TeleFutura Finds A New Identity As UniMás

December 3, 2012

There is no future for TeleFutura.

Effective January 7, 2013, the Univision-owned younger sibling of the top-rated Univision network will be transformed, with its goal apparently to serve the growing number of bilingual, bicultural young Hispanic adults in the U.S.

Dubbed UniMás, the broadcast network will rely on from Spanish-language producers including Caracol Televisión, RTI Colombia, and Televisa, reported earlier today.

Univision Communications CEO Randy Falco said in a statement that UniMás “is the result of Univision listening to our audience … UniMás delivers more action, more drama and more sports than ever before and will be another platform for us to celebrate our culture and connect America.” Although Univision did not specify UniMás’ gender target, the network now seems to be friendlier than ever to Hispanic men. The timing is particularly interesting, as UniMás comes following the fall 2012 rollout of MundoFox–a broadcast network that has taken a decidedly male approach with its prime-time telenovelas and other programming features.

“UniMás will offer the new generation of Hispanic Millennial trendsetters options for bolder content,” said Univision Networks president Cesar Conde. “We recognize the opportunity for offering an alternative to our audiences while maintaining our commitment to only delivering the best programming available. That is why we are making a significant investment in the new brand, with new content offerings and considerable off-network marketing efforts. We will deliver more of the best available Spanish-language programming, more series, more sports, and more movies that speak to what our audience is looking for.”

With the shift to UniMás, the network will debut in the U.S. two Colombian telenovelas — “Made in Cartagena” and “Quien Eres Tu” (Who are You) — and Televisa’s Mexican boxing-themed drama “Cloroformo.” UniMás will also serve as a broadcast home for Mexican National Team, Liga MX, CONCACAF Gold Cup 2013, FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 and World Cup 2014™ televised soccer coverage. This adds to holdovers from TeleFutura such as “Solo Boxeo” and “Contacto Deportivo,” a nightly sports wrap-up show. Also staying from TeleFutura are its slate of Hollywood feature films, dubbed from English to Spanish.

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