Thursday, December 18, 2014

GrupoTelevisa Strengthens in US Spanish Pay-TV Market

GrupoTelevisa, S.A.B. (TV - Analyst Report) commands a very strong position in the Mexican pay-TV market. The company’s goal is to create a Spanish language-based media domain in the North American market, comprising broadcast, Internet, publishing, and live events.

The pay-TV market in Mexico is vastly untapped. Several industry researchers have estimated that the pay-TV penetration has reached hardly 50% in the country, reflecting massive opportunity for future growth. Televisa’s Cable & Telecom service, which offers bundled triple-play video, data and telephony services, may become a significant revenue generator.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Telemundo Station Group Launches New Multicast Network, “Telexitos”

MIRAMAR, FL – (December 1, 2014) – The Telemundo Station Group today announced the launch of TeleXitos, the exciting new network that offers viewers a mix of popular action and adventure television series and feature films in Spanish. The new network will initially be available on the multicast channels of the Telemundo Station Group, which serves the largest Spanish-speaking markets in the United States, including Los Angeles, New York and Miami, and will later be available to local stations across the country.

The Telemundo Station Group also named local television veteran Barbara Alfonso as Director of the new TeleXitos network, with overall responsibility for programming, sales and digital operations of the multicast channel.

“We are excited to unveil TeleXitos – our exciting, new national network – to Spanish-language viewers all across the country. This expansion allows us to once again better serve our local communities with more programming that is relevant, exciting and of interest to them,” said Manuel Martinez, President, Telemundo Station Group. “I am also very proud to have Barbara Alfonso at the helm of TeleXitos to spearhead the rebirth of this network. Her extensive expertise in television and broadcasting will help TeleXitos become a must-watch network for viewers.”

TeleXitos will serve as a destination for viewers who want to watch their favorite blockbuster action and adventure television series and movies from the 1970s to 2000s in Spanish. Kicking off the launch of TeleXitos is the syndicated action hit series, Miami Vice. Other TeleXitos programming includes The A-Team, VIP, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Xena, Hercules and Homicide: Life On The Streets. TeleXitos will also feature blockbuster movies such as Hulk, The Interpreter, The Musketeer and Van Helsing.

At launch, the network is expected to reach nearly 20 million total households, including more than 4.5 million Hispanic households across the country. TeleXitos will be programmed around the clock, complement existing Telemundo content and offer local Telemundo stations the opportunity to schedule daily blocks of time with local programming that is of interest to their viewers, like news, sports and special events.

“We have designed TeleXitos with our viewers’ interests at the center,” said Barbara Alfonso, Director, TeleXitos. “Our network’s programming ensures that our viewers not only have access to a mix of the greatest action television series and features films, but that they have access to them in Spanish. It is very exciting and humbling to be part of this new era of Spanish-language television the Telemundo Station Group is ushering in here in the United States.”

Alfonso’s career in the broadcast industry spans more than 25 years. Before being named Director of TeleXitos, she worked as the Manager for Programming and Community Marketing for NBC 6 South Florida / WTVJ from 2009 to 2014. She began her career in television at WTVJ in 1988, working in different roles of increasing responsibility.

Alfonso holds a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management and a master’s degree in Organizational Learning and Leadership from Barry University. She is a member of the Board of Governors for Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television of Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

Viewers across 16 television markets will be able to watch TeleXitos programming on the multicast channels of their local Telemundo stations, which serve the nation’s top Hispanic markets. TeleXitos replaces Exitos, which aired popular novelas previously seen on the Telemundo Network.

The Telemundo stations that air TeleXitos include KVEA in Los Angeles, WNJU in New York, WSCV in Miami-Fort Lauderdale, KTMD in Houston, KXTX in Dallas-Fort Worth, WSNS in Chicago, KSTS in the San Francisco Bay Area, KVDA in San Antonio, KHRR in Phoenix, KTAZ in Tucson, KTLM in Harlingen, KNSO in Fresno, KDEN in Denver, WWSI in Philadelphia, WNEU in Boston and KBRL in Las Vegas. Moreover, viewers in West Palm Beach (FL) market will also be able to watch TeleXitos over-the-air or on Xfinity channel 229.

To find your local TeleXitos channel, please visit the TeleXitos Facebook You can also find TeleXitos on Twitter at @TeleXitos.

Monday, November 10, 2014

New channel offers diversity in TV programming

Nashville has gained national attention for its visible and welcoming efforts to embrace diversity.

The city stood strong and voted down the “English only” legislative proposal. We are home to one of the nation’s largest Kurdish communities, and now we have an Office for New Americans. Music celebrities from Elvis Presley to Joan Baez, Vanessa Williams to India.Arie, Taylor Swift, Pitbull, Lionel Richie and many others have all recorded songs here.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Former Univision CEO Promises $500 Million Art Collection to Lacma

Jerry Perenchio, the former chairman and chief executive of Univision Communications (UVN), has promised his $500 million private collection of art to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma). The bequest goes into effect after the donor’s death, but there’s a catch: The institution must first construct an ambitious new building, currently slated for completion in 2023.

The usually press-shy Perenchio has stepped out to encourage other collectors to donate and help support plans for the new museum, which is designed by Peter Zumthor, who won the prestigious Pritzer architecture prize in 2009. Earlier in the week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve public financing and $125 million for the sprawling, $600 million project, which would replace four aging structures from the 1960s and 1980s.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

NBCUniversal's Telemundo And Mun2 Take Over As The Official Spanish-Language Broadcaster Of FIFA World Cup™ In The U.S.

New York & Miami – October 28, 2014– Today NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 took over as the official Spanish-language Home of the FIFA World Cup™ in the U.S. across all video platforms following the unveiling of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018™ emblem in Moscow.  The company also announced its broadcast plans for the upcoming other FIFA Events in 2015 to be featured across the Telemundo network and stations, the cable network mun2 and all its digital properties.

“Three years and one week ago, NBCUniversal announced the game-changing acquisition of the exclusive Spanish-language US media rights to the FIFA World Cup™,” said Joe Uva, Chairman, Hispanic Enterprises and Content, NBCUniversal.  “Today we are proud to see the first tangible manifestation of this major acquisition, which will bring unprecedented exposure for Telemundo and mun2 and offer a unique opportunity to accelerate audience growth and consolidate our position in the industry.”

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Integrated Education Solutions and Univision Communications Announce Strategic Alliance to Help Hispanic Serving Institutions Go Online

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Integrated Education Solutions (IES) and Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, announced a strategic alliance at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities annual conference to help Hispanic serving institutions develop their online capabilities. IES and UCI will work with colleges and universities experienced in serving Hispanic students to build new online educational offerings, or expand current efforts.

IES will provide a turnkey solution to institutions seeking to offer online courses and degree programs, including program planning, instructional design, recruitment and student services, virtual campus management and regulatory compliance consulting.

“IES has tremendous expertise in this area, built on DeVry Education Group’s more than 20 years of experience managing programs and serving students from the certificate to the doctoral level,” said Stephanie Woodson, executive director of IES. “We are excited to work with Univision and Hispanic serving colleges and universities to create and deliver quality online programs.”

DeVry Education Group’s online services operations serve over 450,000 course takers per year across a wide range of academic programs at DeVry Group institutions, including nursing, business, medicine, technology and allied health.

As part of the strategic alliance, Univision will provide access to research from its consumer insights team, as well as a material media package supporting this strategic alliance that includes television, radio, digital, and live events.

More than 56 million Hispanics live in the U.S., representing nearly half the nation’s population growth from 2000-2012, and nearly 89 percent of the growth in college enrollment during that timeframe.

About Integrated Education Solutions
Integrated Education Solutions, part of DeVry Education Group (NYSE: DV), is an online service provider to academic institutions, corporate partners and professional organizations. IES draws on DeVry Education Group’s nearly 20 years of experience in online learning serving 474,000 online course takers annually at DeVry Group institutions, supported by 1,500 online learning professionals at its institutions. IES’ brand promise to its partners is to provide a comprehensive, cost-effective and risk-lowering solution for reaching students through online learning. For more information, please visit

About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 95% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 89% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 61 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 68 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; an Interactive network of online and mobile apps and products including UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America, Uforia, the leading Hispanic digital music service,, the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit

Friday, October 3, 2014

Ad Panel: ‘Total Market’ Hard to Define #HispanicTV

With the continued melding of the Hispanic population with the U.S. culture at large, the new buzzword for marketers to use when implementing their advertising strategies is ‘Total Market Approach.’     

The problem, however, is that term can be defined in a variety of ways.     “I think its one of those things like the Loch Ness monster,” said Steve Mandala, executive vice president of advertising sales, Univision. “People talk about it but no one has ever seen it.” 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

2014 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award Announced

The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that David Chavez has been named the local recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. This award recognizes the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market. This is the fourth year that the NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered with the Chiefs in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt will honor Chavez on behalf of the entire organization during pregame festivities on Monday, Sept. 29, at the club’s Hispanic Heritage game prior to hosting the New England Patriots on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition from a historic institution such as the Kansas City Chiefs,” Chavez said. “I commend the Chiefs for their celebration of Latino contributions to the community by annually presenting this award during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Marimar Vega Coming to U.S. TV with “Las Trampas del Deseo”

MIAMI – Mexican actress Marimar Vega will be entertaining Hispanic television audiences on FOX Life’s “Las Trampas del Deseo,” a daring look at the challenges faced by women who have gone through painful situations.

The 120-episode series hits the air Monday at 11:00 p.m. and follows three women – Aura, Marina and Roberta – who seek to satisfy their desires in the aftermath of a crisis in their lives.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nat Geo Mundo Presents Limomasters, Where Family And Business Make A Money And Wheel-Spinning Combination

WASHINGTON, DC – September 22, 2014 – Transforming cars into limos is not as easy as Optimus Prime makes it look. Erick Quintana and his team of builders work hard to convert everyday vehicles into not only luxury limos, but rolling offices, bars and just about anything else you can think of. Join Nat Geo Mundo as they follow the staff of Anaheim-based Limos by Moonlight as they juggle unexpected difficulties, tight deadlines and family problems clashing at the most inopportune moments.  

Premiering on October 4 at 9PM ET/PT on Nat Geo Mundo, the eight-part series heats up as Limos by Moonlight takes on picky clientele and unexpected challenges that result in the most jaw-dropping limos. We join Erick the “boss,” Jaime the “manager,” Jesus the “right hand man,” Paola the “designer,” Carlos the “welder,” and Vivian the “assistant,” as they tackle larger than life transformations. 

The team brings together unmatched technical knowledge with flawless design and expertise to build the most outrageous creations, catering to clients with particular requests from all over the world, including a family-fitting hearse to accommodate the Japanese tradition of family riding in the same car as the coffin, and a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon that came straight from the set of the movie “Fast & Furious 6” and became a luxury limo with jet doors gracing the streets of LA and Dubai. Dream as big and luxurious as you like, and the LimoMasters will make all your vehicle fantasies come true. 

In addition to turning standard cars into elaborate works of stretched metal art, the team at LimoMasters also has to manage the office and family dynamic in the process. Everyone has to overcome different challenges and struggles, but, at the end of the day, they come together to get the job done. Join the ride as the squad welds, paints, and sows their way to creating the most unique limos around. 

Episodes include:

Rápido y Lujoso, October 4
In the first episode, the team makes over a movie star: the Mercedes Benz G-Wagon that was featured in “Fast & Furious 6,” The original car was delivered with a missing dashboard, a support pillar that was cut, and a broken water pump. On top of this, Erick chose this limo as the one he will take to the International Limousine show in Las Vegas, giving the team a very tight deadline. In order to have it ready in time, the team will need to work long hours and get creative to fix all the unexpected issues. Can the team get it all done in time for the Vegas event?

Al Estilo Australiano, October 13
As if cutting up cars and putting them back together wasn’t hard enough, Erick and his team face a new challenge in this episode—to work backwards while stretching an Australian Hummer H2. The Hummer at first glance, is a Hummer as any that the team has changed, however this car is a little different. It is designed with the steering wheel on the right side. Furthermore, with any foreign car come foreign regulations. As the squad is hard at work figuring this job out, Erick’s assistant who runs the office quits unexpectedly. Now, on top of a difficult client order, Erick has to go through the arduous process of hiring a new assistant without whom the shop is falling behind. Will the stress of this complicated build and a new hire drive Erick to the edge?

Tacones de Acero, October 20
Just when the team thinks they are going to have a simple job, it turns into a nightmare from the first step. As the build gets close to the finish line, Erick and his team are faced with an unexpected deadline, a Freon issue, problems with the paint, all while Vivian can’t find parts needed. In the meantime, Erick Jr. asks his dad to borrow a limousine to take on a paintball trip with his friends, which leads to a small incident that makes Erick Sr. very unhappy. Will Erick and the team, be able to deliver this Cadillac on time? Will Vivian survive her first week on the job and what will Erick Jr. have to do to regain his father’s trust?

Join Nat Geo Mundo on Saturdays, starting October 4 as LimoMasters take a new spin on limo customization, creating never-before-seen vehicular masterpieces. 

LimoMasters is produced by Natural 9 Entertainment for National Geographic Channel. Executive producers are Carol Sherman and Jeff Androsky, and show’s creator Phil Viardo. Co-executive producer is Patrick Taulere. For Fox International Channels, executive producer is Rossy Eguigure, director of production is Juana Maria Torres, director of production and programming is Veronica Montali and vice president of programming and production is Carmen Larios. For National Geographic Channels standards and practices / senior director is Vilma Linares, standards and practices / investigations is Maria Rivas and senior production manager is Marjolaine Souquet.

About Nat Geo Mundo
Launched in 2011, Nat Geo Mundo is an entertainment channel featuring inspirational programming and an innovative mix of drama and action series, all with a focus on entertaining U.S. Latino audiences. The channel provides a combination of high quality programming that is both positive and uplifting linked to science, culture and history. As a joint project of Fox Networks Group and National Geographic Ventures, the mission of Nat Geo Mundo is to engage the bilingual and bicultural U.S. Latino by expanding their horizons through programs about the world around them. Nat Geo Mundo is a contemporary extension of the National Geographic Society, an organization that has motivated people to become aware of the planet since 1888.

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Headed by 11-time Emmy Award-winning producer Jeff Androsky, Natural 9 Entertainment has produced thousands of hours of aired Television for virtually every Network and Cable outfit over the last two plus decades including shows such as "9 On The Town," "Reality Remix," "Reinventing Bonaduce,” "Hollyscoop" and such TV specials as "FOX's New Year's Eve LIVE" and "VH1 ALL ACCESS: Angels Across America.” Currently, Natural 9 is producing "The Wildlife Docs" now airing on ABC. After partnering with Viardo Artists in 2013 the company also boasts a Talent Management division that handles a variety of on-screen Talent for Television and Film. For more information, please visit,

Friday, September 19, 2014

‘Jane the Virgin’ Aims Beyond Its Latin Ethnicity

At first glance, the protagonist of “Jane the Virgin” bears little resemblance to any other character on television, never mind any viewer.

On Oct. 13, this CW comedy-drama will introduce its title character, an ambitious young Hispanic-American woman (played by Gina Rodriguez) who practices abstinence yet, through a series of coincidences and accidents, finds herself artificially inseminated with her boss’s child.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

'Breaking Bad' Fans Get Their Fix In Spanish

How do you remake the award-winning AMC series Breaking Bad in Spanish?

Well, all you need — as the show's chemistry teacher-turned-drug dealer, Walter White, might say — is "a little tweak of chemistry."

Turn Walter White into Walter Blanco. For the show's theme music, swap out bongos for a guitar and an accordion. And change the scenery from Albuquerque, N.M., to Bogotá, Colombia.

For the most part, though, producers of UniMás' Metástasis used the if-it-ain't-broke method for their Spanish-language remake, which re-creates all 62 episodes with much of the original dialogue translated almost word for word.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Edward James Olmos Records PSA to Encourage Hispanic College Enrollment

Several stars are using Hispanic Heritage Month to make parents aware of resources available to them to help their kids go to college.

Edward James Olmos and CSI: Miami's Adam Rodriguez are among those who recorded PSAs, which encourage parents to look into scholarships and planning tools for their children.

According to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which created the PSAs with the Ad Council, Hispanics make up  19 percent of  college students from the ages of 18 to 24, a number that is up from 12 percent in 2008.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

'De Todo Un Poco' Hispanic television show in New Orleans celebrates 20th anniversary

With confetti, champagne and a big cake, Don Julio Guichard, a pioneer of the Spanish media in New Orleans, celebrated the 20th anniversary of his television show "De Todo Un Poco" recorded alive, at the Hispanic Apostolate's events hall on August 26 in New Orleans.

Surrounded by relatives, friends, co-workers and colleagues from the local Hispanic media, Guichard shared his emotion and thanked everybody for their support.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Pantelion Films Enters Exclusive First Look Deal With Eugenio Derbez And His Newly Launched 3pas Studios

VANCOUVER, British Columbia and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mexican actor, director, writer and producer Eugenio Derbez, the star of Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S., has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Pantelion Films, the collaboration between next generation global content leader Lionsgate LGF, +0.74% and Mexican media corporation Grupo Televisa, the parties announced today. Derbez, through his newly-launched 3Pas ('tripas") Studios production company, a partnership with former Pantelion President of Production Benjamin Odell, will focus on Spanish and English-language films targeted at Latino and crossover audiences in the US.

"We are thrilled to take our longstanding relationship with Eugenio to the next level," said Pantelion Films CEO Paul Presburger. "He is a true auteur in every sense of the word, and he has an amazing ability to tap into the shared passions of Latino and American audiences. Teaming up with such an enormous talent cements Pantelion's status as a leader in producing world-class, quality entertainment for a booming and often underserved Latino community. We look forward to working with Eugenio and our friend and colleague Ben Odell who was instrumental in helping us launch Pantelion."

"One of the keys to Pantelion's continued successful evolution is the roster of cross-cultural A-list stars it is assembling," said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. "Nobody is better able to deliver films reflecting the universal themes that will continue to build Pantelion's brand and audience than Eugenio Derbez, an incredible talent who has already generated tremendous momentum for the label with the success of Instructions Not Included."

Derbez added, "Pantelion and Televisa can reach my core fan base better than anyone and, with the distribution expertise and brand recognition of Lionsgate, I know we can build on the crossover audience that we began to reach with Instructions. I'm very happy to continue my relationship with all of them."

"Eugenio wanted to name the company 3Pas or tripas, which means 'guts' in Spanish," continued Odell.  "That's where he has made all his career decisions -- from the gut -- and it has brought him unparalleled success. No one has been able to crack the Hispanic market like Eugenio and, in partnership with Pantelion, I am certain we will continue to build on that success."

In addition to writing, directing and starring in Pantelion's 2013 release Instructions Not Included, Derbez's film credits include Under the Same Moon, another one of the highest-grossing Spanish language films released in the U.S.

Derbez and Odell first worked together on Sangre de Mi Sangre in 2006, starring Derbez, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and for which Odell was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.  Odell also produced Pantelion's 2012 release Girl in Progress, starring Eva Mendes, Patricia Arquette and Derbez, and he is producing Pantelion's upcoming drama Spare Parts, starring Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis and George Lopez, scheduled for release on January 16, 2015.

Derbez is represented by CAA and attorney Howard Abramson of Behr & Abramson, LLP.

About PantelionPantelion Films is the first major Latino Hollywood studio and the new face of Hispanic entertainment. Launched in 2010, Pantelion releases include the breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the recent box office success Cantinflas, which achieved the highest per screen average of any film in nationwide release on its opening weekend, as well as such films as Pulling Strings, Casa de mi Padre and From Prada to Nada.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

San Antonio eyed for new Hispanic TV series

Core Media Group, which has offices in Los Angeles and New York, is casting a new television series that would showcase the lives of successful Mexican American families.

Jason Skweres, a casting producer for Core Media Group, says the company is interested in shooting the show in the Alamo City. He adds, however, that, before Core can commit to a location, it must identify a cast

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Selling Milk to All Audiences, With a Unified Campaign

The California Milk Processor Board, like many marketers, has one agency creating campaigns for the general market and another creating campaigns for ethnic audiences, in this instance Spanish-speaking consumers. Now, in a shift indicative of a movement on Madison Avenue known as cross-cultural marketing or a “total market” approach, the board asked its two agencies to collaborate on a campaign encouraging all Californians, regardless of ethnicity or the language they speak, to buy and drink more milk.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Robert Rodriguez: " The future of Hispanic TV is in English programming"

Robert Rodriguez is working his magic on English-speaking Latino audiences with his new network, El Rey.

During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 46-year-old Sin City director revealed what made him decide to launch a TV network.

"John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa at FactoryMade told me, 'There's an opportunity for a TV network. Comcast is giving them away.' So I came up with the concept for El Rey," Rodriguez explained.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Univision Ranks as the No. 1 Broadcast Network Among Adults 18-34

Summer to date, Univision ranks as the No. 1 broadcast network among Adults 18-34 and No.3 among Adults 18-49.  Also, this week marks the third consecutive week where Univision ranked No.1 among both demographics.

Last week, Univision increased its primetime audience (+8%) compared to the same week in 2013 while CBS (-15%), FOX (-10%), ABC (-6%), and NBC (-4%) reported audience declines in the key Adult 18-49 viewers.

Univision out-delivered one or more of the English-Language broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX) on every night last week among both Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Telemundo Gives Its News a Big Boost

At the recent Hispanic Upfronts in New York, nearly every Spanish-language television network wooed advertisers and marketers with lavish presentations focused on their entertainment and sports-oriented programming. 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Two Hispanic Actresses Take Lead Roles In Mainstream TV Shows This Fall

Looks like the melting pot that is the U.S. will be a little better represented this year as diversity takes the small screen. Two Latinas are taking over the television lineup this fall, with ABC and The CW both featuring Hispanic actresses as leads in up and coming comedies.  

Stand-up comic Cristela Alonzo stars in ABC’s “Cristela,” which she also co-created, while “Jane the Virgin” features Gina Rodriguez as the title role in the new CW show.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Utilisima is full of cooking and cost-saving ideas for the family in November

New York, Buenos Aires, October 26, 2012 ― Utilísima, the Spanish-language lifestyle channel, brings exciting news in November to cooking enthusiasts and those looking to save a little money at home. The network brings the third season of Utilisima’s reality cooking show “COCINEROS AL LIMITE” featuring journalist, model and TV host Candela Ferro and actor Jean Paul Leroux and introduces viewers to a new show called “ITALIANISIMO” where renowned chef Donato Di Santis takes viewers on a historical tour of Italy to discover new products and authentic Italian recipes. For viewers looking for cooking ideas, Utilisima will also bring viewers special themed programing for Thanksgiving and for those who want to save some money, the network will share ideas on how they can shave-off costs around the home. 

Starting on Monday, Nov. 5 at 12 pm ET/PT. Utilisima will kick-off a month-long series on how to SAVE MONEY around the home to get ready for the holidays. Whether you are saving for a holiday family vacation or to get everything in your Christmas shopping list without going broke, Utilisima will show viewers how little things can make an impact on the wallet. This month, Utilisima has pored over previous episodes of everyone’s favorite shows such as “TIENDA DE DISEÑO,” “LUZ EN CASA” and “SABORES DE FAMILIA” to showcase those that are the most wallet-friendly. For example, viewers will learn how to save on groceries and preparing cost-saving but delicious meals, recycle and breathe new life to home items no longer used, craft cost-effective gifts for the holidays and home repair. 

On Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10 pm ET/PT, renowned chef, Donato De Santis, takes viewers back in time to beautiful Italy with “ITALIANISIMO.” Throughout thirteen episodes, De Santis educates viewers about Italy’s rich history and cuisine and shares the secrets to creating authentic dishes. In each thirty-minute episode, De Santis presents the ingredients needed in Italian cuisine and gives viewers step-by-step instruction to create both simple and traditional dishes. De Santis will open each episode with the ingredient of the day and gives shopping tips for purchasing the best regional products. After selecting the most important ingredients, De Santis takes viewers through the cooking process from kitchen to table. 

On Monday, Nov. 12 at 6 pm ET/PT, Utilisima kicks-off its THANKSGIVING celebration with a series focused on this topic. Benito and Solange, along with other favorite Utilisima personalities, will get together to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for friends and family. Starting at 1pm ET/10 am PT on Thursday, Nov. 22, Utilisima will play all five episodes back-to-back. 

Later in the month on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 9 pm ET/PT, Candela Ferro and Jean Paul Leroux kick-off “COCINEROS AL LIMITE” with sixteen new participants who will compete to become Utilisima’s newest “Celebrity Chef.” The international competitors, made up of chefs from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina will be separated into two teams led by renowned chefs Benito Molina and Simón Bühler. Together, they will undergo thirteen challenges but at the end, only one will be the winner. The prize: host the cooking show “3 MINUTOS” with a well-known Utilisima chef. 

Becoming the winner won’t be an easy task. During each challenge, competitors will also be judged on quality, innovation and creativity—all key aspects needed to become an ideal chef. In this new season made up of thirteen, sixty-minute episodes, the judging will be led by Silvia Gast and Daniel Castaño and feature guest judges that will include renowned international chefs such as Aquiles Chávez, Narda Lepes, Lorena Garcia, Flavio Solorzano, Donato De Santis and Mario Pagan. 

The third season of “COCINEROS AL LIMITE” airs every Sunday at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) 

The new show “ITALIANISIMO” airs every Sunday at 10:00 PM (ET/PT)
Special programming to save for the holidays will air Monday through Friday at 12 PM (ET/PT) 

Thanksgiving Week Special will air Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16 at 6 PM (ET/PT), followed by a Thanksgiving Marathon on Thursday, Nov. 22 starting at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT 

For more information on Utilísima and its programming, please visit

About Utilísima
Created in 1996, Utilísima offers 24 hours of Spanish lifestyle programming especially oriented to women. Utilísima is one of the largest producers of Television and Internet Spanish lifestyle content producing over 1,200 hours every year. One of Latin America’s dominant entertainment destinations for women, Utilísima’s programming spans across Food, Arts & Crafts, Home Improvement, Health & Beauty and Parenting. As a unit of Fox International Channels since 2007, Utilísima is distributed across Latin America, United States, Canada, Spain, and the Balkans.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Discovery en Español addresses issues of concern to U.S. Hispanics in the weeks before the Presidential Elections in two new original productions

Miami, Florida, October 23, 2012 – With the presidential elections around the corner, Discovery en Español is launching a range of programs focusing on key issues of concern for the U.S. Hispanic community, including immigration and unemployment. The programming includes two new original documentaries: “Caras del odio,” which examines hate crimes against Hispanics; and “Desamparados,” a look at Hispanic families struggling to survive in difficult economic circumstances. 

“As part of our commitment to our audience, we feel a responsibility during this pre-election period to offer unique and quality content that entertains while informing our viewers about current affairs,” said Ivan Bargueiras, General Manager, Discovery U.S. Hispanic. 

To explore the controversial topic of immigration, Discovery en Español will premiere the original production “Caras del odio” on October 28 at 9 PM E/P. The documentary analyzes two notorious hate crimes: the death of Mexican immigrant Luis Ramírez after a fight with a group of high school students in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, in 2008; and the case of Juan Varela, a U.S. citizen and fifth-generation Hispanic murdered by a neighbor in 2010 after an argument over illegal immigration. Two other original productions will air the same day: “Objetivo el norte” (10 PM E/P), a documentary that examines all sides of the immigration debate; and “La ruta de la muerte” (11 PM E/P), which follows a group of migrants on their journey to the United States as they try to avoid violence from drug cartels and other dangers. 

“Desamparados,” another original production, premieres on Discovery en Español on November 4 at 9 PM/EP. This documentary chronicles the daily lives of Hispanic families who have lost their homes and their jobs in the economic crisis and have been reduced to living in shelters, parks and even their cars. The same day’s lineup also includes “Deportados” (10 PM E/P), in which the network takes its cameras inside the largest detention center in the United States to capture the personal stories of immigrants about to be expelled from the country; and “Viviendo en la sombra” (11 PM E/P), real-life profiles of illegal immigrants as they struggle to raise their children, earn a living and dream of a better future. 

About Discovery en Español 
Discovery en Español is the Spanish-language voice of Discovery. It is the premier network dedicated to offering the finest in quality programming in the areas of science and technology, world culture and history, nature and wildlife as well as real-life drama. The network creates an indelibly enriching experience by collecting the best of what Discovery’s networks have to offer in combination with its own original Spanish-language content. Created by the world’s most trusted media brand, Discovery en Español translates not just the words, but the feeling of Discovery, educating and engaging audiences nationwide with fascinating glimpses into the incredible world they inhabit. For more information, visit or follow us on

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Friday, September 28, 2012

HBO Latino Premieres "The Latino List: Volume 2" and "Profugos"

Sep 24, 2012 | by David Salazar
HBO Latino has a huge day in store for its audience as it premieres two major productions at the Primetime hours. 

At 9PM, the company will debut "The Latino List: Volume 2." The film interviews a wide range of successful Latin Americans working in the US today. Audiences will be treated a diverse range of backgrounds and success stories. Some will make you laugh and some will put you on the verge of tears. Latinospost was in attendance for the premiere this past Friday and can vouch for quality of the show (For the full review click HERE.). Among those interviewed in the 45 minute film are Giselle Fernandez, John Seda, Christy Turlington Burns, Victor Cruz, Janet Murguia, Cesar Conde, Nely Galan, Doroles Huerta, Henry Cisneros, Judy Reyes, George Lopez, Ralph de la Vega, Soledad O'Brien, and Raul Yzaguirre.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Discovery en Español and Heineken celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with the original production “Gen H”

Miami, Florida, September 21, 2012 – Discovery en Español celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with the premiere of its original production Gen H (Hispanic Generation), a documentary that follows three young US Hispanic professionals on their journey to realize their dreams. Developed in partnership with Heineken, Gen H has a comprehensive brand integration that focuses on a new generation of Hispanics.

“Gen H exposes the positive contributions of young Hispanics in this country, as well as Discovery’s commitment to portray issues that resonate with our viewers’ lives”, said Eileen Piñeiro, Director of Content at Discovery en Español.

“At Heineken, we believe this generation of Hispanics is a source of inspiration,” said Colin Westcott-Pitt, VP Marketing, Heineken. “In line with what Heineken stands for, Gen H is a true story of Hispanic professionals who embrace their world. The show’s stars translate their passion into action, overcoming the challenges they face and opening the world to the opportunities ahead” he added.

Gen H showcases the lives of three young entrepreneurs who achieve their dreams of success in a new country: Nina Johnson, a young woman with Guatemalan roots who owns an art gallery in Miami; José Mendin, a talented Puerto Rican chef and co-owner of four successful restaurants who was nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award; and Juan Felipe Valencia, a Colombian-born musician who moved to the US to pursue a successful career composing scores for television and film. The documentary follows the three as they go about their daily lives, revealing their diverse activities and the challenges they face every day to reach their creative and professional goals.

Gen H will premiere on Saturday, September 22 at 10PM ET/ 7PM PT. The show’s microsite (#genh) on includes exclusive interviews with the protagonists, photographs and behind-the-scenes videos of the making of the documentary.

About Discovery en Español
Discovery en Español is the Spanish-language voice of Discovery. It is the premier network dedicated to offering the finest in quality programming in the areas of science and technology, world culture and history, nature and wildlife as well as real-life drama. The network creates an indelibly enriching experience by collecting the best of what Discovery’s networks have to offer in combination with its own original Spanish-language content. Created by the world’s most trusted media brand, Discovery en Español translates not just the words, but also the feeling of Discovery, educating and engaging audiences nationwide with fascinating glimpses into the incredible world they inhabit. For more information, visit or follow us on

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Jennifer Lopez and nuvoTV Announce Exclusive Creative, Production and Marketing Partnership

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ -- Jennifer Lopez, world-renowned actor, recording artist and businesswoman, and nuvoTV, the first English-language cable network for U.S. Latinos, announced today an exclusive creative, production and marketing partnership to bolster nuvoTV's mission to deliver entertainment for today's powerful Latino audience. As a partner with the network, Lopez and her production company, Nuyorican Productions, will collaborate closely on all creative elements, including programming strategy, production and marketing. Lopez will also promote the network and work with nuvoTV to develop exciting new content targeting the Latino audience. She will work closely with nuvoTV's distribution and advertising partners to help grow nuvoTV's overall business.

"As an artist, businesswoman, producer and Latina, I'm passionate about seeing multicultural America on TV," said Jennifer Lopez. "My partnership with nuvoTV reflects our mutual goal of creating top-quality entertainment and exciting stories that embrace the richness and beauty of Latin culture in America today."

Under this comprehensive partnership, Lopez, who was listed #1 on Forbes "Most Powerful Celebrity List for 2012," will act as a creative collaborator with nuvoTV, working to build and refine the original programming lineup, contributing new series and shows through Nuyorican Productions, and helping to drive viewership to the network. She will also act as executive producer on nuvoTV projects together with her long-time production partners, Simon Fields and Benny Medina. The first Nuyorican produced project for nuvoTV will be a music special based on Jennifer Lopez's current Dance Again World Tour.

"Jennifer Lopez is a creative powerhouse and the perfect partner for our network and we are absolutely thrilled to have her on board with us," said Michael Schwimmer, CEO, nuvoTV. "Jennifer's unique combination of talent, imagination and determination, combined with her passion for great entertainment, gives nuvoTV a wonderful opportunity to redefine television tailored for English-speaking Latinos."

Schwimmer also noted plans to strengthen nuvoTV's leadership team to drive the aggressive execution of an enhanced network brand and programming strategy, with deeper support and investment at the content and marketing levels.

Created more than eight years ago as the first English-language television network for U.S. Latinos, nuvoTV is an independent network that currently reaches more than 30 million homes with popular, culturally-relevant and compelling content. nuvoTV creates programming for today's U.S. Latinos, the fastest growing and increasingly influential demographic in America.

About nuvoTVnuvoTV is the first and only English-language television network created for American bi-cultural Latinos, 18-49. Vibrant. Bold. Driven. nuvoTV embodies the spirit and lifestyle of today's Latino audience. From lifestyle and comedy to music and movies, nuvoTV's unique line-up of original programming is all shot in high-definition.
nuvoTV is available nationwide on DISH Network, most major U.S. markets (Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago and San Francisco/Bay Area, among others), as well as all of the top 15 Hispanic DMAs. Major distribution partners include AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Cox, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS.

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About Jennifer Lopez/Nuyorican Productions
Actress, entertainer, music artist, film and TV producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Jennifer Lopez has been called one of the most powerful and celebrated celebrities in entertainment. Forbes Magazine named her the #1 Most Powerful Celebrity in the World in 2012. With an unmatched global appeal, Lopez has racked up more than $1.4 billion in worldwide box office receipts (Box Office Mojo). She is an award-winning TV personality through participation on "American Idol," the #1 Most Watched U.S. television series of 2010 – 2012. The Jennifer Lopez brand has achieved historic and record-breaking proportions and her fragrances have become the most successful celebrity line in the world with sales exceeding $2 billion.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Time Warner Cable Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month on Movies On Demand

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Time Warner Cable is offering Digital TV customers a collection of acclaimed films celebrating Hispanic culture On Demand.

The Hispanic Heritage collection features a variety of influential Latino films, directors and actors including Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu's Amores Perros, Salma Hayek in Frida and Gael Garcia Bernal as Che Guevara in The Motorcycle Diaries. Customers can instantly enjoy these titles and more On Movies On Demand.  

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Utilisima Lends a Hand to Viewers This Fall With Informative and Fresh Programing

New York, Buenos Aires, August 28, 2012 ― This month Utilísima, the Spanish-language network that offers 24 hours of lifestyle programing, introduces informative programing for viewers with the premier of the new original series “Mi Bebe” and the return of the second season of “Tu Vida Mas Simple.” The network also brings back Araceli Gonzalez for another month of interesting interviews with key personalities to find out ¿Que Piensan Los Hombres? Viewers will also have the opportunity to view popular episodes from earlier seasons of “Tu Vida Mas Simple” and “Locos Del Remate”.

On Monday, September 3, Utilisima’s newest original series, “Mi Bebe”, premiers with helpful advice for expectant parents. Mom expert and actress, Lisset Gutierrez, joins forces with a team of professional doctors and renowned specialists to discuss everything parents need to know about the various stages of pregnancy and the baby’s first years of life. Besides child and mommy care, Lisset will also share healthy recipes inspired by the lifestyle of the modern and busy mom. “Mi Bebe”, slated to run for 26 episodes for a duration of 30 minutes, will air Monday to Friday at 11:30 am ET/PT.

The following week, on September 10, Martin Llorens (Hola Martín!) and Luz Blanchet (Luz en Casa) come back for the second season of the hit show, “Tu Vida Mas Simple.” The duo will share new tips on how to reduce stress by handling life’s challenges better. Guest experts will discuss topics on home décor, health, beauty, parenting, finance, crafts and much more. By showing tips on saving money and time, “Tu Vida Mas Simple” aims to cover all the topics that are important to the Hispanic family. The hour-long show will air every Monday at 6pm ET/PT.

This month, host Araceli Gonzalez continues to provide intimate one-on-one interviews with renowned personalities on “¿Que Piensan Los Hombres?” Every Sunday at 9:00 PM ET/PT, Araceli Gonzalez delves into the lives of the most sought-after personalities to discuss love, work and family, among other topics. On September 2, Araceli sits down with Chilean actor, Gonzalo Valenzuela, to discuss his life and how he relocated to Argentina where he formed his family. Gonzalo reveals the sacrifices he has made in order to achieve a successful career. Later in the month, on September 9, Aracely sits down with none other than renowned Venezuelan singer, José Luis “El Puma” Rodriguez. During this episode, “El Puma” shares his music story and how his songs have taken him all over the world. He also gives Aracely an intimate look at his private life and unveils intimate details about his family.

Finally, viewers will have the opportunity to relive some of the best moments from the first season of “Tu Vida Mas Simple” on Sunday September 9 starting 1pm ET/ 10 AM PT. In anticipation of the new season, fans will be able to enjoy the best four episodes from the first season of “Tu Vida Mas Simple”. On top of that, Utilisima will air a special four episode transmission of the hit show, “Locos Del Remate,” which will air on Sunday September 2 starting at 4pm ET/ 1AM PT. In a search to find hidden antiques and unique artifacts, hosts, Javier Carral and Dirk Kinet, travel through Mexico, Colombia and Argentina to unveil the traditions of each country.

The new show “Mi Bebe” premiers on Monday, September 3rd, at 11:30 AM (ET/PT)

The second season of “Tu Vida Mas Simple” airs on Monday, September 10th at 6:00 PM (ET/PT)

“¿Qué Piensan Los Hombres?” airs every Sunday, at 9:00 PM (ET/PT)

A four-episode long marathon of the first season of “Tu Vida Mas Simple” will air on Sunday September9th, at 1pm ET/ 10 AM

A four-episode long marathon of the “Locos Del Remate” will air on Sunday September 2nd, at 4pm ET/ 1 AM PT

For more information on Utilísima and its programming, please visit

About Utilísima:
Created in 1996, Utilísima offers 24 hours of Spanish lifestyle programming especially oriented to women. Utilísima is one of the largest producers of Television and Internet Spanish lifestyle content producing over 1,200 hours every year. One of Latin America’s dominant entertainment destinations for women, Utilísima’s programming spans across Food, Arts & Crafts, Home Improvement, Health & Beauty and Parenting. As a unit of Fox International Channels since 2007, Utilísima is distributed across Latin America, United States, Canada, Spain, and the Balkans.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The fight for Hispanic TV viewers, in Spanish and English

August 19, 2012 | by Marco Ortiz

The fight for the Latino TV audience in the U.S. has reached a new level.

In the Spanish television field, MundoFox has just entered the scene, a channel that will seek to compete with Univision and Telemundo, networks that dominate the Spanish speaking audience in this country.

MundoFox started broadcasting on August 13 on 50 stations, reaching about 11 million Hispanic homes.

The network is a partnership between News Corp.’s Fox International Channels and RCN Television Group, a producer of television shows for Colombia.

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Tr3s premiers new season of Quiero Mi Baby & debuts a new music video for its catchy bilingual theme song “De Nuevo” by Eli Jas

Miami, FL August 20th, 2012 – Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más, one of the leading bilingual/bicultural entertainment destinations for Latinos in the US, announces a new dose of bicultural parenting on Quiero Mi Baby, and debuts a new music video for its series theme song “De Nuevo”, featuring Latin star Eli Jas. The sophomore-season of Quiero Mi Baby delivers an awe-inspiring and emotional sneak-peek of bicultural parenting, taking viewers into the realities of gay parenting, multiple miscarriages, disconnected families, mixed faiths and overcoming genetic disorders. Quiero Mi Baby premieres every Monday at 9pm starting August 20th.

Episode Synopsis

August 20th – “Frijoles & Pad Thai”

Alicia and Steven are one of those extremely diverse couples that went from eating frijoles to Pad Thai! After seven-years of marriage, they were desperate for a baby but fate had other plans. After multiple miscarriages and stint in the adoption world, Alicia finally gets pregnant and prays her way through the nine-months, in the hopes her misfortune doesn’t resurface.

August– 27th “New Marriage, New House, New Career & New Baby”

Mix a workaholic Mexican/Puerto Rican wife with a very chill Puerto Rican husband and you score the recipe for a united Latin family. In less than a year, Yliana and Josh exchanged vows, bought a home, upgraded their career and delivered their first born. Overwhelmed by multiple milestones and overbearing dogs, make their baby arrival a challenging, yet exciting welcome.

September 3rd - “Two Mommies in the Park”

Tarsha never expected to fall in love and end her partying lifestyle but the idea of sharing parenting duties with her partner Iris was a dream. Following a lengthy search for a Puerto Rican donor, the new mommies now face the realities of gay parenting, from the legalities around guardianship to the Who’s your daddy? question.

September 10th – “A Baby Reunion”

Alabama-native Heather fell even harder for her husband Alex after meeting his loving Latino family. And although her new family is worlds away from her challenging upbringing and estranged mom, Heather is looking forward to tackling motherhood. But the delivery of baby boy Xane Alberto brings an unexpected and overwhelming emotion that encourages her to reunite with her birth mother.

September 17th “A Multi-Faith Baby”

An office romance quickly turned into a faith-driven marriage for Adriana and Brett. Following their courtship, the couple eagerly awaited the birth of their baby boy, but were devastated with the news of a stillborn. After sharing their experience with a local support group and regaining their strength, beautiful Baby Vienna came into their world. And what better way to celebrate a new daughter than with both a Jewish baby-naming ceremony and a catholic baptism!

September 24th – “Championing Down Syndrome”

High school sweethearts Ceceliz and Juan Fernando migrated to the States for college, where they rekindle their romance and tied the knot. At their delivery, they were shocked by the news that their baby had Down syndrome. The initial shock took a while to overcome, but bringing baby Valentina home quickly empowered them champion the cause, and give her a normal life. Recently gracing the cover of People Magazine, Valentina’s busy schedule includes a modeling gig as the new face of Miami swimsuit designer Dolores Cortes and meeting dignateries including an upcoming visit with the Vice President of Ecuador.

About Eli Jas
Season two of launches with a spanking-new music video of “De Nuevo”, featuring the multicultural Latina Eli Jas. Tr3s introduced Eli Jas as part of its Descubre & Download artist in January 2012 and her debut single "Tú Me Haces Volar” drew thousands of downloads making her the most successful D&D to date. Born in Chelsea, in the borough of Manhattan, the 20 year old is shaking up the Latin music industry with her R&B phrases, pop melodies and sultry voice. Her unique mash up of pop production over Bachata grooves is incredibly infectious, a style that stems from the authenticity of Eli Jas.

About Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más
Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más, owned and operated by Viacom International Media Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), reaches 6.1 million Hispanic TV households (45% of US Hispanic Total TV HH) and 34 million total TV households. The network’s programming embraces the trilogy of cultures that represents Latino life – Latin American plus American equals US Latino - through original productions, key acquisitions, and content from MTV Networks’ portfolio of entertainment brands. Tr3s embraces the key lifestyle aspects of Latino identity -- milestones, making it and music -- as well as social responsibility through its initiative “Agentes de Cambio”, which tackles issues that affect Latinos today. The network also taps into the growing number of Latinos that are digitally connected through


Monday, August 13, 2012

MundoFox to Enter the Latino TV Market

August 12, 2012 | by Tanzina Vega

LOS ANGELES — The correspondents were on camera and on location in Mexico City, Washington and Los Angeles. Rolando Nichols, the lead anchor, listened intently to the microphone in his ear as he stood in front of the bright red walls of the news studio.

But the news would have to wait: engineers and producers in the control room were having trouble with the sound coming from one of the microphones.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Discovery en Español examines the battle against organized crime in its latest original production, “Barrios en Guerra”

Miami, Florida, August 10, 2012 – In recent decades, criminal bands in Medellín and Río de Janeiro have tried to impose a rule of terror supported by a constant influx of dollars from one of the most profitable businesses in the world: illegal drug trafficking. Due to the great demand for narcotics – a market generating billions of dollars each year –, drug trafficking has been a force powerful enough to create parallel governments in these important Latin American cities. Against all odds, however, the situation is quite different in these cities today. To understand the story of this transformation, Discovery en Español enters the most dangerous neighborhoods of Medellin and Río de Janeiro in “BARRIOS EN GUERRA” premiering Sunday, August 12 at 10pm E/P, a documentary that gives audiences an unprecedented opportunity to witness the struggle to take back the streets from drug trafficking and organized crime.

The two-part original production features the testimonies of Río de Janeiro and Medellín residents who experienced first hand conditions of extreme violence verging on civil war. The first part of the program, which focuses on Medellín, recounts the two most violent years in the city’s history during the period when Pablo Escobar controlled the continent’s drug trade and was the most powerful and wanted drug kingpin in the world. After Escobar’s death in the 1990s, armed gangs or “combos” vied for control of valuable drug-trafficking routes. Their battles unleashed a wave of violence that turned Medellín into one of the world’s most dangerous cities, leaving a toll of thousands of innocent victims and many teenagers and young people in jail. --more--

“BARRIOS EN GUERRA” presents the testimony of one former drug operative who explains how he got involved in the illegal narcotics business, how the gangs operated, and the factors that enabled him to leave this criminal world and become an exemplary father and citizen. The program also presents the wider context of the government, police and military intervention that succeeded in lowering the violent crime and murder rate by 60%, allowing Medellin to become one of Latin America’s most prosperous cities today.

The second episode of the documentary relies on the testimony of members of the security forces, sociologists and even a former drug trafficker to present a detailed look at all aspects of the illegal narcotics trade in Río de Janeiro, from tracing distribution routes to the discovery of a huge cocaine processing laboratory in the middle of the city’s favelas. “BARRIOS EN GUERRA” details the complex operation that led to the arrest in 2010 of the infamous “Nem,” the capo of Rocinha, the favela that became one of the city’s main hubs for illicit drugs. The program also documents the work of the Río police, who gradually pacified the neighborhoods liberated from criminal control and recruited thousands of residents to help guarantee the city’s security during the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

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About Discovery en Español
Discovery en Español is the Spanish-language voice of Discovery. It is the premier network dedicated to offering the finest in quality programming in the areas of science and technology, world culture and history, nature and wildlife as well as real-life drama. The network creates an indelibly enriching experience by collecting the best of what Discovery’s networks have to offer in combination with its own original Spanish-language content. Created by the world’s most trusted media brand, Discovery en Español translates not just the words, but the feeling of Discovery, educating and engaging audiences nationwide with fascinating glimpses into the incredible world they inhabit. For more information, visit or follow us on

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MTV Latin America and Mexican Pop Sensation Dulce Maria Presented in Mexico City the Music Video for "Es un Drama," the Theme Song for MTV Latin America New Novela "Ultimo Ano"

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- MTV Latin America held a press conference in Mexico City for their new novela, the psychological thriller "Último Año." Dulce Maria presented her new music video for "Es un Drama" (#Esundrama), the theme song of the novela. MTV Latin America and released the video on Tuesday August 7th, at 8pm (Mex/Arg/Col) during the special "Making the Video: Último Año".

The cast was officially presented at the press conference: Kendra Santa Cruz/Celeste (Mexico), Martín Barba/Benjamin (Mexico), Mauricio Henao/Martin (Colombia), and Iliana Fuengo/Fernanda (Mexico). MTV Latin America also announced that Último Año is co-produced with CadenaTres Grupo Imagen Multimedia and that Canal 28 of CadenaTres will be the exclusive platform of the show's broadcast in open-TV in Mexico, with premiere date still to be confirmed. CadenaTres has released exciting shows such as las Aparicio, el 8vo Mandamiento and El Albergue e Infames in Mexico and Latin America.

"I am excited to officially present MTV's Latin America first novela produced in Mexico and to announce our association with CadenaTres. We are sure that with our expertise in young audiences and their experience in producing novelas, this production will be a total success," said Eduardo Lebrija, SVP of Production and Programming of MTV/Comedy Central/VH1 for VIMN the Americas.

"MTV Latin America is opting for the novela genre again, which is popular with our audience, and now our new novela, Ultimo Año, has a different story, an ideal cast and a strong musical component led by Dulce Maria", said Fernando Gaston, SVP of Production and Programming in MTV/Comedy Central/VH1 for VIMN the Americas. "We are certain that this novela will connect with our fans in Latin America and beyond".

"CadenaTres has brought different, exciting and successful series. For us, Último Año is a project that has been inspired by reality to create original and intelligent entertainment," said Eric Reid, Director of Production of Fiction for CadenaTres.

"Último Año" is MTV's Latin America third novela and the first of its kind to be produced in Mexico. The novela is slated to premiere on Monday September 3rd, 2012 and later in the US through "Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más".

Último Año marks MTV's first partnership with the NGO, Population Media Center (PMC), to integrate in its scripts and creative pieces, issues that may raise social awareness amongst the audience. Through the use of entertainment-education programming, characters will be developed to evolve into role models for the audience. Último Año will portray issues present in teenage lives such as of sexual health, contraception, HIV/AIDS and STDs, gender equality, cyber bullying, education and more.

The psychological thriller, "Ultimo Año", develops in the world of high school adolescence. Martin, an apparently ideal teenager, arrives at an elite school as part of a student exchange program. He lives with Benjamin, a popular kid who takes him under his wing and transforms him into his best friend. Both fall in love with the same girl. Mistrust develops when a conniving Martin steals his friends, his popularity and his entire life. Faced with disbelief from family and friends, Benjamin begins to wage a solitary battle at unmasking the real Martin.

The cast also includes Julia Urbini, Dolores Gómez, Paola Galina, Michel Duval, Norman Delgadillo, Leopoldo Marín, Martín Navarrete, María José Suárez and Juan De Dios, amongst others.

Viacom International Media Networks The Americas, a unit of Viacom Inc. ((NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), owns and operates the company's portfolio of entertainment brands, which include MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and their respective properties in Spanish speaking Latin America as well as Viacom Networks Brazil. Additionally, the portfolio includes Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más in the US, which targets a broad US Hispanic audience, and MTV Networks International's programming partnerships in Canada with Corus Entertainment for Nickelodeon and CTV Globe Media for MTV, Comedy Central and Vh1. The company's emerging multiplatform businesses include MTVNHD and Red Viacom in Latin America as well as VH1HD in Brazil. MTV Networks Latin America, US Hispanic and Canada also serve the growing number of digitally connected consumers via its websites:,,,,,,, and as well as through its broadband and community sites:,, ,, and

SOURCE: MTV Networks Latin America

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Spanish-Language Broadcast Network MundoFOX to launch in Phoenix August 13th on full-power television station KMOH 6 Kingman /KEJR 40 Phoenix

MIAMI, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Hero Broadcasting LLC, owner & operator of local Phoenix television station KMOH 6/KEJR 40, announced today that it will officially launch as the local MundoFOX affiliate on August 13th. MundoFOX is the new Spanish-language network from Fox International Channels and the RCN Television Group (RCN).

"MundoFOX's original programming will challenge Univision and Telemundo because it provides a quality alternative to the cookie-cutter entertainment landscape that has become a fixture in Spanish-language television," said Robert Behar, a pioneer of U.S. Spanish-language television and President and CEO of Hero Broadcasting LLC.

"MundoFOX will reach 80% of the U.S. Hispanic market and Phoenix viewers will get to experience MundoFOX in high-definition through our free over-the-air signal and on DIRECTV and DISH Network," he added.

Starting on August 13th, MundoFOX will be available to viewers via the free, over-the-air signal of full-power television station KMOH 6.1-Kingman and KEJR 40.1-Phoenix. Viewers will also be able to tune-in on satellite: DIRECTV, Channel 6 and Dish Network, Channel 6.

MundoFOX's innovative "teleseries," a format mastered by their programming partner RCN of Colombia, will be at the core of their programming. Original programming includes:

-- "El Joe, La Leyenda" (The life of singer & entertainer Joe Arroyo)
-- "Betty La Fea Express" at 6:30pm
-- "Minuto Para Ganar" (Minute to Win It) at 7pm
-- "Los Exitosos Perez" at 8pm
-- The second season of the acclaimed 'teleseries' "El Capo II" at 9pm
-- MundoFOX national newscast at 10pm
-- Closing Prime Time will be a weekly strip including the likes of "KADABRA," "Lynch," "Bones" (in Spanish), "Mentes En Shock" & "Tiempo Final"
-- Weekend lineup will include: "MundoFOX Educational" for kids, family & action box office hit movies, sports (including Soccer and UFC LIVE) and much more.

About Hero Broadcasting
The minority-owned broadcast group, Hero Broadcasting, is led by industry-veteran Bob Behar. The company owns 3 television stations including full-power station KMOH-DT 6 and KEJR-LD 40 – the MundoFOX affiliates in the Phoenix DMA.

About MundoFOX

MundoFox is an over-the-air Spanish language television network. The network is a joint venture between News Corporation's Fox International Channels and Colombian broadcaster RCN Television and will formally launch on August 13, 2012.

SOURCE: Hero Broadcasting LLC

Monday, August 6, 2012

ABC News, Univision to Launch News Channel for US Latinos

Aug 01, 2012 | by Michael Oleaga

ABC News and Univision have officially announced a deal to establish a new English-language news channel aimed for the US Latino population.

An ABC spokesperson confirmed that the first step of the deal is the launch of their website, set to debut this fall. The news channel will launch in mid-2013.

"ABC News and Univision News share a goal of serving the thriving Hispanic audience that makes up such an influential and essential part of America," ABC News President Ben Sherwood. "Our new joint venture will empower Hispanic Americans and connect audiences of all kinds to culturally relevant news, information and lifestyle programming. The signature of the definitive agreement is an important, exciting first step toward achieving our vision."

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Utilisima debuts inspirational and educational content in August

New York, Buenos Aires, August 2, 2012 ― This month, Utilísima, the Spanish-language lifestyle channel, is going beyond entertainment to bring consumers inspirational and educational content with the third season of Martin Llorens’ “Hola Martin” and “¿Qué Piensan Los Hombres?”

On August 6th, renowned fashion, design and lifestyle expert Martin Llorens returns to Utilísima with “HOLA MARTIN” for a season of forty episodes. The thirty-minute episodes will air Monday to Friday at 1pm ET/PT. In each episode, Martin will help Latinas improve their lifestyle and achieve career success by sharing advice on dressing according to body type and how to reach the pinnacle of personal and professional success, as well as provide lifestyle, fashion, beauty and nutrition tips.

This season, “Hola Martin” will be divided into three sections: Body, Mind and Spirit. In each episode, Martin will team-up with a team of specialists who will share their secrets and solutions to achieve harmony and wellness in all aspects of our lives. Luana Hervier the well-known yoga and fitness instructor will show viewers meditation and yoga practices that connect with the world in a very happy and harmonious way. The nutrition section will be guided by the “Boricua” Doreen Colondres, who will share nutritional tips that integrate low fat and organic ingredients to prepare tasty and healthy meals.

In August, one of Utilisima’s newest and most successful shows, “¿Qué Piensan Los Hombres?” will reach new heights by bringing viewers top-tier personalities into their living rooms. Every Sunday at 9:00 PM (ET/PT), Araceli Gonzalez will continue to interview some of the most important personalities from the world of sports and show business and seek the answers to the questions that lend her show its name. During the half-hour chat, family, work, love and personal style will be just a few of the topics that Araceli will touch upon with her special guests.

On August 5, Araceli brings viewers an interview with Juan Pablo Montoya, the legendary Colombian NASCAR car driver. During this interview, Juan Pablo will share how a speed-loving man handles his life peacefully when he is at home. On August 12, the Mexican host and, “Por Ella Soy Eva” star, Jaime Camil, tells us what is like to be a ‘woman’. The following week on August 19th, Araceli will bring the ‘hottest’ Colombian actor of the moment, Marlon Moreno, to talk about how he stays true to himself and about his most recent work on “El Capo”.

The month closes with an interview with the renowned Uruguayan football player, Diego ‘Forlán’ Corazo. The soccer star, who received the Golden Ball for best player at the 2010 World Cup, will talk about his passion sports, specifically soccer. He will also share personal details such as how his grandfather and father; who were also soccer players, influenced his career, what is like to be far away from his loved ones and his dream for forming a family.

The United Sates, Colombia, Mexico, Spain and Aracely’s Argentina are some of the scenarios that serve as backdrop for “¿Qué Piensan Los Hombres?” During each episode, both guests and hostess become involved in a spontaneous conversation that is full of anecdotes and life experiences that take us a little closer to the world of men… and women.

The third season of “Hola Martin” begins on Monday, August 6th at 1:00 PM (ET/PT)

“¿Qué Piensan Los Hombres?” airs every Sunday, at 9:00 PM (ET/PT)

For more information on Utilísima and its programming, please visit

About Utilísima
Created in 1996, Utilísima offers 24 hours of Spanish lifestyle programming especially oriented to women. Utilísima is one of the largest producers of Television and Internet Spanish lifestyle content producing over 1,200 hours every year. One of Latin America’s dominant entertainment destinations for women, Utilísima’s programming spans across Food, Arts & Crafts, Home Improvement, Health & Beauty and Parenting. As a unit of Fox International Channels since 2007, Utilísima is distributed across Latin America, United States, Canada, Spain, and the Balkans.

SOURCE: Ultilísima

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