Traziende Films’ Mexico-based Leonardo Zimbron, co-producer of “Club de Cuervos,” Netflix‘s first original Spanish-language drama, is teaming with compatriot Edgar San Juan’s Film Tank to board detox center-set TV comedy “Dunas.”
Designed as a three 13-episode seasons TV series, “Dunas” is set at Latin America’s most expensive and confidential detox center – Dunas –, where the economic, social and artistic elites of the region travel to try to get over their addictions and hangups.
“Dunas’” producers are presenting the project at Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival’s Cabos Discovery Meetings sidebar, while series “Club de Cuervos” screens as part of the first edition of Cabos TV, fest’s new TV business platform.
Edgar San Juan (“Northless”), Silvia Pasternac (“Capadocia”), Pablo Aramendi (“Boarding School”) and Hipatia Arguero have almost finished “Dunas” first season scripts; producers plan to complete financing in upcoming months, starting production second semester 2016.
“’Dunas’ boast several aspects to lure international interest, which take in the narrative, the humor and the natural inclusion of characters from all Latin American nationalities in center’s rehab program, such as an Argentine musician, a Colombian high-up, the daughter of a late South American dictator or the wife and son of a Mexican politician: It’s all very conflictive but very funny,” said San Juan.
Mexico’s Film Tank, run by San Juan and partner Jaye Galicot, has produced films such as Rigoberto Perezcano’s feature debut, 2012 festival hit “Northless,” and Chilean Sebastian Silva’s “The Maid,” a Golden Globe nommed and Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury prize winner.
Film and TV projects developed and co-produced by Leonardo Zimbron’s Traziendo Films include “Club de Cuervos,” “Backyard” and “Hidden Moon,” in partnership with companies such as Netflix, Warner Bros., Videocine and Lionsgate.
In their alliance for “Dunas,” Film Tank brings to the table contents creation and development as Traziende provides its vast experience in signing top talent and generating optimal conditions for production and exhibition, San Juan said.
In San Juan’s words, Cabos TV represents “a great opportunity to open a dialogue between North American film and TV producers, with the most advanced platforms for content distribution and exhibition.”
“Our expectation there is to close a development and production deal for a TV series which is intended for audiences around the Americas,” he added.