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March 31, 2014 | Meg James
Spanish-language television personality Raul Gonzalez has joined Telemundo, where he plans to develop and host a weekly prime-time variety show that is scheduled to launch this fall. Until late last month, Gonzalez, a native of Venezuela, was a fixture at rival Univision Communications. He spent the last 12 years as a co-host of the No. 1 network's popular morning program "Despierta America. " Gonzalez, 42, left the Univision network in February, saying he wanted to relax after more than a dozen years rising at 3:40 a.m. to prepare for Univision's fast-paced live morning show.
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April 3, 2014 | By Meg James
Univision Communications is restructuring its radio division, eliminating dozens of workers at stations around the country as the company centralizes its programming functions. Univision confirmed Thursday that there had been layoffs, but it declined to say how many people had lost their jobs as part of this week's realignment. The nation's largest Spanish-language media company, which owns 68 radio stations, this week began trimming programming staff and some on-air hosts, including in Chicago, in an effort to cut costs.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Univision's "Premios Juventud" youth awards show -- featuring an opening performance by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull that concluded with an unexpected dip in an on-stage swimming pool -- was the most buzzed about show on television last week, according to the most recent rankings from SocialGuide. The splashy musical number set the tone for the night, in which awards were presented in 27 categories, including music, movies, novelas , sports and pop culture. Musicians Ricky Martin and Price Royce were among six Latin music stars who performed U.S. television premieres of their latest singles.
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March 31, 2014 | Meg James
Spanish-language television personality Raul Gonzalez has joined Telemundo, where he plans to develop and host a weekly prime-time variety show that is scheduled to launch this fall. Until late last month, Gonzalez, a native of Venezuela, was a fixture at rival Univision Communications. He spent the last 12 years as a co-host of the No. 1 network's popular morning program "Despierta America. " Gonzalez, 42, left the Univision network in February, saying he wanted to relax after more than a dozen years rising at 3:40 a.m. to prepare for Univision's fast-paced live morning show.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- President Obama today defended his administration's efforts to protect American diplomats around the world in the wake of a round of violent attacks on embassies in the Middle East. A journalist at an afternoon town hall meeting here asked Obama why his administration “wasn't better prepared with more security" at the time of the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed last week. Obama did not directly address the point about preparation in advance, but he said that as soon as officials saw the initial events near the embassy in Cairo before the attack in Benghazi, his administration worked with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to take precautions.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Budding digital network MiTu has reached a deal to provide short-form Spanish-language content for Univision's digital platforms. MiTu says its network of 1,000 channels reach an audience of about 45 million viewers on YouTube with its Latino-focused lifestyle content, with programming in English, Spanish and Portuguese. MiTu and its content creators produce shows focused on beauty tips, food, home and health. It recently launched a male pop culture offering, Macho, featuring sketch comedy and animation.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing if I won the baby pool.  The Skinny: I was just thinking it is time to watch "Midnight Run" again when the sad news that Dennis Farina, who has a memorable role in that underappreciated comic classic, had died. I've been afraid to watch "Midnight Run" again because Robert DeNiro makes those Marlboros look so good. Tuesday's headlines include Al Jazeera putting a management team in place, Netflix reporting second-quarter earnings and a popular Univision radio host is history.
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May 18, 2006 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
FLUSH with a growing Latino audience and increasing recognition as a dominant player in the broadcast industry, Univision is heading into the fall television season determined to close in on its English-language competitors. During its announcement to reporters Wednesday morning, Univision said it would add seven new series to its prime-time lineup, including four telenovelas, two reality shows and one comedy.
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December 24, 1999 | DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Replete with clunky dialogue and stock characters, the telenovela is a nail-biting combination of soap opera and fairy tale, but it has proven once again to be the bedrock of Spanish-language television programming. While Univision maintains its huge lead over Telemundo, its scrappy competitor, the distance between the two networks' ratings narrowed just a bit last month after Telemundo reverted to an entire three-hour prime-time block of new telenovelas.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2010 | By Maria Elena Fernandez, Los Angeles Times
"El Show de Cristina" bids a star-studded farewell Monday, but host and executive producer Cristina Saralegui says you shouldn't believe everything you read. Despite Univision's claims that the 21-year-old groundbreaking hit show is ending because Saralegui is retiring, she says that she did not quit and that she'll work until "I rot. " In fact, the 12-time Emmy winner already has landed a new job, which she can't disclose until her contract with Univision ends Dec. 31. But she says she will be back on TV in March.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Budding digital network MiTu has reached a deal to provide short-form Spanish-language content for Univision's digital platforms. MiTu says its network of 1,000 channels reach an audience of about 45 million viewers on YouTube with its Latino-focused lifestyle content, with programming in English, Spanish and Portuguese. MiTu and its content creators produce shows focused on beauty tips, food, home and health. It recently launched a male pop culture offering, Macho, featuring sketch comedy and animation.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2013 | By Meg James
In a move aimed at recapturing past ratings glory, Univision Communications Inc. has unveiled a new morning radio show called "El Bueno, la Mala y el Feo" (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), which emphasizes popular regional Mexican music and banter by a trio of hosts. The four-hour Spanish-language program, which launched Monday on Univision's Los Angeles station KSCA-FM (101.9), fills the time period previously held by Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo. Sotelo once was the most popular personality in Spanish-language radio.
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December 2, 2013 | By Meg James
In a move aimed at recapturing past ratings glory, Univision Radio has unveiled a new morning show called “El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo” (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), which emphasizes popular Regional Mexican music and banter by a trio of hosts. The four-hour Spanish-language program, which debuted Monday on Univision's Los Angeles station KSCA 101.9 FM, fills the time period previously held by Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo. Sotelo once was the most popular personality in Spanish-language radio.  But in July, Univision yanked Sotelo's program from its schedule amid allegations of sexual harassment, which Sotelo has denied.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2013 | By Meg James
Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications and Time Warner Cable have signed a new, multiyear distribution deal that includes carriage of several of Univision's new networks including the highly anticipated El Rey Network. The companies unveiled the agreement Wednesday afternoon. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the pact came well in advance of the expiration of the companies' current arrangement and was not contentious.  The arrangement provides continued distribution for the main Univision broadcast network, its secondary network UniMás and cable entertainment channel Galavisión, plus a slate of new networks: Univision Deportes, telenovela network Univision tlNovelas, and FOROtv, a feed of the Mexico City-based news network owned by Grupo Televisa, which holds a minority stake in Univision.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2013 | Reed Johnson and Meg James
Barely three months ago, Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo's Spanish-language radio career appeared to be derailed. He had lost his popular "Piolín por la Mañana" morning program amid allegations of sexual and emotional harassment by a male co-worker. In the days that followed, six other former co-workers alleged that they too had been harassed by Sotelo, setting off an ongoing legal skirmish. Although Sotelo repeatedly denied the accusations, he and his longtime employer, the powerful media conglomerate Univision Communications Inc., parted ways in July.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Isaac Lee, the president of Univision Communications Inc.'s Univision News, has been named chief executive officer of Fusion, the soon-to-be-launched cable channel that is a partnership between the Spanish broadcaster and ABC News.  Beau Ferrari, Univision's executive vice president of operations, had been serving as acting president for Fusion. A veteran journalist and Colombia native, Lee has been overseeing the development of Fusion, which is expected to launch at the end of the month and targets the growing population of English-speaking Latinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Frank L. Fouce, an impresario of Spanish-language entertainment who turned downtown's historic Million Dollar Theater into a prestigious venue for a burgeoning Latino market and helped launch the television network that became Univision, died Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. He was 85. The cause was lymphoma, said his daughter, Paula Fouce. Fouce was a cofounder of Spanish International Communications Corp., which operated the first Spanish-language television stations in the United States, including KMEX-TV (Channel 34)
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July 30, 2011 | Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Goodbye, metrosexual, and hola, vanidoso . Increasingly, growth in the men's grooming arena will be driven by the personal care habits of Latinos. That's the takeaway from a recent study focusing on the grooming preferences of Latino men in the United States and Census Bureau figures that show the Hispanic population growing at a faster rate than the general population. "That demographic is really driving population growth," said Peter Filiaci, vice president of brand solutions for Univision, the Spanish-language network that commissioned the grooming study.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Frank L. Fouce, an impresario of Spanish-language entertainment who turned downtown's historic Million Dollar Theater into a prestigious venue for a burgeoning Latino market and helped launch the television network that became Univision, died Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. He was 85. The cause was lymphoma, said his daughter, Paula Fouce. Fouce was a cofounder of Spanish International Communications Corp., which operated the first Spanish-language television stations in the United States, including KMEX-TV (Channel 34)
BUSINESS
September 14, 2013 | By Meg James
Univision Communications Inc.'s networks president, Cesar Conde, has left the Spanish-language media giant to accept a larger role overseeing international expansion at rival NBCUniversal. On Friday, Conde was named NBCUniversal executive vice president in charge of international and business development, signaling the company's growing interest in Latin America. Conde, a polished 39-year-old executive, had a meteoric rise at Univision, where he worked for the last decade, including the last four years overseeing Univision's expanding TV networks group.
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