Monday, July 24, 2017

Univision Communications Inc. appoints Tonia O’Connor as first-ever chief revenue officer

NEW YORK –  JULY 24, 2017 – Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced that Tonia O’Connor has been promoted to the newly-created role of Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), effective immediately. O’Connor will continue to report to Randy Falco, President and Chief Executive Officer, and remain based in New York. 

In appointing O’Connor as CRO, UCI is evolving its business to more closely align with the needs of its clients by providing innovative and forward-looking consultation. With an integrated content monetization strategy and consolidated oversight of all of UCI’s revenue streams – linear and digital advertising, content distribution and new revenue development – UCI is strongly positioned to offer clients turnkey solutions across all platforms and enterprise touch points targeting its highly connected and influential audience. Under O’Connor’s leadership, UCI will also develop opportunities that bring scale to new formats, while advancing consumer engagement and creating a more effective overall experience for marketers and distributors.  

“This new executive position not only recognizes the extraordinary track record of impact Tonia has made – and will continue to make – on our Company, but it also represents an important shift in the way we are now approaching our business,” Falco said. “By adopting a total revenue strategy, we will be able to better partner with our clients to create consumer-first, multi-platform solutions and invest in our content, platforms and insights with improved targeting and servicing of our audience.”

O’Connor commented, “In this consumer age of media, audience insights and behavior are – more than ever – critical ingredients in the success of both our content and our partners.  UCI has been the undisputed leader for more than 50 years in delivering the highly-coveted, young and diverse American audience.  That makes us some of the best storytellers on the planet with an incredibly loyal audience - from Univision News to La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo to Liga MX.  I am excited to lead our groundbreaking approach with an integrated distribution and advertising sales strategy, which will provide tremendous opportunities for our clients to leverage the full value of our enterprise. I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue building UCI’s path as an industry leader.”

Falco continued, “Tonia is a fearless leader with a keen ability to anticipate, influence and adapt to our rapidly changing industry, and she is uniquely qualified to help drive our next phase of growth at a pace that tracks with the convergence of the media and technology worlds.  Since joining UCI, Tonia has led a highly-profitable content distribution strategy that has embraced technology and increased the relevancy of our programming in a multi-screen world.”

Among O’Connor’s first actions as CRO will be to appoint a successor to Keith Turner, UCI’s President of Advertising Sales & Marketing, who recently announced his plans to retire at the end of 2017, and to lead a seamless transition for the advertising sales & marketing team.

Since joining the company as executive vice president of Distribution Sales and Marketing in January 2008, O’Connor has been repeatedly promoted to roles of increasing seniority and has led the Company’s strategy to drive UCI’s content distribution efforts across all screens, including online and mobile.  During her tenure with UCI, O’Connor led the creation of the Company’s first over the top English-language digital network, and the Univision Creator Network; played a key role in the expansion of UCI’s portfolio from three networks to 17 broadcast, cable and digital networks and partnerships; and, most recently, led the launch of UCI’s direct to consumer subscription video service, Univision NOW.  She also leads UCI’s Enterprise Development efforts to expand content availability and licensing revenue by securing key partnerships and new business models with both traditional and emerging distributors.  

Prior to joining UCI, O’Connor spent more than a decade with Gemstar-TV Guide, where she served in a number of roles, including as executive vice president of distribution.  During her tenure, she was responsible for negotiating complex technology and intellectual property agreements, as well as programming deals.  She also made substantial contributions to the growth of Gemstar-TV Guide’s networks and defining the strategy of the company.

O’Connor is a Director on the Board of El Rey Network, and fuboTV, a live streaming TV service. She is active in industry organizations and currently serves as the Chairman on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. O’Connor has received multiple awards and recognitions including last year’s distinguished Vanguard Award for Marketing from the NCTA – The Television and Internet Association, Variety’s Women of Impact Award, as well as in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100. In prior years, she received a Wonder Women award from Multichannel News, was recognized by Moves Magazine as a Power Woman, and appears every year on CableFax’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Cable and the industry’s Top 100. 

O’Connor graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a dual major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Univision Announces Joint Venture with Renowned Producer Patricio Wills to Create Content for UniMás

MIAMI--(Business Wire)--Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced a joint venture with the internationally acclaimed producer Patricio Wills. The new company will develop edgy, action-packed series primarily for primetime broadcast on UniMás and created specifically for U.S. Hispanic audiences.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Ruth Gaviria Appointed as Entercom's Chief Marketing Officer

BALA CYNWYD, Pa., Feb. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM), one of the largest radio broadcasters in the United States, today announced that Ruth Gaviria has been appointed to the position of Chief Marketing Officer.  Gaviria will report directly to Entercom's President and CEO, David J. Field.

Before joining Entercom, Gaviria was Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Univision (UCI), where she structured an integrated marketing organization, directed the brand strategy and architecture for the company's portfolio of brands, developed an audience strategy and executed three highly successful Upfront presentations on the road to the company's intended IPO.  Prior to UCI, Gaviria served as Vice President of Hispanic Ventures at Meredith Corporation where she profitably expanded Meredith's reach by creating and launching magazines, custom publishing and digital sites to serve and inspire the growing Hispanic audience in the U.S.

"Ruth brings outstanding business acumen and marketing leadership to Entercom," said Field. "She has a stellar track record of building brands and developing strategies that have accelerated growth in both media and CPG companies. Ruth's insights, experiences and industry knowledge will help us elevate Entercom and our radio brands across the country. She will also be instrumental in boosting demand for our integrated marketing solutions and our other various products.  We are thrilled to welcome Ruth to Entercom."

"Radio, enhanced by its expanded digital footprint, is an increasingly powerful medium. Entercom has deeply rooted fan relationships in the communities we serve and entertain," said Gaviria. "With massive reach across established and emerging economic powerhouse cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Boston and Miami and a culture of true collaboration, Entercom is poised to innovate and accelerate revenue growth. I look forward to working with David and the team by applying my cross-functional expertise to help take us to new heights."

Throughout her career Gaviria has also held sales and marketing positions at Time Inc., Miller Brewing Company, Colgate Palmolive and Procter and Gamble.  She has been recognized with awards including Fast Company's Top 100 Most Creative People (2014), Ad Age's Top Women to Watch (2013), Cable Fax's Most Powerful Women in Cable (2013) and Ad Age's Top 100 Marketers (200), among other industry accolades.

Gaviria will be based in New York.  She is a graduate of Tulane University and lives in Norwalk, Connecticut. 

About Entercom
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the United States, with a portfolio of 125 highly rated radio stations in 28 top markets across the country. Known for developing unique and highly successful locally programmed stations, Entercom's brands reach and engage close to 40 million people each week, delivering a curated mix of outstanding local personalities and a broad range of compelling music, news, talk and sports content.

Founded in 1968, Philadelphia-based Entercom also operates hundreds of events each year, attracting millions of attendees, and provides customers with a broad range of digital marketing solutions through its SmartReach Digital products.

More information is available at www.Entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@entercom).

SOURCE Entercom Communications Corp.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

DramaFever finds Latin America loves Korean soap operas

Latin Americans apparently love Korean soap operas.

DramaFever, the SoftBank-owned video streaming platform best known for Korean films and TV shows, saw its watch time in the region increase by 250 percent in 2015 — going from 80 million to 280 million monthly minutes streamed between January and December. Latin America now accounts for 30 percent of DramaFever’s total audience, making it the video platform’s second-biggest market after the U.S. 

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Univision Files Preliminary Prospectus for IPO

The Spanish-language broadcaster will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "UVN."

Univision has not priced the shares, nor has it said how much it intends on raising in its IPO, though investors including Thomas H. Lee Partners, Providence Equity Partners, Madison Dearborn Partners, TPG Capital and Saban Capital Group are hoping for a valuation of at least $20 billion.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Endemol Shine North America Chiefs to Oversee Latin America in Hispanic Push

Endemol Shine North America co-CEOs Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin will add oversight of Latin American operations as part of new deals the execs have set with Endemol Shine Group.

The move is a sign of Endemol Shine’s focus on building a worldwide network of production entities that feed one another with programs, formats and talent that travel easily across borders. Putting Abrego and Corwin in charge of U.S. operations and Latin America underscores the company’s view of Spanish-language TV production as a ripe for growth serving one big market that spans the U.S. and major territories in Central and South America.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Univision Takes Next Step Toward IPO

Investors are hoping the company is worth at least $20 billion.

Univision's initial public offering appears back on track after a reported delay brought about by adverse market conditions for entertainment stocks.

On Wednesday, the Spanish-language media company filed another preliminary prospectus indicating its shares will eventually trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol, "UVN."

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Fusion Partners With National Hispanic Arts Foundation On Film Scholarship Challenge

Fusion is teaming with the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts to launch a film scholarship challenge for young multicultural filmmakers and digital journalists. Winners will receive scholarship funding to produce their films (short documentary and fiction film) which will be featured and distributed across Fusion’s various television, digital, and OTT platforms.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

DIRECTV Closing Net TV Service For Hispanics

Washington, D.C. (December 9, 2015) - DIRECTV has announced that on December 16 it will close a year-old Net TV service for Hispanics.

The Spanish-language service, called Yaveo, which means "Now I See" in English, cost $7.99 a month and launched in December 2014. Yaveo subscribers could stream TV shows and movies from Univision, Cine Sony Television, beIn Sports en Espanol, MTV, Canal 22 and other channels.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Telefonica to Launch Video Service in 7 Latin American Nations

Telefonica S.A.(TEF - Analyst Report) recently announced its plans to launch video services in seven new Latin American markets in 2016. If things go as planned, it will make Telefonica the largest pay-TV operator in the Spanish and Portuguese TV content space.

The services will primarily comprise Video on Demand (VoD) and linear TV services and will be introduced in phases in Ecuador, Uruguay, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Moreover, the services will come with Telefonica’s self-produced exclusive content.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Study: TV Advertising Falls Globally; Digital Poised to Overtake by End of 2017

For the first time in history, outside of recession years, global television advertising revenue fell year-over-year as digital advertising surged once again. Digital, in fact, should overtake TV by the end of 2017, according to a study released Monday from Magna Global.

In the U.S., digital advertising will surpass TV in 2016.

A different study from ZenithOptimedia, also released Monday, says TV's share of the advertising pie probably peaked at 39.7 percent in 2012, and it will be overtaken by digital for the first time in 2018.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Latinas are Taking over Television in 2016 + the Representation of Latinos in Mainstream Media

Mainstream television in 2016 is having a steady increase in lead roles featuring Latinas. Specifically, NBC’s upcoming and current high-profile TV shows: “Shades of Blue,” “Superstore,” and “Telenovela.”

In the upcoming drama series “Shades of Blue,” Jennifer Lopez portrays Harlee Santos, an FBI agent who is forced to be a mole for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. The show will officially premiere on January 7, 2016.

Then there’s the sitcom “Telenovela,” where Eva Longoria will be playing Ana Sofia, a telenovela (soap opera) star whose off-camera life mirrors the endless drama she comes across in her onscreen story lines. “Telenovela” will debut on Monday, December 7, 2015.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Univision asks court to dismiss $500M Trump lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — Univision struck back Friday at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's $500 million lawsuit claiming that it unjustly broke a contract to broadcast beauty pageants, citing his "disgraceful allegations" about Mexican immigrants.

Univision lawyers filed papers in Manhattan federal court asking a judge to toss out the lawsuit Trump filed in July.

The lawyers said Trump destroyed the value of Univision's rights to broadcast the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants when he announced June 16 that he was running for president.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

'Voice' Of 'Jane the Virgin' Anthony Mendez Enjoys Hard-Won Success

If you have been fixated on the CW's acclaimed bilingual dramedy "Jane The Virgin," one of the hottest new entries in television late last year, then you have most likely heard of Anthony Mendez, well, at least heard his voice. Mendez is the Emmy-nominated voice narrator of the hit show and has defied the historical tropes of the position. Instead of just settling for being a faceless wonder hidden in the background, Mendez has become a part of the ensemble.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

The state of Hispanic TV: Healthy

The Hispanic TV networks have in many ways held up better against the encroachment of new media than their English-language counterparts.

Spanish-language viewers are much more likely to watch TV programs live than English-language viewers, endearing them to advertisers. And ratings for a number of networks, including Telemundo and Univision Deportes, have risen, a rarity for any channel these days.

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