Univision launches LA production arm

Story House will develop and produce content for the Spanish-language broadcaster's portfolio of networks as well as third parties.
May 11, 2016

Univision is launching a production studio that will develop and produce content for the Spanish-language broadcaster’s portfolio of networks as well as third parties.

Based in Los Angeles, Story House will produce content in both English and Spanish and be housed under Univision’s cable and digital umbrella, Fusion Media Group, alongside Univision Music, Univision Digital, its interest in El Rey Network and other outlets in which it has stakes, such as The Root, The Onion, A.V. Club and Clickhole.

Univision notes in a release that Story House aims to “reflect the diversity of the changing face of America” and will utilize access to the Univision News archives to source and develop long-form fiction and non-fiction content.

The company is producing two previously announced projects for HBO: Outpost, a 10-part series that combines experiential journalism and adventure travel; and Hate in America, which follows anchor Jorge Ramos as he investigates racism in the U.S.

Camila Jimenez Villa, newly installed president and chief content officer for Fusion Media Group, will oversee development and production. The exec boarded Fusion in April.

Juan Rendón and Silvana Aguirre serve as creative directors, and Univision business development exec Christian Gabela will lead strategy, partnerships and day-to-day operations for Story House as VP and GM.

Rendón previously headed up Univision and Fusion’s doc division and Aguirre was the creative director for Univision-owned network UniMás.

The team will report to chief news and digital officer at Univision, Isaac Lee.

Univision Communications Inc. in April became the sole owner of U.S. cable channel and digital net Fusion, following the exit of ABC from a JV between the two parties.

With files from Manori Ravindran.

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