Televisa and Univision merge to create global Spanish-language powerhouse

Mexican and Latin American media powerhouse Televisa is to merge its media, content and production assets with Univision, the leading US Hispanic network in which it already holds a 36% stake. The combination brings together two leading media businesses in the two largest Spanish-speaking markets in the world: the US, the largest Spanish-language media market […]

Univision buys Spanish-language streamer VIX to bolster AVOD push

US-based Hispanic broadcaster Univision has acquired Spanish-language streamer Vix, which it will use to supercharge its upcoming AVOD service PrendeTV. The soon-to-launch ad-supported streaming service from Univision, which was unveiled last month, claims to be the first AVOD to have been created exclusively for the US Hispanic community. Its launch offering had been set to include 10,000 hours […]

TBI Weekly: Five Lat Am trends for global consideration

Latin America’s streaming ecosystem has evolved quickly, with a potential subscriber base that has made US giants such as WarnerMedia pick it as a first port of call for their global DTC streamer roll-outs. As NATPE Miami comes to a close, TBI picks out five trends from the region providing international opportunity. Picking up the […]

Univision announces Spanish-language AVOD PrendeTV

US-based Hispanic broadcaster Univision has announced plans to launch PrendeTV, a new ad-supported streaming service created exclusively for the US Hispanic community. Set to launch in the first quarter of this year, with more than 30 channels and 10,000 hours of programming, the service will offer Spanish-language TV and film content, including global TV series, […]

Univision restructures by hiring Telemundo alum Silberwasser & ViacomCBS’s Gazzolo

US Hispanic broadcaster Univision has restructured its senior team with the hire of former ViacomCBS exec Pierluigi Gazzolo and ex-Telemundo president Luis Silberwasser. Gazzolo was most recently president of streaming & studios at ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), which he left last year following a major restructuring at the company. He takes the new role of […]

Univision sells minority stake in Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network

US Hispanic broadcaster Univision Communications has sold its minority stake in filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network. Financial details of the deal have not been revealed but the sale of Univision’s stake to Rodriguez means the English-language entertainment cable network and production studio, which was created by the Mexican-American and FactoryMade Ventures, is now 100% […]

News round-up: Hulu, BBC3 and Delevigne set course for ‘Planet Sex’; ‘Sweet Diva’ goes global; Channel 5 bulks up history slate

Hulu and BBC3 set course for ‘Planet Sex’ with Cara Delevigne US streamer Hulu and UK channel BBC Three have jointly commissioned a new documentary exploring human sexuality from Fremantle-owned Naked, to be hosted and co-created by actor and singer Cara Delevingne. The six-part series, which has the working title Planet Sex, will see Delevingne […]

Univision sells majority stake to US investment duo Searchlight & ForgeLight

US Spanish-language broadcaster Univision has agreed to sell off a majority stake in the company. The broadcaster has announced that investment firms Searchlight Capital Partners and ForgeLight have acquired a 64% stake in the broadcaster. Terms have not been disclosed, but researchers at CreditSights estimate that the pair will pay a combined US$800m – which […]

Univision and Televisa team to launch Univision channel in Latin America

Hispanic media firms Univision and Televisa are teaming up to launch a Univision-branded linear television channel in the region in early 2020. The 24-hour pay-TV channel will be initially distributed across 17 Latin American markets, excluding Brazil. The network will be operated by Televisa, which will also handle distribution and ad sales. Univision and Televisa […]

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