Telemundo will license its various shows for English versions by Galan. The resulting productions will air across NBC’s various networks.
NBC Universal Television Group has signed a two-year, first-look development deal with Galan Entertainment for the production of telenovelas and other Spanish-language formats in English across its many networks, it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, chief executive officer of NBC Universal Television Group.
In contrast to other similar network arrangements, NBC Universal, Galan Entertainment and Telemundo will leverage the existing assets and expertise of the novela production system perfected by Telemundo—the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world—for the Spanish market. Telemundo will license all its formats, in addition to other acquired formats, to Galan Entertainment to re-develop into English.
“This represents a fantastic opportunity to achieve many of our goals at NBCU,” said Zucker. “With this, we can better integrate our English and Spanish-speaking audiences in a way that no other broadcaster can do. It shows the tremendous promise we first saw when we brought Telemundo into the NBC family.”
“The deal further highlights the value of GE’s and NBCU’s investment in Spanish-language television,” said Don Browne, Telemundo president. “Galan provides the perfect bridge to transport the great development, production and writing talents of the Telemundo team into English language.”
The deal will have Galan Entertainment re-shape Telemundo and other suppliers’ Spanish language formats for the English market, first for NBC, USA and Bravo, and then for other networks. Nely Galan, who is the former president of entertainment for Telemundo, has produced more than 600 episodes of television in both Spanish and English. Most recently, she created the hit show The Swan.
The first project to be developed for production this summer will be the successful Telemundo production Body of Desire, written by Julio Jimenez.
Key players in the Telemundo Studios team are Patricio Wills, head of Telemundo Studios; Marcos Santana, head of development; and Derek Bond, head of production.