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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.
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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
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
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Univision Communications Inc. announced several promotions Tuesday, including a new general manager for its flagship television stations in Los Angeles. Alberto Mier y Terán, 43, was named vice president and general manager for Univision's two highly ranked L.A. stations: KMEX-TV Channel 34, which carries Univision programming, and KFTR-TV Channel 46, which is its TeleFutura-branded station. A 10-year Univision veteran, Mier y Terán most recently worked as general manager of the company's two stations in Chicago.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal and Meg James
NEW YORK -- Univision intends to remain the king. The nation's largest Spanish-language media company, Univision Communications, on Tuesday said it has made a financial investment in the planned El Rey cable channel owned by Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures. El Rey, which means "the king" in Spanish, is expected to launch in December and target male Latinos under 35 with English-language programming. El Rey becomes the second planned English-language network to capture Univision investment.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Meg James and Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK — Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications touted something that its English-language broadcast rivals cannot: Prime-time ratings at its flagship TV network, Univision, have grown 7% during the current season. Ratings gains in an era of shrinking TV audiences are uncommon as major broadcasters struggle to maintain their standing. Cable channels, social media and advances in technology — including digital video recorders — continue to nibble away at viewership, particularly among younger audiences.
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