Isaac Lee

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Isaac Lee Possin
Isaac Lee - World Economic Forum on Latin America 2010.jpg
Isaac Lee at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in 2010
Born (1971-01-05) January 5, 1971 (age 48)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationExecutive chairman and founder of EXILE Content
EmployerExile Content
Known forChief News, Entertainment & Digital Officer of Univision
Co-founder and former CEO of Fusion
President of News for Univision
Former Editor in Chief of Revista Semana

Isaac Lee Possin (born 1971) is a journalist, entrepreneur and film & television producer. He is the executive chairman and founder of EXILE Content[1], a media company acquiring and developing premium original content for audiences across the U.S. and Latin America. He previously served as Chief Content Officer for Univision Communications and Televisa,[2][3] and founder of StoryHouse Entertainment, the Los Angeles based scripted content development unit of Univision, producer of acclaimed scripted TV Series "El Chapo", as well as "Outpost" (HBO), "Residente" and "Hate Rising" docu-features.

Lee was born in Bogotá, Colombia to Jewish immigrants.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

When Lee was 23, he reported that Colombia's then president Ernesto Samper had received funding from the Cali Cartel. Lee was fired immediately afterward.[4]

At the age of 25, Lee was appointed editor of Cromos.[4] At 26, he was named editor-in-chief of the Colombian magazine Semana. During his tenure at Semana, the magazine published a cover story which forced two Colombian cabinet ministers to resign a couple of days later.[citation needed]

PODER Magazine[edit]

Lee served as founding partner and editor in chief of PODER Magazine, a pan-regional magazine for the business elite with special editions for the US Hispanic market, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Peru with a total circulation of over half a million copies. The magazine was later sold to Televisa and other investors.[4]

Univision[edit]

On December 9, 2010 Univision announced the appointment of Lee as President of News.[5]

Shortly after joining Univision, Lee announced he was working on the launch of a 24-hour cable news channel in English; the new channel was officially announced in May 2012 as a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and Univision.[6] In February 2013, both networks announced the new channel would be called Fusion[7].

Two new departments within news were created in 2011:[8] an Investigative Unit led by Gerardo Reyes[9] and a Documentary Unit led by Juan Rendon.[10] The Documentary Unit later became StoryHouse a content development and production venture producing original content for UCI's portfolio of owned networks as well as third party networks and platforms.[11]

Under Lee's tenure, Univision News has attained several recognitions for journalistic excellence such as the 2012 Peabody[12] and IRE Awards[13] for its "Fast and Furious" investigation, three Emmy's for outstanding investigative reporting, outstanding newsmagazine and outstanding breaking news coverage and two Gracie awards,[14] and the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism.[15]

In February 2015, as part of a reorganization of Univision's digital operation, Lee's role was expanded to lead Digital for all of Univision as President of Digital.[16] Shortly after, under Lee's leadership, Univision announced the acquisition of African-American news site The Root.[17]

In November 2015 Lee was named to the newly created position of chief news and digital officer, with additional responsibilities over multicultural and music and maintaining oversight of the news and digital divisions.[18]

Organizations[edit]

Lee is member of the Board of Directors of the Associated Press,[19] the board of advisors of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics,[20] and serves on the journalism advisory board of ProPublica.[21] and on the International Advisory Board of the Committee to protect journalists.

Lee is also a member of the IAPA, the NAHJ, the Foro Iberoamérica Presided by Ricardo Lagos and Carlos Fuentes and the Council on foreign Relations.

Other projects[edit]

In 2010 he co-produced[22] his first documentary "Colombia Hostage Rescue" for National Geographic TV which aired in 13 countries. He also co-produced with Televisión Española an International Emmy Award nominated TV mini-series about Operación Jaque.[23] He was a producer[22] of a featured film, "Paraiso Travel", an immigration story based on a novel of acclaimed writer Jorge Franco.

Personal life[edit]

Lee is openly gay.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ de la Fuente, Anna Marie (October 10, 2018). "Univision Alum Isaac Lee Acquires Mexico's Redrum, Launches Exile Content (EXCLUSIVE)". variety.
  2. ^ Univision Promotes Isaac Lee To Chief News, Entertainment & Digital Officer - Deadline.com
  3. ^ Fuente, Anna Marie de la (2018-07-17). "Isaac Lee Exits as Content Chief for Univision and Televisa, Sets Production Venture (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  4. ^ a b c Edgecliffe-Johnson, Andrew (April 12, 2013). "Univision of the Future". Financial Times.
  5. ^ Isaac Lee, President of News | Univision Executive Management
  6. ^ ABC News, Univision Announce Multiplatform Plan - ABC News
  7. ^ ABC and Univision Announce New Cable Network 'Fusion' Will Launch Later in 2013
  8. ^ Univision bets big on news - Entertainment News, Weekly, Media - Variety
  9. ^ Univision News Investigation Into Operation Fast and Furious; New Weapons Revealed - ABC News
  10. ^ Congress Notes Iranian Threat in Latin America
  11. ^ Univision Communications Inc. Launches New Los Angeles Based Development and Production Unit
  12. ^ 72nd Annual Peabody Awards: Complete List of Winners Archived 2013-05-18 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Investigative Reporters and Editors - 2012 IRE Award winners
  14. ^ 2013 Gracie Awards Winners Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Cronkite Award 2013 Winners Announced
  16. ^ Univision Promotes Digital Execs
  17. ^ Univision buys African-American news site The Root
  18. ^ Univision Promotes Isaac Lee to Chief News and Digital Officer in Multicultural Content Push
  19. ^ AP names three new directors, re-elects another at annual meeting - Associated Press
  20. ^ David Axelrod on His Move to the University of Chicago - Chicago magazine - February 2013
  21. ^ Board and Advisors - ProPublica
  22. ^ a b Isaac Lee on IMDB
  23. ^ "Operation Checkmate" (2010) - Full cast and crew
  24. ^ Morales, Ed. "The New Wave of Latin TV: Inside the Fusion Network". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 September 2016.

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