Co-Founder & Vice President
Former President, Telemundo Network
Don Browne recently retired as the President of Telemundo Communications Group, Inc. where he oversaw all functions of the Telemundo television network and its 16 owned and operated stations, including the Entertainment division, Telemundo Studios, and News and Sports. He was responsible for Telemundo International and Telemundo Cable, as well as Telemundo’s Digital Media initiatives.
Browne was named President of Telemundo in April 2005. Shortly after taking the helm, he renewed the network’s commitment to its original programming model and implemented a strategic reorganization. As of February 2008, Telemundo had experienced 10 consecutive months of year-over-year growth.
During his tenure, Browne set in motion numerous initiatives that have further solidified and defined the network’s position within the Spanish-language television landscape. Browne led the strategic buy-out of Telemundo-RTI Productions and the acquisition of Tepuy International Corporation to create Telemundo Studios Miami, LLC and Telemundo International, respectively. He also oversaw the launch of the successful Yahoo!Telemundo partnership and the inauguration of the network’s state of the art headquarters and news bureau in Mexico City, as well as the successful re-launch and relocation to Los Angeles, California of Telemundo’s Latino youth channel mun2. Browne is also the visionary behind the creation and expansion of the bi-coastal “Taller Telemundo,” an innovative educational program designed to inspire, discover, recruit and train the next generation of telenovela writers and actors.
Browne led Telemundo from zero original programming to more than 1,000 hours of original prime-time productions a year produced out of Telemundo Studios’ production centers in Mexico, Colombia and Miami, Florida, quickly establishing it as the world’s second largest provider of Spanish-language content. Thanks to Browne’s commitment to original productions, Telemundo has carved a unique competitive position in the market, syndicating its programming properties to over 60 countries in more than 20 different languages and distributing its content in a variety of emerging digital media platforms.
Prior to joining Telemundo Network, Browne served as President and General Manager of WTVJ, NBC’s owned-and-operated station in Miami. A longtime advocate of expanding into the Spanish-language television market, Browne was a key member of the NBC team involved in the purchase of the Telemundo network. His many noteworthy accomplishments at WTVJ include integrating and overseeing the first NBC and Telemundo station duopoly; leading the NBC Television Stations Division’s efforts in creating a Southeastern Regional Hub, an operational center for handling master control for multiple stations; and spearheading the design and construction of NBC’s first fully digital television station.
Before joining WTVJ, Browne was Executive Vice President of NBC News in New York from 1991 through 1993. From 1989 to 1991, Browne served as NBC News’ executive news director. While he was the executive in charge of the “Today” show, he orchestrated its resurgence as well as the launch of the weekend edition of the “Today” show. He was also involved in the creation and the airing of “Dateline,” the first successful prime-time news magazine in NBC’s history. Browne helped strengthen the affiliate-network partnership in news and was instrumental in the formation of the NBC News Channel in Charlotte, North Carolina. From 1979 to 1989, as NBC’s Miami bureau chief, Browne directed news coverage of Central and South America. Before joining NBC, Browne worked for CBS News for over a decade.
In 2008, Browne was selected to be inducted into Broadcasting and Cable’s Hall of Fame, an honor that celebrates the power of television by honoring the best of the best. Browne has a national reputation for being especially active in the recruitment and career development of women and minorities. He is co-founder and board member of the “Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program” for at- risk high school girls. He is the recipient of the 2006 Florida Governor’s Points of Light Award for exemplary service to his community and the 2004 prestigious Ida B. Wells Award for his commitment to promoting diversity in the work place. He was a charter member of the NBC News Taskforce on Women and Minorities and currently serves as a member of NBC’s Taskforce on Diversity. Browne is actively involved in the United Way, Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation, University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism, and Florida International University’s School of Journalism.
Browne resides in Miami Beach, Florida. He is married to Maria Junquera and they have two sons.