Shakira, Luis Miguel & Hip-Hop Will Be Center Stage at Univision Upfront

Shakira arrives at the premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios' 'Zootopia' at the El Capitan Theatre on Feb. 17, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Shakira arrives at the premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios' 'Zootopia' at the El Capitan Theatre on Feb. 17, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif. 

While Shakira’s announced performance will be a major to-do at Univision Communications’ Upfront presentation on Tuesday, the network is also expected to announce major music-driven content as part of its 2017-18 programming.

New additions include two new scripted series: Barrio Records and a bio-series based on Luis Miguel’s life story.

Barrio Records, developed by Story House Entertainment, Univision’s new content development and production unit, will be based around hip-hop and reggaeton. The Luis Miguel series is being developed under executive producer Pedro Torres, who worked with the singer on multiple videos and who said in a recent press conference that “Luis Miguel is the greatest singer we [Mexico] have had and probably the greatest we will have in many years.” 

Univision’s take on Luis Miguel, which was announced earlier this year, will compete with another bio-series produced by MGM TV and Gato Grande Productions that will air on Telemundo.

Beyond scripted series, Univision’s music-themed programming remains robust, while at the same time, music’s integration into all aspects of Univision programming will continue to grow, from sports to drama.

In a major move, the network is expected to announce that its three annual music awards shows -- Premios Lo Nuestro, Premios Juventud and the Latin Grammys -- will move to Sunday nights. The move, according to the network, is in “direct response to viewer demand.”

In addition, the network is bringing back its high-rated music-based competitions and reality shows. They include Pequeños Gigantes USA, the U.S. version of Mexican kiddie contest Pequeños Gigantes, which in its U.S. incarnation had a hugely successful first season. La Banda, the reality competition co-produced with Simon Cowell, returns for a third season, following the sustained success of CNCO, the group spawned from season 1 and who won artist of the year, new at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards. And dance competition Mira Quien Baila (Look Who’s Dancing) returns for a fifth season.

New to the Univision lineup will be Tu Cara Me Suena (Your Face Sounds Familiar), where celebrities will impersonate music icons.

Music is one of five “Passion Points” -- the others are soccer, news, family and drama -- under which Univision is presenting its programming lineup. The company’s upfront will take place Tuesday at the Lyric Theater in New York. 

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