MIPCOM: The Chilean delegation here in Cannes is claiming a first, after NBC picked up rights to adapt a drama from the Latin American country.
Gen Mishima is a sci-fi series that aired on TVN in Chile in 2008. The remake will be written and exec produced by Ken Sanzel, producer of Numb3rs and NYC 22.
The deal, involving Universal TV, was brokered by Mexican producer Sergio Aguero (Y Tu Mama Tambien), who will also executive produce. The show is about an FBI agent investigating an experimental school for super-smart kids.
“This is an important deal for Chile and Chilean TV,” said Sergio Gandara, whose production company Parox produced the original series for TVN.
“It sums up what we were trying to achieve at Mipcom this year. This proves the high level of creativity and the international market potential of Chile’s audiovisual industry,” added Constanza Arena, executive director of CinemaChile, which is promoting Chilean TV programming here in Cannes this week.
NBC has also greenlit Hood from Sanzel. The drama pilot is billed as a modern-day take on the classic Robin Hood tale. Sanzel has an overall deal with Universal, having previously been with CBS TV Studios.