In a bid to tap the burgeoning English-speaking Hispanic market in the U.S. and around the world, Mexican media giant Televisa has moved to co-produce a host of English-language TV productions with Canada, starting with spy thriller series “Duality” starring Dougray Scott (“Hemlock Grove,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Taken 3”). Televisa will offer the debut series at Mipcom.
Televisa will tap the 1991 Mexican-Canadian tax treaty for scripted series that enables producers and talent from each of the countries to co-finance, develop and appear in film and TV projects. “Duality,” a co-production with Vancouver-based Odyssey Media, tracks a clandestine crack team of the State Department, CIA and Mexican intelligence agents who wage war against the world’s most dangerous criminals operating in Latin America. The series is based on an original story by writer-producer Barry Schkolnick (“Good Wife,” “Law & Order”).
Chris Philip, who joined Televisa in January to head up production-distribution of Televisa USA, will executive produce the series along with Jorge Aragon (“A La Mala,” “Capadocia”); Eduardo Clemesha, Televisa’s general director of new content and formats; Odyssey Media’s Kirk Shaw (“The Hurt Locker”; and Scott.
“Our competitive advantage with unparalleled production capabilities and multi-platform networks gives us the scale to deliver the global market multiple high-quality series, and with creative casting we can target a powerful multicultural audience in the U.S.,” said Philip.
Televisa’s Clemesha added: “Televisa brings to this venture access to our award-winning producers and directors; the economies of scale of shooting in Mexico with Televisa’s facilities and crew; as well as the latitude to adapt formats from both Televisa’s massive library of formats and third-party rights holders.”
News follows the late September announcement of a pact between Televisa USA and Dominican Republic-based Lantica Media, to co-develop and co-finance multiple projects, starting with English-language series “Gran Hotel.” The romantic murder mystery set in 1950s Havana will shoot at Lantica’s Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios, tapping tax credits of up to 25% on eligible above- and below-the-line expenditure.