Univision Communications has tapped veteran Germán Pérez-Nahim to lead TeleFutura.
Pérez-Nahim, who had been working as vice president of Univision Studios, will lead the broadcast network as senior vice president and operating manager.
Reporting to Luis Fernandez, president of Univision Entertainment & Univision Studios, Pérez-Nahim succeeds Bert Medina, who had been serving in those positions since 2005, and is now senior advisor of special projects for Univision Studios.
The appointment of Pérez-Nahim continues the shuffling in the executive management suite at the top Spanish-language media company in the U.S.
Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva will be leaving the company on April 2, after electing not to renew his contract. Uva's departure follows Randy Falco, former chairman of AOL, joining the company as executive vice president and COO, in January. Falco, whose career included a 30-year run at NBC, including a stint as network president, succeeded Ray Roriguez, who retired as Univision's EVP, COO at the end of 2009. Published reports indicate Falco is the most likely internal candidate to step into Uva's post. Tonia O'Connor, who was elevated to president, distribution sales and marketing in January after spearheading Univision's push for retransmission-consent fees and implementing its rollout of HD and other advanced services, is also being considered for the top post, according to sources.
Pérez-Nahim brings more than 30 years of experience in Spanish-language media, as writer, programmer, producer and distributor, to his new job. Prior to his role at Univision Studios, he was at Venezuela's Televen, where he served as general manager and vice president of production and programming, driving ratings growth and profitability. He has held positions as executive vice president and general manager at Coral Pictures Corp. His resume also includes entries Eurocoral Television, vice president of sales, marketing, programming and production at Radio Caracas Television, and as independent distributor at Sky Quest.
"German's vision, creativity and innovative approach to programming will be instrumental as TeleFutura continues to grow and as our team works to secure its position as the number two Spanish-language network in the country," said Fernandez. "The Census numbers released this week show the tremendous growth of the Hispanic community and the tremendous opportunity for TeleFutura and Univision Studios to continue to deliver programming alternatives to our audiences."
Medina has been with Univision since 1998 and served as senior vice president and operating manager for TeleFutura since 2005. In the past few years TeleFutura has become the second-ranked Spanish-language broadcast network in key dayparts and continues to generate more nightly wins over Telemundo during broadcast prime. Prior to this role, Medina served as vice president and general manager of Univision's WGBO and TeleFutura's WXFT stations in Chicago.