According to the last research by BB Media, "the rise of original Latin American content on streaming platforms is undeniable, and the data supports this phenomenon". BB Media has found that approximately 7,000 Latin American productions or co-productions are available outside of Latin America. When identifying the top buyers of Latin American content outside the region, it is evident that the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, and Australia lead the ranking.
Upon identifying the presence of content from the Latin American countries with the highest number of productions, it becomes clear that year after year they have been gaining more ground abroad, in particular, Mexico leads the export of original content in Latin America, representing 1.87% of the original titles, followed by Argentina with 1.08%. The other countries that make up the ranking of top exporters of original content are Brazil, Colombia, and Chile.
According to the media agency, Mexican content shows a strong presence with a total of 2,660 titles, followed by 1,137 titles from Argentina and over 790 from Brazil.
On the other hand, Spain includes more than 2,400 Latin American titles in its catalogs. Although it is a Spanish-speaking country, it doesn’t equally embrace all content. Argentina leads the export of local titles to Spain with 884 titles, while Colombia presents the lowest number, with 179.
In contrast, in the United Kingdom, Mexican content predominates, with over 760 titles, followed by Brazil, offering 579 titles.
In addition to the increase in the production of original Latin American content, it is interesting to analyze the distribution of genres in these titles. BB Media’s data reveals that, regardless of the country, the Drama genre takes the first place with a significant difference in popularity, while the absence of genres like Science Fiction and Action stands out, in an equivalent amount to the potential demand for such content, considering the preference for these genres in the analyzed countries, especially in Spain.
Upon detailed analysis, the most popular Latin titles outside of LATAM are ‘Cidade de Deus’ (Brazil), ‘Relatos Salvajes’ (Argentina), ‘El Secreto de sus Ojos’ (Argentina), ‘Amores Perros’ (Mexico), and ‘Argentina, 1985’ (Argentina). It’s worth noting that all of these were titles nominated for the Academy Awards in one or more categories, and even one of the Argentine productions won the award for Best Foreign Language Film.