NATPE: Is Brazil’s format market set to surge?

Think of Brazilian original content and the likelihood is your mind will turn to scripted fare. Telenovelas have long been a staple of the traditional broadcast industry, filling up schedules with long-running storylines of love and passion that have tended to provide relatively little room for unscripted ideas. It is a point made by Laurens […]

Show of the week: Orphans Of A Nation

Set both in São Paulo and amidst the refugee crisis resulting from the war in Syria, this drama reflects the growing trend for telenovelas to tackle much grittier subjects than they might have previously. That said, Orphans Of A Nation, known locally as Húerfanos De Su Tierra, retains some traits of the telenovela genre, with […]

Brazil’s TV Globo to remake ‘Catch Me Out’

All3media international has struck a format deal with Brazil’s TV Globo for a local version of entertainment show Catch Me Out. TV Globo will produce an initial 4×40-min episodes in-house for air as part of its long-running Sunday-evening primetime show Domingão do Faustão, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The deal also gives TV […]

Netflix orders Brazilian version of Charlie Brooker zombie series

Netflix has greenlit a Brazilian version of Charlie Brooker’s zombie show Dead Set, which will be titled Reality Z locally. Dead Set originally played on the UK’s E4 in 2008, and was produced by Zeppotron, part of Endemol. The new series has been adapted by Brazilian director, screenwriter and executive producer Cláudio Torres, and is […]

Netflix names cast, starts shooting Brazilian Bossa Nova original

Streaming service Netflix has announced the key cast of Brazilian original series, Coisa Mais Linda. The show will star Maria Casadevall (Os Dias Eram Assim, Mulheres Alteradas, I Love Paraisópolis) as Maria Luiza, a rich and dutiful woman who has always depended on her father and husband. After being left alone in Rio, against her better judgment, Maria Luiza […]

UK-Brazil coproduction treaty ratified

The UK and Brazil production treaty has finally been formalised, smoothing the way for TV and film coproductions between the two countries. The pact was negotiated by the British Film Institute on the UK side, with support from the UK government, and the Brazilian Film Agency (BRAVI). Productions covered by the treaty will be given national […]

Brenda Wooding’s Kid Glove sets up in Brazil

Brenda Wooding’s kids production and distribution firm Kid Glove has set up a base in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Wooding will run the office while Heather Kenyon, the former Cartoon Network development boss who serves as the lead creative executive at the company, will continue to work out of the company’s US office in LA. The […]

Latin Media Leaders: HBO Latin America/HBO Go

DIGITAL INNOVATOR HBO LATIN AMERICA, HBO GO   In late 2011 HBO Latin America gave notice of its intention to launch its TV Everywhere service HBO Go throughout Latin America and 2012 was about delivering on that pledge. Emilio Rubio, president of HBO Latin America Group, says ownership of the digital space is a key […]

Latin Media Leaders: GloboDoc

BEST DOCUMENTARY EXTREME PLANET, GLOBO TV INTERNATIONAL, GLOBODOC GloboDoc’s Extreme Planet was a huge ratings hit for the Brazilian broadcaster when it launched in 2011, averaging 20.5 million viewers. Globo has enjoyed success selling it around the world. The series follows journalist Clayton Conservani and his team on their pan-continental adventures. Globo is launching a […]

NATPE News: Nick launches branded blocks across Lat-Am

Viacom is rolling out branded Nickelodeon blocks on free-to-air broadcasters in Latin America. The kids blocks will launch on Brazilian free-to-air broadcaster TV Bandeirantes and its free-to-air counterparts in Chile and Venezuela, UCTV and Canal 12. In Brazil, Band will get Nick shows including of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as Supah Ninjas. A two-year deal with UCTV […]