News round-up: Stellify scores new format from ‘Masked Singer’ creator; Netflix renews ‘Floor Is Lava’; Eccho takes ‘The Swap’ global

Stellify scores new format from Masked Singer creator Sony Pictures TV-owned Belfast indie Stellify Media has secured UK and US options for My Ranking, a new gameshow format from The Masked Singer creator Won-Woo Park. The studio-based format is a celebrity singing competition in which contestants are challenged to guess how a live audience will rank […]

Mediapro hires Caracol exec to head Colombian content arm

Spanish producer The Mediapro Studio has appointed the former creative director and head of content at Latin American broadcaster Caracol to oversee content at its recently launched office in Colombia. Producer and showrunner Juliana Barrera will become head of content for Mediapro Colombia having spent more than two decades creating, developing and producing drama and […]

LatAm scripted: The end of telenovelas?

For decades, the telenovela has been Latin America’s flagship TV genre, seducing audiences around the world. But shifts in the landscape have pushed the region’s TV giants to usher in a new generation that targets international markets and streaming platforms. Emiliano de Pablos reports. A powerhouse of creative TV talent in Latin America is re-defining […]

Propagate snags Colombian formats for the US

Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens indie Propagate will take Colombian shows into the US after inking a deal with Caracol, TBI has learned. Silverman has a pedigree of getting Latin American formats away in the US and internationally, having brought Ugly Betty from Colombia to English-language TV. The new deal will see him and the […]

Keshet International adding to the MX

In December, Keshet International’s Asia chief, Gary Pudney, told TBI about the distributor’s plans for new offices and staff in the region. As NATPE Miami starts, the company’s Latin America boss, Kelly Wright, picks up the story, telling Stewart Clarke about plans for a Mexican production unit and an expanded local sales team. Keshet International […]

News brief: Caracol sells novella into Iraq

The sales arm of Colombian broadcaster Caracol has struck a programming deal with Iraqi broadcaster Lana TV. The Moby Group-owned channel has bought Fugitives from Caracol International. The 40x1hr series follows a man wrongly imprisoned who falls in love with a fellow convict who was jailed for defending her daughter from abuse. Lana will strip […]

Telemundo hires news boss

Telemundo has hired Luis Carlos Vélez as executive VP of its news operation. Vélez joins from Colombia’s Caracol where he was a news director and on-air anchor. At NBCUniversal-owned Telemundo the new recruit will oversee network news at the US Hispanic broadcaster. Carlos Vélez was Anchor and News Director in Caracol Television in Colombia He […]

Miss Universe Pageant entices FIC, Turner

Fox International Channels in Southeast Asia and Japan and Turner International in Latin America are among buyers of the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant. The gala will air live on US network NBC on January 25 from Miami-Doral, Florida, coproduced by The Miss Universe Organization and a Donald Trump and NBUniversal joint venture. FIC and Turner […]

Supply and demand in Latin America

TBI and Eurodata TV look at the latest trends in TV viewing in Latin America and find that amid the still-popular classic telenovelas, the format is being reinvented and that a healthy market in imported drama from the Spain, the US and elsewhere exists Latin America remains a drama market, but the type of series […]

News brief: Pablo Escobar moves to the Netherlands

RTL has acquired Pablo Escobar, The Drug Lord for its RTL Crime channel in the Netherlands. The drama series, telling the life story of the feared drug lord, is produced by Colombian broadcaster Caracol and distributed by its sales arm, Caracol TV Internacional, which struck the RTL deal. The series debuted on RTL Crime this […]