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Amazon Prime Video Acquires ‘Narcos vs Zombies’ Series Set in Mexico

  • Variety
An army of the undead along the U.S.-Mexico border will collide with drug lords and the American military in “Narcos vs Zombies,” a Mexican TV production coming to Amazon Prime Video in 2020.

Amazon announced “Narcos vs Zombies,” an eight-episode series that blends sci-fi, horror and action genres, will be available exclusively next year on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, including Mexico and the rest of Latin America. The series is produced by Dynamo and Red Creek Productions.

The action-drama series is a Mexican production created and written by Nicolas Entel (“Pecados De Mi Padre”) and Miguel Tejada Flores and directed by Rigoberto Castañeda. Entel serves as showrunner.

“Narcos vs Zombies” stars Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Fátima Molina, Horacio García Rojas, Nery Arredondo (“Vuelven”) and Adria Morales (“La Reina Soy Yo”).

In “Narcos vs Zombies,” legendary narco kingpin Alonso Marroquín (Peris-Mencheta) escapes from a high-security Mexican prison
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Natpe: Mediapro, Televisa Strike Co-Production Alliance (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Miami — Mediapro, one of Europe’s biggest independent TV groups, and Mexican TV giant Televisa, have inked a multi-year production alliance to co-develop and co-produce a minimum of three drama series aimed at fueling Televisa’s premium programming and output for Mexico and the U.S. but also targeted at worldwide markets.

Linking two of the most powerful production players in the Spanish-speaking world, the alliance between Mediapro Us and Televisa kicks off with “Unwanted,” created by Ran Tellem, an executive producer on “Homeland,” and Spain’s Mariano Baselga (“The Boarding School”); and “Stroke,” from Argentina’s Oficina Burman, headed by writer-director Daniel Burman, a leading light of the New Argentine Cinema.

Announced on the first day of Miami’s Natpe by Patricio Wills, president and studio head of Televisa Studios, and Laura Fernández Espeso, Mediapro director of international content, the alliance runs for three years.

Televisa will carry out physical production in Mexico,
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Ventana Sur Rocks with Sales, Mass Attendance, Structural Growth

  • Variety
Buenos Aires — Celebrating its 10th anniversary with a huge hike in attendance to over 4,000 accredited delegates, the 2018 Ventana Sur will go down in history on multiple counts: Sales and pick-ups on movies which combined social comment and entertainment value, increasingly the new foreign-language movie standard; new sections, led by a Proyecta co-production forum and in-house doc Incubadora; and a reinvigorated conference strand.

Thierry Fremaux’s Cannes Festival Cinema Week also sold out, some sessions in just two hours, a sign he said in his opening keynote to Ventana Sur of a resilient theatrical audience for films.

With three Netflix executives in attendance, plus Amazon’s Pablo Lacoviello, 2018’s Ventana Sur suggested how the function of major film events is expanding in an Ott age. The battle for Ott supremacy will be fought over talent.

Much of the real industry dealing at Ventana Sur was and will be in the future
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MipCancun: 14 Takes on a Booming Market

  • Variety
Cancun, Mexico — It’s boom time for drama series production in Mexico, Spain and Brazil, driven by pay TV and Ott players and their competitors alike. As a co-production forum, the 5th MipCancun moved up a gear. This year saw its biggest attendance, plus strategic alliances, hints at or presentations of multiple new series announcements of huge ambitions – Televisa’s 20-title remake extravaganza Fábrica de sueños; Secouya’s plan for a Madrid Content City. 14 takes on the new Spanish-language series gold rush:

1.Spanish-language Series Production Booms

MipCancun rocked. But it did so as a production forum, not a classic sales market. The production driver? The ever more fully-fledged Ott platform financing phenomenon. “It started focused much more on global content. But we’ve seen a second wave now of these same players – Netflix, Amazon, moving into more local content, in Latin America, India, Korea, even in the Middle East,” Creative Artists
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Latin American Streaming Services, Cable Networks and Co-Productions Drive Boom of Drama Series

  • Variety
Along with Germany and Spain, Latin America is fast emerging as one of the biggest growth regions for high-end fiction in international, Ott, premium pay TV and co-productions.

Ott is experiencing a second-phase expansion. Netflix released its first Latin American original, “Club of Crows,” in August 2015. Two years later, it had 50 new or returning productions in various stages of development. That number has risen yet again. On Sept. 20, for instance, Netflix announced its 11th original to date in Brazil, supernatural thriller “Spectros.”

There are now other new kids on the digital block. In May, Amazon Prime Video’s first original series “Diablo Guardian,” produced with Televisa production unit Tao, bowed to critical acclaim.

“We are open for business. We are not trying to hit a specific volume,” says Pablo Iacoviello, Amazon Prime Video content director for Latin America.

Other series announced include Gabriel Ripstein’s political thriller “Un Extraño Enemigo,
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Univision Alum Isaac Lee Acquires Mexico’s Redrum, Launches Exile Content (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Isaac Lee, the former chief creative officer of Univision and Televisa, has formed an ambitious new company called Exile Content and he has acquired Mexican production services company Redrum.

Redrum founder Stacy Perskie will run Exile’s studio along with his team of partners, including Adrian Grunberg, who is currently directing “Rambo 5” and helmed Redrum’s first original in-house production, “Get the Gringo,” starring Mel Gibson. Exile Content will have offices in Mexico and Los Angeles.

Redrum has provided production services to some of the most prominent films to shoot in Mexico, including “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” “Blade Runner 2049, “Bel Canto,” “Spectre” and “Elysium.” On the TV side, it has worked on Netflix’s “Narcos: Mexico” and season two of Amazon Prime’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” among others.

“Exile is about premium content and no one in the region has more experience producing with the highest production values then Redrum,
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