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Isaac Lee Praises Fusion’s ‘Comprehensive, Truly Distinct’ World Cup Coverage

Fusion World Cup celebrationFusion staffers gathered in Miami last night to celebrate the end of the World Cup and welcome back the team who traveled to Brazil to lead the network’s coverage, including “Soccer Gods” hosts Nando Vila and Simon Carr and VP of news Mark Lima (pictured). In a note to staffers yesterday afternoon, Fusion CEO Isaac Lee called the World Cup coverage “comprehensive, truly distinct, and full of personality across our television and digital platforms”:

Nando and Simon did a terrific job anchoring our coverage in primetime with “The Soccer Gods” live from Copacabana Beach every night.  As two avid fans, they brought a level of passion, excitement, and humor to our coverage that struck exactly the right tone for Fusion. While they shined in front of the camera, it wouldn’t have been possible without Zach Rigg and Pablo Sanchis behind the scenes making them look good!

Fusion not only delivered a unique take on the action unfolding on the pitch every day, but it was the stories from the streets of Brazil that helped us stand out. From Mariana van Zeller watching the Brazil v Chile match in a favela with one of Brazil’s largest, most violent drug gangs to Pedro Andrade scoring interviews with some of the biggest soccer stars of all time includingPele and Marta. Jorge Ramos and Leon Krauze also contributed their unique insights both on “Soccer Gods” and by live-blogging several matches on Soccer.Fusion.net.

With the World Cup over and the midterm elections on the horizon, Fusion is building up its booking unit. Capital New York’s Alex Weprin has more on the new hires that will lead the effort to secure interviews with big-name guests.

Lee’s full note, after the jump. Read more

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Isaac Lee on Fusion’s Political Coverage

isaac lee bloombergIn an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Erik Schatzker at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Fusion CEO Isaac Lee talked about his network’s approach to political coverage going into the 2016 election. “We are not Democrats, we are not Republicans. We are awake, pro-Hispanics and we take into consideration what is important to the audience,” Lee said.

“In 2016, all of the millennial generation will be eligible to vote. The election is going to be defined by Hispanics and millennials. So they have to play their politics smart,” Lee said. “We are just going to do what’s right … we will inform with every possible tool we have, and we will let them make their minds and their choices.”

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Listen Up! Fusion Partners with Whisper

FusionWhisperFusion is partnering with new social network Whisper. Starting today, Fusion will take key stories and trend lines from Whisper, where users can anonymously share and connect with others, and provide additional context for the Fusion audience, both online and on TV.

“Whisper creates community and compelling conversation around the news and issues that are important to our young, diverse audience,” said ​​Isaac Lee CEO of Fusion. “By incorporating Whisper content into our reporting, we’ll be able to expand and enhance our ability to tell stories from a unique perspective.”

“Whisper and Fusion share a similar mission to create content that is inclusive and emotionally driven,” said ​​Neetzan Zimmerman, who left Gawker earlier this year to become editor-in-chief of Whisper. “We’re excited to see what content results from this innovative partnership.”

Hosts of Fusion’s ‘Soccer Gods’ Look at World Cup Coverage ‘From a Fan’s Perspective’

Soccer GodsFrom now until the conclusion of the World Cup on July 13, Fusion hosts Nando Vila and Simon Carr won’t have a day off.

Vila and Carr will host Fusion’s “Soccer Gods,” typically a weekly show, seven nights a week from Brazil. Fusion’s parent companies, Walt Disney and Univision, both have broadcast rights to the World Cup, giving Fusion the opportunity to cover the tournament with its own twist, Carr and Vila told TVNewser in a joint interview.

“We’re in a great position now that we can put our spin on the day’s events because our parents companies own the rights,” Carr said.

“We don’t take ourselves too seriously at all … we try to bring that to the broadcast,” Vila added. “We’re just two guys having a good time and enjoying all this has to offer.”

Fusion CEO Isaac Lee called the World Cup “the ultimate multiplatform event” that the network is covering from all angles, building an entire second screen platform that will allow users to follow the action through live match blogs and real-time standings and stats. With the actual World Cup matches available to fans across a variety of platforms, Carr and Vila want to punch up their show with highlights from both on and off the field. Read more

Fusion Announces New Summer Shows

abc_fusion_logo_130508Fusion has unveiled a new slate of summer programming, three new shows and two specials that will premiere beginning this month.

The shows are “Drug Wars,” a firsthand look at the law enforcement officials charged with keeping drugs out of the U.S., and “The Dukes of 2 Square,” a series following two friends as they attempt to establish themselves as street artists. “Drug Wars” will air Thursdays at 10pmET beginning July 17 and “The Dukes of 2 Square” will air Wednesdays at 10pmET beginning July 30. In August, Fusion will also debut “Rootas,” a series on “the alternative and edgy side of Latin America.”

“Our new slate of programming this summer is thought-provoking and entertaining, which is exactly the combination Fusion viewers have come to expect from us,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said in a statement.

Other summer programming includes the English-language premiere of “This is Not a Ball,” a feature documentary of about Brazilian artist Vik Muniz‘s passion for soccer, and a one-hour primetime comedy special with “Daily Show” correspondent Al Madrigal.

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Fusion CEO: Keep Challenging the Conventional Wisdom

isaac lee_304x200Fusion CEO Isaac Lee thanked his staff for a “big month” that included challenging Congress and reporting in-depth stories on everything from the CIA to transgender issues.

“Jorge [Ramos] was characteristically fearless in his pursuit of answers to hold those in power accountable for their actions—or in this case inaction,” Lee wrote in an email obtained by TVNewser, referencing tough questions Ramos asked House Speaker John Boehner in Washington, DC.

Lee also complimented anchor Alicia Menendez and her team for “elevating conversations surrounding cultural and social issues” through a recent interview with a transgender activist. “Alicia’s recent interview with Janet Mock generated headlines and provoked an important and respectful dialogue,” he said.

Lee’s full email to staff after the jump.

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The Morning Ticker: Salmon’s Fusion, Facebook’s Storyful, Cooper’s Pad

  • Following his departure from Reuters, Felix Salmon is joining Fusion’s digital team as senior editor. Fusion CEO Isaac Lee says Salmon has a “deep understanding of the way the millennial generation likes to communicate and consume information.”

  • Facebook has launched FB Newswire. Using Storyful, the Newswire is meant to be a resource that will make it easier for journalists and newsrooms to find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce.

  • Anderson Cooper has put up the for sale sign at one of his Hamptons pads. Cooper is asking just shy of $3 million for the 2.4-acre property which includes a 5-bedroom, 5-bath cottage. The buyer will have Cooper for a neighbor. He owns another house next door.

The Evening Ticker: Weed, Fusion, Cosmos

  • CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Capital New York he started thinking of doing a sequel to his pot doc “Weed,” while working on the first one. “Even with an hour it didn’t seem like enough time,” says Gupta. “There were certain issues we really wanted to get into but we didn’t have enough time.” “Weed 2″ debuts tonight at 10pmET.

  • Fusion has hired YouTube and Upworthy veteran Hong Qu as Chief Technology Officer. “We want Fusion to be an incubator for innovation where we take risks and experiment not only with new forms of content, but also new ways of ways of delivering that content – especially on our mobile platforms,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee wrote in an email to staff today.

Fusion Added to Dish Network, Shifts Programming

Jorge RamosFour months in, Fusion, the joint venture between ABC News and Univision, is shaking up its programming while adding 14 million more homes. Dish Network will now carry the news and lifestyle channel geared toward millennials, making it available in about 35 million homes, well on the way to its goal of being in 60 million homes in its first 5 years.

Among the programming changes: the morning show moves to the evenings and two daily programs will scale back to weeklies. The changes come on the same day Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos signed a contract extension keeping him with Fusion through the 2016 election. “Even though Jorge has been on television longer than Walter Cronkite, many Americans are discovering Jorge for the first time now that he has a program in English,” says Fusion CEO Isaac Lee in a note to staff.

Ramos, who co-anchors the evening newscast on Univision, will scale back his nightly Fusion show “America” to Tuesday nights, allowing more time for field interviews and transforming the program from a daily newscast to a weekly news magazine. Leon Krauze‘s “Open Source” will also scale back from nightly to weekly. The move comes as Krauze, who is also the main anchor at Univision’s LA station KMEX, gears up for Fusion’s coverage of the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

“The Morning Show,” which Lee says “has exceeded our expectations,” will be rebranded and will now air at 8pmET and ”AM Tonight” anchored by Alicia Menendez moves to 9pmET.

More details in Lee’s note, after the jump…

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Fusion CEO: Young Hispanics Don’t ‘Want Us to Have a Separate Dialogue With Them’

isaac leeUSA Today looks at the challenge U.S. news companies face while trying to reach the fast-growing Hispanic market. On the heels of the closure of CNN Latino and NBCLatino.com, Isaac Lee talks about how to best reach Fusion’s target audience:

Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said the team spoke with thousands of young Hispanics and learned that they weren’t interested in programming that would appeal only to them.

“Young Hispanics do not want us to have a separate dialogue with them just because they are Hispanic. They want a broader conversation that acknowledges they are in the room and that speaks to their values,” Lee said. “Something we have talked a lot about is winking at Hispanics, focusing on the cultural nuances that a Hispanic consumer will certainly recognize, but a non-Hispanic might not see at all.”

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