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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.
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.
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.
February 7, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co. and Univision Communications Inc., the nation's leading Spanish-language broadcaster, are in talks about launching an English-language cable news channel, according to a person familiar with the matter. A new 24-hour channel would represent a move by both companies to enter new territory. Disney's ABC News could compete for viewers with established round-the-clock cable news operations, such as News Corp.'s Fox News, Time Warner Inc.'s CNN and Comcast Corp.'s MSNBC.
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.
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.
March 17, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
NBC Universal's Spanish-language Telemundo television network and Mexican broadcasting powerhouse Grupo Televisa are expected to announce a programming sharing agreement today that could lead to a closer alliance between the two. Televisa would be allowed to run Telemundo programs on one of its broadcast networks in Mexico as well as a separate cable channel, according to people familiar with the deal. That would give NBC Universal an important distribution outlet for its programs and a potentially lucrative source of new revenue.
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.
November 26, 2012 | By Meg James
Univision Communications' top lawyer, C. Douglas Kranwinkle, is retiring after 12 years with the Spanish-language media giant, leaving the company without a corporate presence in its marquee market of Los Angeles. On Monday, the company said Kranwinkle will be succeeded by Jonathan Schwartz, who most recently served as general counsel of JPMorgan's Investment Bank. Schwartz will be based in New York. The move continues the consolidation of the media company's corporate functions on the East Coast.  The company's headquarters are in New York, and its TV network operations and studios are located in Miami.
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.
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