ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) and Spanish prodco La Claqueta PC are to co-produce Jamila, a new scripted crime drama series.
Olmo Figueredo González-Quevedo, producer of TV series Nacho Vidal, An XXXL industry and Alberto Marini, EP of the [REC] horror movie franchise, are attached as showrunners, while José Rodríguez Suárez, writer of Adiós (Goodbye), will co-create the series with them and serve as lead writer.
The series will follow three characters whose paths cross in Seville: Tamara, a young woman who has been ousted from her deceased father’s illegal business by her own uncles; rising football player Calderón, devastated from a life-changing injury; and Manuel, a garbage truck driver dreaming of a different life. After a sexual blackmail case goes wrong, they decide to grow marijuana as a way out of their current struggles, but inexperience, mistrust and dangerous cartels won’t make it that easy.
Laura Abril, SVP of VIS for EMEA & Asia, commented “We are excited to partner with La Claqueta, a production company internationally recognized for their work in the film and TV industry, on such an exciting project. By inking strategic partnerships with industry leaders, we demonstrate our commitment to delivering the best content for our viewers on all platforms: Jamila is another testament of our strategy to create and produce content which can to both resonate locally and have a global reach.”
González-Quevedo commented “Jamila will be my second experience with Alberto Marini after Your Son and with José Rodríguez after Goodbye. I couldn’t imagine a better team to shape this Sevillian story of drug trafficking, soccer, extortion, money and garbage. Lots of garbage.”
La Claqueta PC is the production house behind series such as Clandestine Amazon, Life In Flames and Artpoetry, and features One Careful Owner, The Endless Trench and Parking.