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Extra: Telemundo gets “The Voice”; AFI Docs ’18 sets lineup

Telemundo gets La Voz ITV-owned Talpa Media has secured a deal to send its flagship talent format The Voice  to Telemundo, the Spanish-language division of NBCUniversal. The Spanish-language version, La Voz, ...
May 11, 2018

Telemundo gets La Voz

ITV-owned Talpa Media has secured a deal to send its flagship talent format The Voice  to Telemundo, the Spanish-language division of NBCUniversal.

The Spanish-language version, La Voz, will be produced by Talpa Media USA and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, and is expected to premiere to U.S. Hispanic audiences in 2019.

The localized version features Latin pop singer Luis Fonsi as the shiny floor competition’s first coach.

Telemundo’s commission follows four seasons of The Voice Kids (La Voz Kids) on the network.

The series is created by John de Mol, who serves as an executive producer along with Telemundo’s Cisco Suarez, and Talpa’s Stijn Bakkers and Tim van Rongen.

The Voice first aired in the Netherlands in 2010. The long-running format has since been developed into nearly 70 local productions and airs in more than 180 territories worldwide.

AFI Docs ’18 sets lineup

The 16th annual AFI Docs festival and conference has unveiled its final lineup.

The Washington DC-set documentary festival will showcase 92 films from 22 countries over its five-day run, including five world premieres, one international premiere, one North American premiere, eight U.S. premieres and four East Coast premieres.

Among the world premieres is Erik Nelson’s The Cold Blue, which constructs a new film about the last surviving B-17 pilots from footage from William Wyler’s seminal 1943 film Memphis Belle. The Cold Blue will screen as part of AFI Docs’ Special Screenings category.

Projects having world premieres in the Feature Films Selections section include Natalie Metzger and Michael Rohrbaugh’s Alone in the Game, which documents the gay rights movement’s efforts to score victories in the world of sports; Mark Jonathan Harris’s Foster, which reveals the human stories behind the largest county child protection agency in the U.S.; and Patrick Creadon’s Hesburgh, which profiles the late University of Notre Dame president Theodore Hesburgh and his influence over the 20th century.

Chris Martin’s Under The Wire, meanwhile, will enjoy its international premiere. The film profiles acclaimed journalist Marie Colvin and her story of illegally crossing the border into Syria to provide reporting from the front lines of the Syrian Civil War in 2012.

As previously announced, bookending the festival will be Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez’s Personal Statement as its opening film on June 13, and Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s United Skates as the closer, on June 17.

Winners of the Audience Awards for Best Feature and Best Short will be announced on June 18.

AFI Docs ’18 runs June 13-17 in Washington DC and Silver Spring, Maryland.

The full festival lineup can be found here.

 

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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