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‘Fusion Live’ Canceled, Staffers Shift as New Specials are Planned

FusionLive“Fusion Live,” the nightly newscast of the 14-month-old ABC-Univision network has been canceled, TVNewser has learned. This is the second cancellation this week of a nightly newscast geared toward millennial viewers. On Monday, Pivot shelved “Take Part Live.”

“Fusion Live” had been a part of the network’s primetime since March. Anchored by Mariana Atencio, Pedro Andrade and Yannis Pappas, who had been the hosts of “The Morning Show,” “Fusion Live” aired at 8pmET.

Pappas left the network in August. Atencio and Andrade will turn their attention to specials produced by a new production team headed by VP of news Mark Lima. Show EP Javier Guzman will be leaving the network while other staffers will shift to other show units. “Alicia Menendez Tonight” and “No You Shut Up” are the remaining originally-produced, daily programs on Fusion.

“2015 is going to be a pivotal year for Fusion and our success is tied to our ability to experiment, adapt, and evolve,” Fusion head Isaac Lee writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The network will be working with other corporate partners, including ESPN, to bring new programming to Fusion in the new year. Lee’s note, after the jump…

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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

Fusion Names Mark Lima VP of News

Fusion, the upcoming cable news channel from ABC News and Univision, has named Mark Lima VP of news. Lima joins Fusion from ABC, where he is a senior producer at “Nightline.”

Lima is a 25-year veteran of ABC News, and has held a number of roles in the company, including director of sports and special projects for NewsOne and deputy bureau chief in Los Angeles. He has covered everything from the Olympic games to JFK Jr.’s plane crash.

“Mark has a keen eye for stories that matter, knows how to create compelling television, and is a tested expert in breaking news situations,” Fusion interim president Beau Ferrari in an email to staff today. “He is an experienced network producer who has led large teams to award-winning success, and we’re very fortunate he’s joining Fusion.”

Ferrari’s note, after the jump.
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