CANNES — HBO is looking to bridge the global gap by bringing some of its original international series production to its U.S. streaming and VOD platforms.
In December, two original series from the key regions where HBO operates branded channels — Latin America, Europe and Asia — will become available via HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO’s linear VOD platforms.
HBO aims to establish a regular showcase for its international series as the company steps up its investment in local-language productions. HBO originals produced outside the U.S. are distributed widely across its international outlets.
Some of HBO’s Latin American productions have aired in the U.S. on the HBO Latino channel, but the December launch of “Best of HBO International” marks the first time HBO has crafted a block of international productions for U.S. consumption. It’s a sign of HBO’s confidence that its local-language series are becoming more sophisticated and production values have improved.
“Working with talented local writers, directors and producers, our international networks are creating programming that live up to the high quality storytelling that is expected of the HBO brand. This programming regularly outperforms even ‘Game of Thrones’ ‘ record audience numbers in their respective markets,” Plepler said during his keynote conversation at the Mipcom conference with Variety‘s Cynthia Littleton. Plepler was honored for HBO’s contributions to the global television business with the Variety Vanguard Award.
The first wave of shows will feature HBO Europe’s “Wasteland” miniseries from the Czech Republic” and two seasons of drama “The Pact” from Poland.
HBO Asia’s contributions will be Taiwan’s “The Teenage Psychic” and two seasons of fantasy drama “Halfworlds” from Indonedia and Thailand.
HBO Latin America will be repped by two seasons of “El Hipnotizador” and new Brazilian entry “La Vida Secreta de las Parejas.”
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