LONDON — Nickelodeon’s “I Am Frankie” will be the first series to be produced at the new state-of-the-art Viacom International Studios in Miami, which will serve as a production hub for all of Viacom’s brands.
“I Am Frankie,” originally produced as “Yo Soy Franky” by Nickelodeon Latin America in Colombia, was created by Argentine writer Marcela Citterio. The English-language version, “I Am Frankie,” is now being adapted for global audiences by Catharina Ledeboer, who has written multiple Nickelodeon hits, including most recently “Every Witch Way” (which completed four seasons) and “Talia in the Kitchen.”
“I Am Frankie” is the story of Frankie, an experimental android who navigates the perils and wonders of being a teenager. Frankie looks like any other girl, but functions like the newest computer: complete with Internet access, extensive memory and a hard disk. Frankie goes to school and no one but the members of her family know her secret. She adapts to the real world quite well, despite having no feelings or emotions, but all that changes when she begins to experience family life, make friends and have a boyfriend.
Already in development, production on “I Am Frankie” will begin in the second half of 2016. Nickelodeon has ordered 20 30-minute episodes, which will be distributed to Nickelodeon’s global audiences spanning 160 countries and territories via the brand’s more than 80 channels and branded blocks.
Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom’s Kids and Family Group, said: “Miami has been a content hub for Nickelodeon for some time, creating global hits such as ‘Every Witch Way,’ among others. Our talented team in Miami is truly expert at the daily serialized format — and continues to innovate their approach to both content and platforms.”