Miami, FL – May 8, 2012 ( The Cuban Art Project) – Telemundo, the fastest growing broadcast network in primetime this season, announced it has signed a deal with internationally-acclaimed Mexican novela star Aracely Arámbula. With a successful career that spans over 15 years, Arámbula, who has starred in dozens of highly-rated novelas in Mexico and around the world, is regularly featured in the covers of top Spanish-language publications such as People En Español, Hola Mexico and H magazine, and is currently performing in the acclaimed “Perfume de Gardenia” play in Mexico City.
“Aracely’s arrival to Telemundo exemplifies our strong commitment to offering our viewers only the best quality original productions featuring top caliber talent,” said Joshua Mintz, Executive Vice President of Scripted Programming and General Manager of Telemundo Studios. “We are proud to welcome this superb star to the growing roster of talent at Telemundo Studios.”
Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Arámbula has an artistic career that spans more than 15 years as an actress, host and singer. “I am very happy to join Telemundo, a network that has proved to be a leader in original productions for U.S. Hispanics,” said Arámbula. “I can’t wait to get started and soon announce my first project with the network,” she affirmed.
Arámbula began her artistic career in 1995 with a role in the telenovela “Acapulco, Cuerpo y Alma” (Acapulco, Body and Soul). She then participated in successful projects such as “Cañaveral de Pasiones” (Sugarcane Field of Passions), “Pueblo Chico Infierno Grande” (Small Town, Big Hell), “El Alma no tiene Color” (The Soul Does Not have Color) and “Soñadoras” (Dreamers), among others. She had her first leading antagonist role on “Rencor Apasionado” (Passionate Resentment) in 1998 and two years later she played her first leading role in “Abrázame muy Fuerte” (Embrace Me Tightly). This project, where she also interpreted the novela’s theme song “Niña y mujer” (Girl and Woman), consolidated her as an actress and singer. Following this role, which led her to a TV y Novelas Award nomination, Arámbula launched her first album “Solo Tuya”(Only Yours) in 2002, ranking on the Billboard Latin Music Albums chart.
In 2005, after her participation in “Las Vías del Amor” (Love Paths), where she also interpreted one of the theme songs, Arámbula launched her second album “Sexy”, produced by Abraham Quintanilla III. Her most recent performance on television was a double leading role in the hit-novela “Corazón Salvaje” (Wild Heart) which garnered her two TV y Novelas Award nominations in the categories of Best Protagonist Leading Role, and Best Antagonist Leading Role.
MIAMI – January 17, 2012 – Telemundo Media announced today that Maria Lopez Alvarez has been named senior vice president of alternative programming. Alvarez, a 26-year industry veteran from Univision, will report to Alina Falcon, executive vice president, news and alternative programming, effective immediately.
In her new role, Alvarez will oversee day-to-day operations of Telemundo’s alternative and reality programming including current non-scripted productions and specials. She also will supervise new program development.
“Maria’s broad knowledge and extensive experience in programming and production make her a tremendous addition to our team,” said Falcon. “Her expertise as the executive-in-charge of many successful programs and understanding of our audience will be a strong asset as we build on the success of our programming.”
With more than 25 years of experience in television production, Alvarez most recently served as vice president of alternative programming and vertical platforms at the Univision Network prior to joining Telemundo. In this role, she developed and implemented new shows and business plans across all vertical assets of the company, including the television networks Univision, TeleFutura, and Galavisión, as well as Univision Radio, Univision Móvil, and Univision Interactive Media. Notably, Alvarez launched “Nuestra Belleza Latina,” one of the network’s most successful reality competition programs, now in its sixth season.
Previously, she held the title of vice president and director of news/entertainment for Univision Network, a position she held from 2002-2010. In her role, Alvarez built synergies between news and entertainment properties. During this time, she developed and oversaw the network’s daily entertainment news show, “El Gordo y La Flaca,” and its daily news magazine program, “Primer Impacto.” She also launched the weekend and primetime editions of “Primer Impacto.” She led all initiatives in the development of “Jugando al Amor,” Univision’s first dating reality show. In addition, Alvarez oversaw production of the network’s “red carpet” entertainment awards specials.
From 1991-2002, Alvarez was an executive producer for Univision. Alvarez’s career with Univision began in 1983, when she joined the company as associate and line producer for WLTV 23 in Miami, Florida.
Alvarez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Miami.