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 The organizations said Thursday that Time Warner Cable and AT&T Inc. have withdrawn advertising from the show, which is produced in Burbank and runs on Liberman's Spanish-language EstrellaTV network, including on the network's flagship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.
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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]
January 19, 2011 |
Univision Communications Inc. bolstered its executive ranks on Tuesday by hiring Randy Falco, a longtime television executive known for his operational skills. Falco, former chief executive of AOL and former president of the NBC Universal Television Group, has been named to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer of Univision, the nation's largest Spanish-language media company. He will oversee all business functions ? advertising, marketing, research and corporate development ?
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December 29, 2010 |
Lina Romay, whose role as a lead singer with Xavier Cugat's orchestra in the early 1940s led to a career in the movies and a stint decades later as a Spanish-language radio announcer for Hollywood Park, has died. She was 91. Romay died Dec. 17 of natural causes at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, said her son, Jay Gould IV. As Cugat popularized Latin music in North America, he made sure that he had "beautiful ladies who could sing fronting his band," including Romay ?
December 27, 2010 |
TeleFutura, a Spanish-language network owned by Univision, is taking viewers to another world ? one in which heroines' saris sparkle and some Hindi is spoken. The network is airing " India," a 2009 telenovela imported from Brazil that showcases Indian mores in a story of forbidden love between a low-caste Dalit man and an upper-caste woman. Set in India and Brazil, the soap ? originally titled "Caminho das Índias" (Road to India) ? sparked a frenzy in Brazil. And TeleFutura is hoping it will do the same here.
October 6, 2010 |
After years of acrimony, the hemisphere's two largest Spanish-language media companies have decided they need each other after all. Tuesday, Grupo Televisa of Mexico City said that it had provided Univision $1.2 billion in exchange for a 5% stake and notes that eventually could convert into an ownership interest of as much as 40% in the New York-based Latino media giant. Televisa also agreed to provide its highly popular telenovelas to Univision exclusively at least through 2020 ?