Univision and Televisa Expand Partnership to Increase Opportunities for Latinos in Media and Technology

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Univision Communications Inc. (“Univision”) and Grupo Televisa, S.A.B.
(“Televisa”); (NYSE:TV); (BMV:TLEVISA), two of the world’s leading media
companies focused on serving Hispanics, today announced plans to expand
upon their existing programs to provide more opportunities for Latinos
in the U.S. media and technology sectors in 2016. The new efforts will
include a wide variety of education, mentorship and career development

As the economic, political and cultural impact of Hispanic Americans
continues to grow, Univision and Televisa believe it is critically
important for Latinos to play a leading role in participating in and
shaping the media industry in the United States. Accordingly, the two
companies have joined forces to accomplish two overarching goals: 1)
Strengthen and expand their existing efforts to increase the pipeline of
Latinos in media and technology; and 2) Develop and educate future media
leaders and professionals.

Commenting on the initiative, Alex Nogales the president and CEO of the
National Hispanic Media Coalition, said: “One of my lifelong goals has
been to provide access to careers in media for future generations of
U.S. Hispanics, and to create opportunities for Latinos both behind and
in front of the camera. That is why we are supporting the joint
initiative announced today by Univision and Televisa — because it will
create opportunities for a new generation in our industry at this
critical time when it’s so important for diverse voices to be heard.”

“The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) commends Univision
and Televisa on this initiative, which is the result of the
productive partnership between the two companies, and is critical to the
development of original content that touches and concerns the Latino
community,” said Felix Sanchez, NHFA chairman and co-founder. “NHFA
looks forward to working with the companies to usher in the next
generation of talented Latino filmmakers, who are waiting in the wings
and ready to take the center stage of the U.S. entertainment and media

Axel Caballero, the executive director of the National Association of
Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), added: “NALIP’s multiple media
incubation initiatives foster, promote and advance Latino content
creators behind and in front of the camera; providing the necessary
tools to strengthen our communities’ access and representation across
the industry. We’ve had a long and successful partnership with Univision
in forging these types of efforts over the years and we know that
Televisa will only strengthen and redouble these efforts that will have
a huge impact in our ability to reach our goals. Our community of Latino
filmmakers, writers, directors, entrepreneurs, executives and media
consortia is rich, talented and diverse and together we are paving the
way to lead the next generation of media makers.”

“The role that U.S. Hispanics are playing in all aspects of shaping the
future of our country has never been greater. As part of our ongoing
mission to empower our community, and through our partnership with
Televisa, we are enhancing our efforts to help ensure that Latinos are
well-represented across all aspects of the media sector,” said Randy
Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. “Given the
convergence of technology and media, we are promoting STEM education and
skill development among Hispanics, beginning at a young age, to help
them attain the technical skills they need to compete and contribute to
the media industry and its consumers.”

“Our mission to empower Latinos in the media and technology industries
extends deep into the United States through our longstanding partnership
with Univision, as well as the wide array of initiatives undertaken by
the Televisa Foundation,” said Alicia Lebrija, president of Televisa
Foundation. “The expanded partnership we are announcing today will
significantly advance our joint efforts to ensure Hispanic American
children and youth have more and better opportunities to pursue STEM
careers and develop the skills to be among the best and brightest
leaders in the media and high-tech industries.”

In furtherance of their efforts, Univision and Televisa will focus on
the following activities, working with key partners in the community,
advocacy and academics:

Strengthening the Pipeline of Latinos in Media
& Technology:

  • Production Projects – bring together students and
    emerging talent to produce and develop documentaries and short fiction
    pieces to air on Fusion, Univision’s millennial-focused, bilingual
    television and digital network. This effort will include mentoring
    from top journalists from Univision News, Fusion and The Root.
  • Writers Programs – support programs that foster Hispanic
    writers, as well as promote efforts to create mechanisms to
    systematically highlight the writing skills and talents of Hispanics
    to media and tech outlets.
  • Development Fellowshipsoffer development fellowships
    to mentor and promote multicultural and millennial writers across
    broadcast, film, digital and other media formats.
  • Incubator Programsleverage newly-created incubator
    programs to allow emerging Latino media makers to showcase their
    production and writing skills, both at the local and national level.
  • Entrepreneurial Development Opportunitiesjointly
    promote a marketplace and collaborative exchange for entrepreneurs and
    investors, to support multicultural entrepreneurs and minority-owned
    small businesses, in the U.S. The program will enable participants to
    further build business and supplier relationships, especially within
    media and technology.
  • STEM and Mediahost a series of educational programs,
    events and symposia in various locations, including Silicon Valley, in
    order to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and
    Mathematics (STEM) opportunities in the media industry and highlight
    the sharpest Latino STEM talent. The events will be developed in
    partnership with community, education, and technology partners. In
    addition, Univision will open a technology and learning center at its
    station in San Jose, CA, which will include computer coding training
    and other STEM related training and events. This commitment builds on
    Univision’s long-term focus on education under its award-winning
    empowerment initiative Univision Contigo.
  • School Programsbuild media labs in select middle
    schools around the country, starting with the New Venture School in
    the Bronx, which will provide students with the tools and training to
    understand how a media newsroom operates. In addition to gaining
    experience with production and editing equipment, the students will
    receive training from Univision news executives.
  • Scholarships, Internships & Fellowshipsinclude
    multicultural awards in both media and STEM in our scholarship
    program. Similarly, Univision’s internship programs and partnerships
    with high schools, universities, and foundations will be expanded to
    increase broader minority representation and assignments related to
    media and technology occupations. Lastly, we will support fellowship
    opportunities that highlight policy implications related to Hispanics
    and the media.

Building on a Tradition of Empowerment:

These initiatives build on the work Univision and Televisa have already
done and continue to do to inform, empower and serve the U.S. Hispanic
community, including:

  • Workforce Diversity: Univision is
    developing and growing its diverse workforce and has been recognized
    as a diversity leader in the media industry by the Walter Kaitz
    Foundation. Eighty percent of Univision’s workforce is made up of
    minorities, making Univision a leading employer of multiculturals in
    the U.S. In addition, since Televisa became a significant investor in
    Univision in 2011, Univision’s local and network production workforce
    has grown by 26%, and Latinos and multiculturals now make up 98% of
    the total production employee base. At the same time, total
    programming hours produced in the U.S. continue to grow – up 37%
    between 2001 and 2015 to more than 22,700 hours. This increased
    programming opens the doors to more production opportunities for
    Univision’s growing multicultural employee base in the U.S. The
    employment, training, and development of a diverse, contemporary
    workforce is a significant contribution by Univision to giving
    Hispanics access to the media sector and providing diversity and
    innovation to viewers.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility:
    Through Univision Contigo, Univision has delivered community
    programs focusing on educational attainment, prosperity, health, and
    civic participation. In one year alone, Univision committed over $82
    million of airtime to Contigo’s efforts, mobilized hundreds of
    thousands through mobile and digital platforms, and held over 500
    community and empowerment fairs and events tied to these four key
    areas. In that same year, Univision’s corporate social responsibility
    efforts received 16 awards and further recognition from affiliate
    organizations, including LULAC, NALIP, KIND, and NALEO.
  • Technology and Education: In 2015
    Univision launched the award-winning program under Univision Contigo
    called Avanzamos Conectados, to raise awareness among Hispanic
    families about the educational importance of having Internet
    connectivity in their homes and the impact of technology on their
    children’s education by expanding on the successful broadband
    initiative. To date more than 95,000 families have inquired or
    received information and 31,000 individuals have participated in local
    education fairs throughout the country.
  • English-language Learning: In
    recent years, Televisa has made meaningful contributions to
    organizations and classrooms nationwide to support English-language
    learners. Televisa aims to help over 5 million English-language
    learners enrolled in the public K-12 system by offering free
    downloadable applications for children to learn English, online
    courses for parents and teachers and research fellowships with
    academic institutions. Televisa’s commitment to English-language
    education and investment has also allowed Univision to provide
    enhanced content to English-speaking Latinos, African-Americans, and
    Millennials through outlets like Fusion, El Rey, FLAMA, and The Root.
    These efforts have led to more variety and, as a result, more
    diversity, evidenced by the El Rey Diversity Council, which is working
    to fully represent the changing face of America.
  • Community Support: In recent
    years, Televisa developed the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute in
    San Antonio (CRIT) and the associated Teletón USA, which to date has
    served more than 600 children and their families from over 35 states.
    The Teletón, which airs on Univision, has raised more than $60 million
    since 2013. Televisa has also been expanding its philanthropic
    contribution in the U.S. with the Televisa Foundation. To date
    it is working to promote early childhood education among Latino
    families and developing both STEM and entrepreneurship programs for
    Latinos. Key actions include national media campaigns, afterschool
    programs in five U.S. cities, sponsoring children STEM zones in
    various events serving over 25,000 families as well as empowering
    young Latinas through the national TECHNOLOchicas program.

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 broadcast television
network among U.S. Hispanics available in approximately 93% of U.S.
Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language
broadcast television network available in approximately 87% of U.S.
Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including
Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language cable network, as
well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S.
Spanish-language sports network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable
network dedicated to telenovelas, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language
cable network dedicated to international news, and an additional suite
of cable offerings -De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson
and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns 59 television
stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; digital
properties consisting of an array of websites and apps, including
the most visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics, UVideos,
a bilingual digital video network and Uforia, a music application
featuring multimedia music content; and Univision Radio, the leading
Spanish-language radio group in the U.S. which owns and operates 67
radio stations including stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic
markets and Puerto Rico. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in
El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language general entertainment cable
network and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for
Fusion, a 24-hour English-language news and lifestyle 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

About Televisa

Televisa is the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world
based on its market capitalization and a major participant in the
international entertainment business. It operates four broadcast
channels in Mexico City, produces and distributes 25 pay-TV brands for
distribution in Mexico and the rest of the world, and exports its
programs and formats to the U.S. through Univision Communications Inc.
(“Univision”) and to other television networks in over 50 countries.
Televisa is also an active participant in Mexico’s telecommunications
industry. It has a majority interest in Sky, a leading direct-to-home
satellite television system operating in Mexico, the Dominican Republic
and Central America. Televisa also participates in Mexico’s
telecommunications industry in many regions of the country where it
offers video, voice and broadband services. Televisa also has interests
in magazine publishing and distribution, radio production and
broadcasting, professional sports and live entertainment, feature-film
production and distribution, the operation of a horizontal Internet
portal and gaming. In the United States, Televisa has equity and
warrants which upon its exercise and subject to any necessary approval
from the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) in the United States,
would represent approximately 36% on a fully diluted, as-converted basis
of the equity capital in Univision Holdings Inc. (f/k/a Broadcasting
Media Partners, Inc.), the controlling company of Univision, the leading
media company serving the United States Hispanic market.


For Univision Communications Inc.
Mónica Talán, 212-455-5331
Grupo Televisa
Alejandro Olmos, (52 55) 4438 1205
Moctezuma, (52 55) 5224 5456