Univision’s Head of Programming, Alberto Ciurana, Recognized with Hispanicize’s Latinovator Award for His Innovative Work and 35-Year Media Career
— Ciurana to be honored on March 20 in Miami during Hispanicize 2015 —
MIAMI, FL – MARCH 12, 2015 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Alberto Ciurana, the executive who defines what audiences consume across Univision’s entertainment platforms, will be honored with the Latinovator Award during Hispanicize 2015 this month. Ciurana oversees programming for the entertainment, broadcast and cable networks of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the nation’s leading media company serving Hispanic America.
“Alberto is one of those visionaries whose incredible track record of success can be seen in the many popular platforms and people that he’s helped create”
Ciurana, president of Programing and Content at Univision Communications, Inc., is a beloved and respected television veteran. He maintains a strong connection with his audience, which is reflected in the 2.5 million followers he has on Twitter. Ciurana was among the first in the industry to use social media to engage with the audience, measure what it craves and deliver.
“Alberto is one of those visionaries whose incredible track record of success can be seen in the many popular platforms and people that he’s helped create,” said Manny Ruiz, founder and creative director of the Hispanicize event.
During his television career, he has left his mark at several media powerhouses, including Spanish International Network, which went on to become Univision, Televisa and UCI, where he has helped grow ratings.
At UCI, Ciurana, who reports directly to president & CEO Randy Falco, oversees all video programming and content across all its platforms, including broadcast and cable television, digital and on demand. His leadership has resulted in significant ratings increases for a number of the Company’s long-standing properties, as well as taking the flagship Univision Network to the No.1 ranking, regardless of language, among Adults 18-49 in the last two consecutive July Sweep rating periods.
Ciurana was also part of the team that launched Teletón México, an annual fundraiser devoted to helping children with musculoskeletal disabilities, cancer and autism that has built more than 20 children’s rehabilitation centers in 20 states in Mexico. It served as model to launch TeletónUSA in 2012, which last year opened its first pediatric rehabilitation center in San Antonio, TX and has helped raise more than $45 million in the United States.
Hispanicize 2015, the sixth annual Latino trends event for filmmakers, bloggers, journalists, marketers, opinion leaders and musical artists, will take place March 16-20 at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami. The event serves as a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The Latinovator Awards recognize Latino celebrities, business professionals and other high achievers who have become crossover successes or whose stories of achievements are remarkable or inspirational. Ciurana will be among four recipients this year.
Prior to joining Univision Networks in September of 2012, Ciurana was vice president of programming at Televisa, Mexico’s largest media company, where he led its networks to record-setting ratings. He was also vice president of Broadcasting and of Operations. He oversaw international operations at Televisa and helped strengthen the company’s brand and expand its international reach, working from London and with responsibility for Eurovisa.
Earlier, Ciurana was vice president of Production at S.I.N, the first Spanish-language television network in the United States.
Ciurana’s career in the television industry goes back to his work as producer of “Siempre en Domingo,” where he helped make the weekly variety show led by Raúl Velasco an overwhelming success and a staple of Latin American entertainment. He started his career as director of Social Communications for the government of the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.
Ciurana, who was born in Guadalajara and raised in Guanajato, Mexico, lives in Miami. He is a board member of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), one of the industry’s most important trade organizations. In 2013 CableFax recognized him as one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable.
The presenting sponsor of Hispanicize 2015 and sponsor of the Positive Impact Awards is 3M. The official automotive sponsor and presenting sponsor of the Tecla Awards is Toyota. The event’s presenting media partner is Univision Communications. As of today other announced sponsors include: Target, Cricket Wireless, Vive Mejor, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Procter & Gamble, Tabasco, Neutrogena, Samsung, Telemundo/NBC Universo, Sprint, Prudential Financial, SheaMoisture, Hasbro, McDonald’s, Best Western, The Home Depot, Disney World Resorts, Yelp, JetBlue, Florida Blue, WordPress.com, Rebtel, Martell Caractere, CNN en español, Fox News Latino, República, Transitions, Mazola, Visit Philly, BodenPR, Kelley Blue Book, ConneXión Research, Alma, RL Public Relations, Rebtel, United Healthcare Foundation, The Sensis Agency, Latina, Miami Herald Media Company, The St. Augustine Visitor’s Bureau, Diario Las Americas, Hispanic Market Advisors, El Sentinel, Sverve, Balsera Communications, BTL Network, Batanga’s iMujer.com, Juana La Iguana and Lingua Franca.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 93% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 87% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 61 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and operates 67 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; an Interactive network of online and mobile apps and products including UVideos, a bilingual digital video network serving Hispanic America, Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content, including over 65 radio stations, videos, exclusive digital channels and a custom radio offering with more than 25 million songs, Univision.com, the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.Univision.net.
About Hispanicize 2015
Now in its sixth year, Hispanicize 2015 Week (www.HispanicizeEvent.com) (#Hispz15) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship. Co-chaired by Facebook’s U.S. Hispanic Head of Sales Christian Martinez and award-winning actor Luis Guzmán, Hispanicize 2015 is a production of the Hispanicize companies that include the Latina Mom Bloggers network, Being Latino, Hispanicize Wire and the Hispanic PR Blog. Hispanicize 2015 is expected to gather more than 2,100 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of blogging, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over five days. The event will take place in downtown Miami March 16-20, 2015. Hispanicize 2015 is a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).