Karen Barroeta: We have an offer that is rich in original stories and powerful in relevant topics

Telemundo: Our new originals ensure that we continue to lead in content production in Spanish
Maribel Ramos-Weiner|13 de mayo de 2022

The new programming offer presented by Telemundo in its 2022-23 Upfront, according to Karen Barroeta, EVP of Production and Development of Telemundo Global Studios (TGS), includes the franchises that its audience enjoys but also bets on originals “to continue taking the lead in the content production in Spanish. We have an offer that is rich in original stories and powerful in relevant topics to captivate the US and global audiences that are used to Telemundo productions that always give people something to talk about.” The offering includes over 650 hours of new original content.

Barroeta recalled that in addition to being part of the "wonderful event" of pre-sale that NBCUniversal will hold next Monday, May 16th at Radio City Music Hall, Telemundo will also have its celebration that day at 6pm where it will present a screening of its offer in entertainment, drama, sports, and news.

“We are happy because we have a varied offer very well complemented by the return of our most successful franchises such as La Reina del Sur, which is a high-level production, with spectacular staging, we could say that we spare no expense. The fans are very excited because she is a character that has resonated, not only with our US audience but internationally. And also it has an incredible cast including the Italian Pêpê Rapazote,” she said.

She also highlighted El Señor de los Cielos, "one of Telemundo's biggest hits", with more than 700 episodes, "from the pen of Luis Zelcowicz, the return of Aurelio Casillas, this great character that the audience loves madly". The production of its eighth season begins at the end of the summer in Mexico and the premiere is estimated for early 2023.

Regarding the production and development of new original stories, she mentioned La Mujer de mi Vida, introduced at the February TGS screenings (produced in Miami at Telemundo Center); the thriller Culpable o Inocente, which “is in development and starts production this summer at Telemundo Center Miami; El Conde with Fernando Colunga, begins production in Mexico in a few weeks; the unitary series El Doctor de los Milagros, will be produced in the summer for its broadcast on Telemundo in 2023.

She also referred to María, la Mexicana, an original story by Rebeca Solano, based on the book “Acuérdate de María”, by Sergio Almazán, about the life of the Mexican actress María Félix. “We are in the development process, to bring to the screen the life of this wonderful woman who fought so hard for women's rights. If she lived in this time, she would be happy for the empowerment of women that we have been experiencing. We are starting the development of the story, but still, we have not selected the cast nor defined where we are going to produce it,” Barroeta explained.

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