Studios to know in South America


O2 Filmes
Sao Paulo-based 02 Filmes, co-founded by Brazilian directors Fernando Meirelles, Paulo Morelli and producer Andrea Barata, is a leading production services facility and production company in Brazil. Boasting one of the largest independent studio complexes in Latin America, O2 offers three studios, a casting house and state-of-the-art postproduction facilities. O2 has produced such movies as Meirelles' "Blindness" (2008) and "City of God" (2002), and the company has a a three-year, first-look deal in place with Focus Features International. The shingle also has co-produced television series for HBO Latin America and Brazil's top network, TV Globo. Additionally, O2 produces about 400 commercials annually and it has a database with more than 80,000 photos of locations throughout Brazil. Other services include a legal department that facilitates work permits for foreigners and O2 Digital, an area that creates new media content.

With six television studios ranging in size from about 260-5,000 square feet, Santiago-based Chilefilms is one of Chile's largest production facilities. The company provides various postproduction and lab services, including color correction, editing, transfers, development and print copying. Cinecolor, Chilefilms' postproduction unit, also operates in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil, and it will launch another facility in Colombia in 2010. Among the recent film projects the company has worked on are Chilean director Pablo Larrain's sophomore feature "Tony Manero" (2008) and "El Baile de la victoria," the latest drama from Academy Award-winning Spanish director Fernando Trueba ("Belle epoque"). Chilefilms also has a distribution arm that handles theatrical releases for Disney and Columbia TriStar and home video titles for Fox and Universal. For television, Cinecolor has done considerable CGI animation work for commercial productions, while Chilefilms transmits live feeds of sporting events for ESPN and Fox Sports.

Fox Telecolombia
Fox International Channels, the global pay TV subsidiary of News Corp., acquired a 51% stake in Bogota-based studio Telecolombia in 2007 and renamed the facility Fox Telecolombia. The studio produced about 350 hours of content last year, and focuses primarily on telenovelas, scripted series and television formats. Fox Telecolombia produced 13 episodes of "Mental," starring Chris Vance and Annabella Sciorra. It was Fox's first English-language series made in Latin America. Shooting is under way on the third season of "Countdown," a pan-regional Spanish-lingo suspense program. The facility also develops and produces content for Colombian broadcaster RCN and Spanish-language networks operating abroad. On offer at Fox Telecolombia are lighting, sound and camera equipment, first-rate mobile production units, a production department for commercials, an animation and graphic design area, and a full range of digital postproduction services.

Backed by Disney's Buena Vista International, media giant Grupo Clarin's audiovisual unit Artear, postproduction house Cinecolor Argentina and Argentine television producer Pol-ka Producciones, Patagonik has found all of the necessary pieces to establish itself as one of Latin America's leading production services companies. The Buenos Aires-based shingle has produced more than 45 feature films, including 2001's Oscar-nominated "Son of the Bride," 2005's "The Aura" and the 2008 boxoffice hit "A Boyfriend for My Wife." Patagonik also excels in animation. Its toon division offers a wide array of services, ranging from development and production services to 3-D animators, effects design and a state-of-the-art digital studio. Film division Patagonik Film Group offers studios for shooting features and commercials, as well as cameras and lighting equipment. On the television side, Patagonik's association with Pol-ka provides access to one of the nation's top TV producers.