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Don Francisco (television host)


Don Francisco is a Chilean television personality, and is now a popular television personality on the Univision network reaching Spanish-speaking viewers in the United States. He is best known for hosting the variety shows Sabado Gigante and Don Francisco Presenta.

"Don Francisco" was born to a Chilean Jewish family of German descent. As a youth, he traveled to New York to study to be a tailor, but he spent most of the time watching TV. Back in Chile, where TV was just beginning, "Don Francisco" started a TV show in 1962, and he named it Sabados Gigantes. In it, he adapted many of the formulas he had seen in American TV to the Chilean public. The show became an instant hit that has lasted over 40 years. In 1986, the show began to be produced in Miami, Florida, with the same formula used in Chile, with the slightly different name of Sabado Gigante. "Don Francisco" immediately became a household name among Hispanic families across the United States, and in the following six years Kreutzberger developed a three hour long variety show, including contests, comedy, interviews and a traveling camera section. The traveling camera, or Camara Viajera , has taken "Don Francisco" to over 185 countries worldwide, many of them more than once.

Currently, Kreutzberger hosts two weekly shows on Univision: his normal stint of Sabado Gigante on Saturdays, and Don Francisco Presenta (Don Francisco Presents), a more serious interview-only show on a par with Cristina Saralegui's offering, on Wednesdays.

Related websites

query.nytimes.com

Univision homepage

Official Website of Sabado Gigante

Canal 13 - Chilean TV Network

Don Francisco Gives Back

Teleton Foundation In Chile

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