October 5, 2011 |
The nation's leading Spanish-language broadcaster will aggressively expand the breadth of its online entertainment offerings, making its popular telenovelas , variety shows and reality series available through Internet television distributor Hulu. The deal represents a milestone for Univision Communications Inc., the fifth-largest television network in the U.S., whose popular programming dominates the Latino market. For Hulu, owned by media giants News Corp., Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp., the partnership enables the online video service to reach a population of 50.5 million Latinos — a group coveted by advertisers.
June 30, 2011 |
Univision Communications Inc. has installed veteran television executive Randy Falco as its new chief executive, with the task of capitalizing on the growth of the U.S. Latino population to steer the Spanish-language media company into the mainstream. Falco's promotion, unanimously approved by Univision's board Wednesday, comes in the wake of a tumultuous period for the nation's dominant Spanish-language media company. Univision for years was distracted by feuds with its primary programming partner, Mexico-based Grupo Televisa.
June 20, 2011 |
"La Reina del Sur" is one of the most watched TV shows this season that you've probably never seen. And it wants an Emmy. Networks and studios are already deeply into their song-and-dance routines, trying to lure Academy of Television Arts and Sciences members with flashy campaigns before Emmy nominations are announced in July. Fox has purchased "For your consideration" mall posters for "Glee"; buses, at this moment, are charging through West Hollywood, Burbank, Culver City and Beverly Hills displaying Showtime's efforts.
June 12, 2011 |
The gig: Martha de la Torre is the chief executive and co-founder of El Clasificado, a Spanish-language publication distributed weekly throughout Southern California. The 60-page directory of classified ads is targeted to Latino immigrants and functions as a "Spanish-language PennySaver," said De la Torre, 53. The privately held company posted $16 million in sales last year, up 8% from 2009, she said. It has 130 employees. Reluctant entrepreneur: Born to Ecuadorean immigrants who settled in the South Bay, De la Torre enrolled in Loyola Marymount University's accounting program.
June 3, 2011 |
A months-long campaign by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Hispanic Media Coalition to protest the Liberman Broadcasting Inc. talk show "Jose Luis Sin Censura" has picked up steam, with two large companies agreeing to pull their commercials from the program. The organizations said Thursday that Time Warner Cable and AT&T Inc. have withdrawn advertising from the show, which is produced in Burbank and runs on Liberman's Spanish-language EstrellaTV network, including on the network's flagship station, KRCA-TV Channel 62 in Los Angeles.
April 28, 2011
BOOKS Not far from The Times' own Festival of Books at USC, a new literary tradition will begin as LéaLA makes its debut as the first Spanish-language book fair in California. The fair will feature panel discussions, book signings, talks, cultural programs and live entertainment. Participating authors include Isabel Allende, Laura Restrepo, Francisco Martín Moreno and Xavier Velasco. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Free. http://www.lea-la.com .
April 13, 2011 |
The president of NBCUniversal's Telemundo network is stepping down, clearing the way for the company to make sweeping changes to its Spanish-language media operation. NBCUniversal said Tuesday that Don Browne, Telemundo's leader for six years, will retire from the company June 3 — the eighth anniversary of his arrival at Telemundo. The company plans to name a new Telemundo president within a few months. Browne, who turns 68 next month, becomes the latest high-level veteran to leave in the wake of Comcast Corp.'s takeover of NBCUniversal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2011 |
Responding to an increasing Latino population and ridership, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Friday launched El Pasajero, the nation's first blog in Spanish from a major transit agency. "We have to recognize that the majority of our customers are Latino," said Marc Littman of Metro. "We want to put a Latino face on Metro so people can identify that it's not just white bureaucrats running this agency. " At least 61% of Metro's bus and rail passengers are Latino, as well as 37% of the agency's employees, Littman said.
March 15, 2011 |
Univision Communications Inc.'s chief executive, Joe Uva ? who guided the Spanish-language media giant through several turbulent years ? said he was stepping down. The company said Monday in a statement that Los Angeles billionaire Haim Saban, chairman and a key investor in Univision, would assume "additional responsibilities" while a search is underway to find a new chief executive. Uva's last day with the New York-based media company will be April 2. Univision declined to address the departure of Uva, 55, other than to say in a statement that Uva decided not to renew his employment agreement "in order to be able to seek other opportunities.
February 15, 2011 |
The Lakers just scored a slam dunk in the Latino market. On Monday the team announced a 20-year agreement with Time Warner Cable to create the nation's first Spanish-language regional sports network, with the Lakers as its centerpiece, starting with the 2012-13 season. The groundbreaking partnership is just the latest in a series of efforts by the Lakers and the NBA as they reach out to the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. "If you're not able to connect with [Latinos]