Fox International Channels Latin America is teaming with Brazilian outfit TV Zero to produce premium TV series “Bruna Surfistinha,” inspired by the real-life story of Brazilian sex blogger Raquel Pacheco.
Based on Pacheco’s bestselling autobiographical book, “The Sweet Poison of the Scorpion,” “Bruna” tells the experience of a middle-class teen who ran away from home and decided to work as a call girl. In little time, she became Bruna Surfistinha, a celebrity in Brazil, writing her routine on a blog.
Designed as a one-hour, eight-episode TV fiction, “Bruna” will shoot from September for two months on locations in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Series has attached young Brazilian actress Maria Bopp (“Oscar Freire 279”) to star.
FIC Latin America plans to launch the skein in Brazil by the second half of 2016.
Rio de Janeiro-based TV Zero already produced feature film “Bruna Surfistinha” (Bruna Surfer Girl), which, distributed by Imagen Filmes, became a sleeper success in 2011, scoring $12.4 million in box office, the second highest gross of the year for a local pic in Brazil.
TV series directors will include Marcus Baldini, helmer-producer of the film version, and Roberto Berliner, who produced the pic.
In Brazil FIC Latin America already boasts a successful track record in original production, with TV cop drama “9MM: Sao Paulo,” comedy “Se eu fosse voce” and thriller “Na mira do crimen.” It channels its presence in “Bruna” via FIC Brazil’s content team.
“The Brazilian TV market represents a large challenge because it counts with a demanding audience that enjoys good TV content, but also is a great opportunity, since this motivates us to continue betting on offering a quality product with very high standard production levels,” said Edgar Spielmann, exec vice president and chief operating officer at FIC Latin America (pictured).
One of Brazil’s most go-ahead film and TV international co-producers, TV Zero’s recent credits include Julian Temple’s “Children of the Revolution” documentary.