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Lantica Media announced the appointment of its current Board Member, Joaquin Blaya, as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Fred Medina as Chief Operating Officer.
Joaquín Blaya is a pioneer of Spanish-language media in the United States, widely known in the industry as a visionary, due to his contributions to the largest media companies in North America (Univision and Telemundo); as well as his involvement in the creation and development of new channels and programs, while working for the United States Broadcasting Board of Governors, whilst overseeing the renewed brand positioning of various BBG entities.
With an expansive media expertise in Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market, and a wealth of experience in results driven leadership, Fred Medina has held senior roles with MTV Latino, HBO Latin American Group, E! Entertainment, A&E Olé Networks, Univision and Ericsson Telecommunications. Prior to joining Lantica Media, Medina was the Executive Vice-President and Managing Director for BBC Worldwide.In his newly created role of Chief Operating Officer, Medina is responsible for managing day-to-day studio operations and production services, supporting the company’s business strategy and financial objectives. Reporting to the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, he has now relocated from Miami to the Dominican Republic, where Lantica Media is headquartered, joining CEO Antonio Gennari and President of Lantica Pictures, Albert Martínez Martín.
Allied Hispanic – a division of Allied Integrated Marketing – has hired Stephany Echepetelecu to lead marketing strategies for current clients and to broaden the division’s entertainment roster to include TV networks and musicians who are looking to expand their reach to Hispanic audiences.Echepetelecu joins Allied from FOX and RCN’s Spanish Broadcast Television Network, MundoFOX, where she spent the last four years overseeing marketing operations and the network’s launch, as well as serving as the executive producer of MundoFOX’s national news entertainment segments. She also acted as a liaison with FOX’s theatrical and home entertainment divisions to launch MundoFOX’s entertainment presence.Prior to MundoFOX, she spent eight years at AA Music Management – a joint venture with music mogul Irving Azoff – managing day-to-day strategies and production initiatives for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Jaci Velasquez, Bacilos, and Sofia Carson among others. In addition, she also has a 20-year history in the music industry having managed an impressive 12 albums, seven world tours and over 550 shows for top Latin artist Luis Miguel.
Fútbol De Primera Radio Network (FDP), the Hispanic sports radio network, announced that broadcast sales executive Robert Pantanini is returning to Fútbol De Primera Radio Network as Executive Vice President Network Sales, effective immediately. Pantanini will once again lead the radio network’s sales force, focusing on 2016 Copa America Centenario, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Mexican National Team matches, and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches leading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Pantanini served as FDP Radio’s EVP, Network Sales from 2007 to 2015. During Pantanini’s tenure, he oversaw day-to-day operations and was responsible for growing the network’s client base and ad revenue.
Former Tribune Publishing, Time Inc., Meredith, and Condé Nast executive Jack Griffin has been named Senior Advisor at media M&A advisory firm DeSilva + Phillips.Griffin will serve as senior advisor, effective immediately.
Dan Brown has been promoted to the newly created position of VP, director of digital experience at 22squared. He was elevated from VP, digital design director.
Young Living Essential Oils, LC, an essential oils company, has announced the expansion of its Global Sales leadership team. Seven global key sales managers were promoted to higher leadership roles, empowering them to expand Young Living’s presence and member support around the world. In addition, U.S.-based sales leaders were hired to provide market-specific sales leadership throughout North America.New U.S. Sales leaders include:
Mildred Muniz, Director, Latino Market
Piedad Montoya-Kuhl, Regional Sales Director, U.S. Central
Jeff Krommenhoek, Regional Sales Director, U.S. West
Jeff Pearson, Regional Sales Director, U.S. East
Viacom Media Networks head of sales and marketing Jeff Lucas is said to be moving to Snapchat in July 2016 to replace Snapchat’s chief operating officer, according to Mediapost. Although both companies have said reports are inaccurate, neither have gone as far as to issue a full denial.
InSkin Media has appointed Julia Burton Brown as international sales director. She will report to chief commercial officer Steve Doyle. Burton Brown comes from Axel Springer-owned publisher Aufeminin, where she was responsible for building the international sales offering. She has also held senior commercial roles at Swapit and Realbuzz.
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