Peter J. Lazarus Named Executive Vice President of Network Sales, Univision Communications

Peter J. Lazarus Named Executive Vice President of Network Sales, Univision Communications


New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – PR Newswire)–January 7, 2008–Univision Communications Inc., the leading Spanish-language media company in the United States, today announced the appointment of Peter J. Lazarus to the position of Executive Vice President of Network Sales, effective immediately. In this new position, Lazarus will oversee all advertising sales operations for the Univision, TeleFutura and Galavisión networks. Lazarus will be based in New York and report directly to David Lawenda, President of Advertising Sales, Univision Communications. Trisha Pray, Senior Vice President of Network Sales, Carlos Deschapelles, Senior Vice President of Network Sales, Peter Scanlon, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Mal Karwoski, Vice President of Network Sports Sales will report directly to Lazarus. Together, they will lead a national team of multi-network sales professionals serving clients with innovative advertising and marketing solutions.

“Peter has proven himself as a distinguished leader in sales and marketing and I am delighted to welcome him to the Univision Network sales family,” said Lawenda. “I look forward to working closely with him and leveraging his creative and innovative ideas to further Univision’s position as the leader in Spanish-language media.”

“I am proud to be joining the Univision team and am eager to help the Company realize the significant growth opportunities that lie ahead in the Spanish-language media landscape,” said Lazarus. “I am fortunate to be joining an experienced team of sales professionals and have the ability to utilize the Company’s powerful cross-platform opportunities in new and exciting ways that continue to provide advertisers with innovative marketing solutions.”

Lazarus was most recently Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at IMG Sports and Entertainment. Previously, he spent nearly 10 years in several senior positions at NBC Universal including Senior VP of Sports and Olympic Sales and Marketing. In this role he managed all aspects of sales and marketing and spearheaded the $2 billion dollar sales effort for the 2006 Torino and 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Earlier in his career he worked as a Television Network Account Executive in Sports, News and Primetime. He left NBC for a short time, to join Internet advertising sales representation firm Phase 2 Media as a Senior Vice President of Sales. Lazarus began his career on the agency side working in the Network Buying Departments at Young & Rubicam, Lowe and Partner SMS, and Backer, Spielvogel, Bates.

He graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Delaware. In 2006 and 2007, Lazarus was honored by the Sports Business Journal as a recipient of their “40 Under 40” Award.

Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. Its operations include Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 99% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002 and now reaches 89% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 64 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 70 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 5 stations in Puerto Rico; Univision Music Group, which includes Univision Records, Fonovisa Records, La Calle Records and Mexico-based Disa Records as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S. located at Univision Communications also has a 50% interest in TuTv, a joint venture formed to broadcast Televisa’s pay television channels in the U.S., and a non-voting 14.9% interest in Entravision Communications Corporation, a public Spanish-language media company. Univision Communications has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.

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Peter J. Lazarus Named Executive Vice President of Network Sales, Univision Communications