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FUSION 420/360 — Fusion to Air Special Day of Programming on April 20

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Fusion will air a special day of programming, ‘Fusion 420/360,’ on Sunday, April 20 beginning at 12:00 p.m., ET. Throughout the day Fusion will examine the cultural, economic, and medicinal relevance of marijuana in America with special editions of “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos,” “Open Source with Leon Krauze,” and “Strange Medicine.” Fusion’s Chief Cannabis Correspondent Ryan Nerz will host three editions of “The Cannabusiness Report.” 
In addition, Paul F. Tompkins and the “No, You Shut Up!” panel will take a satirical look at the many issues surrounding the legalization of pot with special guest, comedian Doug Benson. Fusion will also air cult film “Reefer Madness” with special commentary by Ryan Nerz and Fusion producer Omar Michaud.

Details on the days programming below —
  • The Cannabusiness Report" — Fusion’s Chief Cannabis Correspondent, Ryan Nerz, introduces several slices of American marijuana culture. He interviews Irv Rosenfeld, who gets 300 joints per month from the federal government, analyzes the cannabis “wax” craze, shows how marijuana use affects driving skills, and interviews the stoner comedy duo, Cheech & Chong.
  • The Cannabusiness Report: Los Angeles" — Nerz, goes to sunny Los Angeles, America’s medical marijuana Mecca for almost two decades now. He enrolls in cannabis college, attempts weed-infused spirituality at a “420 Yoga” class, learns the history of the best pot strains at The Cannabis Cup, and interviews hip hop star and noted weed enthusiast, B.o.B..
  • The Cannabusiness Report: Denver" — Fusion’s Chief Cannabis Correspondent Ryan Nerz takes us to Denver, Colorado, in the wake of landmark legislation that allows everyone over the age of 21 to buy weed at retail stores. He talks to a dispensary security guard as well as masked black market weed growers, visits a veterinarian who explains why pets are getting into pot, and interviews hip hop’s high priest of pot, Wiz Khalifa, in a segment called – appropriately – The Green Room.  
  • America with Jorge Ramos" — Jorge Ramos interviews former NYPD Comissioner Ray Kelly, "AMERICA" travels to Uruguay to see how marijuana is being regulated after its groundbreaking legalization, and explores the growing cannabis tourism in Colorado.
  • Open Source with Leon Krauze" — Fusion’s Leon Krauze delves into how pot is affecting American culture. He talks to a marijuana refugee and meet the Cannabis Club of Beverly Hills.
  • Strange Medicine" — Dr. Juan Rivera travels to California to explore the benefits of medical marijuana. He meets with patients who have thrown away conventional painkillers in favor of this controversial cure for a multitude of illnesses, including cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions.
  • No, You Shut Up!" — In this special edition of “No, You Shut Up!” host Paul F. Tompkins and the panel discuss the many issues surrounding the legalization of pot. The episode features a special guest - comedian Doug Benson.
  • Reefer Madness" — Cautionary tale features a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

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Alicia Menendez Hangs Out with NYC Mayor de Blasio on Google

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez moderated a Google hangout with New York City Mayor de Blasio and New Yorkers from every borough on Friday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m., ET. The Mayor is marking his first 100 days in office throughout the week. You can join the Google hangout here.

Fusion's Jorge Ramos Takes Aim at All That Media Bias Stuff 

Social Media Buzzes About Alicia Menendez on ABC’s “This Week”

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, host of “AM Tonight” weeknights at 9:00 p.m., ET, joined the Powerhouse Roundtable on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos" yesterday.  

Check out some of the reaction from viewers below:

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CNN Notes Fusion Has Hired TV’s First Chief Cannabis Correspondent

Today on CNN’s “@ThisHour” John Berman noted that Fusion has hired television’s first Chief Cannabis Correspondent in Ryan Nerz. CNN’s Michaela Pereira joked: “who thought all the good jobs were taken…”

5 Things to Know About Alicia Menendez 

Alicia will join the powerhouse roundtable this Sunday on ABC’sThis Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Check your local listings. 

​​Fusion Names Author Ryan Nerz TV’s First Chief Cannabis Correspondent

Network Orders Series of Half-Hour “The Cannabusiness Report” Specials to Air in Primetime

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Fusion has named acclaimed author and journalist Ryan Nerz as the first ever network Chief Cannabis Correspondent. Nerz will contribute regularly to Fusion’s digital and TV platforms, exploring answers to the biggest questions surrounding cannabis culture and the booming industry evolving around it. A Yale-educated journalist, Nerz has written for NPR, Esquire, and the History Channel. He is also the author of MARIJUANAMERICA: One Man’s Quest to Understand America’s Dysfunctional Love Affair with Weed and Eat This Book: A Year of Gorging and Glory on the Competitive Eating Circuit. Over the course of the three years he spent writing MARIJUANAMERICA, Nerz attended Marijuana Anonymous meetings, spent time with a 15-year old autistic boy who used pot brownies as medicine, and profiled a Northern California weed grower – all to help answer some of the most asked questions about marijuana: Is it hurting or helping us? How is it affecting our lungs, our brains, our ambitions? Is it truly addictive?

Fusion has ordered a limited series of half-hour specials to be hosted by Nerz entitled “The Cannabusiness Report.” Over the past several months Nerz has developed the “Cannabusiness Report” franchise through segments on Fusion’s morning show, which now airs in primetime as “Fusion Live.”

“Marijuana legalization is an issue that is taking on increasing relevance – politically, economically and culturally – and requires the kind of coverage that only someone with Ryan’s expertise can deliver,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee. “Ryan’s reporting is a great example of how Fusion is uniquely capable of providing news, information, and opinion on topics that matter to millennials, especially in situations where the mainstream media can’t keep up.

  • WATCH: Cannabusiness Report: Some Colorado Marijuana Arrestees Might be Able to Overturn Their Convictions
  • WATCH: Cannabusiness Report: Is Colorado’s Legal Weed Killing the Black Market?
  • WATCH: Cheech & Chong Interview: We Won the War on Drugs

Despite recent growth in support of legalizing marijuana sales, the federal government still considers it a dangerous drug and marijuana makes up roughly half of all drug arrests in the United States. President Obama weighed in on the issue during an interview earlier this year saying he believes marijuana was no more dangerous than alcohol. In 2013 marijuana became legal for recreational use in two states — Washington and Colorado. Colorado made national news ​recently when the state announced it collected $2 million in tax revenues from its first month of legal recreational marijuana sales.

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Isaac Lee Recognized with Next Generation Leadership Award for Launch of Fusion

The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) has named Fusion CEO Isaac Lee to their 2014 class of Next Generation Leaders Awards. Presented in partnership with Multichannel News, the Next Generation Leaders Awards honor emerging executives under the age of 45 for their professional acumen and achievements in fostering multi-ethnic diversity and inclusion within the communications industry.

Isaac Lee, who also serves as President of Univision News, will be recognized in the Cable Programmer category. In 2013 Isaac oversaw the development and launch of Fusion — a joint venture between the Disney/ABC Television Group and Univision. Fusion engages and champions a young, diverse, and inclusive America with a unique mix of original reporting, lifestyle, and comedic content that is both smart and irreverent.  

“NAMIC is committed to developing as well as recognizing the pipeline of diverse professionals within the communications industry through our flagship programs, initiatives and events,” Alicin Williamson, interim president of NAMIC said in a statement. “We are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of this distinguished group of leaders that are making innovative, creative and strategic business contributions while exemplifying NAMIC’s mission to educate, advocate and empower to advance diversity and inclusion within their companies.”

Isaac Lee will be recognized at the NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast on May 1 in conjunction with the National Cable Telecommunications Association’s Cable Show. Full release from NAMIC here.

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The Power of the Millennial Generation…

FUSION is a tv & digital network that helps young people cut through the rhetoric, divisiveness, and conversation to the issues that truly impact the day-to-day lives of their generation. Fusion informs, empowers, and inspires its audience through a unique mix of programming that includes original reporting, investigative journalism, coverage of pop culture, satire and comedy programming, as well as original series and documentaries. Fusion takes on the conventional wisdom, asks the tough questions, tells the stories the mainstream media often misses — amplifying the voices of the new America.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez: Millennials Are “Relentlessly Optimistic” Despite Inheriting Tough Economic Environment

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez spoke to NPR’s David Brancaccio, host of "Marketplace Morning Report," today about the challenges facing the millennial generation, a generation that has inherited one of the toughest economic environments in recent history. "This is the largest, most diverse generation in American history.  It is also a generation that is incredibly well educated — and yet in a really tough economic spot."
"We are relentlessly optimistic," Menendez said. Citing a recent PEW study she noted that "more than 8 in 10 say that we currently have enough money to lead the lives we want to live or expect to in the future. There is no other cohort of adults that say this."  Listen to the full interview below —

Alicia Menendez is the host of “AM Tonight" on Fusion, a network that champions a young, diverse and inclusive America. To find out if Fusion is available in your area visit: http://fus.in/GetFusion. To find out what channel visit: http://fus.in/channels.

Fusion to Host Screening of #SOSVenezuela at the University of Miami on Wednesday, March 26

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On Wednesday, March 26 Fusion’s Mariana Atencio (@MarianaAtencio) will host a screening of her Fusion primetime news special #SOSVenezuela at the University of Miami.  #SOSVenezuela takes viewerson a journey through the streets of Venezuela with Atencio providing a personal look at the 10 days that shook the Latin American country. Fusion will host a panel of guests to engage in a conversation with students in South Florida about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela – including model and activist Eglantina Zingg (@EglantinaZingg), Univision anchorRodner Figueroa (@RodnerFigueroa), comedian George Harris (@ElGeorgeHarris), Venezuelan StoryHunters filmmaker Carlos Beltran, President of Univen Gabriela Contreras and the student who crowd-sourced a Venezuelan mini doc, Arianne Alcorta (@ArianneAlcorta).

It’s been a month and a half since the first student protesters died in Venezuela and the number dead continues to grow. Young Venezuelans are speaking out against the high inflation and rampant violence they have seen under President Nicolas Maduro’s administration. Students have continued to protest in the streets despite a security crackdown, a local media blackout, and attempts by the government to censor the web and the airwaves.  More on the Fusion special #SOSVenezuela airing Wednesday, March 26 at 10:00 p.m., ET on Fusion here: http://bit.ly/1hhD0Su.

More on Fusion’s Venezuela Coverage Here

Mariana Atencio is a Peabody Award winning journalist, who was born and raised in Venezuela. She joined Fusion as a co-host of “Fusion LIVE” from Univision News in 2013, where she covered Hugo Chavez’s death along with previous presidential campaigns in Venezuela. She received a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media for her documentary “Pressured: Freedom of the Press” (“PRESSionados”). She has a B.S. in Communications from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

Wednesday, March 24, 2014
What:     Fusion’s Special #SOSVenezuela Screening
Where:   University of Miami
              Shoma Hall
              5100 Brunson Drive  Coral Gables, FL 33146
When:    8:30 p.m., ET

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Fusion Announces Primetime News Special #SOSVenezuela

Fusion Special on Continuing Crisis in Venezuela Hosted by Mariana Atencio to Air Wednesday, March 26 at 10:00 p.m., ET on Fusion

Fusion continues its in-depth coverage of the crisis in Venezuela with a primetime news special, #SOSVenezuela, airing Wednesday, March 26 at 10:00 p.m., ET on Fusion. Fusion’s Mariana Atencio, who reported from Caracas last month, will take viewers on a journey through the streets of Venezuela with a personal look at 10 days that shook the country. Atencio also speaks to Venezuelan assemblywoman Maria Corina Machado, one of the most high profile leaders of the opposition. Machado was recently stripped her of parliamentary immunity and has been threatened by the Maduro administration with charges of terrorism and treason.

Watch: Persecuted Venezuelan Lawmaker: Venezuela’s Situation is Dangerous for International Democracy

It’s been a month and a half since the first student protesters died in Venezuela and the number dead continues to grow. Young Venezuelans are speaking out against the high inflation and rampant violence they have seen under President Nicolas Maduro’s administration. Students have continued to protest in the streets despite a security crackdown, a local media blackout, and attempts by the government to censor the web and the airwaves.

More on Fusion’s Venezuela Coverage Here

The protests in Ukraine and the Russian intervention that followed have monopolized American media coverage while the events on this side of the globe in Venezuela have received only a fraction of the attention by most outlets. Fusion’s Jorge Ramos has spoken out about the events in Venezuela noting the silence of the media and international community — “A president who allows students to be killed has lost any legitimacy as a leader, but unfortunately Maduro has a powerful accomplice on the international stage: silence,” he said.

Mariana Atencio is a Peabody Award winning journalist, who was born and raised in Venezuela. She joined Fusion as a co-host of “Fusion LIVE” from Univision News in 2013, where she covered Hugo Chavez’s death along with previous presidential campaigns in Venezuela. She received a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media for her documentary “Pressured: Freedom of the Press” (“PRESSionados”). She has a B.S. in Communications from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

Fusion is an “Investment in True Innovation… a Bet on the Future” by Disney/ABC and Univision, Says Network Exec | Multicultural Media Forum

Fusion’s Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Joel Kliksberg joined a panel of programmers and distributors this week at the Multicultural Media Forum.  Kliksberg weighed in on the pace of change happening in media and the importance of multicultural content.  He noted that Fusion is seeing positive feedback to its content and how it is being shared digitally: “they were taking our content and they were not just sharing it with us, not just interacting with us, but they were interacting with each other.”

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Jorge Ramos Talks About His Own “Modern Family” on “The View”

Jorge Ramos co-hosted “The View” on ABC today to promote his English-language newsmagazine on FUSION, “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos,” which debuts in its new timeslot tomorrow, Tuesday March 18 at 10:00 p.m. 

Ramos talked with the ladies about his very modern family including his relationship with Chiquinquira Delgado, who hosts the Spanish-language version of “Dancing with the Stars” – “Mira Quien Baila,” and their blended family. Chiqui has two daughters ages 21 and 3 while Jorge has a son Nicolas, 15, and daughter Paola, 26.

2162162216When asked how they keep up with the 3 year-old Ramos said “you have to stay with a lot of energy and optimism… we gotta stay young.”  “I do yoga, tennis and I still play football every single Saturday morning, which by the way is soccer – football in espanol,” he told Barbara Walters.  

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