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Fremantle, Telefe Ink Development Deal; Televisa, Sony Team for ‘Blue Demon’

Both Latin American pacts announced first day at Natpe

Argentina’s Telefe, FreMantleMedioa Strike Co-Development Pact

Global TV distrib-producer FremantleMedia and Argentina’s leading TV network Telefe have inked a two year co-development partnership to create and develop entertainment/non-scripted formats for the Argentine and wider-Latin American market.

Based out of Buenos Aires, the development team will comprise staff from both companies, with Telefe drawing on FremantleMedia’s creative strength to co-develop original entertainment IP.

Telefe will have exclusive rights to all new shows to broadcast on its network in Argentina and across Latin America; FremantleMedia will handle worldwide distribution.

The pact “is an important and exciting step forward in FremantleMedia’s plans to grow its business in Latin America,” said FremantleMedia Latin America CEO Adrian Santucho. “It is a big step forward to generate new formats, not only for our screen but also for the rest of the world,” added Tomas Yankelevich, Telefe’s global contents director.

 

Televisa, Sony Pictures Board iconic Mexican Wrestler TV Series

Sony Pictures Television and Mexican TV giant Televisa are teaming to co-produce “Blue Demon,” a 65-episode, one-hour TV drama based on the real-life story of Alejandro Munoz Moreno, one of Mexico’s greatest wrestlers of all time.

Production on TV series is slated to begin in April in and around Mexico City. “Blue Demon” will air across Latin America on multiple Televisa platforms. SPT and Televisa will jointly distribute the TV series throughout the rest of the world.

“There is a growing demand in the region for stories about real people and events, a trend which started in Colombia and has now made its way to Mexico,” said Angelica Guerra, SPT senior vp and managing director of production for Latin America and U.S. Hispanic at SPT.

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