May 4, 2020. WarnerMedia has finalized its acquisition of Ole Communications’ minority stakes in both HBO Ole Partners and HBO Brasil Partners, the joint ventures between WarnerMedia and Ole Communications , and now owns 100% of all HBO, Cinemax and HBO Go services in Spanish-speaking Latin America and Caribbean, as well as in Brazil. HBO services in Latin America will now fall under the purview of Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Revenue Officer, WarnerMedia & President, WarnerMedia International Networks.
Through this transaction, WarnerMedia's Latin American television offering now includes a compelling mix of basic and premium brands featuring premiere franchises, award-winning original production, fan-favorite animation, top-tier sports and internationally respected global journalism.
“We are pleased to complete this strategic acquisition, which will allow us to fully realize the potential of a combined WarnerMedia in Latin America, creating more value for fans, business partners and content creators,” said Zeiler. “First and foremost, with this acquisition, we plan to launch localized versions of our upcoming U.S. streaming service HBO Max to consumers throughout the region.”
“Nearly thirty years ago, Ole partnered with HBO to build one of the leading pay-television platforms in Latin America,” said Enrique Cusco, President and CEO of Ole Communications. “HBO was an ideal partner and I’m grateful to all the people that worked with us to create HBO Latin America. I’m also proud of the significant role Ole and everyone on the HBO Latin America management team played in what we achieved together. I wish WarnerMedia great success.”
WarnerMedia and Ole Communications brought HBO programming services to the region for the first time when they founded the HBO Ole Partners joint venture in 1991 and launched a Spanish-language HBO-branded premium channel that same year. In 1994, a Portuguese-language service was launched in Brazil.
Separately from this acquisition, WarnerMedia and Ole Communications will continue their basic channel distribution business in Latin America.
WarnerMedia is a leading media, advertising and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, truTV and others. WarnerMedia is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T).
About HBO Latin America
HBO Latin America is a leading premium, subscription-based, television network in the region, recognized for the quality and diversity of its programming. Featuring exclusive original series, films, documentaries and specials, the network is also the place to see some of the most recent Hollywood blockbusters before they appear on any other premium channel. The content is transmitted in HD in more than 40 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean through the channels HBO®, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Plus, HBO Family, HBO Mundi, HBO Pop, HBO Xtreme, and the ad-supported Cinemax® channel. Its programming is also offered across multiple platforms, such as HBO GO® and HBO On Demand®.
About Ole Communications
Ole Communications is an international multi-media company and a pioneer in the Latin American pay television industry. The Company’s various joint ventures include Ole Distribution, Ole Brasil Distribution, A+E Networks Latin America, NBCUniversal International Networks Spanish Latin America, IVC Networks and PlayGround Americas, offering Latin American audiences such iconic networks as A&E, AXN, History, History2, IVC, Lifetime, E! Entertainment, Studio Universal, Sony Channel, SyFy, Telemundo Internacional, Universal TV and WB. Ole Communications, through its VC Medios affiliates, also provides its joint ventures and strategic partners with advertising sales representation, broadcast, languaging, and production services.