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Fremantle Announces Pre-NATPE Sales in Latin America

As FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) heads into NATPE with a slate of world-class entertainment, the company announces a raft of new sales, underlining FME’s position and commitment to the Latin American region.

Following 11 successful seasons, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has renewed the Emmy Award-winning American Idol. Season 12, featuring the all-new judging panel of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, alongside returning judge Randy Jackson, will be available pan-regionally from January 2013 and on terrestrial outlets in Suriname and the Caribbean.

On the topic of classic, returning FME series, the company has closed a deal with Turner’s GLITZ to air seasons 10 and 11 of the long-running reality show Project Runway. Aspiring fashion designers will compete for a chance to break into the fashion industry in the Emmy-nominated show this year on GLITZ and again in 2014.

FME has sold several other reality shows in the Latin American region including Auction Hunters season three to truTV; Project Accessory, which will explore the newest and hottest trends in jewelry, handbags and shoes, to Fox Life; and Jamie Oliver’s Dream School, which sees celebrities mentoring under-performing students, to Globosat in Brazil and Fox Life for the rest of Latin America.

Latin America will also get a taste of FME’s gastronomic offerings with a huge slew of programming from the king of culinary, Jamie Oliver. Jamie extends his reign throughout the region with sales of more than 50 hours of new titles from his slate, including Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals, Jamie Cooks Summer, Jamie’s Christmas with Bells On, Jamie’s Great Feastival and Jamie’s Great Britain, all of which will air in more than 30 countries via Globosat in Brazil and Fox Life throughout the rest of Latin America.

FME’s recent sales include a drama package deal to Latin America’s DirecTV, including two series based on true stories: the Australian series, Killing Time; and the British drama, The Sinking of the Laconia; along with the British suspense, What to Do When Someone Dies. The fourth season of the successful music series, Live From Abbey Road, will go to Turner’s Glitz (second window); while the fifth season (first run) is currently on Sony Spin. Moreover, 1,000 Ways To Die from FME’s Emmy-award winning Original Productions, has been sold to Turner’s Infinito (seasons 4-6), with several terrestrial outlets across the region picking up the series as well.

Finally, in formats, the action-packed Fuji game show, Hole In The Wall, comes back for a second season on Teletica in Costa Rica, while the highly comedic format, Distraction, will continue to dazzle viewers throughout Argentina and in Uruguay as it finds a home on Telefe.

“FME’s ability to offer a wide variety of content that undeniably delivers bottom-line results for our broadcasting partners continues to give our portfolio credibility,” said Sheila Aguirre, Senior Vice President, Sales and Development, Latin America, Caribbean and Hispanic USA, FremantleMedia Enterprises. “Latin America remains a key market for FME internationally, and these recent sales across all genres exemplify our commitment to cater to all tastes across the region.”