Fox TV Studios targets Latin America

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Fox TV Studios is expanding its Latin America footprint through a slew of development deals with production companies in Argentina and Chile.

Under one of them, with Argentina's Rosstoc, FtvS is producing a 13-episode series for Argentine broadcaster TeleFe, which also is being developed for the U.S. market.

Based on a half-hour pilot produced by Rosstoc, "Everyone Against Juan," which premieres this month on TeleFe, is a dark hourlong comedy about a has-been actor whose efforts to reclaim fame are constantly sabotaged by unsuccessful relationships and embarrassing social encounters.

Penned by Argentine writer Gabriel Nesci, the show features an all-Argentine cast and production team, including Gaston Pauls ("Che") in the title role. During production, the local writers will be joined by American writers sent to Argentina by FtvS.

The format already is selling internationally, with broadcasters in Italy, Spain and Germany close to deals to produce local versions.

Under the multiyear deal with Rosstoc, FtvS is looking at several other projects, including "Ugly," based on a best-selling memoir.

FtvS also has inked development deals with Argentine production companies Malapop and Quark and Chile's Efe3.

"It's almost like having remote development," FtvS' Argentinean-born president Emiliano Calemzuk said. "We're looking for creative talent who have great show ideas for their local markets that we can work globally."

With Malapop, FtvS is developing "Perra," a drama about a poor, abused girl from a rural community who runs away to seek fortune in the big city and ends up running the town. The project hails from Gustavo Marra, creator of Argentina's top rated telenovela "Resistire."

Quark is shepherding the bank-robbery-themed "Plots." FtvS is selling that series to networks in Argentina, Mexico and Columbia.

FtvS already is active in Latin America with the production of 13-episode English-language series "Mental" in Colombia and game shows "Family Trust" and "Family Dance-Off" in Chile. (partialdiff)
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