Univision extends Randy Falco’s contract
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) has extended its employment agreement with president and CEO Randy Falco by two years.
The head of the Spanish-language media giant, which also owns U.S. cable channel and digital net Fusion, will stay on board with the company through to Jan. 31, 2020.
“Randy has been the architect of UCI’s evolution since 2011, guiding the company’s tremendous expansion, steadily improving Univision’s financial performance and significantly improving the balance sheet by paying down debt,” said Haim Saban, chairman of the board of directors of UCI, in a statement.
Saban credited Falco for his commitment to the U.S. Hispanic community, which has “amplified UCI’s voice and purpose as an advocate for Hispanic America, especially during difficult times for our nation.”
Among the properties under Univision’s portfolio are Univision NOW, a direct-to-consumer subscription video service; the Univision Creator Network, a U.S. Hispanic focused multichannel network; and the Fusion Media Group.
Moskito captures Armoza’s “The Bubble”
Israeli-based producer and distributor Armoza Formats’ entertainment format The Bubble has been picked up by Finnish prodco Moskito.
In the 30 x 45-minute format, contestants are isolated from the world for a full week before being presented with the news that happened while they were separated from the outside world. The contestants are brought into a studio where they are quizzed on the previous week’s current affairs, distinguishing real stories from fiction.
The format has already aired more than 100 episodes in eight countries, including in primetime on the BBC and in Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands.
DRG makes sales to Vibrant TV
Vibrant TV has added new series to its lineup, acquired from international distributors DRG.
From Australia, Snake Boss follows Julia Baker, a thrill-seeking woman who, after turning 40, decides to turn her back on her life as a pastry chef and professional puppeteer and become a snake catcher instead. The series is produced by Wildbear Entertainment and Flickchicks.
Honey, I Bought the House, produced by Objective Productions and Crook Productions, sees couples given a £15,000 deposit to get them on the property ladder. The only catch is they are separated immediately and one has three weeks to secure a property, or they lose the money.
Among the returning reality series acquired by Vibrant are audience favorites Don’t Tell the Bride and The Yorkshire Vet.