Sony Producing TV Drama About Star of Palme d'Or Contender 'The Rose Seller'

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The Colombia co-production is announced as foreign and local producers gather this week at the annual Bogota Audiovisual Market.

BOGOTA – Sony Pictures Television and Colombia's RCN Television are co-producing Lady, La Vendedora de Rosas, a teleseries about the true life story of the rise and fall of Colombian film star Lady Tabares.

Production for the 70-episode, one-hour series has begun in the Colombian cities of Bogota and Medellin. Lady Tabares (real name Leidy Maria Tabares) grew up as a street vendor in Medellin. Her life transformed when, with no acting experience to speak of, she was cast to play the starring role in the Victor Gaviria drama La Vendedora de Rosas (The Rose Seller), a Palme d'Or contender in 1998.

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Lady Tabares won several awards at international film festivals, but her ascent to stardom was short-lived. At the age of 20, she and her boyfriend were convicted of murdering a taxi driver, and she served a 12-year prison sentence.

Natalia Reyes (Cumbia Ninja) plays Lady Tabares. Sony Pictures Television's Colombian production company Teleset is producing the original series with RCN.

The announcement for the new series comes as hundreds of TV and film executives from Colombia and abroad gather this week in the nation's capital for the Bogota Audiovisual Market, Colombia's top industry event. This year's guest country is the U.K. The British delegation includes Academy Award winner Gareth Unwin (The King's Speech) and Let Me In executive producers Fredrik Malmberg and Andy Mayson.

Colombia is enjoying recent success in luring foreign film and TV productions thanks in large part to attractive new filming incentives and affordable production costs.