EstrellaTV Enhances Weekend Lineup With ‘Escorpión Al Volante’

Estrella Media, a vertically integrated, multi-platform, Spanish-language media company announced today that its EstrellaTV network will be launching a half-hour comedy interview series Escorpión Al Volante with social media superstar Alex Montiel’s alter ego Escorpión Dorado. Escorpión Al Volante will make its U.S. television debut on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10 p.m. ET. In this half-hour comedy interview show […]

Univision’s PrendeTV Free Streamer To Launch This Quarter

Spanish-language broadcast giant Univision today announced first quarter launch plans for PrendeTV, joining the crowded streaming market with a free, add-supported service created for the U.S. Hispanic audience. It will featuring premium 100% Spanish-language programming, debuting with over 30 channels and 10,000 hours of video-on-demand content in Spanish from global partners.

NBCU Telemundo Enterprises Expands Leadership

The company adds media veterans to augment monetization efforts fueled by Latinos’ growing video consumption across all platforms. Ezequiel Fonseca Zas is named SVP, revenue strategy and distribution and Malu Carmona-Botana joins as content monetization VP.

Univision Appoints New Executive Leadership

The appointments include veteran executives from ViacomCBS, WarnerMedia and Telemundo. Pierluigi Gazzolo fills the newly created role of president of Univision Communications Inc. and chief transformation officer, while Luis Silberwasser fills the newly created role of president of the Univision Television Networks Group, leading Univision’s national TV properties.

Estrella Media Names Arya Towfighi EVP, General Counsel

Estrella Media, a vertically integrated, multi-platform, Spanish-language media company, today appointed Arya Towfighi executive vice president and general counsel. Towfighi joined Estrella Media in November 2019 as a senior vice president, overseeing the company’s legal functions. His role has now been expanded to include oversight of the human resources, communications, and business affairs functions of the company. Towfighi […]

Miguelangel Lopez Named WTMO News VP

He joins the Telemundo Orlando outlet from KTLM Harlingen, Texas, to oversee multiplatform news operations.

Searchlight Capital Partners And ForgeLight Complete Majority Buy Of Univision

The new ownership, in partnership with Televisa, says it will enhance Univision’s digital presence, deepen relationships with Hispanic audiences and communities, and create market-defining content for the next generation of Spanish-speaking viewers. Televisa will maintain its existing ownership and the Program License Agreement with Univision. Veteran media executive Wade Davis becomes CEO of Univision.

Claudia Simonés Joins KBLR Las Vegas As Anchor-Reporter

Telemundo-owned KBLR Las Vegas has hired Claudia Simonés as an anchor-reporter for Noticiero Telemundo Las Vegas. Simonés will anchor on weekdays at 5 and 5:30 p.m. Her on-air debut is on Jan. 4, 2021. Simonés joins KBLR after working at Telemundo’s KSTS San Jose, Calif., as a reporter since 2019. Previously, she worked at various Entravision […]

Univision Plans Spanish-Language Streaming Service

Univision Communications plans to launch a fresh streaming service in the first half of next year, a bet by new leadership that the Spanish-language broadcaster can attract more viewers with a bigger online presence. The service is expected to include advertising and rely heavily on the extensive library of Mexico’s Grupo Televisa SAB, a Univision investor and longtime programming supplier, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

WNJU Anchor Edgardo del Villar Dies At 51

Edgardo del Villar, news anchor at Telemundo’s WNJU New York, died Dec. 13 following a two-year bout with brain cancer. He was 51 years old. Del Villar joined WNJU in 2017 after serving as a correspondent and a fill-in anchor for Telemundo network programs Un Nuevo Día and Noticias Telemundo in Miami. A native of […]

El Rey Network To Shut Down At Year End

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s English-language, Latino-infused cable network El Rey will cease operations on Dec 31. The news comes after Univision announced last month that it had exited its minority position in the network and production studio created by Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures. El Rey has steadily lost linear distribution over the past year, with AT&T dropping the channel in January and Charter removing it in September.

EstrellaTV Now Available On Samsung TV Plus

Estrella Media, a vertically integrated, multiplatform, Spanish-language media company has launched its KSDX-EstrellaTV and Estrella News content on Samsung TV Plus. Samsung TV Plus is Samsung’s ad-supported Smart TV video service, delivering free TV and instant access to 145 channels and growing in news, sports, entertainment and more. Available on select Samsung Smart TVs and eligible Galaxy mobile […]

NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Enterprises Restructures To Boost Content Production

NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Enterprises is restructuring its top management along content production and distribution lines, mirroring the overhaul implemented over the past few months at the rest of the company’s television units. Former Telemundo Networks programming chief Ronald Day (above, left) has been named president of entertainment and content strategy, while Peter Blacker (right), the Telemundo longtime ad sales leader and business strategist, has an expanded role in monetizing Telemundo content around the world as EVP, chief commercial officer and head of DTC licensing.

Latino-Led Management Group Acquires Majority Interest In Fuse

Fuse Media says the acquisition empowers its management team to take the cross-platform, multicultural media property to the next level in serving Latino, multicultural millennial and GenZ consumers.

Univision Unloads Minority Stake In El Rey Cable Network

Telemundo’s Election Coverage Features Monumental AR, Newsroom Set

Noticias Telemundo Sets Multiplatform Election Coverage Plans

Noticias Telemundo announced plans to deliver nonstop multiplatform coverage on election night anchored live from its new custom-designed, state-of-the-art studio sets at Telemundo Center in Miami. The election night coverage will feature the latest technology in virtual storytelling tools to deliver dynamic and in-depth news coverage across all of Noticias Telemundo’s platforms. Election night coverage […]

Gabriela Martínez Joins KTAZ As Multimedia Journalist

Telemundo’s KTAZ Phoenix has hired Gabriela Martínez as a multimedia journalist for Noticiero Telemundo Arizona. The newscast airs Monday through Friday at 11 a.m., 4, 4:30, 5 and 10 p.m. Noticiero Telemundo Arizona is simulcast on co-owned KHRR Tucson. She started today. Martínez will also be creating bilingual content for the station’s digital platforms. Prior to joining KTAZ, Martínez did an […]

Karen Navia Joins WRMD As Multimedia Journalist

Telemundo’s WRMD Tampa has hired Karen Navia as a multimedia journalist for Noticiero Telemundo 49 on weekdays and weekends. Navia’s on-air debut was on Oct. 7. Before joining Telemundo 49, Navia worked for Telemundo affiliates in New Mexico and Lubbock, Texas. She had several roles that included executive producer, reporter, and anchor for both newscasts. […]

Estrella Media Names Digital/Streaming EVP

Industry veteran René Santaella, previously at Sony and Disney, will lead the multi-platform Spanish-language media company’s digital transformation and growth.

Telemundo And Univision’s Fact-Check Teams Grow

Nearly 30% of the fact-checks published by these two television channels for the Whatsapp chatbot have been original stories, rather than translations.

Fuse Media Slates ‘Fuse Town Hall: Our Votes Matter’

Further expanding its multi-faceted 2020 voter participation initiative, Fuse Media  will premiere Fuse Town Hall:  Our Votes Matter at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, Oct. 23. Singer, actress, dancer and author Amara La Negra — an Afro-Latina of Dominican descent, who this month is being honored as part of Fuse’s Future Hispanic History Class of 2020 — will moderate. Fuse Town Hall:  Our Votes Matter will feature […]

WWSI Makes Changes To Anchor Lineup

Telemundo’s WWSI Philadelphia today announced that morning anchor Syrmarie Villalobos will be moving to co-owned WZDC Washington. Iris Delgado will take over the mid-day anchor role on WWSI’s Al Mediodía weekdays at noon in addition to her current role co-anchoring the early evening newscasts with Alberto Rullán. Alondra Anaya will anchor the weekday morning news cut-ins in […]

Sony Spanish-Language FAST Channels Join The Roku Channel

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WGN Celebrates Chicago’s Hispanic American Community

Spanish-Language TV Shows, Films Now Streaming Free On Vizio

Vizio Inc. today announced the launch of 10 Spanish-speaking channels for its millions of SmartCast viewers across America. The channels include top-rated multicultural productions from around the world and popular shows dubbed into Spanish. The new linear channels can be found under the “Vizio Free Channels” section from the SmartCast Home screen and will complement Vizio’s […]

Breaking The Mold On The Late News

“Yes. Isn’t that incredible?” Esteban Creste, VP and news director of Univision’s WXTV New York, is taking a well-earned victory lap. The station’s late news, Solo a las Once (Only at Eleven), won the July sweep in adults 18-49 and came in second in adults 25-54 — that’s against all New York stations, regardless of language. “It’s not only that we’re number one,” Creste says, “it’s number one during these times that people are desperate for information.”

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Entravision Helping Newly Naturalized Hispanic Americans To Vote

Estrella Media Signs Distribution Agreement With FuboTV

Hispanic media company Estrella Media said today that it has entered into a distribution agreement with live TV streaming platform fuboTV. Estrella Media’s live national EstrellaTV channel, as well as its flagship television station in Los Angeles, KRCA, are now available to fuboTV’s subscribers on its Latino package in the U.S. This deal marks one of […]

Liberman Buying WLII From Univision

Liberman Media Group is buying WLII Caguas-San Juan, Puerto Rico, and two repeaters for an undisclosed price.

Pai: FCC Not Generally In Business Of Censorship

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has told a member of the House that the agency is generally not in the business of dictating what viewers can and can’t see. Pai was responding to a letter from Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), who was concerned about a TV show, La Comay, airing on Mega TV in Puerto Rico and containing what she called “a pattern of xenophobic and racist remarks.”

QUARTERLY REPORT

Univision Swings To Second Quarter Loss

Univision executives said the Hispanic media giant is seeing steady improvement during the current third quarter as it looks to recover from spring’s COVID-19 doldrums. Speaking to Wall Street analysts on the company’s second-quarter earnings call, CFO Peter Lori said advertising revenue for the third quarter was on track for a 15% year-over-year decline in the third quarter. That’s an improvement from the second quarter’s 40% plunge.

Migdalia Figueroa Named WTMO GM

The Telemundo Station Group picks the former VP of news at WTVJ Miami to lead its Orlando operations.

Telemundo Makes Layoffs In Los Angeles

Telemundo Launches U.S. Latino Voter Registration Campaign

Mexican Version Of ‘The Masked Singer’ To Premiere In August On Univision

Beau Ferrari Named Telemundo Chairman

NBCUniversal has named Beau Ferrari chairman of Telemundo Enterprises, succeeding Cesar Conde, who shifted to a role as chairman of the NBC News Group in May.

Univision’s Multiplatform ‘Vota Conmigo’ Aims To Energize, Empower U.S. Latino Voters

Univision Communications today announced the return of Vota Conmigo (Vote With Me), the non-partisan multiplatform campaign aimed at motivating every eligible Hispanic citizen to register and cast their vote. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vota Conmigo will focus on digital voter registration tools and regional vote-by-mail options as the 2020 Presidential Election draws closer. Univision […]

Telemundo Adding Latenight Weekend News

The NBCUniversal-owned Spanish language broadcaster is launching a latenight edition of Noticias Telemundo Fin de Semana, a newscast set to air Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 p.m. ET beginning July 18.

Trump Campaign Slams Univision

The Trump reelection campaign is branding Spanish-language network Univision a “leftist propaganda machine,” saying it will “treat them accordingly,” and is taking issue with the company’s effort to become a 100% foreign-owned network as part of an internal financial restructuring.