HBO’s US service is to bring some of its most acclaimed international series from HBO Europe, HBO Latin America and HBO Asia to North America, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced this week.
Beginning in December, two series from each of the regions will arrive on the US streaming services HBO GO and HBO NOW as well as HBO On Demand.
“Working with talented local writers, directors and producers, our international networks are creating programming that lives up to the high-quality storytelling that is expected of the HBO brand. This programming regularly outperforms even ‘Game of Thrones’ record audience numbers in their respective markets. I am tremendously proud to bring such a selection of programs to our US audience,” said Plepler during his keynote conversation at Mipcom, Cannes.
The selected content is produced and aired by HBO international networks in Latin America, Europe and Asia in local languages and includes the Czech Republic’s mini-series “Wasteland”, seasons 1 and 2 of Polish series “Pakt”, seasons 1 and 2 of El Hipnotizador”, new Brazilian drama La Vida Secreta De Las Parjeas”, Taiwan series “ The Teenage Psychic” and the first two seasons of the Thai/Indonesia co-production “Halfworlds”.
The programming has been featured at major international film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Karlovy Vary Film Festival among others.
Plepler is in Cannes to receive the Variety Vanguard Award and spoke on stage about the power of brands in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.