Viacom vet ankled MTV for new gig

MIAMI — Spanish-lingo broadcaster Telemundo confirmed Thursday that it has hired vet Latin American pay TV exec Antoinette Zel as its new exec VP of cable networks and strategic planning (Daily Variety, Sept. 20).

Zel, who had worked 13 years at Viacom, recently ankled as prexy of MTV Networks Latin America, a position she had held since 2001.

She will oversee the cable portfolio and the development of strategic planning and growth initiatives in the U.S. and Latin America. She will join the network before year-end and will report to Telemundo COO Don Browne.

Telemundo Cable has been without a topper since mid-2002 when former prexy Manuel Abud was transferred to oversee the broadcast network’s O&Os KVEA/Channel 52 and KWHY/Channel 20 in Los Angeles, the country’s biggest Spanish-lingo TV market.

Most of Telemundo’s cable ops have been handled in the interim by Yolanda Foster, VP of programming and production, and Tracy McDonnell, director of business operations. (NBC Cable handles the distribution of mun2.)

Zel first joined Viacom in 1991 and relocated to Miami in 1993 as part of the launch team for MTV Latin America.

In 1999, she was named general manager, and later promoted to managing director/executive VP, for MTV Latin America.

She was named prexy MTV Networks Latin America in 2001.

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