EXCLUSIVE: Telemundo Studios and Keshet International have entered a deal to co-develop and produce an original Spanish-language series that will air on Telemundo Network in the U.S., targeting the lucrative Hispanic market. This marks KI’s first dive into Spanish-language original productions. Perla Faria, SVP Scripted Development at Telemundo Studios, will lead development of the series, which the partners will co-produce.
As the deal is just coming together, details are sparse on the new original, though it will fall under the Telemundo Super Series brand and be a minimum of 60 episodes to begin with.
KI has been growing its Latin American footprint, adding key staff and making inroads toward local production and development. The company’s Head of Latin America, Kelly Wright, will oversee the Telemundo partnership on Keshet’s behalf.
Part of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, Telemundo is the No. 1 Spanish-language network among U.S. adults 18-49 and 18-34 in the 10 PM time slot this season. It’s also the No. 1 broadcast network of Q2 2016 for the 18-34 demo at 10 PM Monday-Friday, regardless of language. Among the leading series are El Señor de los Cielos, Señora Acero and La Querida del Centauro which compete against English-language network shows. It reaches 94% of U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through 17 owned stations and 54 broadcast affiliates.
Keshet’s global distribution and production arm, KI, has local outposts in the U.S., UK and Australia. Credits include Prisoners of War which has famously been adapted as Homeland on Showtime, and nonscripted series Help Our Daughter Find Love, Rising Star and Master Class.
“Keshet is known for producing powerful, unconventional and bold scripted series,” said Telemundo Network President Luis Silberwasser. “I am very excited to partner with Keshet on this development deal and about the prospects of what we can create together.”
“As we step up the pace of our expansion in Latin America, original development will be a top priority,” added Wright, promising a “new pipeline of premium programming” to Telemundo.