In a further proof of the seemingly insatiable appetite for scripted content by international SVOD services, Blim, the new pan-Latin American OTT platform run by Mexican giant Televisa, has acquired 18 TV skeins from Spanish pubcaster RTVE.
Kicking-off this April, the drama deal forms part of a broader commitment on more than 300 hours of RTVE’s original programming, which also encompasses movies, documentaries and children and family TV content.
Highlights of the pact include Latin American SVOD exclusive rights to two high-profile skeins, broadcast by RTVE’s core channel La 1 in Spanish TV primetime: Historical series “Carlos, King Emperor,” produced by Endemol Shine Iberia’s Diagonal TV, plus, as previously announced, Onza Entertainment’s time-travel drama “The Department of Time.”
Blim users will also have access to Boomerang TV-produced cop-woman series “Los Misterios de Laura,” adapted with some success by Warner Bros. for NBC in the U.S. as “The Mysteries of Laura,” and the flagship period skein “Isabel,” another Diagonal TV production for RTVE and an international sales hit.
RTVE’s long-running retro comedy “Remember When,” Adriana Ugarte-starrer fiction “La Senora” and family saga “Herederos” also form part of Blim’s acquisitions.
The Blim-RTVE agreement marks one of the biggest multi-title deals of the year for rapidly growing Spanish TV fiction, which traditionally dominates local TV primetime and is being increasingly demanded by TV buyers around the world.
“This new window that Blim offers will allow RTVE to give even more visibility and projection to its productions,” Rafael Bardem, RTVE’s deputy director, Programs and Products Sales, said in a statement.
Launched February 22, Blim has rapidly emerged as a key player in Latin American TV market, offering more than 13,000 hours of programming across the region.
“For Blim, it is essential to offer high-quality content produced in the Spanish-language as it is for RTVE. We are very happy to have two of its best TV series in exclusivity, which gives us the opportunity to offer avariety of genres for all tastes,” added Blim CEO Carlos Sandoval.