*By Sebastián Amoroso and Rodrigo Ros, from Los Angeles, US.
This Thursday, May 17 marked the start of “majors week” with the Latin Day Screening by 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, which welcomed around 200 programming and acquisition executives from all over Latin America.
Among the titles presented by the Hollywood major were The Passage (FOX - 60), Proven Innocent (FOX - 60), Mayans MC (FX - 10x60), Mr Inbetween (FX - 6x30), Pose (FX - 8x60), What We Do In The Shadows (FX - 10x30) and Single Parents (ABC -30).
"We are bringing many series. We have four hours and four half hours, covering the entire programming spectrum, from comedy and dramas, to suspense,” Elie Wahba, SVP for Latin America and the Caribbean at 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, said to ttvnews.
Ahead of the Viacom International Media Networks America’s screening on Friday, May 18 at the InterContinental Century Plaza, Viacom International Studios announced a “significant” expansion following the acquisition of Telefe in Argentina and Porta Dos Fundos in Brazil, and new production deals with third parties in Latin America and Italy.
“Since we combined our production and sales teams last year following the acquisitions of Telefe and Porta Dos Fundos, our goal has been to create the highest-quality content in Spanish and Portuguese, and expanding out distribution beyond Latin America,” said Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of VIMN.
In addition, Fox Networks Latin America acquired the rights to Animal, the most recent film production by Telefe; the series Borges, Viacom’s first co-production by Porta Dos Fundos and Comedy Central, which will be available for Netflix subscribers in Latin America; and Caracol TV in Colombia signed a deal for the teen telenovela Vikki RPM.
Viacom International Studios also signed a co-production deal between Nickelodeon and Rainbow Group in Italy for the musical series Club 5.
Lastly, Gazzolo confirmed to ttvnews the development of series based on classic Alfred Hitchcock films -owned by Paramount- for Latin America. “We are already developing some projects in Argentina, which we will announce soon.”
News from the Indies
Among the most notable announcements from the indie market, is the launch of Mega Global Entertainment -distributor launched by Mega in Chile-, which presented successful properties from the Chilean network.
Among the network’s products available for worldwide distribution are the series Perdona nuestros pecados, Hidden Truths and Si yo fuera rico; as well as the reality show Volverias con tu ex?
“We brought the reality format because entertainment is what’s demanded most in the international market, aside from telenovelas. And Volverias con tu ex? is a format that meets all the requirements of an international quality standard,” said Esperanza Garay, CEO of Mega Global Entertainment.
In addition to Mega’s productions, the distributor’s catalog also features all the content and formats by Zona A, company based in Bogota, which represents writers from several countries and offers a catalog of films, series, miniseries and telenovelas.
Keshet International announced the co-production of the political thriller Prisoner Number One with the Telemundo network in the US.
“It’s a co-development between Telemundo and Keshet. It started a year ago and it’s based on an idea by the creators of the Wisdom of the Crowd series, which CBS airs in the US,” Kelly Wright, VP of Distribution and New Business at Keshet, said to ttvnews.
“It’s a political thriller. The story is very intense. It has an incredible scripted based on the idea of a Mexican president who is corrupt going to prison, even though the media and the people doubt his innocence,” she said.
Meanwhile, Endemol Shine Latino highlighted the impact the culinary format MasterChef has had in Latin America.
“I think MasterChef was one of the reasons why the cooking genre is now available on broadcast TV in Latin America,” said Michelle Wasserman, SVP of Format License and Content Development at Endemol Shine Latino.
“It not only worked, but we are now renewing many seasons. We are pre-producing the second season in Paraguay, the third in Uruguay, four were made in Argentina and Chile; three in Colombia with a fourth in production; we are also in Mexico and Brazil,” she said.
In addition, producer and distributor Comarex is present at the indie market with a catalog of original Mexican series, including Colgando en tus manos by Imagen Television and Bronco, based on the career of the Bronco band, a co-production with Plataforma.
“We are launching several projects, including the series Colgando en tus manos by Imagen Television, led by Aurelio Valcarcel, a really powerful story,” Marcel Vinay Jr. CEO of Comarex, said to ttvnews. “Bronco is a great story based on the amazing Mexican band.”
Activities for Friday 18
This Friday will feature the "Breakfast with Viacom" de Viacom International Media Networks – Americas”, which will be hosted in the morning and for the first time at the Grand Salon Ballroom of the InterConitnental Century Plaza. The afternoon will feature a screening by Paramount.