Fox International Channels (FIC) and the RCN Television Group (RCN) have
appointed Emiliano Saccone as President of MundoFox.
Mr. Saccone joins MundoFox after serving as President of Entertainment and Executive Vice President of Content for Fox International Channels. During his 13-year career at FIC, he is widely credited with bringing the division’s channels in Latin America, including FOX, National Geographic and FX to record ratings. Additionally, in his former role, Mr. Saccone oversaw the production houses Fox Toma 1 and Fox Telecolombia, which produced multiple hit series such as KDabra (Fox Latin America), El Capo (RCN), Tabu (NatGeo), La Mariposa (Univision) and Mental (FOX), the only U.S. broadcast network series ever produced entirely in Latin America. Mr. Saccone started his career at U.S. Hispanic agency Casanova Pendrill in Los Angeles after earning a bachelors degree in Film and Television from UCLA in 1993. He also holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business.
“We are delighted to have Emiliano on board as the President of MundoFox,” said Hernan Lopez, President and CEO of FIC. “His excellent track record of innovation in production, marketing and programming, as well as his solid commercial instincts, will prove invaluable to the success of our new network. Interest in MundoFox has been very high thus far and Emiliano, who has been involved in MundoFox since its conception, is already working full speed towards the launch.”
In his new post, Mr. Saccone will oversee the broadcast network and its programming, acquisitions, affiliate relations and production; in addition to being be tasked with growing MundoFox’s ratings and reach. Earlier this month, FIC announced that it had secured affiliates in 20 DMAs for its new Hispanic broadcast network, representing over 40% of U.S. Hispanic households, and expected to exceed its original goal of securing distribution in 75% of U.S. Hispanic households by launch.
“I am thrilled to be spearheading this exciting new venture. It’s a wonderful opportunity to continue to work with this dynamic international company and provide one-of-a-kind entertainment for the growing U.S. Hispanic viewer. I am looking forward to building a network that delivers quality content to an underserved audience,” said Mr. Saccone.
Under the leadership of Mr. Saccone, MundoFox is set to launch in time for this 2012 fall season.
About Fox International Channels
Fox International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation’s international multi-media business. FIC develops, produces and distributes over 350 wholly-and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and lifestyle channels across Latin America, U.S. Hispanic, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Africa, in 35 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.1 billion cumulative households worldwide. We also operate a global online advertising unit, .FOX (pronounced “dot-fox”) which specializes in online video and display, and four TV production houses. [In operation since: August 14, 1993.]
RCN is a leading television network and production company with a long track record of highly acclaimed series and telenovelas. The company belongs to the Organización Ardila Lülle (OAL), one of the most prominent industrial conglomerates in Latin America. RCN currently licenses its content in over 120 countries worldwide, including some of the biggest Spanish-language hits of recent years in the U.S., such as productions of “El Capo”, “Café Con Aroma de Mujer”, “Yo soy Betty la Fea” and “Pura Sangre”, and format rights for “Destilando Amor”, “Mañana Es Para Siempre”, “Hasta Que El Dinero Nos Separe” and “La Fea Mas Bella”. RCN also operates and programs three cable networks: TVColombia, RCN’s international signal; NTN 24, a twenty-four-hour global news channel; and RCN Telenovelas, a channel programming the best of RCN’s novelas. [In operation: since July 10, 1998.]