‘Got Talent,’ ‘Idols’ in the deals mix
LONDON – Underscoring Latin America’s appetite for high-profile TV formats, driven in part by rapidly-expanding U.S. pay TV operators, FremantleMedia International has closed significant sales across the region on a wide-spread of prominent properties.
Sony Pictures Television Networks in Latin America has re-upped on the resilient “Got Talent” format, owned by FremantleMedia and Syco Television, with season 9 of “America’s Got Talent” premiering in 2014.
Chilevision, a terrestial broadcast network, has re-commissioned a fifth season of a local version, “Talento Chileno,” having just launched “Fractured Families – The Long Ride Home,” about reconciliation between parents and children.
TruTV, a pan-regional pay TV feed, will this year premiere “Tattoo Nightmares,” about people with ghastly tattoos; RCN, one of Colombia’s two leading broadcast nets, is adapting the original music show “Idols,” a format co-owned by Fremantle Media and the Simon Fuller-founded 19 Entertainment.
In factual programming, Discovery Networks Latin America has acquired “Dark Matters: Twisted But True,” turning on the strangest of scientific phenomena. Of lifestyle shows, Chello Latin America will bow seasons 1 and 2 of “Martha Stewart’s Cooking School.”
Top Argentine free-TV broadcaster Telefe has acquired game show formats “The Noise,” where contestant can’t make a sound, and “Face It,” in which they must complete tasks using only their faces.
“FremantleMedia International continues to have a strong presence across Latin America as we head into this year’s NATPE market,” said Sheila Aguirre, senior VP, sales and development, Latin America, Caribbean and Hispanic USA, FremantleMedia International.
“We continue to offer diverse content and formats that meet the needs of a wide range of broadcasters, and remain dedicated to building our business within the region.”