Keshet International's Mexico City-based production company, Keshet MX, announced that it is attached as co-producer of Campanario Entertainment's Bandolero, a pioneering Spanish-language musical TV series.
Keshet International will be worldwide distributor of the series, with Keshet Digital Studios (KDS) developing an English-language digital-first US version based on the format.
Both versions will have Kenny Ortega, the acclaimed producer, director and choreographer, attached as executive producer and creative supervisor.
Bandolero is Ortega's first-ever Spanish-language project and enters the international market on the heels of the Aug. 20 Latin American premiere of Ortega's highly successful TV movie, Descendants 2, on Disney Channel/Disney XD, after its recent US airing amassed more than 26 million viewers.
Having garnered three Emmy Awards, two Directors Guild of America Awards and many others for his work in film, television, live events, concerts and theater, Ortega's film credits include Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Dirty Dancing; and directing Newsies, Hocus Pocus, High School Musical 3 and the documentary, Michael Jackson's This Is It.
In TV, his work encompasses Disney Channel's High School Musical trilogy and Descendants' franchises, the opening and closing ceremonies of the Atlanta and Salt Lake Olympics, multiple Super Bowls, single-camera series and major music events including The Oscars and The Emmys.
Keshet MX and Campanario will begin showcasing the big-budget global series (two seasons of 60 X 60) to buyers in the coming months. It heralds from creators Solange Keoleyan and Sebastian Parrotta, who wrote the smash Disney Channel telenovela Violetta - a phenomenon throughout Latin America and Europe with a book series, movies and a sold-out world stadium tour.
Once the series is produced, Keshet MX and Campanario will expand the Bandolero brand into an umbrella of ancillary products and merchandise, based the series' original music and choreography.
Bandolero tells the story of forbidden love and lofty musical dreams that slowly reveal the origin of a powerful, Hispanic superhero.
Frank Scheuermann, Head of Development and Production at Keshet MX, said: "Bandolero offered us so many reasons to get involved at this stage, starting with the great rapport, strong track record, high production values and attitude to risk-taking we share with Campanario. It also gave us the chance to work with the mega-talented Kenny Ortega on a project with an outstanding story and script. ‘Deposito-mania' is upon us and this is the perfect time for the format's massive commercial appeal to explode across Latin American and international markets."
Sebastian Burkhardt, SVP, Digital & Acquisitions for Keshet International, who leads Keshet Digital Studios, said: "Bandolero is an explosive cocktail of music, dance and an impossible love story. It reflects a unique and relevant point of view and commentary on culture that young audiences crave. We look forward to working with trailblazers like Kenny Ortega and Campanario, delivering this incredible format to underserved Latino-American millennial audiences."
Campanario President Jaime Dávila commented: "Campanario is thrilled to be partnering with Keshet as co-producers of Bandolero. Their extensive experience in producing top drama series, coupled with Kenny Ortega's expertise and passion, is the perfect combination for delivering a worldwide phenomenon featuring compelling Latin American talent."
The series represents the most ambitious undertaking for Keshet MX since its launch this past January, with a focus on packaging the best talent, content and producers.
KI has inked several output and co-development deals in Latin America, including a four-series scripted output deal with Televisa (the first project of which, Loaded, has been remade locally as Mint, with a second now in the works); a co-development deal with Telemundo for a scripted Spanish super series; and two non-scripted development deals with Mega in Chile and Telefe in Argentina.
Additionally Keshet MX has produced a Colombian version of Touch for Caracol in partnership with South America's largest retailer, Grupo Exito; and is in production on a local version of the game show BOOM! for Caracol; as well as having several other high-profile productions in the pipeline.