Univision to Begin Airing “Sesame Amigos” in Saturday Children’s Programming Block

There are some new Amigos heading to Univision

The Spanish-language network will begin airing Season 1 of Sesame Amigos, a new 30-minute Spanish-language program from Sesame Workshop, on August 1 at 8:30 am ET/PT as part of Univision’s Saturday children’s programming block “Planeta U.”

Sesame Amigos

The network has scheduled 26 episodes featuring Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie and other familiar denizens of Sesame Street.

Along with signature segments promoting learning, cooperation and being nice, each show will also feature the characters interacting with a Univision celebrity, among them Sal y Pimenta hosts Carlos Calderon and Lourdes StephenPrimer Impacto correspondents Tony Dandrades and Jackie GuerridoDespierta América’s Maity Interiano and William Valdez and Univision DeportesPablo “La Torre de Jalisco” Ramirez.

Non-Univision Hispanic celebrities will also appear, including Vahdir Derbez, Diego Luna and Leslie Grace.

Sesame Amigos is a new and innovative show designed specifically for Spanish-speaking families in the U.S.,” said Alberto Ciurana, president of Programming & Content, Univision Communications Inc. “While versions of Sesame Street air in more than 150 countries, Sesame Amigos will provide Spanish-speaking preschoolers the tools they need to succeed in the United States.”

Time Warner Cable to Feature Rodriguez’s El Rey Network

Time Warne Cable subscribers will have the chance to experience Robert Rodriguez’s latest venture…

The cable company has reached a distribution deal with Univision that includes El Rey Network and local news.

Robert Rodriguez

The agreement will make Time Warne Cable, the nation’s No. 2 cable operator, and Bright House Networks among the first distributors to feature the 45-year-old Mexican American filmmaker’s English-language entertainment channel when it launches this year.

“Time Warner Cable’s commitment to El Rey emboldens our ability to bring exciting, visceral and cinematic stories to young viewers across the U.S.” says Rodriguez.

The channel “will provide our customers with a unique experience,” says Time Warner Cable’s Melinda Witmer.

The pact for a broad suite of channels including Univision also includes what the companies call “a first-of-its-kind local news partnership to better serve Hispanic audiences in Los Angeles, New York and other shared markets.”

The deal comes well ahead of the expiration of the parties’ existing agreement.

Time Warner Cable will offer new networks including Univision Deportes, Univision tlNovelas and FOROtv along with UniMás, GalavisiónDe Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia.