In federal court in Brooklyn, US Imagina, LLC (“Imagina US”) pleaded guilty to a criminal information (the “Information”) charging it with two counts of wire fraud conspiracy in connection with the participation of two of its senior executives in schemes to pay more than $6.5 million in bribes to high-ranking officials of the Caribbean Football Union (“CFU”) and four Central American national soccer federations to secure media and marketing rights to those federations’ World Cup qualifier matches. 

Thousands of miles away in Russia, some of the most bruising battles in the world are being waged on a finely mowed pitch, as nations wage war against nations in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  The media company that lost the U.S. Spanish-language broadcast rights to Telemundo now finds itself in its own firefight, a swiftly escalating struggle that was already resulted in a war of words and exchanges full of accusations, finger-pointing and braggadocio.  By Adam Jacobson

Aida E. Rosario has been named Director of Community and Communications for Telemundo 47.

During the last few years, television has undergone significant transformation, driven by the evolving ways people watch content and lead their lives. Shifts in audience behavior and demographics have led to a more fragmented media landscape, and the shifts have generated more programming that reflects the evolving demographics of an increasingly multicultural America. Gen Z (defined as people born between 1997 and 2016) is currently the largest generation in America—at 27% of the general population—and is the most diverse cohort after Millennials.

EstrellaTV will debut the thrilling human trafficking drama “La Promesa.

"Glitterbomb" is an explosive pop-culture talk show hosted by an entirely gay, Latino, Hollywood-insider panel featuring "Entertainment Weekly" senior editor Patrick Gomez, iHeartRadio personality Alexander Rodriguez, and actor Enrique Sapene.

Compared with digital, the TV ad landscape changes at a glacial pace. But some of TV’s largest players are trying to overhaul its underlying technologies, which is giving some industry insiders anxiety.

Breaking the mold with the theme “No sizes, no limits, no excuses,” Univision’s popular reality competition “Nuestra Belleza Latina” (NBL) 2018 (Our Latin Beauty 2018) is back, announcing its six-city audition tour in the U.S. for its eagerly anticipated and reimagined 11th season.

Cinelatino is celebrating the 2018 FIFA World Cup by programming an exciting lineup of hit soccer-themed movies throughout the month of June, including the premieres of two soccer-themed films; exclusive pay-TV premiere of award-winning Brazilian crime dramedy Jules y Dolores (“Jules & Dolores”), and exclusive U.S. premiere of Peruvian hit Once Machos (“Eleven Men”), which will premiere on June 10th and 17th at 11:00pm ET / 8:00pm PT respectively, as part of Cinelatino’s Domingo Estelar (Blockbuster Sunday) block.

ANA and Forrester Research have just released a new report, "The Digital Transformation of Video Advertising Arrives," based on research among ANA members.  The research indicates that television advertising is at the cusp of significant change as marketers are incorporating the data-driven approaches of addressable and advanced TV into their plans.  By Bill Duggan / ANA

BOTTOM LINE: We have analyzed trends associated with the use of television alongside commercial share trends for national media owners in the United States through the end of the calendar month of April 2018 (covering the period running from April 1 to April 30 rather than the broadcast month, which ran from April 2 to April 29 this year). Complete data contained within this report became available from Nielsen last week.

Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. announced that Jorge Hidalgo joins the company as senior vice president of operations.

Univision Communications Inc. announced  new 10-year agreement that will keep the Latin GRAMMY Awards®, on the Univision Network through 2028. The new agreement, unprecedented in Spanish-language television in the United States, extends the partnership established in 2005 with The Latin Recording Academy® to include multi-platform coverage across UCI’s portfolio of broadcast and digital brands and will include the highly anticipated 20th anniversary of the Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2019.

The National Football League and CBS have reached an agreement with ESPN Deportes to televise Super Bowl LIII in Spanish on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 6 p.m. ET, live from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.

Telemundo Station Group announced it’s dispatching a team of local station journalists from stations in Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, McAllen and its news bureaus in Washington, D.C. and Miami to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The station group’s team consists of 12 sports and news anchors, photographers and producers. This is the largest group of Telemundo station journalists to ever report from an international, live sporting event. Telemundo’s local journalists will round out Telemundo Deportes’ coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ by delivering local audiences the most relevant and compelling coverage about all 32 competing teams across the stations’ on-air, digital and mobile platforms. The stations’ mobile apps will also help soccer enthusiasts watch livestreams of the games and receive their World Cup news and sports updates wherever they go.

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