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HBO Latin America & HBO Europe Join Forces for World Cup Docuseries


HBO Latin America and HBO Europe are partnering on their first original co-production, Destino Rusia 2018, featuring top athletes who are preparing for the World Cup.

The ten-part documentary series showcases personal stories from top players prepping for this year’s World Cup in Russia. The half-hour episodes will cover athletes in 12 countries. Destino Rusia 2018 premieres on HBO Latin America and HBO Europe this April.

Destino Rusia 2018 is executive produced by Luis F. Peraza, Roberto Ríos, Paul Drago and Gabriela Remirez for HBO Latin America and Miguel Salvat and Hanka Kastelicova for HBO Europe. The series is being produced by Eulogio Romero.

Ríos, HBO Latin America’s corporate VP for original production, said, “We are very excited about this unprecedented collaboration between HBO Latin America and HBO Europe. After producing Destino South Africa and Destino Brazil in 2010 and 2014, now for the first time we are coming together to produce a global original documentary series providing a unique, compelling, intimate look at soccer and the World Cup, an event that brings the whole world together.”

Salvat, commissioning editor of original programming at HBO España, says: “HBO Europe is thrilled to be collaborating for the first time with our colleagues from Latin America, who previously created two successful Destino series on the World Cups in South Africa and Brazil. This time, the project becomes even more universal, bringing all its color and emotion to many more countries where football is a source of unequal passion, with the unique vision and perspective on storytelling HBO is known for.”

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