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KMEX adds González as primetime co-anchor

KMEX adds González as primetime co-anchor

Andrea GonzalezAndrea González has been named 6 and 11 pm co-anchor of Univision’s KMEX-34 in Los Angeles. Her first day on the air is next Monday, May 2.

She’ll be co-anchoring the weekday newscasts with León Krauze and work on special assignments.

Andrea replaces Felicidad Aveleyra, who left the station in September of last year to join Telemundo as a network anchor/reporter.

Univision brings Andrea from Mexico, where she has been a Mexico City correspondent for the network since 2014. She was previously anchor of TV Azteca Noreste’s morning newscast “INFO 7” in Monterrey from 2009 to 2014.

Andrea has also been a columnist for Semanario INFO 7 and Mexican newspaper El Horizonte.

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Univision launches “Al Punto Florida”

Univision launches “Al Punto Florida”

Ambrosio-Hernandez-Mariana-Atencio-AlPuntoUnivision’s local Miami station WLTV Channel 23 has launched a Sunday one-hour public affairs program. “Al Punto Florida” debuted yesterday.

Noticias 23 anchor Ambrosio Hernández and Fusion correspondent Mariana Atencio are the show’s hosts.

“Al Punto Florida” will air on WLTV-23 from 11 am to 12 noon with simultaneous broadcast on WAQI 710 AM, and will follow a similar format to the network’s public affairs show “Al Punto,” hosted by Jorge Ramos.

The local show will feature interviews and a weekly roundtable that will include special guests, regular contributors and experts who will tackle a variety of political and cultural affairs.

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Univision ends JV with ABC, launches Fusion Media Group

Univision ends JV with ABC, launches Fusion Media Group

Univision-ABC-FusionAfter months of reports that ABC was looking to exit its Fusion joint venture with Univision, both companies today announced they’ve reached an agreement to part ways.

Under the terms of the deal, which are not being disclosed, Univision will become the sole owner of Fusion.

Effective immediately, Univision will take over ABC’s role in handling distribution and ad sales functions for Fusion’s multi-platform network, in addition to having editorial control.

The transition of ownership will happen once the transaction is completed.

Univision and ABC, which teamed up in 2012 to launch Fusion, released this joint statement:

“Our companies have gained valuable knowledge from each other over the past several years and we are proud of what we have built together in a short period of time. The mutual bonds created between our teams will remain.”

As part of the changes, Univision today announced it’s forming the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a “multi-platform destination for the new, rising American mainstream.”

FMG will include Univision’s interests in cable and digital properties Fusion, El Rey, The Root, The Onion, A.V. Club, Clickhole, Starwipe, Flama, Univision Digital, as well as Univision Music.

Isaac Lee will oversee FMG in his role as Chief News and Digital Officer.

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In an email sent by Univision CEO Randy Falco to staff, “the creation of this new division underscores UCI’s commitment to digital innovation and will allow for increased collaborations across our owned media networks and digital brands.”

Last year, when Univision filed its IPO plans with the SEC, the company revealed Fusion lost $35 million in 2014.

Here’s Falco’s email:

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to inform you that Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) has reached an agreement with ABC to assume full ownership of FUSION and to announce that it will be forming the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a new division that will include UCI’s interest in FUSION and El Rey as well as The Root, The Onion, Flama, Univision Digital and Univision Music.

The Fusion Media Group will enable us to deliver a differentiated offering to the new rising American mainstream – Hispanics, African-Americans, and diverse millennials – across a range of digital and linear channels. The creation of this new division underscores UCI’s commitment to digital innovation and will allow for increased collaborations across our owned media networks and digital brands. Isaac Lee will oversee FMG in his role as Chief News and Digital Officer.

Under Isaac’s leadership, FUSION was launched as UCI’s first English-language effort and it has played an influential role in shaping our long-term growth strategy. After launching its cable network in October 2013, FUSION has grown with a broad multi-platform effort that now reaches approximately 27 million people a month across TV, online, social and OTT. Over the past several years FUSION’s award-winning team has delivered high-quality, compelling journalism that gives voice to the stories that matter to its diverse audience. Check out the video here and the info sheet here for more detailed information on FUSION. 

Bringing FUSION’s diverse newsroom fully into UCI’s portfolio of brands will enrich our growing multicultural efforts in the coming months. Effective immediately UCI will take over ABC’s role in handling distribution and ad sales functions for FUSION’s network, providing us with expanded opportunities to deliver rich experiences to our audiences as well as key brand partners.

Finally, I want to thank our colleagues at Disney/ABC who joined us as we pushed past our comfort zone to serve a broader audience, irrespective of language. Their team helped us launch FUSION’s cable network and grow its distribution to nearly 40 million households over the past two years. Our companies have learned a lot from each other throughout this process and we look forward to continued collaborations in the future.

We find ourselves at the center of a new America, and we are continuing to evolve as a company to meet and exceed the demands of the cross-cultural influencers that we serve. There is no one better to do this at scale and with passion, irreverence and authenticity than FMG because it is defining and leading the zeitgeist of American youth. I am confident these moves will further propel our mission and continued growth. A press release regarding these changes is attached for your reference.

Randy

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Univision 2016 upfront set for May 17

Univision 2016 upfront set for May 17

Univision-upfront-2016Under the theme “United We Stand, Together We Grow,” Univision will hold its 2016 upfront on Tuesday, May 17.

The presentation will include key verticals across Univision’s portfolio – Comedy, Sports, Drama and Music.

The event will take place at the Lyric Theatre in New York City, starting at 11 am and is slated to last less than an hour, since the company scheduled the upfront luncheon at 12 noon.

You can view a video of Univision’s marketing campaign “United We Stand, Together We Grow,” highlighting the importance of loyalty “in a world of options and fragmentation.”

Univision’s upfront is just one day after its biggest rival pitches its programming slate.

Telemundo’s pitch to advertisers this year will be bundled within NBC Universal’s presentation. But the second largest Spanish-language network will treat advertisers to a private concert with Jennifer Lopez.

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Rodríguez quits Telemundo, joins Univision as White House correspondent

Rodríguez quits Telemundo, joins Univision as White House correspondent

Janet RodriguezJanet Rodríguez has left her position as Telemundo network news correspondent in Chicago.

A multi Emmy-award winning journalist, she’s moving over to rival Univision to fill the newly created position of White House correspondent, based in Washington, D.C.

Sources say Janet was introduced at Univision’s Miami headquarters this week as the newest member of the network’s D.C. news team.

She is set to start the job towards the end of April.

This marks a return to D.C. for Janet, who began her broadcast career as a reporter at Telemundo affiliate WZDC-TV after graduating from American University.

In 2008, she was hired as a reporter at KTAZ, Telemundo Phoenix. She worked there for almost 5 years until getting picked up by the network in 2013, becoming Telemundo’s first Chicago-based correspondent.

No word yet on Janet’s replacement at Telemundo.

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Univision names Ratchman named EVP, Content Distribution

Univision names Ratchman named EVP, Content Distribution

Eric RatchmanEric Ratchman has joined the Univision as EVP, Content Distribution. He’ll be based in New York and report to Tonia O’Connor, Chief Commercial Officer and President of Content Distribution.

Ratchman comes to Univision from The Walt Disney Company, where he was most recently SVP of Global Distribution Strategy and Business Development for Disney Media Networks, responsible for Disney’s global portfolio across platforms ranging from Spotify to Comcast.

During his tenure at Disney he negotiated the first carriage of Disney’s networks on an OTT basis with SlingTV.

Before Disney, Ratchman served as Manager of Strategy and Business Architecture for Consumer Electronics/Supply Chain at Accenture, where he designed and implemented new sales channel strategies and supporting technology for Sony. He began his career at Abbott Laboratories as a Business Analyst for the Cancer Diagnostics Business Team.

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Univision restores all networks on U-verse during negotiations

Univision restores all networks on U-verse during negotiations

Univision-ATTUverseUnivision is going beyond multiple 24-hour extensions of its main broadcast network to include all of its other cable properties on U-verse while both companies continue its negotiations over retransmission fees.

Today, they released a joint one-line statement, indicating some progress in reaching a deal:

“Univision has restored all of their local and cable networks to U-verse customers while the two companies work together to finalize an agreement.”

That means U-verse customers again have access to UniMás, Galavisión and Univision Deportes Network.

Univision networks went dark on the satcaster on March 4, when no agreement was reached by the end of their contract deadline, but both companies agreed to restore the signal for the Democratic debate on March 10.

Since then, the companies have reached temporary deals. Starting March 15, Univision and AT&T resorted to 24-hour extensions until today’s announcement.

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Peña leaves MSNBC, named Univision SVP News, Local Media

Peña leaves MSNBC, named Univision SVP News, Local Media

NBCUniversal Executives - 2012Chris Peña has left his role as Senior Executive Producer at MSNBC to join Univision.

Starting this week, he is Univision’s new SVP News, Local Media, overseeing local news operations for the station group, working on strategy and direction for the division. He’ll be initially be based in New York and later relocate to Miami.

He takes over from Lourdes Torres, who has been promoted to SVP of Political Coverage and Special Projects and is now dedicated to electoral coverage for the network.

Peña’s last day at MSNBC was Friday, March 18. He had been with the cable network since 2014. He began the new job at Univision on Monday.

Prior to MSNBC, he was Executive Editor of the short-lived NBCLatino.com. The standalone website shut down in 2013 with Latino content reincorporated into a section within NBCNews.com in 2014.

He previously held jobs as Assistant News Director at WMAQ, the NBC O&O in Chicago and Executive Producer at WTVJ, NBC’s O&O in Miami.

Peña has previously worked for Spanish-lanauge networks Telemundo and Univision. He was News Director at KTMD Telemundo Houston from 2005 to 2006. Earlier on in his career, he worked as an editor for Univision Houston.

3/23/16: Univision officially announces Peña’s appointment, upping his title to SVP News and releases Torres’ new job title, both updated in the story.

3/25/16: Story is updated to include reference that a Latino section within NBCNews.com was incorporated in 2014.

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February sweeps give Univision and Telemundo local news wins

February sweeps give Univision and Telemundo local news wins

Univision-TelemundoUnivision and Telemundo both scored ratings wins in several top local markets during February sweeps. But Miami is where the battle between the rivals is most intense.

Since Univision 23 broke Telemundo 51’s one-year winning streak at 6 pm in October, the station’s newscasts have continued to show a steady performance and made some audience gains.

The pressure to win in the market is such that Univision 23 and Telemundo 51 both claim to be #1 at 6 pm in February among Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25 to 54.

The stations actually tied with a 1.5 rating at 6 pm.

While Telemundo 51 announced a win at 11 pm, it did so among Adults 18 to 34. Univision 23 boasted a win at 11 pm among Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25 to 54, but that number is inflated to include viewers of the newscast’s simulcast on UniMás. (Univision won’t provide ratings data without the simulcast numbers.)

Univision is #1 in early morning among Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25 to 54, while Telemundo 51 holds on to a solid win at 5:30 pm, outranking all other stations in the market regardless of language among Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25 to 54 for the past 16 consecutive months.

In other markets, Univision is #1 in early local news among:

* Adults 18 to 49 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas and Chicago.
* Adults 25 to 54 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Dallas

In late local news Univision reports being #1 (including UniMás simulcast) among:

* Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix
* Adults 25-54 in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Phoenix

Telemundo newscasts were #1 in the following markets:

Los Angeles: from 5 to 6 pm, regardless of language, among Adults 18 to 34

Philadelphia: at 5:30 PM among Adults 18 to 34, Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25 to 54 and 6 pm among Adults 18 to 34 and Adults 18 to 49

Boston: among Adults 18 to 34, Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25 to 54 at 11 pm

Denver: among Adults 18 to 34, Adults 18 to 49 and Adults 25 to 54 at 5 PM

Telemundo-provided Nielsen ratings data:
Source: NSI Miami-Ft. Lauderdale February 2016 sweeps (February 4, 2015 – March 2, 2016) Live+3 Ratings Feb 3 – 26, 2016 Live+SD Ratings Feb 27 – March 2, 2016. Station rankings are based on Ratings to 1 decimal point. All News programs are based on Program Average Ratings airing in the Time periods stated and only on those stations airing those new programs stated. All Primetime, Early Fringe and Sign-on to Sign-Off dayparts are based on Time Period Ratings among all 13 broadcast stations in the Miami DMA including: WSCV, WLTV, WFOR, WPLG, WTVJ, WSVN, WBFS, WSFL, WGEN, WFUN, WJAN, WAMI and WSBS
Source: NSI Phoenix, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver February 2016 sweeps (February 4, 2015 – March 2, 2016) Live+SD Ratings Feb 3 – March 2, 2016. Station rankings are based on Ratings to 1 decimal point. All News programs are based on Program Average Ratings airing in the Time periods stated and only on those stations airing those new programs stated.
Univision-provided Nielsen ratings data:
Source: Nielsen, NSI, February 2016 Sweep (02/04/2016-03/02/2016). Early local news is defined as local newscasts with a Mon-Fri 6 p.m. ET/PT start time; Mon-Fri 5 p.m. CT/MT start time. Late Local News is defined as local newscasts with a Mon-Fri 10/11 p.m. ET/PT start time; Mon-Fri 9/10 p.m. CT/MT. Includes regular newscasts only. Primetime is defined as ABC/CBS/NBC/IND/UNI/UMA/TEL/AZA/MFZ/ETV Mon-Sat 8-11 p.m./Sun 7-11 p.m. ET/PT (Mon-Sat 7-10 p.m./Sun 6-10 p.m. CT/MT) and FOX/CW Mon-Sat 8-10 p.m./Sun 7-10 p.m. ET/PT (Mon-Sat 7-9 p.m./Sun 6-9 p.m. CT/MT). Total day defined as Mon-Sun 6 a.m.-2 a.m. Rankings based on impressions. Univision Late News includes simulcast on UniMas stations in the markets. KMEX in Los Angeles includes UMEX on Time Warner Cable. Most watched newscasts in the country based on impressions across 25 LPM markets. Live +SD

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Univision and AT&T agree to temp signal extension

Univision and AT&T agree to temp signal extension

Univision-ATTUverseUnivision’s ongoing dispute with AT&T over retransmission fees will get a temporary reprieve on the air.

Both companies have agreed to extend access to Univision network until 1 am ET Saturday, while they continue to work on a new contract agreement.

Univision’s signal, blocked on A&T Uverse since last Friday, was brought back on the air yesterday starting at 8 pm, just in time for subscribers to watch the network’s primetime Democratic debate.

Other Univision properties, including UniMás and Galavisión, continue to be blocked on U-verse.

Univision seeks an increase in fees to match market rates paid to English-language broadcasters. AT&T Uverse is trying to lower the fees it pays across the board.

UPDATE 3/11/16: Univision and AT&T agreed today to extend the access of the Univision network and stations until 1 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 16 2016, while they continue to work to reach agreement on a new contract. Univision’s other networks will continue to be unavailable.

UPDATE 3/15/16: Univision Communications Inc. and AT&T agreed today to another 24-hour extension of the network’s signal. Access of the Univision network and stations will continue to be available until 1 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 17.

UPDATE 3/16/16: Carriage extension continues until 1 a.m. March 17.

UPDATE 3/17/16: Another extension set until 1 a.m., Friday, March 18.

UPDATE 3/19/16: Extension until 5 p.m. ET on Monday, March 21, 2016.

UPDATE 3/22/16: The 24-hour extensions continue – until 5 p.m., March 23.

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Univision promotes Coronell to President of News

Univision promotes Coronell to President of News

Daniel Coronell

Daniel Coronell

Daniel Coronell has been promoted a third time during his 5 years at Univision. The company announced today he is President of News, effective immediately.

He steps up from EVP and Executive Director of News, a role he has held since his most recent promotion in February of last year. He was previously SVP and Executive News Director.

Coronell joined Univision as VP and News Director in January of 2011, shortly after the arrival of Isaac Lee as Univision News president. Lee is now Chief News and Digital Officer for Univision Communications, and CEO of Fusion.

Coronell arrived to Univision from his native Colombia, where he had been Director of national newscast “Noticias Uno,” airing on Canal Uno television network. He had also directed national newscasts for RCN TV.

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AT&T Uverse blackout lifted to air Univision’s Democratic debate

AT&T Uverse blackout lifted to air Univision’s Democratic debate

ATT-Univision-debateAT&T Uverse subscribers will get a chance to watch the Univision-Washington Post sponsored Democratic debate tomorrow, after all.

The pay-TV operator reached a truce with Univision today over its transmission fee dispute. Thanks to the temporary deal, the Spanish-language network will unblock its signal and air the debate at 9 pm ET.

Univision’s signal has been blocked on AT&T U-verse since last Friday, March 4.  Both companies accuse each other for the blackout.

Univision’s María Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos and the Post’s Karen Tumulty will moderate the debate, which will take place at Miami Dade College.

The debate will be simulcast in English on CNN and on Fusion. It will also be live streamed on Univision.com, WashingtonPost.com, CNN.com and FUSION.net.

UPDATE 3/9/15: Univision confirms its signal will be unblocked starting at 8 pm ET. The network today sent AT&T a request to continue distributing its signal to U-Verse subscribers for 24 hours immediately following the conclusion of tonight’s debate.

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