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Jose Diaz-Balart Named Anchor of Saturday Edition of ‘NBC Nightly News’ (Exclusive)

13 July 2016 1:54 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jose Diaz-Balart, the veteran Telemundo and MSNBC anchor, will take the reins of the Saturday-evening edition of “NBC Nightly News,” NBC News said Wednesday.

Balart will continue to anchor his Telemundo programs, “Noticiero Telemundo” on weeknights and “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart” on Sunday mornings,  but will cede his anchoring duties on MSNBC to NBC News correspondent Craig Melvin. Diaz-Balart will start his new duties officially August 6, ending NBC’s use of a rotation of hosts since Lester Holt moved from anchoring “Nightly” on weekends to the weekday editions. Diaz-Balart has been a member of that group, which has also included Kristen Welker and Thomas Roberts.

The new role will essentially mean that Diaz-Balart will host top news programs on two different broadcast networks – and use two different languages. He will also be on the job seven days a week, anchoring from both Miami and New York City, depending on the program.

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- Brian Steinberg

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Spanish TV Producers Look to Formats to Boost Bottom Line

4 April 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Since the mid-1990s, Spanish dramas have blown U.S. shows out of the water on local free-to-air primetime TV. Now Spaniards are plunging into an ever-building format export market.

As a finished product, Spanish TV dramas already boast solid international presence, with Boomerang’s epic drama “The Time in Between” and Diagonal’s historical fiction “Isabel.” Both sold to over 75 countries, and Bambu’s period skeins “Gran Hotel” and “Velvet” were acquired by key international buyers such as Hulu and Netflix.

A recent phenomenon, TV adaptation right sales, particularly to the U.S, suggests a qualitative leap in terms of ambition.

To date, three Spanish drama formats have seen English-language remakes Stateside. Aired in 2014 on CW, sci-fi romance “Star-Crossed” was adapted by CBS Studios from an original idea by Madrid’s Isla Producciones. Also in 2014, Fox remade Filmax’s dramedy “Red Band Society.” More successfully, “The Mysteries of Laura, »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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MipTV: Spain’s Boomerang Ups Chile Biz (Exclusive)

1 April 2016 4:32 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – Spain’s Boomerang TV, part of France’s Lagardère Group and producer of “The Time In Between” and the Spanish original which sparked NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura,” is following through on its strategic remit to expand its business in Latin America, developing two scripted series with Chilean networks.

Moving into fiction, Bcl Producciones, Boomerang’s Chilean subsid, launched 2014, is in conversations with Mega, linking one of Spain’s most successful exporters of scripted and unscripted fare with Chile’s top-rating commercial network. Bcl is also holding series development talks with an unspecified second channel. Both conversations turn in part on the idea of exporting the Spanish strategy of non-stop soaps, Juan Jose Díaz, Boomerang TV founder-senior manager told Variety.

The Mega series under early discussion would be urban, and middle-class, set in Santiago de Chile, he added.

“With the South American model of telenovelas, series may have 50, 100 or 200 episodes, »

- John Hopewell

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Congressman Blasts NBC, MSNBC Over Diversity With #NBCsoWhite (Video)

3 March 2016 6:34 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Move over, Oscars. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-il) went on the House floor to bash NBC News and MSNBC over diversity with #NBCsoWhite. He claims that people of color are disappearing from the stations lineups. Gutierrez pointed to three particular hosts who have seen their shows end in recent months: Alex Wagner, Melissa Harris-Perry and Jose Diaz Balart. Also Read: Melissa Harris-Perry Claims 'Culture of Fear' at MSNBC During Twitter Explosion “The reality is that our nation has become more diverse and our television and our news media and our political institutions, including the Democratic and Republican parties, have not kept up, »

- Brian Flood

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