SVP & GM, CNN en espanol
SVP & GM, CNN en espanol
Cynthia Hudson is senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S. Hudson oversees all aspects of CNN’s Spanish-language media businesses, including newsgathering, editorial content, programming, production, operations and personnel, of the CNN en Español 24/7 television news network, CNN en Español RADIO and CnnEspañol.com
Since 2010, Hudson re-launched CNN en Español’s multi-platform business with expanded feeds for Latin America, Mexico and the US Hispanic as well as revamping the logo, branding and programming. She changed the channel from a news wheel to a program-based information network and added a studio in Miami as well as expanding production in Mexico, Argentina, Washington DC and Los Angeles. Hudson launched CNNEspañol.com and expanded the radio business to include over 50 affiliates in the US Hispanic Market and another 100 in Latin America and Europe. Hudson added new talent and hit shows such as Cala, Café CNN, Conclusiones and CNN Dinero, and launched originally produced documentaries, investigative series and live programming.
In addition to an extensive bilingual staff at CNN headquarters in Atlanta, CNN en Español’ s operations include newsgathering Spanish-speaking personnel based at the CNN bureaus in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Buenos Aires and Jerusalem, and a worldwide network of nearly 50 Spanish-speaking contributing journalists. Under Hudson, CNN en Español has won three National Emmys, three Glaad Awards, two Promax-BDA awards, as well as an honorable mention at the Shortly Awards for Best Multi-Platform Campaign for Social Coverage of 2014 Venezuelan Crisis.
In 2016, The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) recognized Cynthia Hudson with a Presidential Award for her unwavering commitment to journalism, the pursuit of the truth and her leadership in journalism.
Before joining CNN en Español, Hudson served as chief creative officer and executive vice president for SBS and managing director of Mega TV. There she was responsible for SBS’ expansion, directly overseeing flagship TV network Mega TV, as well as the company’s internet site lamusica.com and other new media development. In addition, Hudson supervised the strategic expansion of SBS content across multiple media platforms and development of branded entertainment synergies among all SBS properties. Mega TV saw tremendous growth under her watch and garnered the network 27 EMMY awards in just four years since its launch.
From 1997 to 2005, Hudson served as senior vice president and editorial director of Cosmopolitan Television (a Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group division), heading up the creation and development of the Cosmopolitan TV Networks, including Canal Cosmopolitan Iberia and Canal Cosmopolitan Latin America as well as the foundation for Cosmo TV Canada. There she led the research, development and creation of Cosmo TV, overseeing design of original programs, on-air packaging, promotions and program acquisitions, as well as the creation and production of original formats and the overall business strategy for the networks.
Hudson also wrote and created the original drama, Miami Sands, Promark’s internationally successful English-language American telenovela.
Prior to Cosmopolitan TV, Hudson was senior vice president of programming and creative services for United International Holding’s joint venture channel service, United Family Communications (UFC), now MGM Networks Latin America. While at UFC she created Casa Club TV, the first pan-regional Home channel for Latin America (today MGM).
Hudson was the vice president of programming and production for the Telemundo Network from 1992-94. During her tenure, the network’s programming line-up was redesigned, achieving its highest ratings to date and developing its first in-house telenovela production unit with successes such as “Tres Destinos,” a prime-time scripted drama series that debuted in 1994.
From 1984 to 1992, Hudson held various production and executive positions with the Univision Network, including Executive Producer of the first daytime U.S. Hispanic magazine show, “TV Mujer” (“TV Woman”), which garnered Univision its first Emmy Award for ongoing series production. Hudson started her professional career as a news producer and reporter at Univision affiliate WLTV 23, where she held various positions from reporting to production and management.
Hudson has won 8 regional Emmy Awards, been named as one of People en Español’s most powerful women, as well as one of the most powerful Hispanics in Poder, CableFax, Hispanic Target and other influential publications. She has been recognized with the Lech Walesa Media Award for her dedication to the cause of democracy.
In 2017, Mrs. Hudson has been recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas running a leading global company.
Born in Los Angeles, she holds a Masters in Communications from the University of Miami, and is fluent in English and Spanish.