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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • THE DR OZ SHOW PRESCRIBES HEALTH AND WELLNESS AROUND THE WORLD
  • NEW COMMISSIONS IN RUSSIA, FRANCE, ARMENIA, MIDDLE EAST AND LATIN AMERICA
  • LONDON, UK (September 23, 2011) - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced several format deals for its medical talkshow hit, The Dr Oz Show, following agreements in Latin America, Russia, France, Armenia and the Middle East.

    Represented internationally by SPT's format licensing arm, 2waytraffic, The Dr Oz Show format will be locally produced in Armenia for the first time following a 60 episode deal with Shant TV. The format is also being produced in France this Autumn, where TF1 has ordered 25 episodes following a deal with SPT Production France.

    In Latin America, Colombia will soon have its own Dr Oz Show following a 120 episode deal between 2waytraffic and national broadcaster RCN. The series will be produced locally by SPT's Latin American joint venture production company, Teleset. Separately, Chilean broadcaster, Mega TV, has now commissioned an additional 70 episodes from 2waytraffic, building on their initial 65 episodes.

    Russian public broadcaster Rossiya, where the local version rates first in its timeslot against other networks, has ordered a further 195 episodes, bringing the total number in Russia to 490. While in the Middle East, pan regional broadcaster MBC has greenlit a second season, with a deal to produce a further 32 episodes.

    Ed Louwerse, managing director, 2waytraffic commented: "There's a real sense of fun and discovery with this format no matter where it's produced – its winning formula harnesses our natural curiosity about health issues and engages audiences across any cultural boundary. Covering a wealth of topics from weight loss and nutrition to relationships and stress, The Dr Oz Show format connects with people's desire to live life to the fullest."

    Other territories to develop a series based on the format of The Dr Oz Show include Brazil (TV Record), with SPT's joint venture production company Floresta, producing and China (Zhejiang TV), produced by Huaso Productions, SPT's joint venture in the region, with further discussions underway in Asia, Latin America and Europe.

    The Dr Oz Show is an entertaining, high octane, multi topic hour-long series hosted by trusted health expert, best-selling author, and world-renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz. Dr Oz originally found fame on The Oprah Winfrey Show as a regular guest and his show, which has been a ratings hit in the US, is co-produced by Winfrey's Harpo Productions and SPT.

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    FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    Mark Macdonald
    Executive Director, Communications
    Sony Pictures Television
    Email: mark_macdonald@spe.sony.com
    Tel:+44 (0)20 7533 1363