BBC Worldwide tries Latam drama

'Los Sonicos' is its first such effort in Latin America

BBC Worldwide is producing its first commissioned drama in Latin America, “Los Sonicos,” via its exclusive partnership with Argentine indie GP Media.

The 12-parter is shooting in Buenos Aires and will debut Oct. 9 on co-producer Canal 9, which commissioned the program. Developed by GP Media, drama tracks a famous ’60s rock band called Los Sonicos (The Sonics) whose nights of debauchery come to an abrupt end when charismatic frontman Carlos Kloster (Mario Alarcon) falls into a coma after a car accident. Kloster wakes up 43 years later to find a drastically changed world.

Based out of Buenos Aires since 2008, BBC Worldwide’s Latin America content and production unit has been co-producing a slew of unscripted BBC formats with GP Media, in which it has a 35% stake.

“We would like to move into drama production,” said Gareth Williams, senior VP of content and production, South America.

BBC Worldwide is the exclusive distributor for GP Media originated formats. To date they have co-produced reality skeins “Vital Signs,” based on the BBC’s “Make My Body Younger,” for Chile’s Mega TV; “Greatest Mexican,” inspired by the BBC’s “Greatest Britain,” for the History Channel, Mexico; and “Animania” (Animal Showtime), a comedic take on BBC footage of animals that are given voices, for Argentina’s Canal 7.

“Los Sonicos” is among various formats BBC Worldwide will offer the Latin American market in Cannes at the Mipcom TV sales mart, which kicks off on Monday.

These include detective comedy skein “Babylon” and “Summer Nights,” which follows the romantic entanglements of teens through a gamut of social media, Skype, text messaging and phone.

In 2009, BBC Worldwide formed another partnership in Brazil with indie producer Mixer, which owns exclusive rights to BBC formats.

BBC Worldwide Content and Production is a global production business with wholly owned production offices in New York, L.A., Paris and Mumbai. It also operates a network of production companies, with outfits in Cologne, Toronto, Moscow, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.

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