Brazil's Conspiracao to create 6-to-8 episodes

RIO DE JANEIRO Discovery has commissioned Brazilian production company Conspiracao to make a series about the survivors of terrible accidents.

Conspiracao co-exec partner Arthur Fontes will direct the still unnamed series. Luiz Antonio Silveira will exec produce.

Skein will have six to eight episodes of 44 minutes each and is set to air by the end of this year in the U.S. and Latin America.

The episodes will be in Spanish or Portuguese, depending on the country where the stories took place, and will feature dramatizations and interviews with the survivors.

Discovery and Conspiracao are now selecting the cases. Stories set in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Peru are particularly in consideration, Fontes says.

The series will be partially funded through a local tax shelter system designed to stimulate foreign pay TV programmers to produce in Brazil.

“It will be the largest Discovery production in Brazil,” Fontes says. “It is Conspiracao’s first production for Discovery, which we would like to have as a frequent partner. We are pitching other projects to them.”

Formerly a maker of commercials and musicvideos, Conspiracao began making pics in 1998. It produced Breno Silveira’s “Two Sons of Francisco,” the pic with the largest B.O. in the past 20 years in Brazil.

TV series are the company’s new frontier, Fontes says. Following the success of eight-episode drama “Mandrake” for HBO, which aired in 2005, Conspiracao recently created a TV series division, headed by the company’s new partner Luiz Noronha.

Conspiracao is now making two series for local pay TV net Multishow.

“I’m highly interested in telling survival stories. They are common people who did extraordinary things when facing special situations. The new series is also about how those experiences changed the people who were involved,” Fontes says.

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