Eleanor Goldstein has been named CEO of Tropic Moon Media, a travel- and education-focused video-production and book-publishing company. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Goldstein taught for 10 yearsw in the Boulder school system. She later founded Social Issues Resources Series (SIRS), a publishing company. She is also the author of SIRS Interactive Citizenship Education Program.
Jonathan Blum has been appointed president of Cisneros Media, a newly formed corporate division encompassing all the organization’s affiliated media and entertainment companies. He will report to Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros, and be based in Miami. Blum will head a division that includes broadcast television, Pay-TV, production, content distribution, music, and beauty pageant companies. This is his second tenure at Cisneros; the first was in 2001 through 2007, when he served as enevision’s planning director. Before his return, he had a successful run at E! Networks Latin America, initially hired as executive director before being promoted to Vice President of Business Operations in 2009. Blum holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Caracas.
Mario Ruiz has been named senior vice president of talent development and strategy for Telemundo Media. Before joining the company, he was a consultant and executive producer at the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. He also worked at Univision Networks as vice president of talent from 2004 to 2011.
Name: Gustavo Ordóñez
Company: Univision Communications, Inc.
New position: Senior vice president of programming research.
Past experience: Twenty years of experience as a research executive and strategist. Served as senior vice president of corporate strategy and research for A&E Ole Networks Latin America. Worked as marketing manager of new media and research for Disney Latin America.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “Be humble, work hard, have a bigger purpose and enjoy life. Let your attitude determine your altitude.”
Name: Maria Badillo
Company: Viacom International Media Networks – the Americas
New position: Vice president of programming and production for the U.S. Hispanic network.
Past experience: Nearly 20 years of experience in programming, production, marketing and new media. Served as director of programming and acquisitions for Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic. Worked at ¡Sorpresa! Network as senior ice president of programming and production.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “Never forget who you are and where you are coming from, always believe in yourself and your dreams and wherever you go look for your happiness and the ones around you.”
Viacom International Media Networks The Americas has named Fernando Gaston as brand manager of the U.S. Hispanic network Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas. He has also worked with the company as senior vice president of content and creative for MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central Latin America.
Also at VIMN, Federico Cuervo has been named brand manager of Comedy Central Latin America. He has 20 years of experience in programming and production. Prior to this role, he served as vice president of programming and production for MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central Latin America.