Telemundo Teams Up with Indie Producer Argos for Telenovelas

4:51 PM PST 01/23/2012 by John Hecht
"La Reina del Sur"

The U.S. Spanish-language media company also closes a three-year international distribution deal.

Mexico City -- NBCUniversal's Telemundo Media announced on Monday that it has agreed to produce several telenovelas and series with Mexican indie shingle Argos Television.

Under the deal, the Spanish-language network's production division, Telemundo Studios, will supervise the as-yet-untitled projects and Argos will produce locally here in Mexico. Telemundo Studios has worked with Argos on various productions, such as the hit narco-novela La Reina del Sur (Queen of the South). Starring Mexican actress Kate del Castillo as a drug trafficker, Queen of the South was Telemundo's highest rated program in network history.

Additionally, Telemundo's international arm has inked a three-year deal with networks Cadena 3 in Mexico and Televen in Venezuela to distribute 600 hours of HD novelas in international markets, excluding Mexico and Venezuela. The agreement includes the distribution of six telenovelas.

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