Years active 1982–present
Name Luis Villanueva
|Born 1957Caracas, Venezuela|
Occupation President and Chief Executive Officer of SomosTV LLC, Somos Distribution LLC, Somos Next LLC, and Somos Productions LLC.
Education Andres Bello Catholic University
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Luis Villanueva is a television and entertainment executive, with more than 35 years of experience in the industry, who has worked in the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic entertainment markets. He is currently President and CEO of SOMOS Group.  SOMOS Group is a media and entertainment entity in charge of facilitating the growth of SOMOSTV LLC (Pay TV producer and distributor in the US, Puerto Rico, Central America, Panama and The Caribbean), SOMOS Productions LLC (audiovisual production company), SOMOS Distribution LLC (a worldwide content distribution company) and SOMOS Next LLC (distributor of OTT content). Luis Villanueva is as well President and CEO of each of the Group’s companies, which focus mainly in the business of Spanish language entertainment in all territories, including the US Hispanic market.
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Villanueva is a (Venezuelan/American) born in 1957. There he attended the Andres Bello Catholic University where he received an MBA in Finance. He started a career in finance eventually becoming the Finance Manager of Banco Consolidado in Venezuela.
In 1982, Villanueva joined the Cisneros Group where he worked for 26 years. While there, his positions included Head of Operations for Venevision Venezuela, Corporate Vice President of Finance and Development, President and CEO of Venevision Chile, and President and CEO of Venevision International.
At Venevision, he diversified the firm from a TV content distributor, into a more comprehensive entertainment company. He led Venevision International to become the first distributor of films originally produced in Spanish for the Hispanic Market via theatrical, pay-per-view, home video, cable TV and free TV. He launched the 24-hour Pay TV channel ViendoMovies and expanded Venevision International to the international music business by creating the music labels VeneMusic and Siente Music and organizing live concerts internationally. Villanueva also expanded the TV programs production business with Venevision International Productions, making telenovelas, talk shows and other content aired by US and international broadcasters. Under his leadership the firm expanded into the wireless entertainment industry and the audiobook market with VeneMobile, Latcel, Fonolibro and the online portal NOVULU.
Villanueva is director of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences which presents the Emmy Awards and was on the Board of Trustees for the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS) which presents the Latin Grammy Awards. Villanueva has been a trustee of Palmer Trinity School a private education institution.
Awards and honors
In March 2002, Villanueva was given the keys to the City of Miami, a merit given by the City to Venevision International for their exceptional contribution to the arts and culture of the local community. Villanueva also received two of the highest honors bestowed by the Venezuelan government, the Order of Diego Losada (First Class) and the Order of Francisco de Miranda (Second Class).