Time Warner Cable Deportes adds to on-air team ahead of launch

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 20-08-2012

Time Warner Cable Deportes, a soon-to-be-launched Spanish-language regional sports network in the United States, is building out its on-air talent with a handful of hires. Ricardo Celis, Martin "El Pulpo" Z˙˝iga, Elmur Souza, Enrique Gutierrez and Hipolito Gamboa have joined the California-focused network, which will cover the Los Angeles Lakers, Galaxy and Sparks upon its launch 1 October.

"We've worked hard to assemble an on-air team specifically for the Hispanic Southern California sports fan," said Pablo Urquiza, vice president at Time Warner Cable Deportes. "We feel that [these personalities] are the right fit to connect with our viewers and convey the passion that our fans have for Southern California sports."
Celis will bring his more than 20 years of experience to the network as a sports anchor. Most recently, he served as the sports director and anchor for GLR Networks and Radio Grupo Prisa. Celis also spent 12 years at Telefutura calling boxing play-by-play and before that four at HBO Latinoßmerica in the same role.
Z˙˝iga will be the network's primary soccer analyst. Nicknamed "El Pulpo" or "The Octopus" for his prowess as a goalie, he spent 14 years as a professional soccer player in Mexico and the United States. "El Pulpo" won a Mexican League Championship with Chivas de Guadalajara in 1997, was a goalie for the Mexican national team and concluded his playing career with Club Deportivo Chivas USA. Z˙˝iga has called soccer games around the world for Major League Soccer, Fox Deportes, KWHY-TV's Mundo Deportivo PolÚmico and Azteca America.
Souza will serve as a studio host for Time Warner Cable Deportes, alongside Z˙˝iga. Souza has spent the past seven years working for CNN MÚxico, Megacanal, Fox Sports, ESPN Deportes Radio, KWHY-TV's Mundo Deportivo PolÚmico, Televisa and other Mexican media outlets.
Gutierrez will work as senior producer/special correspondent after eight years at Univision's flagship station KMEX-TV as the anchor, producer and writer for the program "Accion Deportiva." He has covered sports for more than a decade, reporting on events in Los Angeles, Mexico and Europe.
Gamboa is Time Warner Cable Deportes' new executive editor of content and will also have an on-camera role as a sports analyst. He has more than 20 years of experience producing and reporting on sports in the United States and Mexico, most recently calling play-by-play for Club Deportivo Chivas USA games. He has also worked for KWHY-TV in Los Angeles, Univision Radio KTNQ Los Angeles, Fox Sports en Espanol, Telemundo's KVEA-TV in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
"The talent we've assembled to help us launch the first-ever Spanish-language regional sports network will give our viewers exactly what they want - credible and authentic insight paired with more access to their teams than they've ever had before," said Mark Shukensenior vice president and general manager for TWC Sports Regional Networks, in a statement. "We're excited to have this distinguished group of veteran announcers join us at Time Warner Cable Deportes."