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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION'S HIT FORMAT SHARK TANK COMING FOR THE FIRST TIME TO LATIN AMERICA
Mexican adaptation, Shark Tank Mexico: Negociando con Tiburones, to premiere on Sony Channel and Claro Video mid-2016
Hit format returning for additional seasons across Europe and Africa
CULVER CITY, CA, March 31, 2016 – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is expanding the global footprint of Shark Tank, bringing the popular and award-winning format for the first time to Latin America.
SPT and Claro Video have commissioned a Mexican adaptation called Shark Tank Mexico: Negociando con Tiburones. The series will air first on SPT Networks’ Sony Channel with episodes available afterward on Claro Video’s SVOD platform. Shark Tank Mexico: Negociando con Tiburones will be co-produced by SPT’s Teleset, SPT Networks and Claro Video, with production on the first 13 episodes slated to begin in Mexico City in early April for a mid-2016 premiere.
“Shark Tank has distinguished itself in the crowded global formats market by blending high stakes negotiations with an intelligent and inspiring entrepreneurial message,” said Alexander Marin, executive vice president, international distribution, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada for SPT. “The format is perfect for Latin America because of its proven ability to draw family viewers and build its audience season to season.”
The format’s popularity continues to grow in other parts of the world as well. Ireland’s RTE One has commissioned a seventh season of Dragon’s Den, as the format is known in a number of markets, while Portugal’s SIC, Denmark’s DR1 and South Africa’s MNET have each given second season renewals to their adaptations.
Based on the format created by Nippon TV in Japan and distributed around the world by SPT, Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den give budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to secure life-changing sums of money and expertise from some of the biggest names in business. The cash-strapped hopefuls pitch to an intimidating panel of successful venture capitalists in hopes of securing financial backing to help build their fledgling business or idea into a thriving company.
With a footprint that will now extend across 42 territories and six continents, the global format includes several other notable successes including the U.S. Shark Tank, which is consistently the No. 1 show on Friday nights and has been recently greenlit by ABC for an eighth season. In addition, the UK and Canadian versions of Dragon’s Den are now in their thirteenth and tenth seasons on BBC Two and CBC, respectively.
The format has also garnered numerous awards around the world. In the U.S., Shark Tank has taken home the 2014 and 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, while in Canada Dragon’s Den was awarded the 2013 and 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Reality/Competition Program. In Germany, the Chamber of Industry & Commerce honored Die Höhle der Löwen (In the Lion’s Den) with the 2015 Ernst-Schneider prize for Innovation and Entertainment.
Sony Channel, known locally as Canal Sony, is a popular Latin America general entertainment channel that offers an array of high-quality content including popular dramas like The Blacklist and Scandal, comedies like The Muppets, plus the hit singing competition The Voice. The channel also features locally-produced original content including Top Chef Mexico. Canal Sony is complemented by a TV Everywhere and digital catch-up service, available at la.canalsony.com and through the Canal Sony APP.
Claro Video, which is operated by DLA , Inc., an affiliate of America Movil, S.A.B. de C.V., is a leading VOD platform in Latin America that provides audiences with a wide variety of attractive and high quality entertainment. The streaming service is available in Mexico , Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama and the Dominican Republic .