MIAMI, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Santillana USA, the largest educational publisher in the Spanish-speaking world, Televisa, the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world, and Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, have published a book about the life of Roberto Gomez Bolanos titled "Chespirito. Vida y magia del comediante mas popular de America" (Chespirito. Life and Magic of the Americas' Most Popular Comedian). The book is already available online at Amazon.com and also at Walmart, Barnes and Noble and other leading retail stores and independent bookstores.
"The Hispanic market has never had such a beloved celebrity like Roberto Gomez Bolanos and perhaps there will never be one like him," said Maca Rotter, executive director of Televisa Consumer Products. "He has been a Mexican icon for past and future generations, considering that his heritage is more alive than ever."
"It is an honor for Univision to publish the book of renown Latin-American comedian Chespirito, giving our audience access to unpublished material that will remain in the hearts of the Hispanic community," said Rick Alessandri, executive vice president, Univision Enterprises.
Gomez Bolanos, also known as Chespirito, is adored and imitated by many Hispanics. The book contains photos, anecdotes and interesting facts, in addition to offering details about Gomez Bolanos' life. This tribute to the author's great career will evoke happy and funny moments in readers.
Gomez Bolanos is the creator of fond characters such as "Doctor Chapatin," "El Chapulin Colorado" and "El Chavo del Ocho," among others, and in addition to being the most popular comedian in America, he's an actor, poet, composer, playwright, scriptwriter, as well as a Mexican film and TV director and producer. Chespirito is an inspiring figure who is present in the daily life of the Hispanic public through phrases such as "sin querer queriendo" or "se me chispoteo," which keep his characters alive and make them immortal even though it's been more than two decades since his shows were taped.
Translated into more than 50 languages, "El Chavo del Ocho" still airs on UniMas and Galavision.
Acerca de Santillana USA y Puerto Rico
Santillana USA and Puerto Rico is the U.S. affiliate of the renowned Grupo Santillana (Prisa Ediciones), one of the largest Spanish-language publishing groups. Our prominent imprint portfolio includes Alfaguara, Aguilar, Punto de Lectura, Taurus, Santillana and Alamah, among others.
Acerca de Grupo Televisa
Televisa is the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world based on its market capitalization and a major participant in the international entertainment business. It operates four broadcast channels in Mexico and produces and distributes many pay-TV brands for distribution in Mexico and the rest of the world. It exports its programs and formats to the U.S. through Univision and to other television networks in over 50 countries. Televisa is also a major participant in Mexico´s telecommunications industry. It has a controlling interest in Sky, Mexico's leading direct-to-home satellite television system, and in several cable and telecommunications companies: Cablevision, Cablemas, TVI, and Bestel.
Through its cable investments, Televisa offers video, voice, and broadband services. In addition, Televisa has a 50 percent equity stake in Grupo Iusacell S.A. de C.V., Mexico's third largest mobile telecom provider. Televisa also has interests in magazine publishing and distribution, radio production and broadcasting, professional sports and live entertainment, feature-film production and distribution, the operation of a horizontal internet portal, and gaming. In the United States, Televisa has equity and debentures that, upon conversion and subject to any necessary approvals of the FCC, would represent 38% on a fully diluted basis of the equity capital in Univision Communications Inc. ("Univision").
Univision is the leading media company serving the Hispanic market.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 96% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMas, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 89% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavision, the country's leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of six cable offerings - De Pelicula, De Pelicula Clasico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company's platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America offering popular Univision and new original and third-party programming, to be an on-demand service on whatever device audiences choose; and Interactive, a network of digital products and offerings including Univision.com, which continues to be, the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Movil, a longstanding industry-leader with unique, relevant mobile products and services; and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit Univision.net.
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