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Fox Telecolombia Produces Groundbreaking Sci Fi Series ‘2091’

20 July 2016 6:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bogota – Fox Telecolombia, the Colombian outpost of Fox International Channels in which it holds a 51% stake, is in post production on one of the first — if not the first — Latin American sci-fi cable TV series in the region.

“2091” is set to debut on Fox Latin America in late October. The 13-episode sci-fi thriller is set in the year 2091 when most people have been converted into game addicts [shades of Pokemon Go!]. Games are banned as a result but a game-obsessed billionaire gamer takes the top players to an artificial moon where he pits them against each other. Sets include a gleaming space station decked out in the tradition of such classics as “Star Trek.” Despite its high production values, each episode of “2091” is said to cost a fraction of a standard episode in a U.S. series.

The “2091” cast is led by Manolo Cardona (“Narcos”), Angie Cepeda (“Jane the Virgin”) and Christopher von Uckermann (“Kdabra”). “It’s very different from what »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Carlos Slim’s America Movil Steps Up Investment in Original Content for Latin America

19 January 2016 4:55 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Carlos Slim’s America Movil pay TV platform is stepping up its investment in content ranging from sports rights to original scripted series distributed throughout Latin America.

America Movil — which counts some 300 million subscribers across its mobile, pay TV, Ott, broadband and landline services — will offer multiplatform coverage of this year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. For the first time in Latin America, subscribers will be able to access up to 20 Olympic events live streaming simultaneously on a range of devices, from desktop computers to tablets and smartphones.

“They can even choose the camera angles,” said America Movil chief Arturo Elias Ayub, the son-in-law and spokesman of Mexican billionaire Slim, whose diverse portfolio of businesses includes telco giants Telmex and America Movil.

America Movil execs are scouting new projects this week at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Miami. Elias is attending along with Andres Vazquez, »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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