BUENOS AIRES — Telefe Intl. has sold Fox’s “Watch Over Me” to networks in Asia and Europe as part of a new strategy to market remakes of its fiction.
The Argentine distributor sold “Watch” to nets in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, the Middle East and parts of Asia and will rep it at Mipcom in Cannes Oct. 8-12 Mipcom.
“Watch” is a 64-hour remake of “Resistire” (Forever Julia), a suspense telenovela that first aired in 2003 on the Telefe network in Buenos Aires. The novela won a huge following of youngsters and men for its intense story, hard-hitting language and sex.
Telefe Intl., a big seller of fiction remake rights, took on international sales of “Watch” last year after selling the remake rights to Fox.
It also is handling the same task for the retread of Telefe’s single-father comedy “Grande Pa” (Super Dad) on Ecuador nets Canal 8 and Canal 10 and the Colombian version of 26-hour suspense series “Tiempo final” produced by Fox Telecolombia for a bow at the end of October on Fox in Latin America.
“We have created a new business model in which by selling a format we are creating a new finished program for us to distribute,” says Alejandro Parra, head of Telefe Intl.
Telefe Intl. also is marketing the original Spanish-language “Resistire” in its ready-to-roll version and as a remake, he says.