Kochava Partners With Univision For Its ‘Vota Conmigo’ (‘Vote With Me’) Campaign

Kochava, a real-time data solutions company for omni-channel attribution and measurement, and Hispanic media company Univision today announced the addition of deep linking technology to Univision’s ongoing multi-platform, voter registration campaign “Vota Conmigo.” With this latest technology, SmartLinks for TV powered by Kochava enables a quick response (QR) code for deployment across Univision’s linear and digital […]

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.”

Liberman Buying WLII From Univision

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

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.

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

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 […]

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.

Univision To Train Journalists In Fact Checking

Univision Touts Ratings Growth At Upfront

Turkish telenovela adaptations, soccer programming, music and reality shows and amped-up news coverage are among the programming highlights of Univision’s 2020-21 content slate. The Spanish-language media giant hosted a virtual upfront presentation on Tuesday for media buyers. The event is likely to be the last public outing for Univision before it is sold to a consortium of new investors in the fall, led by former Viacom CFO Wade Davis’ Forgelight Media.

Univision Says Sports, Scripted Series To Return

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision plans to offer live sports and scripted series in coming months, as the network’s company strives to woo ad dollars from English competitors while being sold to a new company in the not-too-distant future. Univision plans to unveil 11 new scripted series, the result of a long production pipeline that readies series with a much longer lead time than counterparts, as well as televise matches from Liga MX, UEFA Champions League and MLS.

Univision Debuts Vamos Voter Analytics Tool

It’s designed to help political buyers purchase more targeted campaigns ahead of 2020 election.

Univision’s Sunday Night Newsmag Turns 20

Univision: Ready To Make Upfront Deals Now

In a virtual presentation to media agencies and marketing executives on Tuesday, Steve Mandela, president of advertising sales and marketing for Univision Communications, said: “Unlike English-language networks, our primetime schedule for the next year is set with first-run episodes every hour of primetime.”

Univision Sets Virtual Upfront For June 16

Univision will be presenting its 2020-21 programming plans with advertisers and agencies virtually on June 16, the broadcaster said, the latest to announce a day and time for a upfront that replaces a traditional live event originally scheduled in May but sidetracked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Univision Joins Nielsen’s Addressable Platform

Univision Communications has joined Nielsen’s beta program for its addressable TV platform. Nielsen began testing its addressable platform last year, and announced the participation of seven broadcast companies in January: A+E Networks, AMC Networks, CBS, Discovery, Fox, NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia.

Univision Sets Virtual Upfront Presentation

The Spanish-language broadcaster will update buyers on the state of its business and unveil its programming strategy for the remainder of 2020.

Univision Has $1.3B In Cash Available

Univision Communications, the privately held Spanish-language broadcaster that recently changed hands, said it has close to $1.3 billion in available cash, $7.8 billion in debt and posted estimated revenue up 8% last quarter to $612 million. The Miami-based company said it was unveiling financial metrics and preliminary quarterly results as it considers potential refinancing transactions and market opportunities.

Sanders vs. Biden Debate Scores 10.8M Viewers

CNN and Univision drew 10.8 million total average viewers for Sunday night’s Democratic debate between Sen. Bernie Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden, handing CNN its most-watched debate of the election cycle, according to Nielsen Fast National data.

Investor Group Buys Univision, Davis New CEO

An investor group led by former Viacom CFO Wade Davis has agreed to acquire a 64% majority stake in Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications for an undisclosed sum. The group includes private equity firm Searchlight Capital and ForgeLight, with Davis set to run the company as CEO upon deal close. Mexican TV giant Televisa has elected to retain its stake of about 36%.

Univision Said Near Sale To Wade Davis

Former Viacom Inc. CFO Wade Davis is finalizing an agreement to buy Univision Communications in a deal that could be announced as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter. Davis and his backers at Searchlight Capital Partners are expected to contribute about $800 million for a controlling stake in the Spanish-language media giant. The transaction would value Univision at less than $10 billion including debt, the people said.

CNN, Univision To Co-Host Dem Debate

The Democrats are heading to the Valley of the Sun next month for the 11th Democratic primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. CNN and Univision will host the debate on March 15, in Phoenix. It will air from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Additional info, including moderators, venue and criteria, will be released at a later date, according to CNN.

Univision Said To Be Nearing A Sale

Univision Communications is in exclusive talks with a bidding group that includes former Viacom CFO Wade Davis for a sale that could value the Spanish-language broadcaster at close to $10 billion including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

Univision Suitor Seeks To Recruit CBS Chief

Joe Ianniello, who oversees CBS assets at ViacomCBS, hasn’t decided whether to join Platinum Equity’s bid for the Spanish-language broadcaster.

Univision Eyed By Liberty Global And Others

Univision may be selling itself to Liberty Global and a smaller rival called Hemisphere Media, a struggling Spanish-language broadcaster in Miami that bills itself as “the only publicly traded pure-play U.S. media company targeting the high growth U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets.”

Univision, Televisa To Bring ‘Univision’ Branded Channel To Latin America

Univision Communications and Televisa today announced a distribution arrangement that would make a Univision-branded linear television channel available across the region in early 2020. The 24-hour pay TV channel will be initially distributed across 17 Latin American markets, excluding Brazil. The network will be operated by Televisa, which will also handle distribution and ad sales. […]

Univision Lures Competing Suitors

Several firms have expressed interest in acquiring Univision Communications, according to people familiar with the matter, a deal that would give the Spanish-language broadcaster’s private-equity owners a long-sought exit. Hemisphere Media Group, Platinum Equity and former Viacom CFO Wade Davis are among those that have made overtures.

Univision, Poynter Team Up To Fight Misinformation

ABC Will Hold One-Night Dem Debate

ABC News said Thursday it would televise just one night of debates among Democratic hopefuls for 2020, as opposed to the two nights it had previously planned. ABC’s Sept. 12 coverage will feature 10 candidates, reflecting the fact that a good chunk of those campaigning for the job had failed to reach the next level of support to participate in the event, organized by the Democratic National Committee.

Martínez-Guzmán Upped At Univision News

Just weeks before it co-hosts its first Democratic presidential primary debate with ABC, Univsion is bolstering its news division with the promotion of María Martínez-Guzmán as SVP and executive news director. Prior to this appointment, she was VP, newsgathering for Univision News.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Univision Reports Lower 2Q Revenue, Income

Univision reported revenue fell 4% to $701.7 million. What the company describes as core revenue dropped 3.5% to $694.5 million. It also posted lower second-quarter net income, it fell 21% to $90.7 million from $114.3 million a year ago.

Univision Unveils First Primetime Series Featuring Same-Sex Couple As Lead Characters

Univision’s ‘Premios Juventud’ Tops Thursday

Univision’s annual Premios Juventud special topped adults 18-49 on Thursday with a 0.7 average, while ABC’s mini-golf competition Holey Moley and Family Food Fight fell to season lows with an 0.6 and 0.3 average, respectively.

Univision Owners Want To Sell. Why?

Years of boardroom bickering and missteps, including a disastrous foray into English-language media, as well as rising competition from rival Telemundo and shifting demographics, have taken a toll.

Who Wants To Buy Univision?

The Spanish-language TV giant may pitch itself to Disney, Viacom and Fox, but its sale likely won’t make much for investors.

UPFRONTS

Univision Sees Heavier Upfront Ad Demand

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision expects the volume of advance advertising commitments for its next programming cycle to rise after wrapping its negotiations in TV’s annual upfront market, according to a person familiar with the matter. This person says Univision saw its overall volume grow between 5% and 6% over last year’s efforts, driven in part by an influx of new advertisers and expanded budgets from current clients. The results represent Univision’s best from an upfront market in four years, this person added.

Univision Board To Explore Sale Of Company

Univision says its board of directors is “reviewing strategic options” for the Spanish-language media giant, which could include the sale of the company. Univision has been struggling with debt and increased competition from Comcast’s Telemundo unit.

Univision Launching Family Cooking Competition Show

Univision Says It Recovered Contentious Maduro Interview

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Univision television network said Thursday that it has recovered the video of a contentious interview with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro that was confiscated after he cut it short, angered by critical questions from journalist Jorge Ramos. Ramos said the recovery of the video was “a real triumph against censorship” and […]

Jenni Rivera TV Series Results In First Amendment Win For Univision

DMA 16: MIAMI

WAMI Miami Expands Local News Coverage

Univision Communications has announced an expansion of local news coverage on its UniMás affiliate WAMI Miami (DMA 16). Three live half-hour Noticias 23 on UniMás newscasts on UniMás will air Monday through Friday at 5, 5:30 and 10 p.m. Noticias 23 “will provide a different take on local news for Miami-Dade residents” the station said and will be […]