Pair of HBO Latin America Originals Land on Hulu Japan


HBO Latin America’s original series Sr. Ávila and The Business (O Negócio) have been acquired by Hulu Japan, which will launch the dramas in March as part of its Latin America showcase for the Japanese audience.

Sr. Ávila centers on the character of Roberto Ávila, a middle-class life-insurance salesman, doting husband and father—who is also a cunning hitman. When he decides to head an organization of contract killers, the thin veil between his ordinary and hidden lives wears quickly.

The Business follows the lives of Karin, Luna, Magali and Mia, high-class call girls who stand out in the market. They have not only conquered a unique space in the market but also created the successful business empire Oceano Azul.

“This will be our 17th year in delivering a wide mix of high-quality original productions in Latin America and our strategy has remained the same—to deliver the best stories, from unique and fresh perspectives, with the seal of quality that HBO carries and reflects originality, relevance and unique talent,” said Xavier Aristimuño, VP of licensing for HBO Latin America. “The award-winning productions Sr. Ávila from Mexico and O Negócio from Brazil are stories that have captivated audiences not only in the region but also throughout the whole world.”

Kazufumi Nagasawa, chief content officer for Hulu Japan, said: “We are thrilled to introduce our first acquisitions of Latin American drama series to the audience in Japan. We have been introducing unique and outstanding shows from around the world which the Japanese audience would not have a chance to watch if it were without Hulu Japan.”