all3media international has licensed Filmpool’s Families at the Crossroads into Latin America, marking the first constructed-reality commission in the region.
Families at the Crossroads is getting a local version on Chile’s TVN. The national broadcaster snapped up 60 scripts for adaptation by producer Bowen DDRio. The format is due to debut in the country later this year.
Families at the Crossroads looks at what happens when close emotional bonds are broken. The show was originally commissioned by RTL Germany, and has been adapted in a number of territories throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
Janel Downing, the VP for Latin American sales at all3media international, commented: “Constructed reality, a genre which Filmpool has championed under our scripted-reality banner, has proved to be a standout success across the CEE region, so we’re delighted to see this now extend to Latin America. The genre’s specialized style of writing and production delivers heightened emotions and dramatic turning points that viewers can really relate to and—whether airing in prime time, access prime or daytime—series such as Families at the Crossroads have fantastic potential to become long-running, ratings-winning hits on any schedule. We know Families at the Crossroads is in expert hands with the excellent team at Bowen DDRio and TVN, and look forward to seeing their adaptation debut later this year.”
Pablo Díaz del Río of Bowen DDRio noted: “Being the production company that will debut the constructed-reality genre in Latin America is a great honor for Bowen DDRio. We have vigorously pursued this goal since we first saw the Families at the Crossroads format because we are convinced of its enormous potential. We are sure that the constructed-reality genre will make a great contribution to Latin American content.”
Felix Wessler of Filmpool added: “Our production technique, known as constructed reality, is about taking the best out of two worlds—the drama and reality-TV worlds. It has been a game-changer in many TV markets and we are confident it is a strong proposition in Latin America—taking into account both the marvelous potential of the people in this region when it comes to acting and expressing emotions, and the interest of the audience in good storytelling—proven by all the soap operas in these markets.”