The Deal Fin de Semana is a highly targeted weekly saturation publication delivered on the weekend primarily to homes in densely populated Hispanic areas of Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, the Inland Empire, and Orange County. The Spanish-language publication launched with a distribution of 200,000 homes and a plan to expand in 2006.
Fin de Semana is distributed by Hoy, a Spanish-language newspaper publishing a daily issue in the Los Angeles area and others in New York and Chicago. The weekly intends to provide entertaining and relevant content that Hispanics are looking for on the weekend. Launched in Chicago in 2003, this popular product will provide lifestyle and entertainment information attuned to the way Hispanics in the Los Angeles and Orange County area spend their weekends.
Fin de Semana will provide celebrity interviews, sports "best-bets," DVD and CD releases, telenovela columns, decorating ideas, shopping tips, information on new home products, and more.
Publication: Meximerica Media
Type: Rumbo newspapers in Texas
Date: Funding deal announced in June
Investor/Seller/Buyer: Pinto America Growth Fund LP of Houston and Rustic Canyon Partners of Los Angeles
Circulation: Estimated 260,000
The Deal Pinto America Growth Fund LP of Houston and Rustic Canyon Partners of Los Angeles announced in June an investment of $18 million in Meximerica Media to complete the building of its four daily Rumbo Spanish-language newspapers in Texas and continue rolling out elsewhere. The two private equity firms are co-leading a consortium of investors. The original investor, Spain's Grupo Recoletos, sold control of the company back to Meximerica's management in April 2005 as Recoletos was marshalling capital to undertake its own management buyout in Madrid.
Publication: La Voz de Houston
Type: Weekly Spanish-language newspaper in Houston
Date: Relaunched in August
Investor/Seller/Buyer: Publisher: The Houston Chronicle
The Deal A revamped La Voz launched again in August with
a new logo and header, much more color, more art, new fonts, and new editorial. The weekly, which comes out every Wednesday, also added a number of new sections and expanded existing categories. Circulation and distribution includes 60,000 inside the Houston Chronicle and 40,000 on racks.
Publication: Poder and Loft magazines
Type: National business and lifestyle magazines
Date: Closed in September; relaunched in November
Investor/Seller/Buyer: Publisher: Page One Media
Circulation: Combined circulation estimated near 200,000
The Deal Venezuela's Manduca Media, which bought approximately 60 percent of Zoom Media and assumed management control in 2003, decided to stop investing in the company. Manduca owns El Universal, one of Venezuela's largest daily newspapers. In November a group of former Zoom employees bought the Poder and Loft trademarks and relaunched Poder in the United States, with further expansion planned.
Publication: La Voz
Type: Weekly bilingual newspaper in Colorado
Date: Filed for bankruptcy in September
Investor/Seller/Buyer: Publisher: Wanda Padilla
The Deal Weekly newspaper La Voz filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, after 30 years in Denver. The newspaper continues to publish while operating under bankruptcy protection. La Voz is published every Wednesday for readers in the Denver area and northern Colorado.
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