New deal to spread prod'n across TV, feature landscape south of border
Spanish-Latin American production traffic stepped up last week as new Spanish-U.S. company Plural Entertainment inked a non-exclusive pact with leading indie Mexican production house Argos Comunicacion for TV and film projects.
Movie co-productions between Spain and Latin America are now commonplace. Latin American telenovelas licensing remains healthy in Spain. But beyond Latin soap, the co-production or format sales of other TV fare is now gaining ground, led by local versions of Endemol’s “Big Brother.” In late August, Endemol and Globo TV unveiled a 50/50 joint production venture, Endemol Globo.
Per Plural’s New York-based managing director, Luis Fernandez, the partners are “studying the possibilities of co-producing a novela and a dramatic series.” Definitely in the works is an adaptation of Argos’ TV format “Donde Estas Corazon” for the Spanish market, he added.
Argos and Plural had already linked to co-produce feature film “The Blue Room,” which is skedded to be released in Mexico in February.
The deal is one more link meshing players across the Spanish-speaking world.
“Our aim is to co-produce with leading players in the region,” says Plural prexy Jose Vicuna. Plural is in co-production talks in Brazil with top broadcaster TV Globo and indie pic production house Conspiracao Films, Vicuna says.
Plural also could participate in Argos’ productions for No. 2 U.S. Spanish-lingo broadcaster Telemundo. But Plural will remain plural in partnerships: It doesn’t exclude co-producing with Univision, Fernandez says.