SPANIARD ALEXANDRA JIMÉNEZ AND ARGENTINIAN PABLO ECHARRI CONFIRMED TO LEAD THE CAST OF TO CATCH A THIEF TV SERIES
THE COPRODUCTION BETWEEN VIMN SOUTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA AND VIACOM INTERNATIONAL STUDIOS IN LATIN AMERICA TO START FILMING IN ARGENTINA AND SPAIN IN FEBRUARY 2019
January 28th, 2019 – Milan and Miami: Viacom International Media Networks Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa and Viacom International Studios Latin America announced today that Pablo Echarri and Alexandra Jiménez will headline the cast of their first original coproduction, Atrapa a un Ladrón (To Catch A Thief), a Spanish-language TV series remake of the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie.
Pablo Echarri, one of the most popular and prestigious film and TV actors from Argentina and award-winning star of movies like El Método (The Method) and Plata Quemada (Burnt Money), will play protagonist Juan Garay, alias “The Cat.” Alexandra Jiménez, one of the most established actresses in Spain, whose 20-year career across TV and cinema includes appearances in blockbusters like Spanish Movie, Anacleto, Kiki, Love To Love and Super López which recently premiered in Spain, will fill the shoes of Lola Garay, police inspector and wife of the ex-burglar Juan.
The 10-episode series, based on the iconic movie from Alfred Hitchcock, was created by Javier Olivares, one of Spain’s best-known TV showrunners. Olivares is behind the success of several Spanish productions that have become hits both locally and internationally, like Isabel and El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Department of Time), a cult sci-fi series produced for RTVE.
“We are incredibly excited to take part in this groundbreaking project with Viacom International Studios,” said Amalia Martinez de Velasco, SVP Entertainment Brands, Viacom Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We are bringing together a talented cast from Latin America and Spain under the guidance of the world class showrunner Javier Olivares to produce this high quality, Spanish-language original TV series for international markets. To Catch A Thief marks an important step forward for us into the world of original productions for the Paramount TV channels across our regions.”
“We are thrilled to be partnering with our colleagues from Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa to reinvent this classic film title into a premiere series for all viewing platforms,” added Juan “JC” Acosta, EVP and COO for VIMN Americas and VIS. “Securing such incredible talent for the series is testament to the quality programming we strive to produce with all of our VIS productions, and we are proud to be able to offer to key clients around the globe.”
As in the original film, To Catch A Thief will follow reformed burglar “The Cat” in his struggle to unveil a mysterious impersonator who is stealing in his name. Besides robberies and mysteries to solve, the blossoming love story between the two protagonists will add even more spice to the action.
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ABOUT VIMN AMERICAS AND VIS:
Viacom International Media Networks Americas, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB), owns and operates the company’s portfolio of entertainment brands, which include MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, VH1, Telefe and their respective properties in Latin America (including Brazil). Additionally, the portfolio includes Tr3 in the US, which targets a broad US Hispanic audience, and VIMN’s programming partnerships in Canada with Corus Entertainment for Nickelodeon and Bell Media for MTV and Comedy Central. VIMN Americas also holds a majority stake in Porta dos Fundos, one of the main comedy content creators in Brazil. The company’s multiplatform business includes the mobile apps MTV Play, Nick Play, Comedy Central Play, Mi Telefe and Telefe Noticias; on-demand products, Nick First and My Nick Jr., and the SVOD product, Noggin, in addition to multiple web sites.
In its continued efforts to grow into one of the world’s leading producers and distributors of Latin American content, Viacom International Studios is actively developing its new slate of programming and continues to secure distribution deals for its original formats with leading SVOD, Pay TV and FTA broadcasters globally. New programming includes all genres, from tween telenovelas, to scripted dramas from Telefe and short and long-form comedy from Porta dos Fundos, in addition to cinematic productions.