Ex-NBCU TV chief to lead Primary Wave

Former NBCUniversal Television chairman Jeff Gaspin has signed on as president of US indie producer Primary Wave Entertainment. As part of the deal, Primary Wave has acquired Gaspin Media, which is behind series such as A&E’s Fit to Fat to Fit and ABC’s To Tell the Truth. Gaspin had overseen the NBCU Television Entertainment business, […]

YouTube, Telemundo set ups Miami Spaces

YouTube has set up an original content pop-up studio in Miami, in association with NBCUniversal’s Hispanic broadcast net Telemundo. The original content push will see YouTube and Telemundo partner. YouTube producers and channel operators will work with Telemundo’s telenovela stars to create original shortform programming, with the best receiving an award at Telemundo’s annual Premios […]

Keshet to coproduce Telemundo drama

US Hispanic network Telemundo has entered an agreement to co-develop and coproduce a Spanish-language drama with Israel’s Keshet International. Telemundo Studios and Keshet will co-create the series, with the project coming under the KI banner and marking the first Spanish-language series the company has produced. Telemundo Studios’ senior VP, scripted development, Perla arias will oversee […]

8, 9, 10, Telemundo

Luis Silberwasser took charge of Telemundo in late 2014 and has set about revolutionising its primetime. The president of the NBCU-owned US Hispanic net talks to Stewart Clarke Primetime in Spanish-language TV in the US has traditionally meant one thing: the lust, love, revenge and betrayal of the traditional telenovela. In an attempt to differentiate […]

Ex-BBCWW Lat Am chief joins Lantica

Former BBC Worldwide Latin America chief Fred Medina has joined Caribbean entertainment company Lantica Media. Medina (pictured) will become the TV and film production firm’s first COO, with board member Joaquin Blaya named executive chairman. Both execs have played significant roles in Spanish-language US media, with Medina most recently managing director and executive VP, BBCWW […]

NBCUniversal launches on-demand mini-novelas

NBCU is launching two shortform telenovelas on its Xfinity X1 streaming and interactive service. The telenovela is notable for its 120 episode or longer format, but Las Princesas and Off Script will run to 20 and twelve instalments of three minutes respectively. The shows will be in Spanish and English, targeting bilingual and bicultural viewers […]

NATPE: US Hispanic nets ‘overtaking English-language rivals’

US Hispanic networks such as Univision are beginning to overtake their English-language counterparts in the States, a new report suggests. Gains in the key 18-49 demographics means market leader Univison and its Spanish-language peers are now surpassing the English-language ‘Big Five’ – ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW, according to the Understanding Latin America: […]

Telemundo poaches Endemol Shine reality exec

Telemundo has recruited Mauricio Piccone as senior VP of reality programming at the Latino network. Piccone joins from the Latino arm of Endemol Shine Group, where he was SVP, working on US Hispanic-focused formats. He has exec produced Mexico’s Next Top Model and Televisa’s version of Fear Factor. At NBCU-owned Telemundo he will oversee in-house […]

NBCU’s Uva steps aside for Conde

NBCUniversal has promoted Cesar Conde to the new role overseeing the company’s Spanish-language business, with former incumbent Joe Uva stepping aside. Conde (left) has been named chairman of NBCU International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, having been executive VP of NBCU’s domestic US operations since October 2013. He will now oversee channels such as Telemundo, […]

Sony creates recipe for Mexican Top Chef

Mexican network Canal Sony has ordered a local version of NBCUniversal format Top Chef, which will also air on US Hispanic channels. Cinemateli Content struck the deal bringing the show to Mexico with NBCU International Formats, and the resulting show debuts in February 2016 on Sony Pictures Television’s general entertainment network. Cinemateli will produce a […]