BBC sells series to TV Azteca, DirecTV

'Sherlock,' 'Robin Hood' purchased at net's Latam showcase

RIO DE JANEIRO

BBC Worldwide, the U.K. pubcaster’s commercial arm, announced programming sales to Mexico’s TV Azteca and the pan-regional platform of DirecTV during the three-day BBC Showcase Latin America in Rio De Janeiro, which wrapped Tuesday.

The ninth edition gathered over 100 buyers from 25 nets and digital companies from the region at the Windsor Atlantica Hotel in Copacabana.

BBC Worldwide exec VP Matt Forde said TV Azteca bought the rebooted “Sherlock” and “Robin Hood,” two character-led dramas.

“Sherlock” consists of six, 90-minute films; “Robin Hood” is a series with three seasons, each with 13 episodes of 50 minutes.

“We’ve been saying for some time we believe our dramas are getting stronger and stronger. It’s a breakthrough to be selling ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘Sherlock’ to TV Azteca. We have our fingers crossed they will do great business for them,” Forde told Variety.

He said satellite platform DirecTV, which operates in Spanish-language countries in Latin America, bought three shows: the first season of “Sinbad,” 13 episodes of 50 minutes, currently airing in the U.K.; cooking show “Little Paris Kitchen,” hosted by Rachel Khoo; and Radio 1’s “Hackney Weekend,” about the big music fest held in Blighty June 23-24.

Helen Jurado, VP of sales and distribution for BBC Worldwide Latin America, stressed the increased presence of digital companies at the event.

Organizers held sessions with two Brazilian digital technology experts, Ronaldo Lemos, director of the Center for Technology and Society at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas School in Rio, and Google Brazil director Fabio Coelho.

This year’s event also included appearances by special guests “No Kitchen Required” host Kayne Raymond and world-travelling farmer Jimmy Doherty from “Jimmy’s Forest,” “Jimmy’s Food Factory” and “Jimmy’s Global Harvest.”

BBC Showcase Latin America is the only TV market hosted by a single distributor in the region.

More TV

  • Gabrielle Carteris SAG AFRA PRESIDENT

    SAG-AFTRA Members Approve TV Animation Strike Authorization

    RIO DE JANEIRO BBC Worldwide, the U.K. pubcaster’s commercial arm, announced programming sales to Mexico’s TV Azteca and the pan-regional platform of DirecTV during the three-day BBC Showcase Latin America in Rio De Janeiro, which wrapped Tuesday. The ninth edition gathered over 100 buyers from 25 nets and digital companies from the region at the […]

  • Ryan Murphy Pose

    Ryan Murphy on 'Showrunning as Advocacy' and the Post-Me Too 'Age of Enlightenment'

    RIO DE JANEIRO BBC Worldwide, the U.K. pubcaster’s commercial arm, announced programming sales to Mexico’s TV Azteca and the pan-regional platform of DirecTV during the three-day BBC Showcase Latin America in Rio De Janeiro, which wrapped Tuesday. The ninth edition gathered over 100 buyers from 25 nets and digital companies from the region at the […]

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Virtual reality

    Nickelodeon's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Go Virtual at Comic-Con

    RIO DE JANEIRO BBC Worldwide, the U.K. pubcaster’s commercial arm, announced programming sales to Mexico’s TV Azteca and the pan-regional platform of DirecTV during the three-day BBC Showcase Latin America in Rio De Janeiro, which wrapped Tuesday. The ninth edition gathered over 100 buyers from 25 nets and digital companies from the region at the […]

  • Destan Arslanoski Stunt Performer

    Stunt Performers Say There's Not Enough Being Done to Address Risks of the Job

    RIO DE JANEIRO BBC Worldwide, the U.K. pubcaster’s commercial arm, announced programming sales to Mexico’s TV Azteca and the pan-regional platform of DirecTV during the three-day BBC Showcase Latin America in Rio De Janeiro, which wrapped Tuesday. The ninth edition gathered over 100 buyers from 25 nets and digital companies from the region at the […]

  • Discovery Extends CEO David Zaslav's Contract

    Discovery Extends CEO David Zaslav's Contract Through 2023

    RIO DE JANEIRO BBC Worldwide, the U.K. pubcaster’s commercial arm, announced programming sales to Mexico’s TV Azteca and the pan-regional platform of DirecTV during the three-day BBC Showcase Latin America in Rio De Janeiro, which wrapped Tuesday. The ninth edition gathered over 100 buyers from 25 nets and digital companies from the region at the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content