Sony Pictures Television Unveils First Adaptation of Hit Series Breaking Bad

 Sony Pictures Television Unveils First Adaptation of Hit Series Breaking Bad

METASTASIS Developed For Latin America

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CULVER CITY, Calif. and MIAMI, May 13, 2013

CULVER CITY, Calif. and MIAMI, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Sony Pictures
Television (SPT) and Teleset have announced that they will produce an original
series adaptation of the smash hit U.S. drama "Breaking Bad" for Latin
American audiences. "Metastasis" is the first adaptation of the award-winning
series by SPT, a pioneer and industry leader in scripted formats.The show has
been cleared in most major Spanish-speaking markets including Univision's
UniMas in the U.S.


Based on the critically-acclaimed hit drama now entering the explosive second
half of its fifth and final season in the U.S., "Metastasis" follows the story
of an unassuming chemistry teacher who is given a fatal diagnosis and enters a
world of drugs and crime, where he ascends to power. The cast includes Diego
Trujillo ("El Capo" and "A Corazon Abierto") as Walter Blanco; Roberto Urbina
("Che: Part 1" and "Correo de Inocentes") as Walter's accomplice, Jose Miguel
Rosas; Sandra Reyes ("El Cartel" and "Pedro el Escamoso") as Walter's wife,
Cielo; and Julian Arango ("El Cartel" and "Betty la Fea") as Walter's
brother-in-law and Colombian narcotics agent, Henry Navarro.

"Critics and audiences love 'Breaking Bad' and its original take on the drug
dealing business," says Angelica Guerra, senior vice president and managing
director, production, Latin America and U.S. Hispanic for SPT. "It is a very
relevant story for all audiences, produced with the highest standards, in
spectacular locations with the best talent in the region."

"'Metastasis' is masterfully complex and irresistibly compelling. We are sure
the show can bring the audiences and acclaim garnered by the U.S. series to
broadcasters in Latin America," adds Alex Marin, senior vice president,
distribution, Latin America for SPT.

A top-rated series in the U.S., "Breaking Bad" has garnered seven Emmy Awards
across its five-season run, including three consecutive wins in the category
of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Bryan Cranston. In addition,
the drama has taken home four Writers Guild Awards, including two wins for
Best Dramatic Series, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Directors Guild of
America Award.

Critics have lauded "Breaking Bad's" storytelling since it first premiered in
January 2008. The New Yorker describes the series as "explicitly addictive,
full of cliffhangers…with visual flair that is rare for television," while
Entertainment Weekly hails it as "a superlatively fresh metaphor for a
middle-age crisis…a feel-good show about feeling really bad."

"Breaking Bad" is the latest hit to be adapted by SPT, whose successful track
record includes local productions of "Married…with Children" in 12 territories
including Colombia and Israel, "Everybody Loves Raymond" in five territories
including the Middle East and Russia, "The King of Queens" in Bulgaria and
Russia, as well as "I Dream of Jeannie" in India.

Sony Pictures Television (, a Sony
Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry's leading
content providers.It produces and distributes programming in every genre,
around the world and for a multitude of platforms.In addition to one of the
industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows
and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate
that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network
series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas,
comedies and telefilms.SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production
companies in 13 countries outside the U.S. and also maintains offices in 33
countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel
feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 840 million households
worldwide.SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium
video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row
and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net,
premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media
sales company ITN Networks, Inc.SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier
national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in
SPT's syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including
FEARnet, and PlayStation.

SOURCE Sony Pictures Television

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