You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

V-Me nabs ‘Dance Academy,’ ‘Train’

Imira mines Latino, Latin American markets

MADRID — Spanish youth programming specialist Imira Entertainment has licensed the first season of “Dance Academy” to free-to-air U.S. Hispanic channel V-Me.

Produced by Melbourne’s Werner Film Prods., Australia’s ABC and German pubcaster ZDF, the teen-skewed TV drama follows a dance student as she prepares for a ballet competition.

BBC Latin America has acquired the first two seasons of Imira’s CGI-animated show “Driver Dan’s Story Train,” produced by U.K.’s 3Line Media and Abu Dhabi’s Twofour54, and a hit on Blighty’s CBeebies.

Sales vindicate Barcelona-based Imira’s move from distributing its own toon productions into both third-party pick up sales and live-action entertainment.

Further deals on a cosmopolitan range of animated shows underscore the current appetite for kids’ animation in Latin America, driven by new channel launches and healthy markets.

Canal Futura and Elo Audiovisual in Brazil — a booming kids’ fare market — have tied down rights respectively to “Monk” and “Corneil & Bernie,” both dog comedies sourced from France’s Millimages.

Playing off the explosion in Argentine PBS services, Imira has licensed “Corneil & Bernie” and “Wicked Science” to pubcaster Canal 7 plus “Stella and the Star of the Orient,” “Fun With Claude” and “Barbazan” to culture service Canal Encuentro, launched in 2007.

According to sales manager Begona Esteban, Imira is keen to represent third-party shows in Europe and tie down Latin American partners for Imira productions.

Latin America used to look to Spain for co-production coin. Times are changing.

More TV

  • Tryion Lannister Game of Thrones Episode

    'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode 2 Leaks

    The second episode of “Game of Thrones'” final season has leaked online ahead of its Sunday night debut. Fear not, “Thrones” fans: though the internet is dark and full of spoilers, this post is free of any details from Season 8 episode 2. Rumblings of a leak began on the “Game of Thrones” Reddit and [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Signs of Solidarity and Strain Emerge as Week 2 of WGA-Talent Agency Standoff Begins

    Hundreds of WGA members rallied solidly behind their union last week as the industry grappled with uncertainties spurred by the sudden break between writers and their talent agency representatives. But as the standoff heads into its second week, signs of strain among some WGA members are beginning to emerge. Shalom Auslander, author and creator of [...]

  • Jon Snow Arya Stark Game of

    'Game of Thrones' Final Season Vegas Odds Reveal Wild Theories

    With “Game of Thrones” hype at an all-time high, Las Vegas may be raking in as much money as the Iron Bank. HBO’s fantasy masterpiece has seized the gambling world’s attention nearly as much as the Super Bowl or Kentucky Derby. Fans spew countless theories on social media, such as which characters will be axed [...]

  • FX's 'Snowfall' Panel TCA Winter Press

    John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

    UPDATED with statements from John Singleton’s family and FX Networks John Singleton, the Oscar nominated director and writer of “Boyz N’ the Hood,” has suffered a stroke. Sources confirm to Variety that Singleton checked himself into the hospital earlier this week after experiencing pain in his leg. The stroke has been characterized by doctors as [...]

  • Adam Lambert, of Queen, performs at

    Adam Lambert Back to 'Idol' to Mentor Finalists Through Queen's Catalog

    Adam Lambert famously launched his career on “American Idol” a decade ago performing a brilliant audition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He wrapped that amazing eighth season performing with the band on the season finale, and years later earned his current spot as the front man touring as Queen + Adam Lambert. On April 28, Lambert comes full circle as he steps [...]

  • Lily Tomlin SAG Lifetime Acheivement Award

    TV News Roundup: Netflix's 'Laugh-In' 50th Anniversary Tribute Sets Premiere Date

    In today’s TV News roundup, Netflix sets the premiere date for its 50th anniversary special of “Laugh-In.” DATES “Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate,” the 50th anniversary tribute to the original series by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, will premiere on Netflix on May 14. The special, which was taped at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, pays [...]

  • Texas Tech's Norense Odiase (32) shoots

    Live+3 Ratings for Week of April 8: NCAA Championship Game Dunks on Competition

    The final of the 2019 NCAA basketball tournament, in which Virginia triumphed over a spirited Texas Tech team, unsurprisingly finished way out in front in the Live+3 ratings for the week of April 8. Although the sports broadcast’s scripted competition made some gains, its 5.4 ratings still more than doubled that of “Grey’s Anatomy” in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content