Spanish-language TV network Univision Communications got its upfront presentation to promote the network to advertisers off to a commendable start, gaining an unlikely backing from Sofia Vergara, one of the stars of the hit comedy Modern Family to support the network's programming. The soiree got underway in New York on Tuesday (May 15th) afternoon with an out-of-the-blue endorsement from one of ABC's biggest stars.
The Colombian actress, best known for her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the aforementioned sitcom, told the crowd that Univision kick started her career in front of the camera, with her serving as co-host to the show, "Fuera de Serie" (Over the Top), in the late 1990s along with Fernando Fiore. She explained at the event that the show gave her exposure in the U.S. media market on a much grander scale than she could have hoped to achieve from her career as a model. She gave her former co-host a shout out during her speech, keen to show that she is not one to forget where she started out.
A further ex-Univision star, William Levy, was also present at the event, having since left the network to also work for the Walt Disney Co. owned network. Levy appeared at the presentation via satellite, unable to make it to the New York event as he was at the company's flagship station in Los Angeles, Kmex (Channel 34). Levy has most recently become a contestant on the Abc series "Dancing With the Stars," sparing with professional dancer CHERYL BURKE.