Reelz lands Miss USA after NBC break-up

US cable channel Reelz has acquired rights to the Miss USA Pageant after NBC dropped it over comments made by the event’s part-owner, Donald Trump. Reelz will air the event exclusively on Saturday, July 12 at 8pm ET/PT after securing the rights, but a press announcement did not reveal the nature of the agreement with […]

Big Brother returns to Mexico

Big Brother is heading back to Mexico after a decade away. The show most recently ran on Televisa in 2005, but is now coming back on platforms including PM Canal 5 and pay TV operator Sky Mexico. Casting begins next month in cities across the country, with a launch on PM Canal 5, which is […]

Telemundo ups programming execs

US Hispanic broadcaster Telemundo has promoted two of its programming team. Glenda Pacanins has been elevated to senior VP, programming & content and Leonor Sotillo to senior VP, programming strategy at the NBCUniversal-owned company. Both roles are newly-created. Former Univision exec Pacanins will be responsible for content analysis and will develop new programming strategies. Former telenovela […]

News brief: Canadian cable net discovers Globo’s Pearl

Canadian specialty net Omni has acquired Precious Pearl, the telenovela from Brazilian media giant Globo. The love story follows a romance between a working class girls and a millionaire in 1930s Brazil. Globo has already shopped it to Telemundo in the US and Teledoce in Uruguay among others. It starts this week on Omni.

USA to remake La Reina Del Sur

USA Network is remaking popular telenovela La Reina Del Sur for US audiences. Fox 21 Television Studios and USA’s NBCUniversal stablemate Universal Cable Productions will make the 13-part show, which will be known as Queen of the South and debut in 2016. La Reina Del Sur began life as a best-selling novel from Arturo Pérez-Reverte […]

Telenovela first in Thailand

Brazil’s Globo has sold its first-ever format into Thailand. The Brazilian media giant has shopped Brazil Avenue, one of its biggest titles, to local cable channel Media Plex. The female-skewed channel will show the series in a regular 5.30pm slot. It is the latest deal for the novella, which goes out on Telemundo in the […]

Turkey: imports and exports

Following this week’s Discop Istanbul event, TBI speaks to Turkey’s main distribution companies about how changes in the domestic market are impacting their business, how they are dealing with the challenge of selling into the Middle East and how Turkish drama is becoming hot property in Latin America. A country of 20 million TV homes, […]

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 […]

Silberwasser’s three-point plan

Luis Silberwasser joined Telemundo in late 2014 as president of the US Hispanic network. A few months into the new job, he tells Stewart Clarke about how originals, new-school telenovelas and reality TV are integral to his plan for success Luis Silberwasser is three months into his new job as president of Telemundo when TBI […]

NBC to remake Turkish drama

US broadcaster NBC has greenlit a pilot of a Turkish drama, Game of Silence. LA-based prodco Intrigue secured the pilot commitment, which comes with a series penalty, with the Comcast-owned network. Intrigue will now produce the pilot alongside Carol Mendelsohn Productions, writer Hugins and Sony Pictures Television. CSI alum Mendelsohn switched from CBS Television Studioes […]