Globo Jounalist Pedro Andrade, Univision Reporter Mariana Atencio and Comedian Yannis Pappas to Host Morning Program Weekdays 7:00-9:00 a.m. ET
Fusion – the news, pop-culture and satire TV and digital network from ABC and Univision launching October 28 – today announced its daily morning program "The Morning Show" hosted by Globo journalist Pedro Andrade, Univision reporter Mariana Atencio and comedian Yannis Pappas.
Starting Tuesday, October 29, the weekday two-hour broadcast (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET) will join Fusion's programming lineup that will engage and champion a young and diverse America with a unique mix of original reporting, lifestyle content and comedy programming.
"The Morning Show" on Fusion will be filled with smart, edgy, funny and compelling stories. The audience will become a part of a free-flowing conversation that is high-energy and informative. The program will be a venue for newsmakers – from politicians and entrepreneurs to celebrities and entertainers – to reach the youngest, most diverse, and fastest growing audience in America. Pedro, Mariana and Yannis will also blend humor and analysis to tackle topics ranging from how the definition of the American Dream is changing for young Americans to asking questions like "is it possible to copyright a tattoo?'" or "what is the best year in music history?"
"With a diverse set of hosts and a bold, irreverent voice unique to Fusion, we'll create a new, entertaining and engaging morning routine for our audience," said Isaac Lee, CEO of Fusion. "Our viewers sleep with their smart phones by their side because they never want to miss a beat. 'The Morning Show' will feed that appetite on-air and online by sparking lively conversations around the latest trending topics and delivering compelling stories infused with humor."
Pedro Andrade (@pedroandradetv) is a Brazilian journalist originally from Rio de Janeiro. He currently anchors one of the most popular shows in Brazil, "Manhattan Connection," which reaches nearly 8.5 million viewers weekly. He will continue to contribute to that program from Miami. Prior to that he spent five years guiding viewers through the newest and most exclusive destinations in food, nightlife, art, shopping, fashion, and wellness as anchor of Brazil's Emmy-award winning lifestyle program "LX.TV 1st Look." Pedro was chosen by NY Press as the "Best Up and Coming TV Host" in 2010, and he is listed on VH1's "Guide to the Hottest Men in Manhattan." Later this year, Pedro will be publishing a guide to New York through ROCCO, one of the biggest publishing companies in Latin America.
Mariana Atencio (@marianaatencio) joins Fusion from Univision News, where she was the youngest correspondent for "Noticiero Univision." As a reporter for Univision's Investigative and Documentary Units, Mariana received both a Peabody Award and an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award for her work on the one-hour documentary "Fast and Furious: Arming the Enemy." She has covered major domestic and international stories including the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in 2013 and the 2012 U.S. presidential election — where she reported from both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. She also co-anchored election analysis for "Despierta América," Univision's highly rated morning show. Prior to joining Univision, Mariana worked as a news anchor for Vme-TV, a Spanish broadcast public television station for the U.S. Hispanic market. She has a Master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism where she received a full-merit scholarship.
Yannis Pappas (@yannispappas), a Greek-American born and raised in Brooklyn, is one of the most exciting comedians working today. In 2010, Yannis was selected as a "New Face" for the prestigious stand-up showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and appeared in two Just For Laughs TV specials. He has performed one man shows at the New York Comedy Festival and The Fringe in Scotland. He has taken his standup act across the globe from New York and Sweden to Scotland, South Africa and Montreal. He has served as a panelist on VH1's "Best Week Ever," was the host of "The Bracket" on MSG and his writing has been featured on Comedy Central, MTV and BET. His recent one-man show at the Zulu Comedy Festival in Denmark received a 5-star review from the national paper there and he was featured on the Danish Television show "Casper & Lars Presents." He is best known for his popular viral internet characters Maurica and Mr. Panos. He constantly tours the US to sold-out crowds who come to see his stand up and characters.
Javier Guzman will be producing "The Morning Show." He joins Fusion from WNYC where he was a producer on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" – two of the most listened-to news radio programs in the country. Prior to that Javier worked for the daily, national morning show "The Takeaway." In addition, while working at CBS News Radio he produced coverage of events ranging from presidential elections and the war in Iraq to continuing coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Fusion will kick off its on-air programming on Monday, October 28. Its digital property – www.fusion.net – will launch Oct. 21. Fusion will announce additional programming and talent deals leading up to launch.
Fusion is a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. It will engage and champion a young, diverse, and inclusive America with a unique mix of smart and irreverent original reporting, lifestyle content and comedy programming. Fusion will launch in millions of households nationwide on October 28 as six major distributors have already agreed to carry the cable network including Cablevision, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS and Google Fiber. You can follow the team online at @ThisIsFusion. Fusion is a joint venture between Univision Communications Inc. and the Disney/ABC Television Network that was announced on May 7, 2012.
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