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Azteca, Par to get ‘Real’

Companies ink to co-produce

MEXICO CITY — Seeking to ramp up co-productions with U.S. players, TV Azteca has pacted for the first time with Paramount TV to produce a reality show.

“Vision Real,” which bowed earlier this month, is a stripped newsmag dealing with accidents, rescues and absurd events. TV Azteca says show seeks to illustrate that “truth is stranger than fiction.”

Last November, TV Azteca canceled its top-rated newsmag “Ciudad Desnuda,” a reality show criticized for its violent content. Larger rival Televisa pulled newsmag “Fuera de la Ley” as well, both moves owing to governmental pressure.

Pro-am footage

“Vision” footage is filmed by both amateurs and professionals, according to production veep Marcel Vinay. Most images are supplied by Paramount, but Vinay is urging Mexicans to send their own tapes if they have captured something spectacular.

Vinay was promoted to oversee primetime production in February, and is making it a priority to increase co-productions. A co-prod with Columbia-TriStar TV, an adaptation of sitcom “Who’s the Boss?,” is in the works.