Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) has revealed its 2018-19 slate, which includes a variety of content spanning live sports, music and news as well as unscripted entertainment and scripted.
In the live sports arena, Univision Deportes will produce and distribute 1,400 live matches across TV and digital platforms, including coverage of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Nations League. Univision Deportes will also deliver the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup and is the official home of both the U.S. and Mexican national teams.
Univision News coverage will comprise the elections in the U.S. and Latin America, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the North Korea-U.S. summit, the trial of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and the 100th anniversary of World War I. UCI continues to produce content for distribution across platforms, including Noticiero Univision Edición Digital, as well as specials focused on a wide range of topics.
In live music, UCI has the Premio Lo Nuestro awards show in the U.S., the Premios Juventud youth awards show and the Latin Grammys. UCI’s Uforia platform spans concert series, radio stations, streaming and podcasts.
Unscripted highlights include new installments of the competition series Strictly Dancing and Our Latin Beauty, the kids’ talent show Little Giants and the sports competition Four Elements Challenge: Extreme Nature.
And in scripted, UCI’s portfolio comprises Witches at Dawn and The Blessed, which are going into production, as well as season two of W Studios’ The Pilot, Flipside, Beauty and the Beasts and The Last Dragon. There is also Tijuana, a new Spanish-language drama co-pro from Story House Entertainment and Netflix; L.I.K.E., a Televisa telenovela based on the hit series Rebelde; and new installments of My Husband Has a Family and Love Without Law.
“This year’s Upfront is about ‘Culture Unbound,’ a tribute to the relationship we’ve established with our community that has made us the destination of choice for 25 consecutive seasons,” said Randy Falco, the president and CEO of UCI. “We know the best way to connect with our audience is through live news, sports, music and unscripted entertainment, which we deliver across our portfolio every day, and is our key differentiator in the market.”
“We have gone to great lengths and made substantial investments in our content strategy to maintain UCI’s position as the leading destination for Hispanics in this changing marketplace,” noted Isaac Lee, the chief content officer at UCI.
Jessica Rodriguez, the president and COO of UCI Networks, and chief marketing officer at UCI, added: “With initiatives such as the global Spanish-language TV pilot season and continued partnerships with the new generation of content creators, we will entertain with in-culture content that incorporates the elements we know our audience loves while enabling their discovery of non-traditional genres such as sword-and-sandal and supernatural.”