MIAMI – February 22, 2018 – Telemundo announced today it has named Francisco 'Cisco' Suarez to Executive Vice President of Primetime Realities and Specials. Suarez previously served as Senior Vice President of Special Events for Univision Communications Inc. Suarez will be based in Miami and report to Luis Silberwasser, President, Telemundo Networks.
In this new role, Suarez will be responsible for overseeing in-house and third party produced primetime reality programming, live events, specials and music tent poles. In addition, working closely with the Telemundo Network's programming team, Suarez will lead the development for new entertainment formats either through internal development or sourced externally via third-party format owners.
"We are excited to welcome Cisco to the Telemundo family and the network's senior management team," said Silberwasser. "He brings decades of experience creating, directing and producing highly-rated alternative programming and specials in the Spanish-language television industry. His expertise and robust relationships in the entertainment industry will help us offer new, compelling and unique formats that will strengthen and grow our U.S. Hispanic-focused programming strategy."
Most recently, Suarez was Senior Vice President of Special Events at Univision. He was responsible for producing and directing annual live events such as "Premio Lo Nuestro," "Premios Juventud," the "Latin Grammy Awards," and the "Nuestra Belleza Latina" beauty pageant. He also produced the reality show "La Banda" and special events including "Selena Vive," a tribute concert to the late singer. During his time at Univision, he held several roles including Director of Project Development, Vice President and Director of Operations, and Vice President and Director of Special Events.
His arrival to Telemundo is a homecoming of sorts, as he began his career at age 17 at a local NBC affiliate station, WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL. He later worked at Telemundo as production manager, director, executive producer and senior executive producer for several Telemundo programs and all special events.
Suarez has received several Emmy Awards for the programs he has produced, as well as ACE New York Awards, O.T.T.O., Premio Ondas, A.C.C.A. Awards and the Hard's Club Award for Producer of the Year. He has also been recognized by the NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) Suncoast Chapter with a Silver Circle Award for his 25-year career as a producer.
About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises:
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. This fast-growing multiplatform portfolio is comprised of the Telemundo Network and Station Group, Telemundo Deportes, Telemundo Global Studios, Universo, and a Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit. Telemundo Network features original Spanish-language entertainment, news and sports content reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets through 27 local stations, 51 affiliates and its national feed. Telemundo also owns WKAQ, a television station that serves viewers in Puerto Rico. Telemundo Deportes is the designated Spanish-language home of two of the world’s most popular sporting events: FIFA World Cup™ through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032. Telemundo Global Studios is the company’s domestic and international scripted production unit including Telemundo Studios, Telemundo International Studios, Telemundo International, as well as all of the company’s co-production partnerships. As the #1 media company reaching Hispanics and millennials online, the Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit distributes original content across multiple platforms, maximizing its exclusive partnerships with properties such as BuzzFeed, Vox, and Snapchat. Through Telemundo Internacional, the largest U.S.-based distributor of Spanish-language content in the world; and Universo, the fastest growing Hispanic entertainment cable network, the company reflects the diverse lifestyle, cultural experience and language of its expanding audience. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
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