London – (March 31, 2011) – Sony Pictures Television (SPT)'s 2waytraffic has sold the popular dance competition format Dancing Nation (Baile País) to broadcasters in Brazil, Australia, Ukraine and the Philippines. The recent sales place Dancing Nation across four continents including the original broadcast in Argentina. The format, which SPT acquired from Ideas Del Sur, will be available at MipTV. The announcement was made by Ed Louwerse, managing director, 2waytraffic International, SPT.
In Brazil, TV Globo has acquired the format. Meanwhile, in Australia, NINE Network has closed a deal for a one-hour special to air in April and in Ukraine, 1+1 has commissioned 12 episodes of the format to begin airing in the fall. Additionally, TV5 in the Philippines has commissioned 13 one-hour episodes to air later this year.
"Dancing Nation has become a global sensation," said Louwerse. "This is just one of the many SPT formats that have demonstrated an ability to successfully travel and create compelling viewing around the world."
Dancing Nation is an uplifting dance competition that unites people nationwide in a collective effort to raise money for local charities and organizations. Men and women of all ages with diverse occupations and backgrounds join forces in a unique display of solidarity as teams perform routines and are cheered on by the cities they represent. In a movement that grips an entire country, Dancing Nation illustrates how hundreds of people can come together to dance for a worthy cause.
Dancing Nation, which was hosted by local celebrity, Marcelo Tinelli, first aired in Argentina in May 2010 on Channel 13.
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