Disney Channel co-produces ‘Violetta’

Live-action series is co-produced with Pol-ka

BUENOS AIRES — Disney Channel has greenlit its first co-production with Latin America, the live-action series “Violetta.”

The skein is produced with Pol-ka, the Argentine outfit behind the Latin American versions of “Desperate Housewives,” wide international sellers like “Mujeres asesinas” (Female Assassins) and local hits like political drama “El Puntero” (The Pointer).

Shooting from Tuesday in Latin America, “Violetta” is about a teenager who, after living in Europe, returns to her native Buenos Aires to find friendship, love, music and the hardships of growing up.

Cecilia Mendonca, general manager for Disney Channels Latin America, said in a statement that “Violetta” targets European and Latin American audiences with actors and elements that she believes kids from both regions can relate to.

The series includes thesps from Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Mexico and Spain.

Disney Channel previously has slotted Latin American telenovelas and series in its programming in Europe, including from Argentine producers like Cris Morena and RGB Entertainment.

Violetta” is due to bow next year in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.