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Univision launches paid video streaming service

Univision launches paid video streaming service

Univision_NowGoing after the mobile and digitally savvy Hispanic audience, Univision today launched subscription video streaming service Univision NOW.

Subscribers will be able to watch the live broadcast of Univision and UniMás networks, and have on-demand access to some, but not all of its shows for up to 7 day days after they go on the air.

The service is available on iOS and Android and web and features a DVR function that stores live streams for 3 days, allowing for replays of that programming for up to 72 hours.

It will also give access to local newscasts in New York, Los Angeles and Houston for viewers in those markets.

Univision NOW is priced at $5.99 a month or $59.99 per year.

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Univision promotes Lee to Chief News and Digital Officer

Univision promotes Lee to Chief News and Digital Officer

Isaac Lee

Univision has expanded Isaac Lee’s responsibilities to include oversight of the company’s Multicultural and Music division, naming him to the newly created position of Chief News and Digital Officer.

He continues to head the News and Digital divisions and remains as CEO of FUSION.

In his new role, he’ll oversee all digital functions to develop an integrated digital strategy and will manage key areas of the company’s growth strategy, including Univision’s Multicultural strategy, which includes FUSION, El Rey, Flama and The Root.

He’ll also develop an integrated music strategy that will include Univision’s music tentpole events and alignment with the company’s radio programming team.

Univision expanded Lee’s role in February of this year to include the company’s digital efforts.

Lee joined Univision as President of News in December of 2010 and was named CEO of Fusion in October of 2013.

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Univision promotes Fails to SVP, Local Media Sales

Univision promotes Fails to SVP, Local Media Sales

Dominic FailsDominic Fails moves up to SVP of Local Media Sales, effective immediately. He’ll report to recently appointed Chief Local Media Officer, John Eck.

Fails has been VP and Director of Sales for Univision’s local media stations WGBO and UniMás WXFT in Chicago since June of 2014. He was previously VP of Corporate Sales at Journal Broadcast Group, where he was responsible for overseeing sales teams and activity for 14 television and 35 radio stations.

Before that, he spent more than seven years as VP of Sales with Telemundo’s KTMD-TV Houston and KVDA San Antonio. Fails has also held sales management positions at NBC Universal, WorldNow, Viacom, Enron and Tribune Corporation.

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Parres denied interview for being Univision reporter

Parres denied interview for being Univision reporter

Beatriz_ParresA Kansas official accused bilingual reporter Beatriz Parres of being a pro-immigrant activist and refused to answer any of her questions regarding a recall effort to remove him from office.

When Beatriz, a reporter for Univision affiliate KDCU and CBS affiliate KWCH in Wichita, approached county commissioner Richard Ranzau for an interview this week, he told her “I’m not going to do your interview for Univision.”

Despite pointing out she was also representing the CBS affiliate, Ranzau insisted he would only talk to a reporter “who works for Channel 12 only.”

“An elected official refused to speak with a journalist, specifically because she worked for a Spanish network, namely Univision. He then went further telling a local newspaper reporter he believed Bea to be an activist. It’s a baseless claim, and we’re disappointed he chose to answer in that way,” news director Brian Gregory told Media Moves.

In an interview with The Wichita Eagle, Ranzau said he would only speak with “legitimate news organizations,” insinuating Univision was not.

“I think this commissioner’s refusal to talk to Bea is an isolated incident, and I do not think we will meet with other resistance from public officials,” says Gregory.

That commissioner did end up talking with a different KWCH reporter.

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WFDC cancels weekends newscasts

WFDC cancels weekends newscasts

Univision-Entravision DCUnivision affiliate WFDC in Washington, D.C. will no longer produce weekend newscasts.

Instead, the Entravision-owned station will replace the half-hour newscasts with a weekly news recap segment that will air on Saturdays at 6 pm and Sundays at 11 pm.

The new 30 minute segment will highlight the previous week’s top news.

A company spokesperson said there will be no layoffs and issued the following statement about the cancellation of the newscasts:

“The shift in programming at Univision WFDC-TV in Washington D.C. reflects the company’s effort to strengthen and better support the station’s full newscast and team. This adjustment also demonstrates Entravision’s ongoing commitment to providing its Washington D.C. U.S. Latino community with the highest quality and most relevant content and news at all times. Programming changes will include a new weekly recap segment that will air on Saturdays at 6:00 PM and Sundays at 11:00 PM, highlighting the previous week’s (Mon-Fri) top news. “Perspectiva Nacional” will continue to air on Saturdays at 11:00 PM and Sundays at 6:00 PM.”

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Univision takes local show nationwide

Univision takes local show nationwide

LAnzateLos Angeles-produced entertainment show “LÁnzate” is going national. Produced by KMEX-34, the show will reach a larger audience starting this Saturday, October 24, when it premieres on Univision network nationwide.

Hosted by Fernanda Kelly and Luis Sandoval, “LÁnzate” will feature guest artists, interviews, food, music, and will interact with the public at different L.A. locations.

According to the company, this will be the first time a Univision Network entertainment program will be produced in Los Angeles.

“LÁnzate” will air on Saturdays at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT.

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Univision breaks Telemundo’s ratings streak in Miami

Univision breaks Telemundo’s ratings streak in Miami


Univision 23 in Miami celebrates its first win at 6 pm in over a year.

Univision’s 6 pm newscast in Miami edged past Telemundo to the #1 spot among adults 18-49 during the first week of October sweeps. This is the first time in a year that WLTV-23 reaches the top spot in that timeslot.

The station was quick to boast about its win October 1-8, creating a special graphic touting its #1 status for the week and sharing it on its Facebook page.

Coincidentally, that was also Ambrosio Hernández’s first week on the air as primetime anchor, six months after he left WSCV-51.

While some may attribute the ratings jump on his arrival at 23, it remains to be seen whether the 6 pm newscast will maintain the #1 spot.

Telemundo 51 remains #1 at 11 pm, enjoying the solid ratings lead from its 10 pm super series “Señora de Acero.”

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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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