Pantaya, the premiere US Hispanic/Latino premium SVOD service, has signed a deal with Fremantle and Fabula to develop a slate of eight new series for the premium Spanish language streamer. The agreement folds into Pantaya’s plans of aggressively ramping up production capacity of original content for the service, which continues to attract widening audience demographics.
Prior to the new deal announced today, Pantaya, Fabula, and Fremantle have partnered on two series to date: “Señorita 89” which will come on to the Pantaya platform in the first quarter of 2022, and “El Refugio” which recently wrapped production in Chile.
“Señorita 89” was written and directed by one of Latin America’s most prominent film and TV writer-directors, Lucia Puenzo, and has a star-studded ensemble cast of established and rising talent headed by Ilse Salas and Juan Manuel Bernal. The series is executive produced by Juan de Dios and Pablo Larraín, Angela Poblete and Mariane Hartard at Fabula, with Christian Vesper from Fremantle. Pantaya holds the rights to the series in the United States and Puerto Rico, and Starzplay will stream it in Latin America and Spain.
“El Refugio” is a Spanish-language co-production between Starzplay, Pantaya, Fremantle and Fabula. Starring Alberto Guerra, Ana Claudia Talancón, and Zuria Vega, and directed by Argentina’s Pablo Fendrik, “El Refugio” recently wrapped principal photography after ten weeks of filming in rural areas around Santiago de Chile.
“We are delighted to continue working with our friends at Fremantle and Fabula after two successful productions. ‘Señorita 89’ and ‘El Refugio’ are unique and exciting premium series that are exceptionally well made. We’re excited for our subscribers to be able to watch the series soon and for new viewers to discover this high-end content on the Pantaya platform. We’re eager to expand this partnership and create even more exceptional projects that audiences will love,” stated Paul Presburger, CEO of Pantaya.
Sheila Aguirre, EVP Distribution Latin America and Hispanic US at Fremantle, added: “This is an exciting time for the scripted business in Latin America which is quickly becoming recognized as a diverse talent hub, with authentic stories bursting with global appeal, of which ‘El Refugio’ and ‘Senorita 89’ are great examples. We look forward to further partnering with Pantaya and Fabula to bring more premium drama from Latin America to audiences worldwide”.
Ángela Poblete, Head of Regional Television at Fabula, concluded: “We've been working with Pantaya for two years on an alliance full of wonderful experiences. We're thrilled about their respect for creative freedom and the trust they've put in our work. The result is this alliance which will bring new and exciting content for sure”.