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Chilean Creator of ‘Besieged,’ Nicolas Acuña, to Helm Dynamo-Red Arrow Series (Exclusive)

21 August 2017 3:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Besieged” (“Sitiados”) creator Nicolas Acuña of prominent Chilean production house Promocine is attached to direct a series being developed by Colombia’s Dynamo (“Narcos”) in partnership with Munich-based TV distributor, Red Arrow.

Tentatively titled “Coke Way,” the series is set against the cold war of the ‘50s and ‘60s in Chile and the rise of the cocaine biz in Latin America. Chilean scribes Matias Ovalle and Jonathan Cuchacovich have penned the pilot script, said Dynamo’s Diego Ramirez.

“We are closing with an Ott that has expressed interest in the project for Latin America,” he said.  “It’s more of a prequel to ‘Narcos,’” he noted.

With Netflix quite entrenched in the international TV arena, Amazon venturing into overseas production and now Apple TV, which just announced a $1 billion budget for TV content, the market has indeed grown more exciting, said Ramirez. “For us independent producers, these are interesting times as it leads to more production of »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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15 Takeaways from Conecta Fiction

26 June 2017 7:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Santiago De Compostela, Spain — A higgledy-piggledy maze of cobbled streets, granite-stoned convents and white veranda towns houses, Santiago seems suspended in time.     Over June 20-23, it bore witness at Conecta Fiction, an inaugural TV forum, to a revolution: That of scripted TV and nascent Latin America-Europe co-production. The two-and-a-half days were so packed with events as to make nigh impossible much on-site reporting. Following, in retrospect, 15 takeaways from the first-ever Conecta Fiction meet.

1.Latin America-europe TV Co-production: An Imperious Necessity

A boutique Latin America-Europe drama TV co-production forum, Conecta Forum brought together a swathe of high-caliber Latin America channel, broadcaster and fiction TV heads with producers and counterparts in Spain, plus a choice presence of largely French commissioning editors and producers  from the rest of Europe. Many, maybe most, had never met. Nearly all sang the virtues, and necessity of international TV co-production. “A few years ago there were no international co-productions, now »

- John Hopewell

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‘Inés of My Soul,’ ‘Malinche,’ ‘Penumbra’ Re-Write Women’s Past

5 June 2017 5:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Madrid — Women might well write more of the future, in real terms and fiction. First projects at Spain’s inaugural Conecta Fiction, a pioneering Latin America-Europe co-production forum, underscore how screenwriters, women and men, are rewriting women’s roles in the past.

Ambitious historical drama-thrillers produced by some of Latin America’s most prominent production houses, such as Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain’s Fabula (“Neruda”) in Chile and Dynamo Producciones, the Colombian producer of “Narcos,” this new breed of often super women series add a novel dimension to Latin America’s vibrant high-end drama scene.

Other projects at Conecta Fiction’s first Intl. Co-production Pitching Session, to take place June 21, include sci-fi “Strange Fishing Sundays” and crime thriller “Crack,” from Buenos Aires-based Storylab, backers of Netflix’s first Argentine premiere “Stockholm” – showing Spanish-language producers boldly embracing modern genre.

Produced by Chilean broadcaster Fabula (“Gloria,” “A Fantastic Woman”) and Chilevision, owned »

- John Hopewell

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