Don Francisco is taking his talents to Telemundo. The news came six months after the cancellation of his record-breaking Saturday night variety show.
Telemundo announced today it signed a multi-year agreement with international media icon Mario Kreutzberger, better known for his stage name “Don Francisco.” The unprecedented agreement includes the creation of a joint production company to develop and produce original content and formats for Hispanics in the United States and audiences around the world, across multiple platforms. In addition, having interviewed numerous world leaders during his more than 53-year long career, including Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Kreutzberger will bring his expertise to Telemundo Network News as a special senior news correspondent leading a series of high profile interviews.
“Mario is the most recognized face of Spanish-language media around the world,” said Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and NBCUniversal International Group. “We are extremely proud that he has chosen to join the Telemundo family. His numerous contributions to our community, endless expertise in innovative television entertainment and unique ability to engage world leaders reinforce our commitment to continue transforming the media landscape.”
Creator and host of “Sábado Gigante” (Giant Saturday), the longest running TV variety show in the world according to Guinness World Records, Kreutzberger is also a beloved international humanitarian. Born in Chile, Kreutzberger launched the show in 1962 on Chile’s Canal 13 where it became an instant success that has lasted 53 years, broadcasting in over 42 countries throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. “Sábado Gigante” ended its broadcast cycle in September 2015.
Don Francisco added: “I am extremely happy with this opportunity NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is giving me. Telemundo network has experienced tremendous growth thanks to its clear vision and steadfast commitment to the Hispanic community. It is an honor for me to join this great international media company, which will allow me to develop new projects, and most importantly, stay connected to my loyal audience that has always been at my side.”
Don Francisco has received numerous industry recognitions from public and private institutions in the United States and Latin America. He has been inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame; honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; featured in the “Museum of Television and Radio” and received a special Emmy Award as “Leader of Spanish Language Television.”
TELEMUNDO is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. The network features original scripted dramas from Telemundo Studios – the #1 producer of Spanish-language primetime content – as well as non-scripted productions, theatrical motion pictures, specials, news and first-class sports events, reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 17 owned stations and 52 broadcast and MVPD affiliates. TELEMUNDO is part of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
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