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 […]

Telemundo strikes Chilean content deal

Chilean broadcaster Chilevision has struck a programming deal with Telemundo. The sales arm of the US Hispanic channel, Telemundo Internacional, will supply Chilevision with formats and finished programming under the terms of the agreement. Chilevision will get series including court show Caso Cerrado, which is already popular on the channel, as part of the deal, […]

Telemundo launches block in Asia

US Hispanic network Telemundo is launching a two-hour block on the female-skewing cable net Diva in Asia. Both channels are part of NBCUniversal. The ‘DIVA presents Telemundo’ block will start next week. It will run late afternoon to early evening and kick off with US-produced telenovelas Aurora and Cruel Love (Perro Amor). Both shows will […]

HBO takes on distribution of Telemundo in Lat-Am

HBO Latin America has agreed a deal to distribute the Telemundo Internacional channel in the Lat-Am region. HBO will oversee carriage deals for the telenovela channel in all territories in the region except Brazil and Mexico. The deal covers affiliate deals with pay as well as digital platforms. “We look forward to significantly expanding the […]

Screen Hits launching pilots streaming service

Screen Hits is preparing to launch a new online service that will allow consumers to stream a selection of TV pilots from around the world. The company runs a B2B and a B2C online marketplace, allowing both buyers and consumers to screen content from international content companies. The Pilot Showcase will launch on July 1 […]

Silberwasser named Telemundo president

Former Discovery Network International content boss Luis Silberwasser has re-emerged as the new president of Spanish-language programming giant Telemundo. Silberwasser left his role as executive VP and chief content officer at Discovery Communications’ global programming arm last month, along with Julian Bellamy, who soon re-emerged as head of ITV Studios in the UK. Silberwasser will […]

Universal adapting Telemundo telenovelas for US nets

Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions have taken exclusive options on two drama series from US Hispanic broadcaster and NBCUniversal stablemate Telemundo. NBCUniversal production unit Universal Television will adapt El Señor de los Cielos (The Lord of the Skies) for US audiences. The show has been a hit for Telemundo, becoming its highest rated telenovela […]

Originals and English reshape US Hispanic TV

TV channels chasing US Hispanic viewers are programming an ever increasing amount of original content to win share among the young and increasingly affluent target demographic, reports Stewart Clarke. Eyeball-winning original programming and moves by some to programme English-language channels and content for the US Hispanic population are shaping the Latino and wider media sectors […]

Industry mourns murdered telenovela star

The Latin TV industry has paid tribute to Monica Spear, the former Miss Venezuela and telenovela star who was murdered on Monday night. Spear and her British ex-husband were killed near the northern Venezuelan city of Puerto Cabello after the car in which they were travelling broke down and they were subsequently attacked. Her daughter […]

Spain’s drama producers look to go global

Spain’s crisis has forced TV producers to seek international business. Local fiction continues to dominate Spanish primetime, but the dramatic fall in investment in TV advertising has obliged broadcasters to cut their budgets for originals. Creating virtue out of necessity, an increasing number of drama producers are looking beyond Spanish border and beginning to reap […]