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Rick Sanchez, Agua Media to Deliver Content From Latino Perspective

Rick Sanchez has plenty of experience working for mainstream news outlets like CNN, Fox News, and Univision, but now he’s ready to deliver his own content.

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In Sports Media, several recognizable figures use the name they’ve created for themselves at mainstream outlets to launch their podcast network or media company. People like Colin Cowherd, who has The Volume, and Dan LeBatard with Meadowlark Media.

On the news media side, there’s Dan Abrams, who has Mediaite and Law&Order; however, his ventures don’t steer off the path of news, which is why Rick Sanchez could be considered something different. 

Sanchez brings plenty of experience working at news media giants like CNN, Fox News, and Univision. Nonetheless, now he’s out on his own as the CEO of Agua Media, beginning his lifelong dream of creating his content. 

The former host spoke with Barrett News Media discussing how the underrepresentation of the Latino population in media played a role in this new venture with his business partner Solomon D. Trujillo.

“Why is it that we are 20-percent of the population, but only two percent of the guests on television,” Sanchez said. “And this is what I want to change. I know the reality of America. Latinos are the bridge to the new American mainstream.”

Despite Sanchez being all in on this venture, it was Trujillo that talked him into the idea of taking this leap into having their network. The now-chairman of Agua Media showed Sanchez that they needed to fill a void when it comes to the content they can produce. 

Furthermore, Trujillo didn’t want to jump into this project with anyone else, citing Sanchez’s background, whether it’s being a refugee or his ability to share and create ideas that no one else can. 

“For the past ten years, Sol has been talking about how important it would be for us to do this,” Sanchez said. “Sol kind of talked me into the idea that we could succeed. I talked myself into the idea of how necessary what we are going to do is.”

After many years working at news media giants, Sanchez added that he would be “crazy not to” take this venture, considering he knows the market. However, despite having a background working in the news, Sanchez wants to clarify that it won’t be a news-centric network.

“Investing in news would be like investing in a typewriter company,” Sanchez said. “There’s too much of it, nobody believes in it … and whatever audience you get will be restrictive.”

The former host added that by being a network that focuses on news, they would be “separating yourself to a small audience.” He went on to say that diving into news wouldn’t be something that would do well, in his opinion. 

Although Agua Media will be creating content from a Latino perspective, the network plans to target people from all walks of life regardless of their background. In addition, they plan to have podcasts that cover everything so a listener can have a buffet of what they might like.

Agua Media will have podcasts covering current events, true crime, horror, lifestyle, and humor; they plan to be the platform for podcast listeners and podcast creators who make up the new American mainstream.

In the background, Sanchez is bringing in Workhouse Media, who are working with the likes of Dan Patrick. He’s also collaborating with someone who has worked alongside Oprah Winfrey. Agua Media plans to work with people who know the podcasting business inside and out.

When it comes to putting together a content creation company, Sanchez is looking in his backyard of Miami, bringing in people who have worked at Univision and Telemundo. 

“These are brilliant writers, who have been writing Latino-based stories all of their lives, and we are bringing much of them in to do much of our narrative pieces,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez doesn’t want to stop there, as he wants his network to be a home where Latino influencers can have a home to create content and famous Latino athletes to tell their stories. 

Although Agua Media is starting to get off the ground, the podcast network already has content ready to be created. Here’s the list of what’s to come from the company:

  • “Underrated” – A five-part fictional series on gamer Melinda Gutierrez, who beat the odds to make it to the top of the gaming world.
  • “Los Heebie Jeebees” – A supernatural phenomenon narrative where true crime and horror come to life from the dark corners of Mexico.
  • Best-selling author and activist Julissa Arce produces a podcast on the untold history of U.S. Latinos and the impact that history still has on those communities today.
  • “You Are Amazing!” – A podcast that quenches the need to be uplifted through aspirational stories of success, coproduced by Agua CCO and former Oprah Winfrey Executive Producer Corny Koehl.
  • “Campeones” – The real-life stories of Latino sports legends—from Valenzuela to Canelo to Ronaldo
  • “The Rick Sanchez L’Attitude!” – A rarity in American media, Sanchez shares a wider lens perspective on trends and events the Latino+™ community has been waiting to hear

As Agua Media finds its place in the podcasting network world, it will be interesting to see who else might jump onboard and what type of content will be produced heading forward with what they already have planned. 

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CNN Media Editor An Phung Latest to Depart From Network

The changes at CNN continue as the network’s Senior Editor of Media, An Phung, announced on Wednesday via Twitter that she would leave her position.

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The changes at CNN continue as the network’s Senior Editor of Media, An Phung, announced on Wednesday via Twitter that she would leave her position. 

Phung has spent the last five and a half years on the media desk, working closely with reporter Oliver Darcy, managing editor Alex Koppelman, and former “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter. 

“I am sad to announce that I will be leaving CNN,” Phung tweeted. There isn’t enough room here to praise all the people who made it a great place to work. 

“And there are so many people to thank for helping me tell good and important stories about the threats against journalism and democracy.”

She didn’t reveal when her last day at CNN will be; however, Phung is “spending my remaining time at CNN expressing my gratitude to them.” During her time at the media desk, Phung has credited Darcy, Koppelman, and Stelter for making her a stronger editor. 

Phung didn’t disclose what’s next for her career and, for now, is reflecting on her time at CNN, considering having a background as a refugee. 

“For a kid born on a refugee boat, a prestigious job at CNN was never a given,” Phung tweeted. “Then to be able to work with some of the most brilliant journalists in the industry—this job has just exceeded my biggest and boldest childhood dreams. I am living proof of what is possible.”

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Fox Nation Announces Debut Date for ‘Cops’

FOX Nation announced that it is expanding its library of “COPS” shows with new episodes starting next week after it was initially canceled by Paramount Network.

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FOX Nation announced that it is expanding its library of “COPS” shows with new episodes starting next week.

In a release, the network said the new season will premiere with the first three 20-minute episodes dropping on September 30th, followed by a new offering debuting every Friday at 6 PM/ET throughout the fall.

“It has been nearly one year since we greenlit COPS and the reaction has been positively overwhelming,” said Jason Klarman, president of the streaming service.

FOX Nation will continue to offer a free, one-year subscription to all first responders, including police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics (EMS personnel).
 
“Our subscribers continue to flock to the series, and we’re excited to provide our engaged audience with more of the exclusive content they have come to rely on from FOX Nation,” added Klarman.

Last year, the Paramount Network canceled “COPS” following the murder of George Floyd. In reviving the series, Fox Nation has also picked up an additional 15 episodes from the 32nd season.

FOX Nation is available at foxnation.com

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Cenk Uygur Defends Having Dennis Prager on ‘The Young Turks’

“Because we’re not afraid of right-wingers and we don’t view media as an a**-kissing exercise, like traditional media does,” Uygur tweeted.

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Cenk Uygur, the host of “The Young Turks,” is defending his decision to have radio host Dennis Prager on his Thursday show. 

When pressed about having Prager, Uygur stated that their program isn’t afraid to have an alternative view which is what the traditional media does in his eyes. 

“Because we’re not afraid of right-wingers and we don’t view media as an a**-kissing exercise, like traditional media does,” Uygur tweeted.

“If you think afterward we didn’t sufficiently challenge him, then rip us. But you assume we’re not going to challenge him because you’re used to soft media.”

The episode with Prager goes live at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday and Uygur didn’t reveal what they’ll discuss with the radio host, but he did state that the show “should be a dynamic conversation, to say the least!”

Whatever they discuss, there are plenty of ongoing situations in the country to debate, whether it’s the immigration issue with governors facing backlash for political stunts to the upcoming midterm elections that are right around the corner.

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