Rodrigo Ros - 29/05/2015

Hispanic Fiction Stands Out at Mipcom

In its second day, the market witnessed the strength of Latin American and Spanish fictions, which were the stand out productions thanks to new series, important screenings and the presence of local talent. 

By Gonzalo Larrea, Pina Mezzera and Rodrigo Ros, from Cannes, France.

Although the second day of Mipcom was marked by rain, the marketplace had a stellar participation this Tuesday, with a large amount of announcements that set the tone for a very busy day.

Regarding Latin America, the most outstanding news came from Disney Media Distribution Latin America (DMDLA), which introduced two new original productions to the market: series Americana and Cazadores de Milagros.

The first comes from a partnership agreement with Naim Media Group and is the first original production by DMDLA in Brazil. It tells the real story of Brazilian city Americana, founded by American settlers and their slaves.

The second is a co-production in collaboration with Mediapro, BTF Media and Somos Distribution. As explained to ttvnews, the project is divided in equal 25% shares. While Disney and Mediapro developed it, BTF will handle the show’s production. DMDLA and Somos will handle its distribution, and maybe Imagina will join as well.

Another news from Mediapro, via its US Hispanic division, was a deal with Vice Studios to develop and co-produce fiction series in Latin America. Border Republic, a story centered on the border between the US and Mexico, is the title that will kick start the partnership.

On the other hand, FOX Content Distribution took advantage of the market to boost its original content offer in Latin America, which was their main highlight at Mipcom with the presence of the stars from The Host, Talento Fox, and new seasons of Besieged and Call Me Bruna.

Meanwhile, Mondo TV Ibero-America announced a co-production with VIP 2000 and Brazil’s Casablanca for science fiction series 2050, its first foray into adult content.

The series will have 13 one-hour episodes with a budget of $ 500,000 each. For now, the three companies have only produced the pilot episode and hope to find new partners and screens to start shooting in the first quarter of 2019.

The distribution will be handled by both VIP 2000 and Mondo: while the first will take handle the Americas, Mondo will handle the sales in Europe and the rest of the world.

Spain also monopolized a lot of attention this Tuesday with the world premiere of series The Pier, an Atresmedia Studios production for Movistar+, distributed by Beta Film.

Its cast and creative team, spearheaded by the Money Heist’s Álvaro Morte and Álex Pina, is one of the major attractive of the series for the international market.

Álex Pina, in addition, starred in one of the mastermind keynotes alongside showrunners of series Narcos and The Young Pope.

As for the Turkish distributors, Inter Medya closed a new sale for Albavision Group in 10 Central American countries for its drama series Forgive Me, which the sale of The Pit announced on Monday for The Pit, also for Albavision in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

In addition, the newly launched Madd Entertainment signed its first sale at Cannes: the DVD rights of My Little Girl to Victory Entertainment in Greece.

And Global Agency revealed to ttvnews the sale of format Find My Body to Vietnam. The Wit chose the format on Monday as one of the freshest formats on the market. Izzet Pinto, CEO of the distributor, also announced other agreements to be announced soon for Turkish drama Mother in Ecuador, Peru and Panama.

Another of the daily announcements came from Parrot Analytics, which will debut on January 22, as part of Natpe 2019, the Global TV Demand Awards, which will reward the most demanded series in the international market.

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