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Univision launches Flama

Univision launches Flama

Univision Communications has officially launched Flama, its first fully dedicated over-the-top network providing English-language video programming for 15 to 30 year olds.

TheFlama.com, billed as “a network for discovering and sharing original and curated video,”  that provides “access to talent and stories made by, for and with Hispanic millennials” debuted this week with a slate of five new original shows.

Alexis Tirado, who was previously at MTV Networks, is the Managing Editor for TheFlama.com, and Yamin Segal, creator of indie web series East Willy B, is the network’s Director of Programming & Production for Flama.

The network also brought in stand-up comedian Al Madrigal (“The Daily Show”, “About A Boy“) as an early adviser.

Univision first announced the creation and launch of Flama at its Newfront in May of 2013. It partnered with digital programmer Bedrocket to form the OTT network in October of last year.

Univision Flama shows

Flama series:

“Super Accurate Soccer History” 

As a precursor to World Cup 2014 Brazil, this six-episode mockumentary style show features ridiculous made up soccer stories.

“Left Unattended with D-stroy” 

A weekly, high-energy series, featuring D-stroy Melendez, doing interviews with music’s biggest influencers.

“Drop the Mic with Becky G” 

This six part docu-series follows 17-year-old hip-hop artist Becky G through the ups and downs of making it in the music industry and rising to stardom, while staying grounded through her family and friends.

“Abuelita’s Review” 

Flama’s resident 83-year-old grandmother, Abuelita, shares her wisdom with viewers in a six part series where she reviews today’s top products, from electronics to food. The series stars Altagracia Guzman (“Raising Victor Vargas” and “I Heart Huckabees.”)

“The Johnny Sanchez Show”

Ccomedian Johnny Sanchez (“MADtv” “Happy Feet”) shares his humor and spot-on impressions in a fun, off-the-wall, short-clip series.

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Univision expands Bounce TV distribution

Univision expands Bounce TV distribution

bounce-univisionUnivision has signed a multi-year deal to add Bounce TV as a multicast channel on its stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando and Phoenix in 2015.

The agreement also includes the distribution renewal of the African-American television network already available on its stations in San Francisco, Boston, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Raleigh and Tampa since December 2012.

The financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

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Univision taps Echevarría de la Gándara as Digital VP

Univision taps Echevarría de la Gándara as Digital VP

Borja EchevarríaUnivision has hired Spanish journalist Borja Echevarría de la Gándara, who will join the company as Vice President, Digital. He’ll be based in Miami and report directly to Daniel Coronell, SVP and Executive Director of Univision News.

In the newly created role, Echevarría de la Gándara will direct strategy for Univision News’ digital platforms, including NoticiasUnivision.com and and will oversee the integration of digital and TV newsrooms to ensure consistent news content and messaging.

He’ll also be charged with creating a data journalism unit for Univision News.

Echevarría de la Gándara was most recently Deputy Managing Editor of El País, Spain’s largest daily newspaper, where for the past 4 years he was responsible for digital content strategy and product development and played a key role in the newspaper’s transformation to digital.

Echevarría de la Gándara began his journalism career at El Mundo newspaper in 1995, moving up from reporter to online Deputy Editor in 2002.

In 2007 he co-founded Soitu.es, an online news startup that won two consecutive awards for General Excellence from the Online News Association.

n 2012, he became a Nieman-Berkman Fellow in Journalism Innovation at Harvard University.

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Ramos’ daily show on Fusion downsized to weekly

Ramos’ daily show on Fusion downsized to weekly

Jorge RamosAfter a network spokesperson denied in early February that “America,” the show Jorge Ramos anchors on Fusion, would be scaled back from a daily to a weekly, today it was confirmed that’s exactly what will happen.

Starting March 18, “America” will only air on Tuesday nights at 7 and 10 pm.

Since Fusion’s launch at the end of October of last year, Jorge has been pulling double duty – hosting “America” after anchoring “Noticias Univision” with María Elena Salinas Monday through Friday. In addition, he hosts “Al Punto,” a half-hour pre taped Sunday public affairs program on Univision.

While his on-air presence has been reduced at the English-language Univision/ABC joint venture, he has just finalized a new deal to remain at Fusion through the 2016 presidential election.

“We are thrilled that he will continue to bring his signature brand of journalism to our viewers in the years ahead,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee in a written statement.

The show’s downsizing comes less than 2 months after Fusion eliminated “DNA,” hosted by Derrick Ashong and announced it would reorganize “The Morning Show,” moving it to a primetime slot.


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Univision closes February sweeps at #3

Univision closes February sweeps at #3

Univision logoUnivision ends the February sweeps as the No. 3 broadcast network during primetime, a first in any February sweep period, out-performing ABC and CBS by 6% and 19%, respectively, with over half a million Adults 18-34 (666,000).

The February 2014 sweep also marks the first time that the Spanish-language network finishes ahead of ABC and CBS in any February sweep period with Adults 18-34 in primetime.

In the February 2014 sweep, Univision delivered an average audience of 1.4 million Adults 18-49 and 2.9 million Total Viewers 2+, finishing as the No. 5 broadcast network during primetime.

Univision also out-delivered at least one or more of the English-language broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX) on six out of seven nights among Adults 18-34 and on three out of four nights among Adults 18-49.

With an estimated median age of 38 years old, Univision continues to deliver the youngest viewers during primetime versus the English-language broadcast networks:  ABC (53 years old), CBS (59 years old), NBC (55 years old) and FOX (47 years old).


During the February 2014 sweep period, KMEX Univision 34 in Los Angeles and WXTV Univision 41 in New York were the No. 1 and No. 2 most watched early local newscasts in the country, regardless of language, among Adults 18-49. With Adults 18-49, WXTV Univision 41 in New York was the No. 1 most watched late local newscast in the country, regardless of language.

Univision was also the No. 1 broadcast station in primetime in Houston among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34, and was the No. 2 broadcast station in primetime, behind NBC with the Olympics, outperforming the ABC, CBS and FOX stations in the following markets among:

o    Total Viewers 2+ in Los Angeles, Miami and Houston

o    Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles

o    Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles and Sacramento

Source: The Nielsen Company, NPM (01/30/2014-02/26/2014), M-Sat 8p-11p, Su 7p-11p.  February 26, 2014 based on NPM Fast Affiliate data.  Live+SD.

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Gómez leaves Univision Houston for NY

Gómez leaves Univision Houston for NY

Luis GomezToday is Luis Gómez’s last day as a reporter for KXLN-45 Univision Houston. He’s moving to New York, where he’ll start a new job as reporter for Univision’s WXTV-41.

Luis won’t have much of a break between jobs – just one weekend. He’s actually starting next Monday at WXTV.

Luis has been at Univision Houston since March 2011, where he worked for the morning newscast. He previously spent 5 years in Univision Austin, starting out as Executive Producer of “Acción Deportiva Extra Austin” before switching to news reporting.

Before moving to Texas, Luis worked as a documentary producer and was a writer for El Norte newspaper.

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González quits Univision’s “Despierta América”

González quits Univision’s “Despierta América”

raul-gonzalez_655x438 copyRaúl González, who has been a co-host on Univision’s morning show “Despierta América” for over 12 years, has resigned. Today was his last show.

Apparently, the TV host was unable to reach an agreement to renew his contract with Univision to continue hosting the morning show.

Alberto Ciurana, Univision’s President, Programming & Content Univision Networks tweeted his goodbye, solidifying Raúl’s departure:

There is speculation that Raúl will move over to Telemundo’s morning show “Un Nuevo Día,” where former co-host Ana María Canseco landed a gig in August of 2013.

Prior to Univision, Raúl hosted a show for the Discovery Kids Latin America/Iberia cable network and alsi worked on radio as co-host of  “Sobre Ruedas” on WQBA 1140 AM, as well as “Las Tardes Calientes”  on 107.5 AMOR-FM.

He previously worked in television shows in his native Venezuela.

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Variety and Univision team up for online venture

Variety and Univision team up for online venture

Variety-UnivisionUnivision Communications and Variety Media LLC have partnered to launch a new multiplatform co-branded website that will focus on Spanish-language entertainment news.

“Variety Latino–Powered by Univision” is slated to launch on February 27.

Univision and Variety Media currently collaborate on a multiplatform entertainment segment for the Univision’s newsmagazine “Primer Impacto.”

The media alliance is set to launch in time for the 2014 Oscars. According to Univision, the site will offer comprehensive coverage of the event in Spanish, leveraging Variety’s access and Univision’s platforms.

The new venture will be introduced to the industry at an event in Los Angeles on February 27.

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Ramírez named KWEX news director

Ramírez named KWEX news director

Moana RamirezMoana Ramírez has been named News Director of KWEX-41, Univision San Antonio.  Her first day on the new job is February 17. She takes over the spot left vacant by Sam Belilty, who moved to Dallas to take over the news director position at KUVN-23.

Moana’s promotion comes after spending the past 8 years as Executive Producer of the KMEX-34 morning news in Los Angeles.

Moana will be commuting between L.A. and San Antonio until the end of February, during which time she’ll continue her EP role at KMEX while heading the Univision San Antonio news team.

Prior to her morning show EP position, Moana was Assignment Desk Manager for KMEX. Before that, she was a producer and worked the assignment desk.

She has been with the company for 17 years, starting out at the Univision station in L.A. as a college intern, working her way up the ranks.

No word yet on who will be replacing her at KMEX.

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Univision expands to Canada

Univision expands to Canada

Univision - Telelatino networkUnivision has signed a licensing agreement with Telelatino Network, a holding of Corus Entertainment, to rebrand TLN en Español (TLNE) as Univision Canada.

TLNE, an all Spanish language cable specialty channel, has been a Univision partner for over a decade. The channel is currently carried by all of Canada’s largest cable and satellite platforms.

The TLNE schedule features a significant amount of Univision programming including the Univision-produced Latin GRAMMY® Awards, coverage of the FIFA World Cup™ and other FIFA tournaments, as well as the programs Sábado Gigante, Primer Impacto, Aquí y Ahora, El Gordo y La Flaca, Premio Lo Nuestro, Feliz Año, and the Noticiero Univision network newscasts.


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