Univision Launches A.M. News In 4 Markets

Premieres in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin are the latest in a series of local-focused moves, including TV news investments from New York to California, expansion of digital, radio and live events businesses and more.

Univision Eyes Sale Of Fusion Media Group

The Wall Street Journal reports that Univision Communications is exploring a sale of Fusion Media Group, which houses websites including Gizmodo and Deadspin, as it pursues a companywide restructuring following a leadership change, people familiar with the matter say. The move would be a reversal for Univision, best known as the largest Spanish-language TV broadcaster in the U.S. Over the past several years, it has invested in digital assets and sought to diversify its audience by buying English-language websites that appeal to younger, bilingual Hispanic-Americans. Journal subscribers can read the full story here.

Univision Could Sell Fusion, Gizmodo Media

Two years after its splashy acquisition of the former Gawker sites,Univision’s Fusion Media Group is careening into a new era of belt-tightening and downsizing. Will Penske or Diller be enticed to help them unload what’s left?

Univision Hired Business Consultant

The television company has, over the last week, tapped a new CFO, canceled a planned public offering and axed some high-level staffers. It turns out that the company has had some professional help in making these tough decisions. In December, Univision brought in management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group to help the company chart a path forward.

Univision Lays Off 20, Including Several Execs

Twenty Univision staffers were laid off last Friday as part of cost-cutting measures, including high-level executives at the Univision-owned Fusion Media Group, which consists of the Fusion TV network, as well as digital publishers, including The Onion, Gizmodo and The Root.

Univision CEO Randy Falco To Retire Early

Despite having extended CEO Randy Falco’s contract through 2020 last November, Univision has now confirmed that he will retire by the end of 2018. The accelerated retirement plan comes during a 24-hour period when the company ditched its long-planned IPO stratregy,

Univision Drops IPO Effort, Replaces CFO

Univision Communications is canceling a long-in-the works plan for an initial public offering, and it has replaced CFO Francisco Lopez-Balboa, a former Goldman Sachs banker who was hired three years ago to help the Spanish-language broadcaster with its IPO. He’s been replaced by Peter Lori who has been a deputy under Lopez-Balboa.

Univision, Unions, Universities Develop ‘Storytelling Unbound Handbook’

Univision Communications today announced that it is collaborating with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), Producers Guild of America (PGA), Screen Actors Guildâ€ÂAmerican Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Division of Social Sciences, and University of Southern California (USC) […]

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Frontier, Univision Renew Distribution Deal

The new contract covers all the Spanish-language broadcaster’s stations and networks including the Univision Network, UniMás, Galavisión, Univision Deportes Network, El Rey Network, FOROtv, TLNovelas, Telehit, Bandamax, De Pelicula and De Pelicula Clasico.

Univision Wants To Sell Piece Of Gawker Sites

The Hispanic-focused TV network wants a minority investor to put $200 million into its Fusion Media Group.

Calderón Named Co-Anchor Of ‘Noticiero Univision’

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Univision Extends Randy Falco’s Contract

Randy Falco, who has been president-CEO of Univision since 2011, is tacking on at least another two years to his deal, taking him through Jan. 31, 2020. Falco’s extension comes as UCI, which is privately held, announced 3Q earnings of $778.2 million, up 5.9% vs. 3Q 2016. Net income was $104 million in the quarter, compared to net loss of $30.5 million in 3Q 2016.

Univision Amps Up Criticism Of Verizon

Univision is ratcheting up its criticism of Verizon for deciding to “withhold Univision news, information and services from their Hispanic subscribers” by dropping the network’s signal from its FiOS service in a carriage dispute.

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Univision Buying KXLK-CD Austin

The Hispanic broadcaster is paying $2.55 million for the music video low-power outlet.

Univision Goes Dark On Verizon FiOS

In a surprise move, Univision was dropped from Verizon FiOS Monday at about 5 p.m. ET, where most of the 5 million or so affected customers are. The sides had been negotiating, but being dropped appears to have caught Univision off guard.

Univision, Telemundo Criticize DACA Decision

The two most prominent media companies that program to a Spanish-speaking audience criticized the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, announced Tuesday morning.

Mandala New Univision Marketing Head

Steven Mandala, whose ties to TV ad sales go back to time he would spend as a boy making rounds with his father as he worked to sell commercials for ABC, is getting some hefty new responsibilities. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications today named Mandala president of advertising sales and marketing, effective immediately.

John Malone Weighs Investment In Univision

The Liberty Media chairman is discussing buying a “significant stake” in Univision, according to The Wall Street Journal. It says the owner of the dominant Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S., has been fielding interest from potential bidders after the media company’s initial public offering was delayed, according to people familiar with the matter. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here.

Univision Promotes Three Local TV Execs

Ramon Pineda is named SVP and regional GM; Roberto Yañez becomes SVP-GM of WFTY New York; while Alejandra Santamaria becomes VP-GM-sales director of Univision Arizona.

9. UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS, New York

2016 Spot Revenue: $810.0 million Stations: 59 in 25 markets Coverage: 44.1% Ownership: Univision Holdings Inc., an investor group including Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, TPG Capital, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Saban Capital Group. Key Executives: Randy Falco, president-CEO, Univision Communications; Isaac Lee, chief content officer, Univision and Televisa; Tonia O’Connor, chief commercial […]

Univision Nets To Launch On DirecTV Now

The launch is part of a cross-platform agreement that includes carriage of Univision networks across AT&T and DirecTV platforms.

 

Lionsgate And Univision To Stream Movies

The two companies team up to offer a new premium on-demand movie service that will tap a base of more than 50 million Hispanic consumers in the U.S.

11. UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS

11. UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS, New York  2015 Spot Revenue: $714.5 million  Stations: 59 in 25 markets  Coverage: 44.1%  Ownership: Univision Holdings Inc., an investor group including Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, TPG Capital, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Saban Capital Group. Key Executives: Randy Falco, president-CEO, Univision Communications; Tonia O’Connor, chief commercial officer/president of content distribution; John Eck, chief local media officer and EVP of technology, […]

No Joke: Univision Buys The Onion

Univision Communications has acquired a controlling stake in the satiric news site The Onion, NPR is reporting. The agreement between two seemingly disparate media outfits was described to NPR by a person with direct involvement in the negotiations. A second person who was briefed on the deal by Univision executives also confirmed its broad strokes. Financials were not disclosed, though Univision will acquire a controlling 40% that includes Onion verticals The AV Club, Clickhole and its book and video projects, along with an option to buy the company outright.

Univision Taps Ferrari As Strategy EVP

The Spanish-language media company chooses Beau Ferrari, its EVP of operations, for the new position in which he will work with UCI’s division leaders on strategic business initiatives, investments and merger and acquisition efforts.

Jorge Dominguez Upped To Univision Design SVP

Univision Communications Inc. today promoted Jorge Dominguez to SVP of art and design. Dominguez will remain based in Miami and continue to report to Jessica Rodriguez, the company’s EVP-chief marketing officer. Dominguez has been part of UCI for nearly 30 years. He most recently served as VP of art design and before that as on-air […]

Univision Names Chief Commercial Officer

Tonia O’Connor is also the Hispanic group’s president of content distribution.

Fails Named Univision Local Sales SVP

The Spanish-language network promotes Dominic Fails from its Chicago stations.

Laraine Mancini is Univision’s New Finance SVP

Univision Communications today named Laraine “Rainey” Mancini SVP finance-head of investor relations, effective immediately. She is based in New York and reports to Francisco J. Lopez-Balboa, chief financial officer. “Rainey is a seasoned professional and brings a wide-ranging skillset to Univision, from her hands-on investor relations and business development experience, to her nearly 10 years […]

Univision Names Head Of Political Sales

Jose Valle, the former head of Univision Radio, becomes president of political and advocacy sales.

Univision Names New Govt. Relations EVP

Jessica R. Herrera-Flanigan joins the Hispanic broadcaster in a newly created position to oversee the company’s Washington office and lobbying efforts.

Univision Ups Deschapelles To Sales EVP

The Hispanic media company promotes Carlos Deschapelles to lead its network and digital sales teams across the country with a focus on sports sales.

Univision Revamps Local Media Organization

The new single multi-platform entity will have just one general manager, as well as one sales director, in each the 12 markets where Univision has both TV and radio stations. As part of the move, WGBO Chicago’s Larry Sands and WLTV Miami’s Mike Rodriguez are out of jobs.

El Rey Net Courts Viewers From Dusk ‘Til Dawn

TeleFutura To Rebrand As UniMás

Univision is set to refocus its No. 2 broadcast network to target U.S. Hispanic millennials. UniMás will skew even younger than TeleFutura and aim more at male viewers.

Rentrak Signs Univision Nets To Ratings Pact

The deal covers the Hispanic broadcaster’s Univision, TeleFutura, Galavisión, Univision Deportes, Univision tlnovelas, ForoTV,  Bandamax, De Película, Película Clásico, Clásico TV, Ritmoson and Telehit.

Univision Taps Summa For News Channel

The Spanish-language broadcaster has tapped Keith Summa, the head of the CBS News Investigative Unit, to oversee its new partnership with ABC News.

Univision Names VP For Political Ad Sales

Univision Communications has appointed Keith Norman vice president of political advocacy and government sales. In his new role, Norman joins a team of six marketing and sales executives led by Joe DelGrosso, EVP. The political and advocacy team helps political candidates and advocacy groups develop and execute campaigns and strategies to connect with Hispanic voters. […]

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Univision To Air Novelas With English Captions

Univision Communications Inc. on Tuesday announced plans to offer all of Univision Network’s primetime novelas with English-language closed captioning on CC3. This will apply to the network’s complete weeknight block, coinciding with the premiere of the newest novela from Univision Studios and Venevision, El Talismán, on Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. ET. “The continued success of […]

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Raul Rodriguez New Univision San Fran GM

The former Journal Communications executive will now oversee KDTV, KSOL-FM and KBRG-FM in the Bay Area.