Rodrigo Ros - 29/05/2015

Buyers in the Search for New Series, Co-Production Deals, Reality Shows and More

Up next we have the third roundup of the kinds of contents sought buy buyers at this edition of the LA Screenings. Turner Latin America, streaming platform Viki and Mexico’s TV Azteca share their interests and expectations for the market. 

*By Sebastian Amoroso and Rodrigo Ros from Los Angeles, USA.

For Turner, the LA Screenings are always an important opportunity to discover what’s next for the US content market, while it presents an opportunity for an open dialogue that helps shed some light on potential production and co-productions projects, a main focus point for the company. Both Space and TNT aspire to have on their roster important projects such as Hasta que te conocí, like the premiere of El César, scheduled for this 2017 on Space. Also, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Brazil continue to be of interest for productions. For the company, the project determines the place of production. 

On its end, Viki, a platform with worldwide reach, is searching for Turkish telenovelas, Japanese dramas and dramas from Korea and the Philippines that target female audiences. The platform is also looking for Latin content, especially stemming from countries like Colombia, Venezuela, and other in the region. 

Furthermore, Azteca is announcing the co-production deal for Viacom’s format Are You the One, a format that has 16 episodes and for which Azteca is hoping to produce 60. The show will air in place of its successful reality La Isla. The company is open to more coproduction deals like this.

In addition, it also considers that its important to explore new business models with content that surprises and that can make use of the specific production knowledge from Azteca’s partners. The company is also exploring different locations: season six of La Isla will shoot in Dominican Republic, while you’re Are you the One will be shot in Brazil. In this sense, Azteca is looking at new reality shows, the kind that will allow it to continue broadcasting these kinds of shows throughout the year.

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