Pol-ka places ‘Padre’ rights

Telefe chosen for its export success with youth sudsers

BUENOS AIRES — Pol-ka Producciones, the independent outfit behind the hottest fiction programming on Argentine broadcaster Artear, has awarded the international rights for “Padre coraje” (Father Courage) to the foreign sales division of rival broadcaster Telefe.

“Father,” the story of a young idealist defending the poor in the 1950s, is one of the primetime bets next year for Artear, owned by local media conglom Grupo Clarin.

Pol-ka is run by Fernando Blanco and helmer-thesp Adrian Suar, who doubles as programming manager for the broadcaster.

The choice of Telefe Intl. also came at the prodding of Yair Dori, an Argentina-born TV impresario in Israel who is co-producing “Father” under his Yair Dori Communications banner.

He wanted Telefe Intl. because of its export success with youth soap operas “Rebelde way” (Rebel’s Way) and “Rincon de luz” (Corner of Light), which he co-produced. In the past year, Telefe Intl. has sold them to 27 and 15 foreign markets, respectively.

Separately, Telefe Intl. secured the foreign rights for Raul Lecouna’s Central Park Productions’ “Jesus, el heredero” (Jesus, the Heir), another telenovela that will air primetime next year on Artear.

Telefe Intl. is the leading exporter of Argentine content in Latin America, and one of the biggest programming distributors in the region.

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