Brought onto the market at MipTV, Globo TV’s reality-fiction hybrid miniseries “Alemao – Both Sides of the Operation,” which lead the Brazilian media behemoth’s slate, is a sign of just how diverse the Brazilian TV giant’s slate is becoming, taking in also “Relaciones Peligrosas,” which was shot entirely in 4K, six telenovelas and four new films produced by its film division, Globo Filmes.
“Alemao” is based on the harrowing 2010 events in then drug gang-infested Complexo do Alemao shantytown (favela) in Rio de Janeiro.
Globo’s raw, Emmy-winning news footage is combined with the dramatization of events that unfolded when the identities of five undercover police agents were unmasked by a drug lord just before a massive raid by state security forces.
Followed by news teams on the ground and in helicopters, nearly 3,000 police officers swarmed over the complex of about a dozen slums to flush out drug traffickers as part of Rio’s security efforts in the run-up to its hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics. Television news coverage gripped the entire nation as the police penetrated these drug gang strongholds.
Globo’s new telenovelas include “Boogie Oogie” and “Rules of the Game.” It is producing its first major Spanish-language TV series “Supermax,” with Argentine feature helmer Daniel Burman (“The Lost Embrace”), whose new company, Burman Office, is currently developing various TV projects across Iberoamerica and the U.S. Hispanic market.
Meanwhile, Globo’s sales team has licensed its Intl. Emmy-winning telenovelas “Empire” (2015) and “Precious Pearl” (2014) to Indonesia and Vietnam, respectively. “Empire” tracks the riches-to-rags story of a jewel magnate. “Precious Pearl” is a love story between a working class girl and a millionaire.
In recent years, Globo has been expanding its footprint in Asia. In 2014, it sold shows to Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. China bought broadcasting rights to 2013 Emmy winner “Side by Side” last year.