The international syndication and distribution arm of broadcaster Telemundo and cable network NBC Universo is getting its own production house.
With an announcement made in Cannes, France, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises confirmed the creation of Telemundo International Studios, or “TIS.” TIS will be an internationally focused production unit, exclusively focused on creating short-form scripted formats designed to serve both emerging platforms and the lucrative worldwide marketplace.
"Telemundo International Studios will tap into an international growth opportunity at a time when Telemundo is delivering unprecedented ratings performance,” César Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, said. “With this new production unit, we will continue to innovate and raise the bar in original Spanish-language content production in the U.S. and abroad.”
Telemundo International president Marcos Santana has been selected to oversee TIS. Santana collaborated in the creation of Telemundo Studios and has been part of its development committee since its inception.
“The launch of Telemundo International Studios is a representation of the growth of our division, which further develops the expansion of our offer, increasing our catalog and distribution opportunities for markets and platforms that demand programming for a well-defined audience with established consumption habits,” Santana said. “I am excited and feel privileged to work on this new project, from its conception, with César Conde and the support of Comcast NBCUniversal.”
TIS will be headquartered in Miami. Its development committee includes Telemundo president Luis Silberwasser, senior vice president of development Perla Farias, and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Digital Media head Peter Blacker.
Telemundo Internacional is distributed to countries across Latin America, while a Telemundo-branded pay TV in Africa offers content dubbed into English for the South Africa market and into Portuguese for Angola and Mozambique.