MIAMI, FL (July 10, 2012) - Caracol Televisión and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced a new telenovela staring Stephanie Cayo and Ernesto Calzadilla titled "La Hipocondriaca." The co-production is the first primetime series of a three-year agreement between the two companies. The announcement was made by Angelica Guerra, executive vice president, content, Caracol Televisión and Donna Cunningham, managing director and executive vice president, Latin America & US Hispanic production, SPT.
"La Hipocondriaca" will consist of 120 one-hour episodes which will air on Caracol in Colombia. Production is slated to begin in October.
"We're thrilled to bring this project to life with Caracol," said Cunningham. "La Hipocondriaca' will feed the region's voracious appetite for family-friendly, contemporary drama, punctuated with humor. The strong writing and spectacular cast will leave audiences laughing and crying their way through the novela."
"La Hipocondriaca' is a story that captivated us from the beginning, not only does it have a very strong and charming main character, but the story is fun and innovative," said Guerra. "We believe this product is a perfect fit for our co-production deal with Sony as this is the clear example of a universal story."
"La Hipocondriaca" follows the story of Macarena (Cayo), a beautiful, young, sensitive hypochondriac and the very business-like, handsome and successful doctor Alejandro (Calzadilla) who mistakenly diagnoses her with a terminal illness and has six months to live. Laced with humor, the series follows the life of our protagonist along with a strong cast of characters as she lives through both a mistaken fatal diagnosis and the subsequent revelation that she is perfectly fine, taking her to unexpected twists and turns. Ultimately, she resolves to fake her own death...and then has to deal with life!
Credits: Stephanie Cayo ("El Secretario," "La Marco del Deseo," "Tiempo Final") and Ernesto Calzadilla ("Yo Me Llamo," "Las Santisimas," "Amor en Custodia").
"La Hipocondriaca" is written by Ana Maria Parra Vasquez ("Marido y Mujer," "Las Noches De Luciana").
ABOUT CARACOL TELEVISION
Caracol Televisión is a privately operated network and an international producer which has produced the majority of the most innovative and successful shows in Colombian television. Caracol has extended its reach to the whole world through its international signal and its international distribution division: Caracol International, with offices in Miami, Madrid and Bogotá. Caracol International distributes the original novelas, series and entertainment formats created by Caracol TV, which have crossed all cultural and language barriers, having become highly regarded products in the international market due to its excellent performance wherever they have been aired or produced. With 50 years of experience in the television industry, Caracol produces 4,000 hours of audiovisual material a year, has more than 10,000 hours of content in its library, its shows have aired in almost 80 countries in five continents and the local adaptations of its scripts have become huge successes around the world. Caracol Televisión has 11 studios, several of them equipped with High Definition, with a total capacity of approximately 20,000 square meters.
ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. Internationally, SPT produces 6,000+ hours of programming annually in over 70 countries. SPT is a leader in local language productions, some of which are co-produced with local partners, and sells SPE-owned formats around the world. To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 120 channel feeds, which are available in 159 countries reaching more than 754 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row and Sony Movie Channel, and is a part owner of cable channel GSN, 3D channel 3net, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.
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