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QUICK TAKES : YouTube in deal with Univision

November 17, 2009|Meg James

Univision Communications and Google's YouTube have cut a deal to put much of the Spanish broadcaster's content on the video website. The network's most popular prime-time shows, the over-the-top telenovelas produced by Mexico's media colossus, Grupo Televisa, will not be included on the YouTube channel. Shows that will be available include "El Gordo y la Flaca" ("The Scoop and the Skinny") and the morning news show "Despierta America."

Kevin Conroy, president of Univision Interactive Media, said that even without the Televisa shows, the Univision offerings would be significant. "Honestly, people will be very surprised and very excited by the amount and the quality" of the clips and shows on YouTube, he said. He added that the YouTube deal was noteworthy because it represents Univision's first foray into Internet syndication. The Univision content will begin appearing on YouTube early next year.

Neither Conroy nor YouTube would detail terms of their arrangement.

-- Meg James

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