Upfronts 2013: Hispanic Broadcast Networks Look to Grow Entire Market
Upfront centers on competition for English-language dollars, not infighting
Upfront centers on competition for English-language dollars, not infighting
The approaching television upfront ad-buying season may see
a sizable chunk of ad dollars shifting not only from the English-language
broadcast networks to cable, but also in the direction of Spanish-language
While traditional Hispanic TV giant Univision will again
take in the lion's share of upfront ad dollars, with Telemundo corralling the
next biggest portion targeting this ever-growing population sector, many
smaller and newer TV players are also aggressively competing for a greater
share of the total take.
Along with Univision and Telemundo, five other Hispanic
entertainment network organizations will hold their upfront presentations
during the traditional broadcast upfront week beginning May 13: Fox Hispanic
Networks, which includes MundoFox; Discovery Hispanic Networks; NuvoTV;
EstrellaTV; and TV Azteca.
NuvoTV's presentation will feature an appearance by Jennifer
Lopez, whose TV and film production company, Nuyorican, is developing original
programming and first-run series for the network.
Univision will not only be selling advertising on its
network, but also on its sibling broadcaster UniMÃ¡s (recently rebranded from
TeleFutura). Season-to-date in primetime, Univision is averaging 3.7 million
viewers per night and a 1.5 18-49 rating, which on many nights bests one or
more of the English-language broadcast networks. UniMÃ¡s is averaging about
680,000 viewers per night and a 0.3 18-49 rating. NBCUniversal's Telemundo is
averaging 1.3 million viewers per night and a 0.6 demo number. All of those
networks will also be touting their 18-34 primetime numbers.
Keith Turner, president of ad sales and marketing at
Univision Communications says he welcomes all the competition because "it
validates the Hispanic marketplace as one with growing consumer interest."
And while Turner says some of the upfront selling will be focused on UniMÃ¡s
making inroads into the Telemundo audience, for the most part, Univision will
be looking more at taking dollars away from the English-language broadcast
networks where Univision continues to make major strides in the primetime
"We beat NBC in the February sweeps and that obviously
will be a major selling point for us in the upfront," Turner says.
"In February, 58 of our 62 stations locally beat NBC in primetime."
Another selling point Univision will use to try to lure ad
dollars from ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox is that for the first time in any first
quarter, the network finished fourth among all broadcasters in the adult 18-34
demo, and was the highest-rated network on Friday nights in the adults 18-49
Telemundo, meanwhile, has its own positive story. The
network was up 7% in viewers in Q1 primetime and it will no doubt crow that it
delivered more total viewers and adults 18-49 than UniMÃ¡s, MundoFox, Azteca and
Estrella combined. UniMÃ¡s will counter that its season-to-date viewership is up
15%, with its 18-49 rating increasing 6%.
Mike Rosen, executive VP of ad sales and integrated
marketing at Telemundo plans to stress to marketers the importance of the
network producing its novelas and other programming where it can integrate
brands into story lines.
"We have the ability to produce our own content and
work with marketers to integrate them into that content and this is very
valuable to them," Rosen says. "No other Hispanic network can this to
the degree we can because they don't produce their own content to the level we
MundoFox, not quite one year old, will be entering its
second upfront. Tom Maney, executive VP of ad sales for Fox Hispanic
Media-which in addition to MundoFox includes Fox Deportes, Nat Geo Mundo and
Utilisima-says the goal this time around will be to boost the upfront total of
72 advertisers from last year to closer to 100. Much like Univision's Turner,
Maney believes that more dollars can comes from marketers' general audience ad
Ivan Bargueiras, general manager of the family of Discovery
Hispanic Networks that includes Discovery en EspaÃ±ol and Discovery Familia,
says that while the cumulative audience is limited to about nine million
Hispanic households, they offer marketers a more upscale, targeted audience.
Craig Geller, senior VP of ad sales at NuvoTV says his
network's English-language programming targeting Hispanics offers a solid
alternative to Spanish-language-only options. He adds that NuvoTV has only
about a 10% audience duplication with the other Hispanic networks, giving
marketers a unique audience to reach.
The Hispanic broadcast network ad marketplace continues to
grow, and the agenda at the pre-upfront meetings the Spanish-language broadcast
sales people have had with media agencies and advertisers has included lots of
time spent on convincing them to continue moving dollars into Hispanic
programming in general, rather than in competition with their fellow
"We aren't selling against Univision," says
MundoFox's Maney. "We're looking to increase the allocation of dollars in
the Hispanic marketplace. We want to bring in more dollars by each advertiser.
We want to grow the overall pie."
And Univision's Turner says while his networks are too big
for marketers to ignore, "we have to go after all advertising dollars
being spent, not just Hispanic ad dollars."
Both Turner and Telemundo's Rosen cite the pharmaceutical
and movie categories as areas where marketers are not spending the amount of ad
dollars they should be on the Spanish-language networks.
Turner points out that 25% of movie audiences are Hispanic
but movie companies only spend 8% of their ad budgets on the Hispanic networks.
"We can do better in all categories," Turner says. "In some, we
are just scratching the surface."
While Univision will stress its mass reach and sell across
its radio and online platforms as well, Telemundo plans to not only sells its
TV, online and product integration opportunities, but will also offer marketers
ways to reach Hispanics in English across NBCUniversal properties. "The
Comcast/NBCU part of our world is also an important factor," Rosen says.
"We can reach Hispanic consumers on any platform at any level, local or
While the smaller Hispanic networks will be holding their
upfront presentations next month, Rosen doesn't see them making that much of an
inroad into the overall ad pie.
Asked specifically about the newest entrant in the Hispanic
marketplace, MundoFox, Rosen says, "Having been on the buying side a year
ago, I know the buying community gave MundoFox every opportunity to succeed if
it could come up with the right programming and distribution. The network still
has a lot to prove to advertisers. So far, MundoFox has not necessarily lived
up to the promises they made."
MundoFox's Maney cautions that people should give the
network some time. "Twelve months ago we were just a press release,"
he says. "Now we are a reality. Right now, we are still growing. We have
an upscale, better educated audience than most of the Hispanic networks. Our
viewers have the cash in their pockets to buy advertisers products that they
see advertised on the network. Our programming goal is to reach second- and
third-generation, bilingual Hispanics with higher-quality programming. But we're
still a work in progress."
Maney says the network's goal this upfront is to renew 100%
of the existing advertisers and get them to increase their spending, while
looking for new business. And he says Fox Hispanic Networks will be combining
MundoFox with the other three networks to offer cross-network ad buys and
coming up with ways to offer advertisers total market solutions.
"Today's market is getting more sophisticated,"
Maney says. "Marketers just don't automatically buy Univision and
Telemundo and stop there. They want more targeting. They want to reach
different demos rather than to just make mass buys."
Maney says the lengthy list of Fox Hispanic Media
advertisers-including General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Honda and Kia in
the auto category; AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in wireless; Pizza Hut,
Denny's, Dominos, KFC and Burger King in fast food; retailers such as Wal-Mart
and Lowe's; insurance companies Allstate and State Farm; and other brands such
as Kraft, Microsoft and L'Oreal-proves that marketers are interested in
reaching audiences beyond the Big Two Hispanic networks.
Maney also believes that, "99% of marketers who
advertise on general market television have Hispanic consumers that they want
to or need to reach."
Much like Fox Hispanic Networks, but on a smaller scale, is
Discovery Hispanic Networks. While the networks reach only about nine million
Hispanic households, it boasts two networks that marketers can use to target
Discovery EspaÃ±ol has a more male audience that can be
attractive to auto and tech advertisers, Ivan Bargueiras says. Discovery
Familia reaches a more female and kids audience, which can be targeted by
packaged goods advertisers.
The latter network, Bargueiras says, can be particularly
attractive to some marketers "since there is a void in the Hispanic
marketplace for reaching kids and mothers."
Discovery Familia in Q1 recorded a 100% increase in its
women 18-49 demo audience in primetime, albeit off a small base.
NuvoTV offers English-language programming to an audience it
describes as "modern Latinos."
"Our content is culturally relevant and resonates with
second- and third-generation Latinos," says NuvoTV's Geller. "Our
median viewer household income is $61,000 and that is in the Top 20 of all
cable networks, excluding sports and news. The other Spanish-language networks
have median age income for viewers of $30,000 and the English-language networks
average about $50,000. Our median age viewer is 32, compared to the
Spanish-language networks' median age in the low 40s and English-language
broadcast networks' median age around 50."
Geller says while Univision and Telemundo and the other
Spanish-language networks are looking for advertisers who want to reach
"Spanish-dominant" viewers, NuvoTV is looking to reach Hispanics who
want to watch television in English.
NuvoTV currently has 45-50 advertisers, Geller says, and the
goal will be to increase that total in this upfront. For the first time, NuvoTV
is holding its upfront presentation the same week as the English-language
broadcast networks and Univision and Telemundo.
Geller says Jennifer Lopez established a relationship with
the network "because she understands the audience we reach and is
passionate about us connecting to it. Our network has a lower awareness so J-Lo
gives us a megaphone."
With more than $1 trillion in spending power annually, the
Hispanic marketplace and Hispanic media continues to get more and more focus by
"Fifteen years ago, 85% of our ad dollars
came from Hispanic media agencies," Maney says. "Today, the general
market media agencies all have their own multicultural units and now 85% of our
ad dollars comes from them."