Sun, 02/10/2011
“El barco” conquers Eastern Europe and spanish-speaking America
“El Barco” (The Boat) has made a strong entrée on the international market following the show’s successful debut in Spain. By virtue of recent agreements signed by Imagina International Sales with channels in Latin America and Eastern Europe, the Globomedia production for Antena 3 - will be viewed in 23 countries in coming months.

Subscribers to pay TV channel AXN CHANNEL in Poland will be able to follow the adventures of “El Barco’s” crew every Sunday during Access Prime Time. The show, called “Statek” in Polish, has been one of the channel’s most successful new series in the past six months. “El Barco” has also debuted this month on AXN CHANNEL Hungary, where it is called “A Bárka.” Episode two of the show was the most-watched show among that day’s top ten.


Likewise, AXN CHANNEL SCI-Fi is getting ready to show “El Barco” in Russia. The same channel already airs the original version of “El Internado” (The Boarding School), another of Globomedia’s hits. Moreover, the successful adaptation of the TV series can be seen on Russian CTC Networks, leading this channel to also bid on an option on the “El Barco” format for Russia and CIS territories. 


On the other side of the Atlantic, V-ME- the Spanish-language channel in the US- airs “El Barco” every Thursday at 10 pm. V-Me has also been successfully running the first three seasons of “Águila Roja” (The Red Eagle), Spain's biggest TV drama hit.
Mexico’s TELEVISA and Brazil’s GLOBOSAT will also show the series, starring Mario Casas and Blanca Suarez. “El Barco” will also reach all of Latin America on the pan-American regional channel OnDIRECTV. It has met with a warm welcome since airing in May 2011. 


Fiction is not the only genre to win over new markets. Imagina International Sales has closed an option agreement with French producer Newen for the reality show “El barco, rumbo a lo desconocido” (The Boat, on course to the unknown) “.  The show has also sparked interest in various countries in Northern Europe.