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TV AZTECA AND KESHET INTERNATIONAL JOIN FORCES IN SCRIPTED CO-DEVELOPMENT DEAL FOR MEXICAN MARKET

October 17 2017
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CANNES, MIPCOM: 17 October, 2017 – TV Azteca and Keshet International (KI) today announced a scripted deal to co-develop and produce a new original Spanish-language super series (60 episodes) to air on TV Azteca. It will be developed under the KI banner and co-produced with TV Azteca in house with a view to launching in 2018. Keshet International will distribute the series globally.

The development of the Spanish-language series will be led by Joshua Mintz, Deputy President for TV Azteca and Kelly Wright, VP Distribution and New Business, who will oversee the project on behalf of KI.

TV Azteca is the second-largest mass media company in Mexico. It owns three national television networks, Azteca Trece, Azteca 7 and adn40, and operates another nationally distributed service, a+. TV Azteca also operates Azteca Trece Internacional, reaching 13 countries in Central and South America, and part of the Azteca América network in the United States. Its flagship program is the newscast Hechos. During the last few months, TV Azteca has taken aim at re-inventing it’s prime-time shows with new narratives and stronger characters in series such as Rosario Tijeras, Nada Personal, and the recently premiered Las Malcriadas.

“Keshet has a reputation for producing scripted series that stand apart from the crowd,” said Joshua Mintz, TV Azteca. “We are genuinely excited about content we are going to create together.”

“As we continue our rapid expansion in Latin America, original development is a top priority,” said Wright. “We have a true ‘meeting of minds’ with TV Azteca since it is known for producing bold, daring series that resonate with audiences across not only Mexico but much of the world – something we strive for every time.”

The news comes during a period of tremendous growth for KI in Latin America having launched its production company Keshet MX earlier this year. KI is also co-developing a Spanish-language super series with Telemundo for the US Hispanic audience and has a four series output deal with Televisa in Mexico (where Loaded has been remade as MINT and Easy Money as Mita Y Mita). It has also forged non-scripted co-development deals with Telefe in Argentina and MEGA in Chile to create a new entertainment series. Earlier this year, KI announced licensing deals with Globo Brazil, the country’s largest television network, for KI’s new social experiment format Boxed, and with Teledoce (La Tele), Uruguay’s leading free-to-air channel, for KI’s children’s music talent show Master Class. The global hit game show BOOM!, produced by Keshet MX will launch on Caracol, Colombia’s number one network, next month.

Visit the Keshet International stand R8.C9, Riviera 8, Palais Des Festivals, at MIPCOM 16-19 October, 2017.

About Keshet International Keshet International (KI) is Keshet Media Group’s global distribution and production arm. Headed by CEO Alon Shtruzman, it includes KI’s local production subsidiaries (Keshet UK, Keshet Studios in the US, Keshet Asia, Keshet India, Keshet MX in Mexico and Tresor Produktions in Germany), as well as Keshet Digital Studios, Keshet Films, Keshet International Gaming and its global distribution arm. KI’s catalogue spans all genres including drama, comedy, game show, talent show, documentaries, factual entertainment/reality dating and kids, and includes both original content developed within the KI network of companies and select third-party IP. 

Highlights include BBC One’s family drama The A Word; Channel 4’s comedy drama Loaded; the international hit Prisoners of War, upon which the prime time Emmy® winner Homeland was based; gripping espionage thriller False Flag; the high octane game show BOOM!; hit interactive talent show Rising Star and children’s talent show Master Class; reality dating format Girlfri3nds; and international Emmy® Award-winning ‘buddy comedy’ Traffic Light.

About TV Azteca:

TV Azteca is one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language television programming in the world, operating four television networks in Mexico, Azteca Trece, Azteca 7, adn40 and a+, through more than 300 owned and operated stations across the country. TV Azteca affiliates include Azteca America, a broadcast television network focused on the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic market, and Azteca Web, an Internet company that operates one of Mexico’s most popular Websites.

TV Azteca is a Grupo Salinas company (www.gruposalinas.com), a group of dynamic, fast-growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating shareholder value, contributing to build the middle class of the countries in which they operate and improving society through excellence. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas (www.ricardosalinas.com), Grupo Salinas operates as a management development and decision forum for the top leaders of member companies. The companies include TV Azteca (www.tvazteca.com; www.irtvazteca.com), Azteca America (us.azteca.com), Grupo Elektra (www.elektra.com.mx, www.grupoelektra.com.mx), Banco Azteca (www.bancoazteca.com.mx), Advance America (www.advanceamerica.net), Afore Azteca (www.aforeazteca.com.mx), Seguros Azteca (www.segurosazteca.com.mx), Totalplay (www.totalplay.com.mx) and Enlace TP (enlacetp.mx). Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently, with its own management, board of directors and shareholders. Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings. However, the member companies share a common vision, values and strategies for achieving rapid growth, superior results and world-class performance. Join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/aztecaFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/azteca

More information:

For Keshet International UK/Europe:

Shereene Witter / Alice Cooke

Franklin Rae for Keshet International

shereene@franklinrae.com / Alice@franklinrae.com

T: +44 203 011 1023

For Keshet International US/Lat Am

Jim Benson / Kevin Broderick

The Lippin Group

323-965-1990

jbenson@lippingroup.com / kevin@lippingroup.com

For TV Azteca:

Luciano Pascoe

+52 (55) 1720 1313 ext. 36553

lpascoe@gruposalinas.com.mx

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