ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) has unveiled a new slate of documentary content as the company shifts its global business into the development and production of formats.
VIS will enter into production on a diverse programming slate that includes a variety of genres, from documentaries to comedies, thrillers to horror, and dramas to kids and teen series.
The newly announced projects are set to be produced across a wide range of territories and in alliance with proven international partners.
“This slate represents the vast depth and breadth of global stories and voices that represent a compelling offering to our partners and audiences,” said JC Acosta (pictured), president of ViacomCBS International Studios and Networks Americas, in a statement. “We continue to partner with the most diverse content creators across the globe and cannot wait to bring these stories to life.”
Anchoring the international studio’s unscripted and documentary schedule are the true crime investigative series Dr. Ballí, which zeroes in on the life of Alfredo Ballí, a doctor from Monterrey, Mexico, that was convicted for murdering his lover and inspired the creation of Hannibal Lecter; and the Everardo Gonzalez-helmed film Woman in Black Boots, in which 45 rescue specialists were recruited by the Israel Military Forces to rescue a maximum priority target in Mexico City following the devastating 2017 earthquake.
Also on tap are the documentary feature Adriano the Emperor, which portrays the real story of the Brazilian soccer star Adriano Ribeiro, commonly known simply as Adriano; and Lorena Muñoz’s feature project 38 Stars, which recounts the biggest escape operation from a women’s prison in 1971 in Uruguay.