Turner cuts deals with AOL, UOL Latin America

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MIAMI--Turner Broadcasting System has announced two separate deals for its Spanish- and Portuguese-language news and entertainment Web sites with portals AOL Latin America and UOL.

Effective June 7, AOL Latin America will distribute content from CNNenEspanol.com, CNNBrasil.com, CartoonNetworkLA.com and TNTLA.com on all of its regional portals. AOL Latin America, a joint venture between AOL and the Cisneros Group of Cos., has launched in Brazil and will go live in Mexico shortly. It will introduce a pan-regional portal this year, along with a portal for Argentina.

Under the accord, CNNenEspanol.com and CNNBrasil.com content will be anchored on the international news area of AOL's news channels. CartoonNetworkLA.com will be anchored on the children's channels and TNTLA.com content will be included in the TV area of the portal's entertainment channels.

Turner and AOL will also develop a co-branded instant messenger in Spanish and Portuguese, which will feature news from the CNN Web sites on its ticker. In addition, they will exchange advertising and promotions on each other's sites.

Separately, Turner has formed a three-year alliance with UOL.UOL portals will receive selective international news from CNNenEspanol.com and CNNBrasil.com, for which UOL will provide original local news stories. Turner will also provide children's animation and games from CartoonNetworkLA.com and TNTLA.com to UOL.

UOL has launched country portals in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, the U.S. and Venezuela. It also operates a pan-regional Spanish-language portal.

Copyright June 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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