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 Univision Network’s programming schedule for the 2006-2007 season. Since December 2005, when Univision became the first Spanish-language network to be included in Nielsen’s National Television Index (NTI), Univision has outdelivered the audiences of at least one of the Big 4 networks on half of all nights among Adults 18-34.
“Univision is now competing in a new arena in which our ratings successes can be seen in the same playing field as that of the English-language networks. The Univision Network’s inclusion in NTI will continue to validate and reinforce our position as a major force in the overall American television landscape,” said Alina Falcón, Executive Vice President and Operating Manager, Univision Television Network. “We are entering the 2006-2007 season poised for greater success than ever before. Our blockbuster line-up of novelas includes one of the biggest international hits, ‘La Fea Más Bella.’ Following the phenomenal success of the run-away hit dance competition ‘Bailando Por Un Sueño,’ the network will premiere ‘Cantando Por Un Sueño,’ where everyday people are paired with celebrities to sing, not for fame, but for the chance to have a very personal and noble dream realized. In addition, Univision will bring ‘Belleza Latina,’ a combination reality and beauty pageant show, where viewers will witness all the real life drama, both onstage and off, then actually participate in the selection process with the judges.”
“Univision is a fierce competitor in the overall U.S. broadcast television landscape,” said Tom McGarrity, Co-President, Network Sales. “In the current season and with the help of our inclusion in NTI, we have solidified our position right along with ABC, CBS, NBC & FOX during primetime among key demographics. As the Hispanic population’s buying power continues to grow rapidly, advertisers who are looking for alternative places for their dollars should look no further than the Univision Networks to connect with an engaged audience. We are able to provide advertisers with an array of media platforms to effectively reach this essential demographic.”
Renowned for compelling plots, superstar casts, lavish productions, and fast-paced action sequences, Univision’s novelas captivate Hispanic audiences like no other programming on television.
“Heridas de Amor” is the tale of a love-hate relationship set against the backdrop of bitter rivalries, family disarray and financial ruin. Jacqueline Bracamontes, Guy Ecker and Sergio Sendel star in this novela that proves that love can conquer pain and heal even the deepest wounds. (Monday – Friday, Primetime)
“Duelo de Pasiones” a breathtaking production filmed on a coffee plantation in rural Mexico, it features an all-star cast with Ludwika Paleta, Pablo Montero, Sergio Goyri, and Erika Buenfil in a story pitting resentment and jealousy against love and happiness. (Monday – Friday, Primetime)
“La Verdad Oculta” starring Galilea Montijo, Gabriel Soto, Alejandra Barros, and Eduardo Yáñez in a story of intrigue, false identities, a wrongfully imprisoned ex-con with a score to settle, a beautiful architect who may or may not aid him in his daring plan, and a hidden truth that could destroy them all. (Monday – Friday, Primetime)
“La Fea Más Bella” a decidedly non-traditional novela about an intelligent, but not exactly “attractive” girl, who by an unexpected twist of fate goes from ugly duckling to lovely swan. Starring popular Mexican actress/singer/comedian Angélica Vale and Jaime Camil with one of the most diverse and popular supporting casts ever assembled. The novela, which premiered on Monday, April 24th, will have its finale in fourth quarter of 2006. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Latin GRAMMY(R) Tribute” for the first time ever, The Latin Recording Academy(R) and the Univision Television Network will pay tribute to one of Latin entertainment’s living legends. Come September, some of the greatest artists of the Latin music world will join in celebrating the yet to be revealed star’s lifetime achievements. (September 21, 2006, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“¡Qué Madre, Tan Padre!” when Dad loses his job and Mom is forced to return to work, the household is turned upside down, making Dad’s new role as a “home-maker” all the more frustrating for the family and all the more entertaining for the viewers. (Friday, 10:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
“¡Buenas Tardes!” two of Spanish-language TV’s most popular comedians, Omar Chaparro and Adrián Uribe, join forces in this hilarious game show. Five families, each with a special wish, face off each week in a variety of challenging and very entertaining competitions. (Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Mi Vida Eres Tú” starring Jorge Aravena and Scarlet Ortiz, this is the story of a popular radio personality who gives advice to the lovelorn, but is unable to express his own true feelings off the air. Even advice from his devoted audience can’t help when dark secrets come to light, true identities are revealed, and plot twists abound for the love that everyone seems to want to destroy. (Monday – Friday, Daytime)
“Belleza Latina” features the most gorgeous Latin women in the U.S. in a fierce competition that combines the reality genre with a beauty pageant. In this contest looks alone are not enough to win, and viewers help the judges decide who will ultimately reign. (Sunday, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Cantando por un Sueño” based on the run-away hit “Bailando por un Sueño,” everyday people are paired with celebrities and coached by famous singers. They compete, not for fame, but for a very personal and noble wish. (Sunday, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Copa Oro” this soccer championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean features 12 teams including Mexico and the U.S., who compete in matches taking place in six U.S. cities. Univision will be there to follow all the excitement. (June 6-24, 2007)
“Copa America” South America’s soccer championship 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, Univision will bring the entire action home to U.S. Hispanic soccer fans. (June 26-July 15, 2007)
“USA Men’s National Team” Univision will have the exclusive Spanish-language rights to the USA vs. Mexico match which is sure to become one of the most emotional soccer matches of the year.
“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)
The Univision Network’s blockbuster specials are always much anticipated and top-rated audience favorites. Univision broadcasts more specials than any other U.S. Spanish-language network, airing the premiere musical events, award ceremonies and festivals in the Spanish-speaking world. Next season’s upcoming primetime productions include:
“The Latin GRAMMY(R) Awards” live for the first time from New York City, the Latin recording industry’s most coveted awards will be presented once again on the nation’s #1 Spanish-language television network. (November 2, 2006, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Premio Lo Nuestro a La Música Latina, 19th Edition” is the longest-running music awards program and remains a favorite among audiences, who continue to tune-in with ever-increasing numbers. Broadcast live from Miami, it features guest appearances and sensational performances by world-famous Latin artists and is watched by millions of fans in the U.S. and abroad. (February 22, 2007, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Premios Juventud” is Spanish-language TV’s only awards show where Hispanic youth honor their idols in film, music, sports, fashion and pop culture. (July 13, 2006, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Premios TV y Novelas” is a star-studded annual award show honoring the most popular actors, comedians, anchors and emcees on Spanish-language television. The readers of the international entertainment magazine “TV y Novelas” select the nominees and the winners are chosen by a special jury. (November 17, 2006, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Festival Mariachi Disney” gathers some of the finest Mariachi singers from across the United States for an annual competition celebrating one of the most popular Latin music genres enjoyed by Hispanics of all national backgrounds. (November 2006)
“Premios Furia Musical” honors the best in Tex-Mex, Banda, Tropical and traditional Mexican favorites, who are selected by their biggest fans, readers of “Furia Musical” magazine. (February 2007)
“Festival de Viña del Mar” internationally recognized as the most important festival in Latin America, this annual event takes place in Chile and features today’s up-and-coming talent on the same stage as world-renowned superstars. (January 2007)
“¡Feliz 2007!” rings in the New Year in style with nonstop celebrity guests and live remote broadcasts from urban centers around the globe as master of ceremonies Don Francisco leads audiences in celebrating Hispanic-America’s #1 New Year’s fiesta. (December 31, 2006, 10:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. ET/PT)
“Desfile de las Rosas” brings the all American tradition and splendor of the New Year’s Day Rose Parade into Hispanic homes across the country. (January 1, 2007, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET/8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PT)
10:00 p.m. Variety Block
“Cristina” brings back primetime’s Queen of Talk – Cristina Saralegui – for another season of the Emmy-award winning, internationally renowned program that remains the most successful talk show on Spanish-language television. (Monday, 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Ver Para Creer” with Fernando del Rincón and Rosana Franco, brings viewers a mesmerizing hour of dramatic, astounding, and often mysterious images from the farthest reaches of the planet. (Tuesday, 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Don Francisco Presenta” features the most popular host on Spanish-language television, Don Francisco, with the biggest Hispanic personalities for a primetime celebrity talk show. (Wednesday, 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Aquí y Ahora” hosted by Teresa Rodríguez, María Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos, continues its journalistic tradition of bringing viewers an hour of compelling in-depth investigations, consumer reports and hard-hitting interviews. (Thursday, 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Noticias Univision Presenta” features one-hour specials that focus on deeper, more complete news and analysis of those issues that are of particular interest to the Hispanic community. (Throughout the year.)
“Despierta América” is the longest-running and most successful morning show on Spanish-language television. Hosted by Fernando Arau, Ana María Canseco, Raúl González, Karla Martínez the team is complemented by news anchor Neida Sandoval. “Despierta América” is Hispanic America’s favorite way to wake up and start the day. (Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET/PT)
“Casos de Familia” tackles the most intimate issues with candor and sensitivity. This popular talk show is hosted by the charismatic and trusted, Judith Grace whose personal warmth and no-nonsense style encourages guests to open up and uncover solutions to their problems. (Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET/PT)
“El Gordo y La Flaca” Univision’s favorite show-business insiders Raúl De Molina and Lili Estefan get the latest scoop and deliver all the skinny on the world of Latin entertainment. (Monday-Friday, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Primer Impacto” and “Primer Impacto Fin de Semana” the #1 daily newsmagazine show in the nation among Hispanic viewers, returns with the top headlines and exclusives brought to audiences by anchors Bárbara Bermudo and Fernando del Rincón during the week and Verónica del Castillo on weekends. (Monday-Sunday, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Noticiero Univision” in its 25th year, this newscast has been acknowledged as the most trustworthy, relied upon and accurate news source by millions of Spanish-speaking television viewers in the U.S. Respected co-anchors Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas deliver in-depth coverage of Latin American events and issues of specific interest to U.S. Hispanics. And on the weekends, anchors Edna Schmidt and Sergio Urquidi, give viewers the most complete, up-to-date view of their world every evening at 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. (Monday-Sunday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Noticiero Univision – “Última Hora” hosted by veteran anchor Enrique Gratas, offers viewers tomorrow’s headlines today and the last word on the most important events of the past 24 hours. (Monday-Friday, 11:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET/PT)
“Muévete” Saturdays really get moving with Maribel Guardia and Latin Lover, the first celebrity winner from “Bailando por un Sueño” in this high-energy, variety show with stunts, games, comedy sketches, and musical performances. (Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET/PT)
“La Parodia” is a sidesplitting mix of parody and satire with top-notch comics and famous actors that take aim at everything from movies to politicians. (Saturday, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Qué Locura” features the most outrageous pranks – played on famous celebrities – revealed to audience members by hidden camera. (Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET/2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PT)
“Sábado Gigante” featuring legendary host Don Francisco, remains the longest running show in television history. A Saturday night tradition in most Hispanic homes throughout America, “Sábado Gigante” is one of the most watched weekend shows on Spanish-language television. (Saturday, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“Bailando Por Un Sueño” pairs everyday people, each with a dream that could change their lives and those of their loved ones, with well-known celebrities who try to help them dance their way to make their dream a reality. (Sunday, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
“La Hora Pico” gives some of the funniest Hispanic comedians the opportunity to showcase their best performances. (Sunday, 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET/PT)
“Cine Especial” is the place movie buffs go to for the super classics of Spanish–language cinema featuring the most popular and beloved stars of years past. (Varies)
“El Gran Estreno” presents the very best of Spanish-language movies appearing for the first time on U.S. television. (Varies)
As the uncontested winner in sports coverage, the Univision Network will continue to bring Hispanic America more in-depth information about their favorite sporting events, teams and athletes.
“Fútbol Liga Mexicana” returns to offer viewers the most comprehensive live coverage of the exciting premier Mexican soccer division with sportscasters Pablo Ramírez and Jesús Bracamontes. (Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT)
“República Deportiva” hosted by Fernando Fiore, Rosana Franco, and Félix Fernández, keeps viewers up to speed on the latest sports developments, highlights and classic moments. (Sunday, 11:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT)
Photographs of new and returning programming (courtesy of Univision) 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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