Netflix and Fox Sign Licensing Agreement for Latin America and Brazil
BUENOS AIRES – An array of TV programming deals have been closed in anticipation of LA Screenings, the TV fair that kicks off tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
Netflix tops the list with a licensing agreement signed with Fox for LatAm and Brazil, which includes Glee, How I Met Your Mother and classic films from the Fox catalog.
"Since Latin America is such an important territory as far as our series' fans go, our partnership with Netflix is a major opportunity to bring these fans closer to their beloved characters," said Gina Brogi, evp, pay TV and VOD, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. "Our alliance with Twentieth Century Fox continues to get stronger and benefit Netflix's members across the globe," added Jason Ropell, vp, content acquisitions at Netflix.
Japanese animation studio Toei also closed programming deals with networks in Ecuador and Colombia. The original Dragon Ball Z series, along with the updated director's cut version, Dragon Ball Z Kai will be broadcasted in the two countries. The networks also acquired Saint Seiya and the spin-off series, Saint Seiya The Hades: Sanctuary and Saint Seiya The Hades: Inferno.
“Latin America has long been a supporter of our extensive animated library," said Kenji Ebato, general manager for Toei. “We are delighted to continue our relationships with the region’s most prominent broadcasters."
Also, Rive Gauche Television has sold over 300 hours of programming across Latin America for its unscripted and dramatic programming. Sales include: Operation Repo to Turner Latin America, The Girl's Guide to Depravity to HBO Latin America, Whacked Out Sports to Guatevision, Guatemala; Dog Whisperer Seasons 5 & 6 to SER TV in Panama; and Amazing Animal Videos to Rede Record, Brazil.
"We are delighted to continue working with Latin America's top broadcasters," said Rive Gauche’s International Sales vp Tomas Silva. "As we head to the LA Screenings with our diverse programming line-up, we look forward to continue expanding across the region."
Finally, A+E Networks also closed broadcasting deals all across Latin America. In Mexico, Canal Once acquired Obsessed, and TV Azteca picked up Ancient Aliens, Jurassic Fight Club, Life After People, Mummy Forensics and Strange Rituals.
Canal 5 Panama has acquired a package of regional episodes from the Biography series, including Fernando Botero, Carlos Gardel, Isabelle Allende and Oscar De León.
In Argentina, Construir TV has picked up Engineering Disasters, Mega Movers and Boneyard, among other titles, while Rede Record Brazil has acquired Hoarders and Infamous Murders.
Last but not least, Señal Colombia picked up Modern Marvels, The Universe and That's Impossible.