International TV Newswire: SVOD Summer, HBO Casts, Netflix Shoots in Africa

Variety | 6/28/2019 | Jamie Lang
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In this week’s International TV Newswire SVOD original content stakes a claim to screens large and small, HBO Latin America announces castings, Netflix gets to work in Africa, New Zealand sci-fi heads to Europe and Nordic countries back student projects.

Forget the book on the beach, SVOD platforms are banking that viewers will prefer tablets, smart TVs and laptops in air-conditioned living rooms this summer. According to the popular app TV Time, a global social media platform which tracks viewer trends based on user participation, the three most anticipated series returning this July are Netflix Originals – “Stranger Things,” “Money Heist” and “Orange is the New Black” – with the fourth coming from Hulu – “Veronica Mars.” The USA Network’s “Suits” was the only broadcast series to crack the top five returning series list.

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Amazon Prime Video tops the New Shows list with comic-based anti-superhero series “The Boys.” Two Japanese anime series, “Dr. Stone” from TV Tokyo and “Fire Force” from MBS, made the cut, and the USA Network shows up again with its upcoming political drama “Pearson.” The list is rounded-out by another comicbook series, Epix’s “Pennyworth” from DC comics, the serialized origin story of Bruce Wayne’s indispensable butler Alfred Pennyworth, a British SAS agent employed by Batman’s father in the ‘60s.

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Gabriel “El Puma” Goity, Nicolás Furtado, Diego Velázquez, Diego Cremonessi and Claudio Rissi will star in “Entre Hombres,” a four-part minis-series from HBO Latin America and Pol-ka Producciones.

Their names might not mean that much on an international scale. But this is certainly a series to track. Shooting in Buenos Aires from this week, it’s the first solo sortie of film turned drama series director Pablo Fendrik whose “The Bronze Garden,” another HBO-Pol-Ka production which he co-directed, pushed the...
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