Univision Communications

Univision Communications Inc.
Industry Mass Media and Entertainment
Founded Los Angeles, California in 1962 (1962)
Founder A. Jerrold Perenchio Venevision and Televisa
Headquarters 605 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10158
Key people
Randy Falco (President and CEO)
Revenue Decrease US$2.9 Billion (2015)[2]
Decrease US$ 0.6 Billion (2015)[2]
Decrease US$-0.0 Billion (2015)[2]
Total assets Decrease US$10.0 Billion (2015)[2]
Total equity Increase US$-0.7 Billion (2015)[2]
Owner Broadcasting Media Partners, Inc.
(Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, TPG Capital, Thomas H. Lee Partners, & Saban Capital Group (each owning 20%))
Number of employees
4,008 (2016)[3]
Divisions Univision
Univision Online
Univision Radio
Univision Deportes Network
El Rey Network
Univision Television Group
Subsidiaries Fusion Media Network, LLC
Onion, Inc.
Gawker Media[4]
Website corporate.univision.com

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is an American media company serving Latin Americans. The company dates back to the first Spanish language television network in the U.S., founded in the early 1960s as Spanish International Network SIN. The founders of Univision are René Anselmo and Telesistema Mexicano founder Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta.[5][6] UCI has evolved into a multimedia company with 16 broadcast, cable and digital networks; 61 television stations; and online and mobile apps, products and content creation facilities in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami.[7][8][9][10] UCI’s headquarters is in Midtown Manhattan.[11] Prior to 2007,[12] the headquarters was in Century City section of Los Angeles.[13][14]


Former logo used until October 17, 2012.

Univision Communications Inc. was founded in 1962 as Spanish International Network by the cuban-italian-american TV programming seller René Anselmo, and the Pioneer of Latin America Television legend Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta who consolidated the operations of some independent latino stations under a network until 1986 when the company is transferred to Hallmark and change their name to UNIVISION.

From September 1996 to April 2007, Univision Communications Inc. traded in the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol UVN.

In 2001, Univision Communications Inc. acquired USA Broadcasting, the station group of USA Networks, which included 13 full-power television stations. Most of these stations became part of a new network called TeleFutura, which it launched in 2002, now UniMás.[15] Others joined Univision. In 2003, Univision completed the acquisition of Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation to form Univision Radio.[16]

In March 2007, Univision Communications Inc. was sold to Broadcasting Media Partners, Inc. which includes Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, Providence Equity Partners Inc., TPG Capital, L.P., Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., and Saban Capital Group Inc.[17]

In May 2008, Univision Music Group was sold to Universal Music Group and combined with its Latin label to become Universal Music Latin Entertainment.

In 2009, Univision Interactive Media was formed to house Univision.com, Univision Móvil, and an array of digital offerings.[18] Univision On Demand also debuted in 2009, through distribution partners.[19] That same year Univision also created Univision Studios, a new production arm focused on producing and co-producing content for the Company’s platforms.[20]

Since June 2011, Randy Falco has been President and CEO of UCI, and since then has increased UCI’s earnings.[21] Falco’s contract was recently renewed until January 2018.[10] In the fall of 2012, Univision celebrated its 50th anniversary by unveiling a new brand logo and a new tagline identifying Univision as the “Hispanic Heartbeat of America.”[22]

The Company owns and operates two broadcast networks, Univision Network the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network, available in approximately 93% of U.S. Hispanic television households.[23][24] It is one of the top five networks in the country and 91% of Univision’s audience consumes content live vs. 70 percent for English-language networks.[25][26] UniMás is among the leading Spanish-language broadcast television networks.[27] More recently, UCI has grown its offerings with the launch of cable networks Univision Deportes, Univision tlnovelas and, additional cable, digital and multiplatform offerings.[28][29][30]

In 2013, UCI announced a strategic partnership which launched El Rey, a new English-language network geared towards young-adult audiences led by Robert Rodriguez.[31] That year Univision also rebranded its TeleFutura network into UniMás, which targets males ages 18 to 35, and broadcasts dramatic series, soccer events, reruns of classic shows and feature films.[32] In addition, in 2013 Univision formed its joint venture with ABC/Disney to launch "Fusion", a 24-hour, English-language cable news network.[33]

In 2014, UCI launched Univision Mobile, La Fabrica and TheFlama.com and also continued to increase the reach of Univision Deportes, Fusion and El Rey.[34][35][36][37] Also in 2014, UCI expanded its partnership with Hulu, building on its launch as the first Spanish-language offering on Hulu in 2012.[38]

In 2015, UCI signed a deal with Sling TV that grants Sling TV innovative Over-the-top programming and multi-stream rights for live and video-on-demand content from Univision Network, UniMás, UDN, Galavisión, El Rey Network, Bandamax, De Película, De Película Clásico, Telehit, tlNovelas, FOROtv, as well as Univision and UniMás broadcast stations nationwide.[39]

On August 16, 2016, Univision Communications purchased Gawker Media for $135 million.[40] The sale included six Gawker blogs - Kotaku, Jalopnik, Lifehacker, Gizmodo (and its sub-site io9), Deadspin and Jezebel - but not the flagship Gawker site, which would be shut down in late August.[41]


UCI’s portfolio of properties consists of 16 broadcast cable and digital networks, including El Rey and Fusion, and 128 local TV and Radio stations. UCI’s properties also include consumer products and brand licensing.[42]

Spanish-language television


Digital properties

Fusion Media Group

Consumer products, brand licensing and other services

Other properties

Univision-owned television stations


City of license / Market Station Channel TV (RF) Owned Since Affiliation
Phoenix, Arizona KTVW-DT ** 33 (33) 1992 Univision
KFPH-DT 13 (13) 2001 UniMás
Tucson, Arizona KUVE-DT
(semi-satellite of KTVW-DT)
46 (46) 2003 Univision
KFTU-DT 3 (36) 2001 UniMás
Bakersfield, California KABE-CD 39 (39) 2002 Univision
KTFB-CA 4 2002 UniMás
(satellite of KTFB-CA)
31 1992 UniMás
KUVI-DT 45 (45) 1997 MyNetworkTV
Fresno, California KFTV-DT ** 21 (20) 1992 Univision
KTFF-DT 61 (48) 2003 UniMás
Los Angeles, California KMEX-DT ** 34 (34) 1992 Univision
KFTR-DT ++ 46 (29) 2001 UniMás
Sacramento, California KUVS-DT 19 (18) 1997 Univision
KTFK-DT 64 (26) 2004 UniMás
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, California KDTV-DT ** 14 (51) 1992 Univision
KFSF-DT 66 (34) 2002 UniMás
Denver, Colorado KTFD-DT 1 14 (15) 2003 UniMás
Washington, D.C. WFDC-DT 1 14 (15) 2001 Univision
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida WLTV-DT ** 23 (23) 1992 Univision
WAMI-DT ++ 69 (47) 2001 UniMás
Orlando, Florida WOTF-DT ++ 1 43 (20) 2001 UniMás
Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida WFTT-DT ++ 1 47 (50) 2001 UniMás
Atlanta, Georgia WUVG-DT ++ 34 (48) 2001 Univision
UniMás (DT2)
Chicago, Illinois WGBO-DT 66 (38) 1995 Univision
WXFT-DT ++ 60 (50) 2001 UniMás
Boston, Massachusetts WUTF-DT ++ 1 66 (27) 2001 UniMás
Albuquerque, New Mexico KTFQ-DT 1 14 (22) 2003 UniMás
New York City WXTV-DT ** 41 (40) 1992 Univision
WFUT-DT ++ 68 (30) 2001 UniMás
(satellite of WFUT-DT)
67 (23) 2001 UniMás
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina WUVC-DT 40 (38) 2003 Univision
WTNC-LD 26 (40) 2003 UniMás
Cleveland, Ohio WQHS-DT ++ 2 34 (61) 2001 Univision
UniMás (DT2)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania WUVP-DT ++ 65 (29) 2001 Univision
WFPA-CA ** 28 1992 UniMás
Austin, Texas KAKW-DT 62 (13) 2002 Univision
KTFO-CD ** 31 (36) 1992 UniMás
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas KUVN-DT ** 23 (23) 1992 Univision
KSTR-DT ++ 49 (48) 2001 UniMás
Houston, Texas KXLN-DT 45 (45) 1994 Univision
KFTH-DT ++ 67 (36) 2001 UniMás
San Antonio, Texas KWEX-DT ** 41 (41) 1992 Univision
KNIC-DT 6 17 (18) 2006 UniMás
Salt Lake City, Utah KUTH-DT 5 32 (32) 2004 Univision
San Juan, Puerto Rico WLII-DT 11 (11) 20023 Univision
(DTS facility of WSTE-DT)
7 20024 Independent
Ponce, Puerto Rico WSUR-DT
(satellite of WLII-DT)
9 20023 Univision
(DTS facility of WSTE-DT)
7 (7) 20024 Independent


Univision Contigo (Univision With You)

Univision Contigo, UCI’s public service initiative, is an expansion of UCI’s investment and partnership efforts to service Hispanics in the U.S. and builds upon UCI’s engagement with the Hispanic community. Univision Contigo is designed to focus on education, health, financial literacy and voter participation in the Hispanic community.[57]

Social Media Strategy

UCI’s social media strategy is centered on engagement. UCI leverages social media platforms to connect with its audience. UCI’s social media platforms allow Univision viewers to directly access content and connect with their favorite TV personalities.[58][59]


UCI and its executives have been recognized for their news, entertainment, humanitarian efforts and sports.

Univision News has been recognized with the Peabody, Walter Cronkite and Gracies awards for its special “Entre el abandono y el rechazo”; the King of Spain International (Digital) Journalism Award for “Niños de la Frontera” part of Univision Noticia’s La Huella Digital; and GLAAD Media Awards in the categories Outstanding Local TV Journalism for “Cobertura de Spirit Day” by Noticias 34 (KMEX-Univision 34) and Outstanding Documentary for “Identidad sin fronteras” part of Panorámica, a Univision/Pivot co-production.[60][61][62][63][64] The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA) also recognized Univision Noticias with eight Golden Mikes including the top honor, Broadcast Legend Award to Univision News anchor María Elena Salinas.[65] Univision News anchor Jorge Ramos, described as “one of the most aggressive and influential newsmen in America” by Michael Scherer in his profile of Ramos published November 20, 2014, was named to the 2015 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.[66][67]

UCI’s President and CEO, Randy Falco, has been recognized by National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) with Board of Trustees’ Award and by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), with a Champion Award.[68][69] UCI is recipient of the Business Champion for Children Award by ReadyNation and the company’s early childhood development program, Pequeños y Valiosos – a partnership between Univision and Too Small to Fail – has been recognized by Cynopsis with the Social Good Award.[70][71]

UCI’s sports network, Univision Deportes (UDN) is recipient of two Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Live Sports Coverage in Spanish: 2014 FIFA World Cup and Outstanding Studio Show in Spanish: Fútbol Central by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS); additionally, UDNs’ President Juan Carlos Rodriguez has been bestowed the Sports Network Executive of the Year Navigator Award by Cynopsis, while UDN accepted awards in the categories ‘Tech Innovation’ and ‘Best Spot Over:30.’[72][73]

Corporate governance

Executive officers

Board of directors

See also


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