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Shine launches Spanish-language division

Shine America is launching a Spanish-language division to produce original content for the U.S. and Latin American market, headed up by veteran Colombian TV executive Cristina Palacio (pictured).
January 23, 2013

Shine America is launching a Spanish-language division to produce original content for the U.S. and Latin American markets.

Colombian TV executive Cristina Palacio (pictured) will head up Shine Hispanic & Latin America as president, overseeing new offices in Miami and Bogota, Columbia. The programming will be distributed globally by Shine International.

“With Shine Hispanic & Latin America we are looking to further develop and distribute both scripted and unscripted programming to the rapidly growing Spanish-language marketplace,” said Shine America CEO Rich Ross in a statement. “Cristina’s vast experience in production and distribution make her the ideal person to lead our new team.”

Palacio was previously the founder and president of Bogota-based production company BE-TV, which developed and distributed series such as Los Infiltrados, El Cartel de los Sapos 2, La Isla, Las Muñecas de la Mafia and Minuto Para Ganar, Shine America’s first Spanish-language series.

Before that she was VP of development and VP of creative and production for Bogota’s Caracol TV. She started out as a writer, director and producer of telenovelas and later moved into unscripted through series such as Pop Stars, Family Feud and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

She will be based out of Shine’s Miami office.

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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