America Ferrera to Host "Panoramica"
Participant Media’s Pivot Network and Univision News Present New Series Featuring Eight Original Documentary Films on Topics of Interest to Hispanic Viewers
LOS ANGELES and MIAMI, August 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Pivot, an Emmy® Award-winning television network from Participant Media targeting passionate Millennials and Univision News, the award-winning news division of Univision Communications, Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, have announced that Emmy Award and Golden Globe® winner America Ferrera will be the host of their new documentary series, Panoramica. The series consists of eight original documentary films co-produced or acquired by Univision News and Pivot, including the acclaimed Cesar’s Last Fast, which aired on the Univision and Pivot networks in May 2014.
Ferrera will introduce the documentaries in the Panoramica series, providing context for these compelling films that explore issues of special interest to both network’s audiences. The second title, Marmato, is scheduled to air on UCI’s UniMás network and simulcast on Pivot on August 23, 2014. Filmed over the course of nearly six years, it chronicles the struggles of a small mining town in Colombia as its 8,000 residents confront a powerful Canadian company determined to gain control of the $20 billion in gold that lies beneath their homes.
“We are delighted to have America hosting the ‘Panoramica’ series,” said Isaac Lee, president of Univision News and CEO of Fusion. “Apart from being a distinguished actress, she has become an admired role model for young Latinos across the U.S. through her enormously successful career in Hollywood, which includes a major role in the recently released biopic ‘Cesar Chavez.’ We know that she will connect with our viewers and create the perfect lead-in for the outstanding films that will follow her introduction.”
“America has a proven passion for films that unearth the root of social and eco-political issues in the Latino community,” said Evan Shapiro, president, Pivot. “We are very excited to have her on board as the host of Panoramica and to lend her voice to these fascinating films that dive into the issues that are top of mind for young Latinos.”
“I’m excited and inspired by Panoramica’s mission to bring these important films to a wider audience,” stated Ferrera. All upcoming documentaries in the Panoramica series will air in Spanish on Univision or UniMás, simulcast in English or with English subtitles on Pivot.
About Univision News
Univision’s award-winning News division is committed to informing the country’s fastest growing segment across all media platforms, including TV, Radio, and Interactive. Hispanics count on the latest and most relevant content that impacts the community through: “Noticiero Univision,” the Network’s evening, late evening and weekend national newscast; Sunday public affairs program “Al Punto” (To The Point); newsmagazine shows “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now) and “Primer Impacto” (First Impact); as well as morning news segments on “Despierta América” (Wake Up America). Univision has strengthened its news team and expanded its news operations by adding Investigative and Documentary Units.
Participant Media’s television network Pivot (Pivot.tv), launched nationally in August 2013, serves passionate Millennials (18-34) a diverse mix of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries. Pivot focuses on entertainment that sparks conversation, inspires change and illuminates issues through engaging content and, connects audiences to a wealth of content and actions through its affiliated website TakePart (TakePart.com). Pivot is available in approximately 45 million homes in North America via traditional pay TV subscription, integrating a live and on demand streaming option via the Pivot app. Follow Pivot on Twitter at @pivot_tv and on Facebook at facebook.com/pivottelevision.
Participant Media (ParticipantMedia.com) is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing, and digital content that inspires social change. Through its films, social action campaigns, digital network, and its television network, Participant seeks to entertain, encourage and empower every individual to take action.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 95% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 89% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 68 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico, as well as Uforia, the leading Hispanic digital music service; UVideos, the first bilingual digital video network serving Hispanic America; an Interactive network of online and mobile apps and products including Univision.com, which continues to be the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit Univision.net.