NBC Universal’s Spanish-language web Telemundo today launches its first program from Mexico’s Televisa, which has a long-term programming supply accord with Telemundo archrival Univision that expires in 2017.
Unprecedented move may strain relations even further between Univision and the Mexican broadcaster. Latter has been trying to get out of its long-term contract with Univision. Telemundo, however, does not think it’s an issue.
According to Telemundo spokesman Alfredo Richard, Telemundo licensed the U.S. rights to “Amor mio” (Looney Love) from Telefe Intl., the sales outfit of Argentine broadcaster Telefe.
“Amor mio,” a co-production of Televisa and Argentine shingle RGB, is the Mexican adaptation of the original romantic sitcom from Argentina’s Cris Morena Group. It is still airing on Televisa, where it posts an average 22.5 rating. Mexican version was produced in the Buenos Aires Estudios Pampa with Mexican talent led by Raul Araiza and Vanesa Guzman.
Meanwhile, Telemundo is expecting NBC U’s recently announced cutbacks to affect close to 5% of its entire organization. Hardest hit are the news ops in markets including Houston, Dallas and San Antonio; Las Vegas; San Jose and Fresno, Calif.; and Tucson and Phoenix. These will continue to have news bureaus, albeit trimmed down, to generate local news.
Telemundo is opening a regional news center, the Telemundo Production Center, in Fort Worth, Texas, to produce three regional newscasts to feed smaller markets. Local news will be patched onto these newscasts.
The Telemundo Production Center is expected to be operational before the end of the year. Bureaus in larger markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami will continue operations, although the New York bureau will discontinue its morning newscast.