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In a groundbreaking collaboration, Chilean production company Storyboard Media is stepping into the world of series production by partnering with Chilean actor-producer Pablo Díaz del Rio of Rios Estudios and Argentina’s very own Juan Pablo Gugliota of MagmaCine. Together, they are set to co-produce an enthralling historical fiction series titled “Habitación 205” (“Box 205”), a project that is already generating buzz in both local and international circles.
This exciting partnership was solidified during the Madrid forum Iberseries & Platino Industria on October 3, marking a significant milestone for Storyboard Media as they embark on their maiden series production venture.
The mastermind behind “Habitación 205” is none other than Pablo Díaz del Rio, who will also take on the roles of showrunner and director for the series. The storyline of this captivating project draws its inspiration from a real-life incident—the two-decade-long judicial investigation into the tragic death of former Chilean President Eduardo Frei Montalva, whose life was cut short during an alleged botched medical procedure.
The series will comprise four gripping episodes, each delving deep into the intricacies of the investigation, while also capturing the essence of the 1980s through carefully crafted scenes, including pivotal moments from Eduardo Frei Montalva’s life. As Díaz del Rio explained, “From a dramatic standpoint, this case has been an obsession of mine. I conducted extensive research on it and found it very intriguing.”
For Gabriela Sandoval, who co-founded and oversees Storyboard Media alongside her business partner Carlos Nuñez, “Habitación 205” represents an exciting new chapter. She stated, “We are elated that our maiden venture into series-making begins with ‘Habitacion 205,’ and judging from the responses we received at the San Sebastian Festival and now Iberseries, it looks like it would appeal to both our local and international audiences.”
Moreover, the opportunity to collaborate with Pablo Díaz del Rio, a seasoned producer and creator of audiovisual content, on his debut work in both the series and film format is a particularly enticing prospect for Sandoval.
Juan Pablo Gugliota of MagmaCine emphasized the natural synergy between Argentina and Chile, not just as neighbors but as countries sharing deep-rooted cultural, political, and social ties. This synergy makes them ideal partners for projects that transcend international boundaries. Gugliota shared his enthusiasm for joining a political thriller with cross-border resonance, saying, “My understanding of the real-life case deepened through Pablo’s investigative work, and we were captivated by the perspective he brings to the project.”
The collaboration between Storyboard Media, Rios Estudios, and MagmaCine is fueled by the success of their previous co-productions, which has cultivated a robust and strategic creative partnership, poised to propel “Habitación 205” and other projects to new heights.
Storyboard Media, known for its diverse portfolio of more than 10 fiction and documentary films, has a track record that includes notable titles such as “Santiago, Italy” by director Nanni Moretti, “Pacto de Fuga” by David Albala, and “El Pacto de Adriana” by Lissette Orozco, among others. In addition to their production endeavors, Storyboard Media also organizes the Santiago Film Festival (Sanfic).
MagmaCine, founded in 2005 by Nathalia Videla and Juan Pablo Gugliotta, boasts an impressive roster of international hits, including “1976,” which earned a spot in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and “The Distinguished Citizen,” Argentina’s submission to the 89th Academy Awards. Their upcoming project, “El vos confio” by Agustin Toscano, recently participated in the Malaga Film Festival’s WIP section, where it clinched three awards.
Rios Estudios, on the other hand, brings its extensive experience to the table, having produced over 50,000 minutes of fiction for both film and television. Their state-of-the-art 700-square meter studio facility is custom-built for direct sound recording, HD mobiles, and post-production, ensuring top-notch quality in their productions.
As the production of “Habitación 205” begins to take shape, the collaboration between Storyboard Media, Rios Estudios, and MagmaCine promises not only to captivate audiences with its thrilling narrative but also to strengthen the ties between Chile and Argentina in the world of entertainment. This ambitious project is set to bridge the gap between history and fiction, delivering a compelling exploration of a real-life mystery that transcends borders and time.