Canal Sony picks up “American Idol”
American Idol will return to Latin American channel Canal Sony following a deal with FremantleMedia International.
The series will premiere in March 2018, coinciding with its U.S. launch on ABC.
“Following the previous success of American Idol, we are incredibly proud to be working with Canal Sony again to bring the series back to Latin American audiences,” said Sheila Aguirre, EVP, content distribution and format sales, Latin America, Caribbean & Hisp. U.S., FMI, in a statement.
The new season of American Idol is part of Canal Sony’s “Sigue la Música” strategy for its primetime block on Wednesdays and Thursdays, showcasing talent competitions such as The Voice, The X Factor and America’s Got Talent.
American Idol is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin along with co-executive producer, Megan Wolflick.
FMI distributes the series worldwide.
BBCWW, Canal 10 ink format deal
BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has inked a format deal in Uruguay’s Canal 10 for El Gran Uruguayo, a series based on the UK format Great Britons.
The series will see the public nominate, and ultimately select, a person who will be crowned the “greatest Uruguayan” in history.
The Greats format has been sold to over 20 countries since the series first launched on the BBC in 2002. In the UK, a nationwide vote spread over six months culminated with Sir Winston Churchill revealed as the “Greatest Briton” of all time, while the U.S. version, which aired on Discovery in 2005, saw Ronald Reagan take on Abraham Lincoln for top spot.
SeaLight Pictures sells “Can We Save the Reef?”
Australia-based SeaLight Pictures has inked distribution deals for several of its docs.
Can We Save the Reef? has been picked up by European pubcaster Arte, Swedish broadcaster SVT, and for AU/NZ distribution by ABC Commercial.
The doc follows the story of a group of researchers racing to save the Great Barrier Reef.
Elsewhere, Off The Fence has picked up Woman in the Ocean Dragon for worldwide distribution.
The doc, produced by SeaLight Pictures in association with Screen Australia and China’s CITVC/CCTV10, features the world’s deepest diving female submersible pilot as she makes history participating in China’s scientific mission “Ocean Dragon.”
The deals were brokered by Colette Beaudry, managing director with SeaLight.