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  • RTI Productions and Imagina US reach new Co-Development and Co-Production Agreement (read more)
  • Producciones RTI and Pomodoro Stories announce First Look and Development Deal; Pomodoro to relocate (read more)
  • Fox Television Studios exercises its Year 2 Pick-Up option on Pomodoro Stories (read more)
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RTI Productions and Imagina US reach new Co-Development and Co-Production Agreement

RTI and Imagina US have announced the signing of an agreement for co-development and co-production of fiction formats for customers of OTT platforms and Cable in the US and Latin America, and for all platforms in Europe including Free TV.  

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will develop high quality fiction products in order to open space for new customers. The agreement seeks to leverage the extensive infrastructure of production that the two companies have in Colombia and the United States respectively.

"This new agreement is key to our strategy of offering premium content demanded by the Latin American market," says Ana Bond, VP of Business Development and Legal Affairs, from the offices of RTI Miami.

"This partnership is a natural fit for Imagina US who seek to establish themselves as a leading content company, especially in fiction, and what better way to do it than with RTI since we have a lot of synergy," said Juan Pablo Santos, SVP of Content and New Business Imagina US.

To maximize the success of the partnership, the two companies have entered into an agreement with Pomodoro Stories, led by Brendan Fitzgerald, who is in charge of getting clients, developing the business structure of the co-production, and seeking financing.

Patricio Wills, president of RTI, remarked: "This agreement is an ideal complement to our portfolio of productions prepared primarily for Televisa".

Producciones RTI and Pomodoro Stories announce First Look and Development Deal; Pomodoro to relocate

Producciones RTI and Pomodoro Stories today announce a first look and development deal, wherein Pomodoro will provide PRTI with scripted formats from around the world to feed PRTI’s multi-year production commitments with Televisa and RCN.

This collaboration will pair PRTI’s extensive development & production capabilities with Pomodoro’s worldwide reach in scripted formats. In addition, Pomodoro will be able to offer worldwide distribution through its partner Beta Film, as well as potential co-financing and co-production of selected productions that grow out of this venture.

Hugo Leon Ferrer, SVP of Development for PRTI commented that while the content focus will be on telenovelas, the deal encompasses all scripted fiction genres in Spanish worldwide, including dramatic and comedy series, mini-series and TV movies.

To cement this newly founded alliance, Pomodoro Stories will immediately relocate adjacent to PRTI’s offices.

Patricio Wills, President of PRTI and Brendan Fitzgerald, Managing Director for Pomodoro Stories have collaborated in the past, most notably on the highly successful telenovelas “Zorro, La Espada y La Rosa” and “Doña Barbara”.

PRTI’s President, Patricio Wills said “I’ve known Brendan for many years, he is a personal friend, but he is also one of the persons I respect the most in the television industry. This Development Deal is an important step for PRTI in gaining access to new formats with worldwide success, which will be adapted in Spanish language television.

Pomodoro’s Brendan Fitzgerald added, “I am extremely honored and excited to join forces with Patricio, a friend who has so often been a professional touchstone and guide for me. It is truly inspiring to think what PRTI and Pomodoro can accomplish allied with Televisa and RCN on one end and Beta Film on the other.”

About Producciones RTI, S.A.S - Producciones RTI, SAS is a Television Production Company headquartered in Bogota, Colombia with offices in Miami, FL. It is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary as a television producer of original content for the world, and a pioneer in the industry in technological advances for television production. It has produced worldwide hit telenovelas such as “La Reina del Sur”, “Sin Senos No Hay Pariaso” for Telemundo; currently for RCN in Colombia “Tres Caines” and for Televisa “La Madame”; shortly to begin producing “Viuda Negra”, a series portraying the real life story of Griselda Blanco, considered by many the first big time drug dealer to establish connections between Latin America and the US.

Fox Television Studios exercises its Year 2 Pick-Up option on Pomodoro Stories

Fox Television Studios has picked up its second year option on Pomodoro Stories for the development of two long-running series for the Latin American and US Hispanic markets.  The fruit of the first year of this collaboration is Latidos, a 60 episode telenovela written by Esther N. Feldman and set in a private San Diego hospital.  A sort of Gray’s Anatomy meets Romeo and Juliet, the novella is being offered to clients in Mexico and Colombia at the LA Screenings.

The FTVS option pick-up for the second consecutive year is limited to titles wherein the US English-language rights are available, and means that Pomodoro will develop a further 2 shows with a minimum of 120 episodes this year for the US studio.

Keshet International and Pomodoro Stories announce deal for remake rights for internationally acclaimed drama series Prisoners of War and political comedy Polishuk

Heading to the LA Screenings for the very first time, Keshet International announced today that Pomodoro Stories will handle remake rights for its drama series Prisoners of War in Colombia and Mexico, as well as remake rights for its comedy series Polishuk in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.

Prisoners of War is the acclaimed Israeli drama series on which Showtime's Emmy-winning drama Homeland is based. It has been sold into multiple territories as a format.

As Keshet kicks off a Latin American initiative on both the remake and readymade fronts, Kelly Wright, Senior Sales Manager for Keshet International said, "Prisoners Of War has debuted in many countries around the world, and we are excited to bring the successful original version to Latin America for the first time. Brendan is an excellent executive, and we look forward to introducing this acclaimed series together in Colombia and Mexico."

Brendan Fitzgerald, M.D. of Pomodoro Stories, added "We are extremely excited to be able to bring such a renowned drama to our clients in Colombia and Mexico, as well as such a timely political comedy to Argentina; both stories are robust, with well-drawn characters and eminently adaptable to today's Latin American sensibilities.  We look forward to this first venture with Keshet International and to exploring further collaborations in the future."

Keshet retains the distribution rights to the Israeli ready mades in the territories and worldwide, and to theformats for both series worldwide.

Credits for Prisoners of War:
Written and directed by: Gideon Raff
Produced by Tender Productions for Keshet Broadcasting

Credits for Polishuk:
Created, written & directed by: Shmuel Hasfari
Produced by United studios for Keshet Broadcasting

About Keshet International:
Keshet International (KI) is the worldwide distribution arm of leading Israeli media company, Keshet Media Group. Established in 2000, it leverages its unique ability to provide award-winning programs, tried and tested on air on Keshet channels, and is committed to distributing high quality TV programs and formats, bundled with digital media offerings that appeal to audiences worldwide.

KI’s catalog currently consists of over 60 properties, spanning all genres.
Catalog highlights include: hit drama  Prisoners of War, the original Israeli version of prime time Emmy® winner Homeland; docu-reality format Dear Neighbors, Help our Daughter Find Love; talent show Master Class; cross platform format - 50 Things You Have to Know; reality dating format Girlfri3nds; game show The Vault and 'buddy comedy’ Traffic Light, winner of the International Emmy® Award.

About Pomodoro Stories: Pomodoro Stories is dedicated to the acquisition, development, production and licensing of scripted and unscripted formats in emerging markets worldwide.  Through its affiliation with Germany's BetaFilm, Pomodoro also offers worldwide distribution of finished productions as well as potential collaboration as a co-producer of high quality scripted productions.

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.

Philip Pullman