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17 Jan 2018

KEW MEDIA GROUP SENDS MORE THAN 350 HOURS OF DRAMA CONTENT TO LATIN AMERICA

Leading global distributor Kew Media Group has concluded a raft of new drama deals across Latin America it announced at NATPE today, with more than 350 hours now heading to the region.

In a pan-regional deal DirecTV has signed Shaftesbury’s psychological thriller Slasher: Guilty Party, an eight-part series blending classic horror, murder mystery and crime fiction set in a snow-covered wilderness. Also acquired is World Productions’ The Secret Agent (4 x one hour), the explosive and heart-breaking adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s classic novel of terrorism, espionage and betrayal for BBC One, starring Toby Jones (Wayward Pines) and Vicky McClure (Line of Duty).

A deal with Grey Juice Lab includes broadcast rights in Chile, Argentina and the Dominican Republic for 165 hours of drama content. Titles acquired include three seasons of award-winning character-driven police drama 19-2 (Co-produced by Sphere Media Plus and Echo Media in association with Bell Media, 30 x one hour) and seven seasons of compelling family drama Heartland (SEVEN24 Films and Dynamo Films, 105 x one hour). Further titles featured are two World Productions series - four seasons of critically acclaimed drama thriller Line of Duty (22 x one hour & 1 x 90-minutes) and two seasons of period crime thriller The Bletchley Circle (7 x one hour).

AMC has picked up seven films for pan-Latin America, including RST Pictures’ Anti-Social, a coming-of-age crime thriller starring Meghan Markle (Suits), Gregg Sulkin (Faking It) and Josh Myers (Legend); star studded feature film Hick, a Stone River, Lighthouse Entertainment and Taylor Lane production, featuring Chloë Grace Moretz, Eddie Redmayne, Juliette Lewis with Blake Lively and Alec Baldwin; and edge-of-your-seat war action horror The Day, a Guy A. Danella production in association with Follow Through Productions LLC. Rock Mafia, Preferred Content and Faction M.

Films also secured by AMC are Picture Farm and Grandville Pictures’ The Baker, starring Damian Lewis and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; Hardball starring Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane;  a Ripple World Pictures and Paper Dreams production Earthbound starring Rafe Spall and David Morrissey; and Coffin Rock from Screen Australia, South Australian Film Corporation, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology and UltraFilms.

Heartland has also been secured by Imagen TV in Mexico, while City TV in Colombia has acquired more than 100 episodes of classic Emmy®-nominated drama Highway To Heaven, starring Michael Landon as a probationary angel sent back to Earth to help troubled humans.

Alfonso Lopez, Sales Manager, Distribution at Kew Media Group, commented, “This significant line-up of new deals is a perfect example of the ongoing popularity of primetime drama content across Latin America. With a proliferation of local and pan-regional channels and platforms, the opportunities to deliver drama to Latin American viewers are greater than ever before, whether it’s a single feature or a long-running, channel-defining series. We’ve secured a diverse selection of great new content to debut at NATPE which we expect to be in strong demand from regional buyers.”

Kew Media Group will showcase a host of new drama content for air in Latin America at NATPE, including Frankie Drake Mysteries (11 x one hour), a CBC original series developed and produced by Shaftesbury in association with CBC and UKTV. Set in the 1920s, Frankie Drake Mysteries follows Toronto’s only female private detectives as they take on the cases the police don’t want to touch. Frankie (Lauren Lee Smith, The Listener) and Trudy (Chantel Riley, Race) are new detectives for a new world – but is the world ready for them?

From the creator of Trailer Park Boys, Mike Clattenburg, and featuring an all-star cast including Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan), John Carroll Lynch (The Founder) and Kyle Mac (Miss Sloane), comes 12 x half hour comedy series Crawford, produced by Rabbit Square Productions for CBC. When raccoons invade the world’s most functioning dysfunctional family’s home, they help breathe life and new meaning into the odd behaviours of this not-so-typical family as they navigate the murky waters of fractured relationships, financial troubles, old resentments and new enemies.

A 50 Degrees North Productions Production, Date My Dad (10 x one hour), which premiered on UP TV in the US earlier this year, will also be available to Latin American buyers. Starring Barry Watson (Samantha Who?), Date My Dad tells the hilariously heart-warming story of a single dad raising his three daughters alone, little knowing that his children have an agenda of their own: get dad a girlfriend. Also starring Zenia Marie Marshall (Summer of Dreams) and Raquel Welch (How to be a Latin Lover).

Finally, the brand new fourth series of richly-nuanced, character-driven drama 19-2 (8 x one hour) will also showcase. Co-produced by Sphere Media Plus and Echo Media, in association with Bell Media, 19-2 revolves around the lives of two unwilling partners in the Montreal Police Department - Officers Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes, Arrow) and Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso, Falling Skies), who patrol the urban sprawl of downtown’s 19th Precinct in Cruiser No. 2.

 

About KEW MEDIA GROUP INC. 

Kew Media Group produces and acquires more than 1,000 hours of new multi-genre content every year and distributes Kew’s catalogue of film, television and digital assets to more than 150 countries worldwide on almost every available viewing platform. Kew Media Group distributes a library of more than 10,000 hours of TV and digital content including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.kewmedia.com.