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Upfronts 2012: MundoFox Looks to Break the Hispanic Network Mold

Inaugural programming lineup includes game shows, teleseries, daily newscasts and more 5/16/2012 03:09:11 PM Eastern

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MundoFox -- the upcoming Hispanic broadcast network from Fox
International Channels and RCN Television
Group -- is looking to break the mold established by nets like Univision and
Telemundo.

How will it accomplish that? By offering its viewers more
choice than the current "limited" options that exist, according to
Fox Hispanic execs. Hernan Lopez, president & CEO, FIC, was quick to point
out that "people had this same question 25 years ago when Fox was
created."

"One of the first conclusions we arrived at when we
decided to do MundoFox is that we won't beat [Univision and Telemundo] by doing
more of the same," said Emiliano Saccone, MundoFox's president & GM at
Fox Hispanic Media's upfront presentation Wednesday in New York. Saccone went
on to say that while the new network will feature "a new face" and
"a new look," it will also be "familiar" to Hispanic
viewers.

MundoFox's programming lineup will include a combination of
telenovelas, teleseries, daily newscasts and live sports, as well as various
family and children's programming. Lopez said MundoFox's lineup will cater to the "new Latino" by offering
more variety than the "limited" options Hispanic viewers are
currently saddled with. These will include more action and filming at more
locations.

Two popular series among the Hispanic audience from
FoxTelecolombia that had been airing on Univision's cable nets TeleFutura and
Galavision -- El Capo and Kdabra -- will air exclusively on
MundoFox.

Other new series coming to the network are the cop drama, Corazones
Blindados
, a Spanish-language version of the game show Minute to Win It
(Minuto para Ganar) and the popular Colombian comedy Amo de Casa.
Spanish-dubbed versions of Fox's Bones and American Dad will
round out the rest of MundoFox's weekly primetime lineup.

MundoFox's regular primetime lineup will begin at 6:30 p.m.,
in order to get a jump on the other networks that air their national news in
that timeslot. Fernando Gaitan's Betty la fea, (Ugly Betty)
will air in its original 30-minute installments in this timeslot and Saccone
says the goal is to "make Betty our very own I Love Lucy."

Saccone said the net's national newscast Noticias MundoFox will air live on both
coasts at 6 p.m. daily, "so
viewers in the internet age don't get breaking news from three hours ago."
KWHY Los Angeles anchor Rolando Nichols will anchor the newscasts.

Lopez said that MundoFox has secured affiliates in 50 DMAs
and will be carried in 70% of U.S. Hispanic households. To cater to the bilingual,
MundoFox will air ads in both Spanish and English.

"It's clear that the media buying community wants more
choice and a higher quality option for their Spanish-language advertising
dollars," said Tom Maney, senior VP, advertising sales, Fox Hispanic Media.

Lopez was bullish on the new network's possibilities. "Fox
has a history of making breakthrough television through constant creative
innovation," he said. "We've done it in English and we're going to do
it in Spanish."

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