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LA Screenings Day 2: A Market Open to Change

Day two of the independent market was focused on the LatAm Summit and Networking Breakfast conferences, the screening of KOCCA dramas and formats, and Gaumont's presentation of Narcos.

By Sebastián Amoroso and Rodrigo Ros, from Los Angeles, California

The second day of Independent LA Screenings 2018 (LASI for its acronym in Spanish), an event held at the InterContinental Century City hotel in Los Angeles until the Friday the 18th, stood out due to the growing presence of buyers that continue to arrive for the "majors week" that's kicking off this Thursday 17.

On this second day, the spotlight shined on the "LatAm Summit and Networking Breakfast" conference (Grand Salon Ballroom), which included keynotes by Dan Punt, CEO of FTI Consulting, who talked about the adaptation of mobile content for millennials in Latin America; and by Tom Mohler, CEO of Olympusat, who focused on Hispanic dramas.

In addition, and for the third consecutive year, Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) presented the K Dramas screening in the morning and the K Formats screening in the afternoon together with the news of some of the country's main producers and distributors: KBS, SBS, JTBC, MBC and CJ E&M/Studio Dragon).

"We are presenting the ten most successful dramas and non-scripted formats from Korea and we hope that they will be as successful in the United States. We think Latin America is a very important market and we hope to be able place some of our content there soon," commented to ttvnews Chul Min Kim, director of KOCCA USA.

Among the dramas presented were: Live (CJ E&M/Studio Dragon), Misty (JTBC), Good Doctor (KBS), Money Flower (MBC) and Return (SBS). As for unscripted formats: Love at First Song (CJ E&M/Studio Dragon), Crime Scene (JTBC), Top Band (KBS), The King of Mask Singer (MBC) and The Traveler's Guide to My Room (SBS).

The Indies Share Their News

Olympusat is strongly committed to the development of original fiction for the Mexican Hispanic market for its more than 80 pay-tv channels and Vemox, its OTT platform already available in the US and Puerto Rico.

"We are producing a lot of original content. For example, we're producing four feature films in Mexico and also producing series like drama Hacienda del Rey, which we will be part of our screening and has a very American format," said Tom Mohler, CEO of Olympusat, to ttvnews.

Olympusat will present its portfolio of new content at a screening that will take place on Friday 18 at the InterContinental Century Plaza. Content includes the aforementioned Hacienda del Rey, romantic comedy Monserrate, and dramatic feature film Sofía.

On its end, BBC Studios and Sony Crackle announced an agreement that will allow the users of Sony Pictures Television Networks' SVOD platform to enjoy the new season of iconic British series Doctor Who (10x50').

"Doctor Who is a powerful brand that has a long history and loyal followers around the world. The new deal consolidates the commercial relationship between BBC Studios and Sony Crackle, and allows us to give Latin American audiences the opportunity to enjoy the new season of Doctor Who, in which the role of the iconic doctor is being played by a woman for the first time ever," mentioned David Hanono, General Manager Sales and Digital for Latin America&US Hispanic at BBC Studios.

Meanwhile, Digital Content International (DCI) is presenting a powerful library of Norwegian premium dramas thanks to a deal with Nordic World.

"We are acquiring high quality series for OTT and SVOD platforms through a deal with Nordic World, a company that represents 80 percent of Norwegian producers," commented Michael Jay Solomon, CEO of DCI.

Among the series presented by DCI to the market is Hotel Caesar - which has more than 3000 episodes and is among the longest running series on broadcast TV in the Nordic countries -, and DAG, which has three seasons.

In addition, Red Arrow International is finalizing Falco's post-production details. It is the first fiction drama series in Latin America for the company and was announced in November of last year thanks to a deal between Spiral International and the Colombian production company Dynamo. The show will air exclusively in Latin America on Amazon Prime Video.

"Falco is a totally innovative bet for Red Arrow, it?s completely different from their usual business. It's going to be the first series created, produced entirely in Latin American, with a Latin American cast," emphasized Zasha Robles, CEO of Spiral International.

"We started filming the series in 2017, we just finished shooting it in March 2018, and we will be delivering it in the next two months," explained the executive.

To end the day, Gaumont hosted a cocktail alongside Eric Newman, showrunner and executive producer of popular series Narcos, which is gearing up for a fourth season set in Mexico, and actors Wagner Moura (Pablo Escobar), Juan Pablo Raba (Gustavo de Jesús Gaviria Rivero) and Stephanie Sigman (ValeriaVélez).

The Agenda for Thursday 17

The "majors week" will begin this Thursday 17 with the Latin Day Screening by 20th Century FOX at FOX Studios, where the Hollywood studio will present its most recent productions in terms of series and movies for the 2018/2019 season.