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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION LAUNCHES SECOND LATIN AMERICAN ADAPTATION OF THE JEFFERSONS


Los Gutierrez Latest Title From Scripted Formats Industry Leader


MIAMI, FL (January 28, 2014)— Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and América Televisión del Peru have announced today that they will bring “The Jeffersons,” one of television’s most prolific comedies, to audiences in Peru. “Los Gutierrez” is the latest adaptation of the hit comedy by SPT, a pioneer and industry leader in scripted formats, and the second for Latin America.

Based on the Emmy Award-winning comedy series that ran in the U.S. for eleven seasons, “Los Gutierrez”  follows an entrepreneurial businessman and his wife as they leave their middle-class surroundings and move to a spacious high rise apartment in the city. In their new home they are surrounded by a variety of unconventional neighbors, not to mention their own sassy live-in maid who likes to keep the family patriarch thinking on his feet.

“Sony Pictures Television offers one of the largest formats libraries in the world,” says Alexander Marin, senior vice president, distribution, Latin America for SPT. “’The Jeffersons’ is a timeless comedy with hilarious stories and unforgettable characters that Peruvian audiences are sure to love.”

“With our scripted formats business, we’ve learned that hit series have universal appeal. Working closely with content producers and broadcasters, we’ve built a track record of success adapting these beloved TV series for local audiences,” says Jeff Lerner, senior vice president, scripted development & production, International Production for SPT.

“Over the past ten years, we have a gained a tremendous amount of experience producing series and particularly comedies for Peruvian audiences,” said Eric Jurgensen, CEO and director, América Televisión del Peru. “We are pleased to produce ‘Los Gutierrez’ and are confident that it will be a new hit for América TV.”

“The Jeffersons” is the latest comedy to be adapted by SPT, whose portfolio of successful  local productions includes “Married…with Children” in 12 territories including Argentina and Israel, “Everybody Loves Raymond” in five territories including the Middle East and Russia, “The King of Queens” in Bulgaria and Russia, as well as “I Dream of Jeannie” in India. The studio also recently produced the adaptation of the smash hit, Emmy-winning U.S. drama “Breaking Bad” for Spanish-speaking audiences across Latin America.

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Contact:
Michael Maney
Director, Communications
michael_maney@spe.sony.com
310-244-8834

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Sony Pictures Television (www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 11 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 150 channel feeds available in 178 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages the studio’s premium streaming network, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of the cable channel Game Show Network (GSN). SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and DoctorOZ.com.