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Boomerang hires for new drama office

Lagardère-backed Spanish producer Grupo Boomerang has opened a new drama unit in Chile, bringing on two seasoned industry execs to run the division.

The Spanish producer, which was majority acquired by Lagardère last year, already has a Chilean offshoot since last year, which is run by Andrés Canale.

It has specialised in entertainment programming, making the local versions of shows including Top Chef and Kitchen Nightmares, and is now moving into scripted TV.

Boomerang’s Spanish series El Tiempo entre Costuras and El secreto de Puente Viejo are on air in Chile, and the new division will create original shows for the local market and beyond.

Vicente Sabatini will be director of the Fiction Department and Cecilia Stoltze, will be general producer at the unit.

Sabatini is a veteran Chilean producer with a 40-year career in the business, and has been head of programming and head of drama at broadcaster TVN. He has also headed up drama at the Chilevisión channel.

Cecilia Stoltze is another veteran of the Chilean TV business and has also worked in various roles at TVN and Chilevisión.

Boomerang said the launch of the new division is in line with its international expansion plans. In recent times it has opened new offices in Lat-Am and has also outlined plans to set up shop in Italy.