October 12, 2001 |
General Electric's NBC television unit on Thursday agreed to acquire Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo for $1.98 billion in a deal that would give the venerable network entry to the nation's youngest and fastest-growing market. "This is the most dynamic television market in the U.S.--the Hispanic television market," said Bob Wright, chairman of NBC and a GE vice chairman.
May 15, 2001 |
The inevitable has occurred on Spanish-language television. This fall, Telemundo, the country's second-largest Spanish-language network, will feature a staged, unscripted show about 16 aspiring actors who are locked up in a Miami television studio for several weeks. The "survivor" of the Saturday night show, "Protagonistas," will land a role on one of the network's telenovelas next year. The announcement came Monday in New York as the network unveiled its prime-time plans to advertisers.
May 10, 2001 |
A progressive and expensive experiment on the Spanish-language television network Telemundo was shut down this week, with the cancellation of "Los Beltran," a U.S.
December 2, 2000 |
Telemundo Network is in talks to acquire Los Angeles-based KWHY-TV, the nation's largest independent Spanish-language channel. The transaction, which would exceed $200 million, according to sources close to the deal, signals increasingly vigorous competition for Spanish-language viewers nationwide. The Miami-based Telemundo would be the first entity to own two Spanish-language stations in a single market.
May 16, 2000 |
Years before Regis Philbin knotted his shiny tie and walked on to the set of ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," producers in Sevilla, Spain, were enjoying the success of their game show, "Numeros Rojos" (Red Numbers), where contestants vied for the chance to jettison their personal debt. It might not sound as sexy as collecting a million cool greenbacks, but walking away from a car payment, mortgage and credit card debt seemed chock-full o' euphoria for viewers in Spain.
March 10, 2000 |
Tall, barrel-chested and comically macho, the uniformed general strides onto the set of a new Spanish-language sitcom in spit-polished black boots and orders his adult son to stand at attention. For most of the next half hour of "Los Beltran," characters become tangled in a zigzag of mistaken identity before the son is forced to reveal to his father that he is gay.
November 26, 1999 |
During the last few seconds of 1999, thousands of Latinos across the country will clutch glasses of champagne and shreds of confetti as they chant along with Spanish-language television "Cinco, cuatro, tres, dos . . . ," but network executives are hoping those revelers tune in well ahead of the witching hour.
October 29, 1999 |
Executives at the struggling Spanish-language television network wanted to pin their hopes on one man, one matinee idol who would lure God-fearing Latinos to the tube every afternoon. So, they launched an atypical manhunt: Their Latino star should be young, handsome, noble and ordained. Enter Father Albert Cutie, the 30-year-old leader of Miami's St. Patrick's Church and now the first American priest with a talk show on the Telemundo network.
August 25, 1999 |
The Spanish-language Telemundo television network is transferring the bulk of its programming and marketing divisions from Santa Monica to south Florida in a move designed to consolidate operations and improve the network's flagging performance. Two of the network's top executives--President and Chief Executive Officer James M. McNamara, and Chief Operating Officer Alan Sokol--have already relocated to Telemundo's offices in the Miami suburb of Hialeah.
June 30, 1999 |
Sony's Columbia TriStar television group is talking to longtime Hollywood executive Jim McNamara about a senior management role at its flagging Spanish-language Telemundo Network, raising questions about the fate of the current management team. Jon Feltheimer, president of Columbia TriStar's television group, has been talking with McNamara, a former president of Universal Television Enterprises, about an unspecified role with the network, sources said.