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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.
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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
January 7, 2013 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
With the Spanish-language television space heating up, industry leader Univision Communications Inc. is making an aggressive move to solidify its dominance. On Monday, the media company plans to rename its secondary broadcast network UniMas, which translates loosely as Univision Plus, underlining its ties to its hugely popular sister network Univision. The company also is locking up rights to programs from key Latin American producers to buffet gains from the flood of competitors charging the field.
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.
OPINION
April 2, 2006 | Kyle Pope, Kyle Pope, a former editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal, writes about media and business.
WHEN Univision Communications said recently that it was putting itself on the auction block, the announcement was seen as a milestone. With an asking price of $11 billion, a Univision sale would almost certainly rank as the biggest deal in the history of Hispanic media in the U.S. -- a testament, as if one were needed, to the economic clout of the nation's fastest-growing ethnic group.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012 | By Meg James
Univision Communications is making a high-level switch in its advertising sales team by bringing in Keith Turner, a former top NBC sales executive, to replace current chief David Lawenda. The Spanish-language media giant said Thursday that Turner would become president of advertising sales and marketing on Sept. 4.  Lawenda is leaving the company. The move reunites Randy Falco, Univision's chief executive, with one of his trusted lieutenants from his days at NBC.  Falco rose through the ranks of General Electric Co.'s NBC network during his 30-year career there.  In 2006, Falco -- then president of NBCUniversal Television Network Group -- left the broadcasting company to make room for its then-rising star, Jeff Zucker.
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 6, 2013 | By Meg James
Former Univision Radio star Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo says he is a victim of a smear campaign being waged against him by former performers on his once-popular program "Piolín por la Mañana. " "For the past week, I have remained silent as some former disgruntled Univision employees have made false accusations about me," Sotelo said in a statement released this week. "I did not want to dignify their lies by responding. But enough is enough. " Until two weeks ago, Sotelo hosted the nationally syndicated "Piolín por la Mañana" radio program, which aired in Los Angeles on Univision Radio's KSCA-FM (101.9)
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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