The Walt Disney Company Latin America has officially confirmed last week that its SVOD OTT Star+, whose launch date in the region is scheduled for next August 31st, will be released with 66 original titles created in and for Latin America. It will be the second Disney’s streaming platform available in the region after Disney+, which arrived at the Latin American market last November.
‘We have been developing and producing original, best quality content for more than 20 years, thinking about audience’s preferences in our region. With the arrival of our original production initiatives to Star+, we further strengthen this sustained and strategic commitment to offer local relevance stories, fully produced in Latin America’, reported Diego Lerner, President at The Walt Disney Company Latin America.
Regarding the original titles already confirmed for Star+, Lerner explained that ‘66 original productions are in different stages in the main Latin markets and, added to those of Disney+, there are 130 productions in which the company is currently working’.
As part of the announcement, The Walt Disney Company Latin America reported that, soon, more details about the animated content for adults and ESPN’s sports show offerings that will reach Star+ will be released, as well as the value of the platform’s monthly subscription, both as a standalone product, as well as as a combined offer with Disney+.
The titles announced include dramas such as ‘Santa Evita’ (filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina); ‘No fue mi culpa Mexico’; ‘No fue mi culpa Colombia’; ‘No fue mi culpa Brasil’; season 3 of ‘Impuros’, filmed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Montevideo, Uruguay; ‘Limbo… hasta que decida’ (Buenos Aires and Madrid, Spain); ‘El grito de las mariposas’ (Colombia); ‘Diciembre de 2001’ (title to be confirmed, filmed in Argentina); and a series based on the history of the end of slavery in Brazil, also with a title to be confirmed.
The Star+ comedy catalog will include ‘El galan. La TV cambia, el no’ (filmed in Mexico City); ‘Los Protectores’ (Buenos Aires); ‘Mascara contra caballero’ (Mexico City) and ‘How to be a Carioca’ (Rio de Janeiro); to which romantic comedies are added, such as ‘Terapia Alternativa’ (Buenos Aires); ‘El Encargado’ (Buenos Aires); ‘Planners’ (Buenos Aires); and ‘Bellas Artes’ (Buenos Aires and Spain).
The Star + thrillers in Latin America will be ‘Insânia’ (Brazil) and ‘Horario Estelar’ (Mexico). The platform will also include biopics such as ‘Pancho Villa. El Centauro del Norte’, filmed in Jalisco and focused on the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa; ‘O Rei da TV’, filmed in São Paulo, Brazil, and focused on the Brazilian TV host Silvio Santos; ‘Coppola, el representante’, which examines Guillermo Coppola’s life, who was former Argentine football player Diego Maradona’s manager; a series with a title to be confirmed, filmed in Brazil, and focused on Maria Bonita, one of the most important female referents in that country; and ‘Ringo’, filmed in Buenos Aires and based on the life of Argentine boxer Oscar ‘Ringo’ Bonavena.
Finally, the Star+ originals will include docu-realities, including ‘Bios. Vidas que marcaron la tuya’, National Geographic documentary series that explores the life and work of referents of Latin American culture; and others based on various music artists on the continent, such as Argentines Andres Calamaro and Mercedes Sosa, and the Colombian rock band Aterciopelados, as well as the Colombian actress Sofia Vergara, the former Mexican football player Hugo Sanchez and the Brazilian bands Titãs and Os Paralamas do Sucesso. At the same time, a new season of the original production ‘Alarta Aeropuerto’ is being developed, which follows the work of the security forces in the most important airports in the world.