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George to Jorge: One of the Things I’ve Learned is to Let Go

JorgeGeorge304During the first of what may be a recurring segment on the new network Fusion, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos, along with Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, chatted about politics, policy and the news business, including the “GMA,” “Today” show rivalry and Monday’s “GMA,” “Despierta America” crossover episode.

Jorge also asked George what was the secret behind his transition from working in the White House, to becoming a political pundit, to anchoring the news.

“The secret is to always dance on the inside, not the outside,” joked Stephanopoulos, known for his straight-laced role on “GMA.” “One of the things I’ve had to learn in the morning, is to let go a lot of that preparation and just go with the moment…go with the flow.”

Both Jorge and George host Sunday morning public affairs shows on their respective networks. Jorge’s secret: he tapes “Al Punto” on Fridays.

“I gotta work on that Friday afternoon taping thing,” said the ABC George.

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As Fusion is Born, a Morning Party for Parents ABC and Univision

Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts, Raul Gonzalez, Karla Martinez and George StephanopoulosWith just hours to go until the official launch of Fusion, ABC News and Univision put their partnership on display this morning, joining top-rated morning shows “Good Morning America” and “Despierta America” for an elaborate crossover event.

Producing two distinct shows, on two networks, in two languages, was “tricky,” as one ABC producer said in the understatement of the morning.

Miami-based Univision sent producers and talent to New York, while several members of the “GMA” team were in Miami. As we watched from the “Good Morning America” control room, producers from both programs scanned each show’s rundown for opportunities to simulcast. Updates were relayed in both English and Spanish to keep staffers in New York and Miami on the same page. On one of the dozens of control room screens, a Univision feed showed Lara Spencer and Sam Champion dancing wildly on the “Despierta America” set in Miami, leading senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski to joke that the pair may never return to New York.

“The show’s been on the air about 18 minutes and I think I’ve lost three pounds,” Champion joked during his first weather report.

On the “GMA” set, Univision’s Karla Martinez and Raul Gonzalez sat with Honey Berry, the “Despierta America” chihuahua named after actress Halle Berry, and, during commercial breaks, chatted with Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott. The five anchors were on the go throughout: juggling segments in the ground-floor studio, an outdoor cooking segment, and a performance from Enrique Iglesias upstairs.

This morning’s frenetic pace is just another day at the office for Martinez and Gonzalez.

“I was making fun of George. I saw he was so concentrated, reading and everything (during commercial breaks),” Martinez told TVNewser after the show. “I told him: you guys are so serious. In our studio … we’re so loud!” Read more

The Countdown to Fusion

ABC’s David Muir anchored “World News” from Miami this evening from the Newsport, a combined newsroom/studio complex for Univision News and the new cable network Fusion, which launches tomorrow evening. As part of the launch, ABC and Univision, the partners in the joint venture, are taking part in a programming crossover in the morning. Merrill will be at “Good Morning America” in Times Square covering that part of it.

Fusion debuts at 6:57pmET with a short launch video, followed at 7pmET by “America with Jorge Ramos.” Starting Tuesday, the network — a mix of news, pop culture and satire — begins a full day of programming. See the schedule here.

Here’s Muir’s behind-the-scenes look at Fusion.

Here’s What Fusion’s New Studios Look Like

Over the past two weeks, the technical staff at Fusion have been hard at work constructing the new cable news and lifestyle channel’s studio space just outside of Miami. The bulk of the work is now done, and the anchors, producers and correspondents will be starting rehearsals soon.

“We wanted our studio space to visually represent the tone of Fusion’s programming – something bold, stimulating, and unique,” said Michael Berkman, VP and creative director at Fusion.

Among the features of the studios: a nine-foot high and 40-foot wide video wall, the ability to change the color scheme of the studio to reflect the different shows of the severity of the story being presented and a guitar-pick shaped floor that Fusion says was “inspired in part by ‘Saturday Night Fever’.”

The channel, from Univision and ABC News, is slated to launch October 28.

Take a look at the main set, and the set for “America with Jorge Ramos,” below.

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Pres. Obama Gives Interview to Telemundo

Following some criticism by Spanish-language media for shutting them out last week during a round of interviews, President Obama has granted an interview to Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart. One of the president’s chief critics last week was Diaz-Balart’s competitor, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos who Tweeted:

Parts of the Obama interview will air tomorrow night on “Noticiero Telemundo” with the full interview airing on Telemundo’s Sunday public affairs show, “Enfoque” also hosted by Díaz-Balart. The Telemundo anchor is the brother of Republican Florida congressman Mario Díaz-Balart.

Jorge Ramos: Why Wasn’t Univision Granted an Interview with President Obama?

President Obama makes his case for military intervention in Syria today with interviews on six networks: ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and Fox News. Univision anchor Jorge Ramos took to Twitter to ask why his network wasn’t a part of the media blitz:

A Univision spokesperson told Politico’s Hadas Gold that the network “did everything possible” to get an interview with the President.

Analysis: A Subtle Change In Branding Marks a Big Change For Fusion

Fusion, the upcoming cable news channel from ABC News and Univision, has ever so slightly shifted its focus, and it is a big deal. The change wasn’t exactly buried in the press release, no, it was right there in the first sentence:

“Fusion, the groundbreaking news, information and lifestyle network for Latinos and millennials, today announced the channel will launch in millions of households nationwide.”

Latinos and millennials. Fusion now wants to become the cable news channel for the under-30 set, in addition to its original positioning as a “news and lifestyle network for U.S. Hispanics,” which is how the channel was described when the name was announced in February.

On the one hand the move is an obvious one. Traditional cable news channels skew old, and in some cases very old. Fox News Channel’s average viewer is over 65, while the average MSNBC or CNN viewer is around 60, according to Nielsen. Your typical cable news anchor or host is an older, white male, with both women and minorities represented well below their representation in the country as a whole.

The median age of U.S. Hispanics is 27, compared to 37 for the country as a whole, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, so targeting that demographic is naturally targeting younger viewers.

Fusion is betting that younger people actually want to get news and analysis from TV, not just from sites like BuzzFeed or The Huffington Post. To that end it has stacked its lineup with young hosts and anchors, although its signature nightly program will be anchored by the decidedly older (albeit well-respected) Jorge Ramos. It is also making a major push for news/satire programming, with a sports news comedy show at launch, and a project with the Jim Henson Company in the works.

Fusion is not the only channel trying to enter the space, others have the same idea too.
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Fusion Launching October 28 With Nightly Jorge Ramos Program, Satire Block

Fusion, the upcoming cable channel from ABC News and Univision, will launch Monday October 28, the companies say. The channel will launch on a number of pay-TV operators, including Cablevision, Charter and Cox.

Fusion will have a familiar face leading its primetime lineup: “Noticiero Univision” and “Al Punto” anchor Jorge Ramos, who will host “America with Jorge Ramos,” every weeknight at 8 PM. it will be Ramos’ first English-language newscast. At 10 PM weeknights the channel will air “Open Source with Leon Krauze,” a live one-hour talk show covering both serious and silly news.

There will also be a nightly satire block, led by former “Daily Show” EP David Javerbaum. The first show in the block will be “Sports Bar,” a sports/comedy talk show. The channel is also working with the Jim Henson Company and animation company ShadowMachine on another program for the block. Yes, Fusion may be getting a nightly dose of Muppets.

The afternoon and early evening will feature programs anchored by Alicia Menendez at 7 PM and “D.N.A.” (Real Name Derrick N. Ashong) at 6 PM. The weekends will feature original specials and documentaries.

Importantly, the channel also seems to be seeking a slightly broader audience than just young Latinos. It now plans to focus on Millennials more generally, in addition to Latinos.

“We believe our programs – visually compelling, creatively produced and laced with humor and irreverence – will resonate with Latinos and non-Latinos alike,” said Beau Ferrari, acting President for Fusion in a statement. “Fusion’s unique combination of news, satire and original series is a completely new offering for the most exciting and fastest-growing group of young people in the country.”

Details, below.
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Grover Anchors The News On Univision

The residents of Sesame Street popped in to Univision’s morning news program “Despierta America.”

As is often the case on serious news programs, the hosts pretended like they were real people, and not puppets.

It was Grover, however, who got to do something special. The blue Muppet put on a suit, tie and glasses, channeled his inner Jorge Ramos, and co-anchored alongside Satcha Pretto. He reported on a dog that can ride a scooter.

Watch the video, after the jump (warning: it starts playing automatically).
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Univision’s Jorge Ramos: Immigration Reform’s Most Powerful Booster

Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos is profiled by the Los Angeles TimesMeg James. Ramos, who began his career in his 20s as a young reporter for KMEX Los Angeles, has now become one of the most powerful voices for Latinos on the country.

President George W. Bush gave the first interview of his second term to Ramos, and the anchor successfully pushed to secure interviews with President Obama and Mitt Romney focusing on Latino issues before the last election.

Now, as the Times notes, he is one of the leading voices for immigration reform, one of he biggest issues Latinos face today.

Ramos makes no apologies for his or Univision’s forceful stance.

“Our position is clearly pro-Latino or pro-immigrant,” he said. “We are simply being the voice of those who don’t have a voice….”

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