Telefe, Paramount team up to develop multi-lingual drama

Paramount Television and Argentine TV broadcaster Telefe, acquired last year by Viacom, have teamed up to develop the multi-lingual drama series “Cazadores” (“Hunters”), based on recently declassified documents about the Nazi regime.

The one-hour thriller, created by journalist-turned-TV writer Jason George (Narcos) centers on men and women who decided to track down the Nazi high command that fled to South America after Second World War George will also serve as executive producer alongside Diego Piasek on behalf of Telefe.

Among the hunters’ targets are Josef Mengele, known as the “Angel of Death”; Adolf Eichmann, considered by many to be the architect of the Holocaust; Klaus Barbie, aka “The Butcher of Lyon”; and Herberts Cukurs.

“We are excited to have Telefe as part of the Viacom family. Their unmatched leadership in Argentina’s high-growth market and their on-the-ground knowledge of this fascinating moment in history, will allow for factual, unique and culturally-immersive elements within the series,” said Amy Powell, President of Paramount TV

In turn, Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of Telefe’s managing company, Viacom International Media Networks – Americas, commented: “This development deal is testament to Telefe’s ability to create compelling content that travels the world and solidifies Viacom’s commitment to growing Telefe’s global presence via intercompany co-development projects such as this, as well as with distribution of their vast portfolio of hit formats”.