“La Banda” on Univision Opens Online Auditions for the Ultimate Latino Boyband Talent Search: LaBandaoficial.com

Open to boys over 14 residing in the United States and Puerto Rico

MIAMI--()--The search begins today for the ultimate Latino boyband as Univision’s highly anticipated music-based reality-competition show “La Banda” opens its online auditions on LaBandaoficial.com.

“La Banda”, developed by Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Saban Brands and co-produced with FremantleMedia Latin America, aims to create the world’s ultimate Latino boyband through the largest Latino talent search in U.S. TV history. Contestants will compete for a place in “La Banda” and for a coveted recording contract with Sony Music Latin, the label that is home to the most prolific Latin music artists, along with Syco Music, the recording label of the world’s biggest selling boyband – One Direction.

Simon Cowell said, “I’m very excited about this show. There is a huge amount of talent out there and ‘La Banda’ is going to give five guys the opportunity of a lifetime.”

“We are proud to start the search for the next great Latino boyband,” said Alberto Ciurana, president, Programming and Content, Univision Communications, Inc. “There is vast talent in our community and with ‘La Banda,’ we will find and launch the next generation of musical superstars.”

To submit information, interested participants can enter www.LaBandaoficial.com and upload pictures, videos or music files. By registering online, selected contestants will receive a “golden ticket” which will allow them to participate in a private audition with the production team. The online casting will be followed by casting events across the United States and Puerto Rico in the spring of 2015. The talent search is open to boys over 14 residing in the United States and Puerto Rico.

“La Banda”, hosted by popular Univision Network personality Alejandra Espinoza, will premiere in the fall season of 2015. “The launch of Labandaoficial.com is the first step in what I know will be more than a television show but a life-changing experience for many young talents, and one that will change the Latin music industry,” said Espinoza.

About Univision Communications Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes 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 94% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 88% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, 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 cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 61 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 67 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; an Interactive network of online and mobile apps and products including UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America, Uforia, the leading Hispanic digital music service, Univision.com, the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital 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 www.Univision.net.

Contacts

Univision Communications Inc.
Iveliesse Malavé, 305-471-1634
imalave@univision.net
or
Syco Entertainment
AnnMarie Thomson, 310-435-1034
annmarie@sycoentertainment.com
or
FremantleMedia Ltd
Jumana Rizwan, +44 (0) 20 7691 6114
Jumana.Rizwan@fremantlemedia.com

Contacts

Univision Communications Inc.
Iveliesse Malavé, 305-471-1634
imalave@univision.net
or
Syco Entertainment
AnnMarie Thomson, 310-435-1034
annmarie@sycoentertainment.com
or
FremantleMedia Ltd
Jumana Rizwan, +44 (0) 20 7691 6114
Jumana.Rizwan@fremantlemedia.com