Jorge Ramos Named Best News/Public Affairs Host of 2014 by Cablefax

This week Cablefax celebrated its Program Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, which recognize the “fearless winners” who represent those who create amazing content and the experts who deliver it to the viewers.

Fusion’s Jorge Ramos was recognized in the Best Host for News/Public Affairs category for his role anchoring “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” on Fusion. “Time and again, Ramos proves that he’s one of the most exciting TV journalists working today—not because of his charm and good looks (both of which he has in spades), but because he asks the kind of questions that most reporters simply won’t… opinionated or not, Ramos always fights for the truth and makes no secrets about his point of view as he tackles some of the toughest issues affecting both Hispanic and non-Hispanic audiences,” Cablefax said.

 

Fusion Partners with Tina Brown for “Women in the World Texas”

Tina Brown​ ​​is partner​ing​ with Fusion for ​”​Women in the World Texas​.” The day-long​ event ​will be live streamed on Fusion.net and exclusive content from the event will air on Fusion’s primetime program “Alicia Menendez Tonight” (weeknights at 9:00 p.m.). Fusion’s Alicia Menendez will moderate several panels at the event.

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Fusion and Maker Studios Create Cross-Platform Partnership

Fusion to Bring Maker Block Content to Linear Television, Maker to Expand Fusion Digital Presence

Fusion, a multi-platform media company serving ​​​a​ young, diverse generation, and Maker Studios, the world’s largest network of short-form online video, today announced a cross-platform partnership to expand the reach of both networks. The partnership leverages Fusion’s television platform, which delivers a unique blend of news, pop culture, and satire programming, with Maker’s position as the leading producer and distributor of online video content to the millennial audience.

Fusion will launch a Maker branded block of programming on its television platform – a Maker Block, will feature themed content from across the Maker network beginning with a “best of 2014” special. Maker will additionally expand the reach of Fusion’s online video content, working to optimize its content offering via its YouTube channel (youtube.com/thisisfusion).

“Maker has an exceptional track record for identifying talent and content that resonates with millennials in the digital space. We are thrilled to bring some of that content to our television audience,” said Isaac Lee, chief executive officer, Fusion. “We expect this will be just the beginning of a powerful, dynamic partnership with Maker.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Fusion and feel it’s a natural step to broaden our content reach,” said Erin McPherson, chief content officer, Maker Studios. “Maker content aligns perfectly with Fusion’s approach to engaging a young, diverse and inclusive America, and we anticipate audiences will agree.”

The Maker Block is an unscripted clip series starring top digital and traditional talent, showcasing the best of Maker content. Talent will guide viewers through a curated content experience around specific themes. The blocks leverage the best creator content augmented by original premium production, tailored to distinct audiences. The series aim to reinforce the Maker millennial voice as well as drive engagement through calls-to-action.

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Fusion to Provide Live-Stream of Austin City Limits Music Festival October 10-12

Fusion today announced that it will serve as a live-stream syndication partner for Austin City Limits Music Festival happening October 10-12 in the “Live Music Capital of the World” Austin, Texas. From Childish Gambino to Lorde, Foster the People to Juanes, Skrillex to Spoon, some of the world’s biggest artists will perform from the city’s iconic Zilker Park for the thirteenth year delivering an awe-inspiring celebration of music past and present. Fusion will carry the broadcast of the festival made available via the Red Bull TV player on its digital platform (fusion.net).

The hosted stream will be broadcast each day live from 2:00-10:00 p.m., CT and feature live performances, artist interviews and behind-the-scenes access. With two channels to choose from covering 45 artist performances from the four main festival stages, you can finally see all of your favorite bands and performers without missing a beat.

ACL Music Festival live-stream broadcast line up to include: Calvin Harris, Chromeo, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Beck, The Glitch Mob, Lorde, Phantogram, The Avett Brothers, Juanes, Foster The People, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, Real Estate, Icona Pop, Tune-Yards, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, Jenny Lewis, Gramatik, Interpol, Zoé, Chvurches, Paolo Nutini, The Gaslight Anthem, The Head and the Heart, Rebelution, Bleachers, James Bay, Fitz & the Tantrums, Mac Demarco, Capital Cities, Jimmy Cliff, Cults, Empires, Trombone Shorty, Spanish Gold, Temples, Sons of Valory.

Watch Austin City Limits via Fusion here: fusion.net/ACL2014

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Fusion to Collaborate with Berklee College of Music on Docu-Series and New Fellowship Program

Fusion and Berklee College of Music today announced a collaboration that includes a docu-series and new fellowship program. Fusion, the cable and digital network launched by Disney/ABC and Univision, has begun filming a mini docu-series about Berklee students that will be featured on Fusion’s television and digital platforms in 2015. Fusion will follow three young musicians, an entering student and two graduating students, as they navigate life at the preeminent contemporary music college, highlighting the major events, collaborations, and key career-shaping moments they experience at different stages of music school. Filming will primarily take place on Berklee’s campus.

In addition, Fusion will tap Berklee students and alumni for their film scoring expertise through a new fellowship program. Through this collaboration students and graduates will have the chance to work with and be supervised by the network’s producers to create musical scores for original feature-length documentaries, investigative specials, and short-form content. At the completion of the fellowship, participants may apply and be considered for a position at Fusion. Details, including application deadlines, will be announced at a later date.  

To help launch this collaboration, current students will be able to participate in a film “scorathon” challenge in early 2015. Fusion will provide contestants a film clip to score in a 24-hour period, and a jury of industry experts will determine the winners. Details, including application deadlines, will be announced at a later date.

“Music school is a high-stakes environment where many young musicians are pushed to the limit before finally finding their voice. Fusion has the rare opportunity to document the realities of the music school experience while allowing our audience to discover emerging talents at the very beginning of their careers” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee. “Having the opportunity to work with a team of Berklee fellows allows us to enrich the musical component of Fusion’s storytelling while also creating a recruitment pipeline for emerging musical talent.”

This collaboration between Berklee and Fusion highlights the growing overlap between the music and broadcast media industries. While the docu-series will bring to light the hurdles young people face to reach a career in entertainment, the film scoring partnerships create a pathway to the industry.

"An All-Star Team is Being Formed" — The Social Web Reacts to Alexis Madrigal’s Jump to Fusion

This week Fusion announced that Alexis Madrigal is joining the company from The Atlantic. He will serve as Fusion’s Silicon Valley Bureau Chief overseeing technology coverage across the company’s digital and television platforms as well as through live events. “Alexis’ curiosity, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit make him a natural fit for us as we build Fusion into a next-generation media company that serves a young, diverse, connected millennial generation,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee in an email to staff.  

This is the latest addition to the Fusion team. Others who have joined the multi-platform media company in recent months include Senior Correspondent Tim Pool (Vice), Digital Voices Editor Anna Holmes (Jezebel founder), Senior Editor Felix Salmon (Reuters), and Director of Culture Coverage Dodai Stewart (Jezebel) as well as Digital Editor-in-Chief Jane Spencer (WSJ, The Daily Beast), Vice President of Digital Monetization Jorge Urrutia (Huffington Post), and Chief Technology Officer Hong Qu (Upworthy, YouTube) to name a few.

This is how the social web reacted to the latest addition to the Fusion team —

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Alexis Madrigal Joins Fusion as Silicon Valley Bureau Chief

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Fusion today announced that Alexis Madrigal is joining the company from The Atlantic. He will serve as Fusion’s Silicon Valley Bureau Chief overseeing technology coverage across the company’s digital and television platforms as well as through live events. In the coming months he will build out an editorial team that will focus on the trends shaping the future including how technology, demographics, and science are converging to shape the world ahead. In addition, Madrigal will executive produce and host a new show that will air on Fusion’s television platform.

“Alexis’ curiosity, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit make him a natural fit for us as we build Fusion into a next-generation media company that serves a young, diverse, connected millennial generation,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee in an email to staff.  

Full email below.

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Hispanic Executive Profiles Fusion’s Tania Linares

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In a story headlined “Next Generation Network,” Hispanic Executive magazine spoke to Fusion’s Tania Linares about the company’s relevance to millennials and young Hispanics.

"Tania Linares is a millennial. She is associate general counsel and vice president of business affairs at the new TV network, Fusion. Linares sits down with Hispanic Executive to explain how the channel is bringing together news and pop culture to inform an educated, inclusive, and engaged generation," Michelle Markelz writes at the top of the piece.

Why is Fusion relevant to Hispanic millennials?

The most successful brands are linked to their consumers’ fundamental human values—the values that give meaning to their lives and express who they are and want to be. Fusion is the first network to reflect the values of the millennial generation, which is the most diverse generation in American history. We are aware that about one in five millennials are Hispanic, so when looking to serve this young generation, a natural entry point is to consider those who grew up with a Latino perspective.

I believe that in the coming years, especially as we get closer to 2016, when nearly all millennials will be eligible to vote, Fusion will take on an increased level of relevance. As we look to inform, empower, and inspire, Fusion will continually strive to leverage that power and give our audience a voice.

Check out the full story from Hispanic Executive magazine here.

Fusion Adds to Growing Editorial Team — Dodai Stewart Joins Fusion from Jezebel to Lead Culture Coverage

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Fusion Editor-in-Chief Jane Spencer announced that Dodai Stewart, a founding member of Jezebel’s editorial team, is joining Fusion as Director of Culture Coverage. In addition, Spencer announced several other additions to Fusion’s growing editorial team. Her full note to staff below.

These latest additions come on the heels of several other key hires including — Senior Correspondent Tim Pool (Vice), Digital Voices Editor Anna Holmes (Jezebel founder), and Senior Editor Felix Salmon (Reuters) as well as Digital Editor-in-Chief Jane Spencer (WSJ, The Daily Beast), Vice President of Digital Monetization Jorge Urrutia (Huffington Post), and Chief Technology Officer Hong Qu(Upworthy, YouTube) to name a few.

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Fusion Strikes Deal to Air “Jay Z’s Life+Times Presents” Series

Series of Specials Will Premiere with “Where I’m From: Hakeem Nicks”

Fusion and JAY Z’s Life+Times today announced that Fusion has acquired a series of half-hour “JAY Z’s Life+Times Presents” specials. JAY Z’s Life+Times, launched by RocNation and IconicTV, delivers content curated by Shawn “JAY Z” Carter that spans the worlds of art, sports, music, fashion and culture. Fusion will air episodes from the “Where I’m From” series and intends to expand its offerings to include other popular JAY Z’s Life+Times programming.

“Where I’m From” is a documentary series that takes viewers behind-the-scenes and into the lives of well known athletes and entertainers — from JAY Z to Hakeem Nicks and Robinson Cano — to explore the life events that took them to the top of their game. The premiere date for “JAY Z’s Life+Times Presents” on Fusion will be announced at a later time.

“JAY Z’s Life+Times content is a natural fit for Fusion’s millennial audience,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee. “This series will give our viewers intimate access to the cultural tastemakers that reflect this generation’s diverse interests and passions.”

"JAY Z’s Life+Times collaboration with iconic sponsors and its expansion into television distribution with Fusion, will enable us to create bigger and better brand-defining original programming,“ said Michael Yormark, President and Chief of Branding and Strategy for RocNation.

 

Fusion’s Jorge Ramos to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at CPJ’s 2014 International Press Freedom Awards

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The Committee to Protect Journalists today announced that Fusion’s Jorge Ramos will be honored at the 2014 International Press Freedom Awards. He will be recognized with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom. Ramos currently anchors “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” in English on Fusion as well as Univision’s evening newscast “Noticiero Univision” and Sunday public affairs program “Al Punto” in Spanish.

The other 2014 awardees include Burmese journalist Aung Zaw, founder and editor-in-chief of The Irrawaddy, which was branded an “enemy of the state” by the former military regime and still comes under pressure from the current Burmese government; Siamak Ghaderi, Iranian freelance journalist and former editor and reporter for the Islamic Republic’s official news agency IRNA, who was released in July after spending four years in prison; Mikhail Zygar, editor-in-chief for the Russian independent TV channel Dozhd, which provides a rare alternative to Kremlin-controlled federal stations; and Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press in South Africa, who has faced fierce criticism and threats of violence against herself and her staff for critical stories published under her leadership.

All of the winners will be honored at CPJ’s annual award and benefit dinner in New York City on November 25, 2014. Christiane Amanpour, anchor and chief international correspondent for CNN and a CPJ board member, will host the event. Alberto Ibargüen, president of the Knight Foundation, is the dinner chairman.

Full release from CPJ here.

Jorge Ramos is one of the most highly respected journalists in the United States and Latin American. He has covered five wars and has reported many of the most important news stories of the last two decades, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Hurricane Katrina. He has also covered numerous international summits, guerrilla movements in Chiapas and Central America, elections throughout Central and South America, the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and many other highly relevant events. Ramos has interviewed some of the world’s most influential political leaders and writers of the 21st century.

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Fusion Partners with PEN American Center to Establish Emerging Writers Prize

New Award Established to Recognize and Reward Promising Young Writers Who Focus on Global and Multicultural Issues ​

Fusion today announced that is partnering with the PEN American Center to establish the “PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize.” The new award will recognize a promising young writer of an unpublished non-fiction work that addresses a global or multicultural issue.

“Fusion is committed to supporting the next generation of journalists and writers,” said Daniel Eilemberg, Fusion Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer. “We are thrilled to partner with PEN to reward excellence in literature and journalism while promoting free expression.”

The PEN/Fusion Emerging Writer Prize will be awarded to an unpublished manuscript written by a writer under the age of 35 who has had at least one prior publication in a national magazine or journal. The manuscript submission must be an original, previously unpublished work of nonfiction written by one person, in English ranging in word length from 8,000 to 80,000. Each application must include a short description of the work and briefly detail how the work connects to a global or multicultural issue.

The winning manuscript will be chosen by a panel of three judges distinguished literary authors selected by PEN’s Literary Awards Committee. The winner will be announced next Spring and will be honored at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony in June 2015.

For more about the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writer Prize click here.

Kal Penn Joins Fusion as Special Correspondent for Network’s Midterm Election Coverage

Fusion Launches Primetime Politics Show “Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown” Airing Sunday-Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Beginning October 5

Fusion today announced that acclaimed actor, producer Kal Penn is joining the network as a Special Correspondent for its midterm election coverage. Fusion’s election coverage plans will include a special  live nightly primetime program “Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown,” which will apply the high-minded and thoughtful analysis usually associated with professional wrestling to the heart-stopping, pulse-pounding spectacle of the upcoming midterm election.

Hosted by Fusion’s Nando Vila (“The Soccer Gods”) and featuring Penn, who will be a special correspondent, “Midterm Mayhem” will bring viewers all the essential political news of the day and answer questions of fundamental importance to Fusion’s audience like “Why should we vote?,” “Who should we vote for?,” and “What was that you said about why we should vote?” Fusion anchors Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez will contribute reporting and insights to the program along with Fusion’s Alice Brennan and Romina Puga and a range of additional correspondents and contributors. FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver will be a guest on the premiere episode Sunday, October 5.

"Midterm Mayhem” will air Sunday through Thursday at 9:30 p.m. and will originate from Fusion’s Los Angeles studios. Billy Kimball (Comedy Central’s “InDecision ‘92”) and Mark Lima, Vice President of News at Fusion, will serve as executive producers. The program will also be live-streamed and featured on Fusion’s digital platform.

“It’s definitely possible to be entertaining while having conversations about things that actually matter in the democratic process,” said Kal Penn. “Our political debates generate a lot punchlines and crazy segments, and that’s fun, but we’re hoping to offer some smart, engaging, and entertaining reporting without obsessing over the lowest common denominator. We hope to inspire people to get off the sidelines, get engaged, and wake up on election day and actually vote.”

Fusion will also be covering key races and issues like same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization, and immigration reform that resonate with millennials within its existing primetime programs “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” (Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m.) “Alicia Menendez Tonight” (weeknights at 9:00 p.m.) and “Fusion Live” hosted by Mariana Atencio and Pedro Andrade (weeknights at 8:00 p.m.).

Kal Penn is an actor and producer known for his roles in the “Harold and Kumar” trilogy, “The Namesake,” and “How I Met Your Mother,” among others. He spent two seasons as Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the critically-acclaimed series “House”, and stars in the upcoming CBS/Vince Gilligan series “Battle Creek”. In 2009, Penn took a sabbatical from acting to work as an Associate Director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement. During that time he served as the Administration’s liaison to young Americans. Penn has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, and University of California, Los Angeles. Upcoming film releases include Academy Award Nominee Lydia Pilcher’s “Sisterhood of Night”, British horror feature, “Dementemania”, and New York comedy “Stereotypically You”. Penn also co-stars with Olympia Dukakis and Zosia Mamet in the highly anticipated film “Outliving Emily”. He can be seen opposite Martin Sheen in the independent drama feature, “Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain”, releasing on November 7th.