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Transnational Latin American Television
Genres, Formats and Adaptations

ISBN 9780367524715
Published December 29, 2020 by Routledge
150 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the process of transnationalization of Latin American television industries. Drawing upon six representative case studies spanning the subcontinent’s vast and diverse geo-political and cultural landscape, the book offers a unique exploration of the ongoing formation of interrelated cultural, technological, and political landscapes, from the mid-1980s to the present.

The chapters analyse the international circulation of the genres and formats of entertainment television across the subcontinent to explore the main driving forces propelling the production and consumption of television contents in the region, and what we can learn about the cultural and social identities of Latin American audiences following the journey of genres, formats, and media personalities beyond their own national borders.

Taking a contemporary interdisciplinary approach to the study of transnational television industries, this book will be of significant interest to scholars and students of television and film studies, communication studies, Latin American studies, global media studies, and media and cultural industries.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Latin American transnational television: a historical and sociocultural perspective 1

2 Transnational television and the making of Spanishspeaking Latino and Latin American audiences: Sábado Gigante and the politics and economy of subaltern representation 16

3 Neo-orientalist telenovelas and transnational business in Brazilian television (2002–2012) 32

4 Back to the past? Dizis in Latin America, the familiarity of the exotic (2014–2019) 49

5 Simulating difference, representing “quality”: Los Simuladores’ pioneering transition from Argentina to Mexico, Chile, and Spain (2002–2003) 67

6 South American adaptations of “In Treatment”: “quality” TV fiction, glocal forms of prestige, and north-south cultural dialogues (2009–2012) 85

7 Latin American television series on Netflix, local audiences, and the global search for the “authentic-exotic” 102

Conclusions 119

Bibliography 123

Index 133

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Nahuel Ribke is Lecturer at Seminar Hakibbutzim College and Research Associate at the Sverdlin Institute for Latin American History and Culture at Tel Aviv University, Israel.