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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.
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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
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, 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.
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
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
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
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.
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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