Endemol Shine Brazil is launching a new specialized department for scripted and documentary projects that will invest in local talent and ideas by developing new projects for the Brazilian market.
The first scripted development project under the new department is based on the life of Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes (a.k.a. Nem da Rocinha) the most famous drug dealer in Brazil. The project is a partnership with Total Filmes, which acquired the rights for the story. Endemol Shine Brazil will be the co-producer and distributor.
Led by Endemol Shine Brazil’s managing director, Juliana Algañaraz, the department will build on Endemol Shine Latino’s success in Latin America and will also have access to Endemol Shine Group’s catalog of scripted formats, which can be adapted for the Brazilian market. Endemol Shine Brazil is a division of Endemol Shine North America.
Algañaraz commented, “We have a long-held reputation for producing innovative, popular non-scripted programming. There’s a fantastic pool of talent here in Brazil and we plan to build on our creative success by investing in partnerships with local authors and producers to produce world-class content for all broadcasters and platforms. Without a doubt, the appetite for non-English-language scripted is growing and by leveraging the global scale of Endemol Shine Group we can bring Brazilian content to global audiences.”
Endemol Shine Latino’s president, Laurens Drillich, added, “Juliana and our team at Endemol Shine Brazil have done a tremendous job establishing Endemol Shine as one of the leading independent production companies in Brazil with high-quality unscripted hit series. The addition of a scripted and documentary department is the logical next step for us in this territory, as we continue to focus on this popular genre across all of Latin America. And we are fortunate to have Endemol Shine Group’s deep library of scripted and documentary programming from across the world to bring to Brazil and the region.”