This week was the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Among the participants: Disney-ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney; Judy Woodruff of PBS; Norah O’Donnell and Lesley Stahl of CBS News; Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; Chelsea Clinton and Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC News; Becky Quick of CNBC; Fox News panelist Nina Easton and CNN political consultant Hilary Rosen.
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Isaac Lee has been named CEO of Fusion, the joint ABC News and Univision network set to launch later this month. In his new role, Lee will continue as president of Univision News, a position he has held since 2010.
“Isaac has been a tremendous partner in this endeavor since its inception,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood said in a statement. “His deep understanding of content that is relevant to Latinos and millennials will be critical as we bring together diverse cultures, voices and viewpoints to serve this influential and growing audience in the months and years ahead.”
Beau Ferrari, the executive vice president of operations for Univision, has been serving as Fusion’s interim president. The network is set to launch on October 28, with the digital platform going live on October 21.
“I am honored to take on this increased role with the incredibly creative and ambitious team at Fusion,” said Isaac Lee. “I want to congratulate Beau Ferrari who has done an excellent job putting in place the building blocks for this network’s long term success. I look forward to continuing to work with him and our great partners at ABC and Univision to grow this into one of the most impactful media organizations.”
More from Fusion after the jump. Read more
- ABC and Clear Channel have struck a wide-ranging partnership that will bring ABC programming like “Good Morninf America” to IHeartRadio. Check out the full announcement after the jump for more details.
- The Library of America Broadcasting is awarding CBS News “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer with a “Giants of Broadcasting” award. Other honorees include ABC’s Anne Sweeney and Alex Trebek.
- CNBC’s Scott Wapner doesn’t just grill business executives, he is also a master griller in the backyard. CNBC’s Brian Steel interviews Wapner as part iof a new video series for the channel. Watch below.
Disney/ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney was honored with the Fred Dressler Leadership Award at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications’ annual Mirror Awards today.
“ABC World News” weekend anchor David Muir emceed the event, which honors the year’s best media reporting. He told TVNewser being on hand for Sweeney’s award was “an honor for me.”
“Sweeney is one of those rare corporate titans — the most powerful woman in Hollywood — who cares so much about journalism,” Muir told TVNewser. “It’s really had an impact on me watching someone who is at the top of the industry carry the mantle of journalism.”
In his remarks, Muir said it was rare to have someone so busy “give as much to the news division as Anne does,” recalling her reaction to a dangerous situation he and his crew were in while covering the 2011 Arab Spring protests in Egypt. Read more
“I have been on television–continuously–for over 50 years,” Walters said. “But in the Summer of 2014, a year from now, I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I am perfectly healthy, this is my decision and I have been thinking about it for a long time. This is what I want to do.”
The audience in “The View” studio was filled with executives, including ABC News president Ben Sherwood (“Not only the best president of a news division but also the tallest,” Walters joked), ABC executive VP Vicki Dummer, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee, Disney-ABC TV group president Anne Sweeney and Disney CEO Bob Iger, who shared the story of when he first met Walters back in 1976.
He was a production assistant, and was asked to bring something to Walters’ dressing room. He wasn’t expecting her to be there, but she was, and she was very kind to him.
“From then on you called me Jim, my name is Bob,” he quipped, adding more seriously:
The LA Times has a behind-the-scenes look at Michelle Obama‘s starring role in the Academy Awards Sunday night. The first lady did the honors, awarding Best Picture to “Argo.” ABC News played a big part in making it happens, writes Steven Zeitchik:
To reduce the risk of a leak, ABC News’ political bureau, rather than its entertainment division, was involved in the physical production. Producers and the first lady’s office also found a room that wouldn’t be needed all weekend, since technicians needed to begin set-up on Saturday. The Diplomatic Reception Room – a space that has enjoyed myriad uses over the years, including the site for FDR’s fireside chats – fit the bill. (Producers Craig and Neil) Zadan and Meron also kept all but the top executives out of the loop; Disney’s Robert Iger and Anne Sweeney were among the few not directly involved with the show who knew.
> Update: Turns out ABC News was not involved in the set-up. Rather, it was handled through ABC’s West Coast entertainment division. “We were just as surprised as everyone else when the first lady appeared on the show,” ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser.
As they come together to launch a new network, ABC and Univision have decided on a name for their news and lifestyle channel geared toward Hispanics: Fusion. Fusión, with the same meaning and spelling, but different pronunciation, in Spanish and English, will be based in Miami. The English pronunciation is the one taking hold internally.
TVNewser first reported that “Fusion” was one of the final names being considered back in mid December. Other names under consideration included “Una,” “Powr,” “Vzta” and “Accent.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Univision to launch Fusion,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC TV. “Our collaboration will bring unmatched reporting capabilities and understanding of issues and entertainment that resonate with the Hispanic community”
The English-language network will be available at launch in millions of households, including on five of the nation’s biggest distributors: Cablevision, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse and Google Fiber.
“Fusion will be the indispensable meeting place for English-speaking Latinos,” added ABC News president Ben Sherwood in an announcement of the name. “Our goal is for this young, vibrant, and media hungry audience to come to Fusion to be informed, entertained and empowered. It will be fresh, fun and optimistic and of great interest to Latinos and non-Latinos alike.”
“Fusion will bring together diverse cultures, voices and viewpoints,” said Isaac Lee, president, Univision News. “We will explore the realities shaping the world, give Latinos a voice in the American conversation and deliver personally relevant local, national and global perspectives.”
The network has hired a CFO and other staffers as it eyes a September launch.
The Hollywood Reporter is out with its annual Women in Entertainment Power 100. For the third straight year, Anne Sweeney, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television, tops the list.
Sweeney says her proudest moment this year was ABC’s Day of Giving across all the network and syndicated programming. The network raised $19 million for the Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Sandy. “She has a unique combination of professionalism and warmth,” Katie Couric — who also makes the list this year — says of Sweeney.
Other fun facts from the THR list: Tina Fey gets starstruck by local New York City anchors and Couric’s ringtone is “I’m Sexy and I Know It,” by LMFAO. “It’s a joke,” the “Katie” host says.
On the heels of announcing a $2 million donation for Hurricane Sandy relief, Disney is designating Monday as a “Day of Giving” across ABC network and syndicated programming.
“Good Morning America” will start the “Day of Giving” by dedicating the entire 8am hour to raising money for relief efforts. ABC News anchors, reporters and employees will band together to encourage people to donate to the American Red Cross. The giving continues on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” and on “The View” as the ladies encourage their audience to donate to the American Red Cross relief efforts. “The Chew” will do the same as will “Katie.”
“The effects of Hurricane Sandy have impacted millions of people across the entire North East, including many of our co-workers, friends and families,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group, said.
Fortune magazine released its annual list of the 50 most powerful women in business, and a number of media executives are present.
Disney/ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney was number 12 overall, while USA and Syfy chief Bonnie Hammer was number 33. NBCUniversal News Group chairman Patricia Fili-Krushel was number 41, while Oprah Winfrey barely stayed on the list at number 50. Oprah appeared on “CBS This Morning,” today, where she discussed her drop in the rankings.
Other media execs on the list: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was number eight, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer was number 14, A&E Networks CEO Abbe Raven was number 37, Gannet CEO Gracia Martore was number 45, Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang was 46 and NBCUniversal Bravo and Telemundo chief Lauren Zalaznick was number 48.
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