Rio de Janeiro: BBC Worldwide Americas has signed major content partnerships with Hallmark Latin America and U.S. Hispanic network Galavision for some of its most celebrated Drama and Natural History titles totaling over 100 hours.
The deals were announced today by Jose Sanchez, Regional VP Latin America, from the company's dedicated content distribution event BBC Showcase Latin America in Rio de Janeiro, where over 200 buyers from across the Americas are being introduced to the best of British programming, over three days.
Commented Jose Sanchez: "Our customers come to us to source outstanding programming that will bring something different to their schedules. British content, and especially Natural History and Drama titles are highly-regarded with audiences in Latin America and with Spanish audiences in the U.S."
Hallmark Latin America, arm of the global Hallmark network has acquired a package of some of BBC Worldwide's most prestigious dramas including Robin Hood series 1 & 2, Bleak House and Hannibal.
Talking about the acquisition, Fabian Vázquez, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at Hallmark Channel for Latin America said: "It has been extremely rewarding for us to close this important partnership with BBC Worldwide, since we are permanently in the search of novel and high quality shows, as is the case with Robin Hood, which allows us to differentiate from our competitors throughout our territory. We trust BBC productions, since they are well taken care of with excellent scripts and we hope this relationship to continue for a long time."
With breathtaking archery, incredible swordplay and a feisty Marian, Robin Hood captivates audiences as he battles corruption with disguises, tricks and ingenuity, viewers delight in timeless romance and cheer as injustice is thwarted and wrongs are put right.
Multiple award-winning Bleak House, starring Gillian Anderson and Charles Dance brings the classic Dickens' novel to life that concentrates on a society crippled with decay and corruption at the heart of Victorian England.
Other titles include Hannibal, Crime & Punishment and David Copperfield.
Galavision, which currently reaches 86% of U.S. Hispanic cable homes has acquired a vast package of Natural History titles and marks the first partnership with BBC Worldwide Americas. The total of 28 titles will premiere on the network on November 4th.
Commented Joanne Lynch, SVP General Manager of Galavision: "We couldn't be more excited about our partnership with BBC Worldwide. Galavisión is proud to offer an entirely new genre of prime-time family programming to U.S. Hispanics. Our viewers have a special appreciation for the natural beauty and wonders chronicled in these spectacular programs."
Titles include the six-part series Wild South America, an exploration of the exciting, diverse and unique wildlife that inhabits the dramatic landscapes of the vast South American continent. The program studies the regions great extremes including the planet's greatest river system, longest mountain chain, biggest and richest rainforest and driest desert. Plus Wild India, the beautiful series covering the Indian subcontinent, encompassing Pakistan, Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and home to a dazzling array of plants and animals.
Other titles include Great Natural Wonders of the World, Shark Encounters, Wild Africa and Tiger's Fortress.
About BBC Worldwide Americas
BBC Worldwide Americas has headquarters in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Sao Paulo, and brings together all of BBC Worldwide's businesses in the region.