MIAMI — Telenovela distribution veteran Jose Crousillat has been upped to prez of international production for Televisa, as part of a restructuring of the company’s overseas operations.
Formerly head of Miami-based export subsid Protele Latinoamerica, Crousillat will supervise production at Televisa’s new studios in Madrid and incidental productions in South America.
The Madrid center is designed to serve Televisa’s six channels on Spanish satcaster Via Digital, and the Mexicans are in advanced talks with Spanish indie TV producer Europroducciones to pact on the project.
Crousillat’s export responsibilities have been assumed by Oscar Belaich (handling Argentina and the Southern Cone) and Mario Castro (covering the rest of the Americas). Castro and Belaich will report to Mario’s brother Carlos Castro in Mexico City, who has been tapped exec VP of the Protele board.
Protele’s other principal officer, Pedro Font, will continue to handle rest-of-the-world sales from New York.
In separate news, a Televisa board meeting Wednesday saw the appointment of two newly hired execs, chief financial officer Gilberto Perezalonso and sales VP Alejandro Quintero Jr., to the Televisa board.
Departing the board is former news and DTH chief Miguel Aleman Velasco, who is pursuing the governorship of Veracruz state in summer elections.