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Rio Content Market: Fernando Meirelles’ O2 Filmes Puts ‘Suria’ Into Production

Brazilian indie powerhouse sets up inhouse animation unit, per Andrea Barata Ribeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO — Helmer Fernando MeirellesO2 Filmes, one of Brazil’s largest indie production companies in Brazil, will produce animation series “Suria”, O2’s founding partner Andrea Barata Ribeiro told Variety in an exclusive interview in Rio Content Market 2016.

The kids’ series, which will have 26 episodes of 11 minutes, will be helmed by Fabio Mendonca.

“The series is designed for the Latin American market. We are negotiating the distribution with regional pay-TV networks,” Barata Ribeiro said.

She added the series will be made in O2’s production center in Sao Paulo and will take about two years to be finished.

O2, which is a major producer of TV commercials, live-action series and features, such as Meirelles’ “City of God” and “Blindness”, recently created an in-house animation production unit, Barata Ribeiro said. The unit’s first production was for Pedro Morelli’s feature “Zoom,” a Brazil/Canada co-production starring Gael Garcia Bernal, which included animation sequences. The pic will open March 31 in Brazil.

With the inhouse facility, the company plans to establish itself as a regular animation producer.

Series “Suria” is based on the character of the local comic strip by Brazilian Laerte. Suria is a girl who lives with her family in a circus and interacts with animals and other circus artists.

O2 developed the series with incentive coin from Brazil’s FSA fund, as part of a package that included five other TV series for the local market: Comedies “Aluga-se” and “Amigas do Bebe” and dramas “Random,” “O imperio do Biriba” and “A matriarca.”

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