NEW YORK, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–MAY 14, 2003–Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN), the leading Spanish-language media company in the U.S., today unveiled TeleFutura Network’s 24-hour schedule including new and exclusive programming choices for the 2003-2004 season during its second Upfront programming presentation at Lincoln Center in New York. After only one year on the air, TeleFutura is already the #2 Spanish-language network – behind #1 Univision Network – among Adults 18-34 and 18-49 in several key dayparts. As a result of recent station additions as well as leading cable distribution agreements, the Network now reaches 75% of U.S. Hispanic Households.
“Since its debut in 2002, TeleFutura has increased viewing to Spanish-language television three share points at the expense of the English-language Networks and Telemundo,” said Ray Rodriguez, President and Chief Operating Officer, Univision Television Networks. “In fact, TeleFutura is on its way to becoming the #2 Spanish-language broadcast network overall – behind only the Univision network. It already outdelivers Telemundo among Adults 18-34 and 18-49 in key dayparts and is the #2 Network in primetime among Hispanic Men 18-34 and 18-49 with more viewers than ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, WB, UPN or Telemundo. These outstanding accomplishments underscore Hispanics’ overwhelming appreciation for alternative choices in Spanish-language television and strengthen Univision Communications’ lead as the #1 Spanish-language media company in the United States.”
“TeleFutura’s overwhelming success over the past year and its position as the fastest growing Spanish-language broadcast television network represents a tremendous opportunity for advertisers,” said Dennis McCauley, Co-President of Network Sales. “As the TeleFutura network has grown, bringing in additional young viewers to Spanish-language television, the importance of targeting the U.S. Hispanic community in Spanish has become even more apparent to corporate America.”
“During the 2003-2004 season, we’re confident that our audience will continue to grow with the debut of the first-ever Spanish-language adult-appeal cartoon, “Betty Toons.” Next season’s lineup also includes TeleFutura’s first combination game-show/reality show, a hilarious newsroom comedy and more of our major motion picture lineup,” said Alina Falcón, Senior Vice President and Operating Manager, TeleFutura Network. “Looking ahead, the strength of TeleFutura’s programming strategy, the network’s programming partnerships with the most influential and popular producers in Latin America, and its growing nationwide distribution – already reaching 75% of U.S. Hispanic Homes – will ensure TeleFutura’s continued success.”
This Fall, “Armas de Seducción” (“Weapons of Seduction”) will debut on TeleFutura as the first combination game-show/reality show where all the weapons of seduction are utilized to win a game of love. TeleFutura also brings back the most lovable ugly duckling in the history of Spanish-language television, “Betty La Fea,” in the first-ever Spanish-language animated adult-appeal cartoon series “Betty Toons.” In the new comedy “Noticias Calientes” (“Hot News”), viewers will look behind the scenes of a network newscast and its two popular anchors who have great on-air chemistry, but a lousy personal relationship. Innovative new talk show/court program “¿Quién Tiene La Razon?” (“Who’s Right?”), hosted by distinguished psychologist and sex therapist Nancy Alvarez, will give married couples a chance to express their grievances and feelings, and get feedback from both the host and the ultimate jury – the studio audience.
In the upcoming season, TeleFutura’s primetime schedule will feature the largest selection of Hollywood movies ever assembled for Spanish-language television, including more than 400 new Hollywood titles featuring today’s most popular stars. “Cine de las Estrellas” (“All-Star Cinema”) and “Cineplex” will continue to entertain audiences with headline hit movies from top studios, top producers, top directors and top talent. Bruce Willis will star in the futuristic Sci-Fi thriller “The Fifth Element,” while Robin Williams stars in one of Hollywood’s funniest comedies, “The Bird Cage.” Richard Gere plays a reporter investigating the strange happenings, which take place in a small town in West Virginia in “The Mothman Prophecies.” John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito face off in the “mob goes to Hollywood” comedy, “Get Shorty.” Superstars Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons headline Isabel Allende’s film adaptation “The House of the Spirits.” And Arnold Schwartzenager is back in James Cameron’s Action Sci-Fi film of the year, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
In the 2003-2004 season, TeleFutura will also feature a terrific assortment of first-run shows targeted specifically to Hispanic children, from exciting adventures and fun-filled cartoons to outstanding educational programs.
TeleFutura’s gripping novela lineup includes the debut of several sensational limited run drama series. Opposites attract in “La Costeña” (“The Girl from the Coast”), a lighthearted love story starring Amada Rosa Páez and Jorge Enrique Abello. In “Juana La Virgen” (“Juana’s Miracle”), a 17-year old virgin receives astonishing news: she is pregnant. “De Pocas Pocas Pulgas” (“Just a Few Ticks”) is a heartwarming novela, targeted to children, that explores the unique friendship between a 12-year-old boy and a lonely old man. Revolving around a murder committed two decades ago, “La Mujer de Judas” (“The Wife of Judas”) reveals the secrets that have been kept hidden for so long. “La Niña de Mis Ojos” (“The Girl of my Eyes”) is an intriguing story of a scheming mother set on choosing who her son should marry.
Returning to this season’s lineup is TeleFutura’s #1 primetime show hosted by the charismatic Marco Antonio Regil, “100 Mexicanos Dijeron” (“100 Mexicans Said”), bringing viewers all the entertainment, humor and excitement of the widely-loved “Family Feud.” Viewers will also be excited by the return of “Escándalo TV” (“Scandalous TV”), featuring the crazy combination of comedy, entertainment, talk and “scandalous” fun. “Escándalo TV” will once again go all out on New Year’s Eve with “Escandalo de Año Nuevo” (“Scandalous TV’s New Year”), a special 7-hour live broadcast filled with “scandalous” fun and nonstop entertainment. The wild and crazy celebrity battle of the sexes, “Guerra de Los Sexos” (“War of the Sexes”), also returns this Fall with famous stars on the warpath to prove which is truly the weaker sex. Weekday talk show “Mónica” also returns with real issues faced by real people.
Also returning for another season are TeleFutura’s favorites, including game show “Aprieta y Gana” (“Buzz and Win”), a rip-roaring show where guys and girls face off in a number of outrageous games and competitions, and one of the hottest international entertainment magazines “La Oreja” (“The Ear”), featuring the best in celebrity gossip.
Sports fans will welcome the return of the exciting sports program “Contacto Deportivo de Ford,” which will continue to provide complete sports coverage, with all of the important highlights and latest scores of the day, as well as in-depth analysis and expert commentary from its team of veteran sportscasters, Ricardo Celis, Jorge Pérez Navarro and Renan Cardona. TeleFutura’s live primetime boxing program, “Sólo Boxeo” (“Just Boxing”), also returns this season, featuring an exciting two-hours of action-packed matches. In addition, TeleFutura will bring fans of Mexican League soccer all the action during broadcasts of the winter, summer and playoff games with its notable coverage of “Fútbol Liga Mexicana.”
Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN) 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 97% of U.S. Hispanic households; TeleFutura Network, the new 24-hour general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 75% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 23 Univision Network television stations and 1 non-Univision television station; TeleFutura Television Group, which owns and operates 29 TeleFutura Network television stations; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Music Group, which includes the Univision Music label, Fonovisa Records label, and a 50% interest in Mexican based Disa Records label as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier internet company in the U.S. Hispanic market located at http://www.univision.com. Univision Communications is headquartered in Los Angeles with network operations in Miami and television stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.