Amazon is bringing a new Prime Original series, El Presidente from Gaumont, to viewers across Latin America and around the world.
The 8×1-hour drama is inspired by the real‐life characters and events behind the 2015 “FIFA Gate” corruption scandal. The series, which goes into production this year, will be helmed by Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter Armando Bo (Birdman), who will direct and executive produce.
The cast is led by Andrés Parra (Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal), Paulina Gaitán (Diablo Guardian) and Karla Souza (How to Get Away with Murder), among others.
El Presidente is co-produced by Gaumont with production partners Fabula, the Academy Award-winning production company led by Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín, and Argentina-based production company Kapow.
“We are excited to bring El Presidente to Prime Video, a title that strengthens our commitment to producing compelling local stories told by the very best in local talent for our customers around the world,” said Pablo Iacoviello, head of Latin America content acquisition at Amazon Prime Video. “El Presidente presents a story filled with corruption and lies around one of the biggest religions in Latin America: soccer.”
“Gaumont is thrilled to be working with Amazon Prime Video on our first project coming out of our Latin American TV co-production efforts,” commented Vanessa Shapiro, president of worldwide TV distribution and co-production at Gaumont. “Based on true facts, El Presidente packs massive global appeal and provides an unfiltered, behind the scenes look into the world’s most watched sport, soccer.”
“El Presidente will show the world, with loads of irony, how the most beloved sport of all is, in fact, a multimillionaire business run by a ridiculous mob we have never seen before: the Football Mafia,” said Bo.
“Behind the passion that thrilled the masses was a web of corruption and intrigue that seemed impenetrable, until one day, someone let the wrong man into the family,” added Fabula’s Larraín.
Kapow’s Agustín Sacanell commented, “El Presidente represents the opportunity to narrate the Latin American plot of ‘FIFA Gate,’ with fascinating characters and their real stories that surpass any fiction imaginable. Money, corruption, power and lust: a catch-all cocktail that will be sure to capture audiences everywhere.”