Spanish production house Morena Films has signed a TV co-production accord with Argentinean outfit Cuatro Cabezas which will likely grow to include feature films.
The agreement originally spans two interview-format shows already popularised on broadcaster Telefe in Argentina and now adapted for the Spanish market. The weekly shows will premiere on Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 beginning in September.
El Rayo is a magazine style program dedicated to the world of sports and entertainment. Trip, based on an Italian format, places two well-known personalities each week in a long-distance car ride and films their conversations.
The accord is expected to expand to include additional TV product such as miniseries and documentaries. Possible feature film collaborations are also under negotiation, said Daniel Diamanti, head of Cuatro Cabezas in Spain.
According to Morena head of television Alvaro Longoria, the accord could also stretch to include productions for markets in Latin America and Portugal. Portuguese private broadcaster SIC recently bought a 10% stake in Morena.
Launched at Cannes in 1998 under the direction of Juan Gordon, Morena boasts a full slate of televised product and feature films in the works, including Jeff Goldblum-starrer One Of The Hollywood Ten, now in post-production. In April Gordon signed on Telefonica Media for Canadian co-production, the $21m English-language miniseries Queen Of Swords.
One of Argentina's leading independent TV producers, Cuatro Cabezas has sold its formats - particularly the popular Caiga Quien Caiga - to networks across Europe. The company recently entered the feature film market with Spanish co-production Plata Quemada.