You don't turn 50 years old every day, and in commemoration of this great milestone, Caracol Television geared up to become be the main protagonist of the Independent LA Screenings on Thursday, May 16, day on which it hosted its traditional screening for the industry.
Joined by its talents, clients, friends and special guests, the event fulfilled the dual function of celebrating the Colombian group’s birthday and presenting its latest developments in programming to the international market.
"This is a time to meet all our clients face to face, consolidate business relationships, give thanks for all these years of walking together, and have a great celebration gala with our traditional screening," said Karen Juliao Macchia , Manager of Strategic Alliances and Sponsorship at Caracol Televisión.
"We met with our talents, friends, all the media and of course with Carlos Vives, who shared the news of his return to TV with all attendees," she added.
The iconic Colombian singer is nothing less than the star of the channel’s flagship series for these LA Screenings, the original production Pescaíto, in which he plays an old soccer professional who returns to his land to become the mentor of a local team that dreams of reaching the first league.
"This series was our main course for the event," said the executive. "Carlos Vives, who has broken all borders with his music, returns to Caracol, after other successes such as Pequeños Gigantes or The Voice, and now he returns to acting again."
"Pescaito is a popular neighborhood in Santa Marta, Colombia; It's a bit of a return to Carlos' roots. The story is in production and we are very happy," she added.
Pescaíto leads a catalog of new productions that the Colombian network presented during the event, “a nourished lineup of diverse stories,” she said.
One of the standouts is super series La reina de Indias y el conquistador, the story of the improbable love that united Catalina de Indias, icon of the era of the conquest, and Pedro de Heredia, the conqueror, who after founding the city of Cartagena betrays her beloved and breaks her heart.
"The story revolves around their romance. It's a story of love, of conquest, of betrayal, with a luxury cast," Macchia explained.
"We also have Amar y vivir, a tragic love story," she added. The series tells the story of Joaquín and Irene, who cross their destinies while struggling for their dreams, and will soon realize that they can not live without one another.
In addition, Caracol Television presented Los Briceño, a super series whose protagonist, "La Chiqui", is the youngest daughter of a family of truck drivers. In the midst of this universe where male macho, popular music and road love reigns, she will have to fight to get ahead, becoming a respected woman in her guild.
"In an organically masculine world, she becomes very successful and shows what women are made of," the executive said.
Finally, the channel presented El hijo del cacique, a telenovela about Martín Elías, a boy whose biggest dream is to become a famous singer, as his father was. Only armed with his talent and perseverance, he earns a special place among the legends of popular music in his country.
"We feel a lot of happiness, pride and a great challenge to continue being pioneers in the industry, to continue imposing trends, new digital screen challenges and new platforms," said the executive. "We are working every day to improve ourselves," she concluded.