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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION AND TELEVISA ANNOUNCE FIVE-YEAR CO-PRODUCTION AGREEMENT


SPT to Produce 12 Teleseries for Broadcast in Mexico and for U.S. Hispanic Audiences

SPT To Handle Series Distribution Across Latin America
 

MIAMI and MÉXICO CITY (May 5, 2014) — Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Televisa announced today that they have entered into an agreement to co-produce 12 series -- 840 total hours of television -- over the next five years for broadcast in México. SPT will produce the series in México with the participation of some of Televisa’s top actors. In addition, the series will air in the U.S. on Univision’s network UniMás.
 
As part of the agreement, SPT will handle the distribution across Latin America, while Televisa will distribute across the east and south of Europe; SPT and Televisa will jointly distribute all 12 series throughout the rest of the world.

“This groundbreaking agreement has Sony Pictures Television producing in one of the most important countries in the world. The size of this commitment is indicative of the significance and evolution of our partnership with our friend Jose Bastón and his team at Televisa,” said Andrea Wong, president of international production for SPT and the president of international for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“By combining Televisa’s talented actors with Sony Pictures Television’s production expertise, we are elevating the teleseries genre to a whole new level as a world-class form of entertainment. We are looking forward to producing a variety of high-caliber primetime series that are fresh and relevant to our Latin American viewers and also have global appeal,” said Angélica Guerra, senior vice president and managing director of production for Latin America and U.S. Hispanic for SPT. 

“We believe that this new deal complements the capability of our production companies and will generate a variety of innovative and high quality content that is distinct from the programming genres we traditionally produce and will provide for more programming choices in the growing Mexican television broadcasting market,” said Jose Bastón, president of Television and Content for Televisa.

“Expanding our relationship with Sony Pictures beyond the upcoming launch of Metástasis speaks to the commitment of UniMás to continue to deliver the best, alternative dramatic series--a strategy that is driving its growth and popularity and making it the #2 Spanish-language network in the U.S. in key time periods,” said Alberto Ciurana, president, Programming and Content, Univision Communications, Inc. 

“Through this agreement, Televisa and Sony Pictures Television are going to produce a variety of cutting-edge content that will appeal to Spanish-speaking young adult audiences and will meet the market’s strong demand for this type of original programming,” said Fernando Pérez Gavilán, vice president of Televisa International.
SPT Latin America, along with its production company Teleset, develops, adapts, produces and co-produces hundreds of hours of original Spanish-language programming a year for audiences across Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market. The studio pioneered the teleseries genre and today boasts a robust portfolio of top-quality and edgy programming that includes successes like “Rosario Tijeras,” “La Prepago,” “El Mariachi,” “Metástasis” and “En la Boca del Lobo.”

UniMás, a Spanish-language broadcast network that is part of Univision Communications, brings a surprising and edgy perspective to Spanish-language television with dramatic series, sports and action movies.

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

About Sony Pictures Television

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.