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Angie Sandoval lands at Univision

Angie Sandoval lands at Univision

Angie Sandoval Aqui y Ahora

Angie Sandoval, a network news correspondent who lost her job in February during a round of layoffs at Telemundo, has been picked up by Univision.

Sandoval has started freelancing as a news correspondent for the rival network.

Her first story for “Aquí y Ahora” aired Sunday, March 11.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed she will also be freelancing for “Noticiero Univision.”

Sandoval worked at Telemundo – first at local station WSCV 51 and later at the network – for 27 years.

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Interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos to air on Telemundo

Interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos to air on Telemundo

Jose Diaz-Balart - Jorge Ramos March 2018

In an unprecedented move, Telemundo’s José Díaz-Balart interviews Univision’s Jorge Ramos. The segment is set to air during the March 12 “Noticias Telemundo” newscast.

For the first time ever in the history of Spanish-language television, an on-air personality from Univision will appear on Telemundo.

Telemundo news anchor José Díaz-Balart interviewed Univision’s Jorge Ramos about his new book “Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era” and had a discussion about the present and future of the Latino community, the impact of the Trump presidency, journalism and activism, among other topics.

That unprecedented conversation between the two rival anchors airs today, March 12 at 6:30 pm ET during the “Noticias Telemundo” newscast.

“It took us 30 years to achieve this. Networks often interview people from the competition. But this had never happened on Spanish television,” Ramos tells Media Moves. “This speaks of the maturity we have reached in the industry and the political moment we’re living in the United States. Talking about my book ‘Stranger’ was the excuse to do something really historic.”

And historic it is. Promoting rival network talent was unheard of until 2015, when Telemundo honored longtime Univision host Mario Kreutzberger, aka “Don Francisco” for his lifelong contributions to Spanish-language television.

In that instance, however, Univision had just canceled his long-running show “Sábado Gigante,” and eventually, the TV icon hopped over to Telemundo, where he signed a multi-year production deal.

So how did the Telemundo Ramos interview happen?

“Telemundo news president Luis Fernández came up with the idea, and the Univision news department immediately supported it,” says Ramos. “It was a simple agreement. They would film the interview and air it on Monday. We, at Univision, will release the digital version at the same time.”

A Univision spokesperson says they consider “the interview as something normal….Just in the last few days Jorge has appeared on CNN and Fox News, among many other cable and TV networks.”

About the unusual promotion of one of Univision’s most recognizable on-air personalities, a Telemundo spokesperson simply states: “it’s just us innovating, trying to redefine the media landscape with a broader more inclusive strategy.”

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Fusion’s Holguín and Eilemberg out as Univision executes layoffs

Fusion’s Holguín and Eilemberg out as Univision executes layoffs

Felipe Holguin - Daniel Eilemberg

Fusion executives Felipe Holguín (L) and Daniel Eilemberg are no longer with the company as Univision executed a round of layoffs on Friday, March 9.

Univision’s week-long shake-up ended yesterday with a round of layoffs. According to the company, 20 positions were eliminated across various of its business units, including Fusion.

Fusion Media Group’s CEO Felipe Holguín and president and Fusion President and Chief Content Officer Daniel Eilemberg are among those ousted. A spokesperson confirmed they’re no longer with the company and issued this statement about the company cuts:

“As the media industry rapidly evolves, we are focused on continuing to transform UCI for the future. As part of this process, we have recently taken steps to realign parts of our operations and reallocate resources to invest in growth that will best serve our audiences, community and partners.”

Holguín, who joined Univision as EVP, Digital and News Operations in 2015, became FMG’s CEO a year later.

Eilemberg started at Fusion as SVP and Chief Digital Officer in January 2014.

This has been a rocky week for Univision. On Tuesday, the company notified it backed out of the IPO and replaced CFO Frank López-Balboa with Peter H. Lori. On Wednesday, CEO Randy Falco announced he was retiring at the end of 2018, kicking off a search for Univision’s new company leader.

Univision has executed a series of layoffs over the past year in different divisions, including Fusion.

Sources told the Wall Street Journal that Univision has hired a consulting company to review its position and where to cut $200 million.

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Univision’s Wills and Rodríguez named to key leadership roles in Televisa management shake-up

Univision’s Wills and Rodríguez named to key leadership roles in Televisa management shake-up

Patricio Wills - Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Univision’s W Studios head Patricio Wills will now run Televisa Studios and Juan Carlos Rodriguez will lead Televisa Deportes.

The bonds between Univision and Televisa are becoming tighter as both companies undergo major restructuring and share resources and managers.

On Monday, Patricio Wills, who helped Univision launch joint venture W Studios, was named President of Televisa Studios, a new unit within the Mexican media company. In his new role, he’ll supervise talent and oversee all development and content production, except news and sports.

He’ll be reporting to Isaac Lee, Chief Content Officer for Televisa and Univision.

His arrival displaces Rosy Ocampo, a longtime Corporate VP of Content at Televisa.

Univision has yet to respond to whether Wills will continue to lead W Studios for Univision while running the new Televisa Studios.

Today, Televisa announced that Juan Carlos Rodríguez, President of Univision Deportes, will also be the new head of Televisa Deportes, in charge of coordinating the production and distribution of all sports content for both companies.

He replaces Yon de Luisa, who will become President of the Mexican Football Federation in July.

Rodríguez will report directly to Grupo Televisa Co-Presidents (Co-CEOs) Alfonso de Angoitia and Bernardo Gómez.

It’s interesting to note that in its announcement, Televisa points out that Rodríguez will help coordinate strategy and coverage for big sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Televisa has broadcast rights in Mexico. Univision does not have the U.S. Spanish-language rights to the games. Telemundo outbid Univision for those rights in 2011.

Televisa states that Rodríguez’s appointment reinforces the expansion of the relationship between Grupo Televisa and Univision “to benefit the Hispanic audience, both in Mexico and the United States,” in addition to having an integrated approach to production and distribution of content for both markets.

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CEO Randy Falco to exit Univision

CEO Randy Falco to exit Univision

Randy FalcoRandy Falco, Univision’s President and CEO since 2011, will retire at the end of the year.

The announcement comes just one day after Univision said it was pulling out of its proposed IPO and named a new CFO – and just months after Falco signed a two-year contract extension that would have kept him at the helm of the media company until 2020.

Multiple reports surfaced today suggesting Falco was being forced out after the failed IPO attempt, but Univision Board Chairman Haim Saban issued a strong statement of support for the CEO and the reason for his exit:

“There are multiple rumors out there and on behalf of the Univision Board I would like to set the record straight about our CEO Randy Falco. Recently Randy came to us and told us that he would like to retire at the end of 2018 when he will turn 65 years old and end an outstanding 8-year tenure as the CEO of Univision. Let me be clear we at the Board of Univision have reluctantly agreed to Randy’s wishes out of respect and the high regard we have for him as a partner.”

According to Saban, Falco will help the company restructure. More details on Forbes.

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Univision changes Upfront model for 2018

Univision changes Upfront model for 2018

Univision 2018 UpfrontsUnivision Communications today announced it’s disrupting the traditional Upfront model for 2018, “recasting” it into a two-day experiential event.

Under the them “Culture Unbound,” the company says it has “scrapped the traditional industry trappings” of the yearly presentation to advertisers to bring an expanded and more modern version of the event, which aims to emphasize how Univision ‘s portfolio can connect brands to culture.

Besides turning it into a two-day event, Univision is moving its annual showcase from the Theater District to TriBeCa’s stylish and state-of-the-art Spring Studios. The company says this will better reflect its youthful, trendsetting audience.

Univision’s Upfront will run Monday, May 14 through Tuesday, May 15.

The two-day event will comprise of four presentations featuring performances and in-person interactive experiences spanning entertainment, news and sports that will come to life in 3-D and 360° views.

Attendees can choose to join the experience on Monday, May 14 from 5 to 8 pm. or Tuesday, May 15 from 9 am to 5 pm.

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Univision strikes ratings gold with 2018 “Premio Lo Nuestro”

Univision strikes ratings gold with 2018 “Premio Lo Nuestro”

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Ricardo Montaner and his daughter Eva perform with Mau and Ricky during PLN 30.

Almost 8 million Total Viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the 30th annual “Premio Lo Nuestro” (PLN30), positioning Univision as the No. 2 broadcast network, outperforming ABC, CBS, FOX and CW for the entire night among both Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34.

The telecast of the special anniversary edition honoring Latino music legends averaged 3.2 million Total Viewers 2+, 1.6 million Adults 18-49 and 676,000 Adults 18-34, according to Nielsen.

PLN30 made Univision the No. 1 Spanish-language network for the entire night.

On the local level PLN30:

Made Univision the No. 1 broadcast station during the time period among adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, Miami and Houston and adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, Miami, Houston and Dallas.

Outperformed ABC, CBS and FOX combined during the Time Period among adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston and Chicago; and adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Chicago and San Francisco.

The telecast generated 7.4 million interactions across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, making it the No. 1 most social program on television, regardless of language, on February 22, 2018.

The day of the show, PLN30 content featured on Univision’s website generated over 8.5 million page views, +102% more versus 2017, and videos generate 148K views, +27% more than 2017.

Nielsen, NSI, Premio Lo Nuestro on Univision (02/22/18), 8:00 pm-11:15 pm ET/PT; 7:00 pm-10:15 pm CT/MT. Premio Lo Nuestro 2017 aired on Univision (02/23/17), 8:00 pm-11:00 pm ET/PT; 7:00 pm-10:00 pm CT/MT. Rankings based on DMA impressions unrounded. Growth based on rounded impressions. Program rankings include both cable and broadcast. KMEX includes UMEX on Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable).

Nielsen, NPM Thursday (02/22/2018) 8:00pm-11:00pm, Univision’s 30th annual “Premio Lo Nuestro” 2018 telecast based on NPM Fast National Ratings and English-language broadcast networks and Telemundo based on NPM Fast Affiliate Ratings. Reach based on NPM Fast Cume, Persons 2+, 1+ minute qualified audience (short-term and long-term visitors included). English-language award shows based on NPM-H for ABC’s “American Music Awards” (11/19/2017) and “Billboard Music Awards” (05/21/2017). Live+SD.

Nielsen Social Content Ratings, linear metrics.

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García exits SBS, joins Univision NY as Director of Radio Sales

García exits SBS, joins Univision NY as Director of Radio Sales

Eric Garcia

Eric García left his position as SBS Radio Revenue Chief and VP/GM of SBS’ WSKQ & WPAT in New York last week, immediately joining Univision Radio.

He is now Director of Radio Sales for Univision New York, leading sales for WXNY-FM La X 96.3, WQBU-FM Qué Buena 92.7 and WADO Univision Deportes Radio AM 1280.

García continues to be based in New York and will report to Antonio Román, SVP of Local Media Sales for Univision New York.

García joined SBS as an account executive in July of 2004 and worked his way up the management ranks. He was promoted to his most recent role of Revenue Chief and GM in 2014.

Upon his departure from SBS, the company named COO Albert Rodríguez interim GM of the NY stations. Elizabeth “Liz” Paulino was promoted to General Sales Manager of WSKQ-FM Mega 97.9FM, WPAT-FM AMOR 93.1FM.

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Veronica Villafane

I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter in Spanish and English-language television news. In addition to running Media Moves, which I founded in 2007, I'm a regular contributor to Forbes, writing about Hispanic media and entertainment. I am also a freelance writer, reporter and producer. 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, later becoming a digital media manager. 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.