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Propagate, Caracol ink first-look deal

Los Angeles-based indie studio Propagate Content has secured a first-look partnership with Colombian network Caracol Televisión in the U.S., weeks after launching its international distribution division. Launched in 2015 by Howard ...
February 2, 2017

Los Angeles-based indie studio Propagate Content has secured a first-look partnership with Colombian network Caracol Televisión in the U.S., weeks after launching its international distribution division.

Launched in 2015 by Howard Owens (pictured) with an equity investment from A+E Networks, the LA-based production company will develop, pitch and produce Caracol formats across the scripted and unscripted spaces for the American marketplace, including the unscripted series A Otro Nivel (On Another Level).

The deal was negotiated by Propagate’s Cyrus Farrokh and Jay Weisleder, and Caracol’s Lisette Osorio. Weisleder will manage the partnership.

“Caracol has a track record of developing innovative and successful formats that we believe are ripe for the U.S. market,” said chair and co-CEO Ben Silverman and co-CEO Howard T. Owens in a statement. “This partnership with Caracol is the first of its kind for Propagate, and represents how we are looking to redefine the global content business by taking the model for our successful U.S. production platform to the international market.”

Propagate currently has several international partnerships in place and has already licensed Kanal D’s Turkish relationship game show format My Partner Knows Best to A+E Networks-owned channel Lifetime. The U.S. version will be hosted by Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen, who also executive produce.

Silverman exited Electus to join his former partner Owens at Propagate in April 2016. The pair were previously partners at Reveille Productions, overseeing such hits as The Biggest Loser among others.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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