Monthly Archives: September 2013

Univision’s English-Language News Network, Fusion, Targets Millennials

Bloomberg Businessweek
Companies & Industries

By Graeme Wood
September 05, 2013

Univision's English-Language News Network, Fusion, Targets Millennials

Photograph by Stefan Ruiz for Bloomberg Businessweek

(Updates the name for Jorge Ramos’s show in the 16th paragraph. Corrects the time period Univision says its ratings among 18- to 49-year-olds beat ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox in the fourth paragraph.)

Isaac Lee, the Colombia-born 42-year-old in charge of news at the Spanish-language network Univision, is a traitor: first to his native tongue, and second to his generation. As the architect of the forthcoming all-news channel Fusion, Lee is plotting the first English-language broadcast for a network whose main draw for the last half-century has been that it’s en Español. In that niche, which has long since grown into a mass market, Univision has dominated its rivals, styling itself, with just a hint of hubris, as “the Hispanic heartbeat of America.” When Fusion goes live on Oct. 28, Univision’s programming will suddenly be bilingual, with 24 hours of English to match its 24 hours of Spanish.

The greater betrayal, at least for reporters of a certain age, is Lee’s determination to reach millennials with cable news. Television news audiences have been graying across networks, and Fusion is supposed to cater to 18- to 34-year-olds, who would as soon listen to Bing Crosby as watch Brian Williams. “If one year from now, you turn on Fusion and it looks for a second like it’s Univision news, I should be fired,” Lee says. “Right now our target viewers probably don’t watch any news,” he adds. “They watch The Walking DeadSons of Anarchy, and Girls. When they do watch news, it’s a different type of news: Jon Stewart is news; The Colbert Report is news. What we have to do is understand what it is that this generation wants.” (more…)

Victorious in Blackout, CBS Proving Skeptics of Broadcast Business Wrong

AdAge Media News

Threats Remain, but ‘Medium Isn’t Dying, It’s Thriving’

Published: September 11, 2013

CBS Corp., which last week won higher programming fees from Time Warner Cable after a very public fight, is helping to prove wrong predictions that the broadcast TV business would tank in the near future.

'The Good Wife'

‘The Good Wife’

CEO Leslie Moonves has led broadcasters toward an economic model more like the cable industry’s, drawing subscription as well as advertising revenue. Large audiences for “NCIS,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and National Football League games have given CBS the clout, like ESPN and Fox News, to demand higher fees from pay-TV services such as Time Warner Cable — while allowing the company to sell digital rights to new distributors such as Amazon.

“People wrongly believed they were dinosaurs,” said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research Group who recommends buying CBS stock. “Many had argued the death of television for a very long time. And sentiment around it reflected that. This medium isn’t dying, it’s thriving.”

Retransmission fees at CBS may double to $1 billion by 2016 from an estimated $500 million this year, said Mr. Wieser.

“You have a lot of engines driving real cash flow,” Mr. Wieser added. “That’s sustainable.”

The company also is winning over stockholders by increasing dividends, repurchasing shares and taking steps to get out of the outdoor advertising business, said Edward Atorino, an analyst at Benchmark Co. in New York. (more…)

¡HOLA! launches TV network

Hispanic PR Blog

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Ignacio Sanz, HOLA TV, CEO

Grupo ¡HOLA!, via its eponymous flagship magazine ¡HOLA!,  has partnered with ATRESMEDIA TELEVISION, one of Spain‘s leading programmers, to launch ¡HOLA! TV. Marking ¡HOLA!’s first foray into television, pay TV channel ¡HOLA! TV will begin broadcasting in the coming weeks throughout Latin America and the U.S.

The new channel’s programming – which will include original productions created specifically for Latin American and U.S. Hispanic audiences – will be an extension and visual reflection of the ¡HOLA! brand, and will share common themes and content with the magazine, including: access to high society, royals, iconic figures, and big exclusives; human-interest stories; fashion; and aspirational and lifestyle content rooted in quality, professionalism, style and respect for both celebrities and viewers.

“The launch of ¡HOLA! TV represents an extraordinary opportunity to expand the ¡HOLA! brand and is a natural next step in our mission to deliver across multiple platforms, reinforcing our relationship with our readers and reaching new audiences,” said Eduardo Sánchez Pérez, editor in chief and general manager of ¡HOLA! Magazine. “¡HOLA! TV will offer a new way to experience ¡HOLA! 24/7, while continuing to reinforcing the leadership position of our various magazine editions throughout Latin America.”

¡HOLA! TV will be produced in Miami and based at Imagina US’ studios where over the past few months a team has been working under the editorial and production supervision, respectively, of ¡HOLA! and ATRESMEDIA TELEVISION. (more…)

The Importance of the Latin Music Entertainment Market (part 1)

Latin Corner

September 9, 2013

by Peggy Dold

The Importance of the Latin Music Entertainment Market
{Why it is crucial to connect the dots between the consumer, music discovery, music consumption, and copyright monetization}

As one who has worked in the Latin Music market since 1998, I have experienced first-hand the extreme changes the Latin Music industry has endured, both inside and outside the United States. Regardless of the recent catastrophic decline in physical recorded-music album sales, I believe that for professionals in the Music Publishing industry, the Latin Music market matters — now, more than ever.

Because the Latin Music market is fragmented (demographically, musically, geographically, historically, and more), there is simply too much information to share in this short guest-post. For that reason, I have structured this information over a series of posts and tried to provide detailed information about why this market is more relevant than ever for everyone in the music ecosystem. {Data sources are listed at the end.}

The U.S. Latin Music Market: The Silos Are About to Become Extinct


Historically, the U.S. music industry treated the U.S. Latin Music market as a separate, segregated silo from the rest of the music industry.

That was an efficient and logical business structure:  Spanish-language music was marketed to Spanish-language consumers via Spanish-language media, both inside and outside the United States. Specialized music companies and staff were required to work with Talent to A&R/produce the music and assets for the market (videos, photos, etc.), promote to radio, generate publicity via Hispanic print and broadcast media, work with independent Latin distributors and retail buyers, and seek opportunities with live-event producers and concert promoters. (more…)

Miami will put up $10 million for new TV studio

Scott Grasso begins the bidding wars as ‘Burn Notice’ auctions off the props from its old studio space in the now-vacant Coconut Grove Convention Center. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF


Miami will offer $10 million for a developer willing to build and operate a production studio on city-owned land near Overtown, a move that would fill the void left by the pending demolition of the studio Burn Notice used for seven seasons at the Coconut Grove Convention Center.

The city’s Omni redevelopment agency would use property taxes to fund the project, which would be government-owned but built and operated by a private company. The city’s Omni Community Redevelopment Agency released its request for proposals Monday, offering builders a 71,000-square building to retrofit at 50 NW 14th Street, just north of I-395 and about two blocks west of the Arsht Performing Arts Center.

In releasing the proposal, Miami officially launched the competition for a project that has won praise and criticism from South Florida’s production industry. Some existing studios question the need for another competitor, while others welcome a modern facility as a way to boost the city’s standing in the industry.

“What they’re building is nothing that doesn’t already exist in town,” said Raul Rodriguez, owner of the M3 studios in Miami. “What can you do in that studio that you can’t already do in Miami?” (more…)

Great entrepreneurs do not know their audiences

Pando Daily



There’s nothing like a trip to Kansas to remind you.

I happened to be here for a wedding this weekend, and I slept during my flight from LaGuardia to KCIA. It takes me a few minutes to really wake up from a great nap, and so my first cogent memory was of hopping into the cab.

The taxi driver asked me where I was going, and then he moved onto the more important question at hand…

“You cool with the Christian Rock station?”

I wasn’t sure that I had ever listened to one of those, so I told the man to go ahead and pump it up. I may be Jewish, but I’m cool with a few power ballads about Jesus.  At some point, he asked me where I was from, and he asked me what I did, and when Bleacher Report finally entered the conversation, he told me how much he liked the site.

And when I got to the wedding, Bleacher Report came up a lot. Most of the guests were strangers to me, but somehow they seemed to know about my past and wanted to hear more. (more…)


With back to school season now upon us, we turn our focus to the teen consumer—an increasingly influential group with diverse entertainment interests—and how technology plays a central role in their interests.


The face of gaming isn’t what it used to be. In the U.S., the industry has captured a slightly more female, youth-oriented audience over time, and more and more younger kids are gaming these days. In 2012, gamers under the age of 18 comprised 35 percent of the total U.S. gaming audience, up from 30 percent in 2011. The 6-12 age group saw the biggest growth in that period—from 13 percent to 17 percent. This “next generation” of gamers is growing, and gamers under age 13 actually now account for 24 percent of the U.S. gaming population, highlighting a key group for game makers to watch in the next few years. (more…)

Media Penetration in Latin America

Media Penetration in Latin America


To help media, marketing and advertising professionals get a sense of the current media landscape in Latin America, below we’re sharing media penetration statistics from IBOPE’s most recent edition of its Media Book. Since IBOPE did not list 2012 media penetration figures for Mexico, our charts show 2011 data from IBOPE’s 2012 Media Book for México.


Comments: Free TV’s deep penetration is consistent with other studies, and it’s interesting to note the significant growth of pay TV in certain markets, such as Honduras (84% penetration). The deep pay TV penetration noted for markets like Colombia (86%), Argentina (74%) and Chile (63%) are similar to figures reported by organizations like LAMAC. (more…)

The World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher Turns 95 Today.

Robert Sturman

August 13, 2013

{Tao Porchon-Lynch / Photo: Robert Sturman}

“Yoga is a dance within…and then something inside you grows so big, it spills out like champagne, that’s when you dance on the outside.” ~ Tao Porchon-Lynch

Master Tao Porchon-Lynch is a yoga master, ballroom dancer, oenophile (lover of wine) former actress, and, without a doubt, my favorite model/person/woman/yogi in the whole world.

Tao surprised me last year and showed up for a shoot in a gorgeous red dress in New York City’s Central Park, shortly before she officially entered the Guinness Book of World Records, as the oldest living yoga teacher.

The following 16 images are from three separate shoots over the last year and a half. Each time, Tao wore a different color.

She is turning 95 today, August 13. And I just wanted to wish her a Happy Birthday and show her off to you.

I could go on and on about what an inspiring, bright & joyful human being she is, but my job is to tell peoples stories with images. And so, here’s a few from our last three shoots, all taking place at different locations around New England.


The Red Shoot


The entire world is slightly happier than it used to be


A coffee shop in Norway. The Scandinavian country placed second in a new report ranking the happiest countries in the world. (Kristian Helgesen / Bloomberg)

By Deborah Netburn
September 9, 2013

Great news, Earthlings! As a whole, you were 0.5% happier from 2010 to 2012 than you were from 2005 to 2007.

Statisticians may think that’s a negligible number, but part of being happy is looking on the bright side, right?

This information on world happiness comes courtesy of the 2013 World Happiness Report, published by the United Nations‘ Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Researchers analyzed data on happiness collected from people living in more than 150 countries to discover which have the happiest — and unhappiest — citizens and to see how happiness has shifted around the world over a five-year period. (more…)