With Day at the helm, Telemundo was among the first companies to resume production during the pandemic with the live and in-person 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards. It reached 3.5 million viewers and set a new record for the Telemundo App. It was the company’s most-viewed awards show with an 80% lift in linear simulcast views. Telemundo’s position as a leading Spanish-language network seems secure thanks to a new mix of original primetime shows and reality series—and the upcoming period drama “Malverde: El Santo Patrón.” Day, who mentors young professionals, has seen positive change in the industry when it comes to diversity and representation, but knows it’s not enough. “We need to continue to push forward not only in front of the camera but also behind it,” he says. “We have worked very hard to make sure we showcase diverse talent and diverse stories across our screens so that our audience sees themselves represented.”
Do you think there has been significant progress on DEI in the industry in the past year?
I think there has been great change for the industry, but we need to continue to push forward not only in front of the camera but also behind it. We have worked very hard to make sure we showcase diverse talent and diverse stories across our screens so that our audience see themselves represented.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs three years ago?
The industry recognizes that on-screen representation matters and by doing so we can work towards making significant and everlasting change.
My best advice for fostering open, honest communication…
Lead by example by mentoring others with transparency and incentivize teams to think outside the box to create and develop new ideas.