Marcos Santana, president of Telemundo Global Studios, shares a message of encouragement for the production industry to continue to prepare future series by writing scripts, pre-producing and even conducting virtual castings.
The Telemundo Global Studios (TGS), Telemundo’s production unit, has been affected -as has most of the industry- by the Covid-19 crisis.
In this unique scenario, Marcos Santana, president of TGS, and one of the most important executives in the content production and distribution business, honored at Natpe Miami 2020 with a Brandon Tartikoff Award, shared his thoughts about the situation and future plans for his company.
“The health and well-being of our actors, production teams and employees has always, and will always be, the main priority, since they are a necessary part of Telemundo Global Studios’ success,” he said.
“We are experiencing challenging times, something unprecedented in our lifetime and we are all adjusting to manage our operations as best as we can, while trying to continue to grow our business in the long term. We are extremely grateful and proud of the commitment and flexibility shown by the entire Telemundo Global Studios team during these trying times,” he continued.
In regard to the production and development of the projects that were scheduled for this year, the executive said TGS has postponed filming titles such as the highly-anticipated 100 días para enamorarnos, adaptation of the original Viacom International Studios series, premiered on Telefe in Argentina.
Filming was taking place at the Telemundo Center in Miami.
“We’ve had to postpone the productions that were already underway as a precautionary measure, to ensure the well-being of everyone that works with us and society in general.”
“However”, he added, “thanks to the possibilities provided by the most advanced technology, we continue to work in post-production for our upcoming series, with our tech teams working safely from home.”
“We are also taking this time to continue to prepare many of our future series in terms of development, pre-production, script-writing and even virtual castings,” he revealed.
“We have a very big responsibility with our audiences, to provide them with information and quality content that can help them navigate these trying times. So we’re ready to carry on with our production activities as soon as it’s safe for everyone.”
“We re monitoring the situation daily to make sure we know the right time to start projects again and contribute by generating job opportunities for thousands of people.”
“Our company is strong and well-situated to overcome this unprecedented situation, and we know that together we will come out stronger than ever,” he concluded.