Show of the week: Cannibals

Telefé Internacional presents at NATPE Europe high-end drama Cannibals, Oscar-winning director Juan José Campanella’s long-awaited TV series, which is coproduced with Fox International Channels Latin America.

The new drama forms part of Telefé’s ambitious plans to produce premium TV content aimed at the international market. In Prague, the distribution arm of Argentine broadcaster Telefé is handling central and eastern European rights.

Cannibals was shot in 4K and in neutral Spanish, with a top-notch Latin American cast led by Uruguayan actress Natalia Oreiro (Clandestine Childhood), Chile’s Benjamín Vicuña (Prófugos) and Argentina’s Joaquín Furriel (The Boss: Anatomy of a Crime).

The 120-episode drama is set in the Argentine political world, combining doses of love, revenge and redemption.

Natalia Oreiro plays Ariana, a woman raped by a group of young men of power, who 20 years later tries to extract revenge by infiltrating in the inner circle of one who is running for presidency.

Airing Monday to Thursday in Telefé’s late primetime, Cannibals debuted May 20, gathering a healthy 14.4 rating, a good result that placed it second behind the channel’s big hitter, MasterChef, for the evening.

A coproduction pact inked by Telefé and Fox International Channels Latin America allows Fox Life to broadcast Cannibals episodes one day later than Telefé across the region.

Campanella’s Buenos Aires-based outfit 100 Bares Producciones and Uruguay’s network Monte Carlo TV are coproducers. Sony Pictures Television distributes Cannibals in the US Hispanic market and several Latin American territories.

Winner of the 2010 Best Foreign Language Oscar with The Secret in Their Eyes, Campanella can boast a successful TV career, having regularly directed episodes of hit US series such as House and Law & Order.

The show: Cannibals
The producers: Telefé, Fox International Channels Latin America, 100 Bares Producciones, Monte Carlo TV
The distributor: Telefé Internacional (central and eastern Europe)
The broadcaster: Telefé (Argentina)
The concept: Oscar-winner Juan José Campanella’s Argentine political world-set thriller about a woman seeking revenge for a past crime