Telemundo preps ‘Todo’

Cantoral, Talacon, Bertie, Gomez, Zully to topline soap

RIO DE JANEIRO — TV Globo begins lensing its first Spanish-lingo co-production novela, “Vale Todo,” on April 8. Novela’s skedded for a June bow on U.S. Hispanic net Telemundo.

The remake of the late 1980s hit is the long-awaited first soap under a deal signed between Telemundo and Globo in mid-2000 to adapt popular Globo Portuguese-lingo novelas into Spanish.

The U.S. net has already been airing dubbed Brazilian productions from Globo and other suppliers.

The producers watched about 700 tapes and auditioned nearly 400 actors to select the 28-member multinational cast.

Topliners are Mexicans Itati Cantoral and Ana Claudia Talacon, Peruvian Diego Bertie, Argentinean Javier Gomez and Cuban Zully. Brazil’s Antonio Fagundes will also have a part in the novela’s first episode.

TV Globo plans to sell the telenovela to Latin American markets after its U.S. bow. Production will take place in Rio at Globo facilities.

Average cost of the 150-hour novela will be $63,000 per hourlong episode, close to that of a regular Globo production.

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