Young Latinos in Entertainment: On-Air Talent to Watch
The rising stars that make news and sports compelling.
This story first appeared in the Sept. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
News With the Views
Satcha Pretto, Enrique Acevedo and Pamela Silva Conde are the faces of Univision’s morning, afternoon and evening news programs. Pretto, 32, is an anchor on Despierta America, and Acevedo, 34, since April has been the face of Edicion Nocturna, which routinely beats time-slot rival Late Show With David Letterman. “Not long ago, it would’ve been hard to find more than a few examples of Mexican immigrants in positions like the one I’m privileged to be in,” he says. Silva Conde, 30, who co-anchors Primer Impacto, which draws more viewers in the 18-to-34 demo than Access Hollywood, says, “Latino is in, and everyone wants a piece of the pie.”
Host With the Most
Lourdes Stephen, 36, co-hosts Sal y Pimienta (Salt and Pepper), an entertainment show that drew 2.5 million viewers to its premiere, helping Univision take the No. 3 spot among adults 18-to-34, beating ABC in the time slot. “We have an economic power that can determine the next president -- that’s powerful,” says Stephen.
A big name in the Latino sports world is Francisco X. Rivera, 30, who grew up in Mexico City, graduated from Long Beach State and has been Fox Deportes’ Major League Baseball announcer since 2006.
Melissa “Crash” Barrera, Guad Venegas and Yarel Ramos are among the rising stars on Telemundo’s mun2 network. California native Venegas, 30, is co-host of 18 & Over, a music countdown show, along with Barrera, 27, who also hosts The mun2 Shift: Late Night. Ramos, 26, is the host of Reventon con Yarel and was a moderator at April’s New Generation Latino conference, sponsored by mun2.