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Santana named President of newly created Telemundo Global Studios

Santana named President of newly created Telemundo Global Studios

Marcos SantanaNBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is consolidating all of the company’s domestic and international scripted production units under one new division, the newly created Telemundo Global Studios.

Marcos Santana has been named President of the unit, effective immediately. He’ll now oversee Telemundo Studios, Telemundo International Studios, Telemundo International, as well as all of the company’s co-production partnerships.

Under his direction, each entity will continue to produce its own unique brand of content geared to reach distinctive audiences.

Luis Silberwasser will continue to lead the company’s U.S. networks Telemundo and Universo, as President of Telemundo Networks.

Both executives will continue to report to César Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.

Santana was previously President of Telemundo International and President of Telemundo International Studios, in charge of all of Telemundo’s international distribution efforts, as well as the company’s distribution services to other producers around the world, international co-productions and partnerships.

Santana joined NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises in 2007, when Telemundo acquired the operating assets of its foreign distributor, Tepuy International Corp., where Santana was President and CEO.

Telemundo International Studios was founded in 2016 to produce short format scripted programs designed for international markets and emerging platforms. It produces big-budget miniseries in Spanish, available for different platforms, including broadcast, cable and digital media.

Telemundo Internacional is the international syndication and distribution arm of the US-based Telemundo and Universo networks, as well as other content producers around the world. Its international assets include the pay TV channel Telemundo Internacional and the Telemundo channel in Africa, which offers content dubbed in English and Portuguese to more than 48 countries in the region.

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Salazar quits MegaTV; Moreno will take over newscasts

Salazar quits MegaTV; Moreno will take over newscasts

Maria Elvira Salazar 1-12-17

María Elvira Salazar announces her departure from “Mega Noticiero” on January 12, 2017

María Elvira Salazar announced her departure from MegaTV live at the end of “Mega Noticiero” last Friday, January 12, almost two years since she launched the newscast on the Miami station.

In her farewell message, she told viewers that former Univision 23 anchor Mario Andrés Moreno would take over the newscast starting this week.

During her one and a half minute farewell, Salazar expressed her gratitude to the station and her viewers, noting she was leaving the show for a “huge project” that she would soon announce.

She said she was aware of the many rumors surrounding what she’ll do next, but that news of her future plans would be revealed “very soon.”

One of the rumors in wide circulation is that she’ll run for the congressional seat that Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will vacate upon retiring this year.

The congresswoman has allegedly met with Salazar, but when asked about a possible run, she told the Miami Herald via email earlier this month “I am a news reporter, not a news maker,” and that her “plans are to continue being a TV journalist.”

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SBS settles multi-million dollar lawsuit with Grupo Radio Centro

SBS settles multi-million dollar lawsuit with Grupo Radio Centro

SBS-Radio CentroSpanish Broadcasting System (SBS) has settled a multi-million dollar talent poaching lawsuit with Grupo Radio Centro after almost two years, and in advance of an upcoming trial.

The settlement terms were not disclosed, protected by a confidentiality provision. SBS announced the agreement late on Friday, January 12, stating all pending legal proceedings between the parties are now resolved.

SBS sued GRC in California in February of 2016, immediately after its L.A. rival hired on-air radio personality Martín Romero Hernández, aka “El Ratón” from SBS’s KLAX-FM to join GRC’s “Radio Centro 93.9” KXOS.

SBS accused GRC of tortious interference and unfair competition. The complaint listed 11 employees that left SBS for GRC during a two-and-a-half-year period, including Ricardo Sánchez “El Mandril” and exec Bill Shadorf, who left his role as VP and Regional Manager at SBS to become EVP and GM at GRC.

“We are extremely pleased to have amicably resolved the matter,” stated SBS General Counsel Richard Lara. “As has always been its practice, SBS will not hesitate to take legal action when necessary to defend its contractual rights and business interests.”

The 2016 sought actual and compensatory damages, putative damages, attorney’s fees and a court order preventing GRC from soliciting SBS employees and exploiting its confidential and proprietary business information.

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Zapata promoted to 4 pm weekday anchor at Telemundo Dallas

Zapata promoted to 4 pm weekday anchor at Telemundo Dallas

Carlos ZapataCarlos Zapata is moving up from weekends to weekdays at KXTX Telemundo Dallas. Starting Monday, January 22, he’ll be anchoring the station’s 4 pm newscast, alongside Teresa González.

His promotion comes as part of a realignment of on-air talent schedules due to the launch of Telemundo’s new midday newscast, which will debut the same day.

Zapata became weekend anchor in 2016, at the same time Ramón Díaz was named anchor for the launch of Telemundo 39’s 4 pm newscast.

He’ll replaces Díaz, who moves once more to launch another newscast, this time at 11 am.

Zapata joined KXTX as a video journalist in 2013

He previously worked as a news anchor and producer at WUVF Univision Fort Myers-Naples from 2012 to 2013 and WANA Azteca America in Fort Myers-Naples from 2005 to 2013.

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CNN promotes Acosta to Chief WH correspondent

CNN promotes Acosta to Chief WH correspondent

Jim AcostaCNN is promoting Jim Acosta to Chief White House correspondent from Senior White House Correspondent, effective Monday, January 15.

Acosta has been covering the White House under the Obama and Trump administrations for CNN since 2013.

He has become even more visible over the past year, where his tough questions have prompted WH press secretaries and the president to single him out at press briefings, accusing him and CNN of delivering “fake news.”

Acosta joined CNN in 2007. He previously worked as a CBS News correspondent.

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Telemundo names Aveleyra anchor of network's midday newscast

Telemundo names Aveleyra anchor of network’s midday newscast

Felicidad AveleyraFelicidad Aveleyra will be the anchor of Telemundo network’s new weekday midday newscast.

Her appointment comes three days after the Telemundo officially announced the launch of the noon newscasts on the network and 10 local stations.

“Noticias Telemundo Mediodía” will debut on Monday, January 22 at 12:30 pm.

Aveleyra will leave “Noticias Telemundo Fin de Semana,” which she has co-anchored since joining the network in 2015.

During her two years on the weekend desk, she had three co-anchors: Edgardo Del Villar, Luis Vélez and currently, Julio Vaqueiro.

Vaqueiro will remain as solo anchor of the weekend newscast.

Prior to joining Telemundo network, Aveleyra was weekday news anchor for “Noticias Univisión 34” in Los Angeles.

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Arellano lands weekly column at LA Times

Arellano lands weekly column at LA Times

Gustavo ArellanoGustavo Arellano, the author of the “Ask a Mexican” columns, has a new gig.

The former OC weekly editor, who quit his job to avoid laying off staff, is now a weekly columnist for the opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. He’ll be writing about California issues.

His introductory column was published last week (and was translated into Spanish). It will run on Wednesdays.

In his second column, he tackles marihuana, Jeff Sessions and a little California history.

Arellano also had a brief stint as Editor-at-Large at Remezcla from mid-December until last week, when he shared the news on Twitter. His announcement unleashed a negative twitter storm calling for his dismissal with the hashtag #boycottgustavo, accusing him of using racist and homophobic language.

Remezcla backtracked and severed ties with Arellano, sending a tweet about the decision. You can read the entire twitter back and forth on Latino Rebels.

Arellano told the New York Times he wasn’t surprised by the backlash:

“There’s always going to be people who don’t like what you write. If you don’t have haters you are not doing your job correctly. The people accusing me of being racist, they don’t take my career in perspective. We covered these communities better than anyone else in Orange County. What seems to be the issue right now, is that in this country if you don’t have the same thoughts as other people you are immediately marked as the enemy.”

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Entravision changes radio format at 13 stations

Entravision changes radio format at 13 stations

Entravision - La SuavecitaEntravision has rolled out “La Suavecita” Regional Mexican format nationally across 11 new markets and 13 new stations.

The company first launched “La Suavecita” on its L.A. station KSSE 107.1 FM in December of 2016, flipping it from its Rock en Español format and Super Estrella brand.

The rollout includes a new programming lineup, featuring its syndicated shows helmed by “El Genio” Lucas, Piolín and Armida y La Flaka.

The flipped stations are in California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Texas.

In Los Angeles, the company also switched KLYY 97.5 and 103.1 FM to “La Tricolor” Regional Mexican/current hits format.

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Veronica Villafañe, Editor and Publisher

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 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.