Sunny Side ’13: Arte, Planete+ board big budget Rio doc

France's Gédéon Programmes and Brazil's Conspiracao are partnering for a US$7.8 million CGI project recreating the history and construction of Rio de Janeiro (pictured), to mark the city's 400th anniversary in 2015.
June 26, 2013

France’s Gédéon Programmes and Brazil’s Conspiracao are partnering for a €6 million (US$7.8 million) CGI project recreating the history and construction of Rio de Janeiro (pictured), to tie-in with the city’s 400th anniversary in 2015.

The project, tentatively titled Rio, is backed by Planète+ and Arte and will consist of a 90-minute docudrama and a five-part series, following a similar model to Paris: The Great Saga.

The latter title took two years to make and was produced by Gédéon for Planète+, as part of the broadcaster’s strategy of commissioning a few high profile, event-driven documentaries.

Speaking at Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle yesterday (June 25), Conspiracao’s COO Ricardo Rangel said he hopes to raise as much as €3 million in Brazil, thanks to tax incentives that are available to Brazilian producers as long as they hold 40% of the equity in a production.

Conspiracao used this funding system in the past to fund drama mini-series Rouge Bresil, raising some €2.5 million.

Dassault System, which coproduced Paris: The Great Saga, contributing its CGI and 3D technologies, will also be involved in the Rio project. Arte is on-board for the docudrama, and Planète+ for the series, according to Stéphane Millière, president of Gédéon. Millière added that his firm is also in talks with Asian partners to possibly launch a similar project focused on Beijing.

Paris: The Great Saga, distributed by Terranoa, has so far sold to 25 countries, including CCTV9 in China, N-TV in Germany and Foxtel in Australia.



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