New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 17, 2006–Univision Communications Inc (NYSE: UVN), the leading Spanish-language media company in the United States, today unveiled the TeleFutura Network’s exciting new programming line up for the 2006-2007 season at the network’s annual Upfront presentation in New York’s Lincoln Center. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this season, TeleFutura’s total day viewership has demonstrated tremendous gains among Adults 18-49 and 18-34 since the network’s launch in 2002. With a median age of 34, TeleFutura attracts one of the youngest and most vibrant primetime audiences in broadcast television.
“Today, we presented an exciting programming slate that capitalizes on the strength of our counter programming strategy,” said Bert Medina, Senior Vice President and Operating Manager of the TeleFutura Network. “Celebrating our fifth anniversary, TeleFutura is poised for a strong ’06-07 season with the premiere of two originally produced novelas, ‘Por Amor’ and ‘La Marca del Deseo,’ as well as the exciting new game show ‘¿Qué dice la Gente?,’ the new U.S. produced Spanish-language version of ‘Family Feud’, the Spanish-language broadcast of blockbuster movies like ‘Spiderman,’ and ‘El Reventón del 4 de Julio,’ the biggest Independence Day celebration on Spanish-language television.”
“The TeleFutura Network’s programming choices are complimentary to the Univision and Galavisión networks, providing our audience with comprehensive viewing options and advertisers with additional platforms to fully and effectively engage the growing Hispanic American population,” said Dennis McCauley, Co-President, Network Sales.
TeleFutura is home to the best in family-oriented novelas, and the 2006-2007 season continues this tradition, bringing more smash hits to the lineup.
“Por Amor” is the worldwide premiere of a spectacular production, telling the story of a kind-spirited young girl from the countryside who is wrongfully accused of deceit by her beloved. She then turns vengeful, forsaking love for success in the business world, until realizing that true happiness can only be found with an open heart. (Monday-Friday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“La Marca Del Deseo” rounds out the primetime lineup with this powerful novela about a somewhat complicated, but dysfunctional family. It’s a story about what happens when a family tree sprouts new limbs. (Monday-Friday, 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Cine de las Estrellas” makes every night a movie night on TeleFutura. Each night brings a different hit in primetime from the largest, most complete film library ever assembled for Spanish-language television. The entertainment continues through weekends as well, with “Cineplex” airing blockbuster movies featuring the biggest stars in Hollywood. Titles scheduled for next year include “Spiderman,” “Hidalgo,” “Stuart Little,” “The Alamo,” “Agent Cody Banks,” and “Hero,” among others. (Monday – Friday 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT; Sunday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“¿Qué Dice La Gente?” is the first U.S.-produced version of the American classic game show “Family Feud,” featuring Hispanic American families. (Monday-Friday, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“El Reventón Del 4 De Julio” is the biggest 4th of July bash on Spanish-language television. Hosted by the zany crew of “Escándalo TV,” a dazzling display of celebrity fireworks will explode live from Miami Beach and via satellite from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Antonio, and Mexico. (Tuesday, July 4, 2006 11:00 a.m. – 2: 00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Copa America” the soccer championship of South America is one of the oldest and most hotly contested tournaments in the world, predating even the World Cup. With live coverage from host country Venezuela, TeleFutura will bring the excitement home to U.S. Hispanic soccer fans. (June 26 – July 15, 2007)
“Copa Oro” TeleFutura covers all the action in this soccer championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean, featuring 12 teams including Mexico and the U.S., competing in matches in six U.S. cities. (June 6-24, 2007)
“International Friendlies” will showcase many of the world’s top national teams facing off against some of the most popular professional club teams, featuring some of the biggest superstars of soccer. TeleFutura will be the exclusive Spanish-language home to five of the most exciting soccer matches to be played in the largest U.S. Hispanic markets all year.
“Major League Soccer Game of the Week” will showcase 25 of the best U.S. professional soccer matches, plus the MLS All-Star game, MLS Cup Final, and will feature some of Hispanic soccer fans’ favorite teams, including Chivas USA (Los Angeles), LA Galaxy, Red Bull New York, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas, and DC United. (April – November, Sunday 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT)
“CONCACAF Champions League” patterned after the highly successful UEFA Champions League and featuring the top club teams from the Mexican Primera Division and Major League Soccer, the tournament will be televised exclusively on TeleFutura, with 33 live matches including all quarterfinals, semifinals, and the big final game. (July 18 – November 15, 2007, Tuesday and Wednesday nights)
“COPA Interliga” is a 14-game tournament featuring the top eight Mexican Primera Division teams which serves to qualify two teams for the Copa Libertadores. (January 3 – 14, 2007)
“FIFA Women’s World Cup” is a wildly popular soccer tournament featuring the top 16 teams in the world, including Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Norway, Sweden, USA and host country China. (September 10 – 30, 2007)
“FIFA World Youth Championship” is the biannual World Cup for the top men’s under-20 national team squads. Twenty-four teams will earn the right to compete in this highly anticipated tournament that highlights some of the biggest up-and-coming superstars of the future in 52 matches over 23 days that will take place in Canada. (August – September 2007)
“Objetivo Fama” the runaway hit reality show, returns for another season as 20 new singing stars of tomorrow from across the country and Puerto Rico vie for a coveted recording contract with Univision Music Group. (Sunday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Escándalo TV” the most outrageous three-hour combination of talk, gossip, comedy, music and entertainment, returns for another season as the most original show on daytime television. (Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Mónica” is back with a daily dose of conversation about real issues that affect real people, with talk show host Monica Zevallos informing and entertaining viewers for another season. (Monday-Friday, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“¿Quién Tiene La Razón?” will give more couples and families a chance to find out who’s right and who’s wrong next season, as distinguished psychologist Nancy Alvarez, a celebrity panel, and the studio audience weigh in and analyze both sides of conflicts. (Monday-Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Pepsi Música” is back with an all-access pass to the latest and most popular Latin music, featuring exclusive interviews, live performances, sneak peeks at new releases and a top-20 countdown. (Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Noticias al Minuto” will keep viewers on top of the most important national and international news bulletins seven days a week. (Daily)
“Contacto Deportivo de Ford” is the only nightly, live sports newscast on Spanish-language television. Fans will continue to rely on veteran sportscasters Ricardo Celis, Jorge Pérez-Navarro and Renán Cardona to be their complete source for the day’s most important sports stories. (Monday-Sunday, 11:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. ET/PT)
“Solo Boxeo de Miller” brings live, boxing action to primetime, pitting today’s top contenders for two-hours of exhilarating action. (Friday, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Fútbol Liga Mexicana” features complete coverage of the winter and summer seasons, as well as the most thrilling matches and expert commentary.
“Escándalo de Año Nuevo” is back again to celebrate the New Year, featuring seven hours of the hottest live Latin performances, skits, and the top entertainment stories of the year; hosted by Charytin, Felipe and Marisa, the stars of daytime hit “Escándalo TV.” (December 31, 2006 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Premios Oye!” is a lavish spectacle like no other, when Mexico’s National Academy of Music acknowledges winners in various musical genres and features superstar guests and fabulous performances by world-famous recording artists.
Photographs of new and returning programming (courtesy of TeleFutura) are available for downloading at the following Internet address: ftp://ftp.univision.net USER NAME: press PASSWORD: upfront2006.
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 98% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002 and now reaches 86% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 4 stations in Puerto Rico; Univision Music Group, which includes Univision Records, Fonovisa Records, La Calle Records and a 50% interest in Mexico-based Disa Records labels as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S. located at http://www.univision.com. 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 is headquartered in Los Angeles with television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.
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