The ambitious series from Colombia’s Caracol Television, “Pablo Escobar, the Drug Lord,” is now available on iTunes, making it the first Spanish-language series on the streaming service, Caracol has announced.
Other Spanish-language networks such as U.S.-based Univision and Telemundo offer their telenovelas on their apps, UVideos and Telemundo Novelas.
Since late May, iTunes has made the 74 one-hour episodes of “Pablo Escobar” available in Spanish or subtitled in English in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia.
“Escobar, the Drug Lord” was shot completely on location with a cast of 1,300 actors led by Andres Parra who played the infamous drug kingpin. Other cast members include Angie Cepeda, Christian Tappan, Nicolas Montero, Ernesto Benjumea, Cecilia Navia and Vicky Hernandez.
The premiere of this super production turned out to be the most-watched debut in Colombian television history. “Pablo Escobar” has sold to more than 50 countries including untapped territories in Africa and Asia. Afghanistan’s Tolo TV snapped the drug lord bio-series in January, making it the fourth title it has acquired from Caracol after “The Cartel,” “The Cartel 2” and “Roman x 2.”
Caracol, which pioneered the edgier telenovela with “Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso” in 2006, has also moved into docu making with a co-production deal with Discovery Channel. Since last year, they have produced topical titles such as “Turismo Sexual,” “El Czar de Esmeraldas,” “Trafico de Inmigrantes,” and “La Frontera Mas Caliente,” about the Venezuelan-Colombia border.
The network is hoping to replicate the success of “Pablo Escobar” with an equally ambitious and costly series, “Emeralds, the Color of Ambition.” Featuring a cast of over 1,300 and shot in 300 locations, “Emeralds…” unleashes a 60-episode saga of romance, intrigue and generational wars over Colombia’s most precious mineral export.