‘Storytellers’ looks to gov funds

Incentives could help documentary

RIO DE JANEIRO — Viacom plans to use government incentives to fund “Contador de Historias,” the Brazilian version of “VH1 Storytellers.”

Production company Mixer will lense the doc in February. The initial doc, which will air in April, will feature Gilberto Gil, who until the middle of this year was Brazil’s Minister of Culture. A Viacom rep said the company plans to make other episodes of “Contador de Historias.”

Meanwhile the Ministry of Culture has announced it will put 8 million reais ($4 million) into the production of three TV fictional series targeting young viewers.

In March, a panel of government, industry and pubcasters’ reps will select eight projects from indie production companies. The government will initially fund one pilot per series, which will air on local pubcasters Oct.-Dec. 2009.

The government will then select the best pilots, based on viewer reaction, to produce three 12-episode series, set to air in 2010. This pioneering program is part of the government Mais Cultura (More Culture) effort to boost culture.

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