- Changes are announced in the television network Univisión.
- Among those ‘affected’, would be El Gordo y La Flaca, as well as the renowned journalist Jorge Ramos.
- “The new structure represents another significant step toward transforming Univision,” said Luis Silberwasser, President of Univision Television Networks Group.
After several rumors that had begun to emerge some months ago regarding the merger with Televisa, changes in the television network Univisión have been announced and the program El Gordo y La Flaca, as well as the renowned journalist Jorge Ramos, would be among those ‘affected’.
Through a statement that the network shared today, the changes that will take place in the News, Entertainment and Sports divisions were announced, which are led by Luis Silberwasser, President of Univision Television Networks Group.
Changes at Univision
“The new structure represents another significant step towards the transformation of Univisión and will further accelerate the ability of these divisions to optimize what they offer and provide the best portfolio of networks and content,” said Luis Silberwasser,
The President of the chain mentioned that “by continuing our transformation to become the most important company in the world of media in Spanish on multiplatforms, we recognize that supporting our platforms with the best talent and structure is key to unleashing innovative ideas and achieving superior results ”.
What will be the changes in Univision’s Entertainment division?
In this statement, it was shared that the pending combination with Televisa will require a new structure that allows optimal collaboration between the United States and Mexico: “Today’s leadership changes reflect Univision’s goal of optimizing its entertainment structure to focus separately on the scripted and unscripted entertainment content ”.
Within these changes, Jessica Rodríguez, who until recently was Univision’s CMO and President of Entertainment, was promoted to Chief Brand and Impact Officer of Univision and the combined company, Televisa-Univisión, subject to the closing of the transaction.
El Gordo and La Flaca, among those affected
On the other hand, Ignacio Meyer, who began working at Univisión in 2011 and who under his creative leadership became a role model in family entertainment, among others, will be promoted to Executive Vice President, Music and Non-Scripted Entertainment.
And in what very few expected, the program El Gordo y La Flaca, hosted by Raúl de Molina and Lili Estefan and considered one of Univisión’s iconic and longest-running franchises, will now be part of the portfolio of unscripted programs. supervised by Meyer (Filed under: They assure that there will be changes in Univisión: El Gordo and La Flaca and Jorge Ramos among those ‘affected’).
More changes in Univision’s Entertainment division
Finally, it was also reported that Leonor Sotillo, with more than 25 years of experience in creating novels and scripted content for free-to-air networks in the United States and Latin America, has joined Univisión as Senior Vice President of Scripted Strategy.
In addition, Elisa Segovia will move to the new position of President, Creative Strategy and Insights, although for a time she will continue to direct the programming and schedules of the channels. Jorge Domínguez, Senior Vice President of Creative Services, will continue to oversee all creative design and production of the networks’ sets in sports, news and entertainment, and Nathan Smith, Vice President of Content Management in traditional media and streaming, will join the Operations and Broadcast Technology team.
Univision news division to increase in the United States
Regarding the News division, where journalist Jorge Ramos would be one of those ‘affected’, it was reported that the company intends to increase its news division in the United States, launch its first 24/7 streaming news service in digital media and promote the evolution of its journalistic and production approach.
“Univision recognizes that its unique bond with the Hispanic community in the United States is based on trust, integrity, and commitment to serving the communities where it operates, and Univision Noticias is fundamental in that relationship,” it can be read in this statement. .
“Univision Noticias has been the preferred news option for Hispanics in the United States”
Among these changes, Daniel Coronell, President of the News division, will step down on August 1, 2021. It should be noted that under his leadership, Univision Noticias has been the preferred news option for Hispanics in the United States and a leader in ratings / audience percentage, in addition to being worthy of multiple and prestigious awards.
Coronell’s place will be occupied by Leopoldo Gómez, who until a few weeks ago was in charge of the Televisa News Department. Univision Noticias and Televisa Noticias are and will continue to be separate operations. Gomez’s appointment is effective immediately (Filed under: They assure that there will be changes in Univisión: El Gordo and La Flaca and Jorge Ramos among those ‘affected’).
What will happen to Jorge Ramos?
Also, María Martínez-Guzmán will be promoted to Executive Vice President, News in charge of the editorial and production units in the news properties of the Univisión Network, including its main program, newscast Noticiero Univisión.
For his part, the renowned journalist Jorge Ramos will assume additional responsibilities as Special Editorial Advisor to the CEO, and will report to Wade Davis, CEO. The news anchor “represents the best of the essence of Univisión Noticias.”
There will also be changes in the Sports division of Univisión
To end the count of changes in the network, it is the turn of the Sports division, “an important component of Univision’s programming strategy on all its platforms.” The success of this area will be leveraged to make way for great growth opportunities beyond its television programming.
“Univision announces the creation of its International Sports Projects division, which will focus on obtaining important rights to broadcast sports events and streaming services, in addition to expanding its activities to new areas such as sports betting and combat sports.”
Juan Carlos Rodríguez has been promoted to President of Global Sports Enterprises and will be in charge of the future Sports division of Univision and the combined company, Televisa-Univisión, subject to the transaction being completed.
In his new position, Rodríguez will focus on the strategy of acquiring broadcasting rights for sporting events for the Televisa-Univision network portfolio and its streaming services, both in the United States and in Mexico.
“We are creating the best team in the sector on all our platforms”
Promoted to President of Sports Content, Olek Loewenstein will direct the production of all live sports games and events, as well as their pre and post programming, and other sports properties in the streaming and traditional portfolio in the United States and Mexico.
“As this and other recent announcements demonstrate, we are building the best team in the industry across all of our platforms to help realize our enormous potential. One of the key principles during this transformation is to ensure we have the best ideas, talent and business processes in place to drive success and achieve our ambitious goals, ”said Wade Davis, CEO of Univision.