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Brazil’s Globo and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) have announced a multi-project deal to co-develop and co-produce two English-language scripted dramas, with a third project forthcoming.
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SPT-backed Floresta is set to co-produce the projects, in partnership with Globo Studios.

The collaboration marks the first venture into English-language drama for both Floresta and Globo Studios. The first two projects in development, The Angel of Hamburg and Rio Connection, are based on true Brazilian stories that highlight the country’s legacy of heroism and scandal on the world stage.

SPT will have global distribution rights outside of Brazil, while Globo plans to broadcast it on its free-to-air channel in primetime and on Grupo Globo’s platforms.

The Angel of Hamburg, a limited series with lavish production, is based on the life of Aracy de Carvalho, a Brazilian clerk in the Consulate in Hamburg, married to the acclaimed writer João Guimarães Rosa, and who secretly helped hundreds of Jews escape to Brazil during the Nazi regime in Germany.

Rio Connection meanwhile centres on the real-life story of the European gangsters who established Brazil as the most important organised crime hub for trafficking heroin into the United States in the 1970s.

“We are extremely excited to team up with the production powerhouse, Globo Studios, on these three projects. The Angel of Hamburg and Rio Connection are the latest examples of our commitment to tell compelling, locally relevant stories that have universal appeal and can resonate with audiences around the world,” said Wayne Garvie, president, International Production, SPT. “The ongoing collaboration between Sony and Globo to create premium English – language series from Brazil, a real first for both of us, has been a terrific meeting of creative minds, and we look forward to the production phase later this year.”

Carlos Henrique Schroder, CEO of Globo, added: “It is a great honour to be able to create and produce content in partnership with Sony Pictures, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. We are excited to venture into new challenges, exchange experiences with our new partner and potentially tap into new markets. The production of The Angel of Hamburg and Rio Connection is one more step Globo has taken in its pursuit of becoming an international player in the production of high-end drama and short-format content. We believe in the universal appeal of these stories and in the power they have to move audiences on a global scale.”

Also this week, Globo presented its new releases to the market at the LA Screenings 2019, including original series First-Time Parents and It’s a Match, which air on the OTT platform Globoplay. It also introduced the telenovela Orphans of the Land.

The programming event follows a relaunch for Globo, hinged around the concept of “Let’s move together.”

“This concept says a lot about our attitude before the entertainment industry,” said Raphael Corrêa Netto, Globo head of international business. “We have a brand-new world of opportunities ahead of us and there is room to build many things together. Our view is oriented to know more and more about the behaviour of consumers and their markets.”