PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY DON FRANCISCO – SPECIAL...

PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY DON FRANCISCO – SPECIAL ISSUE HONORS 40 YEARS OF SABADO GIGANTE AND THE KING OF HISPANIC TELEVISION



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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)– June 11, 2002–For the very first time in its five-year history, PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL, the nation’s #1 selling Hispanic magazine, has created a special newsstand only issue dedicated to Hispanic television personality Mario Kreutzberger, also known as “Don Francisco.” PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL went behind-the-scenes and accompanied Don Francisco back to his homeland, Chile, to capture the true spirit of this TV icon and his weekly program, Sábado Gigante.

Launched in Chile in 1962, Sábado Gigante quickly became a “must-see TV” hit in Latin America. Rapid growth and higher ratings led the smash hit to launch in the United States in 1986. Known for its creative and often comical content, Don Francisco and Sábado Gigante has provided a platform for Hispanic entertainers, musicians and comedians to showcase their talents over the past 40 years. Today, the program reaches more than one hundred million viewers each week.

“Don Francisco and Sábado Gigante truly represent authentic Hispanic entertainment,” says Angelo Figueroa, managing editor of PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL. “Entertainers such as Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, and Enrique Iglesias have all appeared on Sabado Gigante. The show has paved the way for many of today’s hottest stars.”

Filled with entertaining photos and interesting facts, this special edition of PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL proves Don Francisco still is the gigante of Hispanic television. The issue features interviews with a plethora of Hispanic celebrities, who pay tribute to Don Francisco and Sábado Gigante. Among those are Cuban salsa queen Celia Cruz, movie actress Maria Conchita Alonzo, and TV talk show host Cristina Saralegui.

Also featured in the pages are the top ten most memorable moments of Don Francisco including the U.S debut of Sábado Gigante in 1986, a 24-hour long broadcast leading into the new millennium and a show honoring Don Francisco and “his star” on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame.

Interesting Facts and Trivia about Sábado Gigante:

— More than 100 million viewers all over the world tune-in to Sábado Gigante every Saturday evening.

— During its 40 years of broadcasting, Sábado Gigante has transmitted over 20,000 hours of programming.

— Don Francisco has interviewed over 50,000 people on his show.

— About 300 pieces of fan mail reach the offices of Sábado Gigante on a daily basis.

— “La cámara viajera” (The Voyaging Camera) is the show’s longest running segment and with it Don Franscico has visited and broadcasted from over 123 countries.

— Over 200 contestants, musicians, artists and interviewees have traveled to Miami in order to appear on Sábado Gigante.

Since 1986, Sábado Gigante has given away more than $28 million in prizes in the United States alone.

— In April 2002, Sábado Gigante aired its 840th show in the United States.

— Sábado Gigante’s longest running episode lasted 25 hours and celebrated the show’s 25th anniversary. In 1993, Sábado Gigante was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest running TV program in the continent.

All this and more in this exclusive special newsstand issue of PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL.

PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL is the Hispanic print category leader in circulation. Each month, the publication reaches nearly four million readers with an exciting editorial mix of Hispanic and mainstream entertainment coverage, fashion and beauty service editorial and human-interest stories. A true pioneer in Hispanic print, PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL demonstrates the increasing importance of the U.S. Hispanic market.

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PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY DON FRANCISCO – SPECIAL ISSUE HONORS 40 YEARS OF SABADO GIGANTE AND THE KING OF HISPANIC TELEVISION