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Univision looking to sell minority stake in Fusion Media Group

Univision looking to sell minority stake in Fusion Media Group

Univision - FMGUnivision is reportedly looking for investors to buy a minority stake in Fusion Media Group (FMG) for $200 million.

That’s the millennial-oriented division that houses the six Gawker Media sites Univision bought for $135 million in a bankruptcy auction last year.

recode was the first to report sources revealed the media company had “hired bankers at Morgan Stanley and Raine Group to shop the deal.”

Univision’s EVP, Chief Communications Officer Rosemary Mercedes did not confirm the company’s interest in selling a stake, the size or even the price tag for potential investors, but acknowledged the value of the division.

“FMG is an important and growing part of our portfolio and we are committed to positioning it for continued success,” she said.

But FMG President Felipe Holguín sent a memo to staff addressing reports that Univision was looking for prospective investors for a slice of the unit.

You can read what he wrote in the internal memo and more details on Forbes.

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González joins KGBT as weekend anchor

González joins KGBT as weekend anchor

Marybel Gonzalez

KGBT CBS 4 will soon have a new face for its weekend newscasts. The Texas station has hired Marybel González as weekend anchor.

She’ll be the sole anchor of the Saturday 6 and 10 pm and Sunday 5:30 and 10 pm newscasts.

She debuts on the anchor desk on Saturday, November 25. She’ll also report three days during the week from the station’s bureau in McAllen.

She replaces Michelle Vargas, who was promoted to weekday morning anchor in September.

González was previously an on-air correspondent for Denver’s Rocky Mountain PBS investigative program “Insight with John Ferrugia.”

A former fellow of CNN’s Investigative Unit in Atlanta, González also worked from 2012 to 2013 at Telemundo Denver as an on-air reporter and producer for the station’s community segment “Ventana en tu Comunidad.”

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Telemundo Chicago hires Gutiérrez as reporter for new investigative unit

Telemundo Chicago hires Gutiérrez as reporter for new investigative unit

Hilda GutierrezTelemundo Chicago is expanding its investigative reporting efforts, hiring Hilda Gutiérrez for the launch of a new unit called Telemundo Chicago Investiga.

Gutiérrez will be leading Telemundo Chicago Investiga, collaborating with sister-station NBC 5 Chicago on joint investigative projects. She’ll begin to file stories in the coming weeks.

Gutiérrez joins Telemundo Chicago from Los Angeles where she spent 7 years at Estrella TV’s channel 62, starting as a producer and working her way up to anchor and special assignments reporter.

The newly created unit will complement the station’s existing consumer investigative unit, Telemundo Chicago Responde, launched in 2015.

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Univision names Meyer SVP of Music

Univision names Meyer SVP of Music

Ignacio MeyerIgnacio Meyer is moving to a new role within Univision Communications. The company has appointed him SVP of Music.

He’ll continue to be based in Miami and report to Jorge “Pepo” Ferradas, President of Music.

Meyer will focus on driving global strategy and developing business opportunities for Univision’s portfolio and music industry partners. He’ll also spearhead alternative strategic business efforts for the music team and artist development in the U.S. and globally.

Meyer, who joined Univision as VP of Business Development in 2011, was promoted to SVP of Enterprise Development two years later.

He most recently led the development and building of cross-platform content and business opportunities focused on strategic alliances, direct-to-consumer businesses, experiential marketing and brand licensing and was also responsible for the day-to-day operation of UCI Live, the company’s live event, and experiential marketing unit.

 

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Univision, Telemundo Texas stations win multiple Emmys

Univision, Telemundo Texas stations win multiple Emmys

Martha Kattan Silver Circle 2017

Martha Kattan was inducted into the Lone Star chapter’s Silver Circle.

The Lone Star Emmy Chapter wrapped its 2017 Emmy award ceremony in San Antonio this past Saturday, November 11 and Univision and Telemundo stations in Texas picked up multiple awards.

In addition to achievement awards, during the ceremony, Univision Houston VP of News Martha Kattan was inducted to the chapter’s 2017 Silver Circle in recognition of more than 25 years of experience in the broadcast industry.

Spanish-language entries are judged separately.

Here’s a list of the 2017 winners:

Univision Houston

HEALTH/SCIENCE – NEWS SINGLE STORY / FEATURE
Cinco Libras De Vida
Lester Gretsch, Talent; Juan Ram´rez, Photographer/Editor

POLITICS/GOVERNMENT – NEWS SINGLE STORY / FEATURE
Alcanzando La Libertad
David Herrera, Reporter

POLITICS/GOVERNMENT – NEWS SERIES
Días Contados
Rebecca Suarez, Reporter/Producer; Douglas Zepeda, Photographer/Editor

PUBLIC/CURRENT/COMMUNITY AFFAIRS – PROGRAM / SPECIAL / SERIES
Juguetes de la Calle
Rebecca Suárez, Reporter/Producer; Douglas Zepeda, Photographer/Editor

DIRECTOR
The Heart of 45
David Serna, director; Milton Durango, director; Carlos Garcia, director; Enrique Del Valle, director

TALENT – REPORTER – GENERAL ASSIGNMENT / SPOT NEWS
Masacre en Orlando
Raúl Peimbert, Reporter

TALENT – SPORTS ANALYST / PLAY-BY-PLAY
La Óptica del Tiquillo
Lester Gretsch, Talent

PHOTOGRAPHER – SHORT FORM (PROMOS, PSAS, COMMERCIALS, OPENS, ETC.)
The Beauty of 45
David Serna, Photographer

Univision Houston Emmys 2017

Univision Houston news team celebrates Emmys.

 

Univision Dallas

NEWSCAST – EVENING – LARGER MARKETS (1-25)
Edición Nocturna
Vilma Hernandez, Producer; Manuel Moreno, Executive Producer; Ana María Vargas, Angel Pedrero Anchors; Miguel Milan Jr., director

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT REPORT – NO TIME LIMIT
Armados en Casa
Miguelangel Pinero, Journalist

CONTINUING COVERAGE – WITHIN 24 HOURS
Emboscada Mortal

FEATURE NEWS REPORT – SERIOUS FEATURE / SERIES
Crónicas de la Frontera
Johana Suárez, Reporter/Producer; Mario Barraza, Photojournalist/Editor

EDUCATION/SCHOOLS – NEWS SINGLE STORY / SERIES / FEATURE
Mariachi en las Aulas
Angel Pedrero, News Anchor/Reporter; Jose Lomelí, Photographer/Editor

TEXAS HERITAGE – NEWS SINGLE STORY / SERIES / FEATURE
Giddy-Up with Otra Onda
Sonia Salas, Talent/Producer; Mariano Dominguez, Videographer; Raúl Solís, Talent/Producer

WEATHER – NEWS SINGLE STORY / SERIES / FEATURE
Piedras de Hielo
Albert Martinez, Meteorologist; Juan Valdez, Graphic Artist; Israel Pérez, Editor/Photographer

SPORTS – NEWS SINGLE STORY / SERIES
Mujer de Acero
Pedro Silva, Reporter; William Castro Jaramillo, Videographer/Editor

SPORTS – PROGRAM FEATURE / SEGMENT
Estadio Azteca
Pedro Silva, Anchor/Reporter

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT – PROGRAM FEATURE / SEGMENT
Otra Onda en Noticias 23
Sonia Salas, Talent/Producer; Raúl Solís, Talent/Producer; Mariano Domínguez, Videographer/Editor

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT – PROGRAM / SPECIAL
Esta Navidad es otra Onda

COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE (PSAS) – SINGLE SPOT/CAMPAIGN
Elecciones: La Voz Del Millennial

PROMOTION – NEWS PROMO – CAMPAIGN / IMAGE
ULM Unidos por Dallas

PROMOTION – SPORTS
Dallas Hasta Morir

COMMERCIAL – SINGLE SPOT
El Chapo llega a Dallas

WRITER – SHORT FORM (PROMOS, PSAS, COMMERCIALS, OPENS, ETC.)
Sonia Salas, Creative Services Writer

Univision San Antonio Emmys 2017

Univision San Antonio at the 2017 Emmys ceremony.

Univision San Antonio

NEWSCAST – EVENING – MEDIUM MARKETS (26-60)
Marconi, Una Víctima Más
Vladimir Flores, Producer; Calixto Gonzalez, Executive Producer; Eling Lorena Cassani, Technical Director

CONTINUING COVERAGE – WITHIN 24 HOURS
Muere Juan Gabriel

CRIME – NEWS SINGLE STORY / SERIES / FEATURE
Cheran La Nueva Independencia
Izidio Contreras, Photographer/Editor; Anuar Revuelta, Reporter

ENVIRONMENT – NEWS SINGLE STORY / SERIES / FEATURE
Black Jaguar/White Tiger “Mexico City”
Luis Flores, Editor/Producer; Carolina Vela, Reporter; Enrique Gonzales, Photographer

POLITICS / GOVERNMENT – PROGRAM FEATURE / SEGMENT
Alerta Migratoria
Calixto Gonzalez, Producer; Victoria Acosta-Rubio, Reporter

RELIGION – PROGRAM FEATURE / SEGMENT / SPECIAL
Jesús En Moto
Mónica Navarro, Reporter; Francisco Navarro, Photographer

PUBLIC/CURRENT/COMMUNITY AFFAIRS – FEATURE / SEGMENT
Atrapados En La Red
Calixto Gonzalez, Producer; Myrna Delia Salas Salinas, Reporter; Jordan Sanchez, Editor

TALENT – ANCHOR – SPORTS
Johnathan Solarte, Sports Anchor

Univision El Paso Emmys 2017

Univision El Paso picked up Emmys in 5 categories.

Univision El Paso

NEWSCAST – EVENING – SMALLER MARKETS (61+)
Noche De Elecciones
Uriel Posada, News Director; Viridiana Solano, Anchor; Alejandro Saldivar, Reporter

FEATURE NEWS REPORT – SERIOUS FEATURE / SERIES
Convirtiéndome En Román
Viridiana Solano, Reporter; Carlos Armendariz, Producer

HEALTH/SCIENCE – NEWS SERIES
Regalando Vida
Viridiana Solano, Reporter/Editor

PHOTOGRAPHER – NEWS
Poesía Documental
Carlos Armendariz, Photographer

WRITER – NEWS
Convirtiéndome En Román
Viridiana Solano, Writer

 

Telemundo Dallas Emmys 2017

Telemundo Dallas news team with their 2017 Emmys.

Telemundo Dallas

NEWS EXCELLENCE -BREAKING NEWS
Balacera En North Lake

SPOT NEWS
Dallas Shooting

NEWS SPECIAL
Tornados, Un Año Despues De La Tragedia

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT-NEWS SINGLE STORY/SERIES/FEATURE
Divos Del Metroplex

SPECIALTY ASSIGNMENT REPORT- NEWS SINGLE STORY/FEATURE/SERIES
Cuando Yo LLegue

WEATHER- NEWS WEATHERCAST
“El Tiempo Con Milmar”

SPORTS- SPORTSCAST
“Ramón y Telemundo Deportivo”

SPORTS- ONE -TIME SPECIAL: “Destino Rio”

Norma Garcia - Enrique Teutelo

Norma Garcia and Enrique Teuteló won in the Spanish-language news anchor category.

HUMAN INTEREST-PROGRAM FEATURE/SEGMENT
“Artist To The Dead”

POLITICS/GOVERNMENT- PROGRAM/SPECIAL
“Enfoque, Al Filo Del Muro”

SPECIALTY ASSIGNMENT REPORT – NEWS SINGLE STORY/FEATURE/ SERIES
“Crisis En La Frontera”

NEWS PRODUCER
Lizzy’s Journey- News, Friendship And Magic
Elizabeth Valles, Producer

TALENT – ANCHOR – NEWS
Norma Garcia and Enrique Teutelo

TALENT- REPORTER – SPECIALTY ASSIGNMENT
Motivación, Solo En Telemundo 39
Andrea Aguirre Alvarado, Video Journalist

TALENT- REPORTER- SPORTS
One Woman Sports Band
Ariana Figuera, Video Journalist

Telemundo 39 also won a joint Emmy with NBC 5  for Community Service for its “Clear The Shelters” campaign.

Telemundo Houston

OVERALL EXCELLENCE
Continuando Con Nuestro Compromiso

JOURNALISTIC ENTERPRISE
Responde Houston – Periodismo De Investigación

CONTINUING COVERAGE – NO TIME LIMIT
Superbowl LI Coverage

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT – SINGLE STORY
Sin Luz Propia
José Luis Castillo, Producer; Crystal Ayala, Reporter; Gabriel Cantú, Photojournalist; Francisco Chialva, Editor

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT – SERIES
En La Mira
José Luis Castillo, Producer; Crystal Ayala, Reporter; Gabriel Cantú, Photojournalist

FEATURE NEWS REPORT – LIGHT FEATURE / SERIES
Muerta en Vida

BUSINESS/CONSUMER – NEWS SINGLE STORY / SERIES / FEATURE
Sin Correspondencia
José Luis Castillo, Producer; Crystal Ayala, Reporter; Gabriel Cantú, Photojournalist

HUMAN INTEREST – NEWS SINGLE STORY
Reencuentro Consumado

SPORTS – DAILY OR WEEKLY PROGRAM
Domina La Acción En La Prepa

WEATHER – PROGRAM / SPECIAL / FEATURE / SEGMENT
El Golfo En Alerta 2017

TALENT – REPORTER – FEATURES / HUMAN INTEREST
La Vida
Rubidia Guzman, Reporter/VJ/Writer/Editor

TALENT – REPORTER – INVESTIGATIVE
Crystal Ayala Investigates

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Howdy: Super Bowl XLI Edition

Telemundo McAllen Emmys 2017

Telemundo McAllen celebrates its 2017 Emmy wins.

Telemundo McAllen

COMMUNITY SERVICE
El Poder En Ti, Ayuda Financiera

NEWSCAST – MORNING/DAYTIME – SMALLER MARKETS (61+)
Noticias Telemundo 40 – Edición 4:00 PM

NEWSCAST – WEEKEND
Noticias Telemundo 40 Edición Fin De Semana – Firma Ley SB 4

RELIGION – NEWS SINGLE STORY / SERIES / FEATURE
Monjas Del Milenio
Alicia Barrera, Reporter; Sergio Garcia Jr, Photographer/Editor

HEALTH / SCIENCE – PROGRAM FEATURE / SEGMENT / SPECIAL
Unidos Contra El Cáncer De Seno

DOCUMENTARY – TOPICAL
Beulah El Desastre Que Cambio Al Valle

TALENT – ANCHOR – WEATHER
Homemade 3-D
Tania Leal, Weather Anchor

TALENT – COMMENTATOR / EDITORIALIST / PERFORMER / NARRATOR / PROGRAM HOST
Keeping Things Political
Ana Cecilia Méndez, Host

Telemundo San Antonio

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT REPORT – WITHIN 24 HOURS
Pobres Entre Ricos

TALENT – REPORTER – LIVE
Taking You There
Jairo Lozano, Reporter

PHOTOGRAPHER – SHORT FORM
Busca Tormentas 60
Arturo Cassani, Photographer; Brenda L. Anchondo-Martinez, Photographer

VIDEO JOURNALIST
Flying Solo On Air
Jairo Lozano, Video Journalist

 

Telemundo El Paso

The Telemundo El Paso news team with its 2017 Emmys.

Telemundo El Paso

HISTORIC/CULTURAL – NEWS SINGLE STORY/FEATURE/NEWS SERIES
Ave De Combate
Claudia Chantal Sansores, Reporter

HUMAN INTEREST – NEWS FEATURE
Sol, Ingenio Y Perseverancia
Ivette Sanchez, News Reporter

HUMAN INTEREST – NEWS SERIES
180 Segundos Sin Muro Fronterizo
Ivette Sánchez, News Reporter; Ricardo Ponce, Photographer; Oscar Soto, Photographer

SPORTS – NEWS FEATURE
El Lado Obscuro Del Boxeo
Antonio Favela, Sports Anchor/Reporter/Producer; Oscar Ortega, Photographer; Oscar Soto, Photographer

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT REPORT – WITHIN 24 HOURS
“Córima” Sin Fronteras
Claudia Chantal Sansores, Multi Media Journalist

The complete list of winners is available on the Lone Star Emmys website.

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Telemundo Las Vegas adds de la Fuente as newscast anchor

Telemundo Las Vegas adds de la Fuente as newscast anchor

Claudia de la FuenteKBLR Telemundo Las Vegas has hired Claudia de la Fuente as co-anchor of the station’s weekday evening newscasts.

She makes her debut today on the 6 and 11 pm shows, alongside co-anchor Antonio Texeira.

De la Fuente replaces Alejandra Ortiz, who left the station earlier this year to become KVEA 52’s weekend news anchor.

Texeira had been solo anchoring since Ortiz’s departure.

This is de La Fuente’s first job in the U.S. She joins Telemundo Las Vegas after working as a news anchor and reporter for Televisa Monterrey since 2012. She was previously a coordinator and content producer for Azteca Noreste from 2011 to 2012.

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Vaqueiro debuts on Telemundo network newscast

Vaqueiro debuts on Telemundo network newscast

Julio VaqueiroJulio Vaqueiro makes his debut as co-anchor of “Noticias Telemundo Fin de Semana” this Saturday, November 11.

He steps into his new role a month after the network announced his appointment.

Vaqueiro joins Felicidad Aveleyra, who had been anchoring the network’s 6:30 pm weekend newscast solo since August when Luis Carlos Vélez left the network.

Vaqueiro’s move to network news comes after a 5-year run as news anchor at KVEA Telemundo 52 in Los Angeles.

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Investors sue SBS for $161 million stock buyback over corporate breaches

Investors sue SBS for $161 million stock buyback over corporate breaches

SBS logoEleven funds that invested in Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. (SBS) have sued the company for alleged contract and corporate duty breaches.

Law 360 reports the suit, filed in Delaware Chancery Court, seeks “redemption of $161 million in preferred stock and a bar on company debt additions.”

The lawsuit comes about six months since SBS entered into a forbearance agreement with separate holders of 12.5% interest senior notes issued by company, after defaulting on principal payments.

According to Law 360, the complaint states SBS accumulated a multiyear string of preferred-stock agreement violations, failed to pay dividends since 2009 and did not honor stock repurchase rights triggered in 2013.

SBS did not respond to a request for comment.

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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, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in August of 2016. As an online news manager, I was West Coast Web Editor for impreMedia and Managing Editor of IntersectionsSouthLA.org. In addition to running Media Moves, which I founded in June of 2007, I'm a regular contributor to Forbes and also do freelance work as writer, reporter and producer.