Univision Announces Changes In Programming and Entertainment Divisions

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President and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. Randy Falco speaks on stage at the 32nd Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner Hosted By TV One at Marriott Marquis Times Square on Sept. 30, 2015 in New York City.  

Internal changes continue to roil inside Univision following the departure of Alberto Ciurana as president of programming and content last month.  According to an internal memo from Univision president and CEO Randy Falco published this morning in Mediamoves, the company’s programming and entertainment division will now be organized under Program Scheduling and Entertainment.

 “We are currently conducting a search for the head of Entertainment,” wrote Falco in his memo. “This person will work closely with Televisa, our external partners and our in-house productions for Univision Network, UniMás and Galavisión.”

On the Program Scheduling side, Gustavo Ordoñez, Univision’s SVP of programming research, will now head the company’s programming team, reporting to Jessica Rodriguez. The team will focus on Entertainment, News, Sports and Music content across Univision Network, UniMás and Galavisión, with Ordoñez working closely with the heads of news, sports, programming and music.

Although these changes pertain to the broadcasting division of Univision, the company as a whole has announced several major moves in the last few months.

Most recently, Alejandro Nieto Molina had been appointed to lead Univision Radio, but died suddenly after only a week on the job. Prior to that, Jorge “Pepo” Ferradas was appointed president of Univision’s new music division, which will work closely with the heads of all the company’s divisions. Last year, Isaac Lee, Chief News and Digital Officer for Univision Communications and CEO of Fusion, added multicultural and music to his oversight.

Although Univision remains the ratings leader in Spanish language television, in the past year it has seen the ratings gap with longtime competitor Telemundo narrow, with Telemundo sometimes surpassing Univision with specials and sports programming and even in its regular lineup. 

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