NBC Universal annouced today it has signed a two-year deal with Galan Entertainment to create and broadcast telenovela soap operas in English across its television networks. The Peacock's feathers extend to NBC, CNB, MSNBC, USA, Bravo, and Spanish-language network Telemundo.
In the new deal, Telemundo--the world's second-largest Spanish-language broadcaster--will license content to Galan Entertainment to redevelop into English. Galan and NBC will then make an English-language version of the preexisting Spanish-language telenovela.
"This represents a fantastic opportunity to achieve many of our goals at NBCU," said Jeff Zucker, Chief Executive Officer, NBC Universal Television Group. "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."
Galan Entertainment is headed by Nely Galan, formerly President of Entertainment for Telemundo. At that network, Galan oversaw production of more than 600 episodes of television in both Spanish and English. Recently, Galan was responsible for the reality-makeover show The Swan. The first project Galan is developing for NBC will be a reimagining of the Telemundo production Body of Desire.
"It is a dream come true to take the genre I grew up with and be able to cross it over. I expect to see novelas as a staple of American TV," said Galan in a statement.
The announcement comes on the heels of an announcement by Fox Broadcasting that telenovelas will make up a large part of the launch schedule for their new TV network, My Network TV.