December 11, 2018
In this week's edition:
• Narcos’ Eric Newman
• Distributor Spotlights: Global Agency
& Onza Distribution
Narcos’ Eric Newman
By Anna Carugati
Narcos has told the stories of Pablo Escobar, the infamous head of the Medellín drug cartel and narco-terrorist, and the rival Cali cartel. Narcos: Mexico, meanwhile, explores the origins of the drug trade in Mexico, and the show was recently renewed by Netflix. Regardless of country or the methods used by drug lords, the protagonist has always been cocaine. The series, under the stewardship of showrunner Eric Newman, is rooted in fact and has made ample use of consultants from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It has gone beyond simplistic depictions of good guys and criminals by showing the human side of the traffickers and the not-always-noble motivations of law enforcement.
Newman talks to TV Drama Weekly about working with DEA agents to craft characters, balancing facts and dramatizations, and what the experience of working on Narcos has meant to him both personally and professionally.
This interview is available with subtitles in Spanish, Mandarin or French. Watch the video here.
Distributor Spotlight: Global Agency
ADDRESS: Abdi Ipekci Caddesi, Park 19, K3, 34367 Nisantasi, Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey
TELEPHONE: (90-212) 240-5769
FOUNDER & CEO: Izzet Pinto
HEAD, DRAMA ACQUISITIONS: Senay Filiztekin
PROGRAMS: Daydreamer: 120 min. eps., dramedy, Gold Film, Star TV, Turkey; Breathless: 120 min. eps., drama, TMC, Star TV, Turkey; Waves: 113x60 min., drama, TMC, Kanal D, Turkey; Meryem: 90x60 min., drama, TMC, Kanal D, Turkey.
TRAILERS: Please visit Global Agency’s Screening Room to view clips of Daydreamer, Meryem, Waves and more.
“Established in 2006, Global Agency is the world’s leading independent TV content distributor of series, formats and films for global markets. Global Agency was founded in the second half of 2006 with only one project and a team of two people. It now has 150 projects and a team of 28 people. Our company slogan is ‘Content that Creates Buzz’ and we live up to it through the distribution of our hit content, including Magnificent Century, 1001 Nights, Broken Pieces, Keep Your Light Shining, Perfect Bride, Shopping Monsters and The Remix.
In just a few short years, we have become one of the fastest-growing distributors in the industry, thanks to our strong lineup of content and our experienced team. Our catalog includes formats and series from around the world, and due to our long-established relationships with some of the world’s most creative individuals and companies, we are able to offer buyers the hottest new content throughout the year.
At Global Agency, we are committed to acquiring the highest quality and most original new content through our partnerships with leading broadcasters and production companies in all the major territories. With an international team, and bases in Turkey, France, the U.K. and Spain, our knowledge of the global entertainment industry allows us to find and sell cutting-edge content that can be adapted in territories around the world. We have built a reputation for our dynamic and high-profile marketing strategy and attending over 15 international markets a year is a major part of our global reach.”
Distributor Spotlight: Onza Distribution
ADDRESS: Calle Muntaner 340 3º 2, 08021 Barcelona, Spain
TELEPHONE: (34-93) 827-5326
MANAGING PARTNER: Gonzalo Sagardía
MANAGING DIRECTOR: Jessica Ortiz
PROGRAMS: Little Coincidences: 8x50 min., romantic comedy, Onza Entertainment/Atresmedia/Medio Limon, Atresmedia Television, Spain; The Gipsy Heiress: 119x50 min., romance, Plural Entertainment, TVI, Portugal; The Value of Life: 55 min. eps., romance, Plural Entertainment, TVI, Portugal; Dalia: 4x70 min., drama, CTV, Televisión Gallega, Spain; The Pretender: 113x50 min., drama, Plural Entertainment, TVI, Portugal.
TRAILERS: Please visit Onza Distribution’s Screening Room to view clips of The Gipsy Heiress and Dalia.
“Onza Distribution is an international audiovisual content distributor with a focus on global exploitation and transmedia. We work intensely on five continents, having a presence in the main international markets.
It’s a good moment for Spanish fiction; our productions have great international prestige, which is helping us a lot when distributing this content. The production and demand for Spanish content are growing. Onza Entertainment [is in] production on many series such as Little Coincidences and Hernan Cortéz, a Mexican co-production with Dopamine, both with great potential for the international market.
Our goal is to keep growing in the local market and supporting the best creative talents of our country. At the same time, we want to concentrate on international co-productions for which we can contribute as local partners for the Spanish and Latin American markets. Fiction is an important genre, but we don’t want to lose focus on the other quality content [such as] docu-reality and current affairs. Additionally, [we want to] act as partners for audiovisual producers and TV channels, to facilitate their access to a massive global market full of opportunities.”
—Jessica Ortiz, Managing Director
This Week's Top 5
Issa Rae, Laura Dern to Produce & Star in HBO Limited Series
The limited series The Dolls is in development for HBO, with Laura Dern (Big Little Lies) and Issa Rae (Insecure) attached to star and executive produce.
Bad Wolf Working on Drama Inspired by ’90s British Vogue
Bad Wolf is prepping a new drama series conceived by former British Vogue editors Alexandra Shulman and Fiona Golfar that tells the story of the ’90s through the lens of a British monthly fashion magazine.
Netflix Renews Narcos: Mexico
Narcos: Mexico is getting a second season on Netflix.
Peaky Blinders Producer Teams with Sharon Horgan for Amazon Drama
Caryn Mandabach Productions (Peaky Blinders) is working with Sharon Horgan’s Merman (Catastrophe) on the Amazon drama series Dirty, written by Danny Brocklehurst (Safe, Shameless).
My Brilliant Friend to Return for Season Two
HBO and RAI have renewed the drama series My Brilliant Friend, based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling book of the same name, for a second season.
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