VIS in First-Look Deal with Pablo Illanes


ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) has entered into a first-look deal with the Chilean writer, screenwriter, journalist and filmmaker Pablo Illanes.

The partnership covers the development of original scripted series as well as documentaries. Illanes, CEO of Arrebato Films, is known for creating several series and telenovelas, including Adrenalina, Machos, Alguien te mira, ¿Dónde está Elisa?, Perdona nuestros pecados and the Prófugos series.

He has also published three novels—Una mujer brutal, Fragilidad and Los amantes caníbales—and has directed two feature films, Baby Shower (2011) and Videoclub (2013).

“When our studio began, we envisioned a business model based on partnerships with the most prominent talent to produce both local and global content to enhance our pipeline,” said Fernando Gastón, VP of content at VIS Americas. “Pablo’s talent, originality and experience in creating successful content globally is key for our studio to continue to develop the best and most varied content for global audiences.”

“As a creator, this agreement presents an exciting challenge,” commented Illanes. “At the same time, it also offers the unique possibility to create new exciting, impactful stories that are set to become favorites among different audiences.”