Sony TV and Brazil's Band TV Ink Co-Production Deal

One of the three projects the studio and the network are teaming up for include a local version of the hit U.S. comedy "The Nanny."

MEXICO CITY -- Sony Pictures Television has inked a co-production deal with Brazilian network Band TV to produce three series, including a local version of the U.S. sitcom The Nanny.

Produced by Band TV and Sao Paulo-based Floresta, a production division of Sony Pictures Television (SPT), The Nanny will air in Brazil next year with 180 episodes. Last year, SPT formed joint-venture production company Floresta with television producer Elisabetta Zenatti in a move to step up production in Brazil.

Floresta and Band TV will produce two additional primetime sitcoms over the course of three years. SPT said they will be either local versions of formats from SPT's scripted catalogue or original productions. SPT and Band TV will share worldwide distribution of the series.

The Nanny has traveled well in Latin America, with successful adaptations in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico.  

Zenatti, a former head of network programming at Band, said there is a growing appetite for sitcoms in Latin America.