Mario Kreutzberger Aligns with Telemundo


MIAMI: Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco, whose Sábado Gigante ended its long run on Univision in September, has entered into a wide-ranging pact with Telemundo.

The deal covers the creation of a joint production company to develop and produce original content and formats for U.S. Hispanics and international audiences. Kreutzberger will also serve as special senior news correspondent conducting high-profile interviews for the NBCUniversal-owned Hispanic broadcaster.

“Mario is the most recognized face of Spanish-language media around the world,” said Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and NBCUniversal International Group. “We are extremely proud that he has chosen to join the Telemundo family. His numerous contributions to our community, endless expertise in innovative television entertainment and unique ability to engage world leaders reinforce our commitment to continue transforming the media landscape.”

Kreutzberger created and hosted Sábado Gigante (Giant Saturday), the longest running TV variety show in the world according to Guinness World Records. It launched in 1962 on Canal 13 in his native Chile and went on to air in 40-plus markets across the globe.

“I am extremely happy with this opportunity NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is giving me,” Kreutzberger said. “Telemundo network has experienced tremendous growth thanks to its clear vision and steadfast commitment to the Hispanic community. It is an honor for me to join this great international media company, which will allow me to develop new projects, and most importantly, stay connected to my loyal audience that has always been at my side.”