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MEJOR NO ME DES NADA

TV SERIES - COMEDIA ACIDA - THRILLER POLITICO - por Diego Ezequiel Vivanco & Martin Romanella

La corrupción es como una muela de juicio, si no la arrancás, tuerce todo lo que tiene al lado”.

MEJOR NO ME DES NADA

TV SERIES - COMEDIA ACIDA - THRILLER POLITICO - por Diego Ezequiel Vivanco & Martin Romanella

La corrupción es como una muela de juicio, si no la arrancás, tuerce todo lo que tiene al lado”.

Logline

Tras descubrir que las tierras donde está construido el Obelisco les fueron robadas a su familia por el gobierno argentino, una joven estudiante de Derecho decide reunir a su disfuncional familia para hacer justicia, así conseguirlo implique demoler el emblemático monumento porteño.

 

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Synopsis

Mejor no me des Nada es una comedia ácida, inspirada en eventos reales y mitos urbanos que afirman que el terreno sobre el que se construyó el obelisco porteño le fue usurpado ilegalmente a Don Domingo Acassuso, quien cedió esas tierras en 1733 para la construcción de una iglesia con la condición de que, si el terreno se utilizaba para otra cosa que no fuera la iglesia, debía regresar a la familia. Cosa que nunca sucedió…

Reference

Algo así como “Burn After Reading” pero serial, “El Ciudadano Ilustre”, pero urbano, o Fargo —sin nieve.

Followers

Feature Movie / Coming-of-age comedy-drama / 120`

Followers

Feature Movie / Coming-of-age comedy-drama / 120`

Logline

she bought fake Instagram followers. It all ended in a prison break
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Synopsis

Zoe (16), an introverted and rebellious teenager, signs up for a subscription to Mrs. Insta, a controversial fake-follower company with her stepfather’s credit card. She does it to stand out in front of the juries for a scholarship at a famous music conservatory that would eventually take her away from home. She has no idea that these followers are inmates of a high-security prison, that she will end up collaborating in unraveling a corrupt prison system, that the prisoners will end up fugitives in her home and that one of them will become the close friend she longed to find since her father’s death.  Despite not being accepted into the music conservatory for her less than transparent maneuver brought to light by the ruthless Mrs. Insta, a video of her playing the violin for her new controversial friends will end up being all the rage on social media and real followers will begin to arrive on her Instagram account.

 

Reference

Eighth Grade, Juno, Little Miss Sunshine

13.000 Km Away

Series / Biopic, drama, Based on real events, Political Thriller / 8x45´/ Spanish-English

Optioned by Vincent Content (www.vincentcontent.com)

13.000 Km Away

Series / Biopic, drama, Based on real events, Political Thriller / 8x45´/ Spanish-English

Optioned by Vincent Content (www.vincentcontent.com)

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Synopsis

Based on the case of Gabriela Arias Uriburu. Year 1991.

In 1991, Gabriela Arias Uriburu married Imad Shaban in Guatemala, despite the fact that he was a Catholic and she was a Muslim. They had three children together, but this was not enough to save their multicultural marriage, and in 1997 Gabriela filed for divorce with the Guatemalan Civil Court, which also granted her custody of their three children.
However, on 10 December 1997, Imad Shaban kidnapped their three children, Karim, Zahira and Sharif, from Guatemala and the four of them disappeared…

It was weeks before the FBI learnt that they had illegally entered Miami before travelling on to Jordan, a Muslim country. Under Jordanian law, Gabriela would only be able leave the country with the permission of her ex-husband’s family: if she went there, she wouldn’t be allowed to leave.

Her case, the first of its kind at the time, pitted the legal systems of East and West against one another. Gabriela’s only chance to see her children again would be to make it a leading case, learning to use the tools of diplomacy, press coverage and governmental pressure to turn the tide in her favour.

From Hillary Clinton and the Pope to the CIA and the FB; from the Presidents of Guatemala and Argentina to the King of Jordan himself, Abdullah II, nobody could ignore this desperate mother, ready to do whatever it took. They would all have to hear her out. A team of illegal commandos even proposed entering through Syria to carry out a counter-kidnapping, taking the children across the border, but they admitted it was unlikely all three children would make it out alive …

After putting together a comprehensive media strategy, it would take Gabriela a year to see her children again. And even that first visit was accompanied by rooftop snipers and a dozen security personnel. At last, though, the moment had arrived when she could finally give her youngest son a hug.

Gabriela has published four books that have been bestsellers on Amazon, published in Argentina and Spain.

Reference

Marriage Story, The Glass Castle, Changeling, Lost Girls.

Spinner

FEATURE MOVIE / DRAMA, SOCIAL ISSUES, CONTEMPORARY /ORIGINAL IP / 120´/ ENGLISH

Spinner

FEATURE MOVIE / DRAMA, SOCIAL ISSUES, CONTEMPORARY /ORIGINAL IP / 120´/ ENGLISH

Logline

A journey of self-discovery by a banner tow pilot and single father who loses his pilot’s license after being diagnosed with glaucoma. He eventually triumphs over misery, wins his battle against the Federal Aviation Administration, and becomes the first blind co-pilot for a commercial airline in the history of US aviation.

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Synopsis

2008, Culver City, California. The banner tow pilot and single father GREG CAMP listens as the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) eye specialist informs him that he has a degenerative retinal disease, a condition that will lead to total blindness if he doesn’t follow the strict diet he is prescribed. He is also informed that his pilot’s license is being suspended, at least until he undergoes a much-needed operation.

As his condition worsens and he struggles to make ends meet, Greg risks losing the only means to provide for his two kids, who live with him in a motorhome provided by the Gardenia Valley Airfield. His condition breaks the family’s morale, damaging his relationship with his son Chris (15), who openly defies him by washing cars in a nearby lot to bring in extra cash. To his younger son Digger (8), Greg is still a hero, but Chris resents this, knowing that his admiration is based on nothing but a mixture of lies and past glories, like the Cuban Eight, the signature upside-down maneuver that made his name back in the day.

RANDY BABBITT, an inspector from the FAA, drives to the airfield to investigate an unanswered question in Greg’s case: Did he break the law by using his private pilot’s license for commercial purposes? Towing banners without a proper license is an ethical violation that could result in a trial and a strict penalty. After the surgery Greg, his eyesight still blurry, goes to the FAA and fills in an application to get his license back, but he accidentally applies for a co-pilot position at Southwest Airline. Broke but determined, he sees this as an opportunity to get back in the game and even to get his aircraft back. However, unable to perform as a pilot, he is replaced and asked to move out of the motorhome with his kids.

A ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ statement convinces FAA chief inspector Willy to give Greg a break. He tells him that to get the co-pilot position he’ll need to buy a couple of expensive manuals and do an unpaid training period. Willy also gives him an ultimatum: if he doesn’t get his license before the training period ends, the opportunity to work with the company will be handed to someone else.

The day of the FAA co-pilot final exam arrives. When their turn comes to discuss Greg’s progress, most inspectors are not convinced, but Ben Wilfer steps in: ‘We believe in our people and America is still the land of equality and opportunity. Sure, he can’t see well, but he has the experience and, most importantly, the instinct of an expert pilot. He’s passed each and every test with flying colors. He’s been landing planes by listening to the propellers alone; if that’s not talent, I don’t know what is.’ Ben Wilfer finally manages to convince them, and Greg gets the job.

Greg opens the door to the family service community room. The kids and staff all turn to see him dressed in a suit, wearing a pilot’s cap with a shiny logo that reads: ‘Southwest Airlines’. Digger smiles and runs over to him. His hero is back.

Reference

THE PERSUIT OF HAPPINESS, THE WAY BACK.

El Asombrado – In development

Series / Thriller, Magic Realism, Drama / Original IP / 8x50´/ English

An original idea by Martin Romanella

El Asombrado – In development

Series / Thriller, Magic Realism, Drama / Original IP / 8x50´/ English

An original idea by Martin Romanella

Logline

As he waits for his wife to wake up from her coma so that they can finish the conversation that could save his marriage, a man in his sixties, followed by a 127-metre-long shadow, becomes the spokesperson for a women’s movement against Chinese wig factories and the billion-dollar hair extension industry. This is the story of the world’s biggest con artist.

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“Do whatever you have to do,” Cándida Segunda said, “but don’t tarnish our family name.”

The year is 1969. Man’s first steps on the moon.
Navarro Ismael Ferrase, a man followed by a 127-metre-long shadow, a professional con artist and hatter by trade, waits for his wife Cándida to wake up from her coma; a coma she fell into after a row between the two of them caused them to crash their car.
As he waits for her, Navarro travels from city to city, trying to reinvent himself. He hopes to evolve, to change, to transform, so that when the day finally arrives, and Candida wakes up, he will have become the man she wanted him to be. This is his last chance to save their marriage.
But Navarro has a lot on his plate. His daughter has been kidnapped by an army of relentless paramilitaries whose mission is none other than to destroy him. Meanwhile, CCTV, the state TV network of communist China, plans to broadcast Navarro confessing to all his scams and fraudulent deeds live on air.
While the whole world is distracted by man’s first steps on the moon, Cándida wakes up after seven long years. What will she find? Will Navarro have become the husband she always dreamed of?

Nine Letters

Series - Period Drama, Anthology | Hollywood | 12x50' | English

Optioned by Sphere Content (www.spherecontents.com)

Nine Letters

Series - Period Drama, Anthology | Hollywood | 12x50' | English

Optioned by Sphere Content (www.spherecontents.com)

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Nine Letter is a miniseries of 12 episodes, one hour each.
It is an anthology that takes in a hundred years of the Hollywood Sign’s history and the events surrounding each of its 9 letters.
It is a historical drama based on real characters and events.
In two years’ time, on 8 December 2023, the Hollywood Sign will celebrate its 100th birthday, an occasion sure to be marked with much fanfare.

In 1978, to mark the 75th anniversary of Hollywood’s incorporation as a city, the original sign was replaced by a new one. The unveiling, for which the sign was surrounded by a mass of searchlights  flooding the sky above with beams of light, brought in a television audience of 60 million in the United States alone.

In short, ours is no ordinary protagonist. This is the story of 9 letters in sheet metal that form a sign 13 meters high, 106 meters long – 9 letters that spell out ‘Hollywood’.
A meditation on adaptation and reinvention.

The copyright for the Hollywood Sign, or more specifically the ‘Hollywood Stylized Mark’, belongs to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
NINE LETTERS has obtained permission for worldwide use of the Mark in this TV series from Global Icons.

Reference

The Crown

Z, The man with the thin moustache

Series / dramedy, biopic, period thriller, social Issues, Argentina /12x45´/ Spanish-English

The truth can be stranger than fiction

Z, The man with the thin moustache

Series / dramedy, biopic, period thriller, social Issues, Argentina /12x45´/ Spanish-English

The truth can be stranger than fiction

Logline

What happens when an honourable man confronts the power of a tabloid magnate? Who will prevail when a famous actor, acclaimed for his portrayal of a righteous masked crusader, comes up against a media mogul bent on using fake news to destroy the actor’s reputation and save publishing house from the brink of bankruptcy in the process?

An actor relies on the press for his success.
The media mogul needs the actor to sell newspapers.
Then one day, this delicate equilibrium is shattered…

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A 47-year-old actor in Los Angeles learns by chance that he is idolised in a distant country for the role of a masked crusader he played 15 years ago, in a show that was cancelled after two seasons.

He decides to drop everything and head for this new country, Argentina, where the press elevate him to the level of hero and celebrity, and he enjoys the adulation of millions of people. In Argentina, the people adopt him as one of their own, because his fictional hero is just the man they need to confront the murky political reality of a country experiencing yet another military dictatorship, with thousands of people being disappeared.

Taking advantage of this newfound success and the accompanying celebrity, the actor begins appearing as his character, Zorro, in countless prime-time TV shows. And he starts planning his definitive comeback, writing a film that will catapult him back to fame. But to make his dream a reality he must first confront the whims of the local producers in whose hands the film’s fate lies.

With the transition from military dictatorship to democracy, and the awarding of the 78 World Cup to Argentina, the public appetite for a masked crusader fighting for the rights of the voiceless wanes, and the invites to appear on popular talk shows dry up. On the other hand, he finally reaches an agreement with one of the most powerful TV channels in Argentina. They agree to make his film if, in exchange, he will perform in character every day at the Royal Madrid Circus in a resort on the Atlantic coast, far from the capital.

Unfortunately, the military dictatorship clamps down on the TV channel and the financing for his film vanishes into thin ar. This comes just at the moment when the director of the largest tabloid publishing group in the country, on the verge of bankruptcy, decides to change his approach. In a cruel plot, the publisher that once put him on a pedestal now decides to engage its readership, many of whom are fans of the actor, by using fake news to discredit the one thing that Zorro, Diego de la Vega and Guy Williams all shared: their code of honour…

Reference

(2020), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), Steve Jobs (2015), Judy (2019), The Crown (2016-)

A Thousand Times no

miniseries / dramedy, political thriller, biopic, based on a true story / 8x40 / Spanish

Created by Antonio Castillo & Martin Romanella

A Thousand Times no

miniseries / dramedy, political thriller, biopic, based on a true story / 8x40 / Spanish

Created by Antonio Castillo & Martin Romanella

Logline

Madrid, 1990. To save Cerro Belmonte, the neighbourhood where she grew up, from being unjustly expropriated at the hands of the city’s mayor, Esther Castellanos (28), an inexperienced but stubborn lawyer, will lead the elderly locals in a ceaseless struggle with the intransigent local authorities. In the process, they will gain their own constitution, anthem, flag and even political asylum from Fidel Castro, proclaiming themselves an independent country within the Kingdom of Spain.
This is the story of the Kingdom of Cerro Belmonte, a kingdom without a king.

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Madrid, 1990. As the bulldozers and diggers prepare to begin expropriating the land of the Cerro Belmonte neighbourhood, an area of low-rise houses in the Valdezarza district of Madrid, the lawyer Esther Castellanos (28) gets ready to face the television cameras once more on behalf of the 250 sexagenarian residents whom the city council wants to pay a pittance to for their homes.

Behind them now is the hunger strike by 69 of the elderly residents, the trip to Cuba by 25 of them to sign a request for political asylum to Fidel Castro, and the declaration of independence that saw the neighbourhood renamed the ‘Kingdom of Cerro Belmonte’. All they need now is recognition from the UN, and they will become an independent country in the heart of Madrid. The words of the national anthem, composed by a local punk band, mention the mayor himself, but despite this he still pays them no heed.

When the red light of the television camera turns on – this time to discuss putting a toll booth on the Sinesio Delgado motorway to help raise funds for the new kingdom and warn the people of Madrid about the need show a passport to enter – a journalist asks her if they really think the city council is going to give in. It is then that Esther recounts what the Fidel told her when she asked him for advice: “Not more than a year ago I received a personal letter from Ronald Reagan typed in perfect Spanish,” said the communist leader, “Despite the adjustments to the embargo and the prohibition of American citizens from spending money in Cuba, the man asked me to shake hands with him in front of the cameras at the United Nations summit. Returning the gesture, I replied in perfect English: ‘A Thousand times No’. Perseverance is your only weapon against power. Answer a thousand times no and you will win by attrition.”

Reference

Argo, How the Get Away with Murder, Dark Waters, Waking Ned Devine.