Latina media dynamo Nely Galán - dubbed the "Tropical Tycoon" by The New York Times Magazine is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents - bringing her considerable expertise to full effect as a successful producer and entrepreneur; a galvanizing powerbroker in the Latino world; and a female empowerment and motivational speaker. Galán, a former President of the powerhouse Telemundo network, has owned and operated her own media company since 1994. Her company has launched 10 groundbreaking television channels in Latin America, and has also produced a staggering 600 episodes of programming that crosses all genres - from reality series to sitcoms, telenovelas to talk shows, in both English and Spanish. Galán was also responsible for creating and executive producing the smash FOX reality hit "The Swan", and as its in-house life coach, wrote the bestselling companion book "The Swan Curriculum". "The Swan" has aired in over 70 countries around the world, and was famously spoofed by the Olsen Twins and Tina Fey on "Saturday Night Live".
Recently Galán appeared on the NBC hit "The Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump" joining an all-star cast including Gene Simmons, Nadia Comaneci, Marilu Henner and the infamous Omarosa. Galán’s appearance on the show, where she raised $250,000 for her charity COUNT ME IN, furthered her reputation as one of the nation’s top female moguls. Nely's Kodak commercial was featured on the series.
In her role as public speaker, Galán routinely draws rave reviews for her mesmerizing presentations on the Latino market, entrepreneurship and female empowerment. She is also frequently cited for her influential work outside the industry as a board member for Count Me In (the leading national non-profit provider for women entrepreneurs) and The Smithsonian Institute.
As a part of her multi-platform business, Galán has recently launched two web sites targeting women: msmogul.com - a forum for female entrepreneurs aimed at providing support and sharing resources, and thenewyoutv.com - dedicated to the health, wellness, and beauty issues of women. She also frequently appears as a guest expert on "The Today Show" and "The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch".
Galán embarked on her career in entertainment at age 22 when she was named the nation’s youngest station manager for WNJU TV Channel 47 in New York. Owned by Jerry Perenchio and Norman Lear, the station became the launch pad for what is now the Telemundo Network.
In 1992, Galán continued her trajectory, forming "Tropix", a joint venture with HBO that developed Latino content for cable. Under the "Tropix" umbrella, Galán also served as a consultant to HBO and Time Warner on its Latin strategy in the U.S. and Latin America. In this two-year venture, Galán created multiple shows and helped launch HBO Olé, the cable giant’s Latin American channel.
Galán entered into an unprecedented deal with Fox Corporation and Rupert Murdoch in 1994, creating content for the Fox network and helping Fox launch numerous channels in Latin America including: Canal Fox, Fox Kids, Fox Sports, and Sky Latin America. With the mandate to create multi-platform content specializing in the Latino market, she officially started her company, Galan Entertainment, branching out to launch networks for the likes of HBO, ESPN, MGM, Sony and TCI.
Of course, her work didn’t stop there: she created an award-winning marketing division for American companies targeting Latinos in the U.S. and Latin America. While at Fox, she also produced "The Alma Awards" (honoring outstanding Latino talent) and pioneered "Crystal Empire" - the first telenovela produced simultaneously in English and Spanish for Fox and Mexico’s television network, Televisa.
In 1998, Sony tapped Galán as their President of Entertainment for Telemundo - becoming the first Latina to hold this office at a major network. Three years later, NBC purchased Telemundo and Galan Entertainment was awarded a development deal that produced the hit Latino sitcoms "Los Beltran", "Viva Vegas", and "Solo en America". Galán also created and produced the internationally-acclaimed, popular daytime talk show "Father Albert", and the hit reality series "La Cenicienta" and "El Principe Azul".
In the wake of two successful seasons of "The Swan" (averaging 10 million viewers a week) Galán’s involvement as both the show’s creator and in-house life coach prompted her to forge strategic alliances with the nation’s premier doctors and experts, along with renowned self-help contributors. Her launch of thenewyoutv.com logically built upon her "Swan" experience, and is further incubating the multi-platform brand to include a television show, the web site, and an event and merchandising business.
Galán’s latest venture, Ms. Mogul, harnesses her passion for helping women create their own businesses to garner financial independence and wealth. Her msmogul.com web site is also being developed as a multi-platform brand.
Galán, the original "Ms. Mogul", is also a devoted single mom to her 8 year old son. Based in Venice, California, she also spends a lot of time in New York, Miami and Santa Fe.