Some of the best Spanish-language television dramas delve into the ambitions and rancorous relationships within powerful Latino families. Instead of playing each night on TV screens, though, this tale of a tumultuous 16-year marriage, fraught with allegations of treachery and bad faith, will begin to unfold this week in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles. Grupo Televisa -- the Mexico City-based entertainment conglomerate that is the world's preeminent producer of sensational Spanish-language soap operas, or telenovelas -- claims in a suit filed three years ago that it has been cheated out of more than $100 million in royalties by its partner, Univision Communications. The trial is set to begin Tuesday, pitting Televisa's 40-year-old media scion Emilio Azcarraga Jean against Univision's new owners, led by Los Angeles billionaire Haim Saban, the company's chairman. Televisa is demanding that it be allowed to sever all ties with Univision, which has become the dominant Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S. largely because it can run Televisa's popular programming.
- Televisa-Univision court clash could alter landscape of Spanish-language TV
- Grupo Televisa Sues Univision
- Univision wants Televisa to keep its telenovelas off the Web
- Univision, Televisa Settle Dispute
- Televisa wins ruling against Univision
- Televisa Refutes Reports That Univision Bid Is in Works
- Curtain rises on Televisa-Univision trial
- Televisa-Univision trial delayed
- Televisa Is Working on Bid for Univision
- Televisa to Take Stake in Univision
- Univision plans three new cable TV channels
- Televisa Closer to Univision Move?
- Televisa Won't Share Univision Shares
- Televisa Enlists Equity Funds For Univision Bid
- In Late Twist, Univision Accepts Bid