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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.
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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.
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
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.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2002 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Univision Communications Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter profit more than doubled because of stronger ad sales for its Spanish-language television networks, but the company also noted slower-than-expected growth in its music division and its newest TV network. Los Angeles-based Univision posted net income of $20.3 million, or 8 cents a share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30, up from $6.9 million, or 3 cents, a year earlier.
BUSINESS
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.
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.
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