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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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Fusion Ponders Brazil’s Speedo Obsession

With the World Cup winding down in Brazil, Fusion’s Mariana van Zeller took to the beaches of Rio in search of the answer to one last important question: why do Brazilian men love their Speedos so much?

“It’s practical, it’s sexier, it dries very fast,” one woman told her. “You get a better tan line. With shorts, you’re all white,” a Speedo-wearing man responded. Watch:

Fusion Boss Highlights ‘Exceptional’ Week for New Network

abc_fusion_logo_130508The 4-month-old cable network Fusion is taking a victory lap following coverage of two major stories in Latin America: the chaos in Venezuela and the capture of the world’s most wanted drug lord. Fusion CEO Isaac Lee , who is also president of Univision News, praised the partnerships with the channel’s parents, ABC News and Univision, while taking a jab at the competition.

“With few national outlets covering the story from the streets of Caracas, Fusion filled a void for many,” Lee writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

Lee also notes that Fusion “tapped into the global resources of ABC News to cover the unrest in Ukraine,” while at the same time helping ABC News cover the events in Caracas. Fusion anchor, and Venezuela native, Mariana Atencio reported for “ABC World News” last night. And when the news broke Saturday that Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was captured, Fusion’s Mariana van Zeller, who reported a documentary on the drug lord, appeared on “World News,” “GMA,” and “This Week.”

Lee’s note after the jump…

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Fusion Unveils Logo, Adds Former Current TV ‘Vanguard’ Correspondent

The ABC News/Univision cable news channel Fusion continues to hire staff and now has a logo for its Fall launch.

The network says the new logo (at left) “is a powerful representation of Fusion’s identity.” It was developed by LA-based design firm Buster in collaboration with Lubin Lawrence and the team at Fusion.

Fusion also announced that investigative journalist Mariana van Zeller will be joining the channel as a correspondent.

van Zeller is best-known for her work on the critically-acclaimed Current TV series “Vanguard,” which continues to be one of the channel’s highest-rated shows. That is despite the fact that “Vanguard” was scaled back and eventually canceled when the channel moved to left-wing political talk shows back in 2011.

van Zeller was most recently a correspondent for National Geographic Channel and will be based in Los Angeles.

More information after the jump.

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