Tune-in tonight as Fusion’s Jorge Ramos takes the pulse of Puerto Rico. “Forbidden Puerto Rico - An AMERICA Special" airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. only on Fusion.

Take a Trip with Jorge Ramos to Puerto Rico

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"Forbidden Puerto Rico - An AMERICA Special” Airs Tuesday, September 16 at 10:00 p.m.

Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos travels to one of the most exciting places in the Caribbean: Puerto Rico. Identified as an unincorporated territory of the United States, Jorge explores the food, music, and culture the bustling island has to offer — from learning how to skateboard in the notorious La Perla and zip lining 900 feet high above the Puerto Rican rain forests to hearing about the island’s economic and political situation from the younger generation. Puerto Rico has undergone a dramatic population shift over the past several years — there are now over a million more Puerto Ricans on the United States’ mainland than the island of Puerto Rico itself, according to Pew Research Center.

This special edition of “Forbidden Puerto Rico — An AMERICA Special” airs Tuesday, September 16 at 10:00 p.m. on Fusion.

Fusion Names Wade Beckett Chief Programming Officer

Fusion CEO Isaac Lee today announced that Wade Beckett is joining Fusion as Chief Programming Officer. “Wade is an experienced producer with a demonstrated track record of developing and leading innovative programming that resonates with new audiences. I have been impressed by Wade’s passion, focus, and strong production experience and am confident that he will take Fusion to the next level as we develop new, innovative content,” said Lee said in an email to staff today. “I look forward to seeing Wade’s enthusiasm, ideas, and leadership spread throughout Fusion as we experiment and innovate with new ways to connect our young, diverse audience to the stories that matter most to them.”

Wade takes over for Billy Kimball who recently stepped down from his post. Lee’s full email to staff below.

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Fusion to Take Center Stage at Hispanic TV Summit

ABC News President James Goldston (left) and Fusion CEO Isaac Lee (right), who also serves as President of News for Univision, will come together for a conversation about the growing impact of Hispanic millennials on the television industry at the 12th annual Hispanic Television Summit. Fusion was launched as joint venture between the Disney/ABC Television Group and Univision in October 2013.

According to recent data from the U.S. Census, 65% of today’s Hispanics are millennials and one out of every five millennials in America is Hispanic.

"We are thrilled to have these two dynamic executives join us to be interviewed by Alicia Menendez, who is herself an energetic millennial. This session demonstrates how significantly the Hispanic audience has changed in just a few years and how television in both the general and Hispanic markets is changing to appeal to younger Hispanics," said Louis Hillelson, Vice President and Group Publisher of Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. “It’s a whole new business. The generational shift in this audience is redefining what we now mean by the term Hispanic television.” 

The Hispanic Television Summit is hosted by Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News and will take place on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Check out the full announcement here.

Tim Pool Talks with The New York Times About Using New Technologies to Bear Witness During Breaking News Events

Tim Pool has joined Fusion as a Senior Correspondent and Director of Media Innovation. He previously worked for VICE. Tim spoke to The New York Times about the kind of journalism he plans to bring to Fusion.

The move comes as Fusion continues to build out its next-generation news network targeted at the diverse and elusive millennial audience. Fusion, which started last year, recently hired Jane Spencer, formerly of The Daily Beast and The Wall Street Journal; Felix Salmon, formerly of Reuters; and Anna Holmes, founder of the website Jezebel.

“We have this blank slate,” Mr. Pool said, adding that in his new role he would explore approaches for using mobile, robotic, drone and other technologies for reporting.

Mr. Pool, a Chicago native, said “it wasn’t really on purpose” that he became a journalist…. 

“Unbeknownst to me, I started doing journalism, just because I was bearing witness,” he said. “I started understanding that technology created a real opportunity to help share information.”

Read the full story by The New York Times' Emily Steel here.

Tim Pool Joins Fusion from Vice, Named Senior Correspondent and Director of Media Innovation

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Fusion today announced that Tim Pool was joining the network from Vice. He will serve as a Senior Correspondent and Director of Media Innovation.

“Tim has offered audiences a perspective on news events that mainstream outlets have not been able to match using little more than his smartphone and a battery pack,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said in an email to staff this morning. “As we continue to find new ways to engage with our audience, Tim will play a crucial role in helping Fusion break new boundaries, while sharing innovative, authentic perspectives on the important events impacting the world.”

Lee’s full email below.

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Alicia Menendez Named Political Power Player by Cosmo for Latinas

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez is featured in Cosmo for Latinas October issue. She is one of the women on the magazine’s “Political Power Players” list. 

Alicia Menendez
Host, Fusion’s Alicia Menendez Tonight

The 31-year old hipster-chic cubana is becoming the Latina face of the Sunday talk-show circuit. She reps millennials on everything from campus sexual assault to international political crisis — all with a wicked sense of humor. Look for her no-holds-barred coerage of the midterm elections. That means you, “Hispanderers!”

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Eva Longoria (Actress and Co-Founder of the Latino Victory Project), Cecilia Munoz (White House Domestic Policy Council) and Alida Garcia (Coalitions and policy director for FWD.us) are some of the others on the list.  

Check out the current issue of Cosmo for Latinas on stands now.

THIS SUNDAY: Fusion Explores Real-Life Human Drama of The Migrant Trail With Premiere of “Who Is Dayani Cristal?”

Over the past decade more than 2,000 people have died trying to cross the Arizona desert. Fusion, along with Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal and director Marc Silver, retrace the steps of one victim’s journey. Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered t-shirt, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? Following a team of dedicated staff from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, “Who Is Dayani Cristal” seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. In a television premiere, “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” will air Sunday, September 7 at 8:00 p.m., ET as part of Fusion’s “Documental” series.

As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make this final journey, he embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. He experiences first-hand the dangers they face and learns of their motivations, hopes and fears. As they travel north, those voices from the other side of the border wall give them a rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.

Winner of the Sundance 2013 Cinematography award and nominated in the World Documentary Competition, “Who is Dayani Cristal?” has been described by The Hollywood Reporter as “A deeply moving doc [which] finds a new way of making the immigration debate personal.”More on the documentary here.

“Documental,” Fusion’s weekly series of documentaries, features a new doc every Sunday night at 8:00 p.m., ET. To find out if Fusion is available in your area visit: GetFusionTV.com.

Fusion Unveils the Challenges Hispanic Students Face Within the American Public School System with “The Last Border”

“The Last Border” Narrated by Renowned Mexican Actor Demian Bichir Airs Sunday, August 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Is the US education system failing Hispanics who are striving for the key to the American Dream: a college education? “The Last Border,” narrated by renowned Mexican actor Demian Bichir, follows several at-risk, low-income Hispanic students as they attempt to become the first in their family to go to college. Like so many Latino families, their parents moved to this country to provide a better life for their children — hoping that with more opportunity and education they could move away from low-paying jobs and into the middle class. For many, this has become the hardest border to cross. “The Last Border" airs as part of Fusion’s “Documental” series on Sunday, August 31 at 8:00 p.m., ET on Fusion.

Today, more than a quarter of all school-aged children are Latino, but according to the Department of Education 150,000 Latinos drop out of school every year. That’s more than 400 every day, 17 every hour.

“Documental,” Fusion’s weekly series of documentaries, features a new doc every Sunday night at 8:00 p.m., ET. To find out if Fusion is available in your area visit: GetFusionTV.com.

Fusion’s Dan Lieberman Travels to Most Dangerous Place in the World, Reports for ABC’s “Nightline”

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Fusion Special Correspondent Dan Lieberman traveled to the most dangerous place in the world — San Pedro Sula. Fusion went inside the Honduran city plagued by drug trafficking and gang violence, creating scores of migrants fleeing for their lives.

In addition to his reporting airing on Fusion’s flagship news program “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos" it aired Thursday night on ABC’s "Nightline.” Watch below.

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New York Post ​| New Fusion Host Taps Into the Younger Market

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez spoke to the New York Post about her Fusion primetime show “AM Tonight" and the types of guest she likes to interview.

And Menendez is not a traditional TV host… Her half hour, weeknight show, “Alicia Menendez Tonight” is an eclectic mix of commentary and newsmaker interviews that spans the high and low, from transgender rights to Justin Bieber. “If it’s a story that would appear on any other network from any other talent, it generally is a no-go or at least a yellow light,” she says…

“When you find somebody who is really special and on the verge of becoming a huge star or huge icon, they are willing to be real with you,” she says. “Once you get a really high-level celebrity … it’s much more difficult to have what feels like a conversation rather than an interview because they’re on message.”

Read the full story via the New York Post here.

Jonathan Stern Joins Fusion from Red Bull Media House to Lead Business Development

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Fusion today announced that Jonathan Stern is joining Fusion as Vice President and Head of Business Development from Red Bull Media House. “Fusion needs to be everywhere our audience is and Jonathan will play a key strategic role in helping us achieve that,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee. “He will lead our efforts to expand Fusion’s reach and distribution of our high-quality content on a number of existing and emerging platforms. Jonathan will also be exploring a number of new business and production opportunities as we look to forge powerful alliances that will amplify awareness of the Fusion brand.”

Lee’s full memo to the staff below.

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Fusion Launches International Documentary Challenge, Winners to Premiere Docs at Slamdance

Winners Will Premiere Docs at Slamdance and Be Featured Across Fusion Platforms

Fusion today announced that is partnering with the The International Documentary Challenge to launch a short documentary challenge that will focus on creating compelling short documentary content for young, diverse audiences.

“We know that millennials are smart, young, curious and creative — and the best way to showcase that is by allowing them to showcase themselves,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said. “By partnering with the International Documentary Challenge, we can engage with our audience while holding up the best they have to offer for their peers worldwide to experience.”

The International Fusion Documentary Challenge will challenge young filmmakers from around to world to create short documentaries (4-7 minutes) in five days from start to finish. Filmmakers will get to choose the five days they would like to make their film between now and November 5, 2014. Contestants will be given the theme of this year’s challenge and get to choose between two given genres. After November 10, the top 12 films are determined by an esteemed panel of judges and premiere at the Fusion Doc Challenge Screening at Slamdance in January 2015 and at The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in February.

Fusion Doc Challenge will host an opening weekend party at Slamdance. In addition to the top 12 films, an additional 8 films are chosen for an exclusive 18-month distribution deal with Fusion. The films also compete at TheAudienceAwards.com to an online international audience.

The International Documentary Challenge and The Audience Awards are proud to partner with Fusion to expand our trusted brand and create more opportunities for emerging filmmakers through Fusion Doc Challenge. One of our main goals is to provide talented young filmmakers great opportunity to advance their careers. A premiere at Slamdance and television exposure through Fusion is the perfect match for moving The Doc Challenge into our next decade,” said Paige Williams, Doc Challenge Executive Producer.

For more on how to participate in the Fusion International Doc Challenge click here. Follow the DocChallenge on Facebook, Twitter (@TheDocChallenge), and Instagram (@DocChallenge).

To sign up for the Challenge, visit: www.theaudienceawards.com/fusiondocchallenge

 

Fusion Interactive Team Pushes Boundaries of Storytelling | via Knight Foundation

Pictured: Mariana Santos, the interactive and animation director for the Fusion Interactive Team

Once upon a time, storytelling may have been defined by the use of words, images or video.

But by using digital innovations such as games the Interactive Team at Fusion, a television and digital network, refuses to consider storytelling as creating content for mere consumption; the innovators want to change the way people interact with stories.  

Read the full story at the Knight Foundation.