Univision begins production on healthy family reality show


It’s being billed as a cross between a reality TV contest and a novela, with families competing for a $100,000 grand prize. Univision has begun production in Los Angeles for “Dale con Ganas” (Give It Your All), hosted by Alfonso ‘Poncho’ de Anda (pictured), co-host of Univision’s top rated morning program “Despierta América” (Wake-Up America).

Dale con Ganas s being called “an exciting and emotional contest filled with heart-racing challenges, celebrity guests, and weekly surprises.” The weekly broadcast is coproduced by David Broome’s 25/7 Productions and Emilio Estefan’s Estefan Film and Television Productions in collaboration with Univision Studios. Broome is the creator and executive producer of “The Biggest Loser.” Estefan serves as executive producer.

According to Univision, Dale con Ganas “is much more than a competition, it’s also a real-life family novella — times four. Set and cast in Los Angeles, four families, each with four members, will represent several Hispanic heritages: Mexican, Colombian, and Peruvian. The common denominator between all of them is that they are overweight.”
“Univision continues to look for new ways to bring relevant content to our audiences, and Dale con Ganas is an ideal addition to our primetime line-up,” says Luis Fernández, president of Entertainment and Univision Studios. “The new series will deliver drama and entertainment while inspiring others to carry out healthier lifestyles.”

“Obesity in the Hispanic/Latino community has reached epidemic levels,” said Broome. “I’m excited to be making a television series that is part novela and part competition, which offers a unique way for an audience to be entertained and inspired.”
“Dale Con Ganas will inspire families of all generations to achieve their personal and physical goals in life,” said Estefan. “It is an innovative approach and an emotional journey of four families that will impact their lives forever.”
The series is a weight loss competition targeted at Spanish-speaking Americans. This groundbreaking series takes into account the unique cultural idiosyncrasies and socio-economic realities of Latin Americans living in the US. It offers all the drama and entertainment value of other reality TV fare, while also providing takeaway information for viewers at home to begin their own healthier lifestyles. Most importantly, Dale con Ganas lives up to its title by being truly inspirational. Over the course of three months, Hispanic top trainers María Simón, Marcelo Crudele, Oscar Luna and Luis Alberto Aracena will work with four families who will compete, face defeat, succeed and transform their bodies and their lives publicly.
Dale con Ganas spans 12 episodes in 12 weeks, culminating in a massive, in-studio live-to-tape finale where one family will win the grand prize of $100,000.
Host Poncho De Anda will become their confidante, offering encouragement and support.

Fans can follow every step of the show, including full video episodes, at Univision.com, keyword: Dale con Ganas. Online and mobile coverage will include behind the scenes video with moments not seen on TV, show recaps, photos, and in-depth host and participant bios. Plus, users can interact directly with the show on the “Pregúntale a Poncho” section, where they can ask host Poncho De Anda questions.