Buoyed by strong ratings, Univision saw a 17.6% year-over-year jump in operating income in the second quarter. Net revenue grew 10.4% to $676.5 million.
Good news comes in the wake of a July sweep ratings milestone for the U.S. Hispanic media giant, which ranked No. 1 in primetime among Adults 18-49 and 18-34 for the first time in its history.
“It’s not a coincidence that we’ve dominated the July sweeps,” said Univision programming & content prexy Alberto Ciurana, a former Televisa exec, who celebrates his first year at his post in August. Univision broadcasts original programming 24 hours a day compared to its general network counterparts, he pointed out.
Television and digital results rose in both three month and six month frames but was stagnant in radio. It’s still a mystery why Univision Radio let go its wildly popular Los Angeles radio host Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo. Neither Univision nor Sotelo have explained the abrupt cancellation of his show “Piolin por la manana” this week.
In discussing the second quarter results with investors, Univision CEO Randy Falco touted the success of the company’s upfront sales, powered by its 2014 FIFA World Cup package, which brought in 50% of its new advertising.
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Britain is getting a new prime minister – on TV, at least, after “Peaky Blinders” star Helen McCrory signed on to play the part in the BBC political thriller “Roadkill.” PBS Masterpiece has boarded the series and will co-produce and launch it in the U.S. Masterpiece’s Rebecca Eaton will exec produce the project. McCrory joins [...]
Barcroft Studios has been bought by Future in a £23.5 million ($30.1 million) deal. The U.K.-based production outfit specializes in factual fare for channels and platforms, and its own branded channels on the likes of YouTube. Future is a U.K.-listed print and online publishing and events business. Sam Barcroft will stay on as CEO at [...]
The antitrust suit filed by Hollywood’s major agencies against the Writers Guild of America has been set for a Jan. 17 hearing. U.S. District Court Judge Andre Birotte issued the calendar update this week on the litigation, filed on Sept. 27 by CAA, UTA and WME after the agencies consolidated their individual agency suits. The [...]
Taylor Swift has taken to social media to tell fans that Scott Borchetta, her former label head at Big Machine Records, and his new partner Scooter Braun are trying to nix her plans for a retrospective performance at the American Music Awards, as well as denying the use of her recordings for a documentary she [...]
SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris is already looking forward to the 26th SAG Awards on Jan. 19, held in its usual location at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. “One of the best things about the SAG Awards is that it’s a peer-to-peer recognition,” she says. “It’s the highest honor for performers to be recognized by [...]
Amazon has renewed gritty legal drama “Goliath” for a fourth and final season. The series centers on washed-up lawyer Billy McBride, played by Billy Bob Thornton, who seeks redemption after a client he successfully defended from a murder charge went on to slaughter a family. Thornton won a Golden Globe for his performance in 2017. [...]