Estrella TV is an American Spanish-language broadcast television network, owned by the Estrella Media subsidiary of HPS Investment Partners, LLC. The network features programs, the vast majority of which are produced by the network itself, aimed at Hispanic and Latino American audiences – featuring a mix of variety and sketch comedy series, music programming, reality television series, scripted anthology drama series, news programming and imported Mexican-produced feature films. Estrella TV's programming and advertising operations are headquartered in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank, California; the network's operations are overseen by Estrella Media CEO Peter Markham, in the post since the departure of co-founder Lenard Liberman amid a corporate reorganization in October 2019. The network is available in many media markets via low-power and some full-power over-the-air broadcast television stations, on select cable television providers through either a local broadcast affiliate or the network's default national feed.
Estrella TV's beginnings trace back to 1998, when Liberman Broadcasting – owner of Spanish language radio stations in several media markets with large Spanish language populations, including four radio stations in the third largest U. S. market – made its entry into television broadcasting when its founders, Mexican-born media executive Jose Liberman and his son Lenard, purchased KRCA in Los Angeles, California, a television station affiliated with the Shop at Home Network at the time. On August 31, 1998, Liberman converted KRCA into an independent station with a dual-ethnic programming format; the station ran a block of Spanish language programs during its daytime schedule – running from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays – consisting of dubbed versions of drama series from the Universal Television library and Mexican-produced feature films. By 2002, KRCA became a Spanish language outlet full-time. Liberman acquired two additional stations over the next six years. In 2004, it purchased KMPX in Dallas–Fort Worth, which served as the original flagship owned-and-operated station of religious broadcaster Daystar.
In 1999, Liberman formed a production division within its LBI Media unit to produce original programming content that would be distributed to the stations, focusing on a mix of variety series, sketch comedy, scripted drama and music programs, talk shows and game shows. One of its earliest programs, the reality game show Gana la Verde, caused controversy after several immigrant advocacy groups and California U. S. House Reps. Xavier Becerra, Hilda Solis and Linda Sánchez complained that the format – which debuted in July 2004, featured illegal immigrants competing in extreme Fear Factor-style competitions for the opportunity to win one year of legal assistance from an immigration attorney to help them obtain a green card – put its participants in danger of deportation by immigration authorities aware of the show. Programming production ramped up in 2004 with series that included: Estudio 2, a variety series conducted from a multi-stage studio that featured performances from Mexican Regional and some contemporary Latin music artists, recurring comedic sketches and the karaoke-style elimination game "Aficiandos".
Recognizing that the independents could not compete in that arena with the two dominant national Spanish language networks and Telemundo, Liberman opted not to produce or acquire telenovelas for the stations, opting instead to produce lower-cost programming to counterprogram the longer-established networks. Although much smaller in size than the parents of Univision and Telemundo, Liberman was more than willing to open its wallets to sign talent from popular Latin American countries to star in its programs, in addition to using performers from the U. S. By 2006, the company had adopted a consistent branding for its three television stations under the brand "Estrella TV". Liberman expanded the Estrella TV format to other markets where it acquired television stations, featuring much of the s
Dennis Rofe is a former professional football player, who spent most of his playing career with Leicester City before spending many years in various coaching capacities at Southampton. Rofe attended Whitechapel Secondary School, together with Terry Brisley, who played alongside him at Leyton Orient, he represented East London Schools. He started his career at Leyton Orient as an associate schoolboy in March 1964, turning professional in February 1968, he was a fast, tough-tackling left-back who starred in Orient's 1969–70 Third Division title triumph. He was ever-present in a key figure in Orient's 1971 -- 72 FA Cup run, he netted six goals in 172 League appearances for Orient before following Jimmy Bloomfield to Leicester City for £112,000 in August 1972, which made him the most expensive full-back in British football at that time. Rofe was signed by Bloomfield to fill the left back position after David Nish had been sold to Derby County for a record fee of £250,000. Rofe was an attacking full back with great pace and he made an instant impact in the Leicester City team.
He remained faithful to Leicester after Bloomfield left the club in 1977, but was sold to Second Division Chelsea, in February 1980, shortly before Leicester won promotion back to the First Division. Rofe made his England U.23 debut as a City player in 1973. In his eight seasons at Leicester he scored six goals. Rofe spent three seasons at Chelsea as they drifted in Division 2, including a period as team captain. In July 1982, Lawrie McMenemy signed him on a free transfer for First Division Southampton, where he played out the last two years of his playing career. In 1984, he joined Southampton's coaching staff under the manager Chris Nicholl as the reserve team coach, moving up to first team coach in 1987, he joined Bristol Rovers as a coach in July 1991. Shortly after joining Rovers, he replaced Martin Dobson, firstly as caretaker manager, taking the position permanently in October 1991. Rovers finished the 1991–92 season in 13th position in Division 2. In November 1992, Rofe resigned, he moved to Stoke City as the reserve team manager before returning to Southampton as the youth team coach.
This position lasted until July 1997 when he moved on to Fulham as a coach, before a brief spell coaching for Kingstonian. In April 1998, he returned to Southampton as coach of their Academy, but soon moved up to reserve team coach and, in March 2001, to first team coach, under Stuart Gray, he served as assistant manager as Southampton had a rapid turnover of managers. His greatest moment as a Southampton coach was when Southampton reached the 2003 F. A. Cup final under Gordon Strachan; as assistant manager at Southampton, he had a fiery reputation. On 10 January 2002, he had to be separated from the acting Liverpool manager Phil Thompson by the fourth official in a touchline argument over a bad tackle on Brett Ormerod. On 8 May 2004, Rofe was ordered from the technical area after protesting about the award of a penalty to Aston Villa. Most infamous was the row with the Blackburn Rovers boss, Graeme Souness, on 25 October 2003, following an unseemly brawl in which Andy Cole was sent off. Souness accused Rofe of trying to influence the officials, although he had to accept that the sending off was justified.
In December 2005, following the appointment of George Burley as manager, Rofe was dismissed along with most of the coaching staff at St. Mary's. Since leaving Southampton, Rofe has been engaged as a match summariser on BBC Radio 5, spent the summer of 2006 working in the Bahamas with Luther Blissett at the annual Premier League Soccer Camp, he was working as the Football League's regional youth development officer until June 2012 before joining League One side AFC Bournemouth in 2012 as first-team coach working under management team Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks. On 3 October 2012, Groves was sacked as manager of the club, Rofe took over as caretaker, he was unceremoniously sacked on 15 October, whilst Groves and Brooks were allowed to return to their former jobs with the youth team at Bournemouth. Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk; the Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk. In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing.
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Talkback was the third album by the Burlington, Ontario-based band Spoons. The tracks that received airplay in Canada were "Old Emotions", "The Rhythm" and "Talk Back". A video was produced for "Old Emotions", directed by Rob Quartly; this is the first Spoons album produced by Nile Rodgers. The album was released only on vinyl and cassette, but this album was newly released on CD in Canada by Ready Records on 22 January 2010; the CD includes the Nile Rodgers produced singles "Tell No Lies" and "Romantic Traffic", which were recorded after the initial release of the Talkback album. "Old Emotions" "The Rhythm" "Talk Back" Gordon Deppe - vocals, guitar Sandy Horne - bass, vocals Rob Preuss - electronic keyboards and piano Derrick Ross - drums Nile Rodgers - producer Jason Corsaro - engineer Bob Ludwig - Mastering at Masterdisk, New York City Recorded at Sounds Interchange, Toronto Mixed at The Power Station, New York