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Vencer el Miedo


PMC co-produced Vencer el Miedo ("Overcome the Fear") with Televisa in Mexico. This 47-episode television show aired from January 20th, 2020 to March 22nd, 2020 in Spanish.

Vencer el Miedo aired on Canal de las Estrellas in Mexico, reaching over 3 million viewers each day. Vencer el Miedo was rated #1 in its timeslot and #1 for open TV nationwide by viewership. Vencer el Miedo is currently being broadcast in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

The 47-episode, award-winning show followed the stories of four women at different ages as they navigated life, love, and tough choices.

The journeys of these women resonated with audiences, winning four awards at the 38th Annual TVyNovelas — including awards for best first actor and best co-starring actress. And by the end of the series, viewers found themselves engaging in more conversations with family members and counselors about important issues like safe sex. OrientaSEX, a hotline operated by professional counselors, launched in partnership with the show. The hotline received a weekly average of 2,868 calls.

Vencer el Miedo launched on July 20, 2020 at 7pm PT/ET and 6PM CT in the United States on Univision. Learn more here!

Vencer el Miedo main cast with Las Estrellas logo, Vencer el Miedo logo, and spanish caption Lider en su barra de horario, 3.2 millones de personas


VEM addressed challenges faced by young women in Mexico, including teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, and STI prevention.

As with all PMC television shows, Vencer el Miedo was created using PMC’s television show methodology.

Theme song by lead actress Paulina Goto

Making a Difference

Young adults using dual contraception methods. Parents engaging in conversations about safe sex with their adolescent children. A hotline operated by family planning counselors averaging 2,868 calls per week. This is impact of Vencer el Miedo. The increase in conversations and contraception use is undeniable.

Impact Highlights

  • Significantly more viewers (62.4%) talked to their adolescent children about sex in the last 3 months than non-viewers (43.9%).
  • Significantly more adolescent viewers (27.9%) searched for information on contraception in the last 3 months compared to non-viewers (19.2%).
  • Heavy viewers were 1.74 times more likely than non-viewers to have talked to their adolescent child about sex within the last 3 months (light viewers were 1.6 times more likely than non-viewers)
  • Young adult viewers were 1.79 times more likely than non-viewers to have used dual contraception to prevent unintended pregnancies.

OrientaSEX, a hotline operated by professional counselors from MEXFAM (the Planned Parenthood affiliate of Mexico), was also crucial. Funded by the Televisa Foundation and Ruta 69 DKT, the hotline’s number was on-screen after every episode, encouraging viewers to call with any sexual health questions. The success of the hotline is undeniable – calls to OrientaSEX exceeded the goal by nearly 500%, with a weekly average of 2,868 calls. A survey given to callers determined that the majority of callers found it through Vencer el Miedo.

Commercial Success

Vencer el Miedo continually established – with ratings, viewership, and awards – that entertainment with social impact can be a commercial success.

  • Average of 3.5 million nightly viewers.
  • Highest viewership numbers of any show in its timeslot and was among the top three most-watched programs for viewers 13 to 21 years old.
  • 42 million followers on social media.
  • Nine TVyNovelas award nominations.
  • Four TVyNovelas awards.


Project Information

Title: Vencer el Miedo (“Overcome the Fear”)
Format: Television Show
Location: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Duration: January 2020 – March 2020

Make sure to check out Vencer el Miedo online for more information:
Official Webpage: Vencer el Miedo
Facebook: Vencer el Miedo
Instagram: Vencer el Miedo
Wikipedia: Vencer el Miedo

Administrative Team:
Country Representative: Cecilia Orvañanos

Creative Team:
Showrunner: Rosy Ocampo
Producer: Silvia Cano
Head Writer: Pedro Armando Rodríguez
Writers: Gerardo Pérez Zermeño, Claudia Velazco, Alejandra Romero, Humberto Robles
Literary Edition Staff: Iván Cuevas, Gustavo Bracco, Claudia Caro
Director: Benjamin Cann
Content & Digital Strategy: Andrés Bayona

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