Cynthia Hudson has been named the new Senior VP and General Manager of CNN Español as well as of Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S. Most recently, Hudson was CCO and EVP of Spanish Broadcasting System and was the managing director of Mega TV. She has also been a programming VP at Cosmopolitan TV and the Telemundo Network. Photo and press release after the jump.
Award-winning Spanish-language television executive and journalist Cynthia Hudson has been named senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S., it was announced today by Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director of CNN International. Hudson will relocate from Miami to CNN’s global headquarters in Atlanta, and report to Maddox.
In her new position, Hudson will oversee newsgathering, editorial content, programming, production, operations and personnel, of CNN en Español, CNN en Español RADIO and the recently launched CNNMexico.com, a joint venture Web site produced in conjunction with Grupo Editorial Expansión.
“Cynthia brings to CNN en Espanol a wealth of creative and strategic experience in both television and new media,” said Maddox. “Her appointment underscores CNN’s commitment to the Latin American marketplace, where CNN en Español consistently ranks as the region’s leading pan-regional news network, and positions us to best serve the growing Hispanic market in the U.S.
Hudson comes from Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), where she served as chief creative officer and executive vice president for SBS and managing director of Mega TV. Hudson was responsible for SBS’ expansion, directly overseeing flagship TV station Mega TV, as well as the companies’ internet site www.lamusica.com and other new media development. In addition, Hudson supervised the strategic expansion of SBS content across multiple media platforms and development of branded entertainment synergies among all SBS properties. Mega TV saw tremendous growth under her watch and garnered the network 27 EMMY awards in just four years since its launch.
From 1997 to 2005, Hudson served as senior vice president and editorial director of Cosmopolitan Television (a Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group division), heading up the creation and development of the Cosmopolitan TV Networks, including Canal Cosmopolitan Iberia and Canal Cosmopolitan Latin America as well as the foundation for Cosmo TV Canada. There she led the research, development and creation of Cosmo TV, overseeing design of original programs, on-air packaging, promotions and program acquisitions, as well as the creation and production of original formats and the overall business strategy for the networks.
Prior to Cosmopolitan TV, Hudson was senior vice president of programming and creative services for United International Holding’s joint venture channel service, United Family Communications (UFC), now MGM Networks Latin America. While at UFC she created Casa Club TV, the first pan-regional Home channel for Latin America (today MGM).
Hudson was the vice president of programming and production for the Telemundo Network from 1992-94. During her tenure the network’s programming line-up was redesigned, achieving its highest ratings to date and developing its first in-house telenovela production unit with successes such as “Tres Destinos,” a prime-time scripted drama series that debuted in 1994.
From 1984 to 1992, Hudson held various production and executive positions with the Univision Network, including Executive Producer of the first daytime U.S. Hispanic magazine show, “TV Mujer” (“TV Woman”), which garnered Univision its first Emmy Award for ongoing series production. Hudson started her professional career in news for Univision affiliate WLTV 23, where she held various positions from reporting to production and management. She holds a Masters in Communications from the University of Miami, and is fluent in English and Spanish.
CNN en Español, CNN’s independently produced 24-hour network in Spanish, is currently available in 23 million cable and DTH households throughout Latin America, and more than 4 million households across the United States. The network provides continuous news coverage of major world events, live breaking coverage supported by in-depth analysis, worldwide business and financial news, global weather updates, sports and feature programming on such topics as health, technology and entertainment.