Electus signs first-look deal with Caracol Int’l

The IAC-owned multimedia studio has signed a deal with Caracol Television that gives it first-look rights to the Colombian distributor's catalog of unscripted formats and telenovelas. (Pictured: Electus International president John Pollak)
July 19, 2013

IAC-owned Electus has signed a first-look deal with Caracol Television.

The one-year agreement gives the entertainment studio first-look rights to the Colombian distributor’s scripted and non-scripted formats to pitch and produce for the U.S. market, along with production partner Jay Weisleder.

Caracol is known for its telenovela catalog, from which Sin Tetas no Hay Paraiso, El Secretario and Nuevo Rico Nuevo Pobre have been adapted for international audiences. Other notable titles include Pablo Escobar, The Drug Lord; Football Dreams; and The Voice of Freedom.

“We believe that this alliance will allow us to conquer the U.S. market. This is the type of partnership that motivates us to continue to produce universal and unique stories without borders,” said Lisette Osorio, Caracol’s VP of international sales, in a statement. “Electus is always one step ahead and as content creators we feel that this type of vision will continue to reach audiences with international appeal.”

Electus International president John Pollak (pictured above) added: “Caracol’s proven success and its commitment to develop high quality programming will allow us to deliver some of the world’s best formats to our broadcasting partners in the United States.”

Electus’ non-scripted slate includes Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls for NBC, The Hero for TNT, King of the Nerds for TBS, and Dog and Beth: On the Hunt for CMT.

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