Telemundo Media, the fastest growing broadcast network in primetime among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen, today announced its 2012-2013 programming lineup, with more than 800 hours of original content, increasing the network's original programming slate by nearly 40 percent.
The network's new programming increase includes six telenovelas, two daytime shows and a reality competition. New original telenovelas include "El Rostro de la Venganza" (The Face of Revenge), "El Señor de los Cielos" (The Lord of the Heavens), "La Patrona" (The Patron), "Pasión Prohibida" (Forbidden Passion), "Nace un Idolo" (An Idol is Born) and "Fina Estampa" (Fine Pedigree); as well as daytime programs "Cuauhtemoc" and "Virgen Morena" (The Virgin of Guadalupe), and reality competition "Yo Me Llamo" (My Name is). Telemundo also announced the launch of its new branding campaign for the fall and unveiled a new logo capturing the essence of the Hispanic experience in the U.S. Additionally, Telemundo expanded its family of mobile apps with the launch of the Telemundo Entertainment App, giving audiences access to Telemundo content wherever and whenever they want it. For more information, visit www.telemundo.com.
Telemundo – the #1 provider of Spanish-language primetime content – announced it will increase its original production by more than 50 percent at its Miami-based Telemundo Studios, further solidifying its position as the leading media company producing original content by and for U.S. Hispanics.
"This season we are presenting our most ambitious original programming slate ever, a testament to our commitment to produce the most relevant Spanish-language content for the largest Hispanic audience possible," said Emilio Romano, President, Telemundo Media. "Fueled by our record-breaking performance and the support of Comcast and NBCUniversal, together with a leading team of executives, our mission is to become the number one Hispanic media company in the U.S. and the leading producer of Spanish-language content in the world."
Telemundo Media enters this year's Upfront with an increase of four share points in the first half of the broadcast season, the only major Spanish-language network to grow its share. The network also recently delivered its highest-rated quarter ever in network history with total viewers, up 10 percent vs. Q1 2011. In addition, Telemundo's cable youth channel, mun2, is the number one Hispanic cable network among Hispanics in the coveted 18-34 demographic. In March, Telemundo.com was the #1 Spanish-language website for engagement, delivering six times more minutes per viewer and 15 million more total minutes than its competition.
Last year, Telemundo and mun2 recorded their best Upfront season ever, adding more than 50 new advertisers, delivering 20 percent growth in national ad revenue, more than any other Spanish-language broadcast network. An estimated $88MM of new business came to Spanish-language television with Telemundo commanding more than half (55 percent) of that new business. And in the first quarter of 2012, Telemundo added 12 new advertisers, with increases in the automotive and pharmaceutical categories.
Telemundo announced it will launch its rebranding campaign complete with a new logo, tagline and on-air identity this fall. The network's new positioning platform aims to capture the duality of Telemundo's audience, balancing the strong connection to their Latin roots with their contemporary mindset of living in the U.S.
The network's original programming will embody the brand attributes of modern, original, creative, pioneering and passionate, all aimed at speaking to the hearts and minds and the unique perspective of its audience.
"Hispanics living in the U.S. often transcend two worlds-roots in their home country and their lives here today," said Jacqueline Hernández, Chief Operating Officer, Telemundo Media. "Our new positioning platform reflects our audience's duality of being in America and being Latino."
Additionally, Telemundo Digital announced the launch of its Entertainment App. The Telemundo Entertainment App features bilingual content, marking the first time Telemundo and mun2 partner on a mobile app. The bilingual app features content from Telemundo's popular CrossOver channel on www.Telemundo.com and provides users with the most up-to-date entertainment news through breaking news alerts. Users can access Telemundo's full programming schedule and add calendar reminders to their phone about program air dates and times and mark particular programs and sections as "favorites." In addition to commenting on and rating the app's articles, photos and videos, a new social media integration enables users to share content from the app directly with friends and followers, as well as follow, tweet and re-tweet favorite Telemundo programs, talent and celebrities.
Following is a list of the Telemundo Media series:
"El Rostro de la Venganza" (The Face of Revenge)
After spending most of his life in jail paying for a crime he has no memory of committing, 30 year-old Diego Mercader Carrasco is released and adopts a different identity to begin a new life and protect himself from his past. With the help of his psychiatrist Antonia Villarroel and Ezequiel Alvarado, who becomes his benefactor and a father figure, Diego gets a second chance as he will now be known as Martin Mendez.
Antonia and Martin (Diego) become romantically involved, and she teaches him about life and love. As her love for Martin grows, Antonia digs deeper into Diego's case, trying to find out what really happened 20 years earlier. Determined to prove his innocence, Antonia gets involved more than she should and will pay a very high price for her investigation. Meanwhile, Martin must uncover the past and piece together clues and memories of the tragedy that unfolded 20 years ago to reveal…what really happened that day?
"El Rostro de la Venganza" is a Telemundo Studios production.
"El Señor de los Cielos" (The Lord of the Heavens)
Damian Torres is a man of humble beginnings who dreamed of having it all. Through relentless will and fearless determination, Damian transforms himself from a poor peasant into one of the world's richest men and a powerful drug trafficker, wanted by the DEA. Damian embodies the entire spectrum of what the human soul is capable of, from the virtuous to the unthinkable, all fueled by his immeasurable desire for power and wealth. Damian's life turns into a quest for survival when his numerous enemies start hunting him down and the DEA closes in. He realizes that his only way out is to start a new life as literally a new man, so he decides to undergo facial reconstruction. Damian will discover that on the dangerous path to riches he chose to take, there is no turning back.