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January 13, 2012 | By Shan Li
Kohl's Corp is sponsoring a Spanish-language reality television show in an effort to raise the profile of its exclusive collections from Jennifer Lopez and soon-to-be ex-husband Marc Anthony introduced last fall. The brainchild of " American Idol" creator Simon Fuller, "¡Q'viva! The Chosen" sort of works like a Spanish, nomadic version of the blockbuster reality show that will send judges Lopez, Anthony and choreographer Jamie King to 21 countries on an "epic" journey to find talented entertainers.
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BUSINESS
December 15, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Hoping to attract a rapidly growing U.S. Latino audience, online video site Hulu has launched a Spanish-language programming service with popular shows from networks Univision, Estrella TV and Azteca America. Spanish-language programming has been scattered across different Internet sites. And some of the most popular programs, including the spicy telenovelas produced by Grupo Televisa of Mexico, were not available online in the U.S. Hulu, which has ramped up its offerings this year, saw an opportunity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The popular, though independent Spanish-language ministry at the Crystal Cathedral, where people stand in line for hours to get a seat, may not move with the church's English-language services when the time comes. According to the terms of a $57.5-million deal approved Thursday night in Bankruptcy Court, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange will purchase the property and require Crystal Cathedral ministries to move to a new location within three years. The diocese plans to use the cathedral as its own after that; St. Callistus Catholic Church, also in Garden Grove, has been presented as an alternative site for the English-language ministries.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2011 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
"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.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2011 | By Megan Kimble
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.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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 .
BUSINESS
April 13, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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.
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