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February 28, 2009 | Meg James
Univision Communications Inc., the nation's largest Spanish-language broadcaster, on Friday became the latest media company to cut its ranks because of the weakening economy and a sharp downturn in advertising spending. A spokeswoman said the company, which owns the top-rated Los Angeles station, KMEX-TV Channel 34, had laid off 300 people, or 6% of its workers. It was unclear how many jobs would be lost locally.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Univision Communications Inc. has tapped the head of the CBS News Investigative Unit to oversee the Spanish broadcaster's partnership with ABC News. Keith Summa, who had been with CBS News for five years, will serve as vice president of news partnerships for Univision. In that role, he will serve as Univision's point person with ABC News on the news network the two companies are planning on launching next year. Univision said Summa will "expand the culture of investigative and enterprise reporting in both organizations.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Meg James
Prominent investors are merging their businesses - including a Spanish-language cable movie channel and a Puerto Rican television network  - to form a new public company to be known as Hemisphere Media Group. Investment groups InterMedia Partners VII and Los Angeles-based Azteca Acquisition Corp. said they have agreed to combine their Spanish-language properties and financial resources in a transaction valued at $400 million. Gabriel Brener, a wealthy Los Angeles investor, is contributing the $100 million that Azteca Acquisition, his special-purpose acquisition company, raised in its initial public offering in 2011.
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
December 29, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Univision Communications is becoming a potent rival to English-language networks, which have long dominated prime-time viewership. The Spanish-language television broadcaster said Tuesday that its program "Soy Tu Duena" was its most watched telenovela ever, finishing its six-month run with a final episode that drew more than 7.3 million viewers Monday night. Since its launch in June, "Soy Tu Duena," which Univision translates as "Woman of Steel," has pulled in an average of 5.4 million viewers per episode, often generating bigger audiences than programs aired by such formidable English-language TV networks as Fox and NBC. The Univision telenovela , or soap opera, revolves around the travails of a scorned woman, once left at the altar, who vows never to love again until she falls for a man she accidentally shot.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2010
Mexico's Grupo Televisa SAB said Tuesday it will invest $1.2 billion in New York-based Univision Communications in exchange for a minority stake, expanding cooperation between the Spanish-language media heavyweights. The deal brings an end to long-standing legal disputes between the companies, recently over privately held Univision's rights to distribute Televisa's programs online and to phones. It also helps Televisa strengthen its foothold in the U.S., an important market as the company works to widen its reach beyond Mexico.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Meg James
Telemundo's original productions are starting to pay dividends for NBCUniversal. Monday night's series finale of the Spanish-language telenovela , "El Señor de los Cielos," (translated as "The Lord of the Skies") attracted 3.6 million viewers, making it the second-highest-rated ending for a telenovela in Telemundo's history. Shot primarily in Mexico City, the novela was based on the true story of Aurelio Casillas, a powerful Mexican drug lord of the 1990s. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The prime-time series, one of the most expensive ever for Telemundo, was a co-production of Telemundo Studios and the Colombian venture Caracol TV. The show featured actors Rafael Amaya, Ximena Herrera, Fernanda Castillo and Gabriel Porras.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2013 | By Meg James
More than three-quarters of all Latino adults get their news in English, according to a comprehensive study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. The Pew Hispanic Center's 2012 National Survey of Latinos found that 82% of Latino adults said they obtained at least some of their news in English - up from 78% in a 2006 survey. The increase was propelled by a growing number of Latinos who said they seek their news exclusively from English language sources. Nearly a third of Latino adults surveyed said they get all of their news in English, up from 22% in 2006.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
A three-year criminal investigation into a pay-for-play scandal at Univision Communications — in which Latin-music executives bribed radio station managers with briefcases stuffed with cash — ended Monday when Univision agreed to pay $1 million in penalties to federal authorities. As part of an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, Spanish-language media giant Univision pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. During the four-year scheme, mid-level executives and music promoters at the now-defunct Univision Music Group paid thousands of dollars to radio station programmers in exchange for increased radio air time for Univision's songs.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
After spending 13 years building a sleepy chain of television stations into a Spanish-language juggernaut, Los Angeles billionaire A. Jerrold Perenchio is looking for a way to say adios. Univision Communications Inc.'s board, led by Chief Executive Perenchio, said Wednesday that it voted to consider putting the company on the block.
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