Electus Signs First-Look Deal With Telenovela House Caracol Television (Exclusive)

7:00 AM PST 07/18/2013 by Michael O'Connell
"Pablo Escobar, The Drug Lord"

The studio inks a one-year pact with the Colombian distributor to develop, pitch and produce its formats in the U.S. market.

Electus is making a big play for telenovelas. The entertainment studio has inked a one-year deal with Colombia's Caracol Television to bring its successful formats to the states.

A first of its kind for the IAC-financed company, the agreement gives the Ben Silverman shingle and production partner Jay Weisleder a first look at Caracol's scripted and nonscripted catalog, which already includes popular telenovelas Sin Tetas no Hay Paraiso, El Secretario and Pablo Escobar, The Drug Lord.

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“Electus International is thrilled to partner with Caracol Television and bring its expanding library of stellar Colombian programming to the United States,” said Electus International president John Pollak. “Caracol’s proven success and its commitment to develop high-quality programming will allow us to deliver some of the world’s best formats to our broadcasting partners in the United States.”

This is hardly Electus' first foray into telenovelas. In June, the studio joined CBS Studios in developing an adaptation of Venezuelan soap Juana La Virgen at The CW. Electus also has midseason drama Killer Women at ABC, an update of Argentina's Mujeres Asesinas. Silverman was also an EP on the genre's most successful U.S. update, Ugly Betty, from his time at Reveille Productions.

"It is with great pride that Caracol Television joins forces with a company of such high prestige as Electus,” said Caracol Television president of international sales Lisette Osorio. “We believe that this alliance will allow us to conquer the U.S. market. This is the type of partnership that motivates us to continue to produce universal and unique stories without borders. Electus is always one step ahead, and as content creators we feel that this type of vision will continue to reach audiences with international appeal."

Electus' current productions, Killer Women aside, are primarily unscripted efforts -- including summer reality series Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls (NBC) and The Hero (TNT) as well as NBC's upcoming competition Food Fighters.

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