Chile’s entertainment industry, despite its smaller size, is gaining momentum as a growing number of big-pocket streaming platforms and content studios seek international products that reflect the diversity of their global audiences.
“We develop projects for different countries, in alliances with large partners and with multicultural teams, where we expand opportunities and expand our stories to be more attractive when seeking funding and analyzing different business models in each country,” said the producer. Macarena Cardone from Invercine.
She added: “In Latin America, we have a lot of talent that is telling good stories that are ubiquitous on platforms and TV networks around the world.”
Some Chilean actors, led by the ubiquitous Alfredo Castro, have mastered neutral Spanish to expand their repertoire throughout the region.
The country’s wealth of talent, stories, locations, and skilled crew contributed in no small part to the explosion of content that was by all accounts huge.
More strategic alliances are being formed across the region to deliver projects and integrate talent from around the world. Among the country’s top producers is Fabula, run by Larraine brothers Juan de Dios and Pablo (“Spencer”), who drive the Santa Maria series to Conecta. Other key players involved in Conecta Fiction include:
Hernan Cafiero, BTF Media
Showrunner, director, writer and producer Caffiero won an Emmy in 2018 for his series Una historia necesaria, which featured brief vignettes about prisoners who disappeared during the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. As showrunner for BTF Media in Santiago de Chile, Cafiero is developing projects with strong social content for Latin America, and in the US, Cafiero will push for Conecta Fiction’s distribution of La vida de nosotras, directed by Barbara Barrera Morales and other women. – directors. a four-episode fantasy drama series featuring 16 stories of sexist violence suffered by women in today’s society.
Macarena Cardone, Invercine
A founding partner and executive producer of Invercine, Cardone has been a member of the board of directors of the Chilean film and television producer organization APCT since 2016, where she currently serves as secretary. She has worked in advertising, as well as in films and feature series. Invercine has produced over 300 hours of premium TV content. His notable achievements include Dignidad (Prime Video Latin America), Mary & Mike (Turner, Starz) and Ramona (TVN). Invercine presents the adaptation of Isabelle Allende’s epic romantic adventure “Hija de la Fortuna” for Conecta Fiction. The English-language series is set during the 1849 gold rush in Chile and California. “We are looking for a partnership with a production company in the UK to develop it, find international talent and get a fresh perspective with a young English writer as showrunner,” says Cardone.
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A prolific Chilean-Italian producer who has credited Vera de Verdad (Italy-Chile), La Pampa (Peru-Spain), Uomo di Fumo (Italy-Chile) and La Vercione di Anita (Brazil- Chile). Italy), the Jury presents at Conecta, among other things, “Microterrícolas”, a fictional series for children with live “insect actors” directed by Felipe Athenas, which took five years to create; and a transmedia project for the children’s series “Hola Flinko” (Chile-Colombia), including live musical performances. “Both are great examples of collective, universal stories that we want to create more,” says Yuri. Shot over the course of eight weeks by a team of 23 people armed with macro cameras, Microterricola was one of her most challenging projects. “Sometimes we waited an hour and a half for the insect to move,” she recalls of the Atomica/17Films co-production.
Amanda Puga, Praxia
Founded in 2012, Praxia has worked on a variety of genres including animation, documentaries and fiction. Puga is lucky in Conecta “The Funeral of Mr. Maturana” based on the debut novel of the same name by Andrés Valenzuela Donoso. She is directing and producing a comedy series that is in development and is seeking funding. It follows a law firm that is plotting the “scam of the century”. Lawyers said they were organizing the funeral of Mr. Facundo Maturana, a little-known Chilean businessman with a huge fortune. This attracts many who feel they must see and be part of this elite event, despite the exorbitant ticket prices. The only caveat: Mr. Maturan does not exist.
Maria Elena Wood, Maria Wood Prods./ Ivercine & Wood
Founder of Maria Wood Prods. and Invercine & Wood has produced numerous award-winning films and TV shows, including Nuestro Siglo, Ramona, Dignidad and Mary & Mike. She was a former program director for Chilean TVN and directed documents such as “Locas Mujeres” and “Michele Bachelet, la hija del general”. Limited series Wood Prod. Abduction News, based on the novel of the same name by Gabriel García Márquez, filmed last year in Colombia, will be released worldwide on Prime Video. At Conecta, “we are looking for Latin American partners and broadcasters for the program Vientos patagónicos (Winds of Patagonia), which we have developed together with Nadcon (Peter Nadermann and Petra Wersch) and ZDF Studios (Sebastian Krekeler and Suzanne Franke). says Wood, who also leads the discussion at Conecta.