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King World puts Azteca in ‘Jeopardy’

Latin b'caster to produce local version of gameshow

MEXICO CITY — TV Azteca, aiming to beef up its slate of gameshows, has inked a deal with King World Intl. to produce a local version of the long-running U.S. hit “Jeopardy.”

Marcel Vinay, primetime programming veep of Mexico’s No. 2 broadcaster, told Daily Variety that Azteca is scheduling the show for an Oct. 12 bow and tentatively plans to use its English name.

Deal comes just as Azteca launches a version of the Pearson-owned format “Sale of the Century,” which it is calling “La Venta Incredible” (Incredible Sale).

Bowing Sept. 7, “Venta” runs weeknights at 8 p.m.. Azteca opted to tweak the name “because the century is almost over,” Vinay explained.

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