Chris Ottinger, President, Worldwide Television Distribution & Acquisitions, MGM
A few days after the premiere of its first project, Luis Miguel, la serie, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) thinks its clear now is the time of original series in Latin America. Chris Ottinger gives all the details to ttvnews.
* By Gonzalo Larrea, from Cannes, France.
"We think it's the moment of original dramas for Latin audiences. In Latin America original dramas are super important and we wanted to be in first place doing that."
With these words, Chris Ottinger, President, Worldwide Television Distribution & Acquisitions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), summarized during this edition of Miptv the importance the region is having in the company’s strategy.
And the company is achieving this, specifically through Gato Grande Productions, a strategic alliance between MGM and three Mexican entrepreneurs that was launched in 2016 with the aim of producing Hispanic content for global audiences.
The first project to come of it is Luis Miguel, la serie, an authorized biopic on the life of the renowned Mexican singer and international icon. The show will premiere on April 22 on Telemundo and Netflix.
"It's the first show through our Gato Grande joint venture, and we can’t wait to get the show out there. Nobody was able to get the rights, it took us a very long time to get the rights, and we're so happy to have him as a real partner in the production and suporting the production," assured Ottinger to ttvnews.
Can there be second season of Luis Miguel? "There absolutely could be a second season. It's designed to be able to do more if we wanted to do more," answered the esecutive, adding that they are now talking to Latin American free-to-air networks to air the shoe once it airs on Netflix.
Three "Big Projects" for the Region
The growing appetite for original content in Latin America places MGM, thanks to Gato Grande, in a privileged position, according to Ottinger.
As for new series, there are new things coming: "Gato has three or four big projects that we're going to be launching in the coming weeks. We'll be talking to our buyers at the LA Screenings, hopefully after a very succesful launch of Luis Miguel".
And, although without giving away any details, the executive said that one of the projects they are working on is "similar to Luis Miguel; a limited biographical series on the life of another big performer".
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