After years of importing heaving bosoms and quivering pecs from Latin America, Spanish-language television giant Univision has found another source: Miami. The company is opening a studio in Miami to start producing its own telenovelas.
Univisión Studios will produce not only the soap operas that are the staple of Spanish-language TV, but reality shows, variety programs, American-style dramas and even short shows tailored for cellphones and the Internet, said network boss César Conde, who announced the move Monday.
``This is a big step forward, not just for Univisión but for the Spanish-language TV industry as a whole,'' Conde said. ``It's big for Spanish-language writers and producers and actors and actresses.''
Univisión's competitors, however, scoffed at the idea that the network is breaking new ground. ``They're acting like they just heard of original content,'' said Don Browne, president of Miami-based rival Telemundo, which has been producing novelas in Miami since 2003. ``They came to the party kind of late.'' Read my full story on Univision's new studio in Tuesday's Miami Herald.