TNT has set political comedy “Vote For Juan” as its first original Spanish production, the pay-TV channel announced Tuesday. Javier Cámara is set to star in the 8-part, half-hour format, which is co-produced by TNT and Mediapro’s 100 Balas.
“Original content is one of our main areas of focus at TNT,” said Daniel González, director general of Turner for Spain and Portugal. “‘Vote For Juan’ forms part of a production plan and a larger international strategy that will be on-going over the next few years.”
As well as investing in big international productions González says TNT is also backing more localized content “which viewers can easily relate to,” citing the broadcaster’s original series out of Germany including most recently gangster drama “4 Blocks.” In January, Mediapro and Turner Latin America also announced a co-production deal to develop and produce cross-platform content.
“Vote For Juan” marks Turner’s fifth original general entertainment series produced out of its Europe, Middle East and Africa operation in 2018. As well as “4 Blocks,” which has just finished production on its second season, Turner’s German operation is in post-production on the first season of comedy “Arthur’s Law” and has mockumentary “Other Parents” set to begin production later this month. Turner EMEA is also currently in production on cyber-thriller “Hackerville” with sister company HBO Europe.
“We have a rich track record in developing innovative original kids content but now we are making real strides as well in the general entertainment content we’re developing out of Europe,” said Giorgio Stock, president of Turner EMEA. “We are putting content investment that pushes genre boundaries at the heart of our strategy in both kids and general entertainment and are producing more locally relevant premium content than ever before. Our investment in programming has grown exponentially over the past five years and we are committed to maintaining that focus.”
Created by Juan Cavestany and Diego San José, “Vote For Juan” revolves around an uninspiring agriculture minister (Cámara) who decides to take part in his party’s primary elections, giving himself a chance to eventually run for president, after his political ambitions are awoken by a series of chance events. Victor Garcia Leon and David Serrano are set to direct the show which will start shooting in June.
Cámara recently starred alongside Jude Law in Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Young Pope” and in season three of Netflix drama “Narcos.”