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“Dr Oz” continues worldwide march

Sony Pictures Television has penned several format deals for its medical talkshow The Dr Oz Show, with agreements in Latin America, Russia, France, Armenia and the Middle East.
September 23, 2011

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has penned several format deals for its medical talkshow The Dr Oz Show, with agreements in Latin America, Russia, France, Armenia and the Middle East.

Represented internationally by SPT’s format licensing arm, 2waytraffic, The Dr Oz Show format will be locally produced in Armenia for the first time following a 60 episode deal with Shant TV. The format is also being produced in France this Autumn, with TF1 ordering 25 episodes following a deal with SPT Production France.

In Latin America, Colombian national broadcaster RCN has inked a 120-episode deal with 2waytraffic, which will see the series produced locally by SPT’s Latin American joint venture production company, Teleset.

Separately, Chilean broadcaster Mega TV has commissioned an additional 70 episodes, building on its initial 65 episodes.

Elsewhere, Russian public broadcaster Rossiya has ordered a further 195 episodes, bringing the total number of eps in Russia to 490; while in the Middle East, pan regional broadcaster MBC has greenlit a second season, with a deal to produce a further 32 episodes.

Ed Louwerse, MD of 2waytraffic, said: “There’s a real sense of fun and discovery with this format no matter where it’s produced – its winning formula harnesses our natural curiosity about health issues and engages audiences across any cultural boundary.”

The original Dr Oz Show first launched in September 2009 in the U.S. and has been viewed in 112 countries worldwide.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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