MIAMI, FL (Jan. 23, 2012) - Televisa and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that they have entered into a new exclusive first-look, co-production deal for scripted and telenovela formats. The announcement was made by José Antonio Bastón Patiño, President of Television and Content for Televisa and Andrea Wong, President of International Production for SPT.
As part of the agreement, SPT will get a first-look at all of Televisa's scripted and unscripted formats for potential co-production worldwide, excluding the United States and Latin America. Televisa will get a first look at SPT scripted formats for possible co-production in Spain. Any new program produced under the terms of the deal will be co-produced by the companies.
"We are very excited to work with an esteemed partner such as Televisa to develop high-quality television series based on telenovela and scripted formats for audiences around the world," said Wong. "Our worldwide production capabilities and proven track record in producing scripted formats combined with their longstanding expertise in creating tremendously successful telenovelas makes this an ideal partnership."
José Bastón, added "the successful scripts, diverse library and writing capabilities that Televisa offers to this alliance match perfectly with Sony's experience in producing quality content for local markets. We are proud and certain that this endeavor will be the beginning of a fruitful partnership focused on entertaining different audiences from many regions of the world."
SPT has been a leader in the scripted formats business around the world for many years. This new agreement follows a long history of successful local language scripted series based on US formats, including current productions of Everybody Loves Raymond in the Middle East, Russia, Poland and Israel; Married...with Children in Israel, Russia and Bulgaria; and King of Queens in Russia.
Televisa, the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world, is one of the largest producers of Spanish-language TV programming. Based in Mexico, the company operates several internet portals, owns one of the world's largest Spanish-language magazine publishers (Editorial Televisa), as well as a cable TV company (Cablevision), a satellite TV firm (Sky Mexico) and a telecommunications company (Bestel) that focuses on high-volume carriers.
Grupo Televisa, S.A.B., is the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world based on its market capitalization and a major participant in the international entertainment business. It has interests in television production and broadcasting, production of pay-television networks, international distribution of television programming, direct-to-home satellite services, cable television and telecommunication services, magazine publishing and distribution, radio production and broadcasting, professional sports and live entertainment, feature-film production and distribution, the operation of a horizontal internet portal, and gaming.
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