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Shine Int’l signs 200-hour deal with Discovery Lat Am

Distributor Shine International has signed a deal with Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic's portfolio of channels for more than 200 hours of programming, covering titles including MasterChef (pictured), The Biggest Loser and One Born Every Minute.
October 3, 2011

Distributor Shine International has signed a deal with Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic’s (DLA/USH) portfolio of channels for more than 200 hours of programming.

The deal is the largest commission the Shine Group company has brokered with DLA/USH to date, and includes finished episodes of franchises including MasterChef (pictured above), The Biggest Loser and One Born Every Minute.

DLA/USH has picked up more than 100 hours of MasterChef Australia season two and Junior MasterChef Australia to be aired on Discovery Travel & Living, as well as seasons one and two of both the UK and U.S. productions of BAFTA award-winning observational documentary One Born Every Minute, which will broadcast on Discovery Home & Health. All of these shows will be new to the Latin American market.

DLA/USH has also ordered returning series including seasons seven and eight of the U.S. version of The Biggest Loser, plus season three of factual TLC hit series Hoarding: Buried Alive.

Matt Vassallo, VP in charge of Latin America and U.S. distribution at Shine International, said of the Lat Am region: “This is a market that is not only growing economically, but is also becoming a key buyer of premium lifestyle content, and we’re excited to deliver just that.”

Angela Recio Sondon, VP of lifestyle channels for Discovery Networks Latin America, added: “This eclectic and dynamic collection of series from Shine International is the perfect complement for our networks and we are sure these are properties our audience will grow to love.

“In the highly competitive landscape of pay TV in our region, broadcasters require programs that captivate viewers and these shows certainly help us meet that challenge.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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