Burbank – FremantleMedia International (FMI) is heading into LA Screenings with numerous new sales throughout the Latin American region, as well as a host of new programmes and formats available for U.S. and Latin American buyers.
“We’re kicking off LA Screenings with one of our broadest portfolios to date,” said Sheila Aguirre, Senior Vice President, Sales and Development Latin America, Caribbean and Hispanic USA, FremantleMedia International. “Combined with our vast sales throughout the region, FremantleMedia International remains a key player in the Latin American TV market.”
Known for creating some of the most successful global formats in television, FMI has closed several deals across Latin America. Hitting another high note is the singing competition, The X Factor. The UK version of the hit show has been sold to pan-regional (Sony Pictures Television Networks in Latin America), Trinidad (CNC3) and Suriname (SCCN).
The Got Talent format, which was recently named by Guinness World Records as the most successful reality TV format, will continue strong with Chilevision entering into its fifth season and Ecuavisa in Ecuador signing up for a third season. In addition, the upcoming season 9 of America’s Got Talent has also been sold to Sony Pictures Television Networks in Latin America and CNC3 in Trinidad.
America’s Got Talent
The original music show phenomenon Idols, co-owned by FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, will continue to grow throughout the region with RCN in Colombia launching its first season of the hit global format in spring 2014. A local version will also be created for Channel 13 in Paraguay.
In addition, celebrity impersonation is the name of the game as the fifth season of My Name Is heads to Chile on Canal 13.
FMI’s game show properties will also provide entertainment to the region, with the sale of 100 Latinos, the U.S. Hispanic version of Family Feud, to Televisa in Mexico, pan-regional Mundo FOX in LatAm, and Telerama in Ecuador.
Additionally, Dark Matters: Twisted But True has been sold to Discovery Networks Latin America, along with a renewal of The Da Vinci Shroud.
FMI will also be utilising LA Screenings as a platform to generate new sales. Drama will be a focus with Wentworth, which follows life inside a women’s prison, as well as Dicte from leading Danish scripted production company Miso Film, which details the life of a crime reporter at a local newspaper. Drawing inspiration from the classic novel penned by Daphne du Maurier is Jamaica Inn, a coming of age story set in the 1820’s. Rounding out FMI’s drama portfolio is Schapelle, which depicts the true life events of the arrest, trial and conviction of a 27-year-old Australian woman for drug charges in Bali.
From the entertainment genre, FMI will be highlighting The Great Christmas Light Fight, a brand new competition series that follows families across America as they compete in a battle of the bulb for the best holiday light display. In addition, the judging panel of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams will be showcased in Britain’s Got Talent.
FMI will be cooking up something completely new in lifestyle programming with Real Girl’s Kitchen, featuring Haylie Duff as she shares recipes, stories and adventures. Based on her successful website and cookbook, the show brings us right into Haylie’s kitchen.
Real Girl’s Kitchen
FMI will also examine true-life adventures by bringing several factual programmes to the market. Catching Hell will explore commercial spearfishing, The Art Of…will examine unique artistic pursuits, Ten Deadliest Snakes With Nigel Marven will uncover the most venomous and dangerous from this family of reptiles, Talk To The Animals will explore how wildlife communicate with one another, and Bigfoot Files will look to uncover DNA evidence of one of zoology’s greatest mysteries.
Rounding out the FMI portfolio is a unique new comedy. Park Bench, featuring surprise celebrity appearances and hosted by Steve Buscemi, will combine improvisation with comedic interactions.