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Univision promotes Loris

Univision promotes Loris

Patsy LoriPatsy Loris has been promoted to Executive Vice President of News and Executive News Director at Univision.

She will now oversee of all of the network news programs, including the weekday and weekend editions of Noticiero Univision, Primer Impacto, Aquí y Ahora, “Crónicas de Sábado,” and Sunday morning political show “Al Punto.”

The executive producers of the network’s news shows will report to Loris, who continues to report to Univision News President Daniel Coronell.

Loris, who joined Univision in 1988, was named VP News in 2013 and was promoted to SVP, News and Senior News Director last year.

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Univision to pay Gawker’s Nick Denton $400,000 in non-compete

Univision to pay Gawker’s Nick Denton $400,000 in non-compete

Univision - Nick DentonMore details are surfacing in Univision’s $135 million acquisition of Gawker Media.

As part of the deal, Univision will pay Nick Denton $16,666 a month for the next two years – a total of $400,000 – to keep him from working in any business similar to Gawker in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Hungary.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the amount was listed in noncompete pact filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York.

Although the content for Gawker Media’s websites was created in New York, a subsidiary in Hungary handled most of the web development and technical work. Hungary is also where Gawker was initially incorporated.

Politico reported last week the Spanish-language network picked up the leases for Gawker’s NY and Hungary offices, which may explain why Univision included Hungary in the non-compete.

Gawker.com officially shut down yesterday, after Univision refused to include and operate the site once the acquisition is finalized.

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García promoted at Univision

García promoted at Univision

Silvia GarciaSilvia García has been promoted to SVP of Media Planning and Multiplatform Strategy.

She’ll continue to be based in Miami and report to Jessica Rodríguez, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer.

García first joined Univision in 2012 as Director of Media Planning. A year later, she was named VP of Media Planning and Multiplatform Strategy, working closely with other divisions to develop strategic initiatives in support of all Univision’s broadcast and cable networks, digital, radio, and other distribution platforms.

She previously spent 15 years at Discovery Communications as a media planner that helped build Discovery’s media planning model across the Latin America/International regions.

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Univision adds Gawker sites to Fusion Media; Gawker.com shuts down

Univision adds Gawker sites to Fusion Media; Gawker.com shuts down

Univision-Gawker MediaUnivision today officially confirmed it is acquiring Gawker Media Group, Inc.’s digital media assets for $135 million after it made a bid for the company in a bankruptcy sale.

As part of the deal, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker and Kotaku “will be integrated into Fusion Media Group (FMG).” But it won’t  operate Gawker.com, which will shut down next week.

In a blog post published today on Gawker, reporter J.K. Trotter wrote about the site’s shutdown and that staffers would be assigned to other editorial roles at another one of the Gawker Media sites or within Univision. But that “near-term plans for Gawker.com’s coverage, as well as the site’s archives, have not yet been finalized.”

Calling it a “strategic acquisition,” Univision states it expects FMG’s digital reach to rise to nearly 75 million uniques, or 96 million uniques when including its extended network. And it’s part of its plan to attract and “young, cross-cultural influencers.”

Univision formed FMG earlier this year as a multi-platform destination for millennial.

FMG includes The Root, Flama, Univision Digital, Univision Music, Univision’s interest in FUSION, El Rey Network, The Onion, The A.V. Club and ClickHole. It also includes content development and production unit Story House.

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Univision buys Gawker for $135 million

Univision buys Gawker for $135 million

Univision-GawkerUnivision submitted the winning bid acquiring Gakwer for $135 million in today’s bankruptcy auction.

Univision was reportedly one of only two bidders trying to acquire Gawker.

Magazine and internet publisher Ziff Davis had offered to pay $90 million for Gawker Media, which in addition to the Gawker blog, owns Jezebel, Deadspin, and Kotaku.

Univision reportedly formally submitted a bid before yesterday’s 5 pm deadline, according to Forbes magazine.

The auction took place today. No comment yet from Univision.

Recode got this statement from Gawker Media owner Nick Denton: “Gawker Media Group has agreed this evening to sell our business and popular brands to Univision, one of America’s largest media companies that is rapidly assembling the leading digital media group for millennial and multicultural audiences. I am pleased that our employees are protected and will continue their work under new ownership — disentangled from the legal campaign against the company. We could not have picked an acquirer more devoted to vibrant journalism.”

Gawker Media was forced into bankruptcy in June after it lost an invasion of privacy lawsuit, resulting in a $140 million court judgment in favor of former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, who sued the online pub for publishing excerpts of a tape of him having sex.

According to POLITICO, a judge will certify Univision’s winning bid later this week and the sale will officially close early next month.

As part of the deal, Univision agreed to keep at least 95% of Gawker’s current staff and to take over Gawker’s current 114 Fifth Avenue lease in New York and honor Gawker’s current union contract.

Univision has expanded its digital reach with other acquisitions. In 2015, it bought The Root and earlier this year it purchased a 40.5% controlling stake The Onion.

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Telemundo boasts 4-week primetime winning streak over Univision

Telemundo boasts 4-week primetime winning streak over Univision

Telemundo-novelas 2016For the fourth consecutive week, Telemundo has scored a big ratings win over Univision. Bolstered by its popular super series and the financial support of NBC Universal, Telemundo ranked as the #1 Spanish-language network during Monday-Friday primetime among adults 18-49 and 18-34, according to Nielsen.

When Telemundo announced in July it beat Univision in primetime among key demos during an entire week for the first time in its history, many saw it as a fluke, while others saw it as a possible sign of change in the competitive Hispanic landscape.

The 3-hour finale of “El Señor de los Cielos,” along with the debut of three new super series, paved the way to the network’s historic ratings win in primetime during the entire week of July 18.

Now, thanks to new series “Silvana Sin Lana” at 8 pm, “Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso” at 9 pm and “Señora Acero 3, La Coyote” at 10 pm, Telemundo reports its fourth consecutive week lead over Univision in primetime among adults 18-49 (778,000 viewers) and among adults 18-34 (367,000 viewers) from 8 to 11 pm.

Telemundo also ranked #2 across all broadcast and cable networks regardless of language among adults 18-34, beating ABC, CBS, FOX and Univision during Monday through Friday 8-11 pm.

For over a year, Telemundo has been the #1 Spanish-language network at 10 pm, driven by “El Señor de Los Cielos” and “Señora Acero,” among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.
Source: Nielsen, NPM, L+SD. A18-34 (000) and A18-49 (000). June’16 (5/30/16-6/26/16). July’16 (06/27/2016-07/29/2016). Aug’16 (8/1/16-8/12/16). #1 SLTV net rank based on M-F 7-11pm. Regardless of language ranker based on M-F 8p-11p. Strict dayparts used.

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Univision partners with LA Rams

Univision partners with LA Rams

Univision-RamsUnivision Los Angeles has signed its first NFL partnership with the L.A. Rams, becoming the exclusive Spanish-language TV broadcaster of  the team’s preseason games.

As part of the three-year agreement announced today, Univision and UniMás will broadcast Rams preseason games and their pregame shows on KMEX Univision 34 and KFTR UniMás 46 through the 2018 season.

The Rams are making a strong push to attract Spanish-language audiences.

Last month, the team struck an exclusive rights deal making KWKW 1330 AM/ESPN Deportes its official Spanish-language flagship radio station.

In 2016, KABE Univision 39 and KBTF UniMás 31 in Bakersfield will also score some of the action with preseason games and additional programming simulcast on those stations.

Univision and UniMás will also air other content, including an LA Rams special airing on KMEX 34 on Sunday, August 14 from 6-6:30 PM.

Starting on Saturday, August 20, the stations will broadcast three of the 2016 preseason games. First up: the Rams vs Kansas City Chiefs at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The games will feature detailed play-by-play analysis and commentary from sportscasters Jessi Losada, Ramses Sandoval and Xavier Sol.

Jessi will also will host a pregame show before two of the games, along with sportscaster Diana Alvarado and local sports anchor Alejandro Luna.

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Mónica Talán leaves Univision to join startup

Mónica Talán leaves Univision to join startup

Monica TalanAfter more than 8 years with Univision, Mónica Talán has decided to leave her role as the company’s as EVP of Corporate Communications and Public Relations. Her last day is August 26.

“I will be forever grateful to my Univision family led by CEO Randy Falco – someone who believed in me and helped me become a much better practitioner – and my many colleagues,” Talán shared on Facebook. “This is not a goodbye to Univision. I know that I’ll continue to work with many of you….”

Talán says she will begin “a new adventure,” joining startup PreK12 Plaza, which focuses on education and technology in the Hispanic community.

Before Univision, she spent more than 10 years at Fleishman-Hillard as a SVP/partner, senior counselor and strategist for general and Hispanic market initiatives.

Earlier in her career, she held public relations and communications roles at Enron Latin America and the Texas Department of Commerce.

Rosemary Mercedes, SVP of Corporate Communications, will step into Talán’s role on an interim basis while the company conducts a search for her replacement.

Here’s the email Falco sent to staffers today announcing Talán’s departure:

Dear Colleagues,

Today we are announcing that after eight very successful years with us at UCI Mónica Talán is stepping down from her role as EVP of Corporate Communications and Public Relations. Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when it’s one of UCI’s greatest champions and tireless brand ambassadors, however I am happy to see Mónica pursue another passion with a promising start-up company focused on education and technology within the Hispanic community. Her last day with UCI is August 26th.

Since joining Univision in 2008, Mónica has established a well-respected, award-winning corporate communications and public relations team and has transformed the relationships that our entire Company has with key members of the media, stakeholders and influencers. Mónica’s strategic vision and leadership have been instrumental in evolving UCI’s perception from a Spanish-language television company into a true multiplatform media powerhouse. She was also instrumental in the revamp of our internal engagement efforts working with many of you to provide employees another communication touch point via UCI Central. We are fortunate that she has built a terrific team to communicate our mission as we continue our evolution into one of the nation’s most diverse, innovative and influential media companies.

We are conducting a search for our new EVP of Corporate Communications and Public Relations. In the meantime, Rosemary Mercedes, SVP of Corporate Communications, will serve as interim leader for communications.

I’d like to personally thank Mónica for the countless contributions she has made to UCI over the years. I hope you will join me in wishing her well as she embarks on the next phase of her career.

Randy

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