Magazine article Screen International

Daniel Burman's TV Debut 'Supermax' Heads to MIPTV Ahead of Shoot

Magazine article Screen International

Daniel Burman's TV Debut 'Supermax' Heads to MIPTV Ahead of Shoot

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Supermax, the first original TV series from Globo targeted exclusively at the Latin American and Hispanic markets, will start shooting at the end of April.

The Spanish-language production will be sold at MIPTV in Cannes by Globo, Brazil's largest broadcast network, after debuting at Natpe.

Burman (Lost Embrace), who recently directed Berlin 2016 title The Tenth Man and co-produced San Sebastian hit Truman, will for the first time act as showrunner and director of a TV sereis on Supermax, a 10-part series set in a fictional maximum security prison, where a riot lefthundreds dead 20 years ago.

The prison reopens to host a reality show, where eight participants with past criminal charges face brutal experiences in order to compete for a $2m prize. With the disappearance of the host on the first day, they are leftalone to survive.

The series is part-drama, adventure and psychological thriller. "All participants come to the show with an agenda that is immediately shattered. Besides money, they want to forget their ghosts,'' director Burman told Screen.

"As they are locked in, their limitations and frustrations come to surface, revealing the worst hell of each of them,'' adds the director, whose Lost Embrace won the Berlin Silver Bear in 2004.

Supermax will be co-produced by Oficina Burman, the director's production company based in Buenos Aires. The first country to broadcast it will be Mexico, on TV station Azteca. "The Idea is to expand to several Spanish speaking countries,'' says Burman. …

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