job at KMEX

Aveleyra leaves anchor job at KMEX

Felicidad_AveleyraAnchor Felicidad Aveleyra has said her goodbyes at Univision’s Los Angeles station KMEX-34. A source says she turned in her resignation on Monday, prompting a quick farewell video presented during the 6 pm newscast by her co-anchor León Krauze yesterday.

In a cryptic Facebook message, she contemplates how life has many cycles and that one of those cycles has come to an end for her after 5 years with Univision. Felicidad also thanks her friends and colleagues and writes:

“It’s time for me to jump into an adventure. Life has given my subtle and clear signs that I needed to change now….let’s see what the future has in store for me.”

She also took to Twitter to thank her co-anchor and say “see you soon,” insinuating she may be back on the small screen in a near future.

No word yet on what her next “adventure” will be.

An actress turned TV host and newscaster in her native Mexico, Felicidad joined KMEX in 2011 as 11 pm anchor. She added 6 pm co-anchor duties at the end of 2013, upon Teresa Quevedo’s departure.

The station will be conducting a search for her replacement.

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Univision, Telemundo win News & Documentary Emmys

Univision, Telemundo win News & Documentary Emmys


Mirna Couto and María Elena Salinas celebrate their Emmy win for Entre el abandono y el rechazo.”

Univision network picked up three Emmys and Telemundo network scored one win during the 36th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, held Monday night at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall in Manhattan.

Both networks won in Spanish-language categories.

Univision won in the Outstanding Newsmagazine in category with “Entre el Abandono y el Rechazo.” The María Elena Salinas special has also received Peabody, Gracie and Cronkite awards this year. The Univision Investigative Unit was recognized for “Nuevos Narcotesoros” in the Outstanding Investigative Journalism category and “Aquí y Ahora” newsmagazine received an Emmy for “La Masacre de Iguala” in the Breaking News Category.

Telemundo won its sole Emmy with the documentary “Muriendo por Cruzar” in the Outstanding Investigative Journalism in category.  “Muriendo por Cruzar,” a Telemundo and Weather Channel co-production, won a George Polk Award in the category of Television Reporting earlier this year.


The Telemundo news team poses with their Emmy for the documentary “Muriendo por Cruzar.”

A complete list of all the winners is available on the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) website.

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Mier y Terán out at Univision

Mier y Terán out at Univision

Alberto Mier y TeranUnivision continues its executive reductions. Alberto Mier y Terán, who was promoted to EVP, Local Media during a Univision management restructuring in August of last year, is no longer with the company.

Mier y Terán was given additional duties earlier this year, assuming responsibility for News, Engineering, Research, Digital and Vendor Program Sales across Univision Local Media, during a second leadership reorganization.

His exit comes a week after Jaime Jiménez was ousted from the company.

Mier y Terán’s exit came as a surprise to some insiders, who say his departure is part of the company’s cost reduction strategy. Univision has been cutting costs company-wide as it prepares to go public. The company filed for the IPO in July.

Prior to his regional roles at Univision, Mier y Terán was VP and General Manager of KMEX in Los Angeles and WGBO in Chicago. He previously spent over 10 years as VP and GM of the Entravision-owned stations in San Diego.

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Conrad, Loewenstein get new roles at Univision Deportes

Conrad, Loewenstein get new roles at Univision Deportes

Eric Conrad, Olek Loewenstein

Eric Conrad and Olek Loewenstein

Univision Deportes today announced two key appointments aimed at strengthening the division’s efforts. Eric Conrad has been named Senior Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions and Olek Loewenstein is Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations, effectively immediately.

Both will report directly to Juan Carlos Rodríguez, President of Univision Deportes.

As SVP, Programming & Acquisitions, Conrad will spearhead all sports programming, acquisitions and content development operations across Univision Deportes platforms.

He joined UCI in 2011 as VP of programming. He led the Univision Deportes’ coordination of the World Cup and other FIFA properties and was instrumental to the successful launch of UDN (Univision Deportes Network).

Before joining Univision Deportes, Conrad was Senior Director of Programming and Acquisitions for ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and held a sales and marketing role at Major League Baseball (MLB).

Loewenstein will lead operations for sports, including strategic initiatives focused on the growth and profitability of Univision Deportes’ content offerings and improving the audience experience across platforms.

He joined UCI in 2012 as VP of Planning for Univision Deportes and has managed planning of events including the CONCACAF Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup.

Prior to joining Univision Deportes, Loewenstein was with Samsung’s global strategy group in Seoul, South Korea, working directly with the office of the chairman, overseeing and developing strategic initiatives across the world.

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Mercedes promoted to SVP at Univision

Mercedes promoted to SVP at Univision

Rosemary Mercedes UnivisionRosemary Mercedes steps up from Vice President to Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Univision, effective immediately.

She’ll continue to be based in New York and report to Mónica Talán, EVP of Corporate Communications and Public Relations.

Rosemary, who joined Univision’s New York-based communications team in 2006, was promoted to VP in 2012, the year she was chosen to form part of the company’s inaugural Leadership Development Program.

In 2013, she was selected as one of the top 40-Under-40 PR Professionals in the U.S. by PR Week magazine.

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

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Univision hires Bond as SVP, Production Strategy

Univision hires Bond as SVP, Production Strategy

Derek BondFormer Telemundo executive Derek Bond is now working for Univision Communications. The company named him Senior Vice President, Production Strategy, effective immediately.

Bond will be based in Miami and report to David Rabinowitz, EVP of Broadcast Operations and Technology. He’ll be responsible for the overall production operations across all Univision networks.

Bond was most recently the CEO of Imagina Content at Imagina US, where he oversaw the development for all of the organization’s content since November of 2014.

He was previously President of his own company, Bond Entertainment, where he worked with Colombia’s Producciones RTI and was Executive in Charge of Production for Televisa and UniMás’ “La Viuda Negra.”

He previously spent 10 years in different executive positions within Telemundo Studios, his last role being Sr Executive Vice President of Studios, Production & Broadcast Operations overseeing all productions for the U.S. and Latin America.

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Jiménez ousted at Univision

Jiménez ousted at Univision

Jaime_JimenezJaime Jiménez is no longer with Univision. Jiménez, who was named EVP, Univision Local Media in a company restructuring in 2014, took over Univision Radio from José Valle in June of this year.

In an internal email to staff sent out Friday afternoon, Univision’s President of Local Media Kevin Cuddihy announced he will be “hiring a VP of Radio Content in the near future.”

In the meantime, Lee Davis will lead radio sales and manage the company’s stations in  Las Vegas, El Paso, McAllen, San Diego and Albuquerque.

Luis Fernandez Rocha, in addition to his current responsibilities, will also assume responsibility from Lee for San Antonio, Austin, Phoenix/Tucson, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno.

Here’s the email:

From: Corporate Communications
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2015 2:07 PM
Subject: Local Media Update | Información sobre Medios Locales
I want to thank you for your continued hard work and for the cross-market collaboration that is happening across our markets to strengthen and continue to unlock the power of our unified Local Media assets.
To that end, I have asked Lee Davis to focus his primary efforts on Radio sales going forward. As part of this new focus, Lee will also directly manage our five Radio-only markets – Las Vegas, El Paso, McAllen, San Diego and Albuquerque.  As Lee transitions into this new role, I have asked Luis Fernandez Rocha to, in addition to his current responsibilities, also assume responsibility from Lee for San Antonio, Austin, Phoenix/Tucson, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno. In this transition period, PJ Gonzalez, Olga Jaramillo, Haz Montana, Ismar Santa Cruz and Fernando Perez will report to me. We will be hiring a VP of Radio Content in the near future.
Many of you have worked with Lee and Luis in the past and can attest to their deep knowledge, expertise and dedication to our business and community.
I am confident that with Lee’s and Luis’ new focus – and the close collaboration between PJ, Olga, Haz, Ismar and Fernando – we will continue to build momentum for the entire Local Media organization.
Kevin Cuddihy

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Merle promoted at Univision

Merle promoted at Univision

Laura MerleLaura Merle has been named Senior Director, Corporate Marketing Services at Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), effective immediately.

She’ll be based in New York and report to Jessica Rodriguez, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer.

In this role, Merle will oversee UCI’s marketing asset management process, branding and brand extension marketing.

She first joined UCI in July 2014, in the Office of the CEO where she helped drive various projects, collaborating with departments across the company, including the centralization of the marketing organization.

Prior to joining UCI, she was director of Global Marketing Innovation at Burger King.

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Morales named Univision VP, Corporate Marketing Local Media

Morales named Univision VP, Corporate Marketing Local Media

Jose MoralesJosé Morales has resurfaced in a new job. He has joined Univision as VP, Corporate Marketing Local Media, based in New York. He’ll be reporting to report to Jessica Rodriguez, CMO, Univision Communications Inc.

He’ll be working with local markets on consistency of brand, strategic messaging, promotional and marketing strategy.

His first day was September 8.

José Morales was VP of News for WNJU Telemundo 47 in New York until June of this year, when he left the station after 6 years.

He was previously Director of Digital Content for Telemundo Local Media. Before that, he was Director of News Operations for the NBC Television Stations Division and Director of News Operations for the Telemundo Television stations.

Prior to joining Telemundo, he spent 3 years with Univision as News Director in Puerto Rico and Assistant News Director at WXTV-41 in NY.

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Univision’s “La Banda” kicks off with 4 million viewers

Univision’s “La Banda” kicks off with 4 million viewers

La Banda Univision debut

Judges Alejandro Sanz, Laura Pausini and Ricky Martin.

Univision’s new music reality competition had a solid debut, attracting 4.2 million Total Viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the two-hour broadcast premiere of “La Banda” on Sunday night.

The show, executive produced by Simon Cowell and Ricky Martin, which aims to find the “ultimate boy band,” averaged 2.6 million Total Viewers 2+, 1.2 million Adults 18-49 and 522,000 young Adults 18-34.

The premiere airing of “La Banda” positioned Univision as the No. 4 broadcast network, outperforming FOX, in the time period among Total Viewers 2+, Adults 18-49 and young Adults 18-34.

The telecast increased its audience every half hour during its entire two-hour broadcast with strong double-digit audience growth in the last half hour compared to the first half hour among Total Viewers 2+ (+28%), Adults 18-49 (+32%) and young Adults 18-34 (+47%).
Source: Nielsen, NPM, Sunday (09/13/2015) 7:00pm-11:00pm.  Univision’s primetime line-up consisting of “Aqui y Ahora,” premiere of “La Banda” and “Sal y Pimienta” based on NPM Fast National Ratings and English-language broadcast networks based on NPM Fast Affiliate Ratings.  Reach based on NPM Fast Cume, Persons 2+, 6+ minute qualified audience (short term and long term visitors included). Live+SD.


Locally, “La Banda” made Univision the No. 2 broadcast station in the 8 p.m.–10 p.m. time period, outperforming ABC, CBS and FOX among:
·         Total Viewers 2+ in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Houston
·         Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, Miami and Houston
·         Young Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Phoenix and Sacramento

During the 2-hour broadcast of “La Banda”, Univision stations had higher viewership than ABC, CBS and FOX stations combined in the following markets:
·         In Los Angeles and Miami among young Adults 18-34
·         In Miami among Total Viewers 2+ and Adults 18-49

Source: The Nielsen Company, NSI (9/13/15), “La Banda” aired Sunday 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. ET/PT, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. CT.  Live+SD. Ranking based on average impressions.


Univision’s “La Banda” delivered the No. 1 most socially engaged audience for a broadcast primetime program and network, garnering more Tweets per unique than NBC’s NFL Football, ABC’s Miss America and CBS’ Big Brother.

Source: Nielsen, 9/13/15

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Univision partners with Poynter

Univision partners with Poynter

Univision - Poynter logosUnivision News has partnered with The Poynter Institute to provide training for the network’s news producers and assignment desk editors.

The teaching and coaching program will be available online through Poynter’s e-learning site www.newsu.org and will focus in digital tools, production techniques and critical thinking strategies for more powerful news reporting.

Al Tompkins, Poynter’s Senior Faculty for Online and Broadcast, will lead the program, which will consist of online seminars and in-person instruction.

Univision is one of 20 organizations to partner with Poynter for its training needs in recent months. Poynter’s other partners include Google, Gannett, McClatchy, Journal Media, The Associated Press, National Geographic and the Institute of International Education’s Fulbright Scholar program.

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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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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.