Tuesday, November 30

Univision announced important changes in the network: Jorge Ramos will have an executive position


Univision announced important changes in the chain, in which Jorge Ramos will now have an executive position. Why? They are part of the new partnership with Televisa.

This was announced by the chain on Monday morning, through a statement detailing the changes, most of them strategic and others surprising, especially in the entertainment and in news where not only does the president, Daniel Coronell, appear, but Jorge Ramos acquires an executive position.

Luis Silberwasser, president of the Univision television networks.
Luis Silberwasser, president of the Univision television networks. Photo: Univision

Under the magnifying glass and execution of Luis Silberwasser, President of Univision Television Networks Group, the changes that will begin some from this week, others in August and the furthest in September, and they are all focused on further growth of the chain, but above all in a more practical presence of Televisa, beyond the programming.

“The new structure represents another significant step towards Univision’s transformation and will further accelerate the ability of these divisions to optimize what they offer and deliver the best portfolio of networks and content…. As we continue our transformation to become the most important multiplatform Spanish-language media company in the world, we recognize that supporting our platforms with the best talent and structure is key to unleashing innovative ideas and achieving superior results, “said Silberwasser, about these announcements in the statement sent by the chain.

As we told you at the beginning, the most visible changes are the news, where the head, Coronell, leaves the chain. In entertainment where Jessica Rodriguez is promoted from entertainment president to Chief Brand and Impact Officer from Univision and the combined company, Televisa-Univision.

Y the most striking thing is that ‘El Gordo y la Flaca’, which for a few years had become part of the news department, returns to entertainment Y I bring down one of the most beloved and knowledgeable executives in the chain: Ignacio Meyer.

Below we share the changes in each area, who is leaving, who is arriving and who they are.

ENTERTAINMENT

In the picture they appear: Lili Estefan, Raúl de Molina and Clarissa Molina in El Gordo y la Flaca.
In the picture they appear: Lili Estefan, Raúl de Molina and Clarissa Molina in El Gordo y la Flaca. Photo: Mezcal

In the statement, Univision assures that based on multiplatform growth, these changes are focused on concentrating on what is most effective for television. Y a new structure between the United States and Mexico, taking into account Televisa.

“Today’s leadership changes reflect Univision’s goal of optimizing its entertainment structure to focus separately on scripted and unscripted entertainment content, and will enable alignment with Televisa’s content creation operations in Mexico,” he says. Univision.

-Jessica Rodríguez: has been Promoted to Chief Brand and Impact Officer of Univision and the combined company, Televisa-Univision, subject to closing of the transaction. Now your responsibility will be the creative strategy and brand positioning, marketing and media; the strategy and insights for talent, research and social impact, equity and inclusion.

-Ignacio Meyer: it will be ascendido a Executive Vice President, Music and Non-Scripted Entertainment. He will continue to be in charge of all development and production of unscripted content, including reality shows, daily variety shows, and major music award-winning events. Meyer joined Univision in 2011 and, under his creative leadership, Univision became the role model for family entertainment, award-winning formats, and the most prestigious and culturally relevant Latin music award programs. ‘El Gordo y La Flaca’ will now be part of the portfolio of unscripted programs supervised by Meyer.

-Leonor Sotillo: I know incorpora a Univision como Senior Vice President of Scripted Strategy. She has more than 25 years of experience creating novels and scripted content for broadcast networks in the United States and Latin America, as a producer and programmer. Oversee scripted entertainment strategy.

-Elisa Segovia: who now oversees the content strategy and schedules of the Univision, UniMás and Galavisión networks, will move to the new position of President, Creative Strategy and Insights, under the new corporate group of Rodríguez. For a time, Segovia will also continue to direct the programming and schedules of the networks, and will work with Silberwasser to ensure a smooth transition in this important aspect.

-Jorge Domínguez: Senior Vice President of Creative Services, will continue to oversee all creative design and production of the networks’ sports, news and entertainment sets.

NEWS

Jorge Ramos
Jorge Ramos. Photos: Mezcalent

Univision decided launch its first 24/7 digital media news streaming service, promote the evolution of your journalistic approach and production and enter other Spanish-speaking markets (except Mexico), so they will several changes including the departure of its president, Daniel Coronell, who will leave the post on August 1, 2021.

Coronell joined the Univision Noticias team in early 2011 as Vice President and News Director, and held senior positions until his promotion to President of News in 2016. In all these years, the newscast Maintained the usual lead in ratings and won 18 Emmy Awards, four King of Spain and three Peabody. He was also the protagonist of some controversies, such as the departure of Bárbara Bermudo from ‘Primer Impacto’, for example. Who will take their place?

-Leopoldo Gomez: previously in charge of Noticias en Televisa, he has been appointed President, News, after the departure of Coronell. Gomez graduated from George Washington University and Georgetown University with an MA and Ph.D. in Political Science and Government. He has been a news anchor and director of the weekly public affairs show. As already announced, Televisa Noticias in Mexico will not be part of the combined company, Televisa-Univision, and Gomez will no longer be part of Televisa’s news operations in Mexico. Gomez’s appointment is effective immediately. He will be moving to the United States in the next few weeks.

-María Martínez-Guzmán: who took the position left at the time by Patsy Loris, current news executive at Telemundo, will now be promoted to Executive Vice President News in charge of the chain’s editorial and news production units, including its main program, informative ‘Noticiero Univision’. Martínez-Guzmán joined the Univision Network in 2002, and has held various editorial and production positions at the company, including executive producer, vice president of Journalism and recently, senior vice president of Noticias.

-Jorge Ramos: Another surprise in the ads, the Univision journalist and news anchor, and winner of 10 Emmy Awards, towill assume additional responsibilities as Special Editorial Advisor to the CEO, and will report to Wade Davis, the CEO.

SPORTS

Univision Deportes Network and Televisa Deportes Network will merge into the new TUDN. Photo: Univision

Univision assures that success in sports and its position as soccer’s destination par excellence have given way to great growth opportunities beyond its television programming.. In order to capture this enormous opportunity, the chain announces the creation of its division of ‘International Sports Projects’, which will focus on obtaining important rights to the transmission of sporting events and streaming services, as well as expanding their activities to new areas such as sports betting, combat sports and other international growth opportunities.

-Juan Carlos Rodríguez: has been ascendido a President of Global Sports Enterprises and will be in charge of the future Sports division of Univision and the combined company, Televisa-Univision, subject to the transaction being completed. In your new corporate role, Rodríguez will focus on the strategy of acquiring broadcasting rights for sports events for the Televisa-Univision network portfolio and its streaming services, both in the United States and in Mexico. He will also be responsible for creating and launching sports-related projects, including new categories such as partner management, sports betting, new events, and activations.

-Olek Loewenstein: has been Promoted to President of Sports Content and will direct production of all live sports matches and events, as well as its pre and post programming, and other sports properties in the streaming and traditional portfolio in the United States and Mexico.

What do these changes mean?

In addition to making the new society effective, a greater force at the platform level, without forgetting television in a traditional way, a space that they have earned over their competitors, but at the digital level, they still have a long way to go.

Will there be no more changes?

Yes, although not officially, we can confirm that the changes will continue and there are still big announcements to be made at the executive level.


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