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Magma Cine, Chemistry Unveil Strategic Production Alliance (Exclusive)

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Magma Cine, a pioneering company on the pan-Latin American co-production scene, and top Mexican post-production house Chemistry have sealed a strategic alliance to produce high-quality contents.

Unveiled at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur, the partnership aims to respond to the strong appetite of regional Ott services as well as pan-regional studios, and forms part of an emerging initiative led by ambitious companies from markets such as Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, looking for new alliances to adapt to market demand.

While in Mexico the Ott platforms and studios such as Turner Latin America boom have generated a strong demand for content, in Argentina OTTs are not as integrated, in terms of project requests, so it leaves well-known screenwriters working at under-capacity.

Argentine TV fiction has always been well received in the Mexican market, as demonstrated by examples such as telenovela “Rebelde” and “El Recluso,” a remake of TV series “El marginal.”

“We
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Buenos Aires City Relaunches Film Commission (Exclusive)

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Buenos Aires — Under municipal Minister of Culture Enrique Avogadro, the City of Buenos Aires is relaunching its Film Commission, taking advantage, yes, of the peso-dollar exchange but, above all, of Argentina’s unquestioned talent base, which is already triumphing outside Argentina.

Two examples, both from the TV sector: in 2018, Argentina sold more top 20 scripted format exports- eight – thanks to the sales of Telefe shows by Viacom. Intl. Studios, than any other country in the world, according to a study unveiled by The Wit at Mip Cancun.

Also, led by “Monzón,” a Buena Vista Original Productions with Buenos Aires’ Pampa Films, Argentina won far more kudos at last month’s Produ Awards than any other territory in Latin America.

Buenos Aires’ Film Commission drive builds on recent shoots in the city led over 2018-19 by international reality shows such as “The Mole,” for Germany and a New Zealand/Australia version of “The Bachelorette.
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Telemundo Buys Argentina’s Underground Producciones (Exclusive)

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Telemundo Buys Argentina’s Underground Producciones (Exclusive)
In a bid to up its game in the increasingly competitive arena of Spanish-language content, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has acquired leading Argentine production company, Underground Producciones., the shingle behind such hits as “100 Days to Fall in Love,” “El Marginal” and Argentina’s 2019 International Oscar submission, “The Angel.” The financial terms were not disclosed.

Telemundo’s new wholly-owned subsidiary will continue under the leadership of its director general, artistic director and driving force Sebastián Ortega who joins the development and creative team of Telemundo Global Studios.

“This union represents a new era and a huge leap in artistic evolution for all of us on the team,” said Ortega who began his television career in 2001 at Argentine broadcaster Telefe, before heading artistic direction at shingle, Ideas del Sur. He founded Underground in 2005, building it to become one of the most successful – and earliest – independent TV production companies in Latin America.

Last year,
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International TV Newswire: Amazon Bulks, Emiles Interrupted, Fremantle Hires

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In this week’s International TV Newswire, Amazon announces a raft of international original programming, the European Animation Awards (Emile Awards) get postponed, Fremantle picks up two new executives, Viacom announces an English-language adaptation of Argentine hit “100 Days to Fall in Love,” and ITV and Alchemy Entertainment sign a first look deal.

Amazon’s Big International Week

In the days following announcements for three new original series in Spain, Amazon Prime Video has announced two more Spanish productions, both unscripted, in “Una vida, una cena,” and soccer-doc “Huesca F.C.”, as well as a Brazilian adaptation of the hit Israeli series “Allenby” titled “Rua Augusta,” and a collection of U.K. standup comedy specials.

“Una vida, una cena,” adapts a format developed at The Mediapro Studio, in which chef Quique Dacosta hosts a famous guest to prepare a signature dish. “Huesca F.C.” follows the Spanish soccer club through the 2018-19 season,
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Meikincine Scoops Three More Titles at Cannes Film Market (Exclusive)

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Lucia and Julia Meik’s boutique sales company Meikincine has announced three acquisitions out of this year’s Cannes Film Market: Gaspar Scheuer’s “Delfin”- which world premiered in the Cannes Écrans Juniors Competition; Marcelo Paez Cubells’ “Which”– part of this year’s Blood Window Showcase for films in progress; Sebastián Mega Díaz’s romantic comedy “The Big Love Picture.”

The three come after an announcement earlier this week that the company had acquired Omar Zúñiga’s debut feature “Los fuertes,” produced by Zúñiga, Dominga Sotomayor and Catalina Marín’s Cinestación Producciones, one of Chile and Latin America’s most exciting young production houses.

Scheuer’s third feature, “Delfin” is produced by Buenos Aires-based Tarea Fina Films, and follows 11-year-old Delfín. The boy and his single father wake up with the sun each morning and work hard to keep away a debt collector threatening to evict them before Delfín heads to school,
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Natpe: Turner Latin America, Dopamine Strike Three-Series Production Alliance (Exclusive)

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Miami — Turner Latin America and Mexico’s Dopamine, a Salinas Group company, have struck a production alliance to develop and produce three original series: “Tu parte del trato,” “Amarres” and “Coyatl.”

The pact adds to the Natpe announcement on Monday of “Las Bravas F.C,” the first series in Turner Latin America’s five-year strategic production partnership with Mediapro.

In another deal, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Turner Latin America announced Tuesday an exclusive non-scripted representation and formats production deal for Tla on ITV formats for Latin America.

The Dopamine, Mediapro and ITV partnerships give further force to the muscular build in original production volume by the Warner Media-owned Turner Latin America, as it seeks to expand even more its leading pay TV market share of 26%, and prepare for an Ott and skinny bundle age.

Three highly contrasting series, all to be produced out of Mexico, the Dopamine trio also
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Viacom International Studios Closes ‘100 Days To Fall in Love’ Format Sale with Mega (Exclusive)

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Viacom International Studios, a division of Viacom International Media Networks (Vimn) – Americas, announced Thursday it has clinched a format sale on Telefe smash hit romantic comedy “100 Days to Fall in Love” with Mega, Chile’s broadcast network audience leader.

The sale comes after “100 Days To Fall in Love,” one of the leading Latin American titles on Viacom International Studios’ distribution catalog at Mipcom, bowed on Telefe, Argentina’s top rating broadcaster on May 7 with an average 48.4% share. Since then, it has held remarkably well to become this year’s most-watched fiction on free-to-air TV in Argentina averaging a 45.5% share.

“We are proud that Mega has once again chosen one of our iconic formats to develop its first local adaptation in Latin America,” said Guillermo Borensztein, Vice President of Content Sales and Co-Production for Viacom International Media Networks – Americas.

He added: “We are fully confident that when they undertake the production
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Argentina Selects Luis Ortega’s ‘El Angel’ for Foreign Language Oscar Submission

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Argentina Selects Luis Ortega’s ‘El Angel’ for Foreign Language Oscar Submission
Luis Ortega’s Pedro Almodovar-backed ‘El Angel,’ which premiered at Cannes and screens at this week’s San Sebastian Film Festival, has been selected as Argentina’s submission for consideration for the Academy Award for best foreign language picture.

Sold by Vicente Canales’ Film Factory, produced by Argentina’s K & S and and Pedro Almodovar’s El Deseo and co-produced by Argentine broadcast network Telefe – a quartet with previous Oscars clout – their film “Wild Tales” was nominated for best foreign-language feature in 2015 – “El Ángel” also marks a move into feature film production for Underground Producciones, one of Argentina’s foremost drama series production houses (“El Marginal”).

The film examines the teenage beginnings of Argentina’s longest-serving prisoner, the near-celebrity Carlos Robledo Puch. Dubbed the “Angel of Death” because of his age, baby face and angelic blonde curls, Carlos and his older friend from school, Ramón, started experimenting with petty crime when still in school,
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‘El Angél’ Breaks Argentina’s Domestic Box Office Record

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‘El Angél’ Breaks Argentina’s Domestic Box Office Record
The major domestic box office successes of films such as “The Clan” and “Wild Tales” have established August as the month to release a big domestic film in Argentina. This year, Luiz Ortega’s “El Angel” not only joins those ranks, but tops them with the country’s largest ever first four-day box office trail of 56 million Argentine Pesos ($1.9million), from an Aug. 9 bow.

That number is slightly misleading when considering both inflation in Argentine and the devaluation of the Argentine peso when calculated U.S. dollar earnings, but the film’s almost 453,000 admissions is still the fifth best ever for a domestic release in Argentina.

Also worth consideration is that “El Angél,” opening Chile’s Sanfic Festival on Sunday, faces stiff box office competition this year, as the Ricardo Darín vehicle “An Unexpected Love,” set to open this year’s San Sebastián festival, also hit cinemas earlier this month
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Watch an Exclusive Clip for Cannes Un Certain Regard Player ‘El Ángel’

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Watch an Exclusive Clip for Cannes Un Certain Regard Player ‘El Ángel’
Luis Ortega’s “El Ángel” is set to world premiere Friday at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it plays in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. Variety has been granted access to the first exclusive clip of the upcoming serial killer origin story.

Sold by Film Factory, produced by Argentina’s K & S and Pedro and Agustin’s El Deseo and co-produced by Argentine broadcast network Telefe – a quartet behind “Wild Tales” and “The Clan” – “El Ángel” also marks an incursion as a producer into feature film production of Underground Producciones, of one of Argentina’s foremost drama series production houses (“El Marginal”).

“El Ángel” explores the dark beginnings of Argentina’s longest-serving prisoner and one of its most brutal killers, Carlos Robledo Puch. Dubbed the “Angel of Death” because of his angelic blonde curls, Carlos started experimenting with petty crime in early adolescence. In time his ambitions escalated
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