January 26, 2021
In this week's edition:
• Incendo's Gavin Reardon
• WorldScreenings: Globo
Incendo’s Gavin Reardon Talks TV Movies, Escapist Content
By Mansha Daswani
From its Canadian base, Incendo has been able to maintain its strong output of TV movies for the global market, with seven new titles set to be delivered in the first quarter of this year. Gavin Reardon, who heads up international sales and co-productions at the company, talks to TV Drama Weekly about the company’s “upbeat” slate and its plans for 2021.
TV DRAMA: What are Incendo’s key priorities for 2021?
REARDON: Priority number one, Incendo is focused on keeping our employees safe and healthy. If we can achieve the same success we had [in 2020] in keeping our staff, cast and crew on our productions COVID-free, while producing another 12 films in 2021, we will have accomplished our goal. After that, we’re all working hard to follow our success on Versailles, and continue to develop and pitch fiction series projects with our co-production partners around the world.
TV DRAMA: How did the lockdowns of last year impact the lineup you are preparing for your clients in Q1?
REARDON: We had planned for eight films to be delivered by Q1 of 2021, and we’re delivering a total of seven. Overall, and considering the difficulties, we’re very happy with where we are, and what we’ve been able to do in this unprecedented time.
TV DRAMA: With production finally having resumed in markets worldwide, what are the needs of your clients at present?
REARDON: Our clients are asking for more positive content. More upbeat and less dark. Now that production has restarted in a number of countries, we will be back competing for slots for our content. That said, Incendo’s films always have wonderful production value, and we’re confident we will continue to be a major supplier for our clients.
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In a year that was marked by challenges for many in the media industry, Globo was focused on what it could offer the marketplace that would be a beacon of light. “We seek to offer a wide and robust product catalog to the entire international market, but one of the most successful fronts was our strong collection of telenovelas that already runs around the world,” says Angela Colla, Globo’s international sales head. She adds that in the last year, many titles were sought for rebroadcast, “thanks to their enchanting narratives.”
Highlights in 2020 included the performances of the telenovelas Total Dreamer and Brazil Avenue, “which again won over the public in their successful re-exhibitions, in Brazil and other countries such as Argentina, Hungary, the United States and elsewhere,” Colla says.
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