Co.'s remain independent but share facilities, projects

RIO DE JANEIRO — Vet helmer Carlos Diegues (“Bye Bye Brazil,” “God Is Brazilian”) and helmer Vicente Amorim (“The Middle of the World”) have joined Mixer, a group of production companies that makes pics, TV programming, commercials and Internet content.

Companies within the alliance remain independent but operate in partnership and share facilities and projects.

“If considered a unique entity, Mixer is mostly likely the largest production company in Brazil and is working on three film projects,” said Amorim, stressing there is not an official ranking because local production companies are privately held and do not report results.

The three pics, all of them scheduled to be lensed next year, are Diegues’ “The Greatest Love,” a Columbia co-production; Amorim’s “Dirty Hearts,” a Buena Vista co-production; and Michel Tikhomiroff’s frosh pic “Breath.”

Diegues joined Mixer through his Rio production company, Luz Magica, in which his wife Renata Magalhaes is a partner. Amorim joined the alliance as an individual.

Mixer also includes Jodaf, Radar, Pizza Filmes, R. Digital and the Travel News Network (TNN), a local travel channel scheduled to bow in March.

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